Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Frozen Nose” Edition

Howdy folks! It’s Friday and that means it’s time for another five thoughts. We’re coming to you live from the Frozen Tundra today. No, not from Lambeau Field in Green Bay. They’re out of the playoffs so I’m taking free reign to use the name a little bit. Except I’m in an office. That isn’t frozen. Or a tundra. Okay, I’m actually more in a frozen city that’s bracing for a potential snowstorm. But that doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it? Anyways, let’s see what we come up with today, shall we?

  1. Today’s edition title comes from the true confirmation of the first real “It’s cold!!” day at Beerbarrel home base. It works like this,  upon walking outside, your first breath causes the inside of your nose to freeze up because the air is so cold. Yeah, it’s a lovely sensation. Really.
  2. Speaking of cold, and snow. I have to talk about an item from the news. Now, I can think of several ways (most of them being criminal) that this could have happened. However, the news here spins it as actual physical theft may have been the culprit. Of the city of Warren, Michigan missing 3,647 tons of rock salt. Yes, you read that right Three Thousand, Six Hundred Forty Seven TONS of rock salt. Right, because someone just backed up a few thousand pickup trucks and stole it one night.
  3. There are stories in the news that George Lucas – yes, THE George Lucas is talking retirement. While I know there are people out there who probably wish he’d done that before the whole Star Wars prequel movies, and especially before Indiana Jones 4, I’ll be sorry to see him go. The man is a legend of pop culture to several generations thanks to his movies. And I still want to see Red Tails.  If he is retiring, Harrison Ford should throw him a heck of a retirement party. A starring role in TWO giant blockbuster film franchises? And yes. Han shot first.
  4. Going from retirement, and Red Tails… to cracked wings. Okay, brackets that hold the wings, but close enough. Now, I understand the sentiment, and the reasoning for trying to reassure everyone that everything is safe, it isn’t a big deal and all that. But let’s be honest. There is no good way for Airbus to have to talk about the fact that cracks are being in the wings of their A380 superjumbo jet. Let’s be honest here Airbus and look at it from the point of view of the average person. The statement that “the cracks were found on a number of “non-critical” brackets inside the wings” doesn’t work. Here’s why – The brackets connect to the wings. The wings are critical to staying in the air. Therefore, there are no “non-critical” brackets holding the wings onto the plane.  Not to the average flier. Glad to have cleared that up for you.
  5. I’m not really sure where to go with the last one here today. There have been a few things that make easy targets this week. Paula Deen announcing she has diabetes, after getting an endorsement deal with a drug company. Anthony Bourdain making cracks about it on his Twitter account. A farmer being caught spray painting hawks. And then of course there was the disaster with the Italian Cruise ship and subsequent stories about the ship’s Captain. And there’s a new story today. About him ordering dinner AFTER the crash. At this point, I have to weigh in. Really, after the stories that have come out now I think the court of public opinion is totally ready to hang this guy. I think they need to keep him under house arrest in Italy but change the reasoning at this point. Really, now it’s gonna have to be for his own protection. His actions, well… Red?

Okay folks, that’s five thoughts on a very chilly Friday. So in an effort to find something to close out with, I made some calls to recording artists hoping to get a live performance streamed onto the site. None of the calls were returned. So, while we wait for the snow to get here, we’ll just make sure the heat is on.

(I don’t really know any celebrities to call, y’all know that, right?)

Have a great (and warm!) weekend folks!
-Beer

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