22 December 2015

Breaking It Down 25: More WWE Undisputed Base Cards

I've been trying to build the 2015 Topps WWE Undisputed set through TeamBreaks.com and so far I've had pretty good luck. I've had to lurk on the site when his weekly breaks are done so I can jump in and buy the base slot as soon as he posts the ones for the next week, and I've been able to get it each time. I think they've caught on to my game, though, as the price has gone up a bit since they started busting boxes. I've pulled a couple of hits from the boxes, too, but that's a different post. The Rock and Sheamus were my personal favorite cards from this batch. The Rock was always a great entertainer in the ring, and obviously he's gone on to even bigger fame in mainstream entertainment. He reminds me of basic training, as there was a guy in my platoon who had The Rock's whole routine down and he would do the whole thing in the barracks after the drill sergeants were gone for the night.

Dusty Rhodes kind of escaped me in my childhood. I may have been aware of him, but I didn't watch enough wrestling to be aware of many wrestlers outside of the really big stars who I heard about in advertising or from other kids at school. Brock Lesnar is like a real-life movie villain.

I've always liked the Big Show. In just about every fandom I have I am drawn to the outliers; the people who are much bigger or smaller than the other people (like Gheorghe Muresan, Manute Bol, and Muggsy Bogues) or who do things a different way (like R.A. Dickey, the knuckleballer). In a larger-than-life sport, Big Show is even bigger than just about everyone he battles in the ring.

Trish Stratus is probably the most-recognized WWE Diva, although it's apparently been quite a while since she retired. I was thinking that JBL looks a lot nerdier in this picture than I remember him, but in looking him up I found that he kind of is a nerd, as his career outside of wrestling is financial analysis. I wonder how a financial analyst found his way into the WWE? I never liked him very much, but since he was a heel that was kind of the point.

I guess Ryback is the main guy I am aware of in this scan. I don't know much about him, though. I am mostly aware of Jimmy Uso because he and his brother, Jey, were a pretty good tag team for me when I was playing the WWE SuperCard game on my phone. It was a fun game and I enjoyed pulling all the wrestler cards and building my team, but like every other game out there it was a time sink and I eventually cut myself off from it.

I am moving into a new position at work. I spent several years in the Pay department, but moved laterally into Accounting a few months ago after I got my degree. At the time I thought there might be some upward mobility there, but things sort of closed up there. A position recently came open in Contracting with a progression that will take me about as high as I can go with my current credentials. It'll take a couple of years to climb that ladder, but after I get there a pretty big raise comes into play. I've been working for a long time at moving out of the entry-level positions in the building, and now I'm finally at a point where it's happening for me. That's pretty cool.

We got a half-day off on Wednesday to start the holiday weekend, so I put in a leave request to just make it a whole day off and make a 5-day weekend out of it. I am hoping that my kids will have a pleasant Christmas and that we can all go and see the new Star Wars movie during the break. Someone I know dropped a huge spoiler on me and I don't think I will be able to forgive them for it. I should have taken the approach that Billy did and just dropped off the map until I saw it, but I don't have that kind of dedication. I need the internet too much.


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    1. The making of his robe probably threw the purple feathers and sequins market out of whack for a couple of months.

  2. If you smell what the "RAZ" is cooking.

    1. Usually if I'm cooking, it's something like ramen or mac & cheese. I did venture out of my comfort zone a little while ago and make spaghetti.

      My wife is the real cook around here. She's got some prime rib going now that smells good, and I heard a rumor that she is making rolls, too. I haven't started eating yet and I'm already getting fatter.