Prince

Last Thursday, we lost an artist much bigger than I had ever imagined.  Prince was always big in my mind, but he was born where I was born, and therefore I assumed it was just a Twin Cities kind of thing.  But the mayhem in the music world since his death is shocking- I mean, MTV is playing music, in 2016!

Prince Rogers Nelson reminded us all that to be weird, to be absolutely-do-not-fit-in different, is not bad, and should even be celebrated.

Never let that lonely monster take control of you

Be glad that you are free, free to change your mind

Free to go ‘most anywhere, anytime

Glad that you are free, there’s many a man who’s not

Be glad for what you had baby, what you’ve got

(Free, Prince)
Easier said than done, of course, because loneliness is quite the ailment, but be proud, and stand tall.  Be authentic in life, no matter what people say.  If we were all as strong as Prince, the world would be much brighter, more colourful, and full of smiles.  The remembrance of such a musical hero has brought wondrous things out of his hometown, with thousands coming together to sing his songs, rainbows being photographed with smiles, and the Minnesota Twins (MLB) sponsoring screenings of Purple Rain at Target Field.  Good move, TC Bear.
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TC Bear has been with the Twins for 17 seasons, batting and throwing left, and just being all-around cute.
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The Twins also did this at Target Field:
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Goodnight, Sweet Prince.  But you’ll always be alive and well in Minnesota hearts.
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Columbia Rocks!

It has been almost 2 months since I chose a mascot of the day, and while I enjoyed the busy feeling of tax season, I am glad to be back, looking at the happiness of characters.

According to some of my recent dude contacts (aka Tinder creeps) my love of mascots and stuffed animals makes me ‘creepy’ and ‘weird.’  Yes, I am totally weird, but it’s not like these things kill.  They are there solely for happiness.  Like, there is so much stress and difficulty and bad in the world, so why not just add a little joy sometimes?  But, my logic is not of a typical ideal, and therefore, I shall be single for the near future.
But singledom is not nearly as awful as the first 45 minutes of a romcom portrays.  In fact, it is kind of amazing.  Singledom means that I can go to baseball games with my friends anytime I want.  And now that Columbia has an A team, the Fireflies, it is pretty much my favourite hangout spot.  Baseball, booze, friends, and of course this cutie:
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This is Mason, and I guess he is a chubby firefly.  He lives at the stadium aka the Mason Jar, and is just freaking awesome.  Mason might just be the best part of this Met’s minor league team, since the 500 record is not likely to last. Unless most of the games are at night, because the logo glows, and that might just be enough to throw some pitchers off.
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Columbia’s pretty awesome, huh?  Oh, still no?  Okay, well, last Thursday, 10,000 people thought differently, so booyah.  So let’s glow fireflies! WOOO!
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Bonus: I got a photo with the cutie!  How awesome is that?!?!?!
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Let’s get Rowdy

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That hottie above, also known as Frank Beamer, the retired head football coach at Virginia Tech, went to school where?
Radford Unversity!  Which at one point was the same thing as VT, back when VT was still just VPI.
Radford, originally ‘The State Normal and Industrial School for Women at Radford,’ was founded in 1911, which was definitely a different time than now.  Their ideal was to give “Southern Gentlewomen, observing Victorian values and prudence'” a teaching-focused education.  Wow.  No.

But thankfully, the WW2 era and VPI saved this school from its backward doom.  During the war, the school was having issues enrolling enough students, and to save money, merged with VPI , becoming the Women’s Dvision of VPI in 1943.  Because of this, women were able to take the same courses at VPI as men were, opening up more than just manners, household arts, and teaching as possible education focuses.  Despite this success using VPI’s modern gender attitude, Radford was still unwilling to drop the dated “southern gentlewoman’ ideal, causing VPI to split from them in 1964.  Radford survived, but finally dropped the slogan, and opened the school to both men and women in 1972.  Today, they have 10k students, some graduate and doctoral programs, and this guy:
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This is Highlander, who is pretty muscular, grows sweet facial hair, and loves plaid.  He’s also good at doing the worm.
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But Highlander is not nearly as good as Rowdy Red, who was terminated in the 70’s.
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The story is that Rowdy Red left because he wanted to move to the west coast, and eventually got a talk show in LA, but it never made it past the pilot.  I’m not buying it.  I want Rowdy Red back!!

For a Quick Smile

I am completely risk averse in my life; I’m the government bond of humanity- it takes a long time to completely become a part of my life, but I am guaranteed to give you back something and not abuse and lose what you’ve given me.  But in a world of the instant gratification that is Twitter, YouTube, and accurately named Instagram, snail mail isn’t so fun anymore.  Who wants to wait days to receive a letter when they can get a Snapchat in two seconds?

That’s why I love stuffed animals and mascots so much- they’re made for happiness and are reliable and loving and don’t ditch you for something easier and faster.  They’re dependable and loyal to their team, which I’m coming to realize is of utmost importance to me.
Recently, the NBA allstar game was on, which I have no interest in watching, because what kind of score is 196-173?  Is every quarter 25 minutes?  Is it just an hour of unguarded dunks?!  But the good thing of it, I’ve heard, is that it was mascot-heavy.  Which means it was filled with happiness, some from a guy named Boomer, of the Indiana Pacers.
Boomer is a cat born in 1991, and his life is dedicated to ensure that a smile is on your face, whether it’s by performing hilarious dance moves, riding a tricycle, or dunking like a champion.  How amazing is that?!
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Thanks for making me smile today, Boomer, and you freaking rock on a tricycle.
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Now go eat catnip and watch Tom and Jerry to think of more practical jokes to play on people.

Tap the Rockies

It’s Friday, which means that in 5 short hours, you get to go home, put on elasti-pants, turn on the TV, and crack open a cold brew.  Like perhaps this high class ‘banquet beer’:

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Yeah, you think that’s some cheap sh*t, don’t you?  But this yellow swill makes enough money to build a $300 million stadium called Coors Field, home of the MLB’s Colorado Rockies.
The Rockies formed in 1993, and since then have had a rough time, making it to the World Series only once back in 2007, and never winning it.  But don’t worry, they always have a big triceratops fan named Dinger.
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The mascot was chosen because Coors Field was built atop land where dinosaur fossils were once found during a dig.  Those are his relatives!
Dinger receives a lot of criticism for his likeness to Barney, as well as how he is not tough or cute looking, but I think he’s pretty adorable.
Trust me, you do not look as good as Dinger in cardboard 3D glasses.
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You’re not as good at psyching out the competition, either.
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#Awks Wombat

When I hear Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup, I think of a soccer event in and for Asia.  But I am 0/2, because the 2015 one was held in Australia, and won by Australia.  I know Australia is on the same side of the world as Asia, but it’s waaay south.  Come on- there are 7 continents, right?!  But hey, I guess the more the merrier.
Before I talk about the frowned-upon mascot of this event, I would like to mention that this was the first Asian Cup for one certain nation, a nation that much of the world does not recognize as real.  The State of Palestine finished in last place, but got to stand as their own country- not being grouped with Israel as is commonly done.  That’s pretty cool!
But, back to that bad mascot.  Australia wanted something that was really unique to their nation, and chose this guy:
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This is Nutmeg the Wombat, and he certainly is unique.  Born in the mountains west of Sydney, Nutmeg plays club soccer for Marsupials United.  He gets his name from the soccer move also called the nutmeg, defined as ‘ to kick, roll or throw the ball between an opponent’s legs.’ (Thanks Wiki!) He claims to be great at this move because of his low center of gravity.
Nutmeg was not well received, as a weird-shaped, doofy-looking, non-definable creature. Thanks to Twitter, we can learn what is exactly behind this negative reasoning.
-“Nutmeg the Asian Cup mascot has the biggest nose I’ve ever seen mascot, human or otherwise! #takesuphalfhisface”
“This is awkward – I legit thought @nutmeg_2015 was a dingo, not a wombat #awks”
And after this image was released:
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“The official mascot for the Asian Cup is “Nutmeg” the disturbingly aggressive wombat. ”
But dude, you should know, he has his own phone, and can read your tweets while he waits for the bus. Poor guy.
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And yes, he also plays the Twitter game ‘Hot Dogs or Legs?’ We’ll never know…

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Fashion Inspiration

Remember seeing photos of yourself wearing these as a youngin?

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Don’t feel ashamed, we all wore them.  They’re the famous Oshkosh B’Gosh overalls of toddlerhood.  Thankfully, these stylin’ dungarees are still worn today, sold under the parent company Carter’s.  But before there was a Carter’s, or even a B’Gosh, there was just OshKosh, an industrial workwear clothing company that became famous for the toughness of their overalls.  The company did most of their sales via catalogue until the 1960’s, when department stores asked to sell their clothing in-house because it was so popular.  10 years later and still going strong, they decided to make a children’s line, B’Gosh, which took off like a rocket.  As the population of industrial workers decreased, the adult clothing failed to sell, but the kid’s clothing sales soared and continued to do so even after Carter’s aquired them for $312 million in 2005.  Though most manufacturing occurs in Honduras now, there is still the company HQ in OshKosh, Wisconsin.
Yes I just told you the entire history of a company you care nothing about, solely to tell you that they are named after the city in Wisconsin where they were first formed.
But that’s not all this amazing city has to offer.  There is also a wonderful satellite campus known as University of Wisconsin, OshKosh, home of Clash the titan.
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OshKosh has called themselves Titans since 1937- 66 years after the school was founded.  Since then, the school went through many Titan versions before settling on the one today.
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The current one is more Star Wars, less human, than any of the priors- I like his forward thinking!
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I also really like his style- black dress?  Black tights?  Flats?  Anything possible to cover a bad hair day?  Check Check Check Check!!!
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