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The IF Factor: Questions Answered #11-20

11. If you had to assassinate one famous person who is alive right now, who would it be, and how would you do it?

Ouch. This seems rather drastic, and sort of a sadistic question. Honestly, as annoying as some celebrities might be, I really wouldn't want to KILL anyone. Not the Kardashians. Not Lindsay Lohan. Not Kathy Griffin. Not even some of these "reality" "stars" who bug the heck out of me with their empty stardom. Can we like, just maybe, shoot them with a stun gun? How about a simple punch in the face...OK, maybe the gut. Nahhhh, their face.
12. If you could have stopped aging at any point in your life up to the present, how old would you want to remain?

How about my current age, 27? I'm old enough where maturity is now settling in, and young enough where most of my physical abilities hasn't begun to erode.

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Cars 2 (2011)

What is it about? 
Mater is finally invited overseas with his best friend Lightning McQueen for the World Grand Prix only to get wrapped up into espionage, and an elaborate energy scheme. 
Who is in it?
Mater - Larry The Cable Guy
Owen Wilson - Lightning McQueen
Michael Caine - Finn McMissile

What The Heck Happened to ROH?

What the heck happened to Ring of Honor Wrestling? 
Seriously, ROH was once the renegade third national company in the United States that provided that pure wrestling product with a modern appealing flavor to the die hard fans of pro wrestling. The product never really appealed to kids and casuals the way the WWE and TNA does, however, many of their shows were well attended, usually topping 1,100 at many of the shows. And at times, ROH outdrew a few of TNA's events and house shows. 
However, lately, after following ROH closely through blogs, podcasts, DVD's, YouTube  and other avenues since it's beginning, my interest in the company has waned. In fact, it disappeared. After ROH left HDNet, it feels as if the company forgot about it's core fans (Northeast). And as one of those fans, I found myself swept away in the WWE's product (which has been pretty good in 2012) and TNA (Which has rebounded into great product after a disappointing 2011).
So much so that I haven…

Plan B in NYC Schools a Terrible Idea

This past week it was announced that thirteen schools here in New York City will be providing the morning-after-pill to students as young as fourteen years old without parental consent. Obviously, the topic is one of high controversy, and is one that has caused intense debate among many. All of it derived from the support of doctors who claim the program will decrease teen pregnancy, and increase education for teens in regards to the growing nation-wide teen pregnancy epidemic. 
I find it very shocking that as long as Plan B has been available, that now is the time doctors and education officials find the pill to be a conducive avenue against teen pregnancy. Honestly, I find it to be an overreaction, and even rash to do such a thing in our public school system. 
Heck, possibly even revenue-driven. I wouldn't doubt it...

True Tales From Parks and Recreation - Public Bait and Switch?

Note: I work for a park slowly in continuing development in Manhattan that is five miles along the waterfront of the Hudson River. As a Public Programs Coordinator, yours truly handles anything public related in regards to permitting (athletic facilities, film shoots, photo shoots, weddings, and other small gatherings), and of course, dealing with any questions or inquiries from the public. The following series will present stories, e-mails, phone calls, conversations, interactions, and sights I've seen from the people of New York City in regards to a public park. And yes, these are all real! And are all true!
Welcome to another little snippet of Parks and Recreation.

Replacement Referees Blunder Signify Eye-Opening Truth For Fans

"Wait what?!" 
That was my initial reaction to the on-the-field call of touchdown to the now infamous play that closed out last night's Monday Night Football contest between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers. 
"Well, this has to be overturned. No problem. It'll be overturned"
That was what I thought upon seeing the replay which affirmed by live reaction (and probably yours too) to the controversial play. 
Except it wasn't. And today, the NFL supported the blown call, the replacement referees (who are now the biggest enemy in the United States) and their lousy decision. 
The immediate reaction and fallout we have seen is the overwhelming coverage and review of the now notorious replacement referees. Twitter exploded, sports radio was full of opinions, and even non-sports news platforms like CNN had the story as their website's headline.

The Unity Road Writings - Lose Yourself

Plus 365 days. 
Thought this road was over, huh?

Well, honestly, so did I.

But the one thing I've learned as the tag team partner and I celebrate one year of marriage bliss is that this "Unity Road" has merely just begun. 
And with one year under our belts, I think I can speak for the both of us and say that it hasn't been as much of a drastic change as most people warn or continually push. I'm not sure if it is because we are so compatible, if we are more ready for this step than others were, if our personalities make it easier, or if we're some freak duo that defy the usual marriage hardships. For the most part, year one of marriage, has been special, but really is more reflective of seven years of being together. 
However, personally speaking, there are things that are hard about marriage. Things that I really feel no one would understand until they are sharing a last name with the love of their life. There are many aspects that as a husband, I can get be…

The IF Factor: Questions Answered: #1-10

The word "if" is a very powerful word. It evokes many fears and reveals a lot about an individual, and the character one has.  After completing the 365 Thought Provoking Questions challenge created by the folks over at the blog, Marc and Angel Hack Life, a challenge that was highly regarded by you, the DP devotees, as well as a series I received much feedback on, I've decided to create and take on a similar challenge. 

On our shelf here at DP headquarters is a book written by Evelyn MacFarlane and James Saywell called, The Big Book of If. The book is filled with questions beginning with that powerful word, "if". The following series will be my shared answers to these questions. What are yours?

The Pondering 10 - Jobs I Would Love to Have

It's very rare in this life that we have jobs that we enjoy. It's the reason we go to school, get fancy degrees, and even network a bit, to put ourselves in positions where the day-to-day routine we have is that much more bearable. However, if you have, or have ever had a job that you've enjoyed, you know how easy and simple it made your life. Since we have already done the Jobs I Never Want to Have, the following Pondering 10 list are the jobs I would absolutely love to have. The following are my top ten dream jobs.

Romney Lacks Connection With Nation

This election was almost cake for Mitt Romney. It really was. For President Obama, who ran on "Hope" and "Change" and hasn't produced much in terms of domestic economic growth, the material, evidence, and hard facts were on the table. Romney simply had to drive it home with the American people. However, that seems to be his biggest problem in his entire campaign - his ability to connect with - as President Obama has no coined - Main Street. 
I've stated as early as the Republican primaries that I was not a fan of Mitt Romney. In fact, I was in favor of an Obama/Santorum showdown. Nonetheless, since the initial Iowa debate, Romney has sounded like a phony to me. A fraud. And as I stated in a post earlier this year, Romney just evokes "car salesman" whenever he opens his mouth. From the moment he foolishly offered a ten-thousand dollar wager on national television with his fellow republican candidate, Rick Perry, in the middle of a discussion on he…

Dome Pondering Import - Thierry Henry Corner Kick Goal

The following import is a video of an amazing goal scored by New York Red Bulls star striker and captain, Thierry Henry. After taking a 2-1 lead during extra stoppage time, Henry delivered a moment that left everyone in attendance (including yours truly) shocked and amazed. Henry, delivered a corner kick that curved, hit the far upper crossbar, and landed into the net for his second goal of the night, while all but clinching a 3-1 win for the Red Bulls over the Columbus Crew. Definitely one of the most amazing athletic feats I've ever seen live (which also includes this). But don''t take my word for it, take a look for yourself.




True Tales From Parks and Recreation - Not Facebook Official

Note: I work for a park slowly in continuing development in Manhattan that is five miles along the waterfront of the Hudson River. As a Public Programs Coordinator, yours truly handles anything public related in regards to permitting (athletic facilities, film shoots, photo shoots, weddings, and other small gatherings), and of course, dealing with any questions or inquiries from the public. The following series will present stories, e-mails, phone calls, conversations, interactions, and sights I've seen from the people of New York City in regards to a public park. And yes, these are all real! And are all true!
Welcome to another little snippet of Parks and Recreation.

The Pondering 10 - Dream Pro Wrestling Matches

Just like any sport, movie, or form of entertainment, pro wrestling has produced many memorable characters, moments, and eras that fans hold dearly. The memories, debates and discussions that have formed over the years have caused all of us to at one time fantasize about our dream scenarios. We all have them. And yes, we all have our dream matches, even if they will not ever happen. The following Pondering 10 list takes a look at my top pro wrestling dream matches, with of course, all of the participants being in their prime.

Motivation

There was a man of fate.

That people loved to hate.

He tried his best, to shake the test.

And stop the quest, of his distress.

His demise is what they await.

"A Stolen Life": Raw, Truthful, and Powerful

Memoirs aren't usually my favorite type of readings as they are usually vain and conceited in thought. However, I recently finished a memoir that really changed my outlook on a few things in life, including this little blog here called Dome Pondering. 
The book I am referring to is called "A Stolen Life", which is the memoir of Jaycee Lee Dugard. Yes, that Jaycee Lee Dugard. For those of you who are not familair with the name, Jaycee was taken in 1992 at the age of eleven and held captive for eighteen years by her kidnappers. She was eventually found in 2009. For more details, you can read the entire story here, and here.

Pondering Picture #27

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Megamind (2010)

Who is in it?
The usual villain, Megamind, defeats his long-time rival and nemesis in Metro Man, and loses the purpose for his life. 
Who is in it? 
Will Ferrel - Megamind
Tina Fey - Roxanne Richie
Jonah Hill - Hal Stewart/Titan
Brad Pitt - Metro Man

True Tales From Parks and Recreation - "Naked" Dog

Note: I work for a park slowly in continuing development in Manhattan that is five miles along the waterfront of the Hudson River. As a Public Programs Coordinator, yours truly handles anything public related in regards to permitting (athletic facilities, film shoots, photo shoots, weddings, and other small gatherings), and of course, dealing with any questions or inquiries from the public. The following series will present stories, e-mails, phone calls, conversations, interactions, and sights I've seen from the people of New York City in regards to a public park. And yes, these are all real! And are all true!
Welcome to another little snippet of Parks and Recreation.

DP Review on Knicks New Uniforms

Thought I was done with fashion, huh? Yeah, well, so did I to an extent. Despite my recent Pondering 10 (Common Fashion Dislikes)which threw a curve ball to you DP devotees (and also drew lots of feedback), rest assured, I have no plans in regularly attempting to analyze clothing, fashion, or the trending styles. Because well, I have no idea what they are. However, in honoring the impending the famous "Fashion Night Out" here in New York City, I'll take one more stab at reviewing some gear I'm a little bit more interested in - sports uniforms. I know, I know, typical guy. But hey, what do you want from me? 
As an avid blogger and blog reader, I find myself following and reading blogs on an assortment of topics - even fashion. One of my favorite blogs which takes fashion and one of my loves, sports, and meshes them all together in a manly, but not-so-nerdy-or-metrosexual way is Uni-watch. In a nutshell, Uni-watch is a blog by Paul Lukas in which he analyzes every det…

Pondering Picture #26

Tales From Parks and Recreation - Can't Please Everyone

Note: I work for a park slowly in continuing development in Manhattan that is five miles along the waterfront of the Hudson River. As a Public Programs Coordinator, yours truly handles anything public related in regards to permitting (athletic facilities, film shoots, photo shoots, weddings, and other small gatherings), and of course, dealing with any questions or inquiries from the public. The following series will present stories, e-mails, phone calls, conversations, interactions, and sights I've seen from the people of New York City in regards to a public park. And yes, these are all real! And are all true!

Welcome to another little snippet of Parks and Recreation.

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Safe House (2012)

What is it about?
A young CIA worker who simply guards safe houses finds himself on the run with one of the world's most wanted fugitives after the one he works in is attacked. 
Who is in it?
Denzel Washington - Toby Frost 
Ryan Reynolds - Matt Weston