2019: Finish Persona 5

Posted in Video Games

For someone who loves the Persona series so much, it’s unfathomable that I still haven’t beaten Persona 5. Really, it took the P3 and P5 dancing games to come out earlier this month to reignite my interest in picking P5 back up.

So right now, I’m about halfway through my year at school (and thus, the game itself). I’ve just completed the final team member’s palace, so I believe I’m about to enter the next act of the game. Given the reliance of these palaces to date, I’m interested to see how they use them when it’s not for a team member. With any luck, I’ll be finished by the end of January.

December 27, 2018

2019: Get in Shape

Posted in Fitness, My Life

Enough is enough. If I’m going to be able to keep up with the growth of a child, I’m going to need to get in shape. I’ve created enough excuses over the years to not work out. Now I have a concrete reason to focus on my health so I can be an effective father in any situation.

Tomorrow I’m checking out the community center over in Maryland Heights. I’m hoping it has what I need at a price point I’m willing to pay. With any luck, January 1 will see that start of a new transformation.

December 27, 2018

2019: Pacers Game

Posted in Basketball

One of the things I’d like to accomplish in 2019 is attend a Pacers game in Indianapolis. I’m trying to finalize which weekend I’d like to go at the moment. The opponent doesn’t matter so much. They weather is more of a concern than that. Hopefully I will have solid plans in place by January 1.

Yes, I’m still very much into basketball. I know, it surprised me too.

December 27, 2018

Records that Shaped Me

Posted in Music, My Life

...And Justice For All
Metallica …And Justice for All, 1988

Probably the most influential record in my life, Metallica’s …And Justice for All leads off this (hopefully) recurring new segment on Retrotigo.

I don’t remember much about how my love and interest in Metallica initially began, but I can remember an intense desire to want to hear them. The Eye Of The Beholder cassette single was my first introduction to the band.

Growing up, we would always go to a mall near Christmas as a family to do shopping for each other. I always looked forward to it. In 1988, my sister and I went off together and wound up in a record store. The cassette singles were close to the door and I remember seeing the iconic Metallica logo on the wall. I ponied up for it without reservation.

Eye of the Beholder
Metallica Eye Of The Beholder – Cassette Single, 1988

My thoughts after first listen? I didn’t like it very much. Eye Of The Beholder didn’t sound like what I thought Metallica would sound like in my head. The B-side, Breadfan, was a cover, which I didn’t realize until many years later.

Though it didn’t initially grab me, I kept listening to that single until I could get a copy of the full record on cassette. This is where things gets blurry, as my cousin was feeding me their other releases around the same time. …And Justice for All ruled them all, however.

So how did …And Justice for All shape my life? Well, it was the gateway to my metal life, which would consume me throughout middle and high school. It has a production quality to it that remains unique to this day, which helps take me back to those days every time I hear a song from it. It was the record I air drummed to every night, and was the initial inspiration for my desire to play drums.

I don’t listen to …And Justice for All much these days, but I don’t really need to. I’m pretty sure it’s ingrained in every fiber of my being at this point. It’s a record I can recite almost by heart at any time. It’s helped me through high school angst, and has been a way of release when I just need to hammer out some beats.

November 22, 2018

Well, fall is here…

Posted in Basketball, Sport


It must be fall because I’m back into basketball. I’ve always said my life is cyclical, which is why I never liked getting rid of anything. While I would love to follow the Wolves again, the Pacers are shown locally, so no NBA League Pass will need to be purchased.

To step back a second, this all started when we went to Minnesota last month to see Phil Collins. One of the first things I saw on TV when we got to the hotel was the Wolves game. That reminded me, oh yeah, basketball. I used to like that. So I watched the game while the seed dug it’s way out of the back of my head.

Upon returning home, I began noticing the Pacers were showing up in my local FSN feed. So I started watching. Then I started watching other games. Then I started playing NBA 2K18. Now I’m all in with the Pacers. While I’ll always be somewhat connected to the Wolves, the Pacers are where it’s at for me now.

All this said, I’ll more than likely be out of basketball by January like always, lol.

November 8, 2018