(Crack mixes are going on this blog where they belong)
Okay, so an asker over on @thebrightsessions official tumblr knows that I will make basically any mix if prompted, so I made a Damien-and-Mark-Bro-Out-On-A-Road-Trip Mix. I have no so many regrets.
Track listing, with commentary by yours truly:
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi (the natural choice to start out any respectable road trip mix)
Tom Sawyer - Rush
Back to Black - ACDC (obviously)
Island - The Starting Line (pop punk is the next step after 80s classics IMO)
The Great Escape - Boys Like Girls (do you guys remember this band??? whatever happened to them? this album is great)
Waking Up in Vegas - Katy Perry
Run Away With Me - Carly Rae Jepsen (okay, someone on tumblr posted about how Damien would love Emotion and I can’t find the post anywhere but it has been HAUNTING ME because Emotion is absolutely an album that Damien would secretly love and I can’t believe I was called out like that. Also, Emotion is the best pop album in years, maybe ever.)
Shut Up and Let Me Go - The Ting Tings (the ultimate dancing while driving song)
Never Forget You - Noisettes
Man! I Feel Like A Woman - Shania Twain (this is canon, don’t @ me)
Ready to Run - The Dixie Chicks (duh!)
Ride - Far Places (this whole playlist is a mix of silly things and great songs but they are all from actual road trip mixes I’ve made. This one is the newest addition - it is by Evan Cunningham’s band Far Places. Evan composes all the music for @thebrightsessions and is really awesome and you guys should buy his music)
Honorable mention: “Hold On” by Wilson Philips, which is the only song you ever need on the road but is too near and dear to my heart to put on this ridiculous thing.
Have a problem with English majors??? (Edit : I’m going to be majoring in English in the fall) Like..I’m sitting here at this party and yeah it’s cool that everyone is going into astrophysics or is a doctor or is studying biological engineering, I think that’s great, but why does that make them feel entitled to insult those who aren’t? I love science but I wanted to go into English and possibly pursue a career in education or such, and as soon as the words, “ I’m majoring in English,” come out THEY ALL STARE AT ME LIKE I HAVE TWO HEADS!!! IM MAJORING IN ENGLISH BECAUSE IT MAKES ME HAPPY AND NO DEBORA OR WHATEVER YOUR NAME IS I WILL NOT END UP WITHOUT A CAREER AND BE LIVING ON THE SODE OF A DAMN ROAD. Like just show some RESPECT you don’t have to be all rude and in my face because I want to study English like holy shit. IT SHOULDNT MATTER WHAT ANYONE STUDIES AS LONG AS THEY ARE HAPPY THEY WILL BE SUCCESSFUL
My crime-fighting vigilante origin story is totally gonna be about people who drive like assholes on residential streets where traffic has been diverted due to construction.
[set the scene] It is mid-afternoon. A middle-aged man in a soccer mom minivan has started driving on the sidewalk to go around another car who has stopped at the temporary stop sign and is waiting to turn. Suddenly, TRAFFIC GIRL lands on his hood.
TRAFFIC GIRL, IN A GROWLING VOICE: You thought your crime would stay unpunished?
[Fade to black. Honking is heard. On the screen, in a block font: TRAFFIC GIRL and the EVIL LEAGUE OF ASSHOLE DRIVERS]
aberration (n.) - something that differs from the norm (In 1974, Poland won the World Cup, but the success turned out to be an aberration, and Poland have not won a World Cup since).
abhor (v.) - to hate, detest (Because he always wound up getting hit in the head when he tried to play cricket, Marcin began to abhor the sport).
acquiesce (v.) - to agree without protesting (Though Mr. Pospieszny wanted to stay outside and work in his garage, when his wife told him that he had better come in to dinner, heacquiesced to her demands.)
alacrity (n.) - eagerness, speed (For some reason, Simon loved to help his girlfriend whenever he could, so when his girlfriend asked him to set the table he did so with alacrity.)
amiable (adj.) - friendly (An amiable fellow, Neil got along with just about everyone.)
appease (v.) - to calm, satisfy (When Jerry cries, his mother gives him chocolate to appeasehim.)
arcane (adj.) - obscure, secret, known only by a few (The professor is an expert in arcaneKashubian literature.)
avarice (n.) - excessive greed (The banker’s avarice led him to amass an enormous personal fortune.)
brazen (adj.) - excessively bold, brash, clear and obvious (Critics condemned the writer’s brazen attempt to plagiarise Frankow-Czerwonko’s work.)
brusque (adj.) - short, abrupt, dismissive (Simon’s brusque manner sometimes offends his colleagues.)
cajole (v.) - to urge, coax (Magda’s friends cajoled her into drinking too much.)
callous (adj.) - harsh, cold, unfeeling (The murderer’s callous lack of remorse shocked the jury.)
candor (n.) - honesty, frankness (We were surprised by the candor of the politician’s speech because she is usually rather evasive.)
chide (v.) - to voice disapproval (Hania chided Gregory for his vulgar habits and sloppy appearance.)
circumspect (adj.) - cautious (Though I promised Marta’s father I would bring her home promptly by midnight, it would have been more circumspect not to have specified a time.)
clandestine (adj.) - secret (Announcing to her boyfriend that she was going to the library, Maria actually went to meet George for a clandestine liaison.)
coerce (v.) - to make somebody do something by force or threat (The court decided that David Beckham did not have to honor the contract because he had been coerced into signing it.)
coherent (adj.) - logically consistent, intelligible (William could not figure out what Harold had seen because he was too distraught to deliver a coherent statement.)
complacency (n.) - self-satisfied ignorance of danger (Simon tried to shock his friends out of their complacency by painting a frightening picture of what might happen to them.)
confidant (n.) - a person entrusted with secrets (Shortly after we met, he became my chief confidant.)
connive (v.) - to plot, scheme (She connived to get me to give up my plans to start up a new business.)
cumulative (adj.) - increasing, building upon itself (The cumulative effect of hours spent using the World English website was a vast improvement in his vocabulary and general level of English.)
debase (v.) - to lower the quality or esteem of something (The large raise that he gave himself debased his motives for running the charity.)
decry (v.) - to criticize openly (Andrzej Lepper, the leader of the Polish Self Defence party decried the appaling state of Polish roads.)
deferential (adj.) - showing respect for another’s authority (Donata is always excessivelydeferential to any kind of authority figure.)
demure (adj.) - quiet, modest, reserved (Though everyone else at the party was dancing and going crazy, she remained demure.)
deride (v.) - to laugh at mockingly, scorn (The native speaker often derided the other teacher’s accent.)
despot (n.) - one who has total power and rules brutally (The despot issued a death sentence for anyone who disobeyed his laws.)
diligent (adj.) - showing care in doing one’s work (The diligent researcher made sure to double check her measurements.)
elated (adj.) - overjoyed, thrilled (When he found out he had won the lottery, the postman was elated.)
eloquent (adj.) - expressive, articulate, moving (The best man gave such an eloquent speech that most guests were crying.)
embezzle (v.) - to steal money by falsifying records (The accountant was fired for embezzling €10,000 of the company’s funds.)
empathy (n.) - sensitivity to another’s feelings as if they were one’s own (I feel such empathy for my dog when she’s upset so am I!)
enmity (n.) - ill will, hatred, hostility (John and Scott have clearly not forgiven each other, because the enmity between them is obvious to anyone in their presence.)
erudite (adj.) - learned (My English teacher is such an erudite scholar that he has translated some of the most difficult and abstruse Old English poetry.)
extol (v.) - to praise, revere (Kamila extolled the virtues of a vegetarian diet to her meat-loving boyfriend.)
fabricate (v.) - to make up, invent (When I arrived an hour late to class, I fabricated some excuse about my car breaking down on the way to work.)
feral (adj.) - wild, savage (That beast looks so feral that I would fear being alone with it.)
flabbergasted (adj.) - astounded (Whenever I read an Agatha Christie mystery novel, I am always flabbergasted when I learn the identity of the murderer.)
forsake (v.) - to give up, renounce (I won’t forsake my conservative principles.)
fractious (adj.) - troublesome or irritable (Although the child insisted he wasn’t tired, his fractious behaviour - especially his decision to crush his jam sandwiches all over the floor - convinced everyone present that it was time to put him to bed.)
furtive (adj.) - secretive, sly (Claudia’s placement of her drugs in her sock drawer was not asfurtive as she thought, as the sock drawer is the first place most parents look.)
gluttony (n.) - overindulgence in food or drink (Helen’s fried chicken tastes so divine, I don’t know how anyone can call gluttony a sin.)
gratuitous (adj.) - uncalled for, unwarranted (Every evening the guy at the fish and chip shop gives me a gratuitous helping of vinegar.)
haughty (adj.) - disdainfully proud (The superstar’s haughty dismissal of her co-stars will backfire on her someday.)
hypocrisy (n.) - pretending to believe what one does not (Once the politician began passing legislation that contradicted his campaign promises, his hypocrisy became apparent.)
impeccable (adj.) - exemplary, flawless (If your grades were as impeccable as your brother’s, then you too would receive a car for a graduation present.)
impertinent (adj.) - rude, insolent (Most of your comments are so impertinent that I don’t wish to dignify them with an answer.)
implacable (adj.) - incapable of being appeased or mitigated (Watch out: once you shun Grandmother’s cooking, she is totally implacable.)
impudent (adj.) - casually rude, insolent, impertinent (The impudent young woman looked her teacher up and down and told him he was hot.)
incisive (adj.) - clear, sharp, direct (The discussion wasn’t going anywhere until her incisive comment allowed everyone to see what the true issues were.)
indolent (adj.) - lazy (Why should my indolent children, who can’t even pick themselves up off the sofa to pour their own juice, be rewarded with a trip to Burger King?)
inept (adj.) - not suitable or capable, unqualified (She proved how inept she was when she forgot two orders and spilled a pint of cider in a customer’s lap.)
infamy (n.) - notoriety, extreme ill repute (The infamy of his crime will not lessen as time passes.)
inhibit (v.) - to prevent, restrain, stop (When I told you I needed the car last night, I certainly never meant to inhibit you from going out.)
innate (adj.) - inborn, native, inherent (His incredible athletic talent is innate, he never trains, lifts weights, or practices.)
insatiable (adj.) - incapable of being satisfied (My insatiable appetite for blondes was a real problem on my recent holiday in Japan!)
insular (adj.) - separated and narrow-minded; tight-knit, closed off (Because of the sensitive nature of their jobs, those who work for MI5 must remain insular and generally only spend time with each other.)
intrepid (adj.) - brave in the face of danger (After scaling a live volcano prior to its eruption, the explorer was praised for his intrepid attitude.)
inveterate (adj.) - stubbornly established by habit (I’m the first to admit that I’m an inveterate cider drinker—I drink four pints a day.)
… hiding in the comments section of blog posts instead of reblogging like a person who’s adult enough to engage in real discourse.
But I’m glad the anti-Roman smarks and haters are trolling. I drink your tears and use your bigotry to keep me warm at night. Also, you’re each confirming my theory that you only have one endgame when it comes to Roman Reigns in the WWE: You’ll never be satisfied until Roman Reigns is fired from the company or squashed to the point where he is forever the brown lackey supporting every white wrestler’s title reign.
No matter how good he is. No matter how much merch he sells. No matter how many men, women and children love him, wear his T-shirts or brandish signs with his name on it, you will only be happy if Roman “knows his place” and stays in it.
Why else is there a smark troll running around commenting on Roman Empire posts claiming that Vince is trying to save Roman’s career? The career that’s held the World Championship Title 3 times, Tag Team Titles once, and now the US Championship. A career where he’s been requested on numerous podcasts, comic con panels, and photos with fans any time he’s traveling on the road. A career where he’s respected in the locker room and out. A career where he’s main evented multiple PPVs and always gets a reaction from the crowd.
Yep. Sounds like a solo career that has definitely gone over like a “lead balloon.”
You guys try so hard to assert your power, but continually fail to recognize that you have little over the millions of Reigns fans because we all know what fuels your desperate need to see Roman as a thug who backs up his white friends in the ring. (Here’s a hint: It ain’t your passion for wrestling.)
I used to think seeing Roman busted down to mid-card or low-card was enough for you smarks. But no. Like all bigots, you want to use your “power” to actually end livelihoods. You think it’s your right to demand that. How’s that for privilege?
You claim Vince doesn’t give you what you want. And yet …
1. Vince gave you a brand split.
2. Vince gave you a title around Sasha Banks’s waist, multiple times.
3. Vince made Kevin Owens the second Universal Champion after giving you a win by your fav Finn Balor.
4. Vince gave you a Women’s Championship instead a Diva’s Championship, and reworked the division so that the female wrestlers weren’t just treated like models, exotic dancers and valets.
5. Vince gave you Brock Lesnar in PPV after PPV winning left and right despite being grossly overrated, unable to tell a story in the ring, and shitastic on the mic.
6. Vince gave you Daniel Bryan as a World Champion, an Intercontinental Champion and now, a GM.
7. He gave you a World Champion in Dean Ambrose and pushed him into the spotlight to the point where he’s the go-to guy to main event Smackdown on an almost weekly basis.
8. He gave you Becky Lynch as a Women’s Champion.
9. He brought in Nia Jax in all her awesomeness.
10. He split up the Lucha Dragons and gave Kalisto a singles career.
11. He re-created a Cruiserweight Division to diversify the roster.
12. He invested in a Tag Team Division that’s leagues ahead of where it was a decade ago.
13. He gave you a longer Monday Night Raw, a live Smackdown and no Jerry the King Lawler on commentary.
These are all things you’ve clamored for in the last 5 years and yet, you still sit there and say “Vince doesn’t listen to us or give us what we want! ::kicks rocks::”
Does he give you everything? Hell no. Nor should he. You’re not children. You don’t get everything you want. But don’t you dare say he doesn’t listen to you or give you anything and that’s why you boo Roman.
You don’t boo Roman because he’s handpicked by Vince. You don’t boo Roman because he hasn’t earned it. At this point, he’s earned every title shot 10 times over. Why didn’t Roman put his US Title on the line at Roadblock? Because Kevin Owens wasn’t smart enough to demand it beforehand. Rollins demanded the US Title be put on the table when Cena challenged him for the World Championship Title. KO didn’t. That’s on him. Not on Roman. And the fact that KO didn’t demand it should have told you that Roman was going to lose (hint: sometimes there are clues if you pay attention).
But please, continue your trolling. Continue your facile excuses. Continue trying desperately to hide your bigotry in a weak attempt to fool everyone into believing your anti-Roman rhetoric has merit.
Go ahead. Roman’s fans will still be here. And so will he.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are such friendship goals.
Like they’re about to play each other here and LeBron just STRAIGHT UP GLOMPS HIM.
“MY FRIEND. MINE.”
Like LeBron got in trouble with his coach for bro-ing out too much with Wade on the sidelines during a Miami vs Cleveland game.
ALSO NERD BFFS.
And then there’s shit like this:
“If we played ‘The Newlywed Game,’” Union [Wade’s wife] admits, “I don’t know if I’d have more information on my husband than Bron would.”
Wade laughs. Like the fact that whenever he is running late to meet James at a group dinner, there is only one person the finicky Heat guard can entrust with the culinary decision-making. Even when Union is also waiting at the table. “My wife wouldn’t know what to order,” Wade says, “but Bron’s like, I got it.” Two years ago, at just such a dinner in New Orleans, Union could only watch, deeply confused, as James unilaterally picked sea bass for a man who’d expressed a lifelong distaste for fish. “It’s what I wanted,” her husband would later explain, shrugging. “Bron got me on sea bass.”
There are, by Union’s eye-rolling estimates, “a thousand and one instances like this” – each of them underscoring a rapport as heartfelt as it is quotidian. Like how often Wade and James trade not only text messages but voice notes, shamelessly played on speakerphone. (“Texts take away from the tone of what you’re trying to say,” Wade points out.) Or how the two used to stay at each other’s homes during road trips to their respective NBA cities instead of at hotels. Or how relentlessly they crack each other up, in person, without uttering any actual words. (“They’re like twins,” more than one mutual friend suggests.)
Favorite “That’s not in the book” Part: Claire playing with the children and simultaneously plotting her escape. I loved how much planning and thought Claire put into her preparations during The Gathering and the layers of the opening sequence with Claire playing with the children of Castle Leoch - especially wee Hamish. That she was using the games to observe the area and plot her escape shows the resourcefulness that I love about Claire as a character and is one of her better subterfuges. The facts that it annoys her shadows and gets to have fun with the children are just bonuses.
Favorite Line: “We’re missing the festivities.” There is so much great side-character stuff in The Gathering. I love Rupert’s whining when Claire and the children decide to keep playing. The interplay between Rupert and Angus throughout the episode and their childish excitement over the Gathering itself are at their best in this episode.
Favorite Location: the MacKenzie encampment outside the castle. Claire’s voice over where she contrasts the excitement and joy of the MacKenzie Gathering with the celebrations following the end of World War II are beautiful. The atmospheres are so drastically different with joy and community being so prevalent in the MacKenzies while relief and exhaustion were more characteristic of the solemnity of the end of WWII. Her observations and her reactions to them recall the beginning of Sassenach when the war officially ends and Claire seems lost more than relieved or celebratory. Here, she remarks on how a small part of her would regret leaving these people behind, despite the fact that she has been stuck there as a pseudo-prisoner - she feels connected to the odd community of Leoch.
Favorite Minor Character: Angus. While a lot of his great moments this episode involve him playing off of Rupert, this is the first episode where Angus gets to be something other than grumpy for a prolonged period of time. He’s excited but doesn’t regret having to perform his duties the way that Rupert does. This is where you really start to see Angus’ devotion to Dougal as well, from his eagerness to follow Dougal in pledging his oath to Colum to the shinty battle and squaring off against Murtagh.
Favorite Costume: background actor #2. Every time I watch the beginning of the oath taking, my eyes go immediately to this trio of ladies at the front of the crowd. They’re all wearing similar shades of an absolutely gorgeous blue and the one in the middle with the embroidery detailing on the sleeves and stomacher is my favorite (though the blue and green plaid to her right is a close second). That even the background characters have such gorgeous and intricately worked costumes is part of what makes the show look soooooo good.
Favorite Jamie and Claire Moment: the stable. More specifically, the part of the stable scene where Jamie is reassuring Claire about going back after she’s explained her encounter with the drunken clansmen. His immediate concern for her well-being - and rage at the thought that anyone might have done something to her that she didn’t want them to - are palpable but he shifts to light-hearted and calming as soon as he knows she’s all right physically. His pointing out the flaws in her escape plan was a blow and now he’s building her back up by openly admiring her resourcefulness, and he loves that she got the best of Dougal. The little elbow nudge he gives her when he asks, “Knocked him out cold, did ye?” is so cute and sweet.
Favorite Book-to-Screen Adaptation: Jamie’s oath to Colum. The political tensions between the brothers and Jamie’s skillful walking of that fine line between them is one of my favorite aspects of the book. His handling of the delicate situation when he is forced to the hall during the Oath Taking is such a well orchestrated scene in every way. The cuts to members of the crowd/audience, Claire and Murtagh, and between Jamie and the Brothers MacKenzie along with the rising score ratchet the tension beautifully before Jamie successfully diffuses the situation.
Favorite Performance: Graham McTavish as Dougal MacKenzie. There are so many sides of Dougal that come out during The Gathering. The subtle interplay between him and Colum as he pledges his oath; his drunken interaction with Claire as he finds her in the hallway; the way he looms over Jamie as he makes his unorthodox oath to Colum; the sorrow and strength with which he greets Geordie’s death during the hunt; taking his grief and frustration out on Jamie in the game of shitny; and finally, coming to Claire with his proposition for joining him on the road and the respect and gratitude he shows to her after her handling of Geordie’s death (such a contrast to the way he treated her in the corridor while he was drunk earlier in the episode). All of it is just brilliant.
Favorite Scene, Favorite Music Moment: Shinty. Everything about this scene is my favorite. The Clean Pease Stray track from volume one of the show’s score is my absolute favorite from that album and fits perfectly with the action as Dougal emerges from the woods after the hunt that killed Geordie, picks up a stick, and starts hitting men. At the same time, the balance of Jamie’s oath and the lines that were drawn rise to the surface once more as Dougal targets Jamie specifically - and then Murtagh and Angus going at each other as Jamie’s and Dougal’s respective seconds. You’ve also got Claire remarking on the scene next to Rupert who isn’t fazed by a single thing that happens. And the cinematography of the scene… the camera angles, the use of slow motion at various points - I mean, how great is that shot of the guy Dougal knocks into the cooking fire? And then Jamie flipping Dougal over his head?
Vans Girls’ Catskills Moto Diaries // Babes Ride Out: Virginia Hall
Hailing from the outskirts of New Jersey comes Babes Ride Out East Coast manager, Virginia Hall. With a big smile, and an even bigger heart, this one-of-a-kind hardtail-scooting gem has easily become one of our favorite girls in the moto scene— and with good reason! Her humility and genuine nature have earned her a spot on our list of “top people to travel with,” and let’s face it… there’s something pretty rad about a woman who has built her own bike. As we pulled up late into the campsite, we sat and chatted with Virginia (clearly she was someone we were eager to hang out with) about the highs and lows she experienced while building, and the life-altering moments that can only be encountered on two wheels.
Phew….now I’m fearing for the worse now which is the new fans that are going to be coming into the fandom..this is going to be a long road…please be respectable and not creppyish if that even make since.
You are exactly right. Sam McCallum went to private schools growing up (literally tens of thousands of dollars a year in school fees) and comes from a wealthy family. He doesnt know what it was like for poorer people growing up (like people who went to public school), that's why he has no empathy and is so self entitled!! All you gotta do is look into how people grew up!
Spoilt brat living off mummy and daddys money and doing fuck all with his life about it.
His biggest hitting video is him showing a BAD example for vegans and cyclists all over the road. People dont respect you when you cut corners like that, it just generates hate for cyclists all over the globe. It makes us look like brats.
You want to make cyclists look like people you dont want to fuck with vs brats you prey will have a crash because they are risking other peoples lives.