Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween from "Corporate America"

Not quite Captain America ... not quite Corporate America, but a nice mix in between.

Enjoy All Hallow's Eve, true believers. For all you Mexicans out there, get your "Dia de los Muertos" on!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Oakland Appreciation Day

Every once in a while it is just good to appreciate Oakland - up close and in person. I had such a day today, with a few other guys from work that are down for The Town. We went into the Fruitvale district for lunch at a Mexican place called El Huarache, good food, but even better atmosphere and authenticity. Best of all was the surrounding neighborhood in and around E. 14th and High Street with its various Raiders billboards. Highlight of the day: seeing the Hell's Angel's Oakland Chapter clubhouse, it was a real Sons of Anarchy moment, true believers. Also, a few pics from the Piedmont district and downtown:

Al Davis Cause of Death

I tip my 40 to your memory, Mr. Davis.

(Associated Press) OAKLAND -

The cause of former Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis’ death has been determined to have been heart failure.

The death certificate issued by Alameda County says Davis died at age 82 at 2:45 a.m. on Oct. 8 from an abnormal hearth rhythm, congestive heart failure and a heart muscle disease.

He died at the Oakland Airport Hilton, where he lived during much of the football season.

According to the certificate, Davis also had a form of skin cancer and had undergone throat surgery three days before his death. He also underwent heart surgery in 1996.


Friday, October 28, 2011

My new favorite TV Show: HBO's "How to Make it in America"

I can't rave enough about this show. So Authentic. So gritty. So street. So hustler. So skater. So baller. Sooooo NEW YORK CITY!

This show is about a couple guys trying to make it as designers of urban hoodies & t-shirts. It really reminds me of my favorite, grass-roots t-shirt brand, Oaklandish.

HBO absolutely nails the authenticity. The skateboarding, the street food and the most incredibly hip music tracks and still-photograph montages sprinkled throughout every show. Each episode is like a master work of street-level art; each is like a love letter to NYC ... kind of like every Oaklandish t-shirt is a love letter to the great city of Oakland.


The Stranger in the Dark

It's been a while since I told a personal story, so here it is, true believers. I call it "The Stranger in the Dark."

It was about 5:30 and I was getting ready to leave work. I walked from one building on the corporate campus to another, older building. In the older building they turn out the lights pretty early, and tend to keep them off, as it is not an energy efficient building - hot in the summer, colder than a witch's (bosom) in a brass bra in the winter.

I walked into the bathroom and it was pitch black. I've pissed in the dark in this building before, so no big deal. I paused, trying to get my eyes to adjust to the dark, then I approached the urinal. It was then that I heard the stranger in the dark.

I don't even remember what he said, his voice made me scream like a little school girl and I got the frak out of that bathroom. For sure I thought the dude would stay behind to let the awkwardness subside. Not so much. Dude followed me out and when I got to the elevator, I couldn't press the button fast enough. I should've taken the stairs.

So, I decide to face the stranger. Older guy. Weird lopsided smile. He had this nervous, gimpy laugh and he was trying to explain himself and trying to make light of it. I played it off, but I was really creeped out riding down the elevator with this impish fellow. Then I remembered this human gnome: he was the same guy that wouldn't let me back in the building when I'd lost my security badge months earlier.

Now when I see him around he doesn't ignore all of this like it never happened. He gives me this knowing, lopsided grin and it makes we want to turn and go in the opposite direction with the quickness.

Don't know what I'm going to do about this Stranger situation, but I know one thing: I will never walk into a dark bathroom for an after-work whiz ever again.

UPDATE: The stranger came into my office today looking for someone named "Jack." I don't think I look like a Jack, so he ducked out and looked at the name tag on my door ... AWKWARD. Now the stranger knows my name and where I sit. In the parlance of the 1980s: grody!

Who is the master? SHOGUN!

Man, I love Halloween! Flashback to the 80s movie The , "Who is the master? Shogun!"

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Hunger Games - great book, movie on its way

If you've never read The Hunger Games trilogy, go read it. Now.

Yes, it's a simple read, meant for a teenage audience, but so what, the premise is fantastic and the characters are very relatable. If you're a fan of grim, post-apocalyptic Earth stories - and you know that I do - then go pick this up, true believers. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: who doesn't love a scorched Earth story where grungy humans use garbage can fires to stay warm at night?!

It's being made into a movie starring Jennifer Lawrence as the heroin, Katniss Everdeen. Enjoy the trailer.


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Eternal Flame of Al Davis

Wow, what a tribute to the late, great Al Davis. Raiders forever!

CP3 - Carson Palmer comes to Oakland!

All I can say is wow! The spirit of Al Davis lives with this massive trade deadline deal, true believers. In a sport where no one really trades, the Raiders continue to make headlines with deals for players like Richard Seymour and the great QB Carson Palmer. I am so happy and proud of my Raiders for going against the grain and making headlines in dramatic fashion like only they know how to. Who drafts Bo Jackson and Rocket Ismail? Who drafts Terrell Pryor? Who goes out and collects Heisman winners like Tim Brown, Charles Woodson and Desmond Howard? The Raiders do, that's who!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Muddy Buddy 2011 - a Top 10 Finish for O-dogg

For those of you that don't know what Muddy Buddy is, here is the drill: you and a buddy bike & run up some steep hills in San Jose, obstacles at every switch point, 50 yards of mud pit at the end ... and then lots of free beer. Any questions?

Me and Swervin' Purvis (Team Name: Marvel Super Soldiers) finished in the Top 10 in our division at 56 minutes. My Delta Chi buddy Scott (in the Orange Crush t-shirt) finished in first place in his division at 45 minutes, what a baller! Holla!

On a day when my Oakland Raiders won one for its deceased owner, Al Davis, I couldn't think of a better day to be spent out in the gorgeous October sky of the Bay Area for down and dirty party ... literally.

Werd to mother, true believers!

Saturday, October 08, 2011