The Arcane Wilderness

We are happy to announce the addition of The Arcane Wilderness to the Reservoir Geeks Tape Deck. It's the first foray into the fictionalized podcast and we could not be happier.
Hosted by Samuel Martinez and Josh Brimhall, the series follows Dr. Gregory Malius into the wilderness as he interviews the most famous beings cryptozoology has to offer. 
Here's a sample clip from episode one. Enjoy.

Posted on March 18, 2018 and filed under Reservoir Geeks News.

Trailer Park #2

For your easy watching pleasure and enjoyment, here is your weekly smattering of the watch worthy trailers. I have to be honest with you, they're all pretty good looking this week.
No Show Dogs here!

Sorry To Bother You
This one looks amazing! The visuals alone are enough to get excited about but the backstory to the actual making of the film are amazing in and of itself. I am looking very forward to this.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
I was quite indifferent about the first Fantastic Beasts mostly due in part to the lack of a magical world but this outing seems to be returning to it's Harry Potter roots. The question I hope this one answers is, why can't Johnny Depp ever just look normal in a movie anymore? 

Life Itself
Do you ever finish crying your way through an episode of NBC's This Is Us and think to yourself, "I could cry twice as long"? Well, great news! Amazon teamed up with creator of TIU to tear your heart out of your chest. I'm totally fine with that.

Part Nicholas Sparks, part Open Water. This feature length commercial for lotion look intriguing but will it introduce a new genre of romantic-survival films? Only time will tell...

Ready Player One - Dreamer
It's so close I can taste it and every little tidbit of footage that comes out is like the smell of cookies in the oven. We here at Reservoir Geeks HQ are pumped for RPO and March 29th cannot come soon enough!

Can You Ever Forgive Me?
I love Melissa McCarthy and I have grown quite tired of her movies just being fat joke after fat joke. When I hit play on this trailer I was for sure it was just going to be another Tammy and God was I wrong. Despite the fact that some awesome trailers came out this week, this is the one that got me most excited. 

Avengers: Infinity War
I'm not going to pretend that this is the first place you watched this trailer but here it is anyway. It's worth a rewatch. The big joke is how many heroes they've crammed into this movie but it is what the entire MCU has been building toward. I don't care if it's overkill, honestly. I'm looking forward to the interactions of characters that was teased here with Star Lord and Tony and even better with Peter and Dr. Strange. Obviously, this is going to be amazing!

And there you have, the trailer worth seeing this week and on an upside NO SHOW DOG! 

Posted on March 17, 2018 and filed under Trailer Park.

THE BUZZED BUZZ: New Main Brewing

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In the late 1930s, early 1940s, 2 brothers were hiding a whisky still in their dorm room closet. Upon discovery, they were promptly expelled. In order to pay their penance and regain admission to the University, they were sentenced to manual labor. Their task was to plant an oak tree, every 50’ along the new University entrance. That University was Texas A&M. The new entrance is known as New Main Drive.  


David, the founder of New Main Brewing, had the honor and pleasure of passing under those mighty oaks on the way to class each day. I say honor because one of those 2 expelled brothers is none other than David’s Grandfather.

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I recently had the chance to sit down and talk to David and his wife Amanda about their journey in creating their brewery. It all started back in 2012 when Amanda gave David a home brew kit for his birthday. As David says “I was quite proud of that terrible beer!” From that batch of terrible beer, grew a passion of home brewing craft beer, just like the might oaks grew on New Main Drive.

The creation of New Main Brewing, located in Pantego, TX, has been a 2+ adventure filled with plenty of ups and down. They have extensively documented the process in a blog they have been writing for the past 4 years.

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The space they have is vast and full of potential. The building started its life as a cheerleading academy of all things, then became an MMA gym and finally, a taphouse and brewery. The way they have things set up is quite unique and full of character. Being that it is a taphouse, it is set up like an actual house. They have a living room, a bar, a dining room, indoor patio, game room and a backyard with space for future community garden. We were given a behind the scenes tour of the place and the potential is astounding.

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My favorite thing about their extensive offerings of beer, kombucha and cold brew coffee is its all from Texas breweries. While you may think you will miss you favorite varieties from around the world, the expertly knowledgeable staff will help you find a new local favorite. That being said, if craft beer is new to you, or you think you don’t like beer, they are more than happy to guide you and help you find your way.

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One thing missing however is the brewery itself. Some of the downs you can read about in their blog forced them to open as a taphouse. David assures me that they will not stop until their dreams are fulfilled and the taphouse becomes a brewhouse.

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While their commercial brew operation isn’t up and running just yet, they do still brew their own beer. They have an award winning porter and stout as well as well received pale ales and IPAs. Current regulations prohibit them from serving their own beer on site, even for free, so they are still pouring at many tasting events across the Metroplex. The next opportunity to sample their craft is at Luckaplooza on Sunday, March, 25th, where they will be pouring their Pantego Porter and Everything’s Bigger In Texas Stout.


If beer and podcasts are your things, they have you covered. Jason Tyree hosts weekly podcast, Casually Lit, which is recorded on site. They bring in special guests, including experts from local breweries, and talk all things beer.

While they have had plenty of support from the community, they would like to give a special thanks to Wade and Sean at Division Brewing for helping them along the way.


So if you want to grab a refreshing pint and support a local business, feel free to head on over to New Main Brewing. The friendly staff will great you with a smile and make you feel at home. It doesn't get any better than that.

Posted on March 16, 2018 and filed under The Buzzed Buzz.

Us "R" Sad


It's no news to anyone about the impending death of Toys "R" Us so we won't dwell on the details that led to the demise of our brick and mortar memory palace. Instead I will just wax poetic about the memories of that all too special place and why I am utterly heartbroken that this time next year, there may be no remaining stores.


When I was a kid we would visit my grandparents in Corpus Christi, Texas and it was inevitable that they would take us on an excursion to the local toy stores and the mother of all stores was of course Toys "R" Us. They would indulge our wants and spoil us like crazy. It was at that very location that I picked out a purple Bogglin named Squidge that I would take everywhere with me. Perusing the aisle, my brother would always head for the GI Joes and I would look at all the oddball stuff, like Bogglins.
It wasn't the actual acquiring of the toys but the looking at all there was to offer. The song was not kidding when it states, "from bikes to trains to videogames, it's the biggest toy store there is" because that truly is what it was. Like a place of magic and in the wonderful days of the 80's they would usually have an open item of the toy you wanted so you could get in a test run of whatever it was that tickled your fancy.

Flash-forward to the 1990's. On Friday nights my mom would drop my friend Clark and I off at the mall until it closed and every Friday night we would cross the parking lot and head into the Toys "R" Us. It's where I discovered Todd Toys (later McFarlane Toys) and picked up my first Spawn figure. When I started driving, regularly I would go and check out what new toys were out and usually pick up something special, which are now all in a large plastic bin in storage.
When I was skipping class in college I would always hit up Toys "R" Us, Kay-Bee's and walk around the Six Flags Mall. All places that, will soon, have to live solely in my memories. 

When my daughter was born I was overjoyed not only because I made a kid but because I would now have a reason to venture to my childhood mecca. Over the span of her life we have made trips to Toys "R" Us and she rarely leaves empty handed. I've spent tons of time there looking for birthday and Christmas gifts but also just trips for my own enjoyment. 
The closure of Toys "R" Us isn't only sad because it strips away an opportunity to take a trip down memory lane for me but it also strips away the opportunity I would have had to take my grandchildren on the same trips my grandparents too me on. And maybe that is why this sucks so bad for the adults who grew up with Geoffrey, not because of our nostalgia but because our children and their children will be missing out on the magic that is Toys "R" Us.

Posted on March 15, 2018 .

The $10 Flea Market Challenge.

We traveled to the largest flea market in Texas, Traders Village, to see who could find the best bang for their buck. 

Though we all put up our best efforts only one could be crowned king. 

Chris found a Ghostbusters Hot Wheel Ecto I and II combo pack, Andy grabbed a TMNT bootleg Donatello and oddly dressed Slash from the original line, Doug was taken by a large beautiful portrait of Obama, Reuber snagged a wicker trucker hat with built in bottle opener, Brims got himself a decommissioned grenade, Samuel found a stunning shirt that has to be seen to be appreciated but the winner was Mazur with a hell of a find seen below. 


A mint-in-box Dancing Jar-Jar Binks from The Phantom Menace. Way to go Josh! Now you're stuck with that!

Posted on March 13, 2018 .

A Pinball Wizard

My brother-in-law Stephen is one of the coolest geeks around. I’ve known him longer than not – he started dating my sister when I was 16 and we bonded over music and art. He took me to my first live music show in Deep Ellum when I was 17 and introduced me to two of my still-favorite bands/musicians (The Flaming Lips and Bjork). He’s an incredibly talented artist and true gamer (anybody interested in a tour of his extensive gaming console collection?) and these two facets of his life come together perfectly on the pinball playfield.

What is your day job?
I’m an IT Manager at PepsiCo, working with all manner of global IT projects. 

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How and when did you become interested in pinball machines?
I’d been interested in pinball since my early childhood, though I rarely ever played a real pinball machine. I have memories of a handheld electronic pinball game called Raise the Devil where the ball was a series of red LED lights. I left it at a pediatrician’s appointment in the waiting room – never to be seen again. When I was about 5 or 6, I spent a lot of time playing a video game on the Odyssey2 system called Thunderball.  It was another early video game based on pinball and, happily, I still have this game.
I recall passing arcades in the mall as a small kid, with names like Tilt and Aladdin’s Castle - they looked so cool, dark, noisy, glowing with black lights and arcade screens. I was transfixed specifically by two pins called Pinbot and Xenon. They looked magical and yet, somehow, I’d forgotten all about most of these things until about 2008.
As an adult, I’d become a home console video gamer in my free time. I picked up the Nintendo Wii version of Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection. I knew very little about real world pinball other than the basics of: it has flippers, it has a ball, and gravity eventually wins. The video game had an awesome instructional feature that walked you through each table’s rules and how to strategically shoot for points. I was hooked, eventually mastering most of the tables.
Anyway, in 2010 I somehow happened across something online mentioning a Texas Pinball Festival. I looked into it and discovered the next show was less than a month away. I had to attend. It was such a good time and they had so many tables to play. I have been back every year since and now I bring machines for others to play.

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Did you start restoring pinball machines out of interest or necessity?
I would call it a little of both. Anybody who is in this hobby and loves playing will tell you it isn’t possible to own just one pinball machine. One is a great start, but the game is so different from machine to machine. Each table has its own rule set and playfield features - some have spinners, others have drop targets, some have animated figures or things that shake and light up. You just end up wanting to experience more of what the games have to offer.

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Brand new pinball machines are cost-prohibitive at this point for me, so I started picking up interesting pins that fit my budget. I’ve never spent more than $600 on a machine outright. I’ve been given two machines free, but with the lower initial price, it’s important to understand that you’re probably signing up for eventual repairs.
I have 10 pins in my possession now, but have seen a total of 14 or so come through my door. Several were working when I bought them, but maybe not cosmetically perfect. Others needed mechanical fixing and cleaning. I read a ton of online guides before taking the plunge - it can be pretty daunting.   
Most of the work I have done is relatively minor, just making the machines playable for my home.  I’ve only recently tried to step up my skills and take on a full restore.

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The restoration I’ve spent the most time on is my 1972 Gottlieb Flying Carpet. It’s a “sample game,” meaning it was one of the first tables produced of that title. This particular table has the lowest serial number, making it the first produced. It was filthy, in need of mechanical and electronic repairs, and the cabinet had been repainted at some point in the last 40+ years, so it didn’t look original.
It was supposed to have a pink base coat with yellow and black stencil designs. I was told it had been part of a VFW hall at one point… that may have been where it was painted white and large American Eagle decals were applied to it. I decided it would be a personal quest to bring this one back to its original state – as best I could, anyway.

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What skills, if any, did you have to teach yourself or learn for the restoration process? How did you tie-in the skills you already possess into the process, as well?
I have a painting and drawing background in art – this is useful for cabinet painting and playfield art touch-up.  I also worked in a framing shop and art gallery for 10 years.  That helped me become comfortable with woodworking and painting. I’ve worked in IT since 2000, so I’ll say some of that plays a part in deciphering technical diagrams. I’m not great at it, but I’m always improving. I’m a maker/fixer by nature. If I can do a home project on my own, I’ll give it a try.

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Reading online materials is key, but the local pinball community has been very supportive, as well. They all want to keep as many pins working as possible and will help you improve your skills. I’ve had several friends and techs out who help me along.


I’ve had to work hardest to improve my troubleshooting skills as related to deciphering electrical schematics and then locating where the corresponding leaf switches are in my older machines. From there, it’s usually a matter of cleaning or making minor adjustments so the metal on the electrical contacts can make and break cleanly. It’s vital so the flow of electrical current will make everything happen as intended on the machine.
My next skill to improve will be soldering on circuit boards for my more modern machines. Replacing aging components is sometimes needed for modern machines, so I’d like to improve my skills there.
How many pinball machines have you owned? How many of those have needed restoration?
I’ve owned 14 machines since 2010. Almost all needed some minor level of initial repairs to make them playable. About 8 required additional work to clean, level inserts, and touch up artwork, cabinets, or printed plastics. Some were too much for me to handle early on, so I sold or traded them away. I think the current project machine backlog is within reach of my skillsets. I have 3 machines in need of repairs in my garage. 
What is your favorite pinball machine that you’ve owned or restored?
As far as picking favorite from all my pinballs... that’s like asking me to pick my favorite child. 
Speaking of which, all three of my daughters have decided which machines they want when I’m not around to play them anymore. One daughter chose Dixieland. Two of the girls both wanted the Gottlieb Circus pinball – it’s a 1980 extra-wide- body pinball with 5 flippers, a roto-wheel, drop targets, a kick-out hole, and a spinner. They had a winner-take- all-game and my middle daughter won. My oldest daughter settled for the Gottlieb Count-Down pinball.


My favorite restore has been Flying Carpet because it was my first full restore. Williams Ding Dong is next in line, so I’ll have a point of comparison for full restorations later.
What is most challenging game you’ve played?
Wow - there are a ton of games that can be tough during one play and the next game it all comes together. Many older electro-mechanical (EM) pinballs are considered tough because they use smaller 2” flippers and the gap in-between flippers is sometimes wider than modern pinballs. I have a 1968 EM pinball called Dixieland by Bally that I always called “mean.” This particular jazz-themed pinball has some big outlane gaps on the sides where you can lose the ball in a heartbeat. It also has a number of gates that redirect the ball. Depending on their position in gameplay, they will either save the ball or cause you to lose it. It’s so mean! For a more modern game, I think Flash Gordon and Pharaoh can be tough. It doesn’t stop me from playing them.


Which game is the most fun to play?
I gravitate to 1964- to 1985-era games. I like simple rulesets and original themes and artwork. But I’ll play from any era. I absolutely loved playing Stern Quicksilver a couple of years ago. 
What’s the highest score you’ve ever had? And on which game?
Most older pinballs can only display a specific maximum score due to the number of score wheels installed in the head of the machine. The same concept applies to earlier digital score displays. When a player exceeds the top score that can be displayed, it’s called “rolling” the machine. I’ve rolled a couple of tables: Space Mission, Galaxy, and a 70s pin with a billiards theme. I was really excited to roll the Galaxy pinball. The max score it can display is 999,999; I scored just over a million. Technically, I could upgrade the Galaxy displays to a 7 digit model, but then I’d never be able to roll it again!


What is your favorite aspect of the restoration process?
When the painting, cleaning, and repair work is done, and the machine has been fully reassembled, you finally get to play that first game where it all works. Some of these games have sat idle for years or even decades and you’ve brought life back into them. That first game is really excellent, even if the score totally stinks. You feel like you’ve saved a part of Americana from the junk heap. You’ve brought a little more fun back into the world.


What resources or communities would you recommend to somebody just getting into pinball

Facebook has tons of national and local groups related to pinball. 
PinWiki is good for loads of repair info, Pinside has an active community and IPdB is the best resource for finding quick info, ratings, and pictures on nearly every machine that was ever in circulation.

There are pinball conventions all over the US – and visiting one with a friend is the best way to get somebody into the game. With loads of working machines, you can try all the eras, features, themes and see what you’re drawn to. There are also a lot of barcades opening up in recent years and they can be a good way to have fun playing pinball with friends. It’s more fun to compete!

The North Texas Pinball Festival is coming up (March 16-18) in Frisco, Texas. I’ll be there and so will Stephen – go and get flipped! 


Posted on March 12, 2018 .

Make Time For Timeless


If there was an elective back in my high school days called “Time-Travel Theory” I would’ve jumped at the chance to take it. As it turned out, the closest thing available was History class.
Luckily during last Fall’s TV season, I was able to get an education in both subjects via a new adventure-drama by the name of Timeless.

Timeless begins with History Professor, Lucy Preston (Abigail Spencer) being persuaded by Homeland Security to lead a team in pursuit of terrorists in a stolen time machine; villains who if not stopped, would alter major historic events for their benefit.
Chasing the terrorists along with Lucy (in an earlier prototype of the hijacked Time Machine) are reluctant pilot Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) and Delta Force Soldier, Wyatt (Matt Lanter). Before long, we find out no one involved is being completely forthright, and the motives of would-be lead terrorist, Garcia Flynn (Goran Visnjic) may not be as wholly sinister as the Government has led Team Timeless to believe.  


The first handful of the show's episodes were a fun mix of historical fiction and sci-fi, confirming the enjoyable “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego for adults" vibe shown in promos; but myself and others who stuck around through those first 5-6 episodes needed to establish characters were soon rewarded by way of twisty plot reveals that raised the stakes from being just a adventurous romp to a must-see mission with gravitas. Namely, a conspiracy that reached back through History as well as all over the globe at the hands of a mysterious faction known simply as "Rittenhouse".

While Timeless is not afraid to pay homage to it's time travel forefathers, dropping in sly references to Back to the Future and Quantum Leap along the way, it closest shares a sensibility with the 00's ABC cult hit, LOST, minus the propensity for dead-end plot elements that rubbed so many LOST fans the wrong way by the end. Despite it's cliff hanger story-telling and the millions of eyeballs on it during season 1, Timeless' ratings were considered borderline given it's expensive production budget. The show was actually cancelled last May before it's passionate fanbase spoke out on social media and earned it the very rare, "uncancelled" status just 3 days after the initial decision was announced. 


While season 1 saw the team show up at the Assassination of Lincoln, The Battle of the Alamo, and pitted them against Nazi's on more than one occasion- I can't wait to see how Season 2 ups the ante -especially how exactly that over-arching conspiracy will play out.
The whole first season of Timeless is available for your viewing pleasure on Hulu, and at
If you can't wait to jump right in, season 2 will no doubt, be preceded by a recap,
Timeless returns TONIGHT (Sunday 3/11) 10/9c‎ on NBC.

Whether you're a new viewer or have been anticipating it's return for the better part of a year like myself, I'd encourage you to share your love for the show on social media to ensure it doesn't need resuscitation a second time. Make time for Timeless; you won't be disappointed.

Posted on March 11, 2018 .

We Ate Some Of Those Taco Shell Shaped Egg Tacos At Taco Bell.

This morning Brimhall and Samuel ventured out to Taco Bell and grabbed a couple of Taco Bell's new Naked Egg Tacos. Here's how it went...


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At $2 each the Taco Bell Naked Egg Taco is something you have to eat to believe. It piqued my interest when it was initially announced. Going in I had no expectations. I was pleasantly surprised buy the initial flavor and presentation one of the rare occasions that it looked like the picture on the menu. The egg left something to be desired it was discolored and over cooked. If I could have it over easy it would have been a tasty mess and would have left me wanting  more. The potato,shredded cheese, nacho cheese, egg, bacon/sausage combo was a good combo and truth be told, felt almost like a meal. I've never been a fan of nacho cheese but this is one of the rare occasions that it worked. It brought warmth and "freshness" to the taco. It was the glue needed to bind it all. Over all I'd give it a 6.5 out of 10.


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My first impression? Ehhhhhhhhhhh... It wasn't fantastic, yet it wasn't bad. After trying the sausage one first I made my way to the bacon one. I do have to say this one was more enjoyable for me. It was something about the bacon mixed with the potato seasoning and nacho cheese that made me favor this one over the sausage one. Just the right about of white trash to hit my taste buds right in the crap factory. I give the sausage one a 5 out of 10 but the bacon one I'd give a 7 out of 10. Would eat again.

Posted on March 10, 2018 and filed under Fast Foodnatic.

Trailer Park #1

Here's a smattering of the trailers that came out this week that we felt were worth mentioning. Some are on here because they legitimately look good and the other one is Show Dog.

I think I speak for all of us here at Reservoir Geeks HQ when I say we are excited about this one. Netflix's movie staring the lads and a few others from the Comedy Central Show Workaholics in a Die Hard-esque action-comedy? Yes, please!

What would be better than watching tennis star an notorious fight against assimilation upon the Starship Enterprise? Watching the real life drama behind the scenes of the match between McEnroe and  Björn Borg. Listen, I'm a tennis fan and I always loved John McEnroe, if only for his temper, with which I identify. Interestingly, Shea LeBeouf stars as McEnroe and from the looks of the trailer, this may be a come back role for him. Let's hope.

Though I grew up a fan of the Christmas classic and Jim Carrey, I was underwhelmed by the movie that came out in 2000. The folks at Illumination Studios seems to have done something special here with an over arching story that spans beyond just Christmas. It's hard to be 100% sure but it's better than showing a town full of people pick on a hariy green deformed child for one third of a movie.

There isn't a whole lot provided, as this is just a teaser but it looks like Hook with a touch of Ted. A combination that seems okay on the outset but we'll see. Who am I kidding, it's Disney.

Same thing as Christopher Robbins, there isn't much to get from this teaser. I am excited to see how it goes. Again, it's Disney so they're firing on all cylinders. Maybe I should invest...

And now this pile of garbage. I can't fathom how Hollywood has a blacklist of scripts when movies like this get greenlit all the time. The most upsetting part about the trailer is that Stanley Tucci is involved. Not much of a surprise though considering Kevin Spacey was in Nine Lives. You know before the whole, rhymes with "schm-edophilia" thing. 

Well there you have it. What movie(s) are you looking forward to seeing? Would you take your kid to see Show Dog or just hit them with a shovel? Let us know!

Posted on March 9, 2018 and filed under Trailer Park.

We Ate Seven of Those Fish Sandwiches.

It's that time of year again. When Mardi Gras is over, Ash Wednesday has come, people give up arbitrary things for Lent and Catholics can't eat meat on Fridays until Easter. Coincidentally, fast food joints bust out their fish sandwiches and have them available for a limited time. Because of that we decided to take a fast food dining tour and we called it the FillDAY O' Fish!
Seven sandwiches. Four hours. Two upset stomachs.  
To keep you from making the same mistake we made, we graded each serving on how they compare in apperance to the official photos and how they taste. You're welcome.


The fish is not a fillet as much as it is a thick fish stick. A flavorless, mushy, oily fish stick at that. There was tarter sauce and a ripe tomato with no lettuce unlike the official pic which was the complete opposite. Do yourself a favor and just eat a fart instead. 


At first sight it looked good but that's where it ended. The fillet was thick with little to no flavor that was so greasy it left the bun soggy. As with all other the tarter sauce was good but the lettuce was stale and cut from the butt of the head... Butthead...


This selection was the one we were least excited about and maybe that's how it ended up surpassing our low expectations. Don't let that fool you. It was a greasy mess on a thin greasy bun. The highlight was the pickle. You can get pickles anywhere.


Pretty close repersentation of the official pic with a good taste on fish and veggies. Unfortunatley the fish was really dry and despite the tarter sauce and lettuce it remained dry. Had it not been so dry it would've won the day. Damn shame.


Again, this bad boy rated a lot higher than expected. The epitome of fast food fish fillet, McDonald's knows what they're doing. The fillet was flaky and soft full of flavor and though it was the seventh, we both agreed we'd be okay making it the eighth, too.


A great flaky full flavored fillet that is not greasy or overcooked. The toasted bun was a nice departure from the rest with sesames on top. Tarter sauce, of course but not enough lettuce and a pickle would've been nice. This was not a disappointment at all.


The first of the day and we could've quit there. It's the best fast food fish fillet sandwich you can get. The fish was full of taste with a nice crispy breading on the flaky fish. The bun was toasted but soft and had just enough tarter sauce. Go get one NOW!

So there you have it. Sure, we might have missed a couple but had we been required to eat any more we surely would've died. Half way though the FillDAY o' Fish we both became dizzy and had upset stomachs. Afterward Andy took a nap and Doug spaced out... At their own houses. We aren't that weird. Also Doug said no to a man nap. 
We hope this list helped you make your food choices for the next few Fridays and we wish you all a happy 40 days of fish on Fridays!


Posted on March 7, 2018 and filed under Fast Foodnatic.

20 Years of The Big Lebowski


“A way out west there was a fella, fella I want to tell you about, fella by the name of Jeff Lebowski.”  Twenty years later and that opening voice-over still brings a smile to my face. I’m not sure if it’s the smooth sounding voice of Sam Elliot, the writing, the scrolling camera shot of the streets of California, or a combination of the three but it makes me love the movie a little bit more each time.  I unfortunately didn't have the chance to view The BIg Lebowski until I was seventeen and it instantly became one of my favorite movies. The DVD at the time was in a discount bin for five bucks and after reading the back of the case and seeing the actors in it i thought “What the hell it’s only five bucks” and took it home for the first viewing. I watched it again the next day before I went to work at the retail job I had at the time, upon punching in I quickly asked around until I found someone who also saw the film.  After screaming “OVER THE LINE SMOKEY!” and “NO ONE FUCKS WITH THE JESUS!” a few times we began discussing the movie and our favorite parts. This coworker then informed me there was an actual religion based of of The Dude, and it was at this moment I realized I stumbled upon something bigger than just a small film from the late 90’s that I enjoyed.


The legacy this film leaves behind would probably be best described as mix somewhere between an actual cult and a comedy classic.  The Church of the Latter-Day Dude might disagree with being called a cult since their message is one of a positive nature, but with such a passionate following of the film why can’t a cult mean something positive in this setting? Especially since the movie has it’s own festival. Lebowski Fest is something that happens every year where a ton of fans get together to cosplay, answer trivia, and talk about the film. The festival has even had stars of the film attend to hold panels and attend Q&A.  Even themed parties can't escape the grasp of this film, hell with that much fun even if it was a cult I would consider joining myself. It’s almost hard to believe that upon opening in the US in 1998 the film only grossed $17 million with the box office in the US, barely clearing the $15 million dollar budget.


One of the many things I love about this film is that the main characters are relatable.  Everyone has a Donnie in their group, you know someone you tell to shut the fuck up or just treat like shit because they allow it, of course it's out of love and you’d give the guy (or gal) the shirt off of your back but there's just something about that roastable face of his or hers that makes you want to give ‘em shit. Then there’s The Dude, the one in the group who goes with the flow. The semi-enlightened one, the person who is always there for their friends and who will try to keep the group from running into conflict if avoidable. The one that loves to do his own thing, but will still answer the phone for you even if he is beyond pissed.  Just to let you know he got home safe after a fight between the two of you. Finally there’s Walter, the character I relate to the most of the three. The asshole in the group that stands his ground when it isn’t necessary or appropriate in most cases, but is also the first to make sure his friends are safe in any situation. He’s the hammer in the tool box of eyeglass repair kits.


With the twenty year anniversary at hand, let’s all pour up a stiff White Russian blare some CCR and toast one of the greatest films of all times. I really don’t need an excuse to watch one of the greatest films of all time, but I know after work today I’m popping in a copy and sitting back to enjoy this fine piece of American cinema. You should as well.

Posted on March 6, 2018 .

Strange Union - Remember This Name

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There are some new kids on the craft beer block and they go by the name Strange Union. Remember that name and if you are out and see them pouring, don’t walk, run to their table to sample their delectable libations. You do not want to miss out on the opportunity. While being fairly new to the brewing game, they have a wide variety of well layered and complex offerings. In all honesty, they are far better than they deserve to be at this point. What takes other brewers numerous tries and failures to accomplish, they make look easy. Not only do they have the passion for brewing, they have talent in spades.

  Photo: Christopher Durbin

Photo: Christopher Durbin

We recently had the opportunity to sit down and have a tasting session with them and it was a mind opening pleasure. Strange Union is run by co-founders Danny Schwab and Nick Stolz along with their wives Morgan Schwab and Brandy Stolz. What started out as just a passion for good beer evolved into taking that leap and putting themselves out there for the world to judge. Right now, they are still limited to giving out samples at tasting events and competitions around DFW, the goal is to have their own tap room open towards the end of the year. It is definitely a journey I will follow closely. The beer is that good.

  Photo: Christopher Durbin

Photo: Christopher Durbin

Chris- Tell us a little bit about how you got into this whole thing.

Danny- It’s somewhat a long story, but I’ll give you the abbreviated version. Essentially Nick and I, and our wives, Morgan and Brandy just have this passion and love for craft beer. So that love and passion evolved and we actually started traveling to drink craft beer in other areas. So from there, we’re out in Oregon drinking all these wonderful craft beers and we’re like, man, we should really think about making beer ourselves. We might be able to control the beers, the flavors, the taste, the smells and so that’s really where it evolved from. We eventually got back and just started kicking things around and I guess the rest is history.

Nick- I’ve been home brewing beer since 2006. I put serious investment in my home brew setup in 2015, but even then I kinda let it go by the wayside. Danny was like ‘Hey man, lets brew beer!’ and I was like ‘ugh, alright’, but we started brewing beer. All the time, like every weekend.

Chris- So what was the final push?

Nick- We are going all over the place, drinking beer in different cities and just thinking ‘I feel like we have something to enter into this arena. Not saying we can do it better than everybody else, but maybe we have our own take on it and so we decided to go for it.

  Photo: Christopher Durbin

Photo: Christopher Durbin

Doug- What would you say is your favorite thing about doing what you do?

Nick- You know, I’ve never really considered myself a super creative person, but when it comes to brewing beer, I get to do something creative. So that’s really cool.

Danny- Making beers that we love to drink is tops on the list, but one thing that I’ve got out of brewing beer is not actually brewing the beer, it’s giving it away and bringing the beer out to tasting events. You know, when you pour a beer for somebody and you just get to see the reaction from someone drinking your beer for the first time. They may not know Strange Union, they’re out somewhere and they take a sip and their face just lights up. They are gushing when they talk about it. You see them walking away and sip, telling their friends and point at us telling them ‘you gotta go over and try this beer’.

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Doug- In your current stable of beers, which is your favorite?

Danny- There are a lot of beer we have, that in my mind are just super delicious. Our Oat Milk Stout is pretty stand out. Currently, my favorite beer is this IPA that I’m drinking right now. In my opinion, it’s just amazing.

Chris- What makes your IPA different?

Danny- I wouldn’t say it’s different from other people IPAs out there. It’s just a new style, it’s got a lot of flavor, it’s a little bit more challenging to make.


Doug- What are some awards and accolades you guys have received?

Danny- Besides the normal good comments and accolades we get from people out there drinking our beers, the two big ones are the competitions we entered this past year. The first one being the ‘Deep Ellum Labor of Love’. We entered that competition and ended up walking away with ‘People’s Choice’, which was totally unexpected. It really motivated us to move along with trying to open this brewery as quickly as possible. The other competition we entered was the ‘Pride of Southside’ in Fort Worth. We were able to pull a win out there as well so it was super exciting.

  Photo: Christopher Durbin

Photo: Christopher Durbin

Here is our take on a few of their more refined, ready-to-market, offerings. Each one is unique and have a personality of their own. Hopefully it shows in our tasting notes, but these were absolutely delicious. Stepping away from the table was a challenge. I still dream of that delicious IPA.

  Photo: Christopher Durbin

Photo: Christopher Durbin

New England IPA.

D- Light golden in color with lots of haze. Light mouth feel with just the right amount of carbonation. Strong citrus/grapefruit taste. Quite refreshing. Very hop forward without the heavy bitterness of a traditional IPA. Just light lingering amount of bitter on the back of the tongue to keep you wanting more. I do want more. If you think you don’t like IPAs, this one is for you.

C- Loving the haze. That’s a visual signal for me to prep for amazing taste. Strong citrus and the perfect amount of sweetness, but not overpowering or artificial tasting. It like a beer-mosa (beer and orange juice). This one is dangerous. For a beer with a higher ABV it’s insanely easy-drinking. My favorite of our sampling.

Bonnie Braw- Oak Aged Wee Heavy

D- Dark amber in color. Smooth mouth feel. A very malty sweetness with hints of caramel. The oak does make an appearance, but is not overwhelming.

C- Probably my second favorite. I haven’t had too many Wee Heavies, but now I’m wondering what I’ve been missing. It seems as though Strange Union have mastered the art of making beers sweet without making “sweet beers”.

Collusion- Russian Imperial Stout

D- Heavy, creamy mouth feel. Very dark. Nice, roasted notes with the perfect amount of bitterness. Has a smooth roasted caramel aftertaste that is slow to fade. This is the perfect example of a quality stout.

C- A lovely stout. Heavy in all the right places. It coats your tongue and just kind of cuddles it like a warm blanket in winter. I’d be tempted to substitute this for dessert, but I must stress that it is NOT overly sweet. It’s quite nuanced, like a nice bourbon.

Posted on March 4, 2018 .



After tallying the all the votes the results are finally in.
With great honor we are proud to present the Golden Kumar statues to the following films.













Well... After renting out a theater, paying for an open bar and catering it seems we forgot to send out all the invitations. Thankfully, Larry the guy who owns the theater was gracious enough to accept the awards on behalf of the absent representatives. Next year we will plan it better.
A special thanks goes out to all of you who voted. We appreciate you participation and interest more than you could know. Now let's go watch the Oscars and get pissed off.

Posted on March 3, 2018 and filed under Reservoiries.

I Ate Some Of Those Taco Bell Fries.


I'm a Taco Bueno fan, a Buenohead as they're known in the community, so it's rare that I run for the border. The rarity comes whenever Taco Bell introduces some new novelty item be it a taco shell made of Doritos or now an excursion into french cuisine.

I imagine that some executive at Taco Bell saw this video and was inspired to appease the self important 20-somethings. If that is the case, good.


For a Taco Bell item, they are quite good and for a fast food french fry... They are really quite good. Thick and a nice crunch. They sort of taste like steak fries but with a hint of something more Taco Belly. I'm only guessing but I think they may dust them with Doritos powder. I also had two of their Loaded Grillers... That's all I have to say about that. I'm not disappointed at all that I had Taco Bell fries and as a Buenohead, that's saying something. 

Run to the Border, grab some fries and then go grab a Muchaco from Bueno. If you don't live in an are with a Bueno... Go eat a Del Taco or something. I don't know what you have near you. That's your thing.

Posted on March 3, 2018 and filed under Fast Foodnatic.

Eli Roth's Death Wish REVIEW


Before we get going on the review it should be noted that I am a huge fan of the original 1974 Death Wish starring Charles Bronson. After talking to a couple leaving the theater I was in and my buddy Ray Boyer from the Flick or Flop podcast, it seems that seeing Eli Roth's movie without seeing the original makes it a 'fun' movie. Unfortunately, I HAVE seen the original and seeing the new one was a nightmare for me.
Since there is so little I liked about this one I will get that out of the way. Vincent D'Onofrio and Dean Norris do an amazing job as the brother and investigating detective, respectively. Perhaps it seems that way because they are surrounded by such trash but I don't think it is. D'Onofrio consistently nails home run performances no matter the film and this is no exception. Okay, that's it for the good.

There's been a lot of theories that it is this movie that will bring Bruce Willis back into the good graces of the audience once again and after seeing it I can tell you, that is not true. Maybe if we had a toned downed, Sixth Sense type Bruce Willis that would be the case but we don't get that at all here. What we get is John McClain in a doctor's coat who acts a little meek-ish but is still built like a brick shithouse with a shaved head. 
Charles Bronson was an action star for many years but in the role of Paul Kersey played a very convincing father and husband. His first kill leaves him shook to the core and after shooting the would be mugger in the gut, Bronson's Kersey runs away and vomits in a state of shock. Willis's Kersey shoots a carjacker (who is driving the stolen car straight at him with the intent to harm/scare) in the throat causing him to wreck into a light pole. The accomplice (who before getting in the car fired at Willis) exits the wrecked vehicle, they then get into a shootout wherein Willis's Kersey wounds the man then walks over and shoots him in the head. After that murder he walks over the car and watches the driver gasp for air before finally succumbing to his wounds. Remember, Bruce Willis plays a doctor. Just saying.

Bronson is torn by his decision to take the law into his own hands whereas Willis cannot get enough of it. The only thing that would be less believable than Bruce Willis as a doctor is Bruce Willis being able to show any range as an actor. Not that he is incapable of it, just that something in him has broken. Like Pacino after Sent of a Woman, Bruce Willis no longer has the ability to play anything other than a badass after the fifth Die Hard. Made worse over, due to the fact that he is now in his 60's and has still yet to transition to the older strong man like Clint Eastwood or Tommy Lee Jones. 
Back to the movie, shall we. Eli Roth reels it back but there is still plenty of blood and guts for you, if that's what you are looking for. The kills in the movie have no real excitement or style, save for the auto-shop scene that hearkens back to the days of Roth's earlier films. The story is lackadaisical at the offset and doesn't really get moving well into the second act. Even after the murder and attempted murder it moves listlessly before Willis gets the motivation to become a vigilante. Oddly enough it isn't the killing of his wife or head-shot his daughter receives but a beating by muggers in the street that is the final straw for him to get going.
From that point it moves pretty quickly as he hunts down the men who ruined his life and spends one day "outsmarting" the cops. It's really rather boring to be honest. You don't really care about him or his family. The ham-fisted character building is as subtle as a one act play written by a ninth grader. It's just all together lazy and boring. 
A few nitpicky parts here:
-Bruce Willis is a surgeon in a hospital who leaves mid-operation when paged and goes to perform other surgeries. He never preps between rooms. 
-He rushes in to a room where a cop has been shot but the guy flat-lines, like right away. While comforting the officer's partner a nurse comes up and says, "The shooter is in the O.R. now". I've never worked in a hospital but I don't think that's how a nurse describes a patient to a doctor... When he's walking away the cop yells to Willis, "So you're gonna save that killers life?" and in an ADR'd line, a good thirty feet away, in a crowded and busy hospital, Bruce Willis responds "If I can" in a volume that would only register as a slight whisper.
-And most egregious; his daughter who has been in a coma for a month due to a gun shot to the head, wakes up with perfect hair and Bruce Willis says that she will get to go home in a week. They did surgery to remove a bullet from, what I can only imagine, is her brain, and she has her wits about her enough to be able to go home in a week. She does tell her uncle D'Onofrio that therapy has been going good. Whatever the hell that mean.

As a fan of the original, I suggest that you don't see this. Maybe if it's streaming somewhere down the line, but even then it's not worth it. Watch the 1974 Death Wish. It's amazingly well written, directed and beautifully acted. Bronson's performance is so layered and nuanced, it's shocking that he was not nominated for his role as Paul Kersey. In fact, watch Death Wish 5 and you'll be better off than watching this garbage. 
I knew it was going to be bad, I just didn't know it would be this bad.


If you have not already heard it, you can listen to what our pitch for a Death Wish remake would be on Prequel.Sequel.Reboot.Remake. available here or wherever you get your podcasts.

Posted on March 3, 2018 and filed under Movie Reviews.

Holocron Toy Store

A short time ago in a southwest town very close by…


Let me start with a tale you might not believe. If you look just below the Red River, far above the Rio Grande, and politely tickled by the Rio de los Brazos de Dios, you will see an oddity. Holocron Toy Store. That’s right, Holocron Toy Store located in dusty Fort Worth, Texas. Just a stone’s throw from the Union Pacific Davidson Yard Railroad Company and a hop, skip, and a jump from The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and its glorious IMAX Dome Theater Experience, which is where me and my family take in all the Star Wars films on the eves of their opening nights. That’s right, Holocron… Holocron Toy Store. Straight from, “Holocrons are ancient repositories of knowledge and wisdom that can only be accessed by those skilled in the Force. Jedi use them to record and preserve their teachings, creating a record for future generations seeking to understand the mysteries of the Force.” Maybe you see where I am going with this.


Holocron opened it's doors officially on Saturday, January 20th 2018. It’s located at 3613 West Vickery Blvd and it boasts 4,464 square feet of Nerf Herding, Moof Milking, Star Wars goodness. If you’re wondering what you can purchase at the store, the answer is everything. If you are wondering what’s the price range of the items, the answer is from $0.25 to $20,000. Look folks, there’s even ample parking and killer barbecue right across the street. Now let me tell you about my first experience with the store.


On January 17th 2018 my wife and I were driving down West Vickery Blvd. We were headed to the hospital district of Fort Worth, TX. We were 9 months pregnant. Full disclosure, I am a 43-year-old man with a pot belly and a robust salt and pepper beard. A proud, card carrying member of Generation X who was raised on the original Star Wars Trilogy. Let’s recall George Lucas in his own words from The Secret History of Star Wars, by M. Kaminski:

"There was a moment of creation, but it was like an idea, and the idea was I would like to make an action movie which is more like a Saturday matinee serial that I enjoyed as a kid, but imbue it with mythological psychological motifs, because we don’t have any of those today. It’s hard for people to realize – and I’m not supposed to say this, and I wasn’t supposed to say it then – but it’s a film for 12 year olds."

I am that 12-year-old. I always will be. As my wife and I were driving down West Vickery Blvd, literally a road in our neighborhood, I looked up and saw a huge vinyl sign that just said Holocron. I believe I said “what the f--- is that?” I explained that the word holocron is not confusing. It only means one thing. “What,” she asked. “Star Wars,” I replied. Her response was a tacit “great.” I asked her what she thought was in there and she said, “probably a bunch of middle aged men who look like you and talk like you.” Needless to say she was right. We went into the store and were blown away. It was a most impressive soft opening. They informed me that the grand opening was the following Saturday and I informed them that my 12 year old son and I would be there in costume. Now onto the article I was supposed to write and why I didn’t write it.


It’s now the last day of February, 2018. My son has been born. He is my fourth child, and yes… “May the fourth be with me.” I have been asked to write a piece on Holocron Toy Store, a sort of “what to do this weekend” piece. No problem. I am familiar with this kind of writing. I grab my pen and paper and I head to the location to ask some questions. It’s just five minutes from my office so I use that time wisely thinking of the mood of the piece, the questions I want to ask, and the points I want to convey. I even call my wife for a woman’s perspective on this kind of article. She said, “tell them what they sell and what the price range is.” I pulled up to the store, put my notepad under my arm, pen in my pocket, went back for my wallet, went back for my phone, locked the car for the third time, and then went in. Now here’s the piece I’m going to write.


Upon entering Holocron Toy Store I was immediately greeted by Rob Fisher, the store manager. I recognized him from my previous visits. He is always helpful when it comes to my son picking out his classic, unboxed action figures from their floor case. Occasionally my son will earn $20 and he loves buying classic Star Wars action figures. Upon my first visit to the store I purchased a large Darth Vader action figure collectors case from Empire Strikes Back. Yes, it was exactly like the one I had when I was 7 years old. It was a gift for my son. Since then he has been building a collection of classic figures. The classic floor case is his favorite part of the store. Inside the case are rows upon rows of the elder statesmen of Star Wars figures all in various stages of wear and tear and priced accordingly, from $5 to $20. I love watching my son manage his earned money. Lately he has a thing for droids. On one occasion he found a new in box General Grievous that was worth his whole caboodle of coins. Rob, and the rest of the staff take their time with each customer. It’s almost as if they realize they are offering an experience as well as selling a product. Ya think? I explained to Rob that I was there to write a small piece for an online publication of pop-culture goodness. He offered his availability for questions and asked me what I liked. I replied, “I love it all man. Still got that Black Series, Obi Wan Force Ghost for sale?” He proceeded to grab it for me. I then asked him if he has ever read The Secret History of Star Wars by Michael Kaminski. He said no and I proceeded to explain to him that the audiobook is fantastic because the voice actor does all of the impressions in the book including Lucas himself, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill. Just to name a few. Fisher then initiated a conversation about The Rumph Star Wars Chewbacca Tankard, which is a double size, ceramic coffee mug made just for the caffeine habit of one George Lucas and thought to be the very first piece of Star Wars memorabilia, ever. We then discussed everything from the woman at K-Mart who invented the plastic string that holds two new shoes together to the $20,000 12 Back A, non-punched, non-tagged, Jawa action figure with the vinyl cape and the collector rating of 80. It has been said that Star Wars, A New Hope was the first film to become an event. Holocron is like that in a way. It’s not so much a place to shop, as it is a place to go. Like the film, it’s for the 12-year-old inside of us, the 12-year-old we actually are, and the 12-year-old we aspire to be.


Holocron is an unlikely hero in the most unlikely of locations. It is the only store of its kind in Tarrant County and only one of two Star Wars stores in North Texas. On any given day you will see families, adults and kids. You’ll see people, all shapes, colors, cultures and orientations. All sizes of wallets and purses. You’ll see various combinations of people in various stages of their day. In other words, heaven. You’ll enter the store because you want to, but you’ll leave because you have to.


It turns out that naming the store Holocron is fitting in that it preserves a knowledge and history of the Star Wars Universe that has brought so much joy to so many. It is such a breath of fresh air to walk around the store with my family and point out all the toys that mean so much to me. I can share my love for the original Millennium Falcon while my son points out something awesome from Star Wars Rebels. My daughters point out items that they have an interest in, anything from plush critters to Praetorian Guards. My wife picks out a Mr. Potato Head Stormtrooper for herself and a plush Porg for the baby. It is just so nice. For the record, my favorite item for sale is the lightsaber pencil. It comes in a few colors…


“Every time I walked away from something I wanted to forget, I told myself it was a cause that I believed in. A cause that was worth it. Without that, we’re lost.”
Cassian Andor.
I believe in Holocron Toy Store. If Star Wars is your religion, than Holocron Toy Store is your temple.


3613 W. Vickery Blvd
Fort Worth, Texas 76107


Posted on March 1, 2018 .

Ralph Breaks The Internet TRAILER

The trailer starts out on a high with a character who looks like Walter Day from Twin Galaxies hooking up internet at the arcade, unfortunately that is the highlight. 

The first Wreck It Ralph created an amazing world that existed inside the arcade with tons of references to character we grew up with and love. From the looks of this trailer those are replaced with a world filled with physical versions of websites. An idea that seems unique upon first glance but was touched upon in Chapelle Show and last year's travesty that was the Emoji Movie.

This is just a teaser and my hopes are as more trailers are released it will ring back to the magic of the first film. We will see what happens on Thanksgiving when the final product is released.

Fingers crossed. 


Posted on February 28, 2018 and filed under Trailer Park.

Artist Spotlight #3: St. Vincent


In the year of our Lord 2012, while trying to discover new music by looking over the Coachella artist line up, I came across a name. St. Vincent aka Annie Clark. A local girl who was born in Oklahoma and got to the DFW as soon as she could. Working as a roadie for her aunt and uncle, Tuck Andress and Patti Cathcart, she learned how to play guitar from her Unkie Tuck. Attending Lake Highlands High school she was in Jazz band and the went on to college at Berkeley College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While at college she made a few records, studied with a professor of guitar and further honed her skills. Annie later dropped out after 3 years saying "I think that with the music school and art school, or school in any form, there has to be some system of grading and measurement. The things they can teach you are quantifiable. While all that is good and has its place, at some point you have to learn all you can and then forget everything that you learned in order to actually start making music." She later joined The Polyphonic Spree where worked with Glenn Branca's 100 guitar orchestra. She was also briefly in a noise-rock band called The Skull Fuckers. After Clark left The Polyphonic Spree she joined Sufjan Stevens' touring band for a time. 


In 2006, having gained all the experience needed, Clark began recording a studio album, under the stage name St. Vincent. In an interview on The Colbert Report, she said that she "took [her] moniker from a Nick Cave song", which refers to the hospital in which Dylan Thomas died. The reference is to the line "And Dylan Thomas died drunk in St. Vincent's hospital" from the song "There She Goes my Beautiful World" on the album Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus. The name is also a reference to her great-grandmother, whose middle name was St. Vincent. Her second album is where it all started for me. On the 7th track of her second album Actor, a song called Marrow changed my life forever. The angelic voices and melody interrupted by the sour guitar notes and perfectly accompanied by her asking for H E L P and by the end of it all I was the one who was pleading for help. I NEEDED more. I was hungry for more. Enraptured by her sound and presence. I drank at the altar of the Saint Vincent. Addicted to the way she would anoint her guitar with the chaotic strumming and schism. Fast forward to 2014 the release of her 4th solo album I'm foaming at the mouth ready to pre-order her album and buy tickets to her show. I was taken back to it all, the harmonic dissonance in all its glory. Four days before my birthday on the 14th of March, I got see her in all her Saintly glory, albeit in the last row standing room only at the House of Blues. At that point, she had just come off of a tour with David Byrne of Talking Heads fame and you could see the influence in the best way. Annie was a performer and a good one at that. Her choppy footwork and erratic dancing only complemented her style and grace. Sated but not satisfied I left hoping that one day I'd be able to see her again.


November 2017 the Saint announces her return to the DFW for the Fear the Future tour promoting her 5th solo album Masseduction. Clamoring for another shot to see her again I couldn't pass up the opportunity. This time things would be different it was at Dallas's Bomb Factory, a large venue located in the heart of Deep Ellum. As I sit in the living room of my girlfriend's house on the website I see it, the game changer 3 letters that are more valuable than gold, VIP. I jumped out of my seat for 2 reasons the price and the excitement. The Miss and I mulled it over and decided to do it, we were going! I questioned myself later thinking we spent too much but I would find out three months later that it was worth every red cent.


February 24, 2018 and the it was time to see if it would all be worth it. The venue opened it's doors for V.I.P at 5:15 and the line was building. I had all six of her records in hand, nauseous with the thought I may not be able to ask her to sign my records. As we wait in line we overhear the hipsters brag about the number of shows they had gone to see on her tour. With the thought of rejection on my mind I ask the bragging partition, "Hey man you know if she was signing anything?" He replied, "No. She isn't signing anything." My heart sank maybe it wouldn't be the V.I.P experience I wanted after all. While in line I saw someone who put it all into perspective, Annie's family. Specifically her sister. The angular face and light complexion was a dead give away. I was reminded she was home, and little did I realize she had her aunt and uncle opening for her. So into the venue we go. She played 2 songs and she goes on to the Q and A. I am wrought with contemplation should I ask? Is this in bad taste?  I think to myself it's now or never... I raise my hand and clear my throat "I want to start off by saying what a huge fan I am and want to thank you for doing all of this, Over the years I have become a collector of vinyl and most especially yours. I would be completely remiss if I didn't ask you to sign my records please." Then without a moment of hesitation she responds with the most pleasant "Yes". Stunned, I fell my heart leap for joy! All my fears washed away.


As I anxiously waited for her to sign my stuff My wonderful girlfriend found us the best balcony seats smack dab in the center. Giddy as school children we celebrated with shots! The openers were awesome and rich with stories of the early days before Annie being canonized. The show that proceeded, rocked me to my core I wept, I sang and I danced. She played all I could want and more for an hour plus solo. By the end of it all I needed a face-lift and a new pair of socks. All in all I was over the moon. I'll finish by saying if you have the chance to go V.I.P and you can afford it do it. It could be the little light that shines in your memories and no one can take that away.

Posted on February 27, 2018 and filed under Artist Spotlight.

I Ate Some Of That Mulan Szechuan Teriyaki Dipping Sauce


If you have not watched Rick and Morty you surely have heard of the show and the cultural impact they made last year with the public's demand for McDonald's to re-release their limited edition Mulan movie-tie in promotion Szechuan McNugget sauce. No? Well where the hell have you been?


In the first episode of the third season Rick is taken back via brain-link simulation to the day he created his trans-dimensional portal gun. Before getting to the actual moment he created the gun, he stops at a McDonald's and orders some szechuan sauce and raves about how great it is. By the end of the episode fans took to the internet and begin asking McDonald's to bring it back.
This past October McDonald's introduced their new chicken strips with accompanying new sauces and to promote this, the corporation announced that they would release a limited amount of Szechuan Sauce at a small number of stores. The amount per store? 10 to 20. Fans showed up in the hundred and chaos ensued.   

At the receiving end of the fury was the poor hourly employees who had to not only deal with the endless amount of customers but also their enraged demands for more sauce. Perhaps that is why the employee at the location I visited today told me, "When I saw the six boxes labled 'szechuan sauce' arrive last week, I thought 'oh fuck'". Though the demand might be high, the supply seems abundant and I was able to grab six packs to give it a try. 


I don't know what I was expecting really... Szechuan, after all, is a style of Chinese food, not a flavor. It'd be like if it was called Sauteed Sauce or Slow Cooked Sauce or Bar-B... Oh wait...
The over all flavor is like a teriyaki sauce and not that great of one at that. Great fast food teriyaki sauce is at Panda Express and this does not hold a flame to that but I still liked it all the same. The favorable light is cast from my love for the show Rick and Morty and though this sauce has no direct mention of the cartoon in advertising nor packaging, it's still there. It's current existence is due solely to the fact that it was mentioned on Rick and Morty.
Just know that if you don't like the show, don't watch or never heard of it, this will be nothing special to you. Now that I have had it, I'm okay never tracking it down again. I'll stick with that terrific McDonald's Signature Sauce. Seriously. If you have yet to make that Rick and Morty trip to your local McD's, pick up some of that Signature Sauce in addition to the Szechuan. You won't be sorry. Maybe by season nine Rick Sanchez will be obsessed with that far superior dipping sauce. Until then...

Posted on February 26, 2018 and filed under Fast Foodnatic.

Podcasting It Up... Again.


We're are quickly approaching our ninth year here at Reservoir Geeks and it reminds us of our humble roots at two guys who'd podcast.
Andy had just ended his two year marriage, Chris had just moved to a cabin in Burleson, Texas and both had way too much extra time on their hands. 


Podcast was a new platform and, possibly delusional, the boys thought they should start their very own podcast. For a point of reference, the first Nerdist podcast was in February 2010. Explaining what exactly a podcast was that early was one of the first hurdles and the inability/lack of knowledge to put podcasts on iTunes was another HUGE hurdle. Despite that Reservoir Geeks persevered and kept moving forward.  


Eventually the podcast took on Benny Beck as a producer and an additional mic in current Reservoir Geek Josh Mazur. Things went well for a while but as all things do, life got in the way. Chris left the rural life and moved to swanky Dallas and Andy changed careers and starting dating his ex-wife... We'll save that's for another time.
You can find all the original 2009 Reservoir Geeks episodes here:

Starting back in 2016 the boys got back in the podcasting game and started the Tape Deck Network. After a few pleasant bumps in the road in 2017 and with the revamping of this very site at the beginning of this year we are moving hard at posting more episodes, adding a couple of new series and consistently providing new episodes for you fine folks.
All that being said, tomorrow (February 26th) a new episode of Prequel. Sequel. Reboot. Remake. will be up with our pitch for a real remake of the 1974 classic Death Wish!

Posted on February 25, 2018 and filed under Reservoir Geeks News.