10/24/2009

SC State Fair: Part 2...

I made it back out to the fair on Friday. On weekdays they have a special deal where, for lunch (from 12-2), you can enter for free. Well, you give them five dollars in exchange for a token. When you leave you return the token and get your five dollars back. This deal, of course, seems awesome. But it has its dark side. Mainly that I'm five bucks lighter than if they just let me in for free (for real). I mean, that could've bought me 7 more ounces of fried deliciousness!

Anyway, here's the run down of what I ate in the second round...

I'm pretty sure that eating a corn dog at a fair is a requirement of every American. Far be it for me to go against hundreds of years of tradition...

Of course I had to have more Fiske Fries. Seriously. Best freedom fries on the planet...

This is an elephant ear. It's kind of like a funnel cake, but instead of dripping the dough into the oil to fry it, the keep it all in one piece. Add in some butter, cinnamon and sugar, and you've got magic. I would punch a grown man for this...

Finally, Tommy bought some deep fried cookie dough and, through a show of force (really it was just him asking if I wanted some), made me try it. Gooey, hot, melted cookie dough wrapped in dough? Yes please. Super rich though. I was glad I only ate one.

After eating all of this food, I'm going to need to walk 500 miles just to jump start my heart again.


Here's some other highlights...

Micah brought his wife and daughters with us. Here he is with his oldest, Kylee. You probably noticed a few things that stand out in this picture. One, Kylee might be the cutest kid alive. Two, that food stand behind her serves mini-cheeseburgers! But bad news, they were three dollars each and fourteen for five. Boo food carnies. Boo...

Here's an update to the sandcastle they were working on. This is what it looked like last Sunday. How is it Jackson Pollack could fling paint at a canvas with a toothbrush (Note: he didn't actually use a toothbrush) and make gobs of money and the people that make this are toiling away in anonymity? Way to go Obama-nomics...

Finally, here's a picture of the Starship 4000. It was my favorite ride when i was a kid (back then, it was called the Gravitron). You go inside and lean against a wall while it spins around super fast. Thanks to centrifugal force, you stick to the wall. We used to try to turn upside down or sit up horizontally. I never puked on it, but I saw about a thousand other people do it...

I can't wait until next year. Maybe by then, my arteries will be clear...

10/21/2009

Things I Love: Series 1...

For some time now on my twitter, I've been posting a series of tweets about things I love. I figured I'd collect them all in one place (along with making some of them into links). I mean, this way, if you ever want to buy me a gift...

  • Vol 1: 1) 2nite's #AI results, 2) That I'm on my way to watch LOST in HD, 3) RW/RR Challenges, 4) FB Poker, 5) Ninjas, 6) biscuits

  • Vol 2: 1) Kenneth the Page, 2) Stuffed Crust Pizza, 3) SONIC Happy Hour, 4) FB Poker, 5) Chuck, 6) New Transformers Trailer

  • Vol 3: 1) New Books, 2) Building Things, 3) 5 Guys Burgers, 4) My Friends, 5) Movies, 6) Comics, 7) Disc Golf, 8) Raisinets

  • Vol 4: 1) HIMYM, 2) Cartoon Penguins, 3) Writing, 4) My Guitar, 5) Pineapple, 6) Playing Cards (noun&verb), 7) Junior Mints

  • Vol 5: 1) Singing, 2) Making People Laugh, 3) The Brain Trust, 4) Star Trek, 5) Climbing, 6) Purple Flavor, 7) Bowling

  • Vol 6: 1) The Soup, 2) Jelly Beans, 3) Hulu, 4) Light Hawaiian Punch, 5) Count Chocula, 6) Cooking, 7) Learning New Things

  • Vol 7: 1) Waffles, 2) Chicago, 3) Buying Magazines for Flights, 4) Rush's, 5) Having a Row To Myself On An Airplane

  • Vol 8: 1) Jelly Beans, 2) Christmas, 3) MJ's Music, 4) My OC Friends, 5) Book Stores, 6) Making People Smile, 7) Cooking

  • Vol 9: 1) Mashed Potatoes, 2) Blogs, 3) Football, 4) @RickWarren's tweets, 5) Fish, 6) The Beach, 7) Rainbow Sandals


    PS, I just noticed that I had some repeats. Oh well. This will help me to solve that problem...
  • 10/19/2009

    SC State Fair: Part 1...

    Yesterday I went with my brother and some other family members to the SC State Fair to see The Charlie Daniels Band. It was a great concert and, of course, the food was amazing. Here are some of the highlights...

    I got to see some pretty amazing people while at the show. Like this guy...

    Oh yeah. Mullet made into a ponytail with multiple rubber bands. That's like, triple the points in Redneck Hairstyle Bingo...

    This might help you come up with a Halloween costume...

    Ever wonder what a redneck superhero would wear? Look no further. Here's a great example of a leather tassel cape. After this, she raised her arms and flew away... straight to the rodeo...

    OK, let's play a game of "I Spy". Do you see anything unusual about the guy with the green shirt? Look closely...

    Still don't see it? How about if I zoom in...

    That's right. Grandpa was packing heat at the show. This is probably the number one reason why they stopped selling beer at the fair a few years back. Thank God...

    Even my youngest cousin, Harrington, enjoyed the music. Too bad we couldn't find him a cowboy hat that was small enough...

    I'd bet that he'd look good with a giant belt buckle.

    After the show, my brother, aunt and I walked over to Charlie's tour bus to see if we could get a picture. He wasn't going to come out, but a guy took my brother's copy of his book in and got an autograph for him.



    All in all, we had a great time. Here's a picture of Caleb and I with him making an awkward smile to prove it!



    And now, onto the food! Here's everything that I ate at the fair yesterday...

    I started out with some Fiske Fries. Forget McDonalds. Forget In-N-Out. These are the best french fries anywhere. Spraying vinegar on them makes them even better!

    I followed that up with a true delicacy: chocolate covered bacon (pictured on the left). Well, that and a deep fried banana (pictured on the right). The choco-bacon tasted exactly like you'd think a piece of bacon dipped in chocolate would taste. Seriously. Think about how that might taste. That's it. I was really hoping the banana would be similar to P.F. Chang's Banana Spring Rolls, but it wasn't. Not bad. But not great...

    Next on the journey to my first heart attack was a giant grilled turkey leg. I'd never had one before, but had seen them at almost every theme park I've ever been to. I wanted to try one so bad! So I did... Ehhh. I wasn't that impressed. Was the meat supposed to be pink? Uh oh. I might have turkey flu...

    Last but not least, I got the little cinnamon/sugar donuts. They're incredible!

    Before you ask, yes. I ate everything I just pictured. And no. I'm not done. I'm going back this week for more. Don't worry. I'm going to run there and back to work off the calories.

    On out way out, Caleb and I swung by one of the buildings to check out the sandcastle they build every year. I love these things...



    So it was a great day. I'll post on it again when I go for round 2! I can't wait...

    10/16/2009

    OMLGG...

    I can't believe I've never blogged about this...

    I know I've mentioned it in posts before, but I guess I've never taken the time to explain it. Hmm... I guess that's one more reason to follow me on twitter.

    A while ago (May 19th to be exact) I decided to start a new slang term. So, in a tweet, I said:

    I'm going to start a new text saying. Instead of OMG (blaspheme!), I'm going to use OMLGG. Oh my Lady GaGa! Launching in 3... 2... 1...

    Since then, I've gotten plenty of responses from people saying they love it and are using it in their everyday conversations. Just thought i'd pass it along here too. Take it. Use it. Spread it all over like butter. Or like Swine Flu...

    Couples Retreat...

    Looks like my review of Couples Retreat went up without me knowing it at youthministry.com! Click the link to check it out. Rate it and comment on it while you're there...

    Power Rankings: 15...

    Power Rankings on the internet are boring, kind of like your job. Unless I write them. Then they're like my job, which involves me being dropped behind enemy lines with nothing but a knife and a map while a General tells the media I’m only an urban legend...

    1. New Behind the Scenes Footage From Iron Man 2 Nothing really that new here. But still, Tony Stark's Goatee. You know? The first 20 or so seconds are in French. If you can make it through that, the rest is awesome. We've now reached IM2 post #10... (link)

    2. R.I.P. Captain Lou Albano One of the greatest professional wrestling managers and personalities passed away this week at the age of 72. I don't think he's celebrated enough for being Cyndi Lauper's muse. Or for being the first live action representation of Super Mario. Sorry Bob Hoskins... (link)

    3. Ghostbusters Filming Locations From Around NYC Inspired by how the movie introduced him to NYC, a blogger compares shots from the movie to how the same locations look today. I want to do this so bad... (link)

    4. Fantasy Football Pick Me These are amazing. I very seriously doubt they're real. I mean, who on earth would pick Marc Bulger as their starting QB? And if Jason Campbell could do that in real life, he'd be the greatest QB on earth and the Redskins would be undefeated...(link)

    5. Every Single Kramer Entrance from Seinfeld Ever Seriously. And the video's only 6:17 long. Awesome... (link)

    10/13/2009

    How I Met Your Ice Cream Scoop...

    I've been singing the praises of How I Met Your Mother for some time now. I even spotted one of my favorite posters on one episode. Well, last night I spotted something else I love...

    A while ago, my aunt bought me the greatest ice cream scoop known to man. It's from The Pampered Chef. Here's what's great about it: It's got liquid inside. Liquid that, when you're holding it, uses your hand heat to warm the ice cream so that it's easier to scoop. I know. UH-mazing! You can put an ice cube in it and it melts before your eyes! It's legit. (You can find it here.)

    Well guess what Barney was using to eat his way through a couple break up last night...

    Oh yeah... Best ice scream scoop ever! If Barney uses it, you know it's awesome. Click the link above and order your own. You won't be sorry...

    10/12/2009

    Catalyst '09 Flopped...

    No! I don't mean it was bad. In fact, quite the opposite. It was incredible! Awesome speakers combined with seeing some old friends equals time well spent.

    But one of the things I'm going to remember the most about what I saw during my visit to Atlanta was an act of daring that I'm still struggling to believe.

    During one of the sessions, the hosts announced that they were going to attempt to get into the Guinness Book of World Records. Here's how they did it: The highest belly flop into one foot of water. That's right. A guy belly flopped from 39.5 feet (over three stories) into 1 foot of water... in a kids' inflatable pool.

    Still don't believe me? Watch it. I taped it on my digital camera...

    So crazy...

    I loved Catalyst! I hope I can go again...

    10/01/2009

    Josh Treece: Tech Support to the Stars...

    Do you know who Alison Becker is? She used to host the Top 20 Countdown on vh1? She was the hot chick from the newspaper on the first season of Parks and Recreation? Anything? How about this: she was one of the pranksters on MTV's Boiling Points.

    I knew I'd get you with that one...

    She's an actress. She's a comedian. She's a writer. In a word, she's awesome. Anyway, she also has a blog. Well, earlier today she had a problem with her blog that she... well, she blogged about.

    So, being the technical genius that I am, I commented with what I thought was the solution.

    Turns out I was right... (I mean, of course I was right.)

    Well, she thanked me with a blog post! (The title of which is "I love you nerds".)

    So if you're famous, and you need help with your blog, I'm your huckleberry...