John Andrew Andretti (March 12, 1963 - January 30, 2020) will be missed in the racing circle. His 400+ races over the course of 20+ years is nothing short of remarkable. He's also the first driver to compete in the Indianapolis - Charlotte Double. John's no stranger to the circuit as his relatives Mario Andretti (uncle), Michael Andretti (cousin) and Aldo Andretti (father) are well known respected names in the sport. God speed John Andretti, RIP.
Originally I was going to set aside times and dates for posted material here but decided against it. I'm feeling more in the freelance mode than usual and will post once a week rather than 29 days of random cosplayers and superheroes.
Black heroes tentatively have gotten roles as sidekicks, cameos or in some cases leading roles with weak plots. Some go straight to the box office while others NetFlix or cable. Titles like Blade, starring Wesley Snipes, have paid off big dividends while CW's Black Lightning is content with its weekly time slot. Oh let us not forget last year's blockbuster Black Panther which broke many records with a virtually unknown cast, kudos!
I'm not going to get into the disparaging representation of Oscar nominees among actors/ actresses of color that's a discussion for another day. For now we keep everything light and festive. Happy Black History Month!
Ok, now that I've gotten everyone's attention with the women in blog header I want to express my opinion on women who lift. I've always had a flair for the extreme, nothing over the top, just enough to raise an eyebrow. Recently I've been posting pics of female bodybuilders on my personal page and the response has been mixed. I doubt I'll do it for long as this seems like a phase I'm going through.
Why female bodybuilders? Who the hell knows. Certain images and pics catch my eye and I run with it for awhile. It's something about going against the grain that sparks my attention. Oh for all the females who say it's gross, that's your opinion, can't do nothing about that. I'm sure a select few would love to swap places for a day or two to see what it feels like. Anyway this is a blog and I'm trying to keep it short. Leave a comment, like or tweet with your opinion, thanks.
I was a little hesitant on this topic but figured what the heck pull the trigger. Hah, see what I did there? The title is self explanatory or so I thought. I noticed girls posting pics of C.O.D. and other shoot-em-ups and decided to expand the boundaries a bit. Oh lets not forget our active military soldiers as well. Still not sure if this segment will find a permanent home on this site but it definitely warrants a second look. Drop us a line and let us know if its a keeper or not, thanks.
I've been a motocross/ supercross fan since the 80's and still have a burning passion for it. Every year I eagerly await the start of a new season with predictions of who will rise to the occasion and who will fall into obscurity. Will Eli Tomac finally get that monkey off his back or will 450 rookie Cooper Webb repeat? Anyway the season began Sat the 4th and I won't spoil it for our followers. All I can say is thank God for YouTube! So get caught up on the action all so I can start voicing my opinions.
Ok so I decided to drag this raggedy body out of bed and hose myself down for church this morning. Before I go any further let me give y'all a run down of my past. It's been roughly 15+ yrs or so since I last set foot in a Holy place and Tbh church was never that high on my list. I figured my time could be used better elsewhere.. ie watching football, doing laundry or playing my PS4.
Fast forward some 15yrs later, toss in a cancer diagnosis and viola!.. you find yourself reevaluating priorities. It's not that bad ppl, I rather enjoy the weekly spiritual refreshment and the atmosphere is energetic. Oh living 5 mins away doesn't hurt either. I prefer the morning service 8am - 9:30am bc its prompt when finishing and I still have the rest of day to myself. Also seeing the look on my mom's face is worth more than words can say. She's been after me for yrs to go to church, big win for all. Now I'm expected to go to my sister-in-law's church next. Heyyy baby steps ppl I'm slowly coming around lol.
Well staples are out and my big ole head is still intact. Tbh the removal process was pain free, my spirits are up and life is good. Yes I still have cancer but for now I'll enjoy this victory. I don't know what lies ahead in my future but I'll face it like I would any other obstacle in life...tenaciously. Wow such a big word for one with a big head. Yuk, yuk, yuk...
When was the last time someone told you "Its only brain surgery". I'm here to tell you its really amazing! I had brain surgery Tues afternoon and was home by Thurs and other than this ugly scar I really have no discomfort. I'm taking pain meds and all systems are go. Check it out.
It's a time to reflect and give thanks to all. I was going to list all the negativity in my life like most do but thought it too lengthy. Instead rather than draw out a long list here is the single most thing I'm grateful for. FAMILY. Now hold on a minute, I'm slowly turning into that weird old uncle that nobody wants to claim. It's true, I'm a geek, over-the-hill, Star Wars loving, anime following, no-kids having... pause... blankety, blank, blank. Serious when did I become "that" guy lol. Oh well I guess I'll take my stroll thru mid-life with dignity. Nah I'd rather go blasting and kicking.... like Solo did in that scene where he was chasing storm troopers. Yahoooo.
The biker community lost a beloved member recently, Sydney Green, and our heart and prayers go out to this young man and his family. Although I did not know him personally, we were brothers in the biking community. When we sling a leg over the seat we truly believe it to be just another ride we will return from safely. Sadly that's not always the case.
As much as we love our bikes and the free spirit that goes along with it, there's an inevitable amount of risk, an ugly downside to it. A side that keeps us somber when we think about the hazards involved when riding. Through it all we continue to ride because its uplifting and therapeutic for the soul. It's one of the few times you feel truly free from life's worries. The biking community came together for a moving tribute in Sydney's honor. R.I.P. my brother, throttle hand up.
Welcome to our new look! G4R is on the move again evolving, working harder and more efficient to challenge not only ourselves but fans and followers alike. One goal is more interaction between staff and above mentioned parties followed by a better relationship. We've made it easier than ever to contact staff for a one on one chat or simply an idea you may have. Your feedback really does play a role in the direction we take. Occasionally you will notice new pages and features but don't be alarmed, we're merely casting our line a little farther into deep waters.
G4R will continue to play games and crank out reviews so no need to panic and jump ship. Once a gamer always a gamer, that will never change. However we recognize people interests change over time. In fact with designers putting out quality games at a pace like never before, you're more apt to abandon the quest of unlocking all items before moving on to the next game. Point is... you have to evolve or risk becoming that hidden item no one bothers unlocking. We left a few unmentioned gems ourselves we're sure will keep you around for a while to come. Happy hunting and thanks for visiting!
Whether 2 wheels or 4 we all enjoy rolling and what better way to show it than by hanging with like minded individuals. Some like to ride in groups and some like to solo. Still, some like to chop it up and talk shop online from the comfort of home. Anyway we're launching our newest section called clubs and to be honest not sure which direction to take. That's where you come in cough, cough. Serious, the more input from our followers the better tailored it will be. The possibilities are endless but for now we will start with 2... bikes and cars. Don't worry, as more people join the more categories we will add.
Jaron Baylor local B'more baller turning heads. As a fellow Baltimore resident what good is running a company if you can't support local talent? G4R has mentioned him before on our pages but now that he's a senior getting ready for college it's more important than ever to spotlight this young man. At 5'9 he's showing skills larger than much bigger guys.. I see a promising future for Mr. Baylor and G4R would be dropping the ball if not getting the inside scoop on this phenom. King of the 5 question interview G4R recently caught up to him and his latest endeavors, here we go!
G4R: Where ya from and what High School you go to?
Jaron Baylor (JB): I'm from Baltimore, Maryland I go to Forest Park Senior High School
G4R: At 5'9 you play bigger than most guys at position what's your motivation to excel?
JB: My motivation to excel is I look at every situation I'm put in as a blessing nothing is a disadvantage.. make my height an advantage on speed definitely defense against taller point guards they hate crossing over when a person is smaller and if I dip my shoulder a scoop layup is hard to block at my size.
G4R: Vid below is nice, what goes through your mind when putting up a shot?
JB: I don't really think when I shoot because I've been shooting a basketball my whole life its just repetition I believe in myself, trust my abilities.
G4R: G4R has seen a few of your training vids and applaud your work ethics.. any advice to young'uns following in your footsteps?
JB: I work hard because I have talent but they say hard work beats talent and its a lot of people that got the work ethic but talent is slowly growing. If I mix the talent with the hard work its no limit on my future, I set the standards. Advice I would give to the younger ones is time is short so whatever you doing make sure you go your hardest.. most definitely school because it will catch up with you. High school is very fun but very easy to slip up on I had to stop being a clown myself and focus up and tell my friends when they were skipping school like no I'm staying. They might tease you but if they don't support they not real friends and be the example for your friends and family once you start doing good you could motivate others.
G4R: Every great man has a supportive woman behind him, is there a lady in your life?
JB: Don't go searching for a woman while you're young let situations involving women come to you enjoy life a little bit first. I've been with a girl since 9th grade I'm going into my senior year and never publish your business relationship status and the things yall do behind closed doors. If your woman isn't willing to help you improve your grades and she tries to harass you to do things that could affect your grades or opportunities for success.. she isn't the one for you. My woman always keep on top of me with school work, basketball and timing with when and how I should do things.
There you have it words from Jaron himself. He continues to impress us with his mentality and drive especially the importance of school. (Will make sure my nieces read this -Ed.) In this era of social media its easy to get derailed from your dreams while trying to be popular with your peers, often times not in your best interest. Sure part of the fun of being a teen is goofing off and making mistakes but to have the mindset to stay focused on whats important speaks volumes about his character. Kudos Mr. Baylor! Would love to hear from some of your coaches and mentors in the future too. Save us a court side seat when drafted to the NBA! Staff at G4R look forward to featuring you many more times in your prosperous journey. Podcast interview in the works.
The '70's popular sitcom 'One Day at a Time' still holds memories for me. The mother, Bonnie Franklin, had the boyish hair cut. The brunette bombshell daughter, Valerie Bertinelli who later went on to marry rock legend Eddie Van Halen and... you know what I'm not doing this lol, I'm not going to list every actor on the show you can Google them yourselves. Netflix has done a complete remake of show and its somewhat intriguing. I will try and not spoil it for those who haven't seen it yet.
Ahh where to begin?.. First the family is from Cuba and features the lovely albeit older Rita Moreno as the grandmother. The rest of cast is a hodgepodge of new talent. The premise is the same as older version, single mother and two kids. The eldest is a 15 y/o daughter who's a feminist activist ahead of her time and the younger a 13 y/o boy more concerned about his looks than grades. Next is the superintendent Snyder who seems to be a middle aged yuppie whose parents own the building. Sets the tone for popping in/ out whenever he wants much like the original Snyder.
The show is 13 episodes and touches on a cpl modern day issues but lacks overall stamina to make it on regular networks. All in all a good wknd killer if stuck at home with nothing else to watch. My Netflix rating is 3 out of 5 stars. Seriously gotta create a G4R emoji for ratings.
New feature.. G4R has teamed up with local comic store Twilight Comics and will dish out a free action figure for fan who dresses up as hero of choice, currently Thor and Captain America. Basically you or your kids dress up as either hero and best dressed wins figure. Contest runs til Aug 5th. Snap a quick pic on phone and send to Gaming4respect@gmail.com. Summer fun and easy way to score a free toy.
GaminG4Respect (G4R) was formed Jan '10 while I was out of work playing video games to pass the time. It was during a game of Madden while I was winning when my opponent pulled the plug and quit. I noticed this was happening a lot and decided to create a gaming co. where guys could play w/o the worries of this happening. At first it was just a GoDaddy domain name and Facebook page but as I invested time and friendships, it grew.
I won't bother you with the details to what brought us here but as of July 11, 2017 GaminG4Respect is officially licensed as an LLC! Nothing really changes for our leagues and communities it's bizz as usual when you play your games but now we can offer up more payouts, contests and rewards! Why? .. Tax write offs and sponsorship baby! G4R has been dishing out standard payouts in the past with no compensation.. basically out of pocket. It was never enough to break the bank and done for pure enjoyment. Looks like our hard work is finally paying off. As of this posting we have custom T-Shirts in the mail to a few select fans and bi-weekly contests every Wed and Sat for followers. This fall we will be branching out to other gaming genres so be on the lookout for our PSN id 'Game4Respect'.
The last year or two I've been watching CW's weekly line up i.e. Super Girl, The Flash, Arrow and DCs Legends of Tomorrow. What can I say I love my superheroes. The only series I didn't catch from the beginning was Arrow so binge watching first few seasons on Netflix has been the staple. Suffice to say Oliver Queen and his entourage has been dancing in head lately and when I find myself facing a small dilemma in real life I ask 'What would Ollie do?' Yeah too much time in front of the television. Anyway imagine my surprise when I found out cast will be in my neck of the woods in September? I hope to attend this festive occasion and have plenty of pics to show for it. Booking info
Roseanne 2.0 scheduled for 2018? I liked the show in the '90s and can hardly wait to see the 'Where are they now?' version of this former #1 sitcom. Its too early to give any real concrete details but from what I'm hearing the original Connor family cast will be back i.e. Dan, Roseanne, Becky, Darlene, DJ and Aunt Jackie. Its been almost 20yrs to the day since last episode aired (May 20, 1997) and most of the actors have aged gracefully... as well as can be expected. Hey I'm not criticizing believe me, I compared a picture of myself 20yrs ago to now and noticed a few wrinkles too. Check out cast on ENews then and now pics.
Anywho I'm just curious to see how this will all come to fruition. The show was cutting edge in its day and crossed controversial boundaries all while making you laugh. Its low-income 'trailer park-ish' attitude resonated with families of all backgrounds trying to make ends meet. Today families face similar issues but the cast is older. Also there's that pesky lottery thing the Connor's won toward end of run. Will they still be rich or have they run through the money? One can hardly wait.