Monthly Archives: March 2012

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Pointless and Proud” Edition

Howdy folks, and welcome to yet another edition of Five Thoughts. I’m Beermaker, your host for today’s little sojurn into whatever it is I end up writing about in the space below. (How was that? Too formal? Stuffy? I was trying for “proper and dignified” but I think it came across as stuffy)
Anywho (and yes, I meant to spell “anywho”)….. Anywho, I’ll admit to not really looking into a lot of national news this past week. I’ve been focusing my attention on some local news close to home, but other than to say it involves a lot of people who are very bad at math and accepting reality, I’m not going to say any more about it. So, let’s see what crazy stuff we can find to cover today, shall we?

  1. I know I’ve covered this before, both here and on Twitter but I’m going to go over it again. My license plate/vehicle registration renewal arrived in the mail this week. Included in the packet is the little sticker (called a “tab”) that you need to place on your license plate. The packet even includes instructions. It’s starts with directing you to the license plate at the rear of the vehicle (even though in this state we don’t even HAVE front license plates) – see, they’re working with you! Next up is this line… “For all license plates EXCEPT motorcycles affix the sticker in the upper right hand corner”. Okay, let’s cover this again. Do you have a motorcycle? No? Ok, then it goes in the upper right hand corner. Simple. If you put it in any other corner, you are doing it wrong. It does not say use the stickers to play tic-tac-toe. It does not say use them to play connect four. It does not say use them to make your license plate look like a bingo card. If you can not follow “put the sticker in the upper right hand corner”, let’s be honest here… If you can’t do that, you probably don’t have the proper mental makeup to actually be operating a motor vehicle, do you?
  2. I get a kick out of this one…. Apparently there’s a man who’s been forging artwork for years, and donating it to museums. And he hasn’t been chaged with a crime, due to the fact that he’s always donated the paintings. Although it seems he’s avoiding charges by the slimmest of margins based on the wording that was used. Still, the museums are onto him, and I love what they’re doing in Cincinnati. They’ve collected a bunch of the forgeries, and putting them into a display called “Faux Real” to educate people about art forgery. The best part? The display will open on April Fools Day. To quote the guys from the old Guinness commercials… Brilliant!
  3. Officially, the Major league Baseball season has started. Seattleand Oaklandare currently playing a series in Japan. For the rest of us, It starts next week. Now, how can you NOT root for a guy trying to make the roster in Colorado? Okay, I admit, if you’re trying to earn that same roster spot you might not want to root for him. 49 year old Jamie Moyer is looking at catching on with the Colorado Rockies. I love it. It’s fun, it’s silly, it’s pretty much all the good stuff that sports can be. And it also makes me think of a scene from Major League. I can’t help it.  (Ironically, that movie came out five years AFTER Moyer was drafted)
  4. I seem to be finding a posting a lot of articles about stuff on the bottom of the ocean lately. Or at least it feels that way. This week, it’s news that founder Jeff Bezos and a search team have located the rocket boosters used to launch the Apollo 11 space mission. I think that’s totally cool in a science/geek/history kind of way, but it does raise a couple of questions. I mean, when they found the Titanic, it was pretty obvious which ship it was and all, but with this… there was more than one Apollo mission. I’m pretty sure they all used the same types of rockets. How did they determine these were the engines from Apollo 11 and not one of the other Apollo missions? Did they get a picture? Regardless, still cool. And I hope they do mange to raise them.
  5. I drink a lot of coffee. And by a lot, I mean way, way more than I probably should. That being said, I’ve never been a big Starbucks guy. For one, I’m not big on spending $7 on a cup of coffee. I also don’t want to learn another language to order it. When I want a large coffee, it means I want the biggest size you have. When I do buy coffee at a coffee shop though (Geez, that sounded a little too much like the Dos Equis guy there for a second. “I don’t always drink coffee..”). Anyways, when I do buy coffee at a coffee shop, it’s just coffee. No Lattes, espressos, cappuccinos, iced whatevers (That’s my co blogger). So, this doesn’t bother me at all. This story might “bug” my co-blogger though since this pertains to one of his favorites. Do you want cream, sugar, or crushed bugs with that?

Okay, that’s five and I’m ready to jump into the weekend. Aren’t we all? So to close out, I’m going to go with a band that was suggested to me earlier in the week. However, since I can never do anything without trying to throw a bit of a curveball into it, I’m going to make a small change. You may know this band better for “Dancing if they want to” but for right now, it’s “Pop goes the world”. That’d be a sight to see, huh?

Have a great weekend folks! See you in two weeks! (That’s right, Kingkielbasa is now on the clock for next week)

Just in time for Whiskey Day! Another hockey post…

“Okay, Beer – Have you gone completely off your rocker this time?”

Nope, there’s a method theme madness to my madness. And no, I’m not talking about the final four coming up. Today is March 27th. World Whiskey Day (or Whisky, if you prefer). Why am I talking about it? Well, a) I like whiskey (whisky) and b) something impressive happened last night…

While my co-blogger was getting all misty eyed and emotional about how he loves hockey, the Detroit Red Wings punched their ticket to the playoffs.

“Big deal, they made the playoffs, so what?”

Simple, and this is probably a fact that even most die hard Hockeytown fans missed – they were too busy celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Red Wings/Avalanche brawl at Joe Louis arena (Video Here). Last night, in the state of Michigan anyone celebrating their 21st birthday could legally order a drink to celebrate last nights win and resulting playoff berth. Why is that significant?

Because that 21 year old person has never known the Detroit Red Wings to not be in the playoffs. This year’s appearance is the 21st consecutive playoff appearance for them. In modern sports, in an era of free agency and salary caps, that is an amazing feat. In any sport. And for reference, here’s how it stacks up against history.

How well will they do in the playoffs? Who knows. That’s not what I’m worried about right now. I’m just sitting here impressed. Barkeep, I’ll take another please… What have you got that’s 21 years old?

Later folks!


The other day someone asked me why I love the sport of hockey. I had to think about it. I know I love it. But I couldn’t answer them right away. Then I thought no matter how stupid the NHL acts, no matter how much my beer league players not showing up or paying ticked me off, no matter how much my body aches, how hard it is to find a game on the tv or how hard it was to get off the couch to go play…the game, well it’s pure magic. I stumbled upon this video the other day and watching it just made me realize how awesome the game is to watch, to get to step out on the ice with your great friends or help your kid grow to love as well. Maybe, if someone ask you why you love the game, this might help.

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Meandering Mind” Edition

Howdy folks and welcome to another Friday. We’re wrapping up a rather, well… those no rather about it. We’re wrapping up a fantastically warm, record setting unseasonably warm week. So let’s see what’s bouncing around in Beer’s brain this week and see what we can see, shall we? I can guarantee one thing this week. This one could get fairly random….

  1. Sometimes I try to keep notes during the week of things I think might be fun to use in this space. Other times, things will get sent in, especially by our good friend PB. I should probably let him do a guest spot one day. Anyways, sometimes we have notes ready, other times we don’t. And sometimes, as I’ve said before, the stories can just kind of write themselves. And sometimes, a headline just screams to be mentioned. And when that happens I usually use it. Right after I clean the coffee I spit out off my monitor after I read a headline that said… “Boy with doped goat can compete in Colo. fair“.  I mean, how often do you see the phrase “Doped Goat” in a headline?
  2. From the “it wasn’t ever really the boat’s fault, but it probably does need to go” department…. The artist tanker ore hauler ship formerly known as the Exxon Valdez is in the news. Seems it’s been purchased by a company in India that’s known for decommissioning and scrapping/salvaging old ships. Now, after the bad PR of the oil spill and everything I can understand the boat being sold and renamed. Even though it wasn’t the boat’s fault – it just went where they sailed it, the stigma was there. And it was also apparently involved in a collision and damaged again at another point. Sometimes, things are just unlucky. Ever had a car with a windshield that attracted every flying people on the road? Same concept. And in cases like that, sometimes it’s best to just let it go.
  3. And speaking of old boats…. In this case a really old, really (in)famous ship. We’re talking about the Titanic. There’s not a lot to say about this one. Everyone knows the story. Ok, I’ll be honest, most people probably know the MOVIE version of the story. Still, the basic concept is the same. The ship sank. Hope I didn’t ruin the movie for anyone. Where the ship landed on the seafloor remained unknown for a great many years. With improvements in technology, it was eventually found. And now, something really cool is being done with the photos and data that’s been gathered from the shipwreck.
  4. While I can’t say I’m overly into college basketball, I do tend to watch some of. And I have to admit I tend to pay attention to the commercials. And there are some great ones out there now. While I can’t speak to their effectiveness at selling or promoting their products, I find them fantastically entertaining. Which ones am I talking about? Well, there are two “series” of commercials out right now that I highly suggest you Youtube. I’m speaking of course, about Peggy and Mayhem.

  5. And speaking of advertising… I realize the main goal of advertising is to separate you from your money by means of a purchase. But listening to satellite radio lately… Wow. There’s obviously a different (lesser) degree of regulation on the things that get advertised. I’ll be honest, some of them border on coming right out and saying it’s a scam. It’s worse than listening to late night infomercials! So, just a friendly reminder to all those who listen to satellite radio… when they start advertising “Foolproof Investments”? There’s truth in that advertising. In the sense that there is a FOOL involved in any investment in them.

Okay folks, that’s a quick five and I’m going to see if I can find a way to enjoy the rest of today before we launch headlong into the weekend again. As for today’s video, even though I talked about the Titanic, there’s no way I was using that horrid song from the movie. So I went with something completely different to keep up the randomness.

Have a great weekend folks!

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Mad, Mad Weekend” Edition

Howdy folks and welcome to another Friday. We made it. And now as a reward, we get to head into one of the craziest weekends we’ve seen in a while. There’s so much going on I’m not even sure where to start or what to talk about this week (St. Patrick’s Day coming up, NFL Free agency, and this tiny little basketball tournament is kicking off). I certainly never settled on any semblance of a theme for this week’s post. Let’s see where we land, shall we?

  1. I’m gonna take a quick detour and start with this one. Last night there was some pretty nasty weather that hit just west of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Thankfully there were no fatalities. Why do I bring it up? Because from time to time, I like to make fun of some of the idiotic headlines I see in the news. This is one of those times. Apparently CNN still hasn’t gotten the memo about what happened. There’s front page today has a link to a story that says, I kid you not…
    “Apparent tornado hits Mich. homes”
    Really? “Apparent”? Yes CNN, “Apparently” it was a tornado. And this is what an “Apparent” tornado looks like. Wasn’t hard to find it. The language is a bit crude, you may want to mute it if you’re in an office.  More info on the storm here at the Detroit Free Press.
  2. Going to put this one here for now, because it’s cool looking and fun, and it seems to remind everyone of the Batmobile. I do share one common question with a lot of people though. How does it handle with the front wheels so close together? From the in car video, it seems to do okay.
  3. Get your green on! St. Patrick’s day is coming up tomorrow. Now, a few words of warning… If you’re planning on partying all day, be careful on what you drink. Think about it. If the drink you have in your hand is named for something meant to do great bodily harm, what do you think the drink is supposed to do? And yes, I’m looking at you Irish Car Bomb. And remember, you’re supposed to WEAR green. Not LOOK GREEN at the end of the night. The next morning? Well, that’s a personal choice.
  4. I always figured the term “March Madness” was born of the hype and excitement of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
    Then one of those stories that you just can’t make up comes along, like this one from USA Today.
    Vasectomies up during NCAA basketball tournament
    And… suddenly, “Madness” has a new meaning behind it!
  5. Lastly, spring is coming. Or in some cases already here. Beach season is fast approaching. Why do I bring this up? Because….
    “Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water”
    It seems, to quote the byline for the article “a report that suggests global warming is sparking an uptick in shark mating
    If that’s true, then at some point… “”

    (Sorry, but there’s no way I’m doing a shark story without busting out that clip)

Okay folks, that’s five and I am off to get a green shirt, some green food coloring, and… oh yeah, green beer! Now I know there’s going to be a lot of invoking of “luck” this weekend. Luck of the Irish, Luck of the draw, teams in the NFL with free agency, and especially teams and fans in the NCAA tournament looking for luck.  so I figured I’d work on something “luck” based to close things out.
I came up with Paul McCartney doing “With a Little Luck

and then I found Loverboy doing “Lucky Ones

but that still didn’t seem to get the vibe I was going for. Then it hit me. Go for Old Blue Eyes. Luck, be a Lady.

Have a great weekend folks!

Wait…what…two post in one day??!!

Well, technically it’s only a poll…

You had me at meat tornado

Throughout the years there have been many different tv sitcom characters that have been a hit with me. Most of the time, it takes a while for them to grow on me and my latest favorite character is no exception.

I probably was one of the few people who actually watched Parks and Recs in the earlier seasons and didn’t even really catch on to this character until later. Yes folks, it’s none other then “I’m Ron F—–g Swanson”

If you don’t know who he is, here is a quick snapshot of the man….

His perspective on things in life are great. People, if you get a chance…check him out.

Who is your favorite tv character..past or present?

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Under Surveillance” Edition

Howdy folks, and welcome to another edition of Five Thoughts. Been a bit of an uneventful week around here. That doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy though. One of the highlights for Beer included a beer that I helped make scoring fairly well in a competition. In fact, it was a beer that came right out of the very barrel we use in the picture on this blog. Enough about that for now though. On to the silly and stuff….

  1. While watching the Washington Capitals play the Tampa Bay Lightning last night, I was reminded of something that I’ve mentioned before. Damn Dwayne Roloson is a dead ringer for Steve Nash! Check it out here!
  2. Speaking of things I mentioned before…. I talked about this when I first heard it. Johnny Depp Playing Tonto in a new Lone Ranger movie. I was nervous about it then, after all you’re talking about icons in pop culture Americana. Now I’ve seen a photo. This photo.

    To use a quote from another movie franchise….
    I’ve got a bad feeling about this
  3. After watching Niklas Kronwall absolutely destroy Jakub Voracek on Tuesday night, the video made the rounds online. Upon seeing it, my co-blogger was moved to right a very accurate post about it the next day entitled “Bad Day at the Office?” where mentions that at least in the office you don’t have to worry about getting run over by a freight train. Which made me think of… Terry Tate.
  4. This one just made me shake me head when I read it. In the “why did this become an issue NOW” type of way. I mean, for all the years you saw all the “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service” signs, and the Ohio Statehouse didn’t have a similar rule? I’m pretty sure there’s a joke in there somewhere.
  5. I’m not going to get political with this one, but an article on CNN today is warning us that “The Government is reading your Tweets!” Oh my goodness! Everybody Panic! Run in multiple directions! Okay, deep breaths now folks. Let’s all get over the indignation that someone DARE READ something that we put out there into the Public Domain. How dare they?!?!? I mean, I only put that tweet out there for everyone to see! How dare they read it??  As for me, I hope they are. I’ll take all the readers I can get!

Okay, that’s five and I’m finished for today. At least here on the blog. There’s still beer to drink, drunken tweets to send (Those are some of the best to read, you know) and projects to work on around the house. Always. They never end, do they? Oh well, such is life. Especially when people are watching you. (Or reading your tweets!)

Have a great weekend folks!



Bad day at the office?

So you wake up late because your stupid alarm clock didn’t go off. You step into your cold shower to realize that all you have left is one of those potato chip sized chucks of soap left. You then get stuck in traffic because someone didn’t realize the lane ended as they were texting. Finally, you go to grab a pot of coffee only to learn that the person before you drank the last drip of coffee. Yeah, you know it’s going to be a bad day at work. But at least you don’t have to worry about getting run over by a freight train when you do your job!!! So smile!

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “In Hiding” Edition

Howdy folks, and welcome to another edition of Five Thoughts. We’ve got the title for today’s post from the state of my co-blogger. He was so into his February 27th holiday (aka The NHL Trade Deadline) that when it finally came and went without any truly large shakeups. Well, he was depressed and distraught. We were actually expecting a trade deadline “post-mortem” from him where he would run down the trades. Instead, he’s off in hiding today looking for other ways to get his hockey fix. Pretty sure he’ll be successful though, so let’s get on with the blog post.

  1. With Kingkielbasa currently mourning “The way things used to be” on trade day, I came across a fascinating article on how something else used to be. Check out the article about the change in (or more appropriately, the elimination of)  smoking habits in the NHL. My my, how times can change.
  2. Speaking of things changing in the NHL, and not for the better. I was watching a postgame interview with one of the better compensated, more successful coaches in the league. And I had to ask out loud at the pub while watching it… “Who exactly thought it would be a good idea to bring back the bad tie and checkered dress shirt look”? What’s next, leisure suits going to try to make a comeback? Maybe the corduroy jackets with the patches on the elbows? Bad looks are bad folks, doesn’t matter how much time has gone by since they were “In”. Just like the “Hammer pants” from the 90’s.
  3. And on a completely different note, let’s swing over to corporate America – where Google’s “informal” corporate motto is “Don’t be evil“. Ironically, a competitor posted an article about how Google is tracking your web history, and how to turn it off. Nothing like getting in a free shot at the big dog, huh? So, before you go doing another search on “I’ve Got The Clap“, you might want to go turn that feature off. Just in case, you know?
  4. I tweeted it earlier this week, but I’m going to add it here as well since I’m still having trouble adapting to the change. Note to self. Again. Old car was a six speed manual. New car is an automatic transmission. Continuing to try to hit the clutch (and inadvertently hitting the parking brake pedal) will eventually result in bad things happening. Knock it off.
  5. Lastly, it’s March now. March 2nd to be exact. 15 days to Green Beer and Corned Beef Day St. Patrick’s Day. On a Saturday no less. Spring is beginning to be sprung on the “Winter that wasn’t” and I’m fine with that. As long as the weather will finally cooperate and stop giving us the warmest days of the week and move them to somewhere useful – Like Saturday and Sunday so I can get some things done around the house. Working on garage door openers at temperatures near freezing in a detached garage is no fun. At all.

Okay folks, that’s a slightly delayed five thoughts, and I’m out of here. I need to go plan a boondoggle or something, although not to Clarksville. In the meantime… In honor of Davy Jones and the Monkees.

Have a great weekend folks!