Operation Thomas the Tank Engine
OTtTE...R.I.P.?
10/04/2006

No, I am not dead...

Now that that vital piece of information is out of the way, let's get down to business. It's painfully obvious that I have not posted a new blog here for quite some time...almost 5 months to be exact. So what's new in my life since then, you might ask? I don't even know where to begin, so I'll just say ALOT. In the process of changing states, schools, priorities and basically starting a new life for myself, the urge to ramble aimlessly on this page where I once roamed so frequently fell by the wayside. In short, I lost interest in the whole "web log" scene. Sad I know, but for now it's the truth. In closing, barring a complete and utter catastrophe or another change in lifestyle that allows me to sit around all day doing nothing, this will be my last post on OTtTE. I don't see myself taking up the interest to keep this going like I once did, so for now I'm calling it a day. To all 10 of my readers out there, thanks for coming along for the ride and God Speed on your own life's ventures.

It's been real...

Entered by Nate at 7:29:00 pm

This almost makes my two week absence worth the wait

5/16/2006

If you're looking for a compelling argument on the illegal immigration issue, this article by Tom Tancredo should be all you need. If not, it'll have to do until I post again in two weeks.

Entered by Nate at 5:06:00 pm

Classic album review: All Things Must Pass

5/01/2006

Remember me? It's been way too long since the last CAR installment, so long that I don't even remember the last album I featured. Many great CDs have seen my player since then, but no use dwelling in the past. In short, here's to making up for lost time, one album at a time.

George Harrison- All Things Must Pass

This shouldn't come as any surprise, but it turns out there was life after The Beatles for the Fab Four. Being a member of the greatest rock band ever has a way of bolstering your career options in the long run. Witty sarcasm aside, the four members of Beatles all pursued solo careers after the band officially called it quits in 1970. In fact, they wasted no time; each man had a release that same year. Some people like to debate which is the greatest solo release to come out of the Fab Four's individual efforts; some point to John Lennon's Imagine or Plastic Ono Band while others even like Paul McCartney's Band on the Run with his band Wings. Many people, myself included, will say that it is none of these but rather the 1970 release from the "Quiet Beatle" that stands above the rest. All Things Must Pass, George Harrison's sprawling epic made with the help of a who's-who of rock studio lineup that included Eric Clapton and Phil Collins, is an astounding statment that undeniably proved his worth as a songwriter. More or less forced to languish in the shadow of Lennon and McCartney as they composed the vast majority of the group's songs, Harrison nonetheless contributed some real gems to their catalog such as While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Here Comes the Sun. While the influence of the far east that is so evident in his earlier work is conspiculously absent, George's musical and lyrical touch on ATMP is unmistakable. Harrison and his merry band of superstars effortlessly go from pulsing rockers to serene love ballads without the slightest hint of pomposity or self-indulgence. The result is an absorbing two hours of music that's both enjoyable and meaningful. The special expanded edition commemorating the album's 30th anniversary features several never-before-released takes of original cuts and a remastered sound that captures ATMP's spirit perfectly. It may seem like overkill, but by the time the second disc is done you'll be wanting more.

Bottom line: George's successful and productive solo endeavor endured until his untimely death in 2001. While it was not as celebrated as John's or as wildly popular as Paul's, it nonetheless was befitting the talents of a man who never took his overwhelming celebrity too seriously. All Things Must Pass stands as not only his great masterpiece, but the great masterpiece of the Fab Four's collective individual efforts.

Highlights: My Sweet Lord, Wah-Wah, If Not For You, Behind That Locked Door, I Live For You, Beware of Darkness, I Remember Jeep

Rating: 10/10

Entered by Nate at 6:28:00 pm

Putting ignorance in its place since 2004

4/24/2006

On the two year anniversary of Operaion Thomas the Tank Engine's existence, I would like to forego any sappy reminiscence from the past 730 days and take a moment to shed some light-hearted sarcasm on a few recent incidents that drew my usual ire and criticism. I like to think of it as a tribute to the countless gripes and insults I've directed at various targets since I began this little adventure all those months ago. It's a lousy anniversary present, but what the heck...

"Who's that?"
-A Cinemark 10 employee upon hearing me mention the name Rodney Dangerfield

"Is that the Backstreet Boys?"
-Another Cinemark 10 employee, directed towards me while I was wearing a T-shirt featuring the Abbey Road album cover art

"There's a Bart on that show, right?"
-Yet another Cinemark 10 employee, eavesdropping on a conversation surrounding The Simpsons

"That's a great song. What other songs did they do?"
-A younger friend after hearing the end of Stairway to Heaven

"What's wrong with Hillary Clinton? You just don't want to see a woman become president."
-A female acquaintance who hopefully will become indisposed by 2008

Happy Two Years, OTtTE. How could I be so self-righteous and cynical without you?

Entered by Nate at 7:51:00 pm

They could've at least picked a better name

4/20/2006

Gas prices are approaching an all-time high. The country is about to be overrun by illegal immigrants because the government won't do anything about it. Iran is apparently trying to start World War III with ambitions of developing nuclear capabilities overseen by a president who has publicly said he wants to wipe Israel off the map. Yesterday was the 10 year anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, the second deadliest terrorist attack in the nation's history and not one mention of it was made on the news all day that I saw. Ditto for the anniversary of the Columbine massacre, which happened 7 years ago today.

On the bright side, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes finally had their baby; a girl they named Suri. I know this because CNN had a five minute segment about the delivery and their plan to marry in the near future.

Thank God everything is right with the world or else such coverage of this event might not be justified...

Entered by Nate at 6:12:00 pm

Decades, also known as the Bob Saget fanclub headquarters

4/10/2006

If you've never been fortunate enough to personally hit up Decades dance club in the great city of Wooster Ohio, then you're missing out on a very unique and enlightening experience. Until just recently, I took it as just another spot for guys and gals over 18 to shake their stuff and meet new people. That all changed early Sunday morning, when I stopped in with some friends just when they happened to be having a wet T-shirt contest. That may or may not be the reason why we were there (note: sarcasm), but we got there before the contest began so we had some time to kill. I went to use the restroom and wandered by the backroom bar and lounge on the way. Nothing seemed to be out of place at first; there were about a dozen grown men and women enjoying their various beverages and setting the atmosphere most people would associate with a barroom. I happened to glance up at the lounge television, and when I saw what was on I had to do a double-take to make sure I wasn't seeing things. At 12:30 in the morning, in a bar lounge mind you, the television was showing...Full House. Let me say that again...FULL HOUSE. I know that there's never much on at that time of the day, but that? If you've ever seen a single episode of Full House in your lifetime, I think you'll agree that it's not exactly geared towards barflies and smoked-filled pool halls. I might be overreacting just a little bit here, but judging from the reactions of my friends when I told them what was on, they were suprised as well. In the mind of Nathan Jon Winkleman, Decades changed tremendously in that span of 5 seconds. I don't think it will ever be possible to ever be caught off guard by anything I see in a dance club ever again, and I have a show that I stopped watching 10 years ago to thank for that. This of course leads me to ask only one obvious question: when are they going to have a Mary Kate and Ashley look-alike night?

Entered by Nate at 9:47:00 pm

The somewhat triumphant return of...THINGS THAT PISS ME OFF

4/07/2006

I don't remember the last time I posted an installment of TTPMO, but the lapse in time certainly hasn't been due to lack of good material. Being the cynical ultra-conservative that I am I'm always mad about something, and there have been many sources of disdain as of late. For the time being, I'll highlight two of them for this new installment of...drum roll please...

THINGS THAT PISS ME OFF

1) Playing the race card...in 2006. There have got to be many people in Georgia shaking their heads right now, and not just because of the Braves' continued postseasons chokejobs. Illustrious state representative Cynthia McKinney has made quite a name for herself over the last week stemming from an altercation with a Capitol Hill police officer in which she punched said officer when he tried to stop her at a security checkpoint. McKinney tried to run through the checkpoint and didn't have any of her credentials indentifying her as a member of the hill, so it can be understood why the officer held her up the way he did. So we're all on the same page, McKinney is a black female and the Capitol officer is a white male. Can I say enough said? Maybe, but I won't. Instead of saving herself and her peers alot of embarassment by just doing the civil thing and admitting fault, McKinney did the Democratic thing and accused the officer of racial profiling and assault. Conservative radio personalities had a field day, fellow democrats ran from McKinney like scalded dogs, and chaos in general ensued. Then just the other day, pretty much out of the blue, McKinney took the floor of the house and issued a public statement expressing regret for the incident and her newfound admiration for the Capitol Hill police force. She never formally apologized for striking the officer in the first place, but we don't expect Democrats to do that sort of thing anyway. The controversy appears to be all but over for now, but the fact that for a few days Cynthia McKinney tried to align herself as the Rosa Parks of the 21st century after her actions is a shining example of how aloof and removed from reality her party is.

2) Immigration law? What immigration law? Call me naive and old fashioned, but I can't for the life of me fathom why this is even debatable. Is there a person out there who thinks to themself, "Yay for illegal immigrants! Keep coming into our country and costing taxpayers billions of dollars each year to provide services that should be going to real Americans!" If you are in this country illegally, you have to leave or be removed with force. Period. No buts, no whining, no angry political statements, just pack your bags and don't the door hit your ass on the way out. We have an efficient process in place right now that allows people to come into this country legally, and the last time I checked millions of people from hundreds of countries have been able to complete this process with little trouble. A vast majority of these people manage to assimilate into our culture and contribute to society while making a comfortable living for themselves and their families. Unfortunately, most of the immigrants that come in illegally have no desire to assimilate into American society and only come to work under the table for lowlife employers who want cheap labor. The thing that makes me mad as much as anything is that neither party seems to be willing to do the right thing in this situation and just enforce the law already in place. Why? Votes. They are so damn afraid that any movement against illegal immigration will cost them votes from offended citizens that they are basically willing to let our country be overrun by lawbreakers and refugees rather than take a concrete stand. Shame on you, congress.

Entered by Nate at 9:39:00 am

Conclusions and realizations two weeks in the making

3/29/2006

I am never, NEVER going to waste time filling out another NCAA tournament bracket again.

24 is a great show, one of my all-time favorites even, but has anyone ever noticed that no one goes to the bathroom all day?

Hollywood is officially out of original ideas. I looked around the theater the other days at the display posters, and 50% of them were for movies that are sequels or remakes. This of course brings up an important question: When will I get the time to see Dr. Doolittle 3?

This might be a radical observation, but the overwhelming majority of the students protesting the illegal alien crimalization legislation have NO IDEA WHAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT.

Should I be concerned that that my friend didn't know that Iran is pursuing nuclear capabilities, but did know that Jessica Simpson is considering adoption?

Entered by Nate at 10:57:00 pm

The best St. Patrick's Day ever

3/19/2006

First of all, I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable St. Patrick's Day on Friday. Even if you're not of Irish ancestry (heathens!) it's a great chance to celebrate with friends and create some lasting memories. Take Mike's party for example (great party by the way) , where the following was among some of the many brilliant insights of the night (and morning):

"Nate, where the fuck's my rum and coke?"

"Tell them the story about Coco!"

"That's alot of singles you've got there. Going to a strip bar?"

"Man guys, I'm getting hot. Does anybody mind if I take my shirt off?"

"I'm so jealous of your abs. I do 200 sit-ups a day and I look like Jack Black."

"Nate, come clean up this whipped cream!"

"You have porn? Gross!"

"Dance for me, monkey!"

and my personal favorite...

"Who wants a blowjob?"

Ah, memories...

Entered by Nate at 11:37:00 am

A small piece of advice

3/10/2006

If you go to a friend's house and you plan on leaving when planned, it would be a good idea to NOT LOCK YOUR KEYS IN YOUR CAR. As I and three of my friends learned earlier this evening, it will make things much easier if you just take the extra second to take them out of the ignition. I hope you all feel much smarter now, because I sure as hell don't.

Entered by Nate at 12:34:00 am

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