Monthly Archives: November 2010

Five Thoughts on a Black Friday – yep, it’s *THAT* day again

Happy Black Friday to all of you who aren’t out fighting the crowds (or are already home tending wounds and wrapping gifts). Let’s barge right in today, just like when they opened the doors at the store at 3am.

  1. I don’t know why, but it still surprises me when people don’t know the real meaning behind the name “Black Friday”. It’s been called that for years. The name existed long before the early morning “doorbuster sale” madness that’s around these days. The name refers to black ink on the balance sheets of stores. This was traditionally looked at as the day when retailers revenues from sales from the year would surpass their expenses. In other words they would finally start to show a profit for the year (shown in black ink) instead of still showing a loss (shown in red). So… Black Friday was born. Now you know. And no, I’m not doing the GI Joe thing from the 80’s cartoon.
  2. Staying on Black Friday, I do have to wonder sometimes… How good a deal are some of these people getting. You hear these early campers talking about “It’s the only way I can afford to get this”. By camping out? How much was the tent? How much was all the food? The sleeping bag? Did you take time off of work? I think you see where I’m going with those questions… Did everything you spent while camping match what you “saved”? Or did it just get spent somewhere else? Admit it. You just wanted to avoid Thanksgiving dinner with the family, didn’t you?
  3. Speaking of which…. Does the turkey *really* make you sleepy? Or is more just “If I act like I can’t keep my eyes open, maybe I won’t have to take part in the crazy conversations that always break out after dinner and they’ll let me go home”?
  4. It is now permissible to play Christmas music and turn on your lights. (Hanging them earlier is ok, just don’t turn them on). Actually, as of about 6:00pm last night it’s ok.
  5. The worst part of Black Friday though, for me at least? Having the day off, working on a project around the house… and realizing… I have to go get something from the store. Because even the hardware stores are getting in on the act now. So that gallon of paint or tool you need? You’re going to have to fight the crowds to get it. Or wait till tomorrow to finish the project. Hmm… maybe that isn’t too bad after all.

Ok folks, I’m off to make a turkey sandwich! Best part of Black Friday if you ask me… the turkey sandwich made from the leftovers.

And since we’ve been talking blackness all post long… let me ask you this? Have you seen the LIGHT?  (And for you know who… NOW do you recognize the meaning of “The band? The BAND!”)

This one got voted down by my co-blogger. I thought it would have been a nice change of pace (And a funny title to tie in)…

At least I didn’t lead with this…

Have a great weekend folks!

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Deep Fried Turkey” edition

Howdy folks!

Ripping through another week, we’ve arrived at Friday once again. Now, I don’t want to brag, but after today deal old Beermaker only has one more full workweek left before a much anticipated holiday break. Feel free to hate.

As a side note, I’m toying with the possibility of some alternate  posting schedules for the rest of the year. So don’t be surprised if things get shuffled a little bit. Anyways… let’s get started, shall we?

  1. The Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special was on last night. And the Christmas sugar cookies have made their annual appearance here at the office. I swear, those little things are every bit as addictive as crack. Screw the potato chips, try eating just one of those damned cookies. Heck, you crave more before you even have the first one!
  2. I’m not going to justify what the person did as right, legal, or anything… but really now ladies… If you’re at a bar, and someone is offering to give you a breast exam for free, how exactly does that NOT come across as some sort of come on or something? Even if the other person *is* (or in this case, at least claims to be) a woman? Seriously now!
  3. Yesterday was the IPO for the all new GM (General Motors) stock. If you somehow got in at the actual IPO price  of $33.oo you did ok. If you got in at the price at the opening bell ($35.20) I hope you got out sometime before 11:30 am EST or so. At 4pm the stock closed at $34.19 a share. $1.01 below it’s price at the opening bell. Ah the auto industry. The more things change…..
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  4. I generally read, but don’t post a lot of political news (unless it’s something worth mocking. Which most political stories qualify in some shape or form). This story stands on it’s own merits though. Why? Because it isn’t even political. It’s about Slurpees. And what *isn’t* good about a Slurpee, huh? Ok, besides the brain freeze, that is.
  5. Since this is the last “Five Thoughts” before Thanksgiving here in the states, I’m gonna use #5 today to wish everyone a very happy turkey day, and all that goes along with it. May your turkey dinner (or any substitute) turn out perfectly, may there be no rain on your Thanksgiving Day parade, and may your football team win it’s game (but if you’re trying to root for the Lions… you need help). Oh, and one word of warning… if the turkey is frozen…  DON’T put it in the deep fryer. Bad things will happen. Don’t believe me?

Ok, that’s five and I’m out of here. Since we led off by mentioning them… we’ll close out today with… The Peanuts!

Have a great weekend!

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Wait, it’s Friday again already? Holy Crap!” edition

Howdy folks, and welcome to another edition of Five Thoughts. As you can see from the title, I’m trying to figure out where the week went to. Don’t get me worng, I love the fact that I’m staring down the weekend already. I’m just trying to figure out where my week went to. Anyways, let’s get things rolling, shall we?

  1. A while back, my co-blogger was pondering the hockey question… What’s wrong the with New Jersey Devils?  Here’s a microcosm of the problem right here…
  2. Changing gears… almost literally for this one. I’m a huge fan of advanced automotive technology. I like new things, even thought I’m a die-hard muscle car guy at heart. Still, there’s one change on vehicles that’s come along that I don’t think I’ll ever get used to. The cap-less fuel fillers. That’s right, no gas cap. None. Nada. Zilch. You just put the nozzle of the gas hose into the filler. It just doesn’t seem right.

    It just don't seem right, does it?

  3. Once again, the Black Friday deals have “leaked” out in advance. Let me repeat that…. *Once Again*. Funny how these “leaks” occur just as people start making plans on where to go shopping on Black Friday, isn’t it? Almost like it happens on purpose. That couldn’t be what’s happening, could it? I mean, then they wouldn’t be “leaks”!
  4. An interesting piece on the decline and impending demise of residential phone books. You know, the white pages. I guess their time really has passed due to technology and all. Still, there are a couple of interesting things from the article. What I want to know though, from a line near the end of the article,  is how the hell you do a doctoral dissertation on phone books??
  5. Ok, this guy came straight out of the loony bin. Restraining orders against President Barack Obama, Jesus Christ, and.. Tim Teebow? Yeah, I think a lot of people get those three mixed up all the time. You have to read the article. And I have to get in touch with some of my friends in Florida and find out what exactly they’re putting in the water down there.

Ok folks, that’s five and it’s time to get the heck on out of here. Need to find something to listen to and relax. You know, unwind a bit. This should do it.

Have a great weekend folks!

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The back home edition

Howdy folks, Beer’s back from yet another boondoggle. Once again I have crossed international borders and managed to return without causing an incident. Plus, I forced my usually silent co-blogger to post last week’s column. Even if he did (as expected) do it Thursday night.  So, let’s get started on this week’s post. No JR this week, I haven’t had time to write up a script for it. We’ll have him back soon though.

  1. I want to touch on a subject we’ve discussed before real quick. Those “Out of a job yet? Keep buying foreign.” bumper stickers. I understand them in the context of the US economy, even if I do think they’re slightly misguided. But what happens when you’re traveling in a foreign country and you see one on one of the vehicles there? It’s an AMERICAN company making the vehicle. You aren’t in America. Therefore… it’s a foreign vehicle, no? Maybe they want people out of their jobs or something. I don’t know.
  2. While we’re on the subject of traveling, here’s another one…. In the towns with the “touristy” area’s that have all the shops and everything…. They always have at least one store that sells all kinds of luggage. To the tourists. Who are on vacation. Which means… they already *have* luggage. Really, who gets to where their going on vacation and thinks “Damn, I’m on vacation, I really gotta get luggage before I go home!”. I guess if an airline lost or destroyed yours you’d be in the market. That’s an awfully small demographic though.
  3. One last travel note. Again in a high traffic pedestrian area. As we’re walking down the sidewalk there’s a guy in front of a psychic shop peddling “psychic readings” or some such stuff (I admit, I had him mostly tuned out). It made me wonder though, as I saw him asking everyone who walked by… if he’s so psychic, doesn’t he know who’s going to agree to come in when they walk by? Why ask the ones you know are going to say no?
  4. Wow, this far in and I’m finally getting around to the elections that were held in the states on Tuesday. We made a decision to pretty much steer clear of politics here at the Beerbarrel, except for one thing… We’ll make fun of anyone. Personally, after this past round of elections I’m considering running for office in the next round of elections. I figure if I campaign on getting automated “vote for so and so” phone calls outlawed, I’ll be a shoe-in. Seriously, has there ever been *anyone* who sat there going “I wasn’t sure who to vote for until I got that automated recording phone call”. Yeah, you’re right. There probably is someone.
  5. Shifting out of the commentary heavy mode I seem to be in today… let’s ask about one part of the Quantas airliner emergency landing that I haven’t seen brought up in the media. Of sure, they covered the engine blowing out, the landing, the “Quantas has never had a fatal crash” angle and all that. This morning I even see the Quantas CEO pointing the finger at the engine design as a possible cause. Here’s what I want to know though… How many seats on that plane are going to be replaced? Because you know damned well that at least one or two people soiled themselves, and their seats when that engine let go. Like Bill Cosby said… “First you say it, then you do it!”

Ok, that’s five and I’m rolling out for the weekend. No road trip this weekend though. More like leaf raking and working around the house. Have to play catch up sometime I guess.

And while I don’t want to close on a sad note… RIP George “Sparky” Anderson. Former manager of the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers.

And now, as we all get back to milling around in our lives. I’m pretty sure at least one of our readers will like this one.

Have a great weekend folks!