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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

I hope everyone has had a great Thanksgiving. Be safe tomorrow if you’re going holiday shopping. Remember you can get a lot of awesome deals online. Anyway have a great day and a wonderful weekend everyone!

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Thanksgiving’s Holiday Traditions.

Here in the States Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching. Id love to hear your guys traditions. I’m sure for the most part it’s gathering around the table and eating food with loved ones. But I’m also sure you guys have some crazy habits. One of our customers invited us to his Magic the Gathering themed Thanksgiving called Brommander Night. A night where him and his friends get together to cookout and play Commander (the Magic the Gathering format). They do this once a month and since it is November, him and his friends are making a Thanksgiving tradition out of it. Pretty cool, honestly.

Since I have to see both my mom and dad, I don’t really do a lot at either house. I just try to enjoy them and see them as everyone has off that day.

So feel free to comment down below between special dishes or family games what your family does. I’d love to hear them all.

My AP Top 10 as of November 14th, 2021

Oklahoma finally took a loss as Georgia wrapped up a perfect SEC run. Let’s look at how the top 10 shapes up this week.

#1 Georgia– Georgia remains one of a few unbeaten teams left in the country and have continued to dominate everyone they face. 3 games still await them as they locked up the East weeks ago. Still the question remains, is Georgia a lock or could an untimely loss cost them that playoff spot?

#2 Cincinnati- Admittedly, Cincinnati hasn’t looked as impressive as they did earlier in the season but they are still undefeated. Their win over Notre Dame continues to grow more impressive with each week. In fact at this point it is the third most impressive win of the season. With only Oregons win over Ohio State and Michigan States win over Michigan as more impressive. They play SMU next which is the last tough team on their schedule. Handling business could go a long way to securing their playoff spot.

#3 Ohio State- I have gone back and forth and back and forth over spots 3-5. But Ohio States thumping of giant slayer Purdue confirms to me OSU is playing as the 3rd best team in the country. For Oregon there is a mountain to climb, but we will get to that. Ohio State still has to play Michigan and Michigan State. If they are 11-1 by the end of it, they will probably be #2 in my book.

#4 Oregon– Big games count for something. But for how much I’m unsure. As long as Oregon goes 12-1 they are in my top 4 somewhere. The lost to Stanford is terrible. Their lack of conference strength will hurt them. However, the win over Ohio State will keep them afloat even if they aren’t looking that great.

#5 Alabama- I live in the South. I know Alabama gets the benefit of the doubt everytime. But Alabama only has one thing going for them, that’s Saban. I do think Young is great and they have playmakers everywhere. But this Alabama team isn’t as great as ones in years past. They have Saban and five star recruits everywhere, which means they could still win it all. They have 3 games left assuming they handle business. It starts with Arkansas then Auburn and finally Georgia. Obviously sitting at 12-1 would get them in. Let’s just sit back and see where this goes.

#6 Michigan State- There was definitely two weeks of cause of concern. They were on the verge of being blown out by Michigan before ultimately losing to Purdue by double digits. They got back on track and will now try to finish strong.

#7 Michigan- My pick to win that tough Big 10 division almost came out flat. It was a dog fight against a Penn State team that doesn’t get enough credit, honestly. Michigan needs a big game against Ohio State and then it needs some help from outside forces to jump into the top 4.

#8 Notre Dame- Notre Dame continues to just beat people. However they picked the wrong year to lose to Cincinnati. No one on their schedule has panned out to be a top 25 team outside of Cincinnati. And if the committee caps Cincinnati’s ceiling than how could ND ever hope to get in without a championship game?

#9 Oklahoma- Oklahoma finally gave the polls something to cheer about with their 24-14 loss in which neither Oklahoma QB got it going. There’s plenty of cause for cornern in Norman. OUs best case scenario is to go 11-1 and avenge their loss to Baylor in the Big 12 Championship.

10 Wake Forest- A few teams are vying for this spot. Oklahoma State, Baylor and Ole Miss all made strong statements that they deserve to be in the top 10 with impressive wins. However, Wake Forest only has a 1 in the loss column. I’m aware the playoff committee will probably leave Oklahoma and Wake Forest out of the top 10 due to lacking quality wins. But I’ll park these two teams at 9 and 10 and see if they can keep their winning ways going.

So that’s my list. The last few weeks promise to be real telling on how our top 10 fills out. Thank you guys for reading and have a great day!

My Five Favorite Cards From Pokemon TCG: Fusion Strike

Hey guys, let’s take a look at my five favorite Pokemon cards from the latest Pokemon TCG set, Fusion Strike. Remember, I don’t really play the TCG. I mostly collect the cards. So my list is going to be based off of art style and the Pokemons themselves. Not so much based on abilities or power levels.

#5 Espeon VMAX

Starting the list off is one of the highest presale priced cards in the set, Espeon VMAX. Admittedly, I love the art and use of color on this card. I’m just putting it this low because I know it is Jessica’s #1 pick from the set.

#4 Genesect V

Based off of art alone, this might be the best card in the set. Sadly, this one of the few old Pokemon’s I’ve never caught or owned. So I have no attachment to the Pokemon itself. V alt arts are really killer in this set though!

#3 Flaffy

Honestly, the secret rares don’t do a lot for me. Their backgrounds are boring compared to the alt art. But they still pop. And I love Flaffy a lot. The fact a middle form got a secret rare and it was Flaffy of all Pokemons is just too awesome.

#2 Mew V (Alternate Full Art)

Here again is another V alternative art card killing it! This one does a lot right in my opinion. You’ve got Mew as the Pokemon in question, which I love. The color is awesome here! And there’s several Pokemon all in the shot, a plus in my book. This card scores a near perfect score in my scorecard!

#1 Celebi V (Alternative Full Art)

A lot of what I said in the previous entry holds true here. I like Celebi more than Mew which is why Celebi edges Mew out for the #1 spot. I like the color better on Mew but the use of landscape, atmosphere and color all work incredible well. This card gives off Christmas and hope vibes which I think we can all appreciate heading into the Winter months!

So there’s my top 5. Let me know what cards you guys are looking forward too most! Fusion Strike is on sale tomorrow so be sure to grab a box or some packs!

Life Lessons With Uramichi Oniisan Random Thursday #1 (Anime Review)

Hey there, today is not a new segment so to speak. It is more of a reworking. As the series was formerly know as Random Wednesday but I want to do more comic book pick ups on Wednesday. The premise of this series is simple. I watch the first episode of a random anime and then talk about it. Today’s Anime is Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan.

Here’s a run down of the plot so we are all on the same page. Uramichi Oniisan went to university and became a talented gymnastic. However, at the young age of 31 his life is going nowhere and he is the lead character of the children’s show “Together with Maman.”. Think of this show as Barney or Blue’s Clues in this universe. The rest of the show serves to highlight the struggles of not knowing who you are or what you want to do with yourself. His co-workers are scared of his mental unhingeness and his producers, oddly enough, just put up with his outrages. This show tackles a pretty serious issue, mid-life crisis, in a lighthearted manner. One episode in and I can’t tell if the show is trying to bring light to the subject or turn it into a comedy or both. Either way, the show manages to be hilarious because of the dark subject material juxtaposed to such an innocent setting. Uramichi is trying to figure out how to get his life out of the gutter while simultaneously inspire, educate and lead small children.

Interestingly enough, I’m not sure the wide appeal for an anime like this. However, it definitely hit close to home to me. At the age of 21, I was living in my dad’s pool house. My job, babysitting my 6 little siblings. They ran the gambit in ages from 8 to new born. I hung out with them every day because they were home schooled. I helped out in their education, entertained them and always tried to be there for them. All the while having no clue what I was doing with my life. I had bounced around colleges and majors. By this time I had attended three different colleges and had 5 different majors. I started out as a Mass Communications Major with a concentration in Film and Television. After I transferred to my next school I switched to Education. I was in a committed relationship and no longer dreamed of working on movies. I liked the idea of empowering kids and teens to be their best self. After a year as an Education major, my professor told me to just major in Biology since that is what I wanted to teach. However, a lot of my math courses didn’t translate with me so I was having to take extra courses. And because my college had 2 major campuses, I could never get signed up for Chemistry. Frustrated from spinning my wheels, I switched my major once again to general business. While, taking the business core, I planned to pick one area to major in. In hindsight I almost wished I would have picked Marketing, but I chose Accounting. I then transferred to my third college with my 5 major.

Well, I only have about a year of Accounting courses left not counting my minors, but I have fallen out of love with the subject and I am taking a break from school. It sucks, but it needs to happen. So I am sitting here, watching anime about a guy who had his life all figured out now spiraling out of control while I am unsure of my own future. I can relate to trying to be positive for the next generation while your world is in constant upheaval. So that’s why I did this specific life story tangent. I feel like this anime was created for me. Obviously I have only seen the first episode, but it seems right up my alley. I love the off-beat humor, the colorful supporting cast, the non-sense slice of life scenario it is set in. Honestly, the first episode was near perfect and quite enthralling. Though I totally get it if the all-over-the-place, chaotic nature is not your thing.

Recap:
Action: This is not a violent or action packed anime. There may have been some slapstick humor but I don’t remember.
Romance: I don’t recall much in the way of romance either.
Plot: The plot is nothing really special here. It is more so the characters’ interactions and the way they handle the world around them.
Characters: We are introduced to about 5 or 6 characters that could play bigger roles. Tobikichi Usahara and Mitsuo Kumatani play his lovable mascot sidekicks. While Utano Tadano and Iketery Daga show up occasionally for musical numbers. Of course there’s also Uramichi Oniisan and the children who I cannot wait to see what weird hijinks they get into.
The World: It is a slice a life anime. The world is nothing special. It is exactly our world.
Humor: Humor is of course one of the strong suits of this anime. Again it is situational humor playing on the absurdities of these character’s lives and situations.

All in all I think this is a great anime if you like the following:
Slice of Life. There’s no great evil or end of the world stakes. It is just PvE. Real life people working through problems.
Relatable cast. A lot of us work jobs that are unfulfilling or have co-workers we have to deal with. Sure some of the characters are extremes or caricatures, but a lot of it is grounded in reality.
Nonsense or Off beat humor. The funniest aspects of the show often revolves around humor that seems out of place or all the wall.

So, there you go. We’re going to try to keep this a weekly thing but there’s going to be a big life update post soon, so get ready.

Thank you guys for watching. Have a great day.

My AP Top 10 Rankings (NCAAF College Football Rankings!)

So, I work and don’t get home until late on Sundays, so it is easier for me to do a top 10. This is my rankings and my thoughts. They will be different than the actual AP Top 10 Rankings.

#1 Alabama

Alabama continues to be the only team in the country without a flaw. They play Florida next week. If they dismantled Miami and beat a respectable Florida team, they will have earned that #1 ranking.

#2 Georgia

Say what you want about Georgia’s offense but they were clicking last week against UAB. Georgia has an easy schedule for a while until they have to square off against rivals Florida and Auburn. Georgia has arguably the best defense in the country and that will carry them while they figure out the Quarterback position. They also have the best win in the country.

#3 Oklahoma

Oklahoma got all they could handle last week against Tulane but bounced back against WCU to the tune of 76-0. So far, OU has not faced much competition and won’t for a while considering Iowa State and Texas both got manhandled last week. We will see if OU’s high flying offense is still soaring when Nebraska comes to town next week.

#4 Oregon

I went back and forth on if I wanted to move Oregon all the way to 4th. But here they are. They claimed the second best win of the season beating Ohio State at Ohio State 35-28. They were sleep walking last week against Fresno State but redeemed themselves last week. The Pac 12 as a whole got wrecked with Colorado, USC, and Utah all falling. UCLA remains as a potential quality win down the road.

#5 Iowa

Iowa is one of the few teams who has already claimed the corpses of two ranked teams beating a formerly ranked Indiana and a ranked ISU team. That’s impressive enough to me to move them to number 5. Clemson lacks a lot of signature win potential while the Big 10 is chalk full of teams for Iowa to boost their resume.

#6 Clemson

Clemson at 6 is more indictive of Oregon and Iowa more so than Clemson. Clemson has a very respectable lose even if they did not look great in said loss. There’s really not much more to add until we see Clemson continually dominate the ACC.

#7 Penn State

I could list them at #6 based off their accomplishments but I’ll leave them here for now. They beat a ranked Wisconsin team in Week 1 before beating up on unranked Ball State. I’d like to see Penn State do it again against elite competition before I move them any higher for now.

#8 Cincinnati

The knock against Cincinnati will be their schedule. That certainly limits their ceiling when Georgia and Oregon are out claiming signature wins. Still, Cincinnati should be favored in all their games this season and will need to blow out opponents and hope for some upsets along the way.

#9 Texas A and M

Texas A and M is a good team. However, they did not travel well to Colorado. Their starting QB got hurt and they barely survived. We will see how long Texas A and M can withstand their schedule as the season gets tougher and tougher from here on out.

#10 Ohio State

Ohio State and Regular Season Upsets… name a more iconic duo. But in all seriousness, Ohio State just seems like a team that will get better as the season goes on. They have a Freshman QB who will only get smarter as the season goes on. This team feels like last years Oklahoma team. Where they are far more talented than most teams they will play, but they will be sloppy and let some games get away from them. It will be fun to see if they can rebound against what might end up being a loaded Big 10 this year.

So that’s my top 10. What did you guys think? Whose in your top 10? Honestly, I just have no room for Notre Dame anymore. Florida could crash the party next week if they upset Alabama. Stay tuned for weekly updates!

Virtual Game Night!

Tonight, as in here in a few minutes, Jessica and myself will attempt a virtual game with her uncle and aunt. Were going to be playing Letters from Whitechapel where 1 person plays as Jack the Ripper and 3 players play as detectives. We each own a copy so we will both have the board available to us. Outside of that, there’s always exploding kittens on our phone or even Jackbox games.

Let me know some fun family games that can be played over zoom/messenger. In June most of our game nights will be virtual like this so were open to some idea.

Anyway, thanks for reading and any suggestions. Have a great night everybody!

Odd Taxi Episode #4 Anine review

I watched Episodes 4 and 5 of Odd Taxi Monday. I was going to do a review over both episodes, but from what I remember, there was almost a disconnect between episodes. And it was episode 4 that stood out to me.

Both episodes were good. 5 was more of that gangster, noir espionage feel that the show has used to great effect. Episode #4, however, had a unique vibe. It told a different, but still interwoven, story about a cat and addiction. His addiction centers around collecting, gambling and loss of self identity. In an essence, it tells a story of consumerism stealing our meaning in life.

This topic hits pretty close to me for two reasons. The first is that I work at a hobby collectible shop and we see a lot people make bad financial decisions in order to obtain cool stuff. Personally, I believe people work for money and would gladly trade that money in for happiness in the form of trinkets and games. I think that part is natural. Though, there is a line where it becomes unhealthy. Some people do it because of the dopamine hit. Others do it to belong to the exclusive clubs that come along with the items. Others determine their whole self value based off of what they have in their possession. Obviously rich people do this too (keeping up with the Jones). And that lifestyle leads to bankruptcy and burn out. It happens to the lower-middle class as well.

The second reason is because in my sustainability classes, we actively preach against the false comfort that is consumerism. We talk about the power of freeing yourself from the shackles that are identifying your worth based off what you own. (Not talking about assets like stocks and such.)

The story follows Tanaka, a cat whose life is spiralling out of control. It’s been a 16 year build up of just bad decision after bad decision. The beginning of this episode deals with school yard psychology as Tanaka and his class peers compete to have the rarest most collectible erasers. One kid’s parents travel and as a result can buy exotic erasers from other countries. Tanaka cannot compete with this. I think this is an important lesson for kids and adults. There will always be someone richer than you. Dont compete with money. If I am remembering right, we never see Tanaka use any of his personal traits to win the kids over. He never uses his humor, his charm or any interesting facts about him. He just tries to impress the kids with expensive erasers. And how does he do that? He steals his dad’s credit card and pays a ridiculous amount for something half the price. This earns his father’s ire.

I’m not sure what message the show was giving by having the expensive eraser never be shipped after he won it from ebay. My only guess is to make the username the antagonist. As the username will pop up later. The next step the show takes is to have his classmates move on from eraser collecting and the eraser never shows up. However, I thought it would have been impactful for him to rush to class to show off his new eraser and the other students dont even acknowledge it or even make fun of him for still liking those while he desperately clings to the item he just spent a small fortune  on.

Either way, fast forward I think 16 years and we find Tanaka has a nice job and hes learned his lesson. He still likes collecting but now its digital through a free to play zoo game. The game gives daily coins for free and will mostly reward you with common and uncommon (not rare or super rare) animals. For the ol giggles, he checks the player with the best rated zoo. It’s the same name as the eBay seller from 16 years ago. That old primal rage is resparked. He now wants the best zoo. He starts off small, only putting in a 1,000 yen a week. However, frustrated with not seeing the results he wants, he ups the spending big time. Before long, he has put about a million yen in a free to play.

This is the huge PSA announcement. The social commentary here is how predatory gacha machines and similar games can be. It feeds off of gambling tendencies and our rush of dopamine from the chance of pulling something rare. Tanaka plays as a stand in for the audience. For the hundreds of thousands of people who have lost countless money on these gimmicks.

So, finally after 16 long years Tanaka gets his revenge. He hatches the dodo bird (the rarest animal in the game). He literally starts crying tears in the middle of the street. His joy is cut short when a crazy taxi driver (you’ll never guess who) drives recklessly around a corner. This causes Tanaka to jump out of the way, dropping his phone on the ground and into a ditch of water…

He retrieves the phone but the progress is lost. The dodo bird no longer resides in his zoo. To make matters worse, Tanaka’s real bird dies. While burying the bird he stumbles upon a gun. Now, with dead eyes and a taste for revenge, Tanaka sets out to kill Odokawa.

This episode is a masterpiece. Plain and simple. The fact that they can, in the middle of the anime, shift gears and focus on a formerly nameless character and it still has the same feel as the right of the series, you know theres something special about this anime. I love the nonlinear storytelling, the narration and dialogue, the characters and the world, it all just blends seamlessly into a near perfect anime. You have to observe everything because it could become the focal point of another episode soon enough. I’m completely sold on this anime. I already was, but now its official. This anime is genius and I cant wait to see how it end.

3 More Wii U Games Left Until Complete Set

I popped into one of my local game stores today and, to my surprise, they had one of the Wii U games I needed. As a recap, I needed Devils Third, Disney Planes Fire and Rescue, Just Dance Kids 2014 and Just Dance 2019.

Well, I got to knock one off the list! And the winner is…

Yep… Just Dance Kids 2014.

I’m not proud of it, but hey. Just 3 games to go. The dopamine hits are getting lesser and lesser but it is still exciting to see one!