Pokémon GO tips from my son; the Pokémon Master: Part 1

025pikachu_xy_anime_3.pngHello guys it’s me, Daniel. Well recently I have been out a lot, like for months. Let me simply say… Sorry. So that is all behind us and now lets talk about what is coming up. Yes, this is a Pokémon blog! With Pokémon GO already being a big hit and the new Pokémon Sun and Moon games coming out November 18, 2016 a few months from now; Pokémon is getting a lot of attention. And what better time to do a Pokémon blog than RIGHT NOW!

Lets talk about Pokémon GO’s hidden things. Hidden things are what we are doing first and are pretty self-explanatory. So one is how to get Pikachu as a starter Pokémon. So what you have to do is when Professor says “look some wild Pokémon already, go catch one.” And it will show you the three first/main Starter Pokemon. By first, I mean in the first games that Game Freak and Nintendo made (Pokémon Red and Blue); Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle were your choices. pokemon-go-smartphone-aplicacion.jpg{IGNORE OTHER POKÉMON IF YOU WANT PIKACHU. DO NOT TAP.} So what you have to do is simple, walk away and let the Pokémon Re-spawn 5 times. Disappear then Reappear 5 times. Then you get Pikachu when he pops up. So I have a lot to say, so it will be in a couple of parts.

Sadly you have to wait for Part 2 before you can read more, so.

Until part 2, Goodbye fellow Pokémon Fans. 🙂

BYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEE!!!

 

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Antique Archeology in Nashville

IMG_0355.JPGThe capitol of the United States state of Tennessee is the fifth largest city in the United States and is home to many of America’s most famous sites and scenes. Besides being home to the Gibson guitar company and housing offices for all four major music labels (due primarily to the fact that Nashville is the second largest music producing center (second to New York City, New York, USA)), this ‘home of country music’ is home to countless celebrities but on a recent trip to this musical mecca; I found myself wanting to visit just one place: the Nashville Antique Archeology store.

IMG_0359As a long time fan of the TV show “American Pickers”, I was intrigued to see some of the items that Mike and Frank had ‘picked’ throughout the years. I more than anything just wanted to see if it was all real (or was like other reality shows (ie Pawn Stars) was less reality and more of a staged ‘not-so-real’ity show. I was pleased to see that the building was in fact real and upon entering the store began seeing the picked treasured that I had seen on TV. The sad reality of the business was that the store was less of an antique store to most of its visitors and more of a popular tourist destination. A tourist destination that is complete with T-shirts, stickers, mugs and lots of other things that whatever selected portion of the 14.1 million people that visit Nashville annually want to purchase. The extremely popular TV show’s store front is extremely popular with Nashville’s visitors and I fell right into that category (complete with touristy T-shirt and stickers purchases).

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As you can see, the items that they have picked during the shows duration are real (although priced ridiculously high) and as far as I can tell (added to the ten minutes I spent researching on Google); the show is actually real. So…thank you Mike and Frank. You keep on picking America, and I’ll keep watching. Now I just have to figure out an excuse to go to Iowa. 🙂

Love, peace, and chicken grease;

– Chris

Thor’s Thursday Tour: Nashville, TN

johnny cash graveSo upon Thor’s many escapades on Earth, Captain America had introduced him to a human Country musician and pop culture icon, Johnny Cash. He listened to his music and had learned a lot about the Southern culture during his adventures in North and South Carolina, so off he went to Nashville, TN. He flew in first to Hendersonville, TN to pay his respects to Johnny and his wife June Carter Cash in their final Earthly resting place at the Hendersonville Memorial Gardens.

After Thor had paid his respects to the Man in Black, he flew off to Music Row to see the thor with owen bradleysights and hear the sounds. The streets are crowded and the hustling tourists push past Thor as he takes in the Tennessee town’s tantalizing attractions. The neon lights of downtown Nashville shined brighter than the July summer sun and Thor thought that this town was turning out to be one of the most interesting towns in all of the Nine Realms. The humans on Midgard had brought aspects of different aspects of the musical stylings that lived in the town; as well as appreciated the artist integrity of the town.

Thor was beginning to feel a god-sized hunger take hold of his body and asked a local IMG_0380Midgardian about a quintessential Nashville establishment and was reassured of the validity of one of Nashville’s most famous delicacies: hot chicken. He struck out towards the world famous Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack. The James Beard Award-winning restaurant is in a small strip mall on Ewing Dr in Nashville but the exterior is merely a false facade for what delicious deep-fried poultry are slovenly plunked down upon a piece of white loaf bread and topped with a bread-and-butter pickle. Thor stood in the line that meandered around the small restaurant but was greeted with a smile by the cashier taking the orders. He didn’t order the hottest chicken that he could because he had heard rumors of their face melting IMG_0384spices. He placed his order and waited patiently as his mouth salivated. The anticipation was about to climax and Thor was beginning to lose his patience when his number was finally called. He sat down at the cloth covered table to begin his meal. The bouquet of spices permeated the air; so he dug in. The delicious chicken was only highlighted by the seasoning that was almost massaged into Prince’s award winning poultry. All was right with the world. Even though the spices burned his tongue, the flavor continued his brain to allow him to take in another morsel.

Before he knew it, the chicken and sides were gone. His plate was left with just the picked and dissected carcass; and he decided to continue on his adventure through the town. He meandered through the streets and took in the beautiful architecture that highlighted the people’s beautiful disposition.

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Top Cat Top 10: Actor portrayals

I do not sugar coat the fact that I love being entertained and a large part of my entertainment the crowis by the television…more specifically: Movies and television. I love movies of all types; even though movies like Roadhouse, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Crow are amongst my favorites to watch. Over the years, there have been many performances that have stood out above the rest. Over the years, many actors have created extremely dynamic characters; like Al Pacino’s portrayal of the Cuban drug dealer “Scarface” or Sean Connery’s portrayal of ‘007 James Bond’. Every now and then, an actor/actress playing a dynamic character encapsulates everything about a movie. Whether that character is the lead or secondary character; the movie and the pop culture world would not be the same without their performance. I have put together my choices for my top 10 actors and their selected portrayals:

 

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10. Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote in “Capote” (2005)

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9. Michael Clark Duncan as John Coffey in “The Green Mile” (1999)

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8. Leo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass in “The Revenant” (2015)

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7. Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in “The X-Men Movie Franchise/Wolverine” (2000-Present)

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6. Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump in “Forrest Gump” (1994)

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5. Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man in “Marvel Cinematic Universe/Iron Man“(2008-Present) and as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin (1992)

 

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4. Tom Hardy as Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012), as Bronson in “Bronson” (2008), as Tommy Conlon in “Warrior” (2011) and as Shinzon in “Star Trek: Nemesis” (2002)

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3. Heath Ledger as The Joker in “The Dark Knight” (2008)

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2. Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday in “Tombstone” (1993)

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1. Johnny Depp as Raoul Duke in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas“, as Captain Jack Sparrow in “The Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise“,  as Edward Scissorhands in “Edward Scissorhands” and as The Mad Hatter in “Alice in Wonderland” (2010)

 

Honorable Mentions: Jack Nicholson in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) and “The Shining” (1980); Clint Eastwood in “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”, Tyler PerryMadea“, Anthony Hopkins in “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991), Michael McDowell in “A Clockwork Orange” (1971). 

Pokemon Go 

Since Daniel has been a HUGE Pokemon fan for many years, I receive the Pokémon letter to my email. I opened up the newsletter earlier last month to read about this new Pokémon Go app. I didn’t think that I would download it because I…..don’t like playing Pokemon. I know, blasphemy right? Pokemon started as I was entering adulthood and I was interested in two things at that time: pretty girls and working out. BUT now my work out time comes before I go to work, I have a beautiful wife at home and I have an amazing kid ; I guess I can accept Pokémon into my life. (Not just in the form of buying Pokémon cards and video games for Daniel.)

I downloaded the Pokémon Go app for Daniel (since we don’t allow him to have a cell phone yet) and I figured it would be fun for us both to play around with. Well little did I know that I would end up spending more time finding Pokémon than Daniel would. Best place that we found Pokémon was in the Hooters in Wilmington, NC. Conveniently we were already there eating supper. 🙂 

The moral of the story is that people are doing things together. People are going out and exercising. We’re getting together as a populous (whether in person or via Social media) and communicating about a common thing. So is a somewhat nerdy thing like Pokémon bringing people together? It would sure seem so. And with as much drama that we have going on in this world; a little comradery could be a great thing. 

If He-Man showed up in Riverdale

My local comic book store (Memory Lane Comics in Wilmington, NC) sponsored a signing with Dan Parent Dan; who is a famous American comic book artist and writer who is best known for his amazing work with Archie Comics. Dan was taking requsets for drawings and of course I had to jump at that opportunity. Since He-Man is my favorite character in any universe; myself and the guys at the comic book store thought it would be funny if he drew it as if He-Man was visiting Riverdale (or if he was in the Archie comic universe). Much like Archie’s famous cross-overs with The Predator, Punisher and KISS; the Archie artist was drawing my favorite character as if he was guest appearing in an Archie comic. 

Top Cat’s Top 10: Wrestlers

In the world of popular culture, wrestling is not usually listed under the more respected forms of entertainment but that doesn’t stop over 3 million viewers from watching the WWE’s flagship show ‘Raw’ every Monday night. I have been a wrestling fan since a Saturday morning while turning the knob on an old color TV in my mother’s room; I came across Hulk Hogan fighting Andre the Giant in a replay of Wrestlemania III on NBC weeks after it was shown as a pay per view in 1987. Watching these larger than life characters fight one another with the roar of the crowd shaking the building around them was a great addition to He-Man, Rambo and all the comic book heroes that were taking up residence in my mind and heart. Ever since that day, I have been a wrestling fan. My friends and I put on wrestling matches in the local gym, watched wrestling on TV and even went to shows every chance that we could. You can read more about professional wrestling with this informative wrestling blog…

Ever since that Saturday in 1987, I have been a fan of many wrestlers. Since the wrestling business does not forebode well on these athlete’s bodies; it is common that wrestlers come and go BUT there are some that make a huge splash. Some of these wrestlers don’t exactly make the splash that the companies thought that they initially would (cue the Shockmaster’s infamous fall or WCW’s white eyed ninja Glacier). To me, there have been some greats and here are the top ten most influential/best wrestlers according to me:

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  1. A.J. Styles

AJ styles was the face of TNA wrestling for 11 years and worked with New Japan Pro Wrestling as a co-leader of the Bullet Club. He has been one of the best all-around wrestlers despite just recently joining the WWE. The high flyer has been around for a long time and will continue to be a forerunner in the wrestling industry.

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  1. John Cena

John Cena is the face of the WWE, whether the half of the crowd that chants “Cena sucks” every time he comes to the ring wants to claim it or not. Cena signed a contract with the WWE (WWF at the time) in 2001 and went from a intense yet generic wrestler to an arrogant and edgy rapper to the Hustle, Loyalty, Respect Fruity Pebble that we all love today. He’s the franchise player, the face of the WWE and is amazing with the fans. And last year, he amazingly has granted over 500 wishes with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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  1. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper

Ric Flair, whom you will hear about later, slated Piper as the ‘most gifted entertainer in the history of professional wrestling’ and to that I have no doubt. In a career that spanned over four decades, the WWE Hall of Famer wrestled for everyone from the AWA in the 70s to the WWE to WCW during the NWO vs WCW period and then back to the WWE. Until his untimely death in 2015, Piper was a pivotal part of the wrestling world. He will forever be remembered as one of the best wrestlers ever.

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  1. “Macho Man” Randy Savage

He’s the tower of power, too sweet to be sour. He was funky like a monkey. Sky was the hulk macholimit and space was the place. “Oooh yeah!” The posthumously inducted Hall of Famer is one of the greatest pro wrestlers in history. His early career led to many championships, famous tag teams with the Ultimate Warrior (where they formed the Ultimate Maniacs) & Hulk Hogan (where they formed the Mega Powers) and forged a place in the annals of wrestling and pop culture history.

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  1. Undertaker

The macabre Lord of Darkness has been choke slamming his way into the greatest wrestler of all time spot for more than 30 years. He has reinvented himself many times but every time that the bong clashes to show that the Undertaker is coming down the aisle, still makes the hairs on my arm stand on end. Undertaker is close to hanging up his wide brimmed hat but I hope that we will see the delivery of Tombstone Pile-drivers for many years to come.

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  1. The American Dream Dusty Rhodes

The Son of a Plummer who has eaten caviar with kings and queens but also scraped the can of pork and beans with his spoon. Not a silver spoon. He was the working man’s wrestler. He didn’t have a perfect body. He had a lisp when he talked ‘if ya will’. The charismatic ‘Common Man’ personified greatness. The feud that he and Ric Flair had was so memorable that I can see some of the interactions in my mind, to this day. I can see his dancing before knocking his opponents to the mat with his Bionic Elbow. Dusty Rhodes was amazing. He made me think that I could a wrestler too. I didn’t have to have 22” pythons like Hulk Hogan or pectoral muscles like the Ultimate Warrior. I too could lock a sleeper hold onto some punk kid because he put my family through ‘hard times’.

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  1. Hulk Hogan

I said my prayers, exercised and ate my vitamins because Hulk Hogan told me to. Over the years, the most famous wrestler of all time may have reinvented himself a couple of times but one thing is for sure, he has always been in the limelight. My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting Hulk at an event down in Orlando a couple of years ago and he proved that he wasn’t a superhero with a super ego. He was a really down to earth guy and even joked with me upon our first meeting when he was hugging my wife and said with a smile to me ‘hey, you’re nice and all but I’m not hugging you’. He talked to us about his back surgeries and the chicken wings that we all were eating at the Hard Rock Café. I genuinely appreciate how he treated us and the multi decade professional wrestler treated us with a respect that deserves recognition. The decorated wrestler may have had his name drug through the mud in the last couple of years but that doesn’t change the fact that wrestling would not be what it is today without Hulk Hogan.

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  1. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin

What?!? During the WWE’s Attitude Era, Stone Cold Steve Austin was (and in reality still is) one of the biggest names in the industry. Stone Cold transcended all demographics and his frustrations with his superiors gave us the example that we wish that we could have followed. When the glass broke, Stone Cold ‘stunned’ his through the so many times that it became comical. Stone Cold’s name shall be listed as one of the greatest sports entertainers…err wrestlers of all time.

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  1. “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair

WOOOOOO! The legendary professional wrestler has cultivated a legacy that will reign as the greatest of all time due to the greatness that has endured in his 40 year career. The 16 time World Heavyweight Champion has kept the audience excited by his strutting and his rule breaking antics. This dirtiest player in the game has knife-edged chopped his way into the hearts and minds of the wrestling world. The limousine-ridin’, jet-flyin’, kiss stealin’, wheelin’ dealin’, son-of-a-gun was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as a single’s competitor and for his work in the infamous Four Horsemen faction. Congress honored the North Carolina native because of how much he meant to the state. Flair’s impact on Pop Culture has been so impactful that his sequin-covered robe has now been placed in the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. The Master of the Figure Four has and will be a pivotal part of Wrestling history.

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  1. Sting

The “Franchise of WCW” and for many years the major draw of TNA had a career that spanned for more than 30 years before he finally made the jump to the WWE in 2014. Sting has been a force in professional wrestling since he and the Ultimate Warrior set out across the country in a T-Top Trans Am to wrestle. Complete with Gold’s Gym membership, the muscle clad duo stepped into the ring and over time, even though they would part, would become gigantic parts of the wrestling landscape. Sting was one of my favorite wrestlers for a long time but it wasn’t until the nWo vs WCW wars started filling the Monday Night Nitro TV time. Sting was our savior against the evil nWo. Sting’s epic battle against Hollywood Hulk Hogan at 1997’s Starrcade literally had me so on edge that I could barely breath. When Sting’s hand was raised, I could not contain my excitement. But years went by and times changed. The WWE (then WWF) purchased WCW and most wrestlers went ahead and jumped ship early or rode out until the last Monday Night Nitro….but our Sting did not. Sting went to TNA wrestling which was an offshoot of the NWA (which has always had ties with the WCW) and stayed there until his 2014 WWE jump. Sting was and still is the paramount, the literal Icon of professional wrestling. He deserves his accolades and he most definitely deserves my placement of him atop my top ten list of my favorite/most influential professional wrestlers.

 

Honorable mentions: The Rock, The Hardy Boys (Matt and Jeff), Dolph Ziggler, Goldberg, Ivan Koloff

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Manic Monday: Smart Phone Speaker as a mini Boombox

​Personal listening of music has pervaded our sound waves since the advent of the radio; which led to car radios, the 1980’sinfamous boombox, the Walkman, then to the mp3/iPod craze and now the Smart Phone. Though it would seem that boomboxes are making a comeback in the form of a gym goer’s cardinal sin: using their phone’s speaker as a way to listen to their music. If you’ve ever tried to work out and someone beside you insists on walking around with their music annoyingly blasting through their phone’s speaker it is quite distracting. In fact, doing this is annoying EVERYWHERE and ANYWHERE! If you’re walking around Walmart and you are listening to your music through your phone’s speaker…turn it off because that is rude. This has nothing to do with what you are listening to. You could be listening to my favorite song; and I would still not want to hear YOUR music. 

Thanks to the Walkman and then the mp3 player/iPod, listening to your choice of music delivered via headphones became the norm as of late; but it would seem that some people have bypassed the use of headphones to let their music pervade the public air space. This isn’t just a pet peeve of mine,  is just plain rude. I also say that if you have your phone on ‘Speaker’ while you at talking to someone (and you just happen to be walking around Food Lion), this act is JUST AS RUDE. 

Top Cat’s Top 10: Memorable Movie/TV Show quotes 

In the world of pop culture; you get the opportunity to come across some very memorable things. We fall in love with TV show characters and movies. We become fans. The fandom leaves us with memorable quote from your favorite TV shows or movies. My criteria for a memorable or influential quote:

• Movie/TV show quotation made up of some exchange from a film/TV show.

• Quote had to have some sort of cultural impact that viewers used in their lives and has circulated through popular culture. This quote becomes part of our lexicon.

• The movie/TV show quote leaves the fans or viewers remembering the movie/TV show when they hear that part.

Honorable Mentions: “Say ‘hello’ to my little friend!” – Tony Montana, Scarface; “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” – Dr. Emmet Brown;  Back to the Future; “Make it so.” – Captain Jean Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.” – Dr. Hannibal Lecter, Silence of the Lambs; “In 900 years of time and space, I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important.” – The Doctor, Doctor Who; “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump, Forrest Gump;”I pity the fool!” – Clubber Lang, Rocky III

Here’s the Top 10 Most Influential/ Memorable quotes from Movies/TV shows:

10. “Avada Kedavra” – Voldemort, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

9. “Nip it!” – Barney Fife, The Andy Griffith Show

8. “Bazinga!” – Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory

7. “I’ll be back.” – The Terminator, The Terminator 

6. “Yo, Adrian!” – Rocky Balboa, Rocky

5. “Elizabeth, I’m coming!” – Fred Sanford, Sanford and Sons

4. “May the Force be with you.” – Han Solo, Star Wars


3. “I’m Your Huckleberry.” – Doc Holliday, Tombstone

2. “Great men are forged in fire. It is the privilege of lesser men to light the flame.” – The War Doctor, Doctor Who

1. “I have the Power!” – He-Man, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe