Archive for March, 2013

Boy, it was nice to have that week off. It didn’t feel like a week, but it was nice to have it none the less. Seriously, I’ve been back only for a few days and I’m already feeling in need of another vacation. Isn’t that always the case? Okay, question…have you ever heard of people getting back from a vacation and taking another personal day just so that they can unwind or whatever from the vacation? Sounds weird, right? I get it, hell everyone would love to do it, but…well, gotta get stuff done.

I made a big fuss about finally going and getting a tattoo last week. I always tell you guys that yea, I’m finally gonna get it done…today is going to be the day. I usually always wuss out and make an excuse about the design not being done, or not being able to find a good artist, or some blah blah blah. Well…

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I’ve finally got my heart on my sleeve, and can say that I’m wearing some ink. I’ve talked about getting something media related for quite some time, but this design just felt right for a first tattoo. It’s not overly complicated, though my artist, Smitty, said that all the blockiness was going to be a bitch.

I guess my experience was unique unto itself, but I don’t know what all these people are getting at saying that tattoos hurt so much. I didn’t feel like it hurt at all. I guess if you feel like getting a shot at the doctor’s office hurts, then you might feel some pain, but that’s what it felt like; a shot for an extended period of time. But yea, I’m glad that I’m finally part of this club. It feels cool. If you like the work and want to visit where I went, you can look up Randy Adams Tattoo Studio in Fort Worth. My artist was Smitty.

The dad and I also made it out to the Dallas Auto Show, or I guess it’s the DFW Auto Show now. There was some cool new stuff there, but I’ve noticed a depressing trend at the Auto Show over the past few times I’ve made it out. The first few times I’ve been, the show was rich concept cars and futuristic looking vehicles. The days of concept cars at the show here are long over though. I don’t know whether the DFW Auto Show has lost its prestige, or whether the city just isn’t forking over the money to get some more quality vehicles, but we’re not getting the same kind of show here that we used to. Here’s a small selection of the cooler vessels present at the show this year.

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Some very nice cars, but nothing that gives us any real glance at the future. Several years ago, Jeep featured a concept car that could best be described as a Jeep convertible roadster.

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Long gone are the days of concept cars like this. Unless we try to go to the New York Auto Show or SEMA some year, I doubt I’ll see another one.
The pop and I also did some golfing one morning, but beyond that, those are pretty much the highlights of my Spring Break. The rest of the week was well occupied just chilling out and playing video games.

We also recorded a special 90 minute long episode of The Status Bro Show over the break. We were absent a key member, but we also had on a special guest, so the show went on anyways.
Episode #7 was recorded tonight, and as usual we could easily have gone another half hour when the time came for us to call it quits. I always feel like excessive self praise is akin to masturbation, but I feel like we have lightning in a bottle here. Not a whole lot of people can put on a good hour long show of solid entertainment, let alone do it consistently every week. We continue to have a stockpile of material that seems like it will never be dwindled down.
I feel like what we have is a thing, and a pretty good thing.

That being said, there is always room for improvement. We could be doing more to reach out and establish a broader fan base. We could do more to enhance our technology and quality of the sound of our podcast. Heck, we could probably put in some research to come up with some better quality content as well. To do any of that though, we need some breathing room, and doing a completely expense free podcast every week, and putting it out at no cost to our listeners doesn’t leave us much room to breath. We could really use some kind of fundraiser. We talked a little bit tonight about possibly firing up a Kickstarter campaign, but that doesn’t guarantee that we’ll get anything. Indiegogo is something else I’ve heard of that could guarantee us some kind of return on a fundraising campaign, but not a whole lot of people even know what that is. We need something, because of right now, we are operating completely out of our own pockets. If we want to keep up the good work, or stand a chance of improving, we need to establish some kind of cashflow.
We can keep on for a bit as we are, but we really need to be looking forward. The bare minimum can only be acceptable for so long.

We’ll do our best to keep our eyes on the prize, as long as y’all keep promising to let us entertain you for a while. As always…

Keep your heads up, your minds sharp, and your hearts open.

-CVSleen

Fajitas sans tortillas and bacon wrapped jalapeños.

Fajitas sans tortillas and bacon wrapped jalapeños.

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As of this morning, I am officially on vacation for Spring Break. Regularly scheduled life will resume again next Monday morning. In the mean time, I’ve got about a week and a half of good down time to recharge my batteries. Last year at about this time I was getting all geared up to head to Ketchican for a week of snow-packed fun in Alaska. It’d be nice to follow that with an equally or nicer spot for this coming week, but I never got around to making plans, so it’s just going to be doing some odds and ends around DFW, and a lot of hitting the snooze button.

One of the things I’m planning on doing with next week is recording another episode of The Status Bro Show. Episode #5 just went up on iTunes last night, so you can find it there or go to our FeedBurner page for lots of other subscription options. We’re trying to figure out something special to do for our Spring Break episode, so hopefully it should prove to be a truly sensational episode. I don’t mean to toot my own horn (well, maybe I do), but if you haven’t checked the show out yet, we’re getting generally fantastic reviews from our audience. Why don’t you try on The Status Bro Show, I’m sure the fit will be good.

Something else I’m planning on doing is heading out to Dallas later in the week to go and check out the Dallas Auto Show. Me and my pop have had a standing tradition for a number of years now that we go and visit the show every time it’s in town, but for whatever reason weren’t able to make good on that tradition last year. It’ll be nice to spend an afternoon with the papa unit looking at some fine cars.

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Speaking of hanging with the Dad, we’re planning on spending one morning hanging out and getting a little tipsy in the socially acceptable way. I will anyways. Golf I believe is what they call it. It always proves to be a fun day, so I’m looking forward to it.

So, I went on that rant last week about, essentially, wearing my heart on my sleeve. If you’ve listened to episode #5 of The Status Bro Show, than you already know that I gave myself an idea under that premise. How long have I been talking about getting a tattoo, but just keep trying to firm up ideas for a design, or just moan about how chicken I am to actually go and get it done myself. Well, I have a new idea, and actually feel like I’m man enough to finally go and get it done next week. My idea:

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An 8-bit heart somewhere on my left shoulder…a little tribute to the tribe that I belong to. My tribe of nerds. Also, this way, I’m no longer speaking in metaphor when I tell people that I wear my heart on my sleeve.

I’ve wanted a tattoo for a while. I immensely respect people that feel so strongly about their ideas, musings, and passions that they want to cover themselves in them. I’ve said it before that I find little to be sexier than an inked up angel with piercings and unconventional hair. I’m fascinated, and very into that culture, and excited to join the ranks.

I might have a few other things planned for the coming week, but we’ll see what develops as the week goes on.

I hope everyone out there stays safe and has fun. And as always…

Keep your heads up, your minds sharp, and your hearts open.

– CVSleen

Breakfast of Champions, Camping Style

Breakfast of Champions, Camping Style