A big part of my kid self that I continue to cling to desperately is an appreciation for toys. My desk, bookshelf, drawers, and closets are brimming with not only nostalgic playthings and artifacts of youth, but also newer toys that I walked by at conventions or yard sales or checkout lines that I simply couldn’t pass up.
The difference now, however, is that while I admire and love these little sculpted pieces of plastic for their artistic value and their innate link to fond latent memories, I can never appreciate them like I once did. I can never reach that part of myself that could plant little me on my bedroom carpet for hours, thinking up complex scenarios in which all of my favorite heroic toys would battle all of my favorite villainous toys in an epic melee. Today I’d like to pay an honest tribute to the forgotten art of action figure wars.
Of all the cartoon shows that turned me into the twisted, spontaneous person that I am today, the Ren and Stimpy Show affected me most as a child. Really having no place in the safe, family environment of the Nicktoons lineup that consisted of Doug and Rugrats, I have absolutely no idea how the Ren and Stimpy Show crash landed onto the kid-friendly network known as Nickelodeon.
While the last iteration had several repeats and a general lack of cohesion and coolness to justify the $50 price tag, this season’s has exceeded my expectations. They’re at the point where digging into full-on obscurity is the only way to go. That’s what I’ve always wanted from these boxes.
This Ginger Garlic Sweet and Sour Pulled Pork recipe is sure to satisfy even the most discerning of palates and makes a great game day treat as well for the upcoming playoffs and Super Bowl. Treat your family, your friends, or just yourself to this easy and delicious dish.
Maybe the answer shouldn’t be returning to the old ways, but moving on to new ways. It’s only through open dialogue, admission of misunderstanding, and unbiased examination that we can ever hope of getting there.
If you’re craving a delicious, hearty, flavorful soup as the months get colder and colder, look no further than my first foray into attempting a pho recipe!
A perfect night out with friends, meeting amazing strangers, and an experience you’ll never forget with stories that you can pass on for a lifetime without regret–these are the ultimate goals of planning any successful after dark event.
While much of the disgusting stuff that humanity engages in won’t necessarily kill you, it does give me a high degree of debilitating heebie jeebies and I’m here to provide some tips for personal comfort, however asinine and unnecessary.
Enjoy these somewhat healthy, deliciously salty, spicy, and tangy Korean gochujang beef lettuce wraps the next time you have a packet of ground meat and you’re sick of the typical options.
It’s not worth trading your wishes, dreams, or wildest ambitions for the sake of avoiding judgment. Appeasement is the death of self.