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Top Ten Country Songs

My wife and I were recently on a little road trip, and it afforded us the time and space to have fun little conversations life usually doesn't give you a chance to have. We talked about dream houses, future vacations when our boys grow up, and country music. We worked pretty hard on our top ten lists of all-time favorite country songs (not necessarily best or most popular or any other qualifier).

For me, country music is about prideful screwups. A prideful screwup is someone who is proud of their allegiances (town, state, religion, occupation) and also regularly screws stuff up (relationships, drinking too much, not working enough). It's like the blues in that way. Even though the twang and the South may not be universal, the themes of country music are universal. So, without further adieu, and here is what I came up with, in random order:

Chattahoochee by Alan Jackson - I was elementary-aged when this song came out, but the nostalgia and fondness in this song rang true to me b…

Mass Effect: Andromeda

This post contains major spoilers of the video game series called Mass Effect. Don't read or listen if you don't want to get spoiled!

My all-time favorite video games series is Mass Effect. This trilogy of games, released from 2007 - 2012, was published during the Xbox 360/Playstation 3 era of gaming. This means the games were very big and would take dozens of hours to complete and voice acting was television or movie quality.

The concept of the Mass Effect games is conventional - humans begin exploring space and encounter many races of aliens. Some are friendly and some are not. Sentient life faces a life or death threat and must decide whether they'll work together or not. Sex, drugs, murder, and money all get in the way of what's important. Don't they always.

Part of what made the trilogy so special is that the game's maker, Bioware, gave gamers the ability to live out an epic space opera over the course of three games and six years. Events and characters in…