Welcome to another installment of Good mourning, it’s Monday! This weekly blog looks to cover various topics in the news, along with personal stories or encounters from the past week at home and work to help you through your first day back at work (unless you don’t work). Hopefully my seven followers like this and share this to make it eight. Enjoy…
Little housekeeping news for the Monday blog: I won’t be numbering them any more. Yes, riveting news, I know. Now back to the blog…
Nokia to bring back the 3310
It’s been news for a bit now, but the Finnish phone company is bringing back the iconic 3310.
In a time where 90’s and early 2000’s nostalgia is gaining popularity, from movie and TV show reboots to horrible fashion, the time machine has finally picked up cell phones on it’s trip back to the future.
Anyone who had a cellphone during this time had the Nokia 3310, or at least a similar model. This thing was an absolute beast. I would toss this hunk of metal-like plastic across the room and it would leave dents in whatever wall it hit. Reception did its job and snake is still the greatest cell phone game of all time. And you can’t forget T9 texting; it was the Morse Code of the generation that was an art to master at a high speed.
I have no interest in obtaining this, as I need Twitter and other useless apps on the go. What I would love to see are flip phone smart phones. The Samsung Galaxy Golden i9235 GSM is the modern flip smart phone, but it’s only made in Hong Kong for the Eastern market. Talking on a flip phone feels more natural, plus it’s the best to angry hang up by slamming the phone shut. Can’t replicate that on the iPhone or 3310.
Regardless, Nokia is opening the gates towards making cell phones great again.
Top 4 timeless cars
Staying on the topic of nostalgia, we turn to cars. I thought of this the other day while mindlessly sitting in traffic on the way home from work. There’s a select group of cars that seem they’ll never get off the road, whether it’s dependability or driver dedication. These vehicles sometimes blend in with the rest of those on the road as well.
Here is my list of timeless cars. (These don’t include 1960’s Chargers or any other collectible cars. We’re normal people here and those are stupid.)
1993 Toyota Camry
A car so dependable and so common, The Onion wrote a piece on it. Today, the ’93 Camry is the classic first car for high schoolers and for those borrowing grandma’s to pick up a six pack of Miller Lite. Whenever an elementary school child draws a car, it most likely is in the shape of this one. Simple design, comfy interior, and it never dies. It’s the only car that commonly lasts over 200,000 miles. An American(?) legend.
1995 Jeep Wrangler
Jeeps have always been the signature beach, outdoors, and just chill-out-bro type of car, but none exemplifies this more than the mid-90’s Wrangler.
Every Wrangler has the signature box style and hasn’t really been through a dramatic makeover. Once the top and doors come off, it’s one of the best cars on the road. But what makes this car probably most recognizable is it’s never clean. There is always dirt or rock salt covering one of these beauties and that’s the way it should be.
1998 Honda Civic
The Civic back in the 90’s was essentially the Honda version of the Camry. Like Toyota’s signature vehicle, the Honda Civic has been dependable, long-lasting, and a staple on the road. For me however, northern Massachusetts loves to hoard these things and add ridiculous features like loud mufflers and lights, despite being a 20-year-old shitbox. Regardless, this car has lasted and fits right in with the others.
2000 Ford Mustang
This selection is strictly for timelessness and has no influence on the fact that this was my first vehicle.
The 2000 Ford Mustang was one of the first Mustangs in some time to not look like a soft or clunky version of the iconic car. The appearance is the perfect mix of sports car, muscle (I guess), and sedan. The red Mustang especially is the one that stands out the most and just looks cool. Even though this was a pain in the ass to drive in the snow, it was the best first car to own.
Salad or entree first?
The other day I made salmon for dinner and included a side salad. Now when you go to a restaurant, salad obviously comes out first before the entree to hold you over. But Chef Boyar-Z prepared everything at once. So my choice was to eat my salmon/main course before my salad. My mother and girlfriend thought I was wrong for doing so.
Listen, I understand the order of the law when eating out, but I’m in my own damn house, so I’ll do what I want. More importantly, I’m not having my meal go cold because I wanted to eat a bowl of my food’s food.
The Yankees’ hair policy is stupid
The New York Times had a front page story on prospect Clint Frazier and his locks of red hair. If you are unaware, the New York Yankees have had a stupid policy in place since 1973 that basically says their players need to be clean shaven, hair trimmed, and essentially look like a “Yankee.” The late team owner George Steinbrenner determined this after looking at his team opening day, because he thought a handful of players looked unprofessional. You know which other leader had their ideal image of the perfect team member? Thought so…
When it comes down to it, it’s baseball. A game, a sport, and an activity. These guys run in circles in the mud and grass, chew tobacco, scratch their balls, take steroids, beat women, and get paid for it all. Yet, the Yankees want to hold their players to a “higher standard” and determine they have to be clean shaven and well groomed? There are plenty of dirt-bags in the league who still get paid millions to play a sport, and that’ll never change. But for the Yankees to act as if playing in pinstripes is this great honor and the players must shave and have their hair cut is a joke. The Yankees have no problem signing players with PED connections and domestic violence histories, but long hair and a beards are a no-no? Please…
It seems to be working though, so you can’t blame New York for the results. It’s clearly working:
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