41 and dating in 2020

Less than a month ago I turned 41 years old. Some men at my age have grown kids. Some might even be grandparents! But me?


It’s not for lack of trying. I had a handful of good dates in 2019. You see, success (meaning: getting any date at all) started quick in 2019. As in… January 1st I had my first date of the year. We met at The Well Coffeehouse in Nashville and had an enjoyable conversation. I remember thinking, “This is a good way to kick off a new year!” We talked about meeting up again…


Never. Never will I see this woman again.

This quick start to 2019 was an exception to the rule. I don’t think I had another date for a long time after that. Most of 2019 went this way, and the other day it dawned on me… most of my dates were first dates. Rarely was there ever a second date. Before you have pity on me, though, I’ll admit sometimes all we ever planned was to make-out, and one date was enough.

It’s now middle of January and so far, it’s been about the same. I’ve had a couple of first dates but I’ll commit to this right here and now… 2020 is about the elusive second date!

So here’s to less first dates in 2020!

-Out of the Wilderness

The most important thing in our world today

The other day as I was walking around the dog park with Piper and Asia another obvious, yet mind-blowing thought crossed my mind.

Think about it… almost every single thing we do is directly or almost directly because of gravity alone. Shoes? We want a comfortable pair because why? Because gravity is pulling us down and our feet hurt. Sleep? We want a soft or firm mattress based on how gravity is pulling our bodies into the mattress. How much we weigh, gym workouts, running up hills, car fuel consumption, weighted blankets for better sleep, how much almond milk is in a container (if measured in ounces), so much depends on gravity being the same day in and day out.

Can you think of anything in your life that isn’t related to gravity in any way? Comment below and I bet we can somehow related it back to our earth’s amazing magnet.

-Out of the Wilderness

Sony projector clock is amazing!

At first, I thought a projector clock would be a good idea and that I would like it. Now that I’ve had one for about 2 months, I feel very confident in saying that I do not like it…

I LOVE IT.

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You can project the time in red numbers anywhere in a room, but so far my favorite spot is the ceiling. Maybe this is weird but every time I’m getting ready for bed and think about the clock, my heart flutters.

Hey!! Instead of judging me, try one out for yourself! It will change your life. I’m using the Sony ICF-C1PJ so if you want this one, click here for the Amazon listing. Please note, although I’m not paid to endorse this project, if you purchase it through the Amazon link I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. 

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Time projected on ceiling, near the fan pictured below

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There are some drawbacks, I suppose. The most common one you’ll see on any reviews is that the project automatically turns off after being on for 16 hours. This doesn’t bother me because I’d probably shut it off each morning when I wake up anyway. Another drawback I’ve notices is the buttons are a little confusing. There are about 10 different buttons on top and back and to activate certain functions, you have to press and hold, or press twice, or keep pressing continuously. It’s something to consult the manual for, which is rather annoying when you just want a clock that tells time, has an alarm, and projects. But overall, I do indeed love it!

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

Toy Story 4 review (no spoilers)

Yes, I’m a 41-year-old man and yes, I just watched Toy Story 4… and LOVED IT! I’ll try not to give too much away but as an adult, I found it very funny. I didn’t think the plot was really dramatic but gosh, there were so many funny parts. One thing Disney does really well is having the perfect script line at the perfect time, basically it’s all about timing, and they nailed it again and again in this one.


The characters were all so likable, even the terrifying ones (you’ll know who I mean if/when you watch). The one who stole the show was a new character named Forky. He’s not trash, but he’s made from trash. There’s also a character voiced by Keanu Reeves who did a great job in that role.

I think kids do (or will) like this movie, and if you’re an adult who enjoys a good wholesome funny Disney movie, you need to see this one. It’s great! If I had to rate the 4 in order of my favorites, here’s how I’d rank them:

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Toy Story 3

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Thanks for stopping by! If you watch this movie, let me know what you thought about it in the comments below.

-Out of the Wilderness

Justin Bieber “Yummy” video: eat it up, or lost your appetite?


Justin Bieber’s new video for “Yummy” might make your stomach growl! Here’s a list of all the food I recognize in the video:

Box of Chinese food, water with lemon, bread roll, French fries, gelatin dessert cake  thing, white bread with cheese, cake, lime jello cake, bread cake, fish, shrimp, green peas, croissants, lobster, cheese puffs, strawberries, and much more.

Ok, if you’re stomach’s not growling, you might be feeling queasy… so if you can stomach all 4 minutes of this song, you’ll also notice Justin is wearing a Drew House brand hoodie, which retails under $100, although I couldn’t find the exact sweatshirt on the website. This is Justin’s clothing brand (his middle name is Drew).

Credits in the YouTube video description list “Video Commissioner: Yolande Geralds” … this is the first I’ve ever heard of a video commissioner.

Throughout the video, Justin is wearing a puka shell-styled necklace a la 2000s Kenny Chesney. Why not, I guess.

Justin joined TikTok to promote the single and the video. Downside for Justin- now he’s on TikTok, yet another social platform to keep up with…. and like Betty White said of Facebook, TikTok is probably just another huge waste of time.

I really like the editing of this video, kudos! But that’s where my praise ends.

When anyone asks why I don’t like today’s R&B, I’ll just reference this song. I feel nauseous after listening/watching, and it’s not because of the food. It’s just a terrible song. I rather eat 3-week-old room temperature sushi than hear this song again.

The setup for a fun video is there, lots of food and interesting-looking characters. Why not have a food fight? Why not show off your wife? As it is, we see Justin eating, singing/talking with a mouth full of food, and dancing on a table. It’s just boring. I bet TikTok users came up with something better for this song, but I don’t want to check.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

 

 

 

 

 

A redhead has a 10% of winning The Bachelor

Episode 2 is in the books and is it just me or did the Hannah B. thing come across as a setup? She and Peter acted like they were in such a tough spot after reconnecting in episode 1. Is Hannah B. back in his life? Should she join the other women as a contestant? Oh, the drama. Then in a matter of seconds, as if cued by a producer, Peter decides he can’t do this and Hannah’s out the door with a hug and a smile. I’m so skeptical about the genuineness of this part of the show. Anyway, Peter meets up with the women from the group date he was still currently on and they skip right to the “after party.”

Later the rose ceremony happens so here are the updated stats for the women still remaining after episode 2.

There are 5 black women, 2 Asian women, and 10 white women.

Chances of winning…

A black woman: 29.4% (up 2% since episode 1)

An Asian woman: 11.8% (up 2.5% since episode 1)

A white woman: 58.8% (down 5% since episode 1)

Among the 10 white women, there are 4 brunettes (2 less than last week), 5 blondes (2 less than last week), and 1 redhead (go Lexie!).

-Out of the Wilderness

List of weird or interesting music videos

I put together a list of music videos for my niece and I watch. My criteria was simple: weird and/or interesting music videos. You see? Not much to it. I wanted to find videos that were either completely strange, had unique editing elements, or totally engaging. So here is a short list of the videos we watched.

Bishop Briggs – “Wild Horses”… This video pretty much has everything we were looking for and a sweet bonus, the song is very memorable for it’s catchy chorus. Take a look at the wild content, timely editing, and engaging singer.


Next up is Caroline Jones “The Difference” and this video is by no means strange, but the song tells a story that’s entertaining to follow. Editing is well-done and, well, the cars are so nice. Take a look and the bonus in this one is that it is “to be continued…” so there’s a follow up music video.


My niece and I really like the music videos from Jain, so third on the list is “Dynabeat” …which falls right in line with the creativity she shows off in previous music videos like “Makeba” and “Come.” She’s so talented with her music, and although we didn’t love this video, we liked it a lot and it’s still the best-edited video and most creative on our list.


This next one is, hmm, how to describe it? It’s the one we talked about the most afterwards and you’ll see why. Like us, you may only be able to watch it once because of sensory overload and when I say sensory overload, I mean sensory overload on steroids. There’s so much going on in this video that you almost have to watch it more than once just to catch everything that’s happening, but it might make give you motion sickness, be warned. It’s “PONPONPON” by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.


Last video on the list is one I was excited to show my niece. Actually it’s not a music video, but a live performance of “Purple Rain” by Prince. I fell in love with the video the first time I watched it, and that’s after writing it off as what I thought would be a cheesy performance from the 80s. Prince performed at the 1985 American Music Awards and while the set was kind of bland and forgettable by today’s standards, it’s Prince. When has he ever needed an actual stage to keep people’s attention? I go into more detail about why I like this performance here so for now, here’s a video that has simple editing, but incredible emotion and a great build-up to the climatic ending…


Thanks for stopping by! If you have any suggestions for this list, chime in by commenting below.

-Out of the Wilderness