QOTD 115: Baby you can drive my Car…or Cahhh if you’re from my neck of the woods.

Today’s question comes from none-other than the Bat Mite to Scott Keith’s Mister Mxyzptlk, The Scotsman Himself…Scotsman…Scottserman!

“Whoever does the qotd – next one, do something about driving and how
good you are and talk about some crazy driving situation that occurred
where you showed off your leet driving skills(because obviously that’s
happened many times).”

Well Mr. Scottersman, since you introduced me to the world of management simulation games, diet water, and Online Poker affiliate programs, I shall oblige.

What are your best driver moments? Sick slides, drag races, Crazy accidents you walked away from, etc. What’s your dream car? What do you drive now? Are you a gear head? Top Gear (U.K), best show, or bestest show?!


I’m not a gear head so I don’t really have much to say in regards to driving ability or adventures or stories in which I was in control of the car – save for a time I was hooking up with a chick in the front seat and her thigh knocked over my rear view mirror and I had to drive home in a car with no inspection sticker, awkwardly trying to act like I was adjusting the damn thing for any passing cars in case they were a cop.

I do tend to like shows about cars, and really well done car chases – the big chase from Transformers 3 is actually pretty spectacular.

 If they eliminated all the Driving Test and News stuff from Top Gear and just did challenges and specials it would be fine by me.

I currently drive a Chevy Lumina, and before that a Red Cutlass Sierra with a rear-view mirror held on by gorilla glue and prayers.

My dream car is probably Optimus Prime.

or Hot Rod.

Because I’m sure you’re not sick of D-Bry emails yet

Let me preface this by saying I am in no way claiming that Bryan is capable of being a breakout star the way Austin was; he isn't. 

That said, the Sheamus/Bryan rumor has me thinking that WWE is really, truly, not-working-us missing the point. Austin got huge because he tapped into something basically everyone could identify with: he wanted to kick his boss' ass and drink beer. So did we, only in real life that's less of an option. Now, in the current economy, you know what people really identify with and latch onto? The guy who busts his ass and tries his hardest, but keeps getting screwed over by a system that caters to rich, corrupt assholes. There's a reason Bryan's getting the biggest crowd reactions in a decade, and I'm pretty sure that's it; he taps into something real, just like Austin did. 

The problem, then, is that WWE doesn't get the last part of that formula (at least not yet). We loved Austin from the jump, but what REALLY made him a super-duper-forever-mega-hyper star was triumphing over that thing we can't triumph over in real life; he got to kick Vince's ass (multiple times, as well as Shane's, Steph's, Eric's, and whoever else they put in front of him). He got to live out the dream that made us sympathize with him so instinctually in the first place. If Bryan just keeps failing to beat the horribly corrupt system, he's not going to lose too much heat (I mean, it's been two years of them dicking him around at this point and he's as over as ever; that's the strength of gimmick), but he's also not going to become a sport-defining megastar. Not on the Austin scale, that's off the table, but there's no reason to believe he can't be the next Cena/Sting/HBK/Flair level guy; a guy who absolutely draws money within the industry at the tippy top level. Only Austin/Rock/Andre/Hogan really were able to bring fresh eyes to the product, and that list may never grow. The Cena-tier is still pretty great for business, though. 

I'm not even writing this out of frustration, I just think it's interesting; the parallels are right there, and WWE, for whatever reason (best guess: Trips) doesn't want to roll the dice on it. Worst case scenario, it's no bigger of a failure than everyone else they've tried in that slot (Sheamus, ADR. etc.). Best case scenario he's the biggest thing in the last ten years. Just seems silly. 

It's Vince, not HHH, I'm pretty sure.  But otherwise, yeah, agreed with all this.

You’re Stealing It Wrong…

http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/69561 An older article, sure, but I came across it while doing my usual random surfing of Mental Floss and I found the presentation by Jason Scott to be pretty engrossing.  For those of us who used to hang out on local BBSs via 2400 baud modems, this is a great trip down memory lane.  Basically it’s a video of Jason giving a talk at a computer convention, delivering an entertaining hour-long history of various software pirate groups and how it evolved into what it became today.  Sadly he only really gets rolling just before he runs out of time, but I’d love to see a full-length talk from the guy on the subject, because he turns a potentially dry subject into a humorous conversational chat.  It’s great stuff. 

You’re Stealing It Wrong…

http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/69561 An older article, sure, but I came across it while doing my usual random surfing of Mental Floss and I found the presentation by Jason Scott to be pretty engrossing.  For those of us who used to hang out on local BBSs via 2400 baud modems, this is a great trip down memory lane.  Basically it’s a video of Jason giving a talk at a computer convention, delivering an entertaining hour-long history of various software pirate groups and how it evolved into what it became today.  Sadly he only really gets rolling just before he runs out of time, but I’d love to see a full-length talk from the guy on the subject, because he turns a potentially dry subject into a humorous conversational chat.  It’s great stuff.