Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Top 12 Comedy Podcasts

I'm not calling this a list of my favorites, because I know this to be fact, not opinion:

    1. Kill Tony
    2. T.Y.S.O.
    3. Bad Friends
    4. Are You Garbage
    5. Whiskey Ginger
    6. Harland Highway
    7. Matt & Shane's Secret Podcast
    8. We Might Be Drunk
    9. The Tim Dillon Show
    10. This Past Weekend
    11. Your Mom's House
    12. The Joe Rogan Experience (usually not comedy-focused but he is a comedian)
Honorable mention: Hey Babe, Legion of Skanks, Flagrant, TigerBelly, Stavvy's World

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Visiting the 49th State

Alaska also happens to be my 49th state I've visited, with only New Mexico remaining. 

Shaahht ahht Vancouvah! 



Glacier Bay


White Pass


British Columbia



Saturday, June 17, 2023

Fishers, Carmel among best places to live

Criteria: Population between 75k-500k and median home value between $75k-500k

Result: only 1 city with multiple communities landing in the top 10 of the list; Indianapolis.

Carmel, known for its award-winning Roundabouts and world-class Art scene has been hailed as the best town in America for a long time. The stats support what we all already know. 

With a Crime rate 5x lower than US avg, and a strong commitment to healthy living, innovative restaurants, and an expanding tech scene with unbeatable community amenities, Fishers also stands out. Now another Hamilton County town is getting some recognition...

[Player 3 has entered the chat] Noblesville joins in the mix: SmartAsset now lists Carmel, Fishers AND Noblesville among THE safest and THE most affordable places in USA. Whoa, didn't see that coming. /s

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Indy 500 Pole Day sets several records

Veekay Indy 500 Bitcoin

The first ever all-234mph front row in Indy 500 history also resulted in the closest gap between 1st & 3rd spot. The 4-lap averages of Alex Palou & Felix Rosenqvist were just 0.103mph apart, beating the previous record of 0.112mph between James Hinchcliffe, Josef Newgarden and Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2016.

Palou’s & Rinus VeeKay’s gap of 0.006mph is the second-smallest gap between 1st & 2nd in Indy500 history, the narrowest difference being 0.003s between Ryan Briscoe & Hinchcliffe in 2012.

The result means that the 3 front-row starters come from 3 different teams and both of IndyCar’s engine manufacturers, Honda & Chevrolet, are represented. While neither of those stats are unusual, what is remarkable is the fact that the trio’s combined number of Indy500 starts is only 10. That’s the lowest since 2004, when Buddy Rice, the late Dan Wheldon and Dario Franchitti started 1-2-3 and had only 3 starts between them.

A not-surprising corollary of that stat is that this is the 3rd-youngest front row in history. The only younger ones are 2013 – Ed Carpenter, Carlos Munoz and Marco Andretti (26 years and 9 months) – and 1930 – Billy Arnold, Louis Meyer and Shorty Cantlon (25 years, 7 months).

It is also the first time Indy 500 history that the front row consists entirely of European-born drivers; Palou is from Spain, VeeKay from the Netherlands and Rosenqvist from Sweden.

Friday, October 14, 2022

Indy vs. Boston battle for America's best suburbs

Joining Carmel as one of the best places to live in America (and the world), neighbors Zionsville and Westfield are now also ranked in the top 10 in the newest ‘Best Small Cities’ study, according to WalletHub: 


Boston & Indy suburbs dominated the top of the list, with Lancaster (PA) taking the top spot. 

Not only is Indianapolis one of the fastest growing cities in America, it's the only city on the list not located in the South or West: 


Saturday, July 02, 2022

Cinematic wins post-Pandi

With Hollywood on strike, there's been a good discussion whether they deserve the money. And with AI takin e'rrbody's jerbs, I'd say there's a good reason to argue that maybe Hollywood is dead. Not so fast; allow me to play devil's advocate. I present to you, 

Recent films that don't suck:

  1. Top Gun: Maverick
  2. Super Mario Bros.
  3. The Covenant
  4. Tetris
  5. All Quiet on the Western Front
  6. Pinball
  7. Air
  8. Hustle
  9. A Man Called Otto
  10. Nobody

Monday, March 21, 2022

Roca de Durazno

Once upon a time there was a boy, and then that boy became a man, and that man had a dream: to retire peacefully. 

In his quest to find a place of solace, there were many ups and possible downs. 

Initially there had to be upfront capital, and then learning about surprise Central American taxes, overcoming a language barrier... while separated by thousands of miles. 

Next he needed a support system: Angel investors. Lawyers for the accountants. And hoes in different area codes. 

Finally, he put it to plan. Enter, F-I-R-E: Financial Independence, Retire Early. Once that was in place, all that's needed from there was just a steady stream of execution.  

Step by step, bit by bit, we went to work. Once the donkeys helped carve out rocks from the volcano, we laid the materials, built it up and after dressing it up, now we're in paradise, baby. First floor includes multi-unit bathrooms, electricity, warm showers and the best view in the world from the back porch - WiFi and kitchen included. Eventually the 2nd (and 3rd) floor will afford some more space to live and have private spaces for guests simultaneously.  I shall call it "Roca de Durazno". 

Saturday, December 04, 2021

Hyperbolic Obit for Hyperbolic Orbit

Did you see the lunar eclipse this morning? Did you see the one last month!? Do you even watch the sky, bro??

Comet Leonard [not named after Colts All-Pro Shaquille Darius Leonard] aka "c/2021", the year's best & brightest, will make it's first and only appearance in the East before sunrise (between Big Dipper's handle & Arcturus) and then in the western sky after sunset starting on the 14th, looking towards the sun (ouch!) 

I say "only" appearance because this happened might've happened 80,000 years ago but let's be honest they probably didn't have the tools we have now, and we're not yet positive this'll even be visible to our unaided eye. But we do know it's hyperbolic path will fling the comet out of the Milky Way, and possibly into another solar system lightyears away. 

RIP Comet Leonard 12/12/21
You're a Star (& comet!)

Monday, August 09, 2021

My MLB tour/roadtrip to Maine

Step 1: Why?
Combining two bucket lists into one: visiting all 50 states in the U.S. and visit every MLB stadium. Crossed off 6 states in New England which now puts me at 48 of the 50 (New Mexico & Alaska).

Step 2: When?
Juggling over a dozen different MLB schedules in late July, I wound up attending 8 games at 8 ballparks in 11 days. The Phillies gifted me a surprise double-header - ended by a walk-off Grand Slam - and I attended the Fenway tour, but unfortunately no game. 

Step 3: Where?
Starting from Circle City - also visiting Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

Step 4: How?
Using Hotels.com, HipCamp, Google Maps, Trip Advisor and the Ballpark app. I drove, camped, disc'd, fished, cheered & jeered, went sight-seeing & wondering & touring & exploring, slept in the car & hotel & tent & friend's house, and had gobs of seafood & ice cream along the way.

Some of my favorite photos (below) with more on IG: @Schrockstar


Top 12 Comedy Podcasts

I'm not calling this a list of my favorites, because I know this to be fact, not opinion: Kill Tony T.Y.S.O. Bad Friends Are You Garbage...