The Life and Times of Ronin Quinn

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A Freakish Evolution! October 31, 2009

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This year the whole Halloween through a child’s eyes thing (even if it is a small child that can barely see more than 6 feet) has had me realizing a funny thing. I have now come completely full circle with this particular “holiday” (can you call it a holiday if you don’t get the day off work? Maybe we should just call these types of day an “Excusetostuffyourfaceandgetwastedday”). When your a kid, at least was the case for me, Halloween is the second best holiday, Christmas being the best. But really what kid cares about eating turkey, or the measly amount of candy that a giant bunny with FAR too many eggs for one bunny, giant or not, leaves for you. No, it’s all about getting to wear your favorite superhero outfit, or cereal box, or computer (for the record, I didn’t wear those last two. It was My brother M’s great ideas that yielded those costumes) and going and knocking on all your neighbors doors and cashing in on not being the one who smashed their pumpkins. Your reward, or earnings if so care to call them that, a handful of freaking candy. Pure AWESOMENESS. You dress up and utter three easy ass words and boom. Candy in the bag. What Kid doesn’t want this.

And that’s how it is for the next few years, until your a little punk of an adolescent. When your WAAAY to cool for anything as lame as donning some outrageous garb and going door to door to collect your annual candy payday (pun totally intended). But you still want the candy, just without the hassle. So at first you do the lame-o go to the door in your PE clothes or your football jersey and try and pass for a costumed kid. And the parents at the houses you hit up look at you questioningly, and reluctantly give you a piece of candy. The key here is A PIECE, not a freaking handful, but a measly little piece. After you went through the trouble of wearing the exact same thing you wore to school, and walking less than a mile through your neighborhood. Pricks.

So after being discouraged by this lack of donations to your pillow case (yes I carried an effing pillow case to hold my candy, that’s how we rolled), you move on to better things for the fright night festivities. Some choose top be complete A-hole’s and steal little kids bags of candy. I never did this, I wasn’t that much of a shit. While others choose the party avenue. This is the route I eventually took. And still others just hung out doing nothing against the wishes of their parents at all. That was me.

Then as you get a bit older you get back into the dress up thing and start going to halloween parties and raging for three nights straight maybe coming up with three different costumes for each party you attend (you may not be too cool to dress up, but wearing the same thing three nights in a row? I think not). And so it goes for the rest of eternity. Until you have a kid.

This year I had that little school boy rush of excitement again for this day. Trying to come up with a really unique but home makable costume. Seeing it through the various stages. Getting the pumpkins and having an imagination with the carving of again. It’s been totally rad, to get to feel like a little kid again. Plus I think we came up with a totally freakin’ cool costume for RQ’s first Halloween. I mean what kid is Samurai for his first fright night? Not many. That’s how many. So thank you Ronin, for bringing back my 9 year old self for a few weeks. It’s been fun.



A glimpse of What’s to Come!

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Tune in later for the finished product.

Unassembled Samurai


Top 25: Round 2, The Albums

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I tried to make the whole list making thing a bit easier by not catering to R so much, but rather incorporate the albums that were quintessential to me and Mon’s musical independence. It didn’t work. It may have even made it more difficult. These are the game changers. These are the albums that we listened to over and over and over again and they still don’t get old. And we plan on forcing them upon little R’s ears. Until he rebels. There are certainly a few of those cliche albums that appear on every “best of…” list ever compiled, but they work. At least for us. Ask me tomorrow and I may give you an entirely different list. Though I won’t (make another list). This is it for now. The albums/artists I hope to never hear come through speakers in my house/car/ear would’ve been fun, but I don’t think I have the energy for it. Plus, I don’t want to offend any of you by putting your favorite all time album on my “Worst. Album. Ever.” list.

And now that I’m done bitching about making this list, here it is (alphabetical by album title).

1. The Bends – Radiohead
2. Dark Side Of The Moon – Pink Floyd
3. Different Class – Pulp
4. Either/Or – Elliott Smith
5. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere – Neil Young & Crazy Horse
6. The Hot Rock – Sleater-Kinney
7. Innervisions – Stevie Wonder
8. L.A. Woman – The Doors
9. Led Zeppelin II – Led Zeppelin
10. Nevermind – Nirvana
11. Not A Pretty Girl – Ani DiFranco
12. Off The Wall – Michael Jackson
13. On The Corner – Miles Davis
14. Operation Ivy: Energy – Operation Ivy
15. Parklife – Blur
16. Paul’s Boutique – The Beastie Boys
17. Perfect From Now On – Built To Spill
18. Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys
19. Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
20. Trust Me – Culture
21. Two Cents Plus Tax – Versus
22. The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground
23. Washing Machine – Sonic Youth
24. The White Album – The Beatles
25. Writer – Carole King

As was the rule before, if you hate it or love it, feel free to let me know. If you can’t stand one of these albums and feel the need to rip me a new one on my choice of putting it up here, then go right ahead. Say what you want, I promise to take no offense (I will just add whatever you don’t like to a continuous loop that plays on this site).


Beastmaster October 30, 2009

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Top 25 October 29, 2009

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Alright, so I had this idea to throw together some lists. Music related to be more specific. I wanted to do a few different top 25 lists (well it started as top 20’s, but that proved too difficult), in relation to artists that Monica and I wanted to make sure he was exposed to, albums we think he has to hear over and over while he’s a little tike, artists I hope he never has any interest in, and so on and so on. Here’s the problem: It’s really freaking hard. We did the top 25 bands/singers/songwriters to expose him to last night. Now I feel all twisted up inside because some of MY favorites didn’t make the list and it makes me feel sort of traitorous toward some of my favorite artists.. But the list isn’t about what I like, rather what we want to expose him to. So I’m not sure if we’ll do more or not. I don’t know if I can handle it. I hope to at least do albums, but that will be WAY harder than this one.

So here it is, the top 25 (alphabetical by the first name) Bands/Singers/Songwriters to expose Ronin to until he has his own iPod and can make his own musical choices.

1. Ani DiFranco
2. The Beastie Boys
3. The Beatles
4. Beck
5. Bob Marley (and The Wailers)
6. Carole King
7. David Bowie
8. Ella Fitzgerald
9. The Grateful Dead
10. James Brown
11. Jimi Hendrix
12. Led Zeppelin
13. Lee “Scratch” Perry
14. Michael Jackson
15. Miles Davis
16. Neil Young
17. Neko Case
18. Paul Simon
19. Pink Floyd
20. Pulp
21. Radiohead
22. Sleater Kinney
23. Sonic Youth
24. Stevie Wonder
25. Talking Heads

Feel free to post anyone that you think should or shouldn’t be on here. If you hate the list all together or if you think it’s perfect, feel free to post that too.


He’s got legs, chubby little legs!

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All Smiles October 28, 2009

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