Ten Years Of Punditry And Mayhem

Jon, Todd, Steve and myself started Exurban League ten years ago today.

What a long, strange trip it’s been. I live in Florida now, and this blog is pretty much shut down. Todd and Steve don’t blog (never really did, to be honest), I’m writing over on my gun blog and a bunch of other places, and Jon is Editor In Chief of Ricochet.com.

We started late in the blog world, and we missed catching the wave of blogs that drove many people to the top of the journalism ladder, but thanks to our great good decent adequate writing skills and a wry sense of humor, both Jon and I have both come a long way, for which we credit God’s grace, good luck and a lot of hard work.

With a little nepotism and sucking-up thrown in for good measure.

Please consider joining Ricochet as a way to keep up with we have to say. Some of what we write is pretty good, the rest is merely brilliant.

 
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August 17th, 2016 by exurbankevin

Local Boy Makes It To The Big Time

Four guys were hanging around a coffee shop on a Saturday morning in 2006, solving all the world’s problems in just a few hours. We’d known each other from college, and all of us shared a passion for technology, Christ, our families, and our country.

Oh, and Salma Hayek. Her too.

We decided to start a blog to let the world know we’ve solved everything that ails it, and the rest, as they say, is history. Two of the guys from the coffee shop made a few posts and then never wrote again, and a fifth friend joined in as well, but two of the guys wrote often, and started to get some notoriety for what they wrote.

Now one of those two guys is the editor-in-chief of Ricochet.com.

Congratulations, Ex(urban)Jon.

On a related note, I think I’m going to begin powering down this part of the blog and move my political rants to the member feed of Ricochet. I believe in their model, and it’s time to support it with money and content. I’d encourage everyone reading to join Ricochet, it truly is a unique outpost of civility in the ever-increasing vulgar wasteland of the ‘net. Other things working against keeping up the blog is that I’m not wired in to the local scene like I was in Arizona, and I’m just not as motivated to write about politics as I was in 2008. The gunblog will continue, but it will be moved to the MisfiresAndLightStrikes.com domain and spun off on it’s own.

 
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September 26th, 2015 by KevinC

A Birthday and an Anniversary

Happy birthday Grace, my sweet pea.  Seven years goes by much too fast and I am beginning to get glimpses of the young lady you are becoming.  You are such a joy.

And a happy 14th as well to my beautiful bride.  What a wonderful ride it has been, I can’t imagine spending it with anyone but you.

 
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January 8th, 2009 by admindude

My Best Of 2008 – Mates of State

Well, it’s almost time to put another year in the ‘ol deep freeze (as Al McCoy would say).  That means it’s time to take a look back on the year in music.  It’s been awhile since I blogged about any music (it’s been a very busy year at work), but better late than never I suppose.

Topping my list for the best of 2008 would be the album “Re-Arrange Us” by husband and wife duo Mates of State.  It’s not often that you find an album that works for you from start to finish, but I love every track on this album.  Kori Gardner (vocals and keys) and Jason Hammel (vocals and percussion) are known for their harmonies, and this album doesn’t disappoint.  There is less organ and more piano on this album than in previous efforts, which is actually fine by me.  Just an excellent pop album, I promise you’ll find yourself singing in the car at the top of your lungs to tracks like “Now”.
Gardner and Hammel have two children that they actually take on the road with them, and you can follow them on their blog Band on the Diaper Run.  Obviously the inspiration for the final track on the album “Lullaby Haze”, which is both a great track and song title.
Here is the second video off the album, and one of my favorite songs titled “My Only Offer”.  While I’m not a huge fan of the video, the song is fantastic (the abrupt pause in the video is not on the album version).

I’ll try to get around to some other favorites in the coming week. Perhaps my fellow bloggers have some opinions as well.

 
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December 23rd, 2008 by admindude

Presidential Debate Live Blog

Will John McCain become the first Presidential candidate to spontaneously combust live on network TV?

Will Obama demonstrate his tax plan by redistributing the wealth of the studio audience in front of their very eyes?

And will this debate be interesting, informative and exciting (unlike the others) ?

All this, and more, on the next episode of Soap the 2008 Presidential Debates.


 
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October 16th, 2008 by admindude

If Monkeys Could Ride …

Our friend Brad over at Infinite Monkeys is preparing to ride a bicycle 400 miles from Mesa, Arizona to Camp Pendleton in California October 22-26.  Why, you ask, would a sane monkey do this?   The Ride for Semper Fi is a charity bike ride to benefit the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund.

If you are able, I’d ask that you help those heroes who help preserve our freedom by sponsoring Brad on this ride.
 
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October 14th, 2008 by admindude

Salt Part Deux

When ExJon tried to further restrict our junior high school level vocabulary on this blog for the week, I had to take a stand.  Since that time, I’ve received a flood of email* supporting my bravery and even managed to gain the support of a very large, very well known company.

Today, as a sign of solidarity and defiance, my wife has penned a haiku to show that we won’t stand for this suppression and censorship.


jon is four green bay


no brett favre at super bowl


packers cheese it up

 * To be truthful, I’m sure all our adoring fans have been flooding me with kind words of encouragement, my spam filter must have just blocked all of them.  But I know you’re with me in spirit!

 
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January 24th, 2008 by admindude

Salt for the Wound

I know Jon’s been depressed this week, but I couldn’t resist replying to his PSA.


I
f you packing want to pack about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was Wisconsin, and what my frostbitten childhood was like, and how my packers were occupied and all before they had me, and all that Eli kind of cheese, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to green the bay. In the first place, that stuff shivers me, and in the second place, my packers would have about 4 super bowls apiece if I told anything pretty poor about them. They’re quite frigid about anything like that, especially my favre.

Brought to you by MadLibs.org and based on an excerpt from “Catcher in the Rye”.

 
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January 22nd, 2008 by admindude

A Tale of Two Musicals


My beautiful wife and I were lucky to have seen a few movies in the theater this past year sans child (thanks grandma and grandpa).

Strangely enough, two of the movies we’ve seen have been musicals.  The later was Across the Universe, set in the 60’s and featuring various songs by The Beatles.  Its got lots of Beatles music, what could go wrong! 

To be honest, when I first saw the trailer, I
groaned at the thought of another movie exalting that decade.  It seemed to be yet another vehicle targeted at a boomer generation nostalgic for their past.  For the most part, I think I’m right.  There’s really nothing new
here as far as the story goes. 

The movie features characters named Jude, Lucy, Prudence, etc. protesting the Vietnam war, etc.  I thought perhaps the cinematography would be something to behold, but to me, it was predictable and oddly dated.  Giving credit
where credit is due, the musical performances were fantastic, particularly Jim Sturgess playing the part of Jude. 

My advice, check out the soundtrack, but stay clear of the dvd.

On the other hand, we were fortunate to catch Once at a local arts theater earlier this summer.  Set in Dublin and filmed for a meager $160k, the film follows a Guy and Girl from their initial chance encounter through a growing relationship as they share their passion for music with one another. 

The characters are real, the music fantastically breathtaking, a wonderfully told story.  The two lead characters are played by non-actors Glen Hansard (of our beloved Frames) and Marketa Irglova.  Once was the winner of the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film festival, and is certain to garner additional awards. 

It was released on DVD yesterday for those of you still needing a Christmas present for your loved ones.  I give you the trailer to my favorite movie of the year.

 
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December 19th, 2007 by admindude

I didn’t know …

Recently, while driving home following an ExUrbLeague confab, I saw this bumper sticker on a truck.

First of all, did I miss the memo?  D&D is cool?  When did this happen?

Second, I must be über-cool, I was playing D&D back in the early eighties.  Heck, I’m so cool, I’m cööl.

Of course, this got me thinking of some other possible bumper sticker ideas.

1) “My Kobald beat the crap out of your honor student”
2) “This truck breaks for spilled potions”
3) “If you can read this bumper sticker, -20 hit points”

 
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December 18th, 2007 by admindude