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The Adventures of the Amazing Chachi.

Posted in Uncategorized on August 27, 2009 by chachisays

When we last joined our hero is was in an epic battle with the evil sectaires of the steel castle.

Confession time here at Chachi Says.  You better sit down for this.

Im not a huge comic fan…… See if you were sitting down you wouldnt have collapsed from that statement.

Now  i have nothing but the utmost respect for the people who create comics, from the writer all the way down to the Inker *cough cough Tracer Cough Cough.* Im kidding. 

The art is usually amazing and the stories are filled with amazing twists and turns but i think it’s the drawn outness that doesnt do it for me. The waiting in between chapters.   The paying of 3-5 dollars to get a 10 -20 page book. (Now before you start defending the noble art of Comics, let me finish. ) Why would i go through all of that when i can pick up a very thick book, sit down and read the adventure from start to finish, with Closure. 

However, i sat down and i started thinking about why i havent read comics, why i never made an attempt myself to pick up some of the books and check them out.  Then i realized that i was wrong.    i realized that not all of the comics continue week to week. and that some have deep touching tales to tell. I.E. Pride of Baghdad  Amazon gave a description of this

“In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escaped from the Baghdad Zoo during an American bombing raid. Lost and confused, hungry but finally free, the four lions roamed the decimated streets of Baghdad in a desperate struggle for their lives. In documenting the plight of the lions, Pride of Baghdad raises questions about the true meaning of liberation – can it be given, or is it earned only through self-determination and sacrifice? And in the end, is it truly better to die free than to live life in captivity?”

It was a great read. Loved every second of it.

So if you need me, I’ll be the full grown adult male, in a dress shirt, dress pants, black plastic glasses, sitting on a park bench reading this:

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Chachi Says: huh, guess you can judge a book by more then its cover..

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and we are back

Posted in Uncategorized on August 26, 2009 by chachisays

i planned to blog today. Work changed that.

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Be back tomorrow….. 😦

Bonus Guest Post! Guest Post 6: Uncle Crappy!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 25, 2009 by chachisays

Well Today was supposed to be a post by just me after a week of having some great guest post, but then out of no where late wednesday, i was approached with an offer, an offer i could not in any state of mind refuse. Uncle Crappy (www.unclecrappy.com ) said i have this idea. i would like to put www.chachisays.com, go for it i said! 

So here it is Guest Post 6: The bonus round! Uncle Crappy!

 

I’m not sure how long Chachi has lived here, but this is the start of my 15th football season in Pittsburgh

Yeah, it probably makes more sense to mark the passage of time in years, but c’mon — this is Stiller Country, for crying out loud, and when you’re a fan of the enemy, you can’t escape the constant reminders that from August through January, you don’t quite belong here.

Actually, that’s not quite accurate either. Chachi and I are both life-long fans of the Cleveland Browns, the team that used to be the enemy around here. But the Browns have been so bad for so long that they’ve been supplanted by the Ravens as the big-deal rival around here. But when I moved to western Pennsylvania, the Ravens didn’t exist and the Browns were still somewhat relevant, even playing the Stillers in a first-round playoff game that first season.

That’s when it was fun. I remember seeing a front-page photo of Vinny Testaverde hanging in effigy from the Smithfield Street Bridge. I had fellow drivers flipping me off every chance they had, all because I had a Browns flag on my car. And if I wore a Browns jersey in public? I have to say I was always impressed by the displays of vocabulary directed my way.

That’s how it should be, and for one season, it was. But the following year, The Rat Bastard Who Shall Not Be Named But Had Better Not Ever Make It Into The Hall Of Fame Or I’m Going To Be Heading To Canton With A Truckload Of Molotov Cocktails yanked my team out of Cleveland and completely sucked the fun out of my autumn Sunday afternoons. I was excited when the team returned in 1999, even though I knew it would be a while before the football universe was restored to its usual balance. I just didn’t think it would take this long.

Thanks to the Browns’ inept owners, coaches and players, the Cleveland-Pittsburgh rivalry is on life-support. If I put the Browns flag on my car, no one even notices. If I wear a jersey outside my house, I get sympathetic smiles instead of profanity-laced tirades. These days, my Stiller-fan friends even talk wistfully about the way things used to be, and Mrs. Crappy — my own wife and the Stiller fan with whom I share my home — says that Browns-Stillers games are no longer fun.

Sigh. Another season is about to begin. I wish I could say I had hope that things will be different, but I’m expecting another six or seven-win year for my Brownies — another lost season, and another step closer to losing the best rivalry in pro football forever.

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Here’s a picture of me in my Bernie Kosar jersey. Could one of you Stiller fans tell me to go fuck myself? You know, for old time’s sake? I’d feel a lot better.

 

Chachi’s Notes: I have been in pittsburgh for 5 or 6 football seasons, and UC is completely right. There was a time where i was afraid to leave my house wearing brown and orange. Not anymore. and while i like wearing my colors outside, i miss the friendly hostility when it comes to this great sport. i miss the good ole days.

Guest Post 5: Annoyed Angel

Posted in Uncategorized on August 24, 2009 by annoyedangelrants

Guest Post 5: Annoyed Angel

Today’s guest post is from Annoyed Angel (http://rantsofanannoyedangel.wordpress.com/)

She is a great person who has taught me much about a sport i couldnt previously understand. Rugby. and adds yet another member to the yinz team whom i wouldnt want to piss off. Her blog is always entertaining and heart felt. She manages to spill her guts on every post.

When Chachi asked me to guest post on his site this week, I had no idea what I’d write about. I had a zillion random ideas. But after reading his post on the upcoming guest week, I decided to not talk about social media. I’ve done that already here.

I complain at times that rugby never gets any exposure on television or in the media in general. But we lucked out when the guys had a fun little experience a few weekends ago.

Photo courtesy of the Post-Gazette

Photo courtesy of the Post-Gazette

They were involved in a taping of the series Three Rivers, starring Alex O’Loughlin. As part of the season opener, Alex O’Loughlin’s character, Dr. Andy Yablonski, joins in a pick-up game of rugby.

I originally was going to expand on their experience in this post. But there’s just too much. I had 7 guys provide me with their interpretation of the day’s events. So instead of my editing their writings, you can read what each guy sent to me on their very own page on my blog.  Including their explanation of what’s going on in the background of this picture:

Photo courtesy of the Post-Gazette

Photo courtesy of the Post-Gazette

And you can read/see more at these links:

The Post-Gazette Article

The Trib Article

A video from the CW

If you’d like more info on the Three Rivers Red Carpet Ruggers Premier event, leave a comment on the Three Rivers page at my site. It’s sure to be entertaining.

Guest 4: Dawn

Posted in Uncategorized on August 21, 2009 by chachisays

Guest Post 4! Dawn Papuga

Here is yet another one of my favorite blogging people. Dawn is the author and owner of www.dawnpapuga.com. Where her colorful rants and metaphors are enough to brighten anyday. Dawn is one of the most knowledgable people i know, whether it be video games, books, comics, mma, doesnt matter. I love the book suggestions she gives to me(no matter how screwed up the book is. and no matter how scared of my house i am! see that Dawn i made a funny! )

No she is one of the best people i know.  so here is her post!

I bet you’re expecting me to rant, aren’t you?  You can admit it.  I’ve come to terms with it.  It’s who I am.  It’s what I do.  I get it.

Sorry to disappoint, y’all.

 When Chachi asked me to write a guest post for his blog, I was all “WOOOO!!!  Of course!  That’s AWESOME!”  And then when I sat down to write it I couldn’t, for the life of me, figure out what it was I wanted to say.

 Should I talk about comic books and how Marvel has disappointed me in ways no half-skilled lover could ever hope to achieve?  Should I write about MMA, and how badly I need to contact Gina Carano to find out her exact workout schedule because who DOESN’T want a body like that?  (Also, being able to mostly protect myself from an angry Cyborg in a dark alley would be useful, ‘cause, you know… it could happen.  In Brazil.  Maybe….. Ahem.)  Should I talk about how excited I was when I suggested Chachi read House of Leaves and he loved it!!!  Or should I talk about how reading ChachiSays reminds me with every post why I value genuine, thoughtful, real people who write from their hearts?  Social media has been over run with “brands” and “marketing” and “labels” and presenting one face to the world while trying to find yet another place to just be yourself because now you never know who is reading your stuff (It’s called a D-I-A-R-Y folks, and we used to use these things called P-E-N-S…). Chachi hasn’t fallen prey to that tidal wave, and I’m glad I have him to remind me to just write from the heart.

 This week of guest posting was instigated by the “What does Social Media Mean to You” meme going around for Podcamp Pittsburgh 4 (http://podcamppittsburgh.com), and when I thought about it, the things that came to mind all revolved around acceptance, creativity, collaboration, and genuine, “accept me for me,” friendship.  I got to thinking about how I actually met Chachi for the first time.  He held my skirt down for me while we all were standing outside to smoke during Ann’s 80’s Prom Birthday Bash.  Had it not been for Social Media, I would never have met Chachi, I would never have played on YinzTeam with him, and I would never have had the opportunity to talk books and video games with him.

 On Wednesday this week “The-Blogger-Formerly-Known-As-PittGirl”  –Ginny Montanez—outted herself (http://thatschurch.com) in order to head off anyone exposing her identity.  I remember feeling sad that someone who had come to be such a fun part of the Social Media crowd in Pittsburgh wasn’t able to meet the people I had, people who surprise you in all the good ways—people like Chachi.  Now that she’s out and about, and now that I’m living in Baltimore, I hope she steps in to take good care of the Social Media crowd in Pittsburgh while I’m gone.  They’re a unique, intelligent, diverse group of people….

…no…

 Friends.

 Dawn Chachi  says: The genius of Social Media is its ability to expand your world and experiences forever with a simple “Hello.” Social Media can help you find jobs, introduce you to the love of your life, or help you through a hard time if you let it.  Social Media stops being “social” when you only use it to sell yourself, your company, or a service.

Guest 3: Jennie

Posted in Uncategorized on August 20, 2009 by chachisays

So Saturday, i sent out 4 text messages(4 because i was with Sorg at the time so i didnt need to text him) with the same message, “would you like to do a guest post on my blog?”  All 4 replied the exact same way, “Sure, about what?” HAHA I said. That’s where the genius came in. i asked 5 people whose blogging styles are different. Each one brings something different to the table, each one i know, and enjoy not only their blogs, but their personalities and friendship. 

Not knowing what each person would do i replied, “you have full creative control.” Not at all stopping to think that it would bite me in the ass at anytime. The reason i didnt think that is because no matter what they sent i knew i would enjoy it, therefore if you read my blog you would enjoy it.

Today’s Guest Post is From Jennie(www.37roses.com). Now, She has this utter ability to go from serious to redic and vice versa in .3 seconds. i had no idea what to expect upon recieving her email . and she did not disapoint at all.

She entitled it: “Bro Love”  

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And there you have it.

Guest Post 2: Sorgatron

Posted in Uncategorized on August 19, 2009 by chachisays

Day Two, Guest Two: Todays is Sorgatron, out of everyone i know from anywhere and i mean anywhere that i actively still talk too, hang out with, know, Sorg has been there the longest, its been ten years plus since i first met this guy, and i know itll be another ten easily. Sorg knows or has known everything about me(if he remembered or not thats a different story) he is my go to guy. If i have an idea, i call sorg, if i need to bitch, lets call sorg, if i get arrested, one phone call to sorg(that hasnt happened knock on wood but you get the point.) He is the peanut butter to my jelly, or the robin to my batman and i wouldnt have it any other way. You can find him almost everywhere on the internet.

www.sorgatron.com; www.wrestlingmayhemshow.com www.westernpajuggalos.com ;  the guy is everywhere.

Begin Transmission:

Chachi Says, huh? 

I met Chachi, then known by another name, in another town, one fateful day.  I was the new kid at school.  Still new to having a school with more than four hallways, real lockers, and more than 45 kids in my class.  So I was sitting there, minding my own business.  The business of adjusting to my new, self inflicted change.  

Someone came into our study hall in the riser’d lecture room, in which I don’t think I ever heard a lecture, and asked for volunteers.  So this scrawny kid a grade back and I were selected and headed over to the library across the hallway and were presented with the task of stapling and folder newsletters of some sort by these older ladies. 

We were promised candy bars. 

Chachi didn’t get his when they paid up the next day. 

Fast forward to April 1999.  I was brought on as a bus boy at the local country club, my first job that didn’t involve tossing bails of hay.   But I didn’t recall our previous encounter.  But I remember the wiry “head” bus boy introducing me to “Chachi”.  Because he looks like Scott Baio. 

Chachi never looked like Scott Baio. 

Over the years, we were unsure how to present him to the world.

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And now he’s yours to deal with, internetz….j

Sorg says:  Sometimes when you’re looking to start over in life, you find yourself with bigger problems.  Or you can find someone that you can depend on ten years down the line when all of the girlfriends, coworkers, and classmates have faded away…and he’ll never look like Scott Baio…