Interview With Myself…

I found something called an “Interview With Myself”. It’s not too much different than the surveys that I like to do sometimes except that the questions are a little more on the serious side. You know that I have to do it, right? So let’s just do it…

Before I get going, I’d like to thank myself for agreeing to this interview with me. I’ve been a big fan of myself for a long time and it’s a thrill and honor for me to sit down with myself and ask myself these questions. I can’t wait to hear how I answer.

And now, if I’m ready, shall I begin? Let’s get started, shall I?…

1. What Do You Do For A Living?

I do many things including write this blog that you’re reading, write the occasional wrestling column, write fan-fiction stories, pick up contributions for Hope In Christ Ministries and their food bank, give great massages and sleep. But the thing I do to earn a paycheck and pay my bills is work in retail, providing great customer service to the men and women of Scotland County at the local store that distributes Fine Spirits.

2. Who Do You Love?

I love my friends, my family, my cat, myself, etc. No particular person right now am I “in love” with, but I have a great many that I care for and appreciate, some more strongly than others.

3. Do You Have Enough Money?

Unfortunately, not really. The bills and expenses generally tend to add up to more than my current income, but I adjust and get by as best I can. There are many others in far worse financial shape than I am and I’m pretty good at stretching a dollar and managing my money. Would I like to make more? Absolutely, but money isn’t everything and I’d rather be struggling and be generally happy / content than have a ton of money and be miserable.

4. Are You Healthy?

Nope, not really. I live in daily pain and while some days are better than others, I hurt constantly. I also suffer from depression, anxiety and am moody as hell. Some may call it bi-polar, but I jujst blame that on being a writer. We’re supposed to be crazy. So am I healthy? If I ever actually went to a doctor and got a full physical, blood work, x-rays and everything else, I would either be put on medication the rest of my life and declared to be disabled or else they would just put a “condemned” sign around my neck and tell me to get the hell out of their office. I wish I was joking on this, but it is what it is. I’ll be okay though. I’m too damn stubborn not to be.

5. Do You Think You Are a Good Person?

I think that for the most part, I am pretty decent. I don’t think I’ve ever intentionally ever hurt anyone and I try to look out for others whenever I can. That’s a question more for others to answer though instead of me.

6. How Old Are You?

Physically, I am the big “50”. Mentally, it varies from day to day and moment to moment. Age is just a number anyhow.

7. Who’s Your Best Friend?

I have several people who would fit that description, each in a different way. But currently, my BFF and the Jay to my Silent Bob is the infamous K-Mak, aka Kenneth. It’s an odd relationship and most people don’t get it because of the age difference and the lack of things in common, but he’s my little brother, my best friend and a great guy. Age doesn’t matter. Like I said earlier, it’s just a number. And the stuff we don’t necessarily share in common or agree on, so what? We connected, almost from Day 1. I get him and surprisingly enough, he seems to get me too. It is what it is and despite the occasional bumpy trail, I know that when push comes to shove, he’s got my back, no questions asked and he knows I’ll alaways have his as well.

8. What’s Your Childhood Dream?

When I was a youngster, I wanted to be one of three things. Either a professional wrestler, a writer or a weather man. Now, I write about professional wrestling, along with about a million other things, so I think that’s a happy compromise. As for the weather man part, I look out the window to see if it’s raining or not. That’s about as far as it goes.

9. How Often Do You Laugh?

Internally, I laugh quite often. I’m a hilarious guy and I amuse the hell out of myself. But externally, not very often. I might crack a smile every so often and that wicked little smirk likes to show up sometimes too, but a real and true laugh, it’s a rare thing to see.

10. What Makes You Smile?

A funny joke, Kayden cutting up, a guy with a great ass and a great smile, getting to sleep the whole night through without interruptions, Are You Being Served, and someone playing with my hair.

11. Who’s Your Most Dangerous Enemy?

Myself. No one else is allowed to get close enough to harm me or cause me problems. Every major problem I’ve ever had was a direct result of my own bad judgement or an error I made, even if it was just trusting the wrong person or having faith in someone who didn’t deserve it. The old saying is that “the buck stops here”, and in my life, that’s how I feel. I can’t blame anyone but myself.

12. Where Do You Live?

Right here, in my home, where I’m at…

13. Do You Think You’re Strong?

That I haven’t stepped out in front of an 18-Wheeler or gone on a mass shooting spree as of yet… Yes, I am kind of strong or at least very resiliant.

14. What Was The Most Important Thing You’ve Done So Far?

That’s a hard question to answer. I think the work I’ve done with Hope In Christ is pretty important and had made an impact. I like to think I’ve reached out and touched some people with my writing over the years. But I guess it’s just trying to be a good son to my Mom, a good “human” to my cat, a good friend to my friends and a semi-decent person at least to the world at large.

15. What Was The Most Stupid Thing You’ve Done So Far?

Do we have all day? Allowing others to influence me and making bad decisions as a result. The DWI’s back in 1997. Danny and James. Chris. Letting my temper get the best of me many times. Letting others take advantage and take me for granted. Not staying in Wilmington when I had the opportunity and coming back to Laurinburg. Take your pick.

16. Do You Love Yourself?

At times, I do, but at other times, not so much. I’ve done so many stupid things and made some bad calls in my life and that’s a hard thing to look past. I’m getting better at thinking about myself more often and that’s a good thing, but it’s a love / hate deal at best.

17. What Do You Fear The Most?

Being alone and forgotten when I get older. I am essentially a loner and prefer my own company over that of others, but to be totally alone and not have anyone to talk to or share things with, the idea scares the hell out of me. And also, being unable to take care of myself and having to depend on others. I see how certain members of my family live and that’s not living. It’s just existing and waiting to die. If I couldn’t be independent and self-sufficent, I’d rather be dead. And I just want someone, one day, that I can share my life and experiences with as I get older. It doesn’t look as if that will ever be happening though.

18. What Is Your Favorite Word?

“Bird”… cause “Bird is the word!”… Just ask Peter Griffin on Family Guy.

19. When Was The Last Time You Cried?

Last night. I was having an anxiety attack, I was pissed off, and I couldn’t blow properly into the Ignition Lock on my car, so now I have a violation that I’ll have to go get taken care of on Wednesday morning in Southern Pines. That’s a lot of money I don’t have that I’ll be having to spend to have the machine recalibrated and I’ll eventually have to go to a hearing at the DMV Office because of this as well, where they could end up revoking my drivers license. Thinking about it all is almost making me want to cry right now. But anyhow, I have anxiety attacks sometimes and depending upon the severity of the attack, tears are a pretty common thing.

20. What Is The Best Thing That Could Happen To You Right Now?

Right now? My phone would start ringing and a certain friend from New York, who I’ve been a total ass too, would be calling and we could talk. Or I’d go to Facebook and get an IM from someone wanting to hang out right now. I’m not really in a mood to be alone right now and wish I had someone to just sit outside with on the porch to talk to.

21. What Is The Worst Thing That Could Happen To You Right Now?

I could fall over dead in this chair and before I had a chance to clear my browser history. That would be terrible.

22. Picture Yourself In 5 Years From Now

Hopefully, still alive and breathing. Still working at the ABC, but hopefully full time by then. Writing and blogging every day. Living here alone most likely with a bunch of cats. And all slim and sexy and looking like Rob Lowe… lol

23. Do You Regret Anything?

There are many things in my life that I have regrets about. I try not to dwell on them too much because what’s done is done and there’s nothing I can do to change the past. Plus every experience, both good and bad, is a lesson to be learned from. So yes, I have regrets. We all do. We just adjust as best we can and move on.

24. What’s The First Thing You Do In The Morning?

Wake up, get out of bed, get tangled up in my blanket, put on pants and go pee.

25. What Are You Thinking Just Before Going To Bed?

It varies from night to night, but usually it’s either about the people in my life, past and present, or about the fiction stories that I’ve written or am writing. Some of my best plots and stories come when I’m trying to go to sleep.

26. What Was The Highest Point You’ve Ever Been To?

I really don’t know. I guess it would be Pilot Mountain, NC or Blowing Rock when I was a kid. I’ve never been a big fan of high places.

27. If There’s One Thing In Your Life You Want To Change Right Now, What Is It?

I want someone here, by my side, that I can trust and love and who will always be there for me. I’m tired of being alone.

28. What Are You Proud Of?

My writing. I’ve been writing in some capacity for over twenty years and when I’m on and in the zone, some of the stuff is pretty damn good. Admittingly, some of it is pretty lame too, but I think the good exceeds the bad. I’m a writer, damn it, and I’m proud.

29. Sum Up Your Life In One Sentence

Walking that edge and not quite sure which road to follow.

30. Name The Thing That Annoys You The Most.

People… ‘Nuff said!

31. What Is Your No 1 Question To God?

I’m really not sure what I’d ask. Why is there so much suffering in the world? What is the one true religion or is there even such a thing? Why are we here? What is your plan for us? Who let the dogs out? I honestly don’t know and if given the chance, I guess I’d just have to wing it and play it by ear with whatever the first question that comes to mind might be. It could be anything.

32. Do You Have Secrets?

Everyone has secrets of some type. Some have more than others and some secrets are bigger than others, but we all have them. And yes, that includes me, although with these surveys and all of my blogs over the past years, I probably have fewer than most people. The answers are all there. You just have to know where to look. Or just ask me. That’ll work too.

33. What Makes You Laugh?

Things that are funny.. or dark & twisted, depending upon my mood.

34. Are You Happy?

Not really. I have my moments, but overall, things could be better.

And with that, I’d like to thank me for sitting down with me and allowing me to ask these questions of myself. And thanks to all of you for reading. Questions and comments are welcome. And now, I’m going over to Netflix to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Have a great night.

Ubuntu!

Music Fact Or Fiction: March 25, 2017

Music Fact Or Fiction
March 25, 2017

As anyone who has known me for any length of time is well aware, I really do hate when a customer refuses to talk. They walk into the store, a sour expression on their face as if they stepped into a pile of horse crap, the nose way up into the air. I speak as they enter, “Good morning!”, and they don’t say a word except for maybe a huff of breath. Then they approach the register to have their purchase rang up and I repeat, “Good morning!”, or “How are you today?”, or something of that nature. They just glare, never saying a word or even acknowledging that they’ve been spoken too. I ring up their sale and tell them the amount and they are just standing there, an air of arrogance mixed with a look of disgust all across their face. The transaction is completed and they just pick up their bagged item and walk away, still refusing to say anything. I say, “Have a great one!”, “Take care!”, or something of that nature. I may get an evil leer, but generally, still no response at all. I really do hate and despise these people. They need to be smacked, in the face, with a steel chair. “Will you acknowledge me now, ass-clown?”. Those people… they belong on “The List!”.

But what was I saying? Oh yes, I remember now. As anyone who regularly reads my material knows, I sometimes write an article called “Wrestling Fact or Fiction”, where the questions come from the site, 411mania.com/wrestling and the answers are all mine. It turns out that 411mania.com also has a music section and that they also do a “Fact or Fiction” column for music too. I saw this and decided that, what the hell, if I can “borrow” their wrestling questions, then I can “borrow” the music ones too and do a “Music Fact or Fiction” column. Also, I’m bored. So now we have this. The questions come from 411mania.com/music. The answers come from me. Let’s do this…

Snoop Dogg’s latest video for “Lavender” went too far with its mockery of the President.

Fiction: If Snoop was still relevant or important, this might be a big deal, but he’s not (and never really was) anyone of any major importance in my opinion and is just trying by any means possible to grab some attention and spotlight. Is it disrespectful as hell? Yes and I’d love to see someone stand up at the record company and maybe drop him as an artist or maybe some endorsements be lost as a result. It won’t happen and he wouldn’t care anyhow. The only thing that would hurt Snoop would be if his weed-connection was cut off. He’s a dumb-ass.

You’re not interested in Drake’s More Life.

Fact: Who is Drake and why does he matter anyhow? A pretty boy with an okay voice who I could care less about. “More life” or “No life”, it’s all the same to me. Next!

Frank Ocean’s song “Chanel” was a step down from his other works.

Fiction: I had to go to YouTube and look this up because I had never heard this song. It’s pretty decent and I like it. The man is an excellent singer and the song is good. What more matters than that?

Ed Sheeran will do well on Game of Thrones.

Fact: I don’t watch Game of Thrones and only have a faint notion of who Ed Sheeran even is, but I saw something about this on some site and he’s got some acting experience and a loyal following of fans so why the heck not. I don’t think the GOT producers would have hired him if they didn’t think he’d be a positive addition to the show. They hired him and he’s there so what more needs to be said?

Imagine Dragons have yet to recapture the quality of the first hit album.

Fact: I’m not even sure who the Imagine Dragons are so I had to go to Wikipedia and YouTube to find out. Not bad. As for not matching the quality of the first album, that’s a pretty common thing in the music industry. It’s called the Sophmore Slump and it happens more often than not to most musical artists. So long as they’re happy and the music company is happy and both parties make money, it’s not really a big deal. It’s just part of life in that business.

The music video for Future’s “Use Me” was below average.

Fiction: I’m not even sure of who “Future” is so I again, had to go to YouTube and watch this video. It’s not bad and I was entertained. It’s nothing special, but it’s not anything to be ashamed of or bad either.

Future’s back to back #1 debuts in the Billboard 200 is impressive.

Fact: Anytime a band can debut at #1 on the Billboard charts, it’s a good and positive thing and should be celebrated. Good for them.

Lorde’s new song “Green Light” is a good preview of her second album.

Fact: I listened to the song and liked it. Lorde has a great voice and unique sound and if this single is any indication of what the upcoming album will bring us, then good for her.

Black Sabbath will never get back together.

Fact: While never is a long time, look at the facts. Everyone who matters with Black Sabbath is old. Very old. And Bill Ward, when the last opportunity to reunite came up, was a bit of a prick about his pay scale and role. Ozzy doesn’t need Black Sabbath and without Ozzy as the frontman, what is the point of a reunion anyhow? Stick a fork in them – they’re done.

Jay Z is right about the state of modern radio.

Fact: I generally don’t give a damn about anything that Jay Z says, but he’s right in that radio’s role in making music stars and promoting new songs is as low now as it’s ever been. It’s all about YouTube, I-Tunes and the internet now. Radio still has a role, but most artists can take it or leave it with little consequence or effect on their career. Video killed the radio star and now, the internet and I-Tunes are killing the radio stars. It’s a nasty and vicious cycle.

Even after the casting announcements, you’re still not sold on the Tupac/Biggie TV series.

Fact: Let the two men rest in peace. Biggie is dead and Tupac lives in Cuba. They’re history. Forget about it!

You’re interested in Coldplay’s new EP Kaleidoscope.

Fiction: Coldplay doesn’t interest me, period.

A Taylor Swift streaming service would have to be cheap to be successful.

Fact: If I want to listen to Taylor Swift, and honestly, why would I anyhow, I just go to YouTube and pull up her videos. She’s a good singer and songwriter and all of that, but all Taylor, all the time? Would I pay for that? Would anyone honestly pay for that? I don’t think so.

Breaking Spotify records isn’t as big a deal as music websites say it is.

Fiction: I personally don’t care, but what the hell. Records are made to be broken and if a band breaks a record on Spotify, they should tell everyone and shout it to the wind. Be proud and loud because it’s all about perception in the entertainment industry and any successes do matter.

As it turns 20 this year, Selena is still one of the best music biopics.

Fiction: I watched it once and have never watched it again. In comparison, the movie “The Doors”, starring Val Kilmer, I’ve watched at least a dozen times. “I Walk The Line”, the biopic of Johnny Cash, I’ve watched probably fifteen or more times. The Selena movie is okay, but one of the best? Nah, I don’t think so.

Mariah Carey’s animated Christmas movie won’t be very successful.

Fact: Mariah Carey has gone from a talented singer to an over-rated joke of a Diva over the past several years. The only one who really cares anymore about Mariah is Mariah. This attempt at staying relevant will bomb, just like she did back on New Year’s Eve. A waste of everyone’s time to be sure.

You’re not interested in a memoir from Gucci Mane.

Fact: I had to ask my brother who Gucci Mane is and after he clarified for me and told me a bit of the man’s story, I admit that I was a bit interested. I like some of his songs (but don’t tell anyone because I have a reputation to maintain.) But I expect, if he does write a memoir, he’ll leave out the best stuff, sugarcoat the rest and who really wants to read something like that. If he tells the full and honest truth, someone will probably end up killing him (or at least trying to again). He hasn’t had enough of a career to fill out a book yet anyhow and except for killing people, there’s nothing to see or read. Forget about it!

Chuck Berry’s legacy as a rock and roll pioneer is intact.

Fact: He sang “Johnny B. Goode”. He made singing about his “Ding-A-Ling” a big hit that was even parent approved. He’s a legend, an icon and has a legacy as one of the first and one of the best. No matter what else happened in his life and history, that legacy remains strong and will go on for years to come. RIP Chuck Berry. You were definitely one of the best.

And there you go with my first trip into the music world, at least in this format. What do you think? How did I do? Thoughts and comments are welcome. And now, it’s time for breakfast… and maybe then, a nap. I’m Doug and I’m down and gone. Catch you on the flip side.

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Crash & Burn…

Have you ever known someone that despite their issues and demons, has really touched you in a special way. I know a guy like that. He’s an alcoholic and a drug addict and pretty much bad news from day one. At least that’s the public perception of this guy. I never really agreed with it and saw a different person. Admittingly, I was wearing rose colored glasses at the time and dealing with issues of my own so my view is tainted, but so what? I saw a guy who was good looking, smart, funny with a twisted wit, a great personality and was a true pleasure (at times) to be around. Yes, when he was “on the hunt” for something to feed his demons, he could be abraisive, obnoxious, even violent and a true ass-hole in so many ways. But then he’d quench his thirst for a while and the other side, the good side, would come back out.

We were close for a long time and I’ll be the first to admit it wasn’t really a healthy relationship. He used me for his own gain and I used him for mine as well, both trying to manipulate the other for our own purpose. But the connection was there and the really good moments were there as often as not. Then things went south, as they often do, and we went in different directions. I focused on life and work and working towards more becoming the man I needed to be. He went the other direction, more into the world of abuse and drugs, to himself and others. Occasionally, we would come across each other, be polite and respectful, and then go our seperate ways. I always hoped that one day, he’d get the help he needed and wise up, grow up to be the man I saw, the man I knew he was and could be. Get away from the addictions and the path of evil and find a path of redemption.

We spoke a few weeks ago and yes, I admit that I was the one who initiated contact. We had spoken a few times and talked about being friends, at least casually, again. And although initially, I pushed him away because I could see how far he had fallen, even farther down than he was when we first met, admittingly I was interested. I could still see some redeeming qualities there and I saw the good still shining through, albeit it tarnished and struggling. We even took a walk together and talked one night and though it started off well, it didn’t take long for the lies and manipulation to pop up and for the “games” to start. I broke it off immediately right then and left, coming home. I’ve spoken to him once since then, meeting his girlfriend and exchanging a few friendly words before we parted. I knew then that he was forever lost, but I still had some hope that one day he’d be okay and find his way back to a better life, a good life and be the man I once saw and knew.

I read the local paper this morning. He made the news. He was arrested for assaulting and robbing an elderly old man. The man is okay, but any hope I had for the guy is now totally shattered. He is smart. He is good looking. He has a fantastic personality and sense of humor. He has so much potential for so many things. But he’s given himself totally to the path of evil and there is no redemption. There is no saving grace. Some things can be forgiven, but anything having to do with an old person, a child or an animal can not be overlooked or forgiven.

Part of me will always love this guy, but I know that he’s not going to get better. He doesn’t want to get better or improve his life. He made his bed and now he has to lay in it. I’m just glad that I was able to break away and see the truth before the victim was someone I love… or even me. I’m alaways going to miss the good guy. The bad guy won and that part, I’ll never miss. I just think the whole deal, it’s just so sad.

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24 Questions…

24 Questions

1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, find line 4 and write the sentence here: “And so you witness the shape-shifting nature of tolerance.”

2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What’s there? A window blind, a window and a pane of glass…

3. What is the last thing you watched on TV? A press conference held by the Press Secretary for the White House, taking questions about the lack of a vote for the Health Care repeal.

4. Without looking, guess what time it is: It’s just a little bit after 5:00pm.

5. Now look at the clock. What is the actual time? 5:19pm

6. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear? I hear the voices from the show, “Are You Being Served”. I’m listening to it on YouTube while I’m writing this.

7. When did you last step outside? What were you doing? I went out earlier to check the mail and put out water for our stray visitors of the feline nature.

8. Before you started this survey, what did you look at? I was watching YouTube and episodes of “Are You Being Served”.

9. What are you wearing? Jeans, a t-shirt and socks.

10. Did you dream last night? I had a weird dream about an old acquaintance, talking and teasing a reunion which we both know will never happen.

11. When did you last laugh? Earlier today when my best friend sent me a text talking about a child in a toy stove and Jews.

12. What is on the walls of the room you are in? A mirror, a couple of pictures and lots of nothing.

13. Seen anything weird lately? I see weird every single time I leave this house.

14. What do you like to do to relax? Read, write, sleep and do the cha-cha-cha.

15. What is the last film you saw? Does “Marvel’s Iron Fist” over at Netflix count? Nope, since it’s actually a series rather than a real movie. I guess it would be “Blazing Saddles”. It’s become my go-to movie when I need a laugh.

16. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy? Pay off the old bills, homes that are paid for with land for a few certain special people, a 1972 VW Convertible for my “dream car” and I’d open my own c-store (or chain of) to keep the money making money, a proper investment that I have some knowledge about. And my own website to write on as I see fit and change the world.

17. Tell me something about you that I don’t know. I don’t like people, but everyone knows that. I used to deliver newspapers, but that’s common knowledge too. How about I’m a legally ordained minister as of September, 2000.

18. If you could change one thing about the world, what would you change? No more racism (or liberal Democrats)…

19. Do you like to dance? I know that it is now and forever my duty to shake my booty.

20. What do you think of the president? He wasn’t my first choice by any means, but he is doing a far better job than I expected, he’s trying to do exactly what he promised he would do and he is our President, so we owe him the opportunity and chance to do just that. And he’s definitely far better than Hillary could ever be.

21. Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her? Theresa Annette Maynard…

22. Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him? Vincent Paul Maynard or Vincent Alan Maynard…

23. Would you ever consider living abroad? If I had the money and opportunity, I definitely would. I probably still wouldn’t associate with people or mingle any more than I do now though. Have I ever mentioned that I really don’t like people?

24. What do you want to say to God when you reach the pearly gates? Why me Lord? What have I ever done, to deserve even one of the pleasures I’ve known.please

Wrestling Fact Or Fiction – March 24, 2017

Wrestling Fact or Fiction
March 24, 2017

It’s 5:30 in the morning and I’m wide awake and unable to sleep. That sounds like as good an excuse as any to write a quick “Wrestling Fact Or Fiction” column. I miss the old days that my tag team partner, the World’s Most Dangerous Man, Russell Jackson and I, used to do this weekly for the fine folks at Wrestle-Zone.co.uk. We totally rocked! But that was then and this is now and I’m here, ready, willing and able to get ‘er done, cause that’s what I do. It’s either this or watch episodes of “The Lost Saucer” on YouTube. I think I’m making the right call.

As per usual, the questions come from my long time, close personal, shades of “Mean Gene” Okerlund, friends from 411mania.com/wrestling. The answers and opinions, they belong to me. Let’s do this…
1. Despite her rocky relationship with the company, WWE will not release Paige following the leak of her nude photos and sex videos.

Fact: Her poor attitude, hanging around backstage at Impact Wrestling tapings and relationship with former WWE / current Impact wrestler Alberto Del Rio may end up causing her to get the pink slip, but if anything, the release of these videos have probably saved and lengthened Paige’s relationship with the WWE. If it’s true that her phone was stolen and the photos and videos were hacked, she’s the victim and the perception and backlash that WWE would face if they kicked her while she was down would be tremendous. Plus there is that whole movie thing about the story of her life that WWE and The Rock are currently filming. The WWE has far too much time and money invested in that project to just drop it. I don’t honestly ever think we’ll see Paige in a WWE ring again, but I think her job is pretty safe for the time being. They’ll wait for another wellness violation or until it’s all died down and pretty much faded from memory and quietly release her then, later rather than sooner.

2. A Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns Universal title match for WrestleMania 34; this will result in another failed coronation of Reigns as the top face in WWE.

Fiction: I honestly don’t know which way to go here. If properly booked and Reigns is allowed to be more of himself than the overly scripted character he’s forced to portray, it could work and be successful. Or it could bomb big time. There is way too much time between now and next year’s Wrestlemania and far too many outside forces and variables to consider to really speculate this soon. I don’t really care much for Roman one way or the other, but I can see money in the man and his character if used correctly. The hardest part for the WWE and Vince is finding that direction to take him and getting it right, something they haven’t been able to do yet.

3. Raw has been too focused on Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley instead of really pushing WrestleMania feuds.

Fact: I love the interaction between Mick and Steph to a point, but what is the point? Mick can’t wrestle, can’t take any kind of physical abuse and it’s pretty clear that the Mick Foley we’ve been seeing for the past six months is, with a few rare exceptions, a shadow of what his character could be. As for Steph, she plays the bitch role and no one can ever get any kind of real revenge or payback on her and it defeats the whole purpose. GM’s and authority figures are best used with a “less is more” approach to further along the storylines and help push the wrestlers. This hasn’t been happening as much as it should and too much time is spent on characters like Mick and Steph who don’t wrestle. There is no payoff here and it’s really hurt the RAW and WWE products.

4. Southpaw Regional Wrestling is the most fun and original thing WWE as done in years.

Fact: I wouldn’t really call it original, but it’s funny as hell and something I would never expect from a company like the WWE, mocking (in a loving way) and doing a parody of wrestling from the early days. I want to see more.

5. You are excited for Impact Wrestling’s new working relationships with AAA, CRASH & Pro Wrestling NOAH.

Fiction: I’m happy for the wrestlers involved because it will give them more opportunities to work, make money and show off their talents to different audiences. But I don’t watch Impact Wrestling. I’ll keep track of their product because I like Chris Masters, who has joined the Impact roster, but I just don’t really have much use for them overall. I wish them success because it’s best for business and best for the wrestlers, but given the way they’re trying to do Matt and Jeff and the Hardy clan, Impact Wrestling will never be all that much in my eyes.

6. Who is the one talent that you feel has been shafted in terms of not receiving a marquee match at WrestleMania 33?

There are quite a few talents that I feel deserve better than they’re getting at Wrestlemania 33, but the ones that stand out the most to me are Big Show, Braun Strowman and Luke Harper. Big Show was suppopsed to be taking on Shaquille O’Neill in a featured match at Wrestlemania, but for whatever reason, that deal fell through. Now he’s been thrown into the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal with all of the other talents that don’t have a major match. Why? Braun Strowman has been built up like a major monster and has really improved so much over the past 8 months, but he’s not even booked in a match yet. I realize that may change and he may end up part of the Undertaker / Roman Reigns match and if so, that’s cool, but he doesn’t belong stuck in a Battle Royal or some stupid filler match. He deserves better than that. Or just have Braun fight Big Show. Problem solved for both men.

But I think my answer is Luke Harper. He’s busted his ass so much and was in the title picture against Bray Wyatt just a few weeks ago. He won the Battle Royal to become the #1 contender when AJ Styles foot touched the floor first, despite creative editing and denial by the WWE. He fought AJ for the right to go against Bray and lost that match, but that obviously didn’t mean anything because AJ isn’t fighting Bray either. He’s fighting Shane McMahon. And Harper has just been totally forgotten about by everyone. I guess he’ll be stuck in the Andre Battle Royal too, but he should be going after his former mentor for the WWE title or at least injecting himself somewhere in the title picture. Since this Wrestlemania is full of multi-person matches, what is one more at this point? Have Harper attack Randy Orton and Bray on Smackdown this coming Tuesday and lay them both out, thus getting inserted into the mix and a triple-threat for the WWE title at Wrestlemania. An all-Wyatt family WWE title match? Works for me. Yeah, I think the most shafted wrestler in WWE right now in terms of not having a match at Wrestlemania is the former mainstay and former Intercontinental Champion, Luke Harper.

And there you go. So what do you think? Thoughts and comments are welcome and appreciated. And with that, I’m down and I’m gone for now. Have a great one and thanks for reading. I’ll catch you on the flip side.

Ubuntu!

Thirty Days Of Dougie! (Day 30) – James Dean & Spaghetti…

I was going to start this off with the lyrics for Sinatra’s “My Way”, but for some reason, my mind has gone totally blank and I can’t remember them. That’s odd, especially since that’s one of my favorite tunes by the “Chairman of the Board” and I sing that song quite regularly while in the shower, as well as when I’m out driving around. I guess I’ve having a senior moment. It happens sometimes and far more often than I’d like to admit. So, what should I do? Instead of starting off this blog, the final edition of “Thirty Days of Dougie!”, off with charm and class, I’ll just go for the other extreme. And that means (are you ready?), the Barney song.

I love you – You love me
We’re a happy family
With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you.
Won’t you say you love me too

I love you – You love me
We’re best friends like friends should be
With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you.
Won’t you say you love me too

And now, that song will be playing in your head for the rest of the day.

You’re welcome.

And yes, today is the end of this infamous blog series, “Thirty Days Of Dougie!”. It has been quite the ride over the past thirty days and although this experience hasn’t been quite for me what I was hoping for, and in some ways even a total flop, it’s still been fun. When I started this, I was hoping to get the fire burning once more and the passion and enthusiasm I once had for writing back into my soul and system. It hasn’t quite worked out that way. I still love to write and every so often, I’ll get those creative fires burning and manage to have that moment, but for the most part, these past thirty days just haven’t been able to do it for me. The topics have been lacking and lame and that has something to do with it. Using the format I did, reaching into a box and pulling out random topics to write about, it happens. But I have to take the blame and responsibility myself too. There was a time, as anyone can see by some of my past “Thirty Days” projects, that the topic didn’t matter. I’d take what I was given and run with it like Tim Conway and Harvey Korman doing a skit on the old Carol Burnett show. No matter how bad the material might be, they would run with it and make it work and it would be funny and entertain. And back in the day, I could take almost any subject or topic and make it funny and entertaining. I just can’t do that anymore.

So what should I do? Maybe give up this whole writing bit and call it a day? Some days, that seems like it would be the best option. But then I think about it. I’m in a rut right now. It happens. But my Mama didn’t raise no quitters and I love this whole writing thing way too much to quit. I’d go insane and total bat-poop crazy if I tried to give it up. Some might tell you that it’s already happened, (the crazy part), but they’re just a bunch of haters anyhow. And they can bite me! I’m in a rut. It happens. I’ll just keep writing until it all works itself out and the fire is back. And if it never comes back, oh well… We’re going to have a helluva ride anyhow and give it the best shot I can anyhow. Anything less would be unacceptable. And wasn’t that the tag for a soap commercial a few years ago? Or maybe it was a deoderant commerical? I remember it from somewhere. Regardless of where it came from, that’s my line now. Anything else would be unacceptable. Heh heh!

Has that giraffe had the baby yet?

So I suppose that I should get on with it now and do the blog thing. I should have done this yesterday, but I was having a day yesterday and didn’t feel like writing. I rode to Southern Pines and back to take care of some business and then did my volunteer work, picking up for the Food Bank, and by the time I came home, I was totally in an “I hate the world” type of mood. I didn’t want to see anyone, speak to anyone, think about anyone or write about anyone. I just wanted to sit quietly in my room in the darkness, feel the fan blowing to keep me nice and cool, and just be embraced by the peace and quiet. It didn’t quite go as I expected or hoped for, but it was still a decent afternoon to have some “Dougie time!”. I really need to go ghost for about a week or so and just vanish. It would be so nice. It won’t ever happen, but it’s a great thought.

But long story short (too late), I didn’t blog yesterday. I’m blogging today and playing catch up. This is the “Thirty Days Of Dougie!” and this is Day 30. Let’s reach into the box for the last time (for now) and find a few topics. We have “James Dean” and “Spaghetti”. Are you readu? Let’s just do it…

Before I go any farther, I want to send my condolences out to WWE Hall of Famer and long time wrestling announcer / personality Jim Ross and his family for the loss of his wife, Jan, who passed away a couple of days ago at age 55 following an accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.

And now…

Thirty Days of Dougie! (Day 30) – James Dean & Spaghetti…
March 23, 2017

The first topic for today is… “James Dean”. So what can I say about this legendary actor who only made three movies, but left a legend and legacy that will never be matched? He was, from all accounts, moody and manipulative, highly intelligent, but always searching for that missing piece of the puzzle. And based on the three movies he did make before dying in a car accident, he was one helluva great actor who could capture a character and role and become that person. He was real.

Let’s just take a quick look at the three movies that James Dean did star in. I have all three in my video library and would recommend them to anyone who wants to kill an hour or two and just be thoroughly taken in and exposed to the magic.

Movie 1 – East of Eden: Based on the classic novel by John Steinbeck, this movie was about Cal (played by Dean) and his efforts to connect with the cold and distant father. Dean really made an impact, playing the “bad son” who just can’t seem to get it right but finds redemption in the end as he becomes his father’s keeper and confident. There’s far more to the movie than that, but I’m not going into all of that here. Just watch the movie and you’ll understand why America instantly was awed by and fell in love with James Dean from the very beginning.

Movie 2 – Rebel Without A Cause: This is the movie that everyone thinks about when they think of James Dean. The picture of Dean, playing the character of Jim Stark, wearing that red jacket, smoking a cigarette, is legendary and engrained in the minds of all of us. It’s just a great movie that’s a bit simplistic in it’s handling of several issues (abandonment, anti-social behavior, estrangment from parents, etc), but in the end, it works and Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo (who is in my opinion, the strongest and best character in this movie) end up creating their own little dysfuntional family. And then Plato is killed. I hate cops! But it’s a great movie and one that I would strongly recommend for everyone.

Movie 3 – Giant: This is a long-ass movie. I think it runs like almost three hours, maybe longer. It’s got an interesting story and watching James Dean, Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor age throughout the movie, going from twenty-somethings to old people is pretty cool. The movie is good at the beginning and James Dean really steals the show towards the end as “Jett”, the ranch-hand turned oil billionaire, in the end. He’s a great actor and plays the role to the max. The middle part of the movie is kind of bleh though and when I do watch it (rarely because it is so damn long), I just fast forward through that part. If you’ve got some spare time and are a fan of Dean’s, Taylor’s, or Hudson’s (and look for a brief spot by Sal Mineo – if you blink, you’ll miss it)… watch this movie. It’s a great example of bigger is not always better. They made it too long, but the antics of Dean’s character more than make up for the slow parts.

That’s not really all that much about James Dean, but more just some talk about the movies, but it’s all I really have time for right now. So let’s close this up with this. James Dean is one of the most iconic and recognizable actors in American history. He only made three movies, but they were all stand-outs and fun to watch. James Dean lived the motto “Live fast and die young” and that’s exactly what he did. He died far too soon before the potential and magic could really tapped to the max. But his legacy lives on and he will forever be the symbol of that rebellious spirit in all of us. He’s truly then, now and forever the ultimate rebel without a cause.

And now, topic two which is, “Spaghetti”…

Every small town has their “Urban Legends” and Laurinburg, NC, the town where I reside and have laid my head since 1981, is no exception. We have such notable sites and personas as Gravity Hill, where you can park your car in nuetral and unknown forces will move your car back up a hill. We have Stewartsville Cementary, which has graves dating back to the early 1700’s and is said to be full of ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night. We have the cementary up behind what used to be Smyrna Church where it’s said that if you listen closely, you can hear the cries of a baby. And of course, we have the legends of Roy Gee’s house in Hasty where, for a period of years, was the place on weekends to party, get drunk, get laid and get confused about your sexuality. Who needed Vegas when Roy threw a party?

But first and foremost among all of the stories and legends of Scotland County is the story of “Spaghetti”. And no, I’m not speaking of the thin Italian noodles covered with a delicious meat sauce that young dogs in love enjoy eating in Disney cartoons. I’m speaking of a man named Cancetto Farmica. Here’s the story.

Way back in 1911, twenty-three year old Carnival worker Canceto Farmica was involved in a fight in nearby McColl, SC and ended up being killed when his head was smashed in by a wooden stake the size of a baseball bat. The carnival people brought Farmica’s body to McDougald Funeral Home here in Laurinburg, NC and made a ten dollar deposit for the body to be held until Farmica’s family could come and claim the body. Farmica’s father soon showed up in Laurinburg and made arrangements for the funeral home to hold the body until arrangements could be made with the rest of the family.

So McDougald’s embalmed the body and waited. Finally, a letter came asking that the body be shipped to Italy and Farmica’s home. McDougald calculated the expense of doing so and sent a reply to Farmica’s family. And waited for a reply that never came. So McDougald placed the body of the deceased Carny on the third floor of the family home / funeral home for storage. And the body turning brown as it dried out. The locals took interest in this oddity and started coming by to see the corpse, affectionally referred to as “Spaghetti”. In 1938, the McDougald Family moved their business (and home) to their current location on Biggs St. and they took the mummified body with them, moving him from his third floor home to a glass display case that was featured and hung out in the garage.

And the people just kept coming in droves to see and gawk at the dried out and preserved corpse, clad only in a loin cloth, with a large tent stake next to him.

Finally, in 1972, word of “Spaghetti” reached the desk of New York Congressman Mario Biaggi, who got the permission of a judge to petition McDougald’s to finally put Farmica to rest and give him a proper burial. And with money donated by local businesses and citizens, on September 30, 1972, the body of Cancetto Farmica, aka “Spaghetti”, was finally laid to rest at Hillside Cementary. Concrete was poured over the grave to prevent any grave robbers and a memorial was put in place.

And one of Laurinburg’s greatest attractions and best urban legends was laid to rest.

I’m not sure where I first heard about “Spaghetti”, but it was sometime after I moved to Laurinburg in 1981. I was fifteen years old and had a strong fascination with anything weird or odd. Actually, that explains quite a bit about my high school dating. Anyhow, I remember going down to McDougald’s Funeral Home with a friend of mine. I can’t remember for sure who, but this was probably a year or so after I moved here. We wanted to see “Spaghetti”. The person we spoke to was really cool and told us where the grave was so we could go visit it (and of course, we did almost immediately). And that was pretty much the last time I thought about the man.

Until I had a dream last night. And there he was. And I knew that I was supposed to do something. And so, here I am, sharing his story. It’s kind of creepy. I just hope that now, finally after all those years of being on display and being an attraction, he’s finally resting in peace.

Cancetto Farmica
Died: April 28, 1911
Buried: September 30, 1972

Rest In Peace

And that ends not only this blog, but also “Thirty Days of Dougie!”. Thank you for reading. This ends the series, but it’s not the end of my writing, not by a long shot. Keep an eye open for this page and you will see, there is much more to come. As for now, ‘dat is all de people need to know. Catch you on the flip side.

Ubuntu!

Thirty Days Of Dougie! (Day 29) – Snakes, Reality Shows and One Night Stands…

I’ve got the earphones on, listening to the sounds of Cyndi Lauper singing about how the Goonies are “good en’uf”, while the confirmation hearings for potential Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch is playing on the television. This seems like a good time to add one more thing to the mix and do some major multi-tasking and knock this booger out. And by booger, I don’t mean the lovable character from the “Revenge Of The Nerds” movie, but instead, it’s Day 29 of the infamous “Thirty Days of Dougie!” series. Yes, it’s almost over folks. Tomorrow at this time, I’ll be channeling the late, great “Dean of Professional Wrestling” Johnny Weaver and belting out the song, “Turn out the lights – the partys over!”. Or was that the late, great Don Meredith of Monday Night Football fame? Doesn’t matter I guess since they both sang that song and used it as their trademarks. But that will be tomorrow. This is today. By the way, has that giraffe had that baby yet?

I know he’s a great basketball coach (although he’s no Dean Smith by any means), but UNC Coach Roy Williams wears some of the ugliest jackets in existence. I’m pretty sure that it’s all part of creating an image and larger than life character, much like Bobby Knight always threw chairs and Coach K always grabs his back and takes a break when his team is having a rough time, (I’m kidding), but still, it’s like Williams goes to the local Goodwill and thumbs through the reject piles of left over outfits from 1972 and picks the ugliest one he can find. Seriously, those are some ugly jackets. At least he’s a good basketball coach.

And now, let’s go ahead and knock out today’s edition of the blog. On second thought, let’s not. I just glanced at the clock and I have to go do Food Lion for the Food Bank first. And I need to go oil and water my Blazer too. And go by Wal-Mart. No, I’ll wait and do that this afternoon. But the Blazer and Food Lion can’t wait. I’ll be back shortly and we’ll knock this bad mama-jama out then. See you soon.

And now I’m back. It was a good day for the Food Bank as Food Lion gave us lots of bread, lots of meat and plenty of deli stuff too. I don’t tell the folks up there enough how much we really do appreciate what they contribute and donate to help us feed the residents of Scotland County. From what the head man told me a few weeks ago, we’ve got one of the best distribution ratios in this region and based on our numbers, we feed roughly a thousand or more people a week. This is the smallest county in North Carolina with the highest unemployment rate and one of the highest tax rates and I know that the people who come to see us each Thursday appreciate the help that we can provide. And it’s companies like Food Lion, who I’ve been picking up from for almost eight years now, who help make it all possible. So thank you to Mike, Doug, Dee, Mike T., Jamie, and all of the rest who are there for us each and every week. It is very much appreciated.

And now, let’s do the blog. It’s Day 29 and the end is in sight. We go to the Magic Box and the topics are “Snakes”, “Reality Shows” and “One Night Stands!” Let’s proceed, shall we?

Thirty Days of Dougie! (Day 29) – Snakes, Reality Shows and One Night Stands
March 21, 2017

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of snakes are obviously the no legged, slithering reptiles that we all know and love. Well, some people do, but I’m not really one of them. I don’t hate them and I’m not going to advocate a killing spree of all things that don’t blink and have flickering tongues, but I’m not going to go out and adopt several dozen as pets either. I have a live and let live policy when it comes to snakes. Do what you want and be the snake you were meant to be, but don’t come around me and don’t sneak up on me and we’re good. There is nothing like walking a trail in the woods at two or three AM and coming across, coiled up in the middle of the trail, a very active and wanting to be friendly snake. I’ve had it happen a couple of times and what I did each time was turn around and go back the way I came. To hell with the woods. I’ll just take the long way home and walk down the side of the highway instead.

And the other kind of snake is the person who is your friend til’ the end, unless you’re not around or they can’t use you or get anything from you. They call you “brother” and “friend” and “pal” to your face, but as soon as your back is turned, it’s not nearly as friendly and nice and the insults are flying. Unfortunately, there are far too many of these kind of “snakes” out in the world and I definitely prefer the reptile version to these two-faced, lying human types. So if you’re one of those kinds, two words for you and the initials are F.U. If you’re a slithery, reptillian version, just you mind your business and I mind mine and we’re good. ‘Nuff said!

Next up is reality shows. I don’t much like them. They’re fake and scripted and have gotten to be extremely stupid, in my opinion. When they first came out, I liked them as much as anyone. I was a big fan of the early days of “The Real World” and I enjoyed “Surreal Life” on VH-1 too. And I even admit to watching shows like American Idol and Survivor because it was different and new and cool. But things have changed and in the efforts to become different from the normal and stand out, the reality shows have gotten less and less real and more just plain out “stupid idiots on deck!”. You know I should do? All reality shows? I’m going to do it! I’m putting them on “the List!”. But what was my point? When they first started, all those years ago, they were okay. As I’ve gotten older and (hopefully) wiser, I realize that, really and truly, most of them suck! And there you go..

And finally we have “One Night Stands!”. If you’re in a relationship with someone else, don’t do it. Be faithful and real and loyal. But if two people are single, legal consenting adults and want to have a quickie or a romp in the bedroom, and it’s totally okay with both parties, then what the hell, go for it. I’d much rather be in a honest and commited relationship with someone, but since I’m not, if a person wants to play, let’s play. It’s all good. Yay for us! And that’s the bottom line because I just said so.

And I think that’s it for today. Tomorrow is Day 30 and this all comes to an end. Thank you for reading thus far. I’m Doug and ‘dat is all de’ people need to know! Have a great one.

Ubuntu!