Monday, September 26, 2011

Tough act to follow!

 There are people with talent, then there are superstars. These two jeopardy champions, without a doubt, fall directly into the superstar category. This isn't really a blog, just a web gem I ran across years ago and thought of tonight in the shower for some reason. Any who, enjoy the wonderfulness that is foreign TV. 

And now she crafts too...

Lighted glass cube, by Hope Epton
Now, for all of you old school hip hop fans, I am not talking about Beastie Boys kinda "crafty". I'm talking Waccamaw Pottery, AC Moore, Michaels, I am going to take this ribbon and glass cube and make something bad ass kinda crafty! "I need a strand of colored lights, stat!"

 When I married this woman, I would have never guessed that within two years, she would be an exact replica of my mother. The phrase "you will wind up marrying someone like your mother", could not be more true in my case.  My mother, plus my wife in a craft store = our kitchen table turning into Epton Craft Corner. The smell of hot glue, paint and wooden trinkets has become a familiarity in our home. It brings back vivid childhood memories of my mother dragging me to Waccamaw Pottery on the weekends, that distinct "crafty" smell lingering throughout the entire store. That place was a nightmare for kids. Have you ever seen how big those damn stores are?? They have entire aisles dedicated to nothing but fake glue-on eyeballs! Every year, its reported that thousands of children go missing from craft stores, never to be found again. Its true, check the facts.

Witchy Door Hanger, By Hope Epton
It really has been something to witness, my wife turning into my mother right before my very own eyes. My mother has always been a very very very very big "decorate for every holiday" type of person. Not the Dollar Store strand of Santa heads or the popsicle sticks on the bottom of the Easter Bunny head that you see strewn about some peoples yards. I am talking, full on Southern Living, handmade, hit every tiny "cute" shop in the south east and stockpile an inventory of decorations that take hours upon hours to put out. Its serious business people. And this my friends, is what my wife is slowly growing into. The Witch Sign (pictured to the left) was my lovely brides first "project". It turned out great. Now, it turning out great means one thing. BRING ON THE NEXT CRAFT PROJECT!! My wife finds something that she enjoys, and is damn good at, then its game time from that point on. The only downside to our decoration collection growing every year, is that we don't have the room for it. My wife has already mentioned, "In the new house, we need a hell of a lot of storage!". This addition to our storage capacity will mean that eventually, my wife can be on my mother's level of decoration insanity. I love that my wife has found this crafty side. The look of satisfaction on her face when she finished her witch hanger for the door brought me great joy. It really did turn out great. I know that in the years to come, there will be a third person sitting at the dining room table, assembling some sort of decoration or project, my little princess. It is inevitable that my wife will introduce her to this new hobby of hers as soon as she possibly can. I think it will be great, all the women in my life, sitting around the table, glitter all over the place, glue everywhere and that "crafty" smell, which I know oh so well, lingering in the air. Ahh, breathe it in.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What Were They Thinking Wednesdays!

I would have to say the most "WTF" thing about this video would be those sweet shorts he has on. Who wears short green cotton shorts?? Since he most likely is not going to make it as a pro BMX rider, he could always look into a career in the stunt man field, cuz big boy knows how to take a fall!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

What is he talking about??


Stephen Epton

Blank Slate
Open Mind
Open Pockets
Oh so Kind

Heidi Fleiss
Rock of Ages
New Jack City
Bible Pages

One thought
Right Now
Here or there
Take a Bow

Never Quit
Don't Stop
Always thinking

A million a minute
One per DaY
Never Again
Try not to say

What the hell
All this blabbin'
Makes no sense
Jaw jackin'

Time to stop
Quit talkin'
Take a breath
Keep on walkin'

End It Here
Right this Minute
Ive said all I want
I'm done, FINISHED!


Friday, September 16, 2011

Biggie Smalls - Lyrical Genius

Just a small list of some of the greatest MC of all time's notable lyrics :

"I was a terror since the public school era/ Bathroom passes, cutting classes, squeezing a--es"
--'Party & Bulls---'

"Your moms will set that a-- up/ Properly gassed up/ Hoodied and masked up/ For that fast buck/ She'll be laying in the kitchen to light that a-- up"
--'Ten Crack Commandments'

"N----s wanna creep gotta watch my back/ Think the Cognac and Indo sack make me slack"
--'Who Shot Ya'

"Because the streets is a short stop/ Either you're slingin' crack rock or you got a wicked jumpshot"
--'Things Done Changed'

"Money and blood don't mix like 2 d---s with no chick/ Find yourself in serious s---"
--'Ten Crack Commandments'

"Tote steel like Bronson, vigilante/ You wanna get on son, you need to ask me"
--'Kick In the Door'

"I made the change from a common thief/ To up close and personal with Robin Leach"

"Also known as the bon appetit/ Rappers can't sleep need sleepin'/ Big keep creepin'/ Bullets heat seekin'/ Casualties need treatin'/ Dumb rappers need teachin'"

"Laugh now cry later, I rhyme greater/ Than the average playa hater, and spectators/ Buy my CD twice, they see me in the streets, They be like, 'Yo, he nice'/ But that's on the low doe"
--'Long Kiss Goodnight

Every time I turn the radio on these days, this garbage that they refer to as music reminds me of how much I truly miss the greatest MC to ever grace this planet. There are still a few greats left (Em, Jay-Z, Nas), just unfortunately surrounded by a bunch of clowns (Lil Wayne, Drake, Waka Flocka, good lord I could go on for days with the "shit list"). Positive of all this stupidity produced today is that no matter what, Earphones + Macbook + Youtube = endless playlist of the classics!

Its Friday Fun Fact Time!

Fun Fact Fridays!

All of the clocks in the movie Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20.

Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village".

All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the
back of the $5 bill.

Almonds are members of the peach family.

The symbol on the "pound" key (#) is called an octothorpe.

The maximum weight for a golf ball is 1.62 oz.

Charlie Brown's father was a barber.

Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously

Of the six men who made up the Three Stooges, three of them were real brothers (Moe, Curly and Shemp.)

Ingrown toenails are hereditary.

In Mel Brooks' 'Silent Movie,' mime Marcel Marceau is the only person who has a speaking role.

Pulp Fiction cost $8 million to make - $5 million going to actor's salaries.

A full seven percent of the entire Irish barley crop goes to the production of Guinness beer.

Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula" and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, "L.A."

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear

An ostrich's eye is bigger than it's brain.

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

Deborah Winger did the voice of E.T.

In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on watch is 10:10.

Alfred Hitchcock didn't have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.

Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.

Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

The muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint - no two lions have the same pattern of whiskers.

Betsy Ross was born with a fully formed set of teeth.

The only real person to be a Pez head was Betsy Ross.                        

Bob Dylan's real name is Robert Zimmerman.

A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home, the stadium becomes the state's third largest city.

Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life"

A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

A quarter has 119 grooves around the edge.

A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up. The
frog throws up it's stomach first, so the stomach is dangling out of it's
mouth. Then the frog uses it's forearms to dig out all of the stomach's
contents and then swallows the stomach back down again.

Bingo is the name of the dog on the Cracker Jack box.

Charles de Gaulle's final words were, "It hurts."

ABBA got their name by taking the first letter from each of their first names (Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny, Anni-frid.)

The Beatles song "Dear Prudence" was written about Mia Farrow's sister, Prudence, when she wouldn't come out and play with Mia and the Beatles at a religious retreat in India.

Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.

The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.

Who's that playing the piano on the "Mad About You" theme? It's Paul Reiser himself..

Kelsey Grammar sings and plays the piano for the theme song of

The male gypsy moth can "smell" the virgin female gypsy moth from 1.8
miles away.

In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.

The letters KGB stand for Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti.

Alexander the Great was an epileptic.

The name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz."

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

A donkey will sink in quicksand but a mule won't.

Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.

Hugh "Ward Cleaver" Beaumont was an ordained minister.

John Lennon's first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.

The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

The average garden variety caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head.

Certain frogs can be frozen solid then thawed, and continue living.

Dartboards are made out of horsehairs.

There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

Napoleon constructed his battle plans in a sandbox.

Virgina Woolf wrote all her books standing.

To "testify" was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement made by swearing on their testicles.

The only planet without a ring is earth.

Wayne's World was filmed in two weeks.

A group of unicorns is called a blessing.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Carrying A Firearm: Against or All For?

A little something I put together after I received my Concealed Carry Permit. I am a firm believer, especially now that my little Gabriella is here, that it is a must to be prepared for any situation. I can only pray that I never have to be involved in a situation where presenting a firearm becomes necessary, but if that day comes, I will be 100% ready to protect my family. I hope you don't judge me for my beliefs because I certainly don't judge people on what they believe in. I am also very far from "that guy" who thinks everyone is out to get him or harm his family, I simply like to consider myself "ready".

Bad Decisions

Stephen Epton

Quit that, stop it, don't move, drop it
I ask of you nicely, I don't want to get violent

Enemies, strangers, dangers, fear
I won't hesitate to react if my family you come near

My family is priceless, you mean nothing to me
You don't want to turn this into something, you should definitely agree

Go ahead and jump, I double dog dare you
No chance for you to scream so that someone can hear you

Decisions are made, each and everyday
I carry a Glock, you carry a blade

Glock 19, pull trigger go boom
Like a deafening explosion, in a tiny room

That shot you heard, that one was your maker
Go on and meet him, hes accepting all takers

Your poor decision, has led to your last
All that precious life, gone and passed

I didn't want to do it, my heart too big
But you left me no choice, now your grave they dig

Put my family in danger, your life you risk
I had no options, you asked for this

An uncle, a son, a cousin a dad
Maybe all the above, oh so sad

It was our lives or yours, it happened so quick
Now the minds cluttered, thoughts so thick

Why did you choose us, we were doing fine
Minding our business, but you wanted what was mine

But you can't have it, I guarantee that
So a statistic you become, just another fact

We, as citizens, have the right to bear arms. Some people may feel that its outrageous or insane to carry a firearm into a public environment. But what happens when you are presented with a situation that involves your loved ones and their safety? Are you going to be ready? Will you do like the movies and hit the “bad guy” with your purse or handbag? Maybe so, but after you make him more angry with silly self defense, there is no telling what he may be prepared to do to you and your family. I'm not saying that you should stock up on ammo and have firearms all over your home, getting ready for the end of the world to come. I'm simply saying that you should take the time to get proper training, and exercise your rights as a citizen of the United Sates of America to properly protect what is most valuable to you in your life, your family. The world has unfortunately seemed to worsen since I was a little guy. It seems like every time the news is on, some one is getting robbed in broad daylight, some soccer dad is robbing a bank, a home invasion is taking place or someone is getting murdered. Precaution is a must in today's society. Not precaution as in assault rifles and bulletproof vests. Precaution as in taking in account your surroundings, thinking ahead of time when going somewhere as far as the time of day and if your by yourself or not. I think having a child of my own has definitely put things into perspective. Quick story, I went down to Ocean Blvd to be with my wife on the day of her 9/11 tribute run. It was me and my daughter, who is only 9 months old. I was approached by a homeless man, who admitted to having a drug habit. He "stepped over the line" in my book when he made a comment regarding my daughter. "I could pick her up and kiss her all over". Long story short, he left w/o any situation arising. I also left a few hours later, alone with the baby to walk back to the car, which was 4 or 5 blocks away. Just what if, this man had approached me with the intent to do harm as I am walking back to my car. If he were to get the best of me, then my innocent daughter is left alone w/ this vagrant to do whatever he feels  up to. But! I have a concealed weapons permit, which allows me to carry a firearm on my person. So the situation is now a complete 180 degrees if I have means of protecting myself and my daughter. The law states that if you are in a situation where another individual approaches you with intent to cause great bodily harm, you have every right to protect yourself by any means necessary!
Bottom line, my family will not become a statistic!

How bout some relief?

Could someone please phone Jesus and ask him where the cooler weather is? I don't think I have ever been more ready for cooler weather in my entire life. The humidity, the sweat, the miserable rounds of golf. I just want it to go away! It seems like Myrtle Beach has been experiencing two seasons over the last few years. 1. Real damn hot! 2. Real damn cold! Its not like when I lived in Greenville and that beautiful season they refer to as Fall rolls around, and it just makes everything you do that much more pleasant. The leaves turn pretty colors, the air smells crisp. Nope, not here. One day its 105 with the heat index and the next morning you wake up there is frost on the windows. I've never really had the pleasure of dealing with snow, but I swear, every year right around July, I tell myself and others around me that I want to move to the town they filmed Groundhog Day in. A little town where you walk everywhere and that gets covered in blankets of snow. Then it will snow a little here around December or January and I will never want to see snow again. I guess its all just one mean bitch of a cycle. Well, if anyone gets in touch with Jesus about the cooler weather, tell him I love him and if he wants to throw a little luck in the form of a winning scratch off ticket or something, I wouldn't be mad at that at all!

Motivational Video Of The Day

I came across this video a week or so ago, its Coach John Flowers giving a pregame speech to his football squad. It will give you goosebumps and leave you feeling like you want to go out and conquer the world. Its amazing the strength and confidence you can receive through another persons words.

    WHO AM I? 


Wednesday, September 14, 2011