Around the Horn: Superbowl Commercials

Superbowl XLVIII is just around the corner. Its the Denver Broncos versus the Seattle Seahawks. Denver has the #1 offensive with an explosive receiving core lead by the future hall of fame quarterback Peyton Manning. Seattle has the #1 defense with a scary secondary nicknamed the Legion of Boom lead by the “thug” pro bowler cornerback Richard Sherman. Now I’m pretty sure not all the YOMYOMFers are sports fans but the Superbowl does attract all people of color, size, sex, religion, and diet. And that’s mainly because of the expensive commercials that get premiered. One of my all time favorites way back in the day was the Budweiser video with the frogs saying each syllable over and over. That thing went so viral even though “viral” probably wasn’t a thing back then. Everyone at school the next day couldn’t stop saying it for months. That’s actually kinda funny. A bunch of school kids repeatly saying an alcohol beverage. The commercial was genius! Last year Budweiser still used animals but it was the one where the clydesdale runs and finds his original owner. It was heartfelt and sweet.

Do you guys remember any old Superbowl commercials that you really liked or thought was genius? And if you are a sports fan, who do you got for the game? I’m a die hard niners fan. So I really hope Manning stomps all over Seattle. So I’m going to say Denver 27, Seattle 17.

Around the Horn – Ghetto Costumes

Halloween is creeping up really fast. It’s probably been some years since I’ve gone all out and dressed up.  Granted “all out” doesn’t really mean too much since all my Halloween costumes are usually ghetto. They’re usually home made, mix and match, or hand-me-downs but sadly in no way does it ever look good. I don’t mind looking silly since I’ll probably be drunk anyways. Probably the best ghetto looking costume that I can remember would be about 8 years ago. Back home in SF, I put together a Cat in the Hat costume. Hat was good and tall, makeup wasn’t makeup, and instead of a cat suit of some kind, I wore some ridiculous clothes with fake fur coming out. It was definite an epic fail. But it didn’t really matter since every hot girl had to ask me what I was, followed by taking a shot with me. So it still became another epic Halloween night.

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 What’s the most ghetto costume you’ve ever worn for Halloween?

Around the Horn: Offenders’ Summer Plans

The summer solstice has now pass and the daily temperatures are setting new records. Summer is in full force and I hardly get to talk to my fellow Offenders. A simple question for this week’s ATH, what are your summer plans/goals?

Mine are pretty simple. I’m definitely hitting the outdoors on hopefully a few camping trips. My friends and I usually do the more hard core style camping instead of the traditional car camping. It’s always good to disconnect yourself from your iphones and emails once in awhile. These plans also would require me to get into shape. Hiking 5-8 miles a day with gear on isn’t always the easiest task. Time to hit the gym and tone up those beer bellies. I’m also excited to go visit my nephews. Since they’ll be on summer break, I’ll be able to take them on day trips while trying not to spoil them too much. I also want to start organizing and archiving all my old footage and pictures from years of traveling. But the main goal this summer for me is to relax and try not to overwork myself. It would be nice to actually finish a good book or just get out and enjoy the sunshine.

Around the Horn: Car Crash Tales

Last week I got into my very first car accident ever…and it was my fault. I was rushing to meet some friends for dinner and turned into Han from Fast and Furious and drifted out of the parking lot and onto dinner. As the light turned green at an intersection I was behind an SUV that started to take off. As I gassed the pedal, I took my eyes off the road for a second and next thing you know the guy hit his brake for some reason and I went straight into his back bumper. If I was an observer, I would have probably thought what’s wrong with this idiot. Yes, this idiot being me. Since this was technically my first time in a car accident, I was a little flustered for a second. What do I do? Was it his fault? I actually had a moment where I could have taken off and he would have never caught up to me while we were both pulling into a Ralph’s parking lot. But something inside me thought I had to do the right thing. So I proceeded to pull over and face the consequences. I debated in my head whether to be the guy who would blame everything on the other guy since you’re never suppose to admit fault at an accident. But what I did was a pretty boneheaded move and I just made sure the other guy wasn’t harmed. Luckily, the guy was ok and even though his bumper was bent down, he wasn’t tripping about it since his car was already in such bad shape. He said to me, if I can bend it back up then don’t worry about it. I was quite surprise especially since I live in the land of people suing each other and thought he would definitely want something. But oddly he didn’t care enough. That night alotta things were running through my head like I need to take my time driving and I need to get my own brakes checked. But mostly what ran through my head was how lucky I came out of that situation. Was it because I didn’t drive off? Was it because I was just honest about the whole situation and didn’t try to escalate it? Or am I truly just a happy-go-lucky person? I rather just like to think that everything happens for a reason.

Do you remember the first time you got into a car accident whether it was your fault or not? Did you learn anything from the experience?

Around the Horn: A Hairy Situation

Since it’s winter, I usually keep my hair a little longer than my usual shaved head. I think the last time I paid for a real haircut at the barber shop was in middle school. So a few weeks ago when I had to go to a wedding reception, I decided to visit the barber’s chair. I first found out it wasn’t $6 for a haircut anymore. It was a whopping $14. There’s a lot of things I could do for $14 like a good steak dinner or even a movie or three (movie hopping). But looking clean cut was more important at the moment. And to help hide those grey hairs. But the second thing I realized sitting there in the chair was how hard it was to find someone who could perfectly cut the hair the way you want it. My odd shaped football head was quite the challenge. And after 10-15 minutes using a shaver and comb to do a fade, then explaining how my lumpy head works, to finally having her just shave my head clean, I realized this was a completely bad idea. So a few lessons were learned from this experience. One, don’t be bold on some random barber and just go with the norm on important events where there’s cute single girls. And two, I’ve probably saved thousands of dollars with my $20 clippers I bought in middle school.When’s the last time you tried a new hairdo? Was it a great experience or the worst decision ever?

Navy Stories: Random Steak House

Back around 2001, our ship was stopped over in an undisclosed location loading up tomahawk missiles. We were about a month or two away from deploying to the Persian Gulf. This would be my second time going. By that point, life sucked ass. I was almost 21 and my innocent childhood was long gone. My motivation for the military and my constant thought of regret weighed heavy on my heart while my buddies who went to college were out partying with cute girls every night. Even the week prior, there were protesters outside our base that bombed my truck with tomatoes as I drove into duty. Sorry people, I don’t really make decisions about war. But the thought of leaving for another six months had me at an all time low. This wasn’t summer camp. We finished loading up the tomahawks and I had the night off so a few buddies and I decided to say, fuck ship food and grabbed a taxi.

Around the Horn: Movin’ On Up Edition

Moving to a new apartment or house can be a great feeling. Finding the right location and getting a bigger place can give you a fresh new start on life. But moving out of the place you lived at for the past eight years sucks big pie hole. Sorting through old junk you randomly bought off ebay, finding weird boxes under your bed, or how dust collects in your room got me thinking, Damn I’m a messy motherf’er. But for the first time in my life I’m going to be living on my own. No more roommates, totally solo. All the mess will be mine. All the unclean dishes will be mine. And all the hair thingys stuck in the shower drain will be mine…but I don’t have much hair, ahem. And I think it’s finally the right time. Hopefully I don’t become super lazy and watch Breaking Bad all day. It’s going to be an odd feeling. Hopefully I learn alot about myself. Maybe it’ll force me to go out more. I’m going to try to cook a little more. Maybe be healthier. Or maybe I’ll get a dog and we can be best pals for life. I dunno. Only time will tell.

My question this week for you Offenders is when did you finally live on your own, roommate free, and what did you learn about yourself? Any advice for me as I start a new chapter in life?

Around the Horn: Winning the Lotto Edition

ANSON: I remember when I was about 10 years old and my Dad used to always let me pick the lotto numbers for him. Every week we would go and walk to the liquor store near our house and I would fill in the bubbles of my favorite numbers. Birthday dates, pager codes, sometimes I used favorite sports icon jersey numbers like Will Clark or Michael Jordan. One time, I actually hit four numbers and won around $80. It wasn’t millions but it was definitely something more than what I had with my mini baseball card collection. My dad gave me half of the winnings. I was sorta pissed actually because I thought I’d deserve the whole thing. But when it came time to decide what to do with my $40, I went out and bought a bunch of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures. I was the coolest kid in my school for a few days with my new toys. I know it wasn’t like millions where you would obviously buy a home or even an island. But if you only won just a small amount from the Lotto, like $200, what would be the first thing you for sure would treat yourself to?

Car Tal…I mean “Car Discussion 3″ w/Sung Kang aka Han from “Fast & Furious”

What’s up good people of the World?  Happy we can share with you all the 3rd installment of Car Tal…I mean Car Discussion (plus the revamp of Car Talk Car Discussion Episode 2 with my good friend Tyrese). We got some flack from Car Talk so we had to change the title from Car Talk to Car Discussion.  The Car Talk from NPR sent lawyers after us saying Car Talk is the title of their show and legally we can’t call our show Car Talk, because Car Talk has been around longer than our Car Talk.  So we needed to change our Car Talk to another name that doesn’t sound like their show Car Talk.  So we decided to change our show from Car Talk to Car Discussion.  Hopefully now Car Talk will not be upset at our Car Talk, I mean Car Discussion.  It’s all very confusing so hopefully Car Talk 3, I mean Car Discussion will clarify everything.

Car Talk Discussion 2 (w/Special Guest Tyrese):

Car Talk Discussion 3:

Why I Love China


In honor of Chinese New Years, I recalled back to memories of my last trip to China in early 2011. It was one of my most daring backpacking trips in my life to say the least. I decided to start in the top left corner of China near the “stan” countries and just train my way back to Hong Kong. Did I mention I don’t speak Mandarin. I went from bagless to homeless to underwearless in the first week. But with those struggles, I met some cool locals. Also on my trip, I met up with one of my childhood buddies and toured Tibet and a few cities like Chengdu and Chongqing. We did so much karaoking that we decided we had to make our own karaoke video about why we love China so much. So I am embarrassed to say, here’s my singing debut. Gung Hay Fat Choy everyone!!!

So Sorry–Sung Kang’s ‘Car Talk’ Apology

Got a letter from the attorney of NPR’s show Car Talk saying that we have to take down Car Talk Car Discussion with Sung Kang aka Han from Fast & Furious Tokyo Drift” because of legal blah blah blah. So we made this video to apologize (along with the censored edited new version of episode 1). As my mother would say, ME SO SORREEE!