Yo! I’m back from Vegas.

That was a pretty interesting trip to say the least. We arrived on Friday, it was 109 degrees and it was raining for about an hour. That’s the hottest weather I’ve ever felt rain in. It was so humid that your skin feels like its burning in the shade. My friend E bought some new Jordan’s and he was so excited about wearing them on Saturday for lunch, he kept talking about how he got them, and how he doesn’t even buy expensive Jordan’s anymore; he was pumped to say the least. Unfortunately, that never happened due to a very unique circumstance. Our friend EM came back to the hotel after the club. (E and Ko decided to stay out a bit later.) It was around 3:30 am, he was drunk and I was super faded. I had smoked a bowl of Gelato 30 mins before he arrived. He gets to the room and we start eating while watching Martin on TV. EM had a long and stressful day, he wanted to unwind a little more. He demands that I pack us a bowl of Gelato. I oblige, and pack us a nice sized bowl. He takes two hits, makes a few jokes and he goes off to bed. I finish the bowl and get into bed 15 mins after him. I was super faded. As I’m falling asleep, I can feel EM moving around in bed a lot. He gets up and says, “I have to take a piss!” I say “cool”, and I shut my eyes. The only problem was the bathroom is to the right of the bed, but this guy goes to the left. He stands in the corner and he starts pissing onto the floor and E’s brand new J’s. I can hear a puddle of pee forming. I realize what is going on, keep in mind, I’m still super faded so my reaction was slow. I yell “WHAT THE FUCK are you doing?!” EM gets shocked and yells “I have to pee!” His drunk ass thinks I followed him into the bathroom. But I followed him into the corner of the room, lol. I yell “bro, you just peed on the wall, the curtains but mostly E’s Jordans.” He looks down and goes “oh shit.” Then EM starts moon walking across the whole room so that he can wipe the little bit of pee that ended up on his foot. He laughs and says “HA, I peed on the floor”, then he goes back to sleep. EM is the nicest dude ever, he would never do something like this to hurt anyone, nor would he ever want to ruin the room; but when you’re drunk as fuck, you’re drunk as fuck. What can I say? E and Ko arrive 30 mins after piss gate. I decide to tell them in the morning. E and Ko are talking nonsense, EM is passed out and I’m still super faded and I can’t make a proper decision. The next morning I tell E and he says “Thanks for telling me. I was about to take a shower and wear those out right now. I would have been standing in a puddle of piss.” We have a laugh about it, and they settle things between the two of them. Fucking interesting night. A few more things happened, but I can save those stories for another day.

-aGIANTmonster

Before Uber existed you would see everybody leaving the bars and clubs at around the same time. Drunk ass people would be walking to their cars or waiting at valet, 95% of people drove home. Imagine how many people across all of LA County driving on the streets and freeways in the same time frame. Then Lyft and Uber came out and the whole drunk driving game changed. Now there really isn’t an excuse to drive home drunk, unless you drove far as fuck and you don’t want to spend $35 each way. But other than that, I would say around 75% – 85% of people take Uber or Lyft home. It’s better for everybody. Less drunk people driving is obviously a great thing and your driver gets to make a little money on the side. Win, win.

-aGIANTmonster

GSP is almost at GOAT status.

 

Some people are already calling GSP the GOAT after his win over Bisping. Obviously that is a huge win and a very difficult fight, but let’s be honest, Bisping is the least dangerous middleweight for GSP to face. They’ve trained together in the past so GSP knew Bisping’s weaknesses which shifted the odds in his favor. There’s no way he would have accepted the fight against Whittaker or Romero. To me that takes away a little from his GOAT status. However, if GSP can beat Conor or Khabib at 155 lbs, then move to face Woodley at 170 lbs, then he would have to be crowned the GOAT. Having three different belts is tough for any person to do. Which is why it hasn’t been done yet.

GSP should beat Conor or Khabib, but those are by no means easy fights. Conor’s power presents problems for GSP, a guy who was once considered to have a chin that is on the weaker side. Khabib also presents a question of who has better wrestling? Another issue to consider is, would GSP be weakened by the weight cut? This would be his first fight at 155 lbs so this is uncharted territory for him. Should he beat either of them, Woodley would be the best match up afterwards. That fight also presents a few problems for GSP. Can he take down Woodley, a guy with great wrestling? Can he avoid Woodley’s power punches? All it takes is one punch from Woodley to end GSP’s night. With all that said, I still pick GSP to beat any of the three fighters mentioned. I’m looking forward to any of these match ups.

– aGIANTmonster

 

 

The LA Riots

It crazy watching a documentary on the LA riots as an adult. So much horribleness came from this. Most parts of LA suffered. Generally speaking, cops in that era were way worse than the cops now. I understand how the people felt. That anger of being innocent but being treated as an animal. Just being a minority and dealing with mostly white cops back the 90’s was hard. You were seen as guilty until proven innocent. We had a big run in with cops as teenagers. It was my dad birthday and we had a family party at my house. The older relatives were inside eating and singing karaoke while the teens made up of my cousins and friends were on the front lawn hanging out. Turns out while we were there hanging out a house got robbed down the street, literally a block away. A cop drove by and saw us hanging out on our porch and they thought we did it. That cop car leaves and then calls in for back up. In a few minutes you hear the sirens of multiple cop cars coming and a helicopter in the distance. They block off our street and fill the entire road with cop cars. All the cops have their guns pointed at us. They are spread out, a cop behind the tree, a few cops behind their cars and a few cops behind our car that is parked in the driveway. Keep in mind, we are all around 15 or 16 years old. My friends and a few cousins all got put in handcuffs for a crime we didn’t commit. They lined all of us up on the lawn and they had us face the street on our knees.  My family hears the ruckus going on outside and they open the door to see us all in handcuffs. The police then see other teens in the house and they walk a few steps into our house to pull some of them out. My dad comes out of the house and he yells “What is going on here?!” The lead officer in charge was an old white guy, older than my dad at the time. The officer yells “get back in side! This is none of your business.” My dad yells back this is my property and I demand to know what is going on!” They yell back and fourth for a few minutes. While this is going on we are still on our knees on the grass. I look to my left and see a bunch of cop cars on the street, I look to my right and see the sea of cop cars continuing all the way down. A few of the younger cops (both Latino and white) were talking to us while we were in handcuffs, I think after interacting with us they realized we were just kids and not a threat. They apologized and said “Just do as we say and you guys will be free soon.” We were proven innocent when the police officers put the owner of the house that got robbed into a squad car and had them drive down our street to see if they could identify any of us as the people that broke into their house. They said “no” and just like that all the most of the cop cars left and so did the helicopter. A few of the younger cops apologized, but the older white cop that was talking shit to my dad never apologized. He said “Your kids should be inside instead of on the street.” Then he left. It was fucking 10:00 and we are on our property and our family is inside celebrating a birthday. Do we have to be in bed by 10:00 pm? Why would that older cop apologize? He has to convince himself that he is always right.

 

With that one experience I can understand how other minorities felt, whether you are African American, Latino or Asian, do you really think a racist white cop from the 90’s could tell the difference? Do you think they even cared? If you weren’t white, you were a criminal. The issues in the black community started to boil over when Judge Joyce Karlin let Soon Ja Du get away with the murder of Latasha Harlins  Du was convicted by the jury of voluntary manslaughter, the recommended prison sentence was 16 years but Du got community service and a small fine with no jail time. I don’t care about race, I care about whats right. Du admitted that the gun went off accidentally and the jury found her to be guilty, so why should the judge not give her any time in jail? Even if it was an accident, she should have got some time in jail. One of the Latasha Harlins relatives in front of the court house said “Racism is not the Korean killing her, racism is court system that allowed her to kill her.” Which is 100% true. The court is supposed to be fair to everyone, in this case it wasn’t fair to Latasha Harlins family.

That’s just part of the story that leads up to the LA Riots and part of my experience dealing with shitty racist cops. What the documentary to see how it unfolds. Thank you for reading.  -aGIANTmonster