This 18.27 Year Old Would Rather Be Watching Conan O’Brien

Everyone looks forward to turning 18. Becoming an adult, more independence, the ability to buy cigarettes (this is not something you should be proud to do), buy “adult” things, and even get into some bars. Then there are people like me.

For my 18th birthday, the biggest change I made in life was creating a legal ebay account. I had been buying off ebay for a few years, but now I do it legally. 🙂

After just over three months of being 18, I’m made many purchases on ebay, mostly consisting of CDs, but there is quite a bit of other stuff sprinkled in as well.

I started buying things on ebay about 3 years when I bought a refurbished 1st generation Zune in November of 2007. I consider that Zune to be my best purchase ever as it was cheap than buying from somewhere else and it’s still running strong. Once I get my new computer I plan on upgrading to the new Zune HD (I don’t do iPods. At all) and there’s a good chance I’ll look to ebay for that also.

I also bought “REO Speedwagon Soundstage: Live In The Heartland” on ebay when it was released in August of 2008. I became an REO fan in July of ’08 as I happened to see that concert on TV one night. The rest, as they say, is history (and there may be a blog coming as this Sunday will mark my two year anniversary of being an REO Speedwagon fan).

As an REO fan, ebay has come in very handy in adding to my collection of their albums and memorabilia, but I’ll get to that later.

These are in no particular order, but these are most of the things I’ve bought from ebay in the past 3 months.

– “got reo speedwagon?” decal for my car

– 2010 Daytona 500 champion, Jamie McMurray decal

– “The Essential REO Speedwagon Live” DVD – filmed in St. Louis, 2000

– Mark McGuinn CD – “One Man’s Crazy”

-Handheld FM radio/weather radio/scanner/ham radio transceiver – I bought this one for 25 bucks, but the shipping from Hong Kong was nearly 55. Great deal though.

– Two REO Speedwagon CDs – “Life as We Know It” and “You Can Tune a Piano But You Can’t Tuna Fish”

– Dozens of Jamie McMurray trading cards

– Cheap Trick’s “Greatest Hits” CD

– Night Ranger’s “Greatest Hits” CD

– The Police – “Every Breath You Take” Greatest hits CD

– REO Speedwagon t-shirt that should be arriving in the next few days

That may not be everything I’ve bought, but it’s a majority. And as you can obviously tell, these are all very crucial and necessary 😉

As I wrap up this somewhat meaningless blog post, I am waiting on an auction to close that I am currently the highest bidder for. It’s a window decal that says:

“I’d rather be watching Conan O’Brien”

So true. And once I’m 18 and 8 months old, I will be able to do that once again. His new show will debut on TBS on Monday, November 8th at 11/10c, so you should definitely tune in.

Until then, feel free to look around on ebay for things you may be interested in. Even if you’re not quite 18.

Summer 2010

Now that high school is in the rear view, I’ve got college to look forward to. However, there is that slight break in between. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always called that summer. Crazy, I know!

Anyway, I decided I’d take the opportunity to let you all in on some of my plans for my last summer before heading of to college. Three words can sum up my summer plans: Work. Music. Work.

Holding two part-time jobs and a volunteer/part-time/internship dealio on the side, you can see where the “work” part(s) come in. Putting in 30-40 hours or more combined at all three can sure add up to a lot of work time. But I figure, I might as well work all I can now, that way I can relax at the end of summer before moving.

My work schedule is not what you came here to read though, I’m guessing. What the heck is Nick Brincks doing this summer that could be considered somewhat exciting? Well I’m glad you asked and you have come to the right place.

Next week I will be venturing up to Sioux City to take part in a Junior Visit Day at the college I will be attending, Morningside. I will be on their “freshman panel” and we will talk about our college search and what made us make the decisions we did. I’ll be staying up there for a couple days so I can explore the city and have an idea of what I’m doing and what to do once I’m living up there.

Next Friday and one Saturday in July I will be singing at weddings. Ca-ching.

A friend of mine and I plan on hosting a few dances for people our age at least a couple times this summer. We’ve got music, equipment, and the desire, so why not make a little money doing so, right?

On July 30, I will be a part of Par-Tee 13, which is a huge golf outing put on by our radio station that I work at. While I won’t be golfing (which doesn’t bother me ONE BIT! I’m not a golfer. At all. Now mini golf, that’s another story), I will be broadcasting live from the patio of the Country Club, socializing with listeners, acting as hospitality, and my personal favorite – driving golf carts. I was one of the first there last year and one of the last to leave (by choice!) and I am stoked for it again this year. Hopefully the weather is as gorgeous this year.

And now for my favorite thing about this summer. Music.

On July 3rd, I’ll will be seeing Night Ranger and Grand Funk Railroad live in concert about an hour from my hometown. Along with several family members, I’ll be listening to some of the 70s and 80s classics “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me,” “Sentimental Street,” “When You Close Your Eyes,” and Night Ranger’s most recognizable song “Sister Christian” (Be sure to follow Night Ranger’s drummer and lead vocalist Kelly Keagy on twitter). Some of GFR’s hits include “Locomotion” and “We’re An American Band.” While this show will be a great one, it doesn’t personally compare to the one just over a month and a half after this one.

When I found out that REO Speedwagon and Pat Benatar were going to be at the Iowa State Fair on August 17th, I was pretty excited (to put it lightly). Tickets went on sale at 1oAM on April 24 and I had bought my row 10 tickets by 10:01. Check out my REO page for more info on them. Pat Benatar is one of the most successful female artists of all time with her numerous hits including “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “We Belong,” “Love Is A Battlefield,” and “Heartbreaker.”

I had the opportunity to see REO last summer (that’s where the pictures above were taken) and that was easily the highlight of it. Luckily, I will have that same opportunity this summer! Wherever my summer plans take me, my twitter page will take you along if you’d like, so be sure to follow me! Also, I will be blogging about these concerts and post photos and videos so be sure to check back here. Or just follow me on twitter and I’ll tell you 🙂

Now if you’ll excuse me, two out of my three summer words are calling my name. Working tonight at A&W, tomorrow at Pizza Hut AND A&W, and then A&W on Saturday morning, you can see why music will certainly be the highlight of my summer. But working leads to money, which leads to fun and adventure, which I plan to have!

It tends to be all or nothing for McMurray. “Nothing” sometimes comes in the form of David Ragan.

Ever since Jamie McMurray was cut by Roush Fenway Racing at the end of the 2009 season, I have felt a little contempt towards the organization. I felt that McMurray deserved to stay and David Ragan should be the driver cut, but looking back, everything worked out the way it should have.

McMurray is now back at his original home under the direction of car owner Chip Ganassi and he is in the midst of his most successful season of his career already after 14 races. Two poles, one win, three 2nd place finishes, and five top 10 finishes are all putting the #1 Bass Pro Shops/McDonalds Chevy solidly in the Chase. However, not all has been great for the team this year. Yesterday’s race was proof of that.

With just over 30 laps to go in the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 at Pocono, McMurray had advanced to his highest running position of the race and was setting himself up for a solid top 15 or top 10 finish. Then his former teammate had to add himself into the equation doing something he does best – tearing up equipment.

(Watch the video of the incident.)

David Ragan tried doing more than his sub par Roush equipment and sub par talent could handle as he simply drove straight into the side of the McDonald’s Chevy and ruined what would have been a great points day for the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing #1 team, which was in dire need of that as they came in to the race only 26 points out of the top 12.

But instead David Ragan had to ruin it, like he always does. Now is the time where I get to rant a bit. I honestly don’t know what the heck anyone sees in Ragan as he has been miserable the past two seasons. My guess is that he’s simply jealous of McMurray for not having to drive for Jack Roush anymore? I don’t know. All I know is that McMurray has had great top 15 or top 10 cars EACH AND EVERY WEEK this year, and he only has 5 top tens to show for it and even more finishes outside of the top 20 including 5 finishes of 30th or worse. It seems that he either finishes right up in the front, or gets taken out or has some kind of trouble to ruin his day. Mechanical failures don’t upset me as they just simply happen, but when other idiots try to hard and my guy ends up paying the price, that is what absolutely ticks me off.

David Ragan should package himself in a box, ship himself via his sponsor UPS (I don’t know why they even sponsor him) straight out of NASCAR. I would call him a “has-been” but he never was a “been” ever. He’s going no where fast and he’s lucky he’s got UPS with a reputation of being fast because they can certainly help him get to no where even faster.

I know he didn’t do it intentionally, but that is what bugs me about this. He is simply bad and made a huge misjudgment. That misjudgment knocked McMurray back to 18th in the Sprint Cup standings and he now trails 12th by 110 points.

There’s a good chance that I may slightly rescind these statements about Ragan when I’m not caught up in the moment as I am now, but you will never again see me cheering for that #6, unless of course he is getting released or something along those lines. When he was McMurray’s teammate I didn’t mind him. Now that this isn’t the case anymore, there is nothing keeping me liking him and his actions yesterday certainly didn’t help the cause.

I can’t wait to see that #1 car take revenge on his former teammate because that would at the very least give me a small sense of vindication. Also, if McMurray can just rid himself of bad luck and being involved in bad situations and just make it into the Chase, all will be forgotten.

All will be forgotten…except that I will still laugh at Jack Roush for releasing McMurray rather than Ragan as we all know who the real winners are in this story. And their names are Chip Ganassi and Jamie McMurray.

McMurray in fact did NOT win Pocono. My bad :)

I’ll keep this post short and sweet. I tried convincing the racing Gods to prove I had a valid point about Jamie McMurray winning today, but I obviously failed at that.

Well David Ragan had a hand in that, but Jamie didn’t look all that impressive throughout the day but he deserved at least a top 15 finish – certainly not a 36th place finish.

So much for my theory and prediction today. I have officially failed at mastering ironicism, voodooism, and coincidentalism, but I have apparently mastered the art of creating words by adding ism to them

The Endism.

McMurray winning at Pocono? Believe it!

If you haven’t checked out the post before this one, be sure to do so. I highlight a few coincidences regarding my trips to Morningside College and Jamie McMurray’s Daytona 500 victory.

Anyway, today’s rain delayed race has just added to the fire of ironicism (I’m aware that isn’t a word, but it sure looks cool).

The last time I visited Morningside, I bought a Jamie McMurray hat and he won the next race (this year’s Daytona 500). Before that race, rain was a major story of the weekend, along with the pothole in the track throughout the race.

Well low-and-behold, we are seeing a bit of deja vu today. I visted Morningside this week and also bought a new McMurray hat. A strong storm cell moved across the track and doused it with heavy rain, and now a pot hole is under repair near the exit of pit road. (This pot hole is well out of the racing groove unlike at Daytona so it shouldn’t be a big deal).

He’s starting in a similar spot on the grid as he did in the Daytona 500 and it looks like the stars are aligning perfectly for a repeat victory today. If Jamie McMurray wins today, not only will I feel like this is more than simply a coincidence, but Jamie himself will be able to celebrate his 34th birthday in style (a few days late-June 3rd was his birthday-but it would be a great way to celebrate). He gave his wife Christy a great Valentine’s Day present at Daytona, so today would be a great day to give himself a nice birthday present.

A McMurray victory would be a great way for me to enjoy my night as it looks like I’ll miss the end of the race due to working tonight thanks to this rain delay.

Rain, potholes, Morningside visits, McMurray hats, and victories – it all matches. It could happen again today.

Now I’ll sit back and hope I don’t look like a fool a few hours from now 🙂
Enjoy the race today on TNT!

Morningside McMustangs

I have come to that stage in my life where college is on the horizon. I’ve graduated high school and have selected the college that I will attend. And that is Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.

If my brief history at Morningside is any indication, I am going to enjoy the next four years of my life. You may be thinking I’m talking about academics, opportunities, lifestyle changes, meeting new people, or something else. Now while I am extremely excited about everything that Morningside has to offer, this blog post is really not about these things at all.

Morningside College’s mascot is the Mustang, so you may be wondering why I included “McMustang” in this post, but then again you may know enough about me that this is a no-brainer to you.

I am a huge Jamie McMurray fan, which shouldn’t come as to much of a surprise to you if you’re familiar with me, my blog, or my twitter, but that is indeed where the “Mc” comes from here.

I’m not simply combining my college with my favorite NASCAR driver as it may seem, but I feel there is a strong connection between the two. Sort of.

This past Friday (June 4), I participated in the first of four registration days at Morningside. I registered for my fall semester classes, received information about paying for college, toured campus, and continued meeting great people, among other things.

On the way home, I stopped in Sac City at the coolest NASCAR store I have ever been to (granted, I have only been to two, but this one has memorabilia at very affordable prices and a great variety of products) and I bought the official 2010 Bass Pro Shops Jamie McMurray hat. Now this may seem like a load of useless knowledge, but you’ll see what I’m getting at if you continue reading.

Now I’m going to go back a few months to mid February. February 12th was the last time I was on Morningside’s campus as I drove to Sioux City to participate in a scholarship day and attempt to earn money from the college to help offset college costs (you should know what scholarships are, so I won’t go in any more detail about that). I stayed with a friend and he gave me a great view of what college at Morningside would be like and we spent time on the air of the campus radio station, 92.9 KMSC or Fusion 93, which if you know me at all, was certainly a highlight of the day as I will be on that station this fall.

I left campus on that Friday, February 12 and proceeded home with a new wealth of knowledge regarding my future. Not only was I a very happy camper due to meeting some great people and getting a sneak peak at college life, along with earning some wonderful scholarships, this trip was a precursor to an even better weekend.

Before I made it home that Friday, I stopped at the NASCAR shop in Sac City and bought a Jamie McMurray #26 hat as they hadn’t yet received any of his new merchandise. This turned out to be quite the coincidence as the following Sunday showed.

On Sunday February 14, I witnessed Jamie McMurray win the Daytona 500 in his first start with his new-old car owner, Chip Ganassi. As he rocketed to the front of the pack at the end of the race, I cheered him on from my living room. As he led, I screamed. As he lost the lead, I cussed. As he crossed the finish line as the winner, tears of joy came to my eyes as I screamed at the top of my lungs in celebration. Jamie McMurray had not only won the biggest race of his life, he had proven that with the right opportunity and perseverance, one could overcome anything.

In February, I visited Morningside, bought a Jamie McMurray hat, and he won the following race. On June 4, I visited Morningside, bought a McMurray hat, and the race tomorrow will tell me if I possess a bit of voodoo-ism, or I am simply crazy. McMurray and his #1 Bass Pro Shops Chevy will roll off 18th in the race at Pocono and I will cheer him on while wearing my newly purchased hat, as I did on February 14.
Jamie hasn’t necessarily had the most impressive car this weekend or isn’t exactly known for being an expert at Pocono, but then again, who thought he would win the Daytona 500 in his first race back at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing? Who would have thought that he would come to Pocono with 3 second place finishes in the past 5 races? Who would have thought that he would be on the verge of breaking back into the top 12 in points and solidifying himself as a contender for the Chase? Who would have thought that a simple coincidence exists between a NASCAR driver from Missouri, a teenager from western Iowa, and a small private college in northwest Iowa?

We will all find out soon.

“BP” Cares.

It’s been a while since I posted anything on here, so I decided I’d come out of my two-week hibernation in light of this whole BP/oil spill mess in the Gulf of Mexico. Rather than take a serious look at itand give you my honest opinions on this disastrous situation, I’ll just spread the joy of some of the un-serious yet very funny business behind this whole scandal.

There are at least three twitter accounts out there that are using the gulf oil spill to their advantage and mocking the company behind it – BP.

If you are looking for some hilarious tweets from “BP” and it’s “execs”, check out these twitter profiles (@BPglobalPR @BPcares @BPterry).

I picked out some of my favorite tweets from the last couple of weeks. If you don’t check out these profiles, this is some of the stuff you are missing out on.

  • “Eating at a very expensive restaurant and spilled salad dressing on my pants. Not sure how to tackle this.”
  • “We feel terrible about spilling oil in American waters, we’ll make sure the next spill happens where the terrorists live. #bpcares
  • “If Top Kill doesn’t work, we’re just gonna toss a giant “Get Well Soon” card into the gulf and hope for the best. #bpcares
  •  “They want to fine us $4,300 for every barrel of oil spilled? Umm, we’re not spilling barrels, the oil is going directly into the gulf. DUH”
  • “The LA Times is reporting that Top Kill is working to plug the leak! Looks like our job here is done. See ya later gulf! #5dayweekend!”
  • “This horrible spill wouldn’t be happening in the gulf of AMERICA! Arizona knows what I’m talking ’bout!! #fistpound #bpcares
  • “We plan on spending millions of dollars to fix this mess. We also plan on jacking gas prices so high that you’ll wish you never complained.”
  • “We’ve created something that will affect your children’s children. Can YOU say the same about YOUR life? #nailedit #bpcares
  • “Can we just start calling it the oilcean and move on please? #bpcares
  • “What a gorgeous day! The ocean is filled with the most beautiful rainbows! #yourewelcome #bpcares
  • “We are very upset that Operation: Top Kill has failed. We are running out of cool names for these things.”
  • “I’ve gotta say, at night the gulf really doesn’t look that bad. #bpcares
  • “@bpTerry just asked a scientist why there are so many crows in the south. Turns out they are seagulls. It was AWKWARD. #bpcares
  • “Best part of the BP Memorial Day Picnic? The custom made oily dunk tank! So far we’ve dunked 4 ducks, a dolphin, 2 otters and @bpTerry!”
  • “OMG This isss ridciulsus. playing a drinking gamee where we drink a shot everytme we seeee an oily birdddd!!! LOL! so wasted!!11 #pbcares
  • “We’ve hired Dick Cheney’s former publicist to head up our PR dept. Hopefully she can make us as lovable as Dick Cheney.”
  • “As part of our continued re-branding effort, we are now referring to the spill as ‘Shell Oil’s Gulf Coast Disaster’. #bpcares
  • “Just got 100k followers and our oil is headed to Florida. You know what this means… WE’RE GOING TO DISNEYWORLD! #bpcares

^Via @BPglobalPR ^

  • “How much would it be just to buy a section of the ocean? #bpcares
  • “We would like to take this time to announce we are going green. #bp
  • “Exactly. Not oil. BP Win! RT MTHellfire Plastic kills thousands of seabirds each year – http://tinyurl.com/yaf9nq6 #BPCares
  • “Prices are lower when the economy is bad. Oil spill creates a bad economy. Fixing oil leak will do more worse than good. #bpcares
  • “Gas 1/2 off at #BP today; if it looks watered down…well, don’t worry about it. #bpcares
  • “The oil spill doesn’t look nearly as bad in HD #bpcares
  • “What do you know, oil floats! The good news: it will be easy to track. The bad news: Harder to cover up. #bpcares
  • “You haven’t seen the black sea until you’ve seen our black sea! #bpcares
  • “If at first you don’t succeed, shift the blame to the government! #bpcares
  • “Here at #BP, we are innovating the ways people are seeing the oil spill. Want to see it in 3D? #bpcares
  • #BP : We leave lasting impressions. #bpcares
  • “Each day at #BP, we’re finding new ways to use oil. Currently looking into uses of ocean-contaminated oil. #bpcares
  • “So ‘the waiting game’ was fun. ‘The blame game’ is even more fun! #bpcares
  • #BP is the official sponsor of #globalwarming | #bpcares
  • “We are working on a gulf-wide “oil hunt”; kind of like an “easter-egg hunt” except easier to find.”
  • “We do not recommend swimming in the ocean-infested oil. #bpcares

^ Via @BPcares ^

  • “just went skinny dipping in the gulf. i call it dipsticking. lol”

^ Via @BPterry ^

I don’t know about you, but I enjoyed all of that! If you want to check out BP’s verified twitter account, check it out here…………………………..I know which account is the least entertaining.

There’s no doubt that BP’s image has taken a major hit. It’s easy to find BP gas stations with many open pumps while gas stations across the street have people waiting in line.

It’s interesting to see what an oil leak can do to your image, and I’m not talking about dipsticking.

The actual BP is trying to get the mock BP twitter accounts shut down, however I’d prefer they stick to shutting down the oil leak first.