The Beginning of the Beginning

This is the time of year where I’m usually looking forward to relaxing all summer while working part-time. A time to wind down and rest my brain and body. But this time, it’s sorta different. I’m graduating from college. I’ll have a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Production & Programming from Point Park University. I’m pretty damn proud of myself, but that doesn’t mean I’m gunna “walk for graduation.”

That’s a weird term. “Walk for graduation.” To me, I’d get the same fulfillment reaching outside in my mailbox and grabbing my degree as I would walking across a Consol Energy Center stage and receiving it from someone I most likely won’t even know. I’ll still be receiving my degree whether I “walk” or not, so what’s the difference?

I understand some people get fulfillment out of being on that stage in front of all those people and being handed their degree. I guess I’m just different. Well, not I guess. I AM different. Very different. Although I can’t really say that. There are quite a few people in my family who have graduated from college, and according to my mother, none of them walked either.

I’m not trying to conform to the rest of my family, but it’s just a personal choice of mine. Plus, I work that day.

Not that I couldn’t call off or switch with someone to attend the graduation ceremony, but I’d just rather get it in the mail. I’ll make sure to take a picture of my degree and post it on Twitter, Facebook, and this site so you all can admire the accomplishment. Not to brag but to…display. I can’t sit here and say that I can’t wait to graduate, though, because the truth is that I can wait.

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College graduation means the beginning of the rest of my life. Sure, I have a part-time job now, but it has nothing to do with my field and I’d like a lot more money doing something I love. Not that I don’t like my current job, because that’s far from the truth. But I’ve worked so hard to get to this point that I may as well put the degree to use. I’ve been doing broadcasting work since I was around 15, so it’s pretty much all I know.

I’d like to get out of Shittsburgh and go somewhere with nicer weather and (in my opinion) nicer people. I desperately need a change of scenery. Somewhere warm. Somewhere with a good amount of opportunities. I’m thinking Florida, Texas, North Carolina. Somewhere along those lines. I’m sick and tired of Shittsburgh. I think this town has a lot to do with my depression and anxiety. (Send your hate mail to sullymailbag@yahoo.com)

I was born and raised in Shittsburgh, and will always have a special place in my heart for it, but I think it’s time to move on. The weather is disgusting, the people are miserable, and the leisure activities are limited. I consistently find myself at a strip club or bar for entertainment. That’s not good. I wanna be able to go take a walk or a jog on the beach while watching folks surf the waves. You can’t do that in Shittsburgh.

I’ve visited quite a few other towns/cities and I have to say they just have a different feel. A whole different vibe. A more positive vibe. I really love that. Maybe it’s because of the weather. Who knows? I have no idea how Shittsburgh, Pennsylvania (yeah I’m gunna keep calling it that) was EVER rated most livable city a few years back (http://www.marketplace.org/topics/life/news-brief/its-official-pittsburgh-most-liveable-city-us). For me, in order to be livable, amongst a whole host of other things, you need a friendly environment. This place just doesn’t have that.

But I guess that’s all subjective.

BoringPittsburgh.com (hilarious name) has a different view on the city. They claim it’s the 3rd rudest in the entire world and cite FourSquare as the source! (http://boringpittsburgh.com/news/foursquare-pittsburgh-is-3rd-rudest-city-in-the-world/) Gotta love it. Like I said, it’s all subjective, but I have my opinion and I’m sticking to it. The people here are just miserable, hostile, self-entitled bores.

I can’t wait to get outta here.

The only thing I like about this town anymore is the sports teams. Gotta love the Penguins, Steelers, Panthers, and yes, even the Power (AFL football team). I guess the Pirates too, even though they last had a winning season when my sister was a newborn. She’s going to be a junior in college soon. I’ll always support the Buccos, but it’s gunna be awhile before they have  my respect again. Hopefully they’ll start winning consistently very soon ‘cuz it breaks my heart to see signs like this:

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The bottom line is that I’m excited to graduate, but I can wait. What comes after graduation seems daunting to me at this point. My resume is freshly completed, so once I graduate, I’ll slowly but surely start sending it out to various radio/TV stations and/or newspaper outlets that are hiring. Hopefully a lot of those places will be out of town. It’d be a good idea if I learned how to cook and do laundry first before I consider moving.

Anyone wanna help?

Jodi Arias: Twitter Twat?

I was somewhat surprised to learn the other day that accused murderer Jodi Arias has her own Twitter account. Arias is accused of killing her boyfriend Travis Alexander. Alexander was stabbed over 25 times, his throat was sliced ear-to-ear, and he was shot in the head. His naked, bloated body was found decomposing in the shower. What a scene. What a woman.

What an animal.

The prosecution is aiming for the death penalty in this trial, but I’m not so sure she’ll get it. It’s just a gut feeling. I’d say life in prison without parole if she’s found guilty. This trial has just gone on far too long and back ‘n forth so many times between experts that I think the jury has the potential to be a bit confused on top of their mental (and even physical) exhaustion.

Although, the questions from the jury presented to Arias during her time on the stand didn’t make it seem like they were too sympathetic towards her. The question that stands out in my mind from the jury is something to the effect of “If you’ve lied all this time, why should we believe you now?” Beautiful stuff right there.

What’s better is that Arias didn’t even have an answer for it. Sure, if you wanna call her answer a legitimate answer. It was the usual run-around bullcrap coming from a killer on the stand that really has no defense. I don’t say “alleged” killer because Jodi already admitted that she killed Travis back in June 2008. But that’s neither here nor there. I wanted to let you folks that are following the trial know that Jodi Arias has her own Twitter account.

Yeah, that’s right. This girl:

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Supposedly Arias talks to a friend of hers, Donavan Bering, over the phone and tells Bering what to write on Arias’ Twitter account. Bering puts Arias’ words on Twitter, and over 32,000 people read them or at least see them. Wow, I only have 34 Followers. Lucky you, Jodi!

Now, I’m not trying to give Jodi any publicity, BUT since she’s a high-profile murderess, and since I find the criminally insane mind very interesting, I will anyways. You can find THE Jodi Arias on Twitter @Jodiannarias . I’m looking at her Twitter page as I’m writing this. So far, she’s put out 23 Tweets (with Donavan’s help), she follows 16 accounts, and she has 32, 645 followers. That’s only 32,611 more than me!

I’m a guy that’s busted his ass in school and worked since I was 16 to make something of myself (and maybe one day reach the national level of syndication whether it be in broadcasting or print…or blogging!) and here you have this low-life reaching national fame! Or should I say infamy. Jodi Arias is more of a celebrity than me!

Something’s not right here…

We make the wrong people famous. Even if they’re (in)famous for the wrong reasons, the bottom line is that 32, 645 people want to hear what Jodi Arias, murderer, has to say. Only 1,474 people (this website plus my Twitter account) want to hear what I have to say. I must say I’m a bit jealous. A bit jealous of a murderer.

Besides the fact that the REAL Jodi Arias has her own Twitter account, what’s even better is the appearance of her friend Donavan Bering. When I first heard this name, I thought it was a guy. Think former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb. I actually think, though, that Donovan McNabb may be better looking than Donavan Bering, a woman. Yes, I just said that. #NoHomo

Here’s why I say that:

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The one on the right? Blue shirt? Bald? Yeah that’s Donavan Bering. (S)he makes Donovan McNabb look like Kim K. Well, maybe not that drastic, but you get the picture. Could you imagine sleeping with Donavan Bering? I’m pretty sure if you’re a guy she wouldn’t be interested in sleeping with you, though. I wonder if her and Jodi Arias are or were more than friends.

If Arias does indeed get sentenced to at least life in prison, maybe Bering can bust in with a strap-on and really teach Jodi a thing or two. It would be decent payback for Tweeting for Jodi all that time. I’d want something in return if I were sending out Tweets for her. A good blowjob would be nice, but I’d be afraid she’d stab me, slit my throat, and shoot me in the head afterward.

When I first looked at Donavan Bering, I honestly could not tell if it was a man or a woman. I actually had to go to Google and do research. Hardcore research. All to find out if some person that Tweets for a murderer is a man or a woman. Donavan, you owe me 2 minutes of my life back. It’s alright. Just get in contact with me @SullySocial17 and we can arrange for you to think of some good Tweets for me.

I have too much time on my hands.

Sully Says In Your Ear

For those of you out there that either A) don’t like to read or B) don’t have the time to read or C) don’t know how to read or D) all of the above, then this blog might not be for you. In fact it’s definitely not for you. HOWEVER, I fixed that so none of you lazy and/ or illiterate folks out there need to worry. I’ve started the official Sully Says podcast, available exclusively on http://www.sullyshow.podomatic.com .

The podcast is simply the audio version of this blog, with each podcast being dedicated to a specific blog entry. For instance, yesterday I posted the first episode, where I read the first-ever blog entry on this site, “Thanks, You Bum”. Yep, that’s right. There’s not only a podcast dedicated to this blog, but the blogs are read by ME! Yeah, ME! What could be better?

I can’t think of anything.

So please go ahead and check out the new podcast on Podomatic. I’ll most likely read one blog entry per week, starting with the older ones, but since this is a new thing and I’m “Kinda, Sorta” excited, there MAY be more than one podcast per week to start out. You’ll just have to keep going to http://www.sullyshow.podomatic.com and find out.

On a different note, I’d like to start doing some interviews for this website. Sure, any old fart would do since I’m game to talk about anything, but I wanna aim for well-known people that are actually promoting something. For instance, my favorite porn star Jenna Presley (I’ve met her twice, and both times she’s been incredibly friendly), former Biggest Loser host Ajay Rochester (who slimmed down a few years back to where she admitted she looked “hott” to now gaining back 105 pounds to be pretty large and in charge again), Howard Stern himself (which I admit is a long shot), or anyone else I can dig up that may have something to say.

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Like I said when I started this thing, I want it to be big. It’s pretty big already (with over 1,300 views in a little over 4 months…not too bad for a no-name like me), but I want it to be even bigger. And that means getting big names that people know. Not only big names, but big names that actually have something to say. (That leaves Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton out). 

I only mentioned Jenna Presley, Ajay Rochester, and Howard Stern because they’re the ones that came right to mind this early in the morning. When I say “early in the morning” I mean 9:30am. Yeah, I’m pathetic. But I’m writing this as I’m about to head to class, so I’m pretty badass. I should be studying, yet I’m blogging to the masses. 

I’m the coolest motherf*cker on the planet. 

But if any of YOU out there have something to say, and/or want to promote something (anything!) send me an e-mail at sullymailbag@yahoo.com and we’ll set something up. Anyone and everyone is welcome to be featured on this site. You don’t have to be a celebrity and you don’t have to be promoting something. It’s just preferred.

Until next time, people.. 

 

Anal Nature

Due to a combination of my OCD, some reader feedback, and a dedication to honesty at all times, I want to explain the difference in font for a few of my recent entries. You’ll notice that the font for the first paragraph of “Have Mercy On Me” and the last two paragraphs of “I’m With You, Kinda Sorta: The End” appears to be different.

And well…that’s because it is.

I didn’t intend for that to happen. The reason for this is because those paragraphs were copied from my Facebook page directly onto this website. I’m not necessarily tech-savvy, so I don’t know exactly why this happened. I’m guessing it’s because the default font on here is different than the default font on Facebook?

I just didn’t want you all to think I scoured the web for good stuff that other people wrote. Everything on here comes 110% from me, from the heart. Those paragraphs were not plagiarized. They were just Facebook statuses of mine that I copied and pasted onto here. You’re probably thinking, “I knew that. Why is he telling us this?”

Once it was pointed out to me by a reader, it bothered me a lot. I want this website to be as close to perfect as humanly possible. Things like this happen. No, I won’t be shutting the site down and no, I won’t be offing myself out of despair. I just needed to get this off my chest. My site is going stronger than ever, and readership is way up.

My sincere thanks to each and every one of you for giving your time to read the stuff I put on here. It really means a lot to me. It’s only gunna get better from here so I deeply encourage you to subscribe (or “Follow”) so you don’t miss a thing. Just click on the “Gimme More Sully” link on the left side of the page.

Thanks for your time, dear readers.

 

Have Mercy On Me

Here’s a heartwarming story for ya. I noticed a complete stranger at school wearing a Chicago Bulls hockey-style jersey, complete with the Bulls logo on each shoulder as well as on the front. As you all know, I’m a huge Bulls fan, and I had never seen anything like this before. I leaned over, tapped him on the shoulder, and asked, “Where did you get that jersey?” He replied, “It was given to me.” I said, “Well, I’m a huge fan. Is it for sale?” He asked, “How much?” I responded, “20 bucks.” He quickly said, “Okay.” I tried the jersey on to make sure it fit, handed him the 20, and I had myself a new Bulls jersey! This is TRULY a shirt-off-your-back situation. (He was wearing another shirt underneath, so he wasn’t going topless.) He reached over to shake my hand and told me his name was Mercy. Perfect name for an awesome deal.

This jersey must be rare. This was the closest thing I could find to the jersey on the Internet. It’s not the EXACT jersey, but it’s pretty close to what I got that day. It’s so cool! Mine says “CHICAGO BULLS” on the front complete with the Bull head along with the Bull head on each shoulder. (A few colors may be different for this jersey I’m showing you, and I don’t think this one has the logos on the shoulders, but mine does!)

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The day before, I had a horrible day, so this made me a feel a WHOLE lot better. Not only did I get a brand new jersey from Mercy, I also ran into an old high school girlfriend of mine, and we had a nice conversation complete with lots of laughs and smiles. I was really miserable the day before because it seemed like nothing was going right. Everything I did seemed to be wrong. However, on this day, everything I did seemed to be going right.

It’s funny how life works. Give it a chance. Sometimes all it takes is a good, warm handshake from Mercy. I have a tendency to be a very miserable and impatient person at times, and it seems like every time I think it’s not going to get any better, there are glimpses of hope that come about, like the shirt-off-your-back Bulls jersey.

A good friend told me to keep my head up when I was having a bad day. I didn’t think that was possible. However, when things like that happen, it makes holding your head high a bit easier, if temporarily. But I’ll take it anyways.

Sully’s Totally-Not-Winter-Classic

For the past few weeks, my life has been consumed with this massive outdoor street hockey game I’m planning for June. It’s going to be full periods, full contact, no penalties. Full 5-on-5 action with a limited number of whistles other than for “puck” freezes, scored goals, out-of-play “pucks” and/or an injured player(s). I put “puck” in quotations because we’re going to be using a street hockey ball.

The exact time, date, and location are to be determined, but it will definitely take place BEFORE June 24 because one of the players will be on vacation after that date. I’m planning on getting this aired on Bethel Park Television and put up on my YouTube site. Any and all people are welcome and encouraged to attend. I’ll post more details as they come along.

The teams are Black Attack and Green Machine. Goaltenders will be in full gear, but the forwards and defensemen will be in little to no gear. There will be three 20-minute periods, with a 20-minute break in between each period. If the game is tied after three periods, there will be 20-minute overtime periods until one of the teams scores a goal. It’s a fight to the finish!

Each player will have his own customized jersey of the color of his team. He’ll have his own number and name on the back of the jersey with “GREEN MACHINE” or “BLACK ATTACK” on the front. Jerseys will be ordered from Kamazu Hockey. They’re cheap but nice! Some of the guys and I have been scouting locations for the game. We’ve liked what we’ve seen from Upper St. Clair’s Tustin Park as well as Upper St. Clair’s McLaughlin Run Park. One of the player’s neighbors has a fenced-in private sports court complete with two full-size hockey nets. That’d be the dream scenario if in fact we’re allowed to play there! I can only hope.

Here are the final rosters for each team along with some pictures of the players. The player’s name is followed by his picture:

GREEN MACHINE:

-Forwards-

48 Nathan Glotzbach

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15 Dave Mechler

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10 Jay Wharton (in all his professional animator glory…yes, he’s a real person)

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-Defensemen-

11 Don Ruggery

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17 Ryan Sullivan (that’s me!)

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-Goaltender-

89 Robbie Reardon

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-Depth Player-

23 Zach Scott

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BLACK ATTACK:

-Forwards-

47 Pat Angelici

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67 Olindo DeFelice

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22 Matt Ennis

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-Defensemen-

42 Ryan Baux

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41 Nathan Scherrer (he’s wearing green in this picture, but trust me, he’s on Black)

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-Goaltender-

28 Matt Richert

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-Depth Player-

24 Donny Evans

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Can’t wait for this game! Both teams are stacked! It’s gunna be intense. More details coming soon…