All posts by Ryan O'Connell

Ryan harbors a constant fear of losing his keys, prefers flip flops and will always choose cereal if given the choice. He maintains his own blog, Giddy Up America, as well as co-hosts the podcast Differing Opinions on Drake. Ryan is on Twitter: @ryanoconnell79

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Ryno-Vision: Boardwalk Empire, Politics on Facebook, Pumpkin Beer & more…

How do you concentrate when there's so much going on in the world? I can't. But here's 12 things that have come across my brain desk this week... Always nice to get my band, Me & My Drums, back together.   I love Boardwalk Empire and try to not to say anything bad about it. ...

Hook, Line and Awesome: 5 Thoughts About Homeland

I get it now.  Homeland, now in it's second season on Showtime, is amazing. Everyone was right. Yes, everyone. Why everyone? Because literally no one has said this show isn't amazing. If you were to mention Homeland in a crowded room, you would get one of two responses:   Response 1: Oh yeah, that show is awesome. ...

Picking a Horse: What to do when your team misses the playoffs

I need a horse. It’s October, leaves are falling, we have a pumpkin and baseball playoffs are about to start. For the first time since 2006 I don’t have a horse in the race- i.e. a team I have a vested interest in. Since 2007 I’ve been spoiled, in that every year, either the Red ...

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10 Things Unrelated to Building Rocking Chairs

A brief rundown of 10 things I've learned or have affirmed in the past couple weeks- listed in no particular order. Goucher Athenaeum 1. Your college will have changed as much as you have in 10 years.      It's true. While Wife and I were down in Baltimore a few weeks       ago, ...

The Curious Case of the Dead Squirrel

There are roughly five hundred million squirrels in the world* and I found a dead one in our backyard this morning. The squirrel- I don’t know its name or sex, was lying under a tree. There was an acorn still in its mouth. Its eyes were open. So now it’s in the bushes behind our ...

33 Things I Know

Tomorrow I turn 33. At this point in my life I don’t know everything there is to know- I only know some things. Things you know are absolute- they are facts as far as you are concerned. They are bases of discussion, conversation starters, conversation enders, and possibly points of contention. But ultimately they are ...

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Catching a Breath: 10 Things I’ve Learned in the Past Month

I have had a lot going on lately. There have been quite a few life changes and believe me, I’ve wanted to write a coherent blog about every single one of them. But I haven’t been able too. Maybe because I’ve been busy using a pen and a few pieces of scotch tape to jerry ...

Philly, I Bid You Adieu

In Mid-August of 2006 I packed up a U-Haul trailer, hooked it up to my blue Chevy Blazer and headed south for Philadelphia. The rearview mirror was full of Portland, Gram, my family, my band and the boats & crew of Casco Bay Lines. It was Saturday. I would be starting graduate school on Tuesday. ...

You’ve Changed- Making Sense of Let’s Start a Cult by Rustic Overtones

I think the problem is the length. That’s what she said. No I’m serious. So is she. Moving on, I’m talking about the new Rustic Overtones album, Let’s Start a Cult, and how my problem with it, the main hang up I have about it, is the length. It’s too short. That’s the stumbling block. ...

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