Good afternoon and happy New Year! The AudioVillains are back with episode 51! We have an all-new logo and in this episode we do what we always do, kick your ass and sooth your ears. Have you ever been in a situation that put you at the center of something you did not do? In this episode both Ed and I share stories from our childhood that involved stealing. We were both victims in each case but those involved saw it another way. Both were fun to tell and we put it to the man! Get ready to laugh until your stomach hurts. As always, if you have any questions or want to be a guest on the show, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode topics –
- Falsely accused of stealing
- Anderson Silvas leg break from UFC 168
- Local restaurants
- Story: Speakers stolen from my Z28 Camaro
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Well folks we’re approaching that time of year again! Soon enough we’ll all be huddled around the Christmas tree opening presents and sharing good times and laughs. We’ll also be overeating, drinking, and passing out in a mountain of Christmas wrapper…well, maybe not but the point is that everyone will be having fun. To stay in the spirit of having fun and celebrating Christmas, I thought I’d do a top ten list that brings me back to my childhood and the gifts that made up that era. I know there are a lot of them but I picked the ones I felt everyone had at one time or another.
First off is one of my all time favorites. Transformers will always be the best toys out there but they have to be the originals. The toys were heavy like you would imagine a robot to be and they were metal. They could have been considered a deadly weapon and when your siblings are annoying you; except no substitutes. I had a few Transformers and out of all of them, my favorites were Soundwave, because of the awesome mini cassette robots, Megatron, because it actually turned into a gun, and non other than Optimus Prime. I mean, who didn’t like Prime? When I got it, it came with the trailer that transformed and I thought I was the king! No other toy compared to the leader of the Autobots. It was an excellent present but note to self, make sure to pick up your toys or you’ll come home to a yard sale and another kid is walking off with your prized possession. Thanks mom!
Back in ’92 Sega was coming out with some good games but not all of them could compete with Nintendo and their powerhouse of gems. I was an avid Nintendo gamer and felt that nothing could top it until Sonic the Hedgehog surfaced. This game was set to take on all comers and it did just that. My brother and I wanted the bundle for Christmas and it was something that he asked Santa for as well. We had been good all year and we were drooling for Christmas morning. On Christmas Eve though, we would open presents from our parents and then open presents from Santa and our Grandmother the following morning. It was an excellent night and a night my mother will never forget because she just happened to mix up the presents and Santa came early. I’d explain it but I have a short video that captures the moment.
I’ve always been into music and back in the day I loved to play the drums. I had asked for a drum set but my parents decided to get me something much better, or at least something electronic. So on Christmas Eve I opened up a present my parents would regret until it finally broke. I believe they found a way to destroy them without me know but I will never know for sure. The Hit Stix were a pair of drum sticks that had a cord connected to them and a speakerbox. The box had a clip for your waistband and included volume and sound effect buttons. Once you hit them against something the sound came through the box and it made for hours of fun. What made it even more fun was that you could air drum and it would still make a sound effect. It was a grand present and although my parents wanted to blow up the sticks, I’m sure they were content with my happiness…maybe.
Back in the early 90’s I played a lot of Tiger Handhelds. My favorites were Ninja Gaiden, Double Dragon, and Batman: The Movie. The games were the equivalent of a handheld Poker game but it was fun! The games of today are far more superior than the Tiger games but at that time they were the stuff. I remember going to the Meijer in Jenison, MI every other weekend and my parents would buy my brother and I a Tiger game. One Christmas I got the Batman handheld and I played that game until I beat it. It was amazing to me at the time and it was so amazing that I decided to take it apart and put it back together. I wanted to see how it worked and although I got into a lot of trouble for destroying my games, I see it as one of the reasons I am into electronics and technology in general today.
How many of you were lucky enough to get a Nintendo Game Watch? I know I wasn’t but a couple of my cousins were and at that time I thought those watches were the best thing since sliced bread. I mean, think about it; Super Mario Bros. and Zelda on your wrist to play whenever you want? Oh yeah! The games were killer but they were expensive too. I remember playing around with one that was on display at a store named Hills in Holland, MI and it was cool but for over $100? I don’t think so. My parents were not about to get me that and looking back at it now, they had no real graphics and the controls sucked! I would have had more fun with a Tiger handheld anyway but back then, the Nintendo Game Watches were top sellers.
Please tell me that you remember Garbage Pail Kids? The cards were disgusting and awesome! I remember getting packs of those and trading with my friends and family. It was cool to bust out the most disgusting one and heckle my siblings or my mom with it. I think the worst one was the kid who had popped all the pimples and was covered in pimple juice. The Garbage Pail Kids were so cool that they made a movie and yes I have it at home. I don’t remember the plot line but remember how shocked I was at the time to see them on screen and alive rather than on cards with no movement. If you were a kid of the 80’s or 90’s then you mostly likely had some Garbage Pail Kids floating around or maybe even some Madballs. Remember those?
Oh Simon, how I hate thee. This game is very addicting and can also contribute to high blood pressure. The game itself seems easy but it’s harder than you think. You have four different colors on a circular board that light up and have their own sound. Just like “Simon Says” you have to follow the pattern in the exact same way that Simon does. If you fail you lose. It starts out slow but once you get further it adds colors and the pattern gets harder. As I mentioned before I hate the game but in the same sense I love it because it’s addictive and I won’t let Simon get the best of me. I think the best part of the game was the commercials. It always showed kids walking up to the game and challenging it. They made the commercial look like an epic duel and made you want to take on Simon.
Crossfire was a game, like Simon, that had an epic commercial that made you want to beg your parents for it even if it meant rolling around on the floor like a fool. The game board was built like an arena and pitted two people against each other to see who could get the most points. At the end of each side was a gun with silver marbles as ammo. Each player would shoot their ammo at their opponents game piece in order to knock them out of the arena or game board. The game was fast paced and very fun but I hated that the balls would get stuck in the guns.
You sunk my battleship! I love playing Battleship and when the talking electronic version came out it seemed to make it that much more awesome! It probably wasn’t that awesome but the guy yelling and talking was almost like bacon, it makes everything better. So what more can I say about this superb game except for that your parents were probably tired of hearing the game voice and listening to you and your sibling(s) fight over who won and who might have been cheating. Either way it was a fun game and the electronic talking added to its complete awesomeness. I also added the commercial at the end of this post so that you take a trip back in time and reflect on how cheap yet cool this game was.
Finally we have Gloworms. They have been around for a long time and they were cool from what I remember. I had a green one and I believe mine simply lit up where others lit up and played music. The toys were soft, cute, and everyone had one back in the day. Gloworms are still around but they’re not the same. The other day my wife and I were at Target and found one but it wasn’t as cool as the originals. It was made by the same company but it looked like a knock off. The originals are always the best anyway.
There you have it folks! The Top Ten Christmas Presents from the 80’s and 90’s. I know I didn’t even scratch the surface on the best but that’s where you come in. What toys should have made it on the top ten list from the 80’s and 90’s?Post Views: 706
By Ricardo — 8 years ago
As my boy gets older he seems to have a lot more questions for his mom and I. He understands almost all of our answers and explanations and is too smart for his own good. His sense of humor mirrors mine and he cracks me up with some of the stuff he says. His curiosity runs wild and his questions throw me off every now and then. He’s seven and speaks and thinks older than he is. It’s funny how kids grow so fast and how their thought process works, especially if they are under the impression of something and find out that they were wrong and the truth can be shocking yet hilarious.
A week or so ago I was doing some homework and my wife turns her laptop around to show me her pregnancy progress chart from a web site that she visits. It shows how many weeks she has left and images of what the baby looks like inside her. She checks it every Thursday and today she officially has 9 weeks left. So while she was showing me the image of the baby inside her our son leaves the dinner table and takes a glance at the picture.
“Is that the you mom?”
“Well, it’s not actually me but that is what the baby looks like inside me.”
“So…that’s supposed to be your stomach right?”
I could tell he was slightly confused yet very curious. You could actually see the wheels turning until the next question popped into his head.
“So where does the baby come out of?”
I froze. My eyes popped out and my wife looked over at me with a large question mark over her head. I shrugged my shoulders and told her to go ahead.
“Well, babies sometimes come from their moms stomach but girls actually have a special area where they come out of.”
He was confused and it was written all over his face. I figured he would simply walk away but he didn’t.
“Ok…so…where do they come out then?”
My wife took a deep breath and said, “From their private area”.
My boys reaction was priceless. His confusion turned to shock and he blurted out,
“WHAT!? THEY COME OUT OF THE WIENER?”
My wife and I busted out laughing and I was crying from his response. My stomach hurt from laughing so hard. All I could picture was a split hotdog after having it in the microwave for a long time. I looked up to see an angry yet confused look on my sons face.
“I don’t know what’s funny or why you’re laughing,” my son replied.
We tried to stop laughing the best we could and my wife told him that girls have different body parts. He almost seemed relieved and then,
“So what is it called?”
I jumped at the chance to speak and responded with, “Um…you’ll find out when you’re older buddy. Also, you probably shouldn’t talk about this with your friends or other adults. Some people might frown upon it.”
He was visibly annoyed with my response and walked off.
“So I guess you’re not going to tell me right? I have to wait until later? Ok…” He walked back to the dinner table and started eating again.
“You know, this is some good pizza.”
I couldn’t help but laugh at his entire reaction and response. He mentioned his pizza like it was more important than what we were talking about and that it didn’t matter if he knew what it was called or not. Kids are so funny and their thought process is amazing! So how do you handle it? Have any of you experienced something similar to this? Leaves comments and stories if you can because stuff like this is funny and we as parents all learn from experience. I feel we handled it pretty well but as he gets older the questions and understanding will be more complex. Lord help us!Post Views: 352
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Good afternoon folks! I hope your Sunday is going great. I just finished a live broadcast on Ustream explaining my Kickstarter project for a new podcast called Within the Trenches. The podcast would be a live show on Ustream and would feature 9-1-1 dispatchers and their stories. After wrapping up my broadcast I realized that I forgot one main point of the Kickstarter project. The point refers to how and when the money you pledge is applied to the account set aside for this project. If you pledge to this project you will not be charged unless I make the goal amount. For example, I have $1,450 and I need $1,500. If I don’t make that by January 12th, 2013 then no one is charged. With that said, if I don’t make it no one is charged and no one gets their reward. With Kickstarter, it’s an all or nothing venture. Now, I would continue to explain everything but instead I will include the link to the Kickstarter page that shows the pledge amounts and rewards. I will also provide a link to the Ustream broadcast from today. It includes the explanation and a 9-1-1 tape of a co-worker of mine who did an excellent job in getting a guy to stop his car during a two county police chase. The call contains a few choice words but the tape is superb. Thank you very much for your time and consideration. Please go to the links below and share and pledge so that we can make this show a reality.Post Views: 246