Thursday, April 24, 2014

Pay It Forward

Courtesy: wsiltv.com
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents

Thursday, April 24, 2014 is International Pay It Forward Day.  People are encouraged to perform random acts of kindness.  The idea is the person receiving the act will then "pay it forward" and do something nice for someone else.  It works well when random strangers get in on the action.

Cupcakes from Larry's House of Cakes
Courtesy: wsiltv.com
The TV where I work, WSIL, has teamed up with Black Diamond Harley Davidson and other businesses in the community to pay it forward. Cupcakes have been eaten, gas tanks filled, and laundry washed over the last few weeks.  It's been fun watching all this unfold and then hear from other people and businesses seeing examples of generosity spreading.

You can watch the stories we've done by clicking here.  I asked my Facebook friends what was the best thing they'd done or had done for them by a stranger.  Responses varied buying lunch for a veteran to getting help paying for a headstone for a friend.  Others picked up the tab for the car behind them in the drive thru.

Pay it Forward
Some people questioned why weren't helping people in financial need.  I do think those who need help would be ideal to benefit from this, but the point of paying it forward is to inspire others to do the same thing.  If we all take a minute to reach out and brighten someone else's day, the world would be a much better place.  And don't just do it on April 24.  Find time to help others when the time is right. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Way Back WhensDay: She's So Unusual

Yep, that's mine...
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

She's So Unusual isn't just the debut album of Cyndi Lauper, it's a good way to describe this 80's pop star.  I was 10 years old when the album was released.  It didn't take long and I had a copy of it on cassette.  In fact, I still have it.  Thirty years later, a two-disc commemorative set has been released.

Father-daughter moment
Capt. Lou & Cyndi
For those who are old enough to remember the 80's and the music videos featuring Lauper's songs will remember her look.  Her loud clothes, bright red, sometimes checker board style hair, and flashy sunglasses set her apart from other acts of that era.  Even though her big hit Girls Just Want to Have Fun was an anthem of sorts for females everywhere, I loved the song and the video.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think it gave us our first taste of the Rock 'N Wrestling Connection as Capt. Lou Albano was featured in the video as Cyndi's dad.

Wendi Richter
She Bop
That of course lead to the pop star being more involved with the WWF and "managing" Wendi Richter to the women's championship.  We also saw Richter as a part of the video for the song She Bop.  Then when The Goonies R Good Enough was released, Richter, Albano, Roddy Piper, Moolah, Iron Sheik, Freddie Blassie, and Nikoali Volkoff all made appearances.  

Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Cyndi Lauper
But I digress.  It wasn't just the involvement in wrestling that made me a fan of Cyndi Lauper.  I liked her music.  It was such an obsession that not only did I own the She's So Unusual cassette, but I also bought the single 33 records of each of her top tunes.  I didn't do that with any other artist back then, including other favorites like Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Van Halen.

I always liked the upbeat nature of She Bop (yes I've heard the rumors of what the song is about) and Girls Just Want to Have Fun and the more mellow Time After Time.  More than 30 years later, I stop to listen to these songs anytime I hear them on the radio.  I also have Cyndi as a channel on my Pandora radio app.  She's so unusual, but so talented too.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

He's a Brute

Lana and Alexander Rusev
Photo courtesy: WWE
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Wrestlemania is often viewed as the season finale for the WWE and that following Raw on Monday night is the season premiere. We see new talents debuting and the development of new story lines.  This year has been no different.  With all the talent on NXT, I think the WWE has hit a home run with Alexander Rusev.

I saw a little bit of his work on NXT and his inclusion in the Royal Rumble.  I'll admit at first, I wasn't crazy about him being in the big match, but he certainly got my attention that and I watched him more closely on NXT.  Since debuting on Raw two weeks ago, he's been unstoppable.  I love the way the WWE is using him right now.  

Rusev vs. R-Truth
Photo courtesy: WWE 
Rusev is built like a tank and is unbelievably strong.  He's running through the guys like Zack Ryder, Sin Cara, and R Truth.  His finisher, the Camel Clutch, is a throwback to the good ol' days, and so far has been unbreakable.  I hope they continue this path with him, and don't make the same mistakes they made in 2012 with Ryback, too much too soon.  I think pairing him with Lana is perfect too, as the two have the potential to be major players.  I think in the coming months we'll end up with Rusev showing his dominance over big guys like The Great Khali and Mark Henry.  

Rusev & Lana at the end of the table
Photo courtesy: My 1-2-3 Cents
Rusev is just one of the talents that is getting some love on the main stage.  Paige is now the Divas Champion after making her debut on Raw. Emma just came up too, and Bo Dallas and Adam Rose are waiting in the wings.  I'm excited for the future of the WWE.  The men and women making their way up the card should be main event players within the company down the road.  

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Incredible, Edible Egg

Scrambled eggs
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

For 41 years I despised scrambled eggs, or at least I thought I did.  I tried them when I was a kid and didn't like them.  But I've read that our taste buds change every seven years, so it's important to try new things.  But it wasn't until a recent visit to a radio station that my perspective on eggs changed.

Until now, I only ate hard boiled eggs chopped up on a salad.  Or I'd eat French Toast, with the bread dipped in the egg mixture. But I never, ever ate eggs by themselves.  But after promoting the Southern Illinois Men's Health Conference on WGGH 1150 AM radio, my opinion changed.  

Dr. Jerry Felts
WGGH.net
I was driving home from the station that Saturday morning tuned in to Dr. Jerry Felts' show, Health and Fitness.  I've interviewed Dr. Felts before, but his show on that particular day opened my eyes to something new.  He explained why he eats eggs and bacon for breakfast everyday.  You can read more here, but the bottom line is the extra protein in the morning helps curb cravings throughout the day.  

I was reluctant to try it, because for the last eight years, I've had blueberries, a banana, and some chocolate protein whey powder for breakfast.  It's a delicious trio, but admittedly, I was usually hungry before the end of the newscast each morning.  

Green eggs, no ham
A few weeks ago, I decided to scramble an egg.  Some mornings I add a piece of bacon, shredded chicken, or raw veggies.  I couldn't believe I actually liked this.  Now it's become a habit.  One twist I've really enjoyed is adding a whole avocado.  I scramble it all together.  Avocados are high in vitamins and good kinds of fat.  

I usually have breakfast around 2:30 a.m.  That one egg keeps me full until 7:30 or so, when I have my morning snack.  I think starting the day off with the egg helps to establish a pattern of healthier eating throughout the day (except for this week, as I've added some Reese's Eggs to the menu too).  I'm hoping this new egg habit pays off in the 2014 Operation Find My Abs that I've struggled with so far.  

Thursday, April 17, 2014

There Goes the Neighborhood

The legends...
Photo courtesy: WWE 
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

I have been waiting for Legends' House to debut since hearing about the plans for the show two years ago.  I've always been a fan of shows like The Real World and The Surreal Life and I've course I love wrestling, so this seemed to be perfect for me.


Mediation time
Photo courtesy: WWE
I tuned in for the premiere on the WWE Network, and I was not disappointed.  Eight legends, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Howard Finkel, Pat Patterson, "Mean" Gene Okerlund, Tony Atlas, Hillbilly Jim, and Jimmy Hart are living together in the series.  Actor and self help guru Gary Busey makes an appearance on the show to help the legends meditate.  While some of his tactics are out there, he does maintain that positive mental attitude.  Although an argument developed between Hacksaw and Atlas, and I'm still not sure why they were fighting.

I know "realty" TV is far from realty, so I suspect things with Legends' House won't all be natural, but it's entertaining.  Tony Atlas is great. He and Rocky Johnson were one of the first tag teams I remember watching as a kid.  I'm glad to see his life is back on track, and his laugh is one of the most comical I've ever heard.


Photo courtesy: WWE
Piper is probably my favorite so far in the house.  I enjoyed his talk with Busey and how wrestlers are never "off" in terms of their character when meeting with fans.  The flashbacks and highlights from previous wrestling events help give fans a better look into these legends as they relive the good ol' days.  We learn more about the toll years in the ring and on the road took on these men.  They really do put their bodies on the line, and for that I'm appreciative.  

Two thumbs up for WWE Legends' House. The season looks like it's going to be awesome.  I hope this becomes a regular show on the Network.

The Meme Event Contest

I made this one on the Grumpy Cat Photo Bomb App
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents

It's contest time here at My 1-2-3 Cents, and we're looking for creative people out there.  Welcome to The Meme Event (trademark pending).  It's a chance for you to share your humor with fellow wrestling fans.  There are several different websites and apps out there that help generate memes.  You decide how you want it to look.  But there are some rules...


Found this online
1.  You must create the meme.  It doesn't have to be your picture, but don't just find an already made meme and enter it into the contest.

2.  It has to be clean.  My 1-2-3 Cents is a PG site.  Kids do watch the videos and read the posts, so keep that in mind.

3.  Email the picture to me by May 1.   My email address is kevinhunsperger@gmail.com.  The photos will be uploaded the next day to our Facebook page.  


Another example
4.  The photo with the most likes will be declared the winner.

5.  Voting will close on 12:01 am CST on Monday, May 19.  Yes, that May 19.

6.  You can enter more than one meme.  The pics will be posted without names.

If you have questions or comments, let me know.  Look me up on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.  Thanks for participating.  Please share this blog.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Way Back WhensDay: The Dingo Warrior

Vintage Dino Warrior
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Before the Ultimate Warrior signed with the WWF in 1987, he was known as the Dingo Warrior in World Class Championship Wrestling.  Before that, he and Sting went by their real names, Jim Hellwig and Steve Borden.  They were the Freedom Fighters and dressed alike, but wore no makeup.  Here's a clip from Memphis.



Gary Hart & Dingo Warrior
Because this was a regional terrority, I had never seen the Freedom Fighters.  I remember reading a little about them, but it was really that Dingo Warrior persona in WCCW that I started following.  When he first came in to WCCW he was a heel and managed by the evil genius Gary Hart.  The two worked well together, as Hart was a great mouth piece for the men in his stable.  Dingo Warrior had what would become the widely known war paint design even back then.  He wore the tassels too, but was no where near as intense.  The hair wasn't long and flowing like most fans might remember and at one point he even had a mustache.


Dingo Warrior 
He and Hart would eventually split, as a guy like the Warrior was someone fans loved to support.  Back then it was the era of the big, strong guy and obviously Warrior fit that mold to a tee.  Kerry Von Erich, "The Modern Day Warrior" was the next closest to fit that mold, but was recovering from a motorcycle crash.  The company needed a new hero. 


Warrior & Von Erichs
Dingo Warrior feuded with former friends "Mad Dog" Buzz Sawyer and Matt Bourne while teaming with the popular Lance Von Erich.  The two wore the tag time titles in World Class.  Warrior would also team up with up and comer Steve Simpson.  As you can hear, his promos were much different in those early days.



Dingo Warrior vs. Matt Bourne
As a singles star, Dingo Warrior won the World Class Texas Heavyweight championship.  His charisma and energy didn't keep him in Texas long, as he caught the eye of the folks in New York and would quickly sign with the WWF.  The quest for superstardom meant leaving behind the title. It didn't take long for Dingo Warrior to become the Ultimate Warrior and then a household name and the legend we all know and love today.  

Rest in peace Warrior.