Monthly Archives: February 2013

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Latest Snowpocalypse” Edition

Happy snowy morning everyone. Yep, it’s another Friday, and that means another edition of Five Thoughts, and here lately – another big snowstorm. It’s been a great week though, so I’m not gonna get a little snow and cold get me down. And with that in mind, let’s get started!

  1. Speaking of being down, I know this won’t surprise anyone who’s even remotely local, but Detroit was just named to the number one spot on a Forbes list! Of Miserable Cities. Like I said, it’ll be no surprise to any locals.. What’s that? It wasn’t a commentary on the city government? Really! Well, it still a pretty accurate ranking.
  2. In the meantime, Michigan’s state government is looking to tackle the tough issues. It seems they’re finally getting around to going after those notorious criminals, Kramer and Newman. That’s right you two. The state’s on to your little bottle return scam!
  3. Being the age that I am, it’s not uncommon for me to reference things from the 80s or 90s. One thing I generally don’t bring up, or even worse, try to bring back is the fashion. Sadly, I may be alone in that. It would appear that one of the worst of the 1990s fashions is trying to make a comeback. Yep, I’m talking overalls. Hmm… I wonder if Tim from Moonshiners has anything to do with it?
  4. This one ended up being one of my favorite stories of the week. On Monday, Burger King’s twitter account was hacked. On Tuesday morning, the company that handles social media for Jeep posted an article about how to avoid being hacked. 15 minutes later, Jeep’s twitter account was hacked. I haven’t checked the site lately to see if they’ve posted a “How not to tempt fate” article yet.
  5. Lastly, from the “You’re not real bright, are you?” department… It seems that there’s an organization that’s battling a rash of employees using work issued electronics for inappropriate communications. Yep, ‘sexting’ basically. Now yes, I know it probably happens everywhere to an extent. And there are people who ‘think’ they probably know ways around it. But when it’s happening at the organization that’s gets involved in investigating a lot of these cases… well.. “You aren’t real bright, are you?”. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the F B I.  (I wanted to use this quote – but I couldn’t find a video of it). This one still seems appropriate though. We’re gonna need some more FBI guys.

Okay folks, that’s five and I’m out of here. Time to stare out the window at the snow let the knowledge of my recently scheduled boondoggle keep me warm. Yep, before long it will be Boondoggle time again. Hello, Montego Bay!

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

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Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “No Snow Today” Edition

Howdy folks, and welcome back to Five Thoughts. Sorry about last week’s little kerfluffle. The weather we got hit with wasn’t nearly as bad as what the east coast ended up getting, but it was a rain/ice/snow mix that managed to mess up rush hour and totally killed any chance I had to write the post last week. This week… no such problem, so let’s see what we’ve got shall we?

  1. Well, let’s start with the obvious story of the day. A day after the new Die Hard movie (set in Russia) opens, it turns out that Russia could have used a sequel to one of Bruce Willis’ OTHER movies as a meteorite went streaking through the sky before exploding near Chelyabinsk. Crazy, crazy stuff! Check out some of the videos that have already made it online.

  2. Let’s see… anything else interesting or earth shattering happen this week? Hmm, oh here’s one! You may have heard a tiny something about the Pope announcing his resignation. It’s only the first time that’s happened in 600 years. But my favorite bit of news to come out of it is an article about the reporter who broke the news. Covering the event where the pope announced his resignation (in Latin, no less!) she first sat through about 20 minutes of other announcements regarding church business. I can imagine she was probably only half listening when she experienced one of those.. “Wait.. did he just say…?” moments.
  3. Circling back to impacts… Talk about phone calls you don’t want to have to make. “Hello, boss? Yeah, um… You know that shiny blue, pre-production 2014 Corvette Stingray with the manufacturer plate? Well, the good news is there wasn’t anyone hurt. Unlike the car, and probably my career”. Yep, we don’t know who did it (Colonel Mustard was unavailable for comment) but we know it was out in the Arizona desert with the new Corvette.
  4. I’m going to file this one under… you call this news?? “Passengers cheer escape from ‘horrible’ cruise” Really, these people have been stuck on a disabled cruise ship with no power, no working plumbing, and food shortages for 5 days and it’s a story when they’re happy to get of the God forsaken boat? What, you expected them to be sorry they had to leave because they were having such a good time?
    Wonder if they’ll ever be able to watch Gilligan’s Island the same again?
  5. And lastly, it’s no secret that I believe there are far too many people in this world who just don’t know WHEN to put their cell phone down. Case in point… If you’re in a plane that’s had its engine cut out and you have to make an emergency/crash landing…. I don’t care how calm you remain or how certain you are that ‘everything will be okay’. Put the damned thing down already!

Okay, that’s 5 and I’m out of here. Nothing fancy to close week this time, just a reminder that Spring Training is now well underway. Winter’s almost over! And I need to go plan another boondoggle! You know, a holiday!

Paczki Day!

Happy Paczki Day everyone! Have you had your doughnut today?

Yep, it’s that time of year again (Actually, it’s fairly early this year). It’s Fat Tuesday (and the grand finale of Mardi Gras!). Just um.. try to stay away from those paczki eating contests. Eating your own body weight in doughnuts is never a healthy thing.

Other than that.. enjoy! It only comes once a year! (Unless you know of a Polish bakery, then you can pretty much gt them year round)
-Beer

Five Thoughts ona Friday has been suspened for the day…

Due to inclement weather. It’s not that we’re snowed in or anything, but the weather has really shuffled schedules around. Apologies fols, and we’ll be back next week for sure.

Thanks and have a great weekend!

-Beer

NFL Picks! – The Big One!

This is it folks! The Big One! (Or the Big Game, whatever you want to call it)

Now that we’ve gotten the obligatory Fred Sanford quote out of the way,  a quick rundown of the results from the last round and then it’s time for the Beerbarrel’s “Expert” Picks Guesses! for the game…

Conference Championship pick results:
PB – 0 for 2. Leaving him at 5 for 10 overall.
Beer – 2 for 2. How the heck did that happen? Now 6 out of 10.
Kingkielbasa – 1 for 2. King’s now 1 of 6. To be fair, he did miss the one round.

Now, onto the picks guesses!

Baltimore vs. San Francisco
PB
– Well let’s just say that picking the NFL games is really not much more than sheer luck most of the time. That being said I have totally sucked in my picks since the divisional round. Well to quote Beer “We have a Har-Bowl this year”. All I can say is *sigh*. Not a fan of the coach of the 49ers and not a fan of Baltimore as well especially one linebacker that was involved in some illegal stuff allegedly. So the nice stuff out of the way, it comes down to the two best playoff defenses and one really good offense. I think Mr. “The Super Bowl should not be in an outdoor stadium because I have to wear a skirt” run will come to an end. Colin Kaepernick is the real deal and how this guy got passed over by so many other teams is beyond me. I can’t have my wish of a tie which should tell you how much I like both teams, I pick (gulp!) the 49ers to win.

King – Yawn.  Can there be anymore of a boring Super Bowl then the one we have this year?  I mean, the sports channels are trying desperately to pump this up, but I can say it’s a losing battle.  Two brothers coaching against each other..yeah, not my family…so no big deal.  A player playing in his “final” game…yeah, too bad it wasn’t his final game before he paid for his past crimes…..  Yawn.  So far, I’ve been off on most of my picks so I’m going the easy route here…the winner will be the fans that turn in for the commercials…oh what….I have to pick a football team to win.  Fine…..49ers.  There you happy.

Beer – I have to admit, I’m not totally geeked for this game either. Now, I’m not going to harp on any of the Ray Lewis issues. And let’s be honest here. He’s not the only one involved in this game that’s probably going to retire win or lose. That’s the nature of sports. And even though I somehow got lucky and predicted a HarBowl, I’m not enthralled with the story. And yes, it has been overblown. Where I differ is that I like both teams. I think this is a game with two very good football teams. And I think if history holds, only one of them will play like it on Sunday. In the end, I could really make a case either way. So I’m going to throw all the thinking out the window and pick by my gut – Ravens for the win.

So there we have it. Two picks for San Fransisco, and one for Baltimore. Of course, come Sunday night we’ll get to what’s really important. The commercials! Oh, and the game too, I guess.

Enjoy!

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Rings, Wings, and Other Things” Edition

Good morning everyone, and welcome to February. If the title seems rather random today… well, that’s because that’s pretty much where we’re headed. So, let’s get to it shall we?

  1. I will admit, I managed to call it and even I’m already tired of the coverage. Yes, I’m talking about the hype building up to the Superbowl. It almost seems like it can’t get any more out of control. And then I read about Canadians having 30 foot antennas installed so they can watch the game on American television. For the commercials! Admittedly, the commercials are often better than the game.
  2. First there was all the talk about the bacon shortage. Now, leading up to the Superbowl (convenient, no?) comes talk of a chicken wing apocalypse. Talk about hitting Superbowl parties right where they live! Just remember, if you switch to chicken nuggets as a standby… Parts is parts. And uh… if you can’t find any wings, under no circumstances should you go with the chicken rings. Ever. Think about what part THAT might be.
  3. It’s the line almost everyone remembers from the movie. It’s a running joke, a punchline unto itself. It’s overused, and applied at the drop of a hat. But there is a reason that “You’re gonna need a bigger boat” has stuck around all these years. This however, is probably not one of those occasions. Or maybe it was. Either way, a headline about a hooked marlin sinking a fishing boat makes this week’s list.
  4. And now, it’s time to get a bit cranky. There’s been a viral receipt story going around lately. And this one has a bit of a twist. A rather classless minister left a receipt with a note asking “I give God 10%, why do you get 18%”. Of course, it should be noted, She then left a ZERO percent tip. The waitress has since been fired and the chain apologized to the minister. You know what, I side with the server on this one. The name wasn’t really posted (Someone still recognized part of the signature apparently and ID’d the cheapskate). Still, you don’t want to be called out like that? Do the right thing. Pay the tip. If you don’t you’re not only stiffing the server, but also the bar backs, bus boys, hostess, possibly even some of the kitchen staff. Yeah, nice job there Pastor. When’s the next sermon on giving?
  5. And now for something completely different…  Yahoo just published an article outlining some of the wackier traffic laws around the country. And while the actual article deals with some good tips, the graphic at the bottom with the silly laws steals the show. The one that catches my eye consistently though? In Sarasota, the fine for hitting a pedestrian with your vehicle is $78. Heck, at that price I might line a few people up on purpose! And Sarasota is located, naturally, in Florida. Of course it. Always Florida.

Okay, that’s five and I’m ready to start Superbowl weekend. And our picks are in, and will be posted this afternoon. So we’ll see you then. Until then… I have a question. What would Brian Boitano Do?

Had to slip in one more wing reference! Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer