What’s behind Jake Owen’s “I Was Jack” music video

Well, as some of you know I love writing about music videos. The things you might miss the first time you watch, those are what I dive head first towards. So we come upon Jake Owen’s video for “I Was Jack (You Were Diane),” which is loaded with so much info, I was practically salivating as I thought about where to start researching! That is, until I got to the end of the video. Sneaky director Justin Clough made it easy for all of us to know a lot about the video, such as locations, starring actors, etc. So definitely check out the entire video, to the very end.

It’s a great piece of work from Mr. Clough, and just to get right to it, the stars of the video are Jake Etheridge and Mackenzie Porter.

Jake Etheridge is an actor and singer/songwriter who grew up in South Carolina but now lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He’s part of a Holland-based country band called The Common Linnets. He’s also a heck of a cross country runner! Wait, hold on, OK never mind. That’s a totally different Jake Etheridge. You never know who might pop up on a Google search 🙂

Mackenzie Porter is a Canadian actress and singer. You may recognize her from The Netflix show The Travelers, but those who know her best… are cows… because she was raised on a cattle and bison ranch in Alberta! They remember when she was “just this tall” (cows raise their hoofs a few feet off the ground). Since then though, she’s become a classically trained violinist, a talented actress, and in 2003 because the younger sister of a Canadian Idol winner.

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Something else I noticed in the video is the plethora of flyers on the entrance of the diner.

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Bands listed are Nemesis, The Backseaters, Hallway Kids, and Necros.

The Backseaters feature a lead singer named Jake. So that’s 3 Jake’s “appearing” in this music video. Coincidence? Conspiracy theorists disagree!

Hallway Kids might be a reference to Canadian TV show Kids in the Hall. So that’s another link to Canada there.

Finally, Necros is (or was) a real band in the 80s. So this must be a tribute to punk bands that school rebels might’ve listened to in the early and mid-80s.

Ruthie’s Inn can also be read on a flyer posted along with the others. Perhaps another reference to early 80s punk rock, because Ruthie’s Inn is a notable California venue for thrash metal bands in the 80s decade.

pak plazaLast bit of trivia is the the pawn shop where the high school dude possibly buys an engagement ring. It reads “Pak Plaza Pawn and Sport Shop”. This is a real pawn shop in Hot Springs, Arkansas. No word on the ring and if it was ever sold for under a grand, though.


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-Out of the Wilderness

Watching Santa Clarita Diet, then I noticed THIS…

I could totally be an extra on Santa Clarita Diet. Why? Just check out the shirt this background guy is wearing in season 1, episode 9.screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-8-17-36-amscreen-shot-2017-02-13-at-8-18-13-amscreen-shot-2017-02-13-at-8-18-34-am
I guess I’m not the only one that shops at Target. I knew that was a good shirt to pick up. Score one for Wilder!target-logo

-Out of the Wilderness

Where’s Blockbuster when you need it?

I’m a frequent Redbox renter, an occasional library lendee, and a neo-Netflixer (as in, I wasn’t involved with their DVD by mail system, but now I stream from Netflix). Even with blockbusterall these options, not to mention other sources like Hulu, Google Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, SlingTV, etc, I sometimes reminisce about the days of old: walking into a Blockbuster or Movie Gallery, beelining to the wall of “New Releases,” or browsing the aisles of genre-specific titles, finding the one movie you were hoping was there, and having an entire menu of items to watch about that one movie (Redbox discs are usually stripped down to just the movie, no extras or behind the scenes).

Don’t get me wrong though; I love having Netflix, using Redbox, and borrowing from the library. But I just know there are movies I’ve been wanting to see that don’t exist in the little red kiosks, online, or on any local shelves. And unless you live in one of these 51 cities (mostly in Alaska and Texas), there are no Blockbusters in your town.

So how does one find those movies without buying them? Maybe there’ll be a resurgence of brick-and-mortar stores that offer movies we can’t watch any other way.

-Out of the Wilderness

They Used MacGyver Against Me!


(not me)

When I was young I had a slight temper. An instance comes to mind when the family was out on my dad’s boat one day. My brother and I were sitting at the little kitchenette table and I guess he was bothering me, as older brothers are known to do. A spoon dropped under the table and when he crawled down to get it, I used my foot in a way that’s probably illegal in 10 states. Of course my mom found out and that’s pretty much the only spanking I remember from my childhood. Sometimes she used a paddle… you know that paddle with the rubber ball attached to it? We probably got it at Chuck E. Cheese thinking it was the best toy ever. We had no idea that, with a little modification (removing the ball and string), we’d hate that little paddle. Well, this time on the boat, she spanked me with her bare hand on my bare bottom for what had to be 35 hours straight. If using the paddle is a threat level orange, this time we were at threat level flashing red! It was epic before epic was cool. And it wasn’t cool, I’ll tell you that. But it worked.

Another effective tool was grounding me from  TV. Such was the case one weekend when I did something else not to their liking, and I wasn’t allowed to watch MacGyver Monday night. Through tears, I said, “But I’ve been waiting all week!” Didn’t matter. Can you imagine, though? Waiting all week in a world without DVR, TiVo, Netflix, or internet? So missing it pretty much meant I would never, ever, ever see that episode of MacGyver. Will he save the day? Will he use a gun? Well, yes and no. MacGyver always saved the day, but he never used a gun. He didn’t need one because he had paper clips.

macgyverSo I’ve worked in television for about 7 years now. I find it ironic that what my parents used to discipline me has now become my career. But geez, I wish they would’ve grounded me from professional football.