Time for Tug-of-War


Hear  ye, hear ye…  Gather round… and all that jazz… er, rock, as the case may be.

It is time for another official Matticus proclamation!

A new Tug of War is about to be announced!

Like so many other things here in the kingdom, this tug-of-war is going to start with a reference to music:

“Rock and roller cola wars, I can’t take it anymore.”

– Billy Joel “We Didn’t Start the Fire”


If you hadn’t already guessed it, the question that needs answering, the question we are going to solve once and for all is:  Which is the best soda/pop/cola/tasty beverage of sugar and caffeine?  Is it Coke?  Is it Pepsi?

But, before we begin the game, here are some rules (because all games must have rules, except Calvinball, of course):
1) Read the prompt.  (I know what you are thinking, “Reading, bleh, who wants to do that.”  But if you don’t read the prompt then you won’t be able to fully play along.)
2) Choose a side.  (You have to pick a side in tug-of-war, that’s kind of important.)
3) Write a post that supports your decision.  (We don’t need an essay, and we don’t give bonus points for brevity either.  However, we will be your friend if you do something creative.)  (You can also just leave your answer as a comment though in cases where a tie-breaker is needed, I’m going to count comments as only half a pulling point.)
4) Link back to this post so the moderator can count your support correctly.  (If you are super awesome and choose to play along and write a post.)
5) There is no fifth rule – just seemed like there needed to be another one – oh, wait, I know:  The fifth rule of Matticus Kingdom Tug-of-War is “You do talk about it.”  To anyone and everyone.  That’d be great.

The winning side will be the one that gets the most support, and their reward will be the knowledge that they chose wisely and eternal fame across the kingdom.

You have two weeks to get your support behind either Coke or Pepsi.  The first week of September I will begin to tally up the support and write up another post announcing the winner.

The Kingdom is throwing its support behind Coke.

I will admit that in a blind taste test I did a couple years ago, I got them wrong and thought Pepsi was Coke and vice versa, but when I know what I’m drinking I prefer the taste of Coke.  Is that psychological?  Probably.  Is it solely because I grew up in a Coke household?  Most likely.  Is it because I call everything that is a soda “coke?”  Well, yes, that’s maybe part of it too.  But, for the purpose of this tug of war, I’m going to argue it call comes down to the sweetness.  Pepsi is sweeter and when I reach for a coke, or a coffee, or a beer, I’d rather have it be bitter.  I like my food sweet but my drinks bitter.  I’m a big ol’ weirdo like that… but… Jester… so, it is what it is.

Now come on all you faithful kingdomites!  What is your favorite soda and why?  Let’s get this tug-of-war going!




In case you were wondering, this is the fourth official tug of war.  The first one settled that chicken and egg thing, the second one explored an important part of childhood, and the third one settled the ultimate Marvel verse DC comic battle.

Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts

At dawn, by the river, he watched one love swing and the other flee.  The vault money, secured in his pocket, sparkled and gleamed but was no substitute for what he had lost.


Word Count: 33

This bit of Friday silliness brought to you by the Trifextra:

This weekend we’re asking for 33 of your own words about a famous trio. The trio could be from literature, from history or from pop culture. Just make it yours and have fun with it. Good luck!

now we’re talking two (too)

After posting two weeks ago about movie quotes,  and reading through other submissions across the blogosphere, and then posting last week about literary quotes that I’ve incorporated into my everyday conversations, it dawned on me that I could do a series of posts on the dialogue I’ve stolen borrowered procured from cinema (already covered), literature (already covered), and music.

So, I humbly submit the third installment in this series, and yes, I know it doesn’t make sense to have this be the third installment but label it as the second.  I’m sorry if that’s confusing, but that’s just the way I roll (kind of like how I leave my about page blank):

Over the years I’ve incorporated an abundance of song lyrics into my day to day lingo.  The following is a useful guide I’ve put together of situations you may find yourself in and the appropriate responses.

Q: What do you say when life has you down and there is no end in sight?
A: “I met a girl who sang the blues, and asked her for some happy news.  She just smiled and turned away.”
 – Don McLean – American Pie

Q: What do you say when it feels like your life has been split in two?
A: “Sometimes it’s like someone took a knife baby, Edgy and dull, and cut a six-inch valley through the middle of my soul.”
 – Bruce Springsteen – I’m on Fire

Q: What do you say when you find yourself in a turbulent relationship?
A: “Maybe that’s what happens when a tornado meets a volcano.”
 – Eminem – Love the Way You Lie

Q: What do you say when you need some inspirational words to get you up and moving?
A: “I’ve got this energy beneath my feet Like something undergound’s gonna come up and carry me.”
 – The Killers – Sam’s Town

Q: What do you say when you are trying your best, and failing, to make someone else happy?
A: “If I could, I’d only wanna make me smile, if you wanna stay with me awhile.”
 – +44 – Make You Smile

Q: What do you say when you see people being taken advantage of by those around them, those who are supposed to be helping them?
A: “Well the God I believe in isn’t short of cash mister!”
 – U2 – Bullet the Blue Sky (from the Rattle and Hum album)

Q: What do you say when the world is closing in around you and you need to get away from it all for awhile?
A: “Echoes and silence, patience and grace, all of these moments I’ll never replace.  No fear of my heart, absence of faith, all I want is to be home.”
 – Foo Fighters – Home

Q: What do you say when someone needs inspiration to rise up and take charge of their own life?
A: “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; none but ourselves can free our minds.”
 – Bob Marley – Redemption Song

Q: What do you say when your special someone is looking especially nice?
A: “Foxy lady!”
 – Jimmy Hendrix – Foxy Lady

Q: What do you say when you see people seemingly succeeding in life without putting in any effort?
A: “That ain’t workin’, that’s the way you do it, money for nothin’ and chicks for free.”
 – Dire Straits – Money for Nothing

Q: What do you say if life seems jolly rotten?
A: “Always look on the bright side of life.”
 – Monty Python – Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

Q: What do you say when you are contemplating violence on someone but want to verbalize it rather than actually carry through with it?
A: “Boot to the head!”
 – Frantics – Boot to the Head

This, along with the first and second, are by no means complete lists, but they should be enough to get you through most of life’s experiences.  Well, I’ve found them useful anyway.

(“Very good, class.”)