Monthly Archives: April 2010

Come on NHL!

Can someone explain to me why the NHL is not promoting the heck out of this kid?  I mean, I know he plays in a bad market, but that makes his play all the more amazing.  He is the third youngest player to score 50 goals in a season.  I don’t care if most of his goals were scored on the powerplay or that he takes it upon himself sometimes to score ( in other words selfish)….the kid is barely 20 and he’s scored 50 goals in the season.  Who is this kid you ask?  Oh, that’s right…..the league is too busy running their own team in PhoenixSteven Stamkos

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Five Thoughts on a Friday – The Frozen Four Edition

Good morning folks, and welcome to another edition of Five Thoughts. Last night I found myself in downtown Detroit at Ford Field, attending the first 2 games of college hockey’s Frozen Four.  So as I emerge from my sleep deprived state this morning (The second game started at 8:41pm EDT), let’s get started with this week’s Five Thoughts.

  1. The number of people I saw wearing Michigan and Michigan State apparel at the Frozen Four was mind boggling, and I don’t mean that as a compliment folks. Neither of those teams is involved with the Frozen Four, so don’t give me that “I’m supporting my team” line, either. Their seasons are already over. A hat is fine. A jersey/jacket/hat combination makes you look like a fool. I can’t completely single out those two schools though, as Maine, North Dakota, Northern Michigan, and several others were there too. The kids wearing the jersey of their hockey team? That’s fine.
  2. OK, once more. For the record. I don’t care what Journey said in their song, there is no South Detroit. Check a map, you want south Detroit? It’s called Windsor, Ontario Canada.
  3. A purely personal observation from the Miami, OH / Boston College pregame. Sorry, but the BC eagle mascot beats the Miami, OH redhawk mascot. The eagle led his team out onto the ice on skates. He wins.
  4. There are few things worse in the office at the coffee station than “filter flop”. The filter flops over and half of the coffee ground end up in the coffee pot with the now nearly undrinkable coffee. We’ve had a rash of those here lately.
  5. Baseball is Back! Real, actual baseball. The season has started, and it always makes me wonder… How do those “Boys of Summer” like having to play in snow flurries for the first month or so? I mean, even the guys playing for teams down south have to go on the road at some point in April.

Ok, that’s five and I’m on my way to the weekend with a return trip to Ford Field on Saturday. Yes, we do love our hockey here at the Beerbarrel. Look for me in the cheap seats! (Where I took these)

Later folks!
-Beer

Making sense of the US Census

“Hey Beer! That doesn’t seem like a very comedy oriented title!”

Well, I’m only on my second cup of coffee – cut me some slack! Just kidding, actually. I’m on my third cup and it was just a little play on words for an honest to goodness serious topic (At least as serious as we ever tend to want to get around here).

Today, we’re going to talk a little about the U.S. Census boys and Girls. For those of you not familiar with it, it’s (in a nutshell…) something that happens every 10 years as the government tries to count how many people are living where.

That’s not what I really want to talk about today though. I want to talk about the radio ad that I keep hearing that is really bothering me.  You see, they have to run a lot of advertisements to convince people to fill them out and send them in. Apparently a lot of people are convinced the Evil Empire is out to do something with the data collected (Like it isn’t already mostly available publicly).

So we end up like the radio spot I keep hearing. And there’s one line in it that just really bugs me, “It’s just 10 questions and should take you about 10 minutes”.  (Those of you who get the longer form are excused from the upcoming rant.

I got the 10 question form, and if it took me FOUR minutes I would be shocked. Let’s review the questions shall we? I took these straight from the 2010 Census website.

  1. How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2010?
    (I trust everyone should know this one. If you don’t, well….. yeah.)
  2. Were there any additional people staying here April 1, 2010 that you did not include in Question 1?
    (Just in case you were the person who didn’t know, apparently. Or you managed to find some extra people living at your home in between questions 1 and 2).
  3. Is this house, apartment, or mobile home: owned with mortgage, owned without mortgage, rented, occupied without rent?
    (Again, this should be something you already know. If you don’t know… ouch.)
  4. What is your telephone number?
    (The ONLY way this could be tricky is if you have no phone)
  5. Please provide information for each person living here. Start with a person here who owns or rents this house, apartment, or mobile home. If the owner or renter lives somewhere else, start with any adult living here. This will be Person 1. What is Person 1’s name?
    (We come to the longest question. If you have a lot of people this form may take you ten minutes. It asks for names. It may also take you 10 minutes if you have an Eastern European name made up of 22 letters including 19 consonants. Still, you DO know who’s living in your house, right? Please say yes.)
  6. What is Person 1’s sex?
    (“I don’t know” is not an option. There is a box for male, and a box for female. Pick one, only one. Again, this should not be a difficult question to answer).
  7. What is Person 1’s age and Date of Birth?
    (How old are you and what is your birthday. You really should know these anyways.)
  8. Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin?
    (If you are, you’re probably aware of it, otherwise the answer is no. It’s not complicated. Move along)
  9. What is Person 1’s race?
    (Despite vehement arguments to the contrary, this is not a NASCAR question. Talladega, Daytona, or Bristol are not valid answers. They included check boxes on this question, that was probably a good move.)
  10. Does Person 1 sometimes live or stay somewhere else?
    (They include check boxes again, if it applies you check it. Another easy one.)

Hey, look at that, we’re done! See? Easy.

So, if you get it, fill it out will you? It actually helps with a lot of stuff, and it is not hard to do. Besides, it’s a chance to show how smart you are by getting all the questions right for once!

Later Folks!
-Beer

Five thoughts on a Friday….Viva St. Ig….nevermind

So my partner in crime has decided to leave it to me to do a Five thoughts this Friday.  Well,  I won’t be able to post anything on Friday so I’m a little early….SHHHHHHH…please don’t tell him!

1.  Spring is in the air, the sky is turning a beautiful blue and the snow has melted to expose all those presents my dog left behind.  Now,  I have a pretty hefty dog and his piles aren’t exactly normal.  The best way to describe them are that my backyard looks like it has all those crazy ant hills from Africa.  You think I joke….

2. When the weather gets warm, I have a bad habit of drinking  iced coffees.  Now I don’t care too much for the flavored, foo foo iced coffee, I like the plain old iced coffees.  I do however have to put in a high mark for one awesome iced coffee like drink….Tim Horton Iced cappuccino..slurp…slurp….TASTY!

3. Hey news media people, please…PLEASE….stop referring to those crazies as the Christian militia from Michigan.  I mean, my home state gets enough bad press with Kwame….now these guys have to be from here.  Also, we try not to get involved in politics or religion on this blog, but the little I know about Christianity, pretty sure Jesus Christ didn’t ask his followers to bear arms and kill Police Officers.

4. Hey, since I’m in charge of five thoughts…what the heck…I’m doing a double feature.   I was listening to Hockey Night in Canada Radio and they were talking about the great job Rask has been doing.  The one analyst said that he was really a calming influence for some of the guys.  That must be because he got this out of his system playing in the minors!

5. Finally, since it’s one day after April Fool’s day I had to post a link to one of my favorite pranks of all time from The Office:

Sssssh…don’t be scared….have a great Easter every one!