New Year – New Me: Resolutions For 2018

New Year – New Me:
Resolutions For 2018
January 1, 2018
DougMaynard.com

Good morning and welcome to 2018, a brand new year and a brand new beginning, not only for DougMaynard.com, my site, but for the man himself, aka “Me!”. Don’t you hate that, how people always start off the new year with all sorts of promises and proclamations about this and that and how since the last number for the date has changed, all of a sudden it’s a new start and they’re a different person and blah, blah, blah! I hate it too. Well, hate is a strong word, but it does get kind of annoying. I would never, never, ever do that.

Or would I?

Since I have a little time to kill before I head out to do my volunteer stuff, I realized that this would be a great time to see how hypocritical I can be and make a few New Year resolutions. It’s the start of a new life, a new beginning, etc. Hell, it’s just stuff that I know I need to change and be better with, but for whatever reason, mainly my procrastination, mixed with my anxieties and fear of all things new and different, keep me from doing. Maybe a little laziness too, but I’m not admitting to that part of it. I don’t have time to be lazy. I need a freakin’ nap.

So with all of that in mind, what I think I’m going to do here is list a few changes that I’d like to make in my life and maybe, just maybe (naughty girls need love too!) – Sorry, I just had a Samantha Fox flashback moment. I had her poster on my bedroom wall. I’m gay. That tells you just how hot she was back in the day. Not quite George Michael, during his WHAM! days, but still, she was a looker. Now, what was I saying?

Oh yeah, I’m going to list a few resolutions for the new year, the year of our God, 2018. Some are serious. Some are not. Some, I shall strive and work hard to achieve and accomplish. Some, I shall blow off, something I’ve been told I’m quite accomplished at, and within the next forty-eight hours, they shall be naught but a faded memory. That sounds really bad, doesn’t it? I’m going to keep all of these and accomplish each and every one of these in the following year. I am determined. I am proud. I am woman – hear me roar! Hmmmm… forget about that last one. I’m all man and proud of it. Ask your ex-boyfriend. He knows.

And to put some controls in place and to keep this from being all over the place (too late), I’m going with a tried and true established format. We’re talking “Shades of David Letterman” Top Ten style. Yes, a “Top Ten List!”. And you probably thought I was going to go with doing the Dougie, didn’t you? Nah, despite the name, I’m far more of an “Electric Slide” type of guy. Let’s do this and to really make it true and original…

From the home office in New Haven, CT…

Top Ten Dougie Resolutions For 2018…

10. Finish the stories I have started writing and are sitting alone and neglected on my computer. The Avengers, Dr. Druid, The characters from Dark Shadows, the covert group known as the new “Freedom Force”, Cloak and Dagger and so many more, will be highly appreciative. They want their stories told and I need to finish up and do it.

9. Lose weight. This is one that everyone has and I’m not an exception. I’m not too bad right now, running about 230, but I need to get rid of this belly. Hell, a few years ago, I was up to 338 lbs and thanks to the miracle of diabetes, I lost most of that. I’m not quite an elder version of Taylor Lautner yet (yum), but I’m trying. I want to lose and I’ll work on that, but so long as I don’t gain, I won’t complain either.

8. Find someone to love. Sex is easy, especially with stuff like Meet Me and other social media, but I don’t care about sex. I want someone to trust, respect, be with, hold, talk to and to fill the emptiness and major void that is in my heart. I hate being alone, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to settle. I’ve done enough of that over the years and when I look back, oh vey! I’ve met some amazing people and have some great stories I could tell, but that’s not what I need or want. I’m too old for that kind of crap. Somewhere out there, be it man or woman (but preferably man), my soul mate is waiting. And this year, I’m going to find him.

7. Clean my room. It’s not dirty per say, but a little “lived in” and messy, yes, it is. I have books everywhere and other items I’ve picked up over the years and well, my pack-rat nature is taking up a lot of space. I need to just go in there, box up the books and donate them to Habitat, put my old notebooks and magazines in the attic (or the spare bedroom) and turn my room into a bedroom again. I also need to clean out my desk, but I think that just setting it on fire might work better.

6. Get out of the house & socialize. If it was up to me, I probably would never leave the house at all, except to work and maybe go grocery shopping when the food supplies get low. It’s not that I don’t like people, but my anxieties get all worked up at the very idea of having to talk to people, make conversation, be sociable, etc. Now I understand why I used to drink so much. It was my crutch and made interaction with others easier and enjoyable. Now I just go in there, exposed and raw, for everyone to see and it’s scary. Some people can do it. I get anxious going to get the mail or trying to order a pizza over the phone. But I used to have friends. I used to be very sociable and part of the group. I was always doing something and was on the go. I was happy. I need to be happy again and staying here in the house, hiding from the world isn’t going to do it. I need to get out more and just be me. And I will.

5. Write the “Tossing Salt – Worldwide News” column again. I can’t remember the last time I wrote a full column. It’s been a while. I’ve gotten spoiled by doing the site here, with either shorter wrestling pieces, aka the “Fact or Fiction” or the “Q&A’s”, but I haven’t been focused on a long, real and insightful wrestling column in quite a while. You should always dance the the one who brought you to the dance and for me, it was pro wrestling and “Tossing Salt”. I’ve been neglectful and distracted. I need to change that.

4. Take better care of myself. Now that I finally have insurance, I’ve already taken the first steps with regular Doctor appointments and treatment for my diabetes, as well as medication for my cholesterol and blood pressure. The next steps are getting my eyes fixed and the dentist. I plan on being around for a long, long time to come and I need to be in peak condition if I’m going to be here, right? So I’m working on that.

3. Start returning phone calls and text messages promptly. I am the world’s worst about this and it’s not because I don’t want to talk to anyone because I actually do, but the thought of speaking on the phone, even to someone that I love and respect and enjoy talking to, just puts my nerves into a frenzy. Once we start talking, I’m okay, but the build plays havoc with my mind. And then, if I’ve delayed a call or returning a message already, there is that anxiety that adds on to the original anxiety and the delay and procrastination just gets longer and stronger. I’m better than this though and the people who reach out to me deserve better than this.

2. Go to a concert / live wrestling show. I started thinking about it and I love live music. I love live wrestling events. And it’s been far too long since I’ve attended or been to either. That will change this year. Even if it’s just a local Indy wrestling show (Hey Kipper… that’s a hint, my friend) or someone singing over at St. Andrews University… or even the Elvis impersonater that performs each week at Captain Larry’s… it doesn’t matter. I need to start getting out again and events like these will be a great way to start.

1. Be happy. Whatever it takes, whatever I have to do, I am tired of being sad and depressed and all funky like a monkey. I’m Dougie and this is my world. It’s going to be a good and happy place for me, my brother, my friends and whoever else wants to tag along for the ride. I used to be “the Man!”. I will be “the Man” again. And 2018, it’s a great time to start. ‘Nuff said!

And there you go. My resolutions for the upcoming 525, 600 minutes of my life. I might not accomplish them all, but at least I’m going to give it a try. And what more can one ask for, right?

And with that, I’m closing this up and putting baby to bed. Time to head out and do that “Food Lion” thing I do each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Thank you for reading. Thoughts, comments and any suggestions about ways to make this life a better one are welcome and appreciated. And I will reply. Until the next time, stay warm and safe. I’ll catch you later. Happy New Year!

Ubuntu!

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Cooking With Raiford – Holiday Fruitcake Recipe…

A great classic Holiday skit by Robert D. Raiford, of the John Boy & Billy Show. Raiford passed away earlier this year at age 89, but his legacy will live forever.  RIP Raiford.  And now, listen, laugh and maybe sample a little whiskey.  Happy New Year’s Eve, my friends.

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Opposing Views – December 25, 2017

Opposing Views
December 25, 2017
DougMaynard.com

Merry Christmas, my peeps and welcome to “Opposing Views”, the once a week piece where I cast aside the brainwashing of the mainstream media and what everyone thinks I should think and get all political instead, telling what I really feel. All political correctness is tossed to the side and the snowflakes get exposed to the hair dryer. It’s Dougie at his raw best and no punches will be pulled. The questions come from the Facebook page of a group called, surprisingly enough, “Opposing Views”. They’re way to the left despite their claims of no agenda, but it’s all good. They ask good questions all across the political spectrum. And the answers given in response, that’s all just me. Let’s get busy and do this, shall we? And away we go…

Would you like to see Obamas face on Mt. Rushmore some day?

No, I don’t think so. Obama deserves a special monument of his own along with Bozo, Krusty, Clarabell, Gacy and Pennywise, all the other famous clowns.

Chelsea Clinton has dropped heavy hints about running for office one day. Would you vote for her?

If she works her way up the ladder, gets some practical experience running a business or working in the real world first and has opinions and views that I agree with, I’d take a look and consider her. Bwah-ha-ha-ha! Yeah, like any of that is going to happen. She’s a Clinton and so far, seems to be step and toe with her Mommy and Daddy, so as the “Soup Nazi” would say, (paraphrased), “No vote for you!”.

Recent polling finds that the majority of Americans wish Obama was still president. Do you?

I don’t know what polling they’re talking about or who was polled, but personally I’m glad that Obama is out of office and I think the majority of Americans are too.

President Trump says he wants stores saying Merry Christmas this December instead of Happy Holidays. Do you support that?

I don’t care if someone says Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays or just “hey”, just be polite and prompt and conduct your business and leave me alone and I’ll be good with it. But myself, I’ve been saying “Merry Christmas” all week.

Agree or disagree – the Confederate flag is about heritage and not racism.

Heritage. ‘Nuff said! And if you don’t agree, you’re a racist and discriminating against rednecks and good ‘ol boys. And you know what happens to racists who hate on the good ol’ boys and rednecks from here in the south? Do you know what happens? You just made the list! (Obligatory Chris Jericho reference.)

Would Joe Biden get your vote if he ran against Trump in 2020?

Joe Biden is too old, an idiot and can’t keep his hands to himself. So my answer would be, probably not.

An Arkansas man destroyed the state’s brand new Ten Commandments monument less than 24 hours after it was put up. Do you think he should face heavy fines and jail time?

He destroyed government property. It doesn’t matter if it was a Ten Commandments monument or a replica of the Statue of Liberty or what it was really. The man destroyed property that was not his and thus, should be charged, prosecuted , fined and made to pay for repairs or replacement.

Newt Gingrich called Hillary Clinton one of the most corrupt politicians in U.S. history. Do you agree with him?

She is a lying, crooked piece of crap so I think, yes, I would agree.

Hillary Clinton announced that she’ll never run for political office again. Do you consider that good news for America?

If we never have another Clinton or Bush for that matter run for political office (except for George P. Bush, Jeb’s son – he’s HOT!), it will still be too soon. We need new blood, new faces and new ideas in our government and not the old school dinosaurs.

AGREE or DISAGREE: There’s nothing wrong with requiring an ID to vote.

An ID is required for almost every other aspect of life including buying alcohol and tobacco, entering a federal building, using a credit card, buying a bus or plane ticket, cashing a check, opening an account of almost any type and so many other things. Why then, would anyone object to showing an ID to vote, one of the most important deeds a person can perform in their life? Unless they have something to hide or are up to something suspicious, they shouldn’t. Yes, show that ID to vote and if that’s too difficult, don’t vote.

Would you like to see Donald Trump’s potential plan to build a wall at the southern border happen?

Yes! Build that damn wall!

Agree or disagree: Hillary Clinton and Loretta Lynch need to be investigated for Clinton’s emails scandal.

They’ve been investigated, but the powers-that-be decided to not pursue criminal charges even though laws were broken and crimes were committed. All of the material needs to be given to a special prosecutor to review and look at everything compared to the word of law, as written. If laws were broken, indict both and prosecute. If laws were not broken, drop it all and move on. But an unbiased and totally neutral party needs to be found and given control of this to put it to rest once and for all.

Do you think Trump is the kind of fighter America needs in the White House?

He’s rude and abrasive and loud and obnoxious and not politically correct in the slightest. After the previous eight years, he’s exactly the kind of fighter we need. He says what he thinks, has strong American pride and isn’t afraid to ruffle feathers or hurt feelings and is trying to keep the promises that he made when running for office. He’s exactly what we need right now.

Michelle Obama said that she doesn’t ever plan to run for political office. Is that good or bad news to you?

Good because she hasn’t proven or shown yet that she’s qualified for any political office so far and we don’t need amateurs with an attitude being elected to run our country.

And there you go. That’s all for now. I hear the bed calling and it’s been a long day. Thanks for reading. Thoughts and comments are welcome. All feedback is welcome and I will respond as quickly as possible. Unitl the next time, take care and Happy Holi… just kidding. Merry Christmas Peeps! Love ya – mean it.

Ubuntu!

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Wrestling Q&A – December 24, 2017

Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Q&A
December 24, 2017
DougMaynard.com

Time to do a quick wrestling Q&A. The questions come from my Facebook timeline and the KoK (Kult Of Kayfabe). The answers are mine and mine alone. I hope that everyone is having a great Christmas Eve. Now, let’s do this…

Realistically, how much would you be willing to spend to watch an indy promotion’s iPPV if it had one or two names on it?

Probably anywhere from$7.99 to $12.99 depending upon who the one or two names are and what kind of reputation that the Indy group has so far as quality of shows, quality of matches, respectability. etc. And if I liked the show, I may buy more of their shows. And if I don’t like it, it’s nothing really lost but a couple of hours of time.

Who’s your bet to win at the first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble match?

I’m thinking Asuka is the most likely winner at this point.

I think Gene Snitsky should come back to WWE to tag with Braun Strowman! What should their tag team name be?

“Career Killer” because it would almost certainly kill Strowman’s career right now. This idea should be forgotten and never mentioned again. And that’s not My fault.

With Roman almost certain to face Lesnar at WM, that means that someone from SD is most likely gonna win the Royal Rumble. Assuming they won’t have someone from Raw win and switch shows like Benoit did. Who do you see winning the Rumble?

If it’s a Smackdown guy, I would go with Shinsuke as the most likely candidate, although I’d love to see Daniel Bryan enter himself, win and then face AJ at Wrestlemania. AJ Styles versus Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship and if Bryan loses, he retires again and stays retired. Talk about a top notch main event that would steal the show. This would be it.

Who would you like to receive the Warrior Award in 2018. Personally I’d love to see Marc Mero. The guy is super inspirational and it would be great to spread his message with a bigger platform like WWE.

Marc Mero would be a good choice. So would Lex Luger. But one of my personal favorite choices who would be truly deserving is Rocky King, the former jobber from the NWA and WCW. He’s been a fixture, doing charity work in the Atlanta area for decades and is a really inspirational and awesome guy.

Do you think any of the current crop of women can pull off main eventing THE Show (Wrestlemania)?

Charlotte versus Asuka or Charlotte versus Sasha in a match with a great stipulation and Asuka versus Ronda Rousey as the co-main event.

And there you go. Thanks for reading. Comments, thoughts and especially questions of all types are welcome and appreciated. And with that, I’m down and gone. Until the next time… Have a very Merry Christmas.

Ubuntu!

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Wrestling Fact or Fiction – December 24, 2017

Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Fact or Fiction
December 24, 2017
DougMaynard.com

Let’s talk some wrestling. It’s Christmas Eve and Merry Christmas Adam to everyone out there. I hope Santa is good to you and brings you everything that your heart desires. Now, what was I saying? Oh yeah, it’s that “Fact or Fiction” thing, wrestling style. I’m procrastinating going out to find some collards. Can’t you tell? These questions come from my good friends over at 411mania.com/wrestling. And the rest comes from me. Let’s do this…

1. AJ Styles SHOULD remain WWE Champion at least through WrestleMania 34.

FACT: AJ is arguably the best performer in WWE right now who is not named “The Miz” and easily the most solid guy on Smackdown. He deserves to keep the title and even though I would have loved to see Jinder have one more crack at being Champion, AJ is the man and is the best option for a five-star spectacular match, regardless of who the opponent may be, at Wrestlemania. No one else is even close right now.

2. Monday’s announcement of a women’s Royal Rumble match came off as another “forced history” moment with Stephanie McMahon front and center to take all the credit.

FACT: While I don’t mind Steph helping to push the event and making promoting it and how proud she is on Twitter and other social media, having her out there as she was to take the center stage and hog the spotlight was kind of over-doing it. It’s a big moment for the WWE and the women who have worked so hard, but Steph had to make it about her. This is where it would have been good to have a former Diva like Lita or Trish or even Madusa come out and make the announcement. I also don’t like that with all the craziness that Paige and Absolution have creating for the women of RAW, that they could all stand there together in the ring and be all smiles and happy and totally throwing all kayfabe out the window. I’m happy for the women of the WWE, but there are so many other ways that this announcement could have been made where it would have worked better in my opinion and not seemed so Stephanie McMahonish.

3. Hideo Itami’s Raw debut was well done.

FACT: It’s one of the few things that WWE has done correctly, making Itami come across as a big deal since he showed up and competed on the main roster and played with the big boys instead of the 205 Live Crew, it was a surprise which is good too and it shows a lot of continuity, which is something that WWE is often lacking, since Itami and Balor were a team in NXT and have a long history together, pre-WWE. It made me more interested in watching the former KENTA when he goes to 205 Live and seeing how he does. A good move for sure.

4. The addition of Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt proves that ticket sales for the 205 Live events are not selling well.

FACT: If the WWE is having to bring in two of their top guys from the main roster to pad the card and give the fans something to care about at the 205 Live show, it’s obvious that the crowds are not what the WWE expected and that changes are needed. I’m happy for the fans and for Matt & Bray actually because this will move them from the middle of the usual WWE card to a spot as the special attraction and (by default) main event for the 205 Live shows. It’ll help the sales increase and give Bray Matt a little more freedon and time to cut loose and explore the possibilities with their feud. WWE probably isn’t happy about having to do this, but I find it DELIGHTFUL! (You know I had to go there at least once… lol).

5. Vince McMahon will never sell the WWE.

FICTION: I don’t think that Vince would ever sell out to any kind of corporate entity like Disney or Fox because, let’s be honest here, companies like that are not suited to run the very unique product that is a professional wrestling company. Look at Time Warner and WCW. Look at the Owl and Impact!. Wrestling is a very special type of business that requires a very hands-on touch and a vision, something that the billion dollar corporations are lacking. But that being said, I can see Vince deciding to retire and play with his other toys, like the XFL for example, and selling off his stock and interest in the company to maybe Stephanie, HHH and Shane, much like his father did with him when Vince bought the then-WWWF. He might sell his interests in the WWE, but I’m sure that it won’t go far and will stay in the family.

6. Who do you want to see as a surprise entrant in the women’s Royal Rumble match and why?

I would love to see Victoria (Lisa Marie Varon) pop up and do her thing. She’s always been one of my favorite lady wrestlers and still looks great, can still go and deserves to get the recognition that this would bring. I could also see Kharma showing up since she’s got unfinished business in the WWE from her original run and also since there is now that “G.L.O.W.” connection and I can see WWE wanting to capitalize on that. I would totally lose it and be the happiest man in the world if Ivory was to show up. But that is all speculation and wishful thinking. For a serious answer, I think the best choice would be Trish Stratus. As for why, well, she’s Trish Stratus. What more reason would you need?

And that’ll do it for now. I’ve procrastinated long enough and it’s time to head out and do what I have to do. Thanks for reading. Comments, thoughts and any questions are welcome. All feedback is welcome. Have a very Merry and safe Christmas. Until the next time…

Ubuntu!

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