Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Pomade Reviews

Sorry about the 10-day gap guys.
So anyways, I've decided to actually do something with my hair for once. I'm going to get either a flat top down at Townzens Barber Shop, or just have my hair thinned. Either way my bangs are gonna be standing up.

Murray's Superior ($1.98) - I first heard about Murray's from a friend at school. He said for a petroleum based pomade, it really wasn't that bad. I got some, and for the most part I agree with him. The only issue I have is how thick it is right out of the can, it's like squeezing a candle! There are a few ways to solve this, rub it between your palms (makes it hard to spread), or put it under a hair dryer for about two minutes. I have it in my hair right now, and it's fairly good feeling, but people have been wearing it since 1925, that's what you'd expect. The worst part about Murray's is washing it out. It requires about ten applications of dish soap, lots of scrubbing, and finally finishing with regular shampoo. Overall, 8 out of 10 stars.

Got 2 Be Defiant Pomade($5.98) - This pomade is gel-based, making it substantially easier to wash out than good ol' Murray's. The one issue I have with this pomade is that it's a "shimmer" pomade, meaning they've loaded it with glitter. Granted, it makes your hair look better, but that stuff is on your hands all day! It has a fairly light hold, so I don't use it that often (i have really thick hair). It doesn't stink, but it comes out fairly easy with just regular shampoo. Overall, this pomade recieves a 6 out of 10.

Lucky 13's White Lightnin' ($8.00) - I have only used this pomade once at a friends house. The company, Lucky 13, has teamed up with Murray's to bring an excellent pomade! It has a light hold, but it has added beeswax. It comes in a 1.5 oz. can, and is relatively expensive for a small amount, but as they say, "A dab'll do ya!". Overall, this pomade receives a 9 out of 10!

American Greaser Supply Co. Flattop Wax ($7.50) - You guessed it, this pomade is for the good ol' folks who like to have an almost candle wax hold on their hair. AGS Flattop Wax is a very heavy pomade, and I have only used it once. It comes in a tin so you can heat it up and soften it, but once it gets heated, it begins to smell very awkward. If you plan on being away from home for a while, I recommend it. One of the silly things about this pomade is the fact that it comes with a toy buried in it! Only 4 out of 10 on this one.

Post some comments about your favorite hair stuff, or any tips on removing pomades!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Christmas is just around the corner!

And with all the presents and good cheer, we mustn't forget what Christmas is all about. Please, go to your Christmas mass, congregation, meeting, whatever your church is having, and give Jesus a big happy birthday prayer!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Truck Update.

In late August, I bought a 1988 Ford F-150 pick-up. Shortly after making the purchase, it developed an electrical problem. After lallygagging with the distributor for weeks, we discovered that the problem was the Ignition Control Module. Ford, being the bright people we all know they are, put it on the distributor in such a way that you have to remove the distributor to get to it. Well, in the process of taking the distributor out, my older brother broke the shaft, so bam, another $130 down the drain. We got the distributor, replaced the module, and got the truck started so that we could time it. Well, my brother turned the distributor the wrong direction, threw the motor way out of time, and shoved the pushrods out of their lifters on 3 cylinders. These stuck valves caused enough back pressure that ir burst the head gasket on the left side. So, now it's been 4 months since I bought the truck, and my friend Jose might loan me the $45.00 i need for the gaskets, given I be his chauffeur for the month. I'll keep you up-to-date on how its going.

removed top side of motor (heads, intake, rocker covers, accessories)
removed exhaust system
cleaned components
pulled pushrods
replaced 2 fuel pumps (out of 3, dual tanks)
bypassed inertia switch (unsafe, but neccesary)
overhauled ignition system (coil, plugs, wires, dist. and components)

replace gaskets, reassemble motor
hook up wiring harness
replace plugs again, DOUBLE CHECK GAPS
replace faulty fuel pump, front tank
repaint the poor thing
replace drivers side window motor
replace ignition cylinder

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Smooth buddy, smooth.

Late last Monday, a young man in my town was struck by a train while driving his car. The A&M railroad said "The man wanted to settle out of court, and will not be reimbursed." I suppose the big guy upstairs was on his side, though, because he has only superficial injuries. When questioned, the man said, "My radio was too high for me to hear the horn." He was lucky the train was moving only ten mph, even though the inertia of 80 cars full of coal destroyed the passenger side of his car. I guess this is just an example of good old ignorance at it's finest.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Blog Changes

I figured I'd change up the blog a little, seeing as the old layout was somewhat dark and depressing. Meh, if you still want to listen to music, the player is at the bottom of the page now

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Next Week...

Our church, though it may seem radical, is actually doing something interesting. Our youth group has it's share of troubled kids in it who have the will to become reborn to god. Our church has gotten permission from the fire dept. to have a small fire in a 55 gal. bucket, and any youth members who have something they BELIEVE to be holding them back can bring and burn it, whether it be negative music, posters, shirts, anything. And the part that has me interested is the fact that the church didn't pound it in like "Bring it in or you will be smitten and sent to hell.", they put it more like "Guys, if there's anything in your life you believe to be holding you down, ANYTHING, bring it in, and we'll help you start anew by removing that item from your life."

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

A favorite verse of mine.

For God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.
Ecclesiastes 12:14

I like this verse because it makes you truly think," am I really as innocent or pure as I think I am?". Comment Please
Big Dave

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The REAL Christians

I read a statistic the other day, that doesn't surprise me. About 37% of Christians who attend church, when polled, said they did not express Christianity in their daily lives. I attend church every Wednesday, and I have seen that this is true. One teen I go to church with was actually prosecuted for stealing last week, but he still claims that he expresses Christianity in his everyday life. It just blows my mind that someone can go to church, learn about the lord, and then turn around and steal.


Big Dave

Monday, December 1, 2008

The solemn sounds of bluegrass.

I mentioned a while back on my fondness of classic rock, but I also have a place in my heart (and ears) for bluegrass. Once again, most of it tells a good story, or talks of god in positive ways. One song I like in particular is Angel Band, by the Stanley Brothers (you can listen to it in the play list) because of it's gospel style mixed with a good beat. Not only are lyrical tunes very delightful, but a good instrumental is excellent. One of my favorite instrumentals is Foggy Mountain Breakdown, by Earl Scruggs. The song is very tonal, and very quick. One of my favorite weekend activities is to go downtown and listen to the bluegrass players in the city park.
Peace and God Bless

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Vista Issues Redux

If anyone who reads this used to subscribe to my twitter blog, then you'd know, but I have vista issues
too many to list know, but may become a video project in the future

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Economic Status: My Opinion

My belief as far as the way he economy is rolling is this; White-collar CEO's have embezzled so much money, that they have driven their companies in to the dust. These white-collar guys forgot that their companies stats influenced millions of working-class citizens, who now have to take the fall for these companies. In fact, 3 local factories have gone under in the past month, one of them an automotive wheel manufacturer. The large loss of jobs has upped the crime rate, which has caused a larger need for civil servants such as police, to do their job double-time. Given, that is their job, but they are being paid by their city or state, and if that state is losing it's industry OR tourism, then obviously, their pay is going to go down, and there will be many a layoff there, too. So while you've got white-collar, stuff-shirt CEO's with a nice big Washington, DC. pocket liner, blue collar America is dying, and fast. If we don't stop this almost cancerous spread of job loss, I believe that America's economy will dive so far, that not even a complete reform may dig her up. If congress continues to give dumb-ass bankers money to fall on while it lets the 2.5 million worker strong auto industry go under, you've got to start thinking of where you could be employed. Barack Obama wants to redistribute the wealth. Well, Mr. SOON-TO-BE-HOT-STUFF president, it is my civic duty to tell you that by January, there may be no wealth to distribute. Your beloved Democratic congress has leeched the American peoples' pockets dry, and there is nowhere to turn to. Why don't you march your rear into Washington TODAY and go flip your congress over. Expose every little bit of corruption, re-establish the basics, and please, try to save something more important than investment banks, save the auto industry. Detroit is burning, and it needs the help of the Capitol Hill Fire Dept. to save her. If our big 3 go under, there will be an unemployment spike larger than ever anticipated. Sure, the car companies only have 2.5 mil. workers, but think of the other companies associated with those companies. Superior wheel, Bekaert radial belts, Autolite glass, all of these companies will no-doubt collapse, and their factories will sit, longing for her employees to come back. So, Barack Obama, instead of walking around so proud to be elected, why don't you calm right down, sit, and start writing a reform plan, because it is going to take every bit of time you have to do such a thing.
For anyone who read this, post your thoughts, get involved, write your congressman

The good music

As you may or may not know, I love classic rock, and right now, Night Moves by Bob Seger is on. I figured I'd write about why I like this genre. It lets me think of the years when my parents were teenagers, and what the past must have been like. The top reason I like most of the music is because of the velvety, smooth tones most of it has. Granted, some classic rock is a little hard, but nothing compared to the music that most of my generation listens to, where you cant even hear a word they're saying, and the guitar gives you a headache. Classic rock tells a story better than most of today's music does, case in point, the song "I kissed a girl." The song's lyrics are mostly that line, and that's just what it is, it is nothing but a girl singing about how she kissed another girl. Well, look back at bands such as CCR, the song Lodi. The song tells the story of a struggling musician who left home with big dreams, and ended up stuck in a small town playing in bars. In my book, that is better than talking about two girls kissing. Another good song that tells a story is the song, "The Weight," by the band. Levon Helms' voice, combined wit the piano, make the song sound amazing. Plus, it tells the story of how a man came in to Nazareth, PA. feeling tired, and just wants to sleep, then ends up helping half of the town.
So, if it's not blatantly obvious, my generations music SUCKS, so I listen to music of the past.


Saturday, September 13, 2008

Willy Monster, April 18, 2008 - September 5, 2008

My weimaraner puppy willy passed away of parvo about a week ago, so i thought i'd make him a memorial on my blog.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Silent Hill, Real or Fake, Or Both?

First, The story of Silent Hill (complete fiction, as it is a video game plot)

The town of Silent Hill, in Toluca County Pennsylvania, was Founded as a Village in the 1600's, and registered as a US City in the Early 1800's. Prior to the 16th century, the Native American tribe who resided there would perform their religious ceremonies in the area, and prospered until the mid-1600's when the American colonists decided to colonize the town as Silent Hill. Thus the town was born. Silent Hill was a booming town with industry until around 1702 when a strange epidemic breaks out and the entire town is deserted. Over 100 years later in 1810, Silent Hill was once again recognized as a city and registered with the US roster. This time, though, the town had precautionarily built a Hospital and a pirzon to help better the conditions of living in the town. The prizon remained open until 1840 when it was demolished due to dilapadated conditions and lack of funds, and the prizoners were transferred to a Pennsylvania State Penitentiary. Later in the decade, a coal field is discovered and the mining business made silent hill explode into a prosperous place once again.After the Civil War was started, the town built a prizon camp for POW's known as Camp Toluca, and had many prizoners during and shortly after the war, and was then reopened as a state penitentiary renamed Toluca prizon. After the war, the Town had a mysterious secret it was keeping, all of its residents started to go missing one after another. Toluca prizon was closed and Silent Hill, along with the neighboring Toluca Lake became a sightseeing area, until a boat on the lake vanished without a trace. People populated Silent Hill until 1972, when the then defunct coal mine was accidentally ignited. The state police had believed they evacuated all of the residents, and sealed the town off with fences and dirt walls to prevent people from entering the highly-toxic carbon monoxide gaspockets in the area. These are the events leading up to the game, which is horendously gorey and disgusting, and I will not discuss it on this blog.

Centralia, PA, The real Silent Hill.

Founded in the 1800's, Centralia, PA, was a small town with less than 1000 people in it's entire span as a town. In the 1860's, a large anthracite coal mine was dug in the city and it prospered for 100 years with the mine. However, on May 27, 1962, Centralia was about te endure one of the biggest disasters in Pennsylvania History . It all started as a regular week in centralia, the miners went to work, the businessman wore their fine suits to the offices, and the local Fire Dept. was ordered to clean out the town landfill. In the years before 1962, the dump was located in a valley towards the outside of tow, away from the mine, however, just months before the fire, the mayor had the dump relocated to an abadoned granite strip mine closer to the town. The fire was controlled to the best efforts of the Volunteer fire dept., But to the Firefigters and mayors dismay, a seldom used coal vein had been exposed to the granite quarry, and quickly caught fire. This affected the town very little until the early 1970's when several people were suffering from Carbon Monoxide poisoning. These people were relocated and their houses condemned, and life returned to normal, until 1979, whn the owner of the local gas station stuck a stick into his underground tank to measure the level, when he pulled it out, he found that the stick was hot, so he lowered in a thermometer, and to his dismay, the gasoline had a temperature of 179 degrees F. The townspeople mostly stayed put and the gas station was closed. National attention was brought to Centralia in 1981 when a 12-year-old boy fell in to a sinkhole four feed wide by 150 feet deep. He held on to an exposed root and was pulled out by his cousin. in 1984, Congress gave $42 million to the town to relocate, most people left, but a few families stayed. In 1992, the state of Pennsylvania took ownership of all the buildings in Centralia, which were all condemned except for populated residences. The last day of the official city of Centralia was in early 2002 when the USPS revoked its ZIP code. As late as 2005, though, 9 people still live in Centralia, making it the smalles town in Pennsylvania to date.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

I got $3050.00 today!

In Iraqui Dinars, that have saddam husseins face on the front, now worth nothing but sentiment to some and resentmen to others.

Just some tunes!