The challenge of being too competitive

I was pitching for my softball team earlier this week and everything was fine until the 2nd of a double header. In the first game, the opposing team’s pitcher was a bit flustered that a few of our hits were right back up the middle. You see, in those scenarios, it’s proper etiquette to make known to the pitcher a sense of penitence for the ball hit back towards him in a way that could cause injury. Basically, hitting it directly towards the pitcher is a no-no, a sports faux pas, an unwritten rule, one that seasoned players recognize and usually adhere to, or follow it up with an apology.

The second game starts and I’m pitching the ball to one of their batters, who happened to be their pitcher… the flustered guy. He lines one to me, shin-level, and I had to flail my body out of the way. No apology. No nothin! In that moment I felt the adrenaline rushing, not just for the hit, but for what it meant. He did it on purpose and no matter what level of competition, that’s not cool.

Did I let it go? Of course not.

So this is my problem: even at 40-years-old, I can’t stand poor sportsmanship and I take most things personally when there’s an attack on me or someone on the team for which I’m playing. Sometimes that’s just not a good idea! Relatedly, I also can’t stand laziness. This pitcher had the trifecta of things I hate: being a poor sport, lazy (he was smoking a cig as he pitched), and arrogance.

After his hit that nearly banged up my legs, I approached him on first base and asked him a simple question. “You’re not going to apologize?” His response: “Apologize for what?”

Sassy britches.

Maybe the title of this post doesn’t exactly reflect where the story went. It’s not necessarily that I’m too competitive, it’s that I expect everyone to be good. To behave. To treat others kindly. And it soooooooooooooo ticks me off when that doesn’t happen on the softball field, football or soccer field, basketball court, or ultimately anywhere a competition is happening.

The solution that I’ve come up with is just to do my best to harness my emotions, still defending myself or my teammates, but not let an opposing player, whomever he or she may be and whatever they’ve done, take me to that dark place where the rage monster lives. Because at the end of the day, we all go back to our homes and feed our dogs, or play with our kids, or turn on Netflix. Nothing gets recorded in American history and, in fact, usually no one besides those on the field or court that night will ever know what happened anyway.

But that pitcher was a turd nugget.

-Out of the Wilderness

 

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Where’s Paris Hilton?

Paris Hilton. She’s off somewhere celebrating a new love relationship with a puppet. Sounds a bit odd, right? Well, I thought so too, when I woke up from a dream where Paris Hilton was off somewhere celebrating a new love relationship with a puppet. Naturally my next thought was, “Well, where IS Paris Hilton, anyway?”

It used to be that she was in the news almost daily with her TV appearances, her music (yeah, she made music), or scandals involving sex tapes or feuds with her bestie Nicole Richie. Didn’t they get in feuds?

I suppose anyone who doesn’t have much to offer besides blonde hair and thin-ness is destined to fade away from the spotlight. But does anyone know what happened to her, without having to look it up? I reallllllllllllly, reallllllllllllllllly don’t want to spend any time finding out what’s going on with her, but so you DON’T have to, I’ll spend the next 10 minutes researching. Then I’ll post my findings here…

She’s partner and investor of “The Glam App”… some sort of hair appointment thing.

She’s apparently still making music:

Her social channels- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram- all have the exact same posts.

She served as executive producer on a documentary in 2018 called The American Meme.

She may or may not be dating an actor named KJ Apa.

Ok, ok, 10 minutes was almost more than my stomach could handle, so I’m glad that’s over. Did you know any of these things about the evidently-still-alive-and-still-richer-than-everyone Paris Hilton? Care to share? If so, comment below!

-Out of the Wilderness

…and I’m Kanye West

Kanye West has been an interesting conversation since he’s become a household name. I didn’t know who he was until I heard “Jesus Walks,” his fourth single off his first album way back in 2004. I remember thinking, “Well, here we go! Maybe there’ll be some entertaining mainstream rap about faith.”


Then he pretty much skidded off the rails. And by that I mean, he’s kinda nuts.


I stopped liking him because of his braggadocious personality. He was still entertaining, don’t get me wrong, but much like those rails he skidded off of, we like witnessing metaphorical train wrecks, don’t we? And there might be something loose upstairs, just saying. But back to train wrecks… well, I’ll also admit here that I watch The Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise for the same reasons.

Anyway, Kanye annoyed me to no end with his “everyone’s out to get me” attitude.

Then he randomly had praise for Donald Trump last year, I believe it was. I thought, “Well, here we go! Maybe there’ll be some redeeming value to this guy after all!”

So at this point, I still don’t understand him. I mean, he willingly married a Kardashian people!!! He said he was running for president in 2020 yet I see no commercials of him saying, “I’m Kanye and I approve this message.” But somewhere deep down maybe he’s got something we can like about him. I don’t know.

-Out of the Wilderness

GEICO and Jerome Bettis fumble on new TV spot

If you haven’t seen it yet, Geico has a TV spot featuring Jerome Bettis, NFL Hall of Fame running back.


I typically love GEICO commercials for their odd and usually hilarious deliveries. However, I can’t get on board with the bus on this one. You’re going to think I’m taking this commercial entirely too seriously, and you’re right 🙂 but I counted 5 illegal moves from the ball carrier plus his flag is clearly tied on, which is yet another penalty.

I can’t help but think the folks that created the commercial haven’t ever played flag football, or just didn’t study up on the rules of the game. To be quite honest, I’d absolutely love for Jerome Bettis to be on the team I was playing against. He’s big, probably not very fast, and if he kept committing these kinds of penalties, he’d be benched or ejected from the game.

GEICO says getting insurance help is “Jerome Bettis on your flag football team easy” when in reality if he were committing all these penalties, having him on your team wouldn’t be easy at all.

How’s that for overanalyzing a TV commercial? Maybe I’m still bitter my college flag football team never beat P-Funk. Still waiting on that rematch!

-Out of the Wilderness

 

A mustang and a green button in Keith Urban’s “We Were” video

Keith Urban’s latest music video looks smooth and easy, but I can assure you that any video you record as a continuous clip is anything but easy. I wonder how many takes they did before they had a keeper? Where did they record this, anyway? Well, I’m glad you stopped by because I have some answers!


Location…

This “one take” video was recorded south of downtown Nashville. It’s not Music Row, as some might think. There’s another trendy little spot called Berry Hill that’s home to quite a few recording studios. The one in this video is House of Blues. Around 1:45 into the video Keith walks in to “The Cave” as seen below in the music video and a picture from the HOB website.


And what do y’all think about Keith’s choice of drink?

Based on the light shining through and the way this particular cup is handled, I’m making a bet there wasn’t any liquid in the cup. Well, I take that back. Maybe on take 1 there was, but after doing this 50 times, Keith was like, “You know what guys, I’ve had enough water!” 🙂

Did anyone else notice something in this part of the video?

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Keith didn’t press that little button that says “push to exit.” I KNEW IT WAS ALL A SHAM!! After all the times I’ve pressed those buttons because I didn’t want to be the guy who doesn’t and then gets embarrassed when the door doesn’t open! If Keith doesn’t press it, I don’t press it. That’s my new motto.

I call this next part of the video, “true friends.” A true friend is someone who says, “Parking’s a bear? I’ll be here awhile, park behind me and we’re all good.” Good job, Mustang driver!

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The video was also shot in vertical format, and released mid-July. If you’re reading this on your phone, click here for vertical video through Spotify. Spoiler: it’s the exact same video, just edited for your phone, so if you aren’t able to see it through the link, you can scroll back up and watch it on YouTube 🙂

Overall, great song, great job by Keith, and kudos to the steadicam operator for all that work!

-Out of the Wilderness

Jeff Epstein: Murder or Suicide? Is he even dead?

If we can ever get past the fact that this guy was (or is) everything we (or I) hate about entitled (or arrogant) people, and the ugly (or monstrous) things he’s done, the story is quite fascinating regarding how his summer has gone (or is going). I mean, you thought you had a bad summer, but this guy, wow! Here’s a brief timeline…

July 6 – arrested in New Jersey. Getting arrested is bad, but he was in New Jersey, ewww!

July 23 – found unconscious in his jail cell after a botched suicide attempt, reportedly

August 9 – crap hits the fan as interviews are unsealed in civil cases against him

August 10 – found dead in his jail cell after a successful suicide attempt, reportedly

Conspiracy theorists finally have another one to dig into. For me, this is where it gets fascinating. Did he commit suicide with just a 100 thread count bed sheet or was he murdered by the Clinton gang? I’ve also heard it’s possible he’s not even dead! Why that idea is being floated out there is that it could work in the prosecutions favor if his friends/ new enemies/ co-conspiritors (people he’s “entertained” on his plane or boat or people who helped orchestrate things) relax a bit knowing he can’t name them, then boom! he shows up in court and all those nasty folks Bill Clinton who took part in his evil schemes will be up the creek, too.

His net worth was $550 million so I’m walking around now with my head held a bit higher knowing I’m worth more than a multi-millionaire because he’s dead (if he’s actually dead). Well, actually, even when he was alive, we were all worth more than him. Am I right???

So questions are swirling around the fact that he was on suicide watch and somehow still had access to things (bed sheets) that could assist his efforts to end his life. Where were the guards? Why didn’t cameras pick up any unusual behavior inside or outside the jail facilites? What does his brother Mark Epstein know and is he just as shady as Jeff?

Another person to keep an eye on is Ghislaine Maxwell, a close friend of Jeff Epstein. There is chatter she was in on his sex-trafficking schemes. If there’s any evidence proving this, she’ll be in a world of hurt, too. Or she may end up dead if the Clintons have anything to do with it.

So what do you think? Is he dead? If not, where is he and what will happen in the near future? Chime in below and thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

Maddie and Tae “Die From A Broken Heart” fun facts about the music video


Maddie and Tae’s new video for “Die From A Broken Heart” features Tae playing the part of the the brokenhearted while Maddy narrates the story by way of the song’s lyrics.

Where in the world?
The setting of this video shoot looks very familiar, since I live in Tennessee… but without knowing for sure, it could be any number of places in this state or the southeast. I’d bet a milking goat it’s not Hawaii, so at least we can eliminate that as a possible location.

Who’s that guy?

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You may recognize the guy playing the boyfriend/ex-boyfriend from movies like Bumblebee and Truth or Dare, or his successful character Zig on the DeGrassi TV series. His name is Ricardo Hoyos.

Turn on the radio…
If you look closely, the couple are jamming to Ava Max “Sweet But Psycho” while they’re riding around in the Jeep. The Maddie, Tae, and Ava Max are close in age, Ava Max born in 1994 and both Maddie and Tae born in 1995. Tae and Ava Max are both 5’3″, while Maddie is just an inch shorter at 5’2″.

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The video was directed by Carlos Ruiz who’s done a lot of work with another popular country artist… Jon Pardi. I have a couple of posts about his music videos below.

Jon Pardi “Heartache Medication”

Jon Pardi “Heartache on the Dance Floor”

Let’s get social…
You can find all of these folks on their social medias below…

Maddie and Tae Instagram @maddieandtae

Ricardo Hoyos Instagram @ricardohoyos3

Carlos Ruiz studio site

Ava Max Instagram @avamax

 

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness