Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Re-done, non-cooperating post” Edition

Howdy folks! Yep, Beer’s back! That means I survived (and didn’t FREEZE) on my fishing trip in northern Michigan last week. Lots to cover, but I’m going to let someone’s issue with my vacation schedule (I wasn’t sure, was that praise, or him taking a shot at me?) slide. So… let’s see where today leads…..

  1. I’m gonna lead right off with one from the “You’re not real bright, are you?” department. It is not cool to hit someone on a bicycle with your car. It is even more not cool (and also illegal!) to hit someone on a bicycle with your car, and then keep driving. That is called a hit and run. You are freaking stupid when you do what I just mentioned, and then brag about it on twitter. And yes, even though you delete your account, the police will find you. Have fun in jail. What do we have as a going away present, Red?
  2. Let’s hop over to the “Who didn’t see this one coming?” department. Let’s face it, it the USA there’s no shortage of hated government agencies/departments. But near the top of anyone’s list is one true constant. The Internal Revenue Service. Yep, the “tax man” so to speak. So, when this latest IRS controversy came to light it’s no surprise people are losing their jobs (I’ll leave it to others to decide if it’s rightfully so or not). My favorite was this one though…  An IRS official using the line “I have not done anything wrong” and then, she refused to answer lawmakers’ questions, invoking her constitutional right against self-incrimination.  Now I understand not wanting to incriminate yourself (Who really walks around trying to?) but to insist you did “nothing wrong” and then take the fifth? Kinda not really plausible. Not to mention, that might work in a court of law, but not in the court of public opinion. And yeah, when you work in the public sector, that’s important. Because, as the article notes… “A day after she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, Lois Lerner was placed on administrative leave, according to congressional sources.” Yeah, when you work for an organization that has a perpetual PR problem, you really don’t want to have to invoke your 5th amendment rights in response to question about the job you’ve been doing. It won’t end well. Did you not see that coming?
  3. One of the hallmarks of Memorial Day weekend is the annual race known as the “Indy 500”. So it’s no surprise that an article about the race should come up right before the weekend. And it shouldn’t be any surprise to find out I thought it was kind of cool. It’s about how they originally settled on the distance of 500 miles. Kind of a fun read looking back at what the cars used to be.
  4. The world, despite it getting “smaller” thanks to the various connection mediums available to people these days, is still a big place. The galaxy is an even bigger place. As such, there are many various definitions of what is awesome. Why do I say this? Because this Lego replica of an X-Wing fighter from a galaxy far, far away is indeed, awesome.
  5. And close out, almost fittingly since many people will be camping, grilling, getting together with friends and family this weekend comes an article about beer. Beer theft, actually. And a subsequent apology and repayment. I think it’s a cool, fun story to close out with. I just wish the article had a picture of the backyard bar setup! It sounds cool!

Okay folks, that’s five and I’m out to enjoy the holiday weekend – even as busy as it’s shaping up to be. I do have one small request if you’re in the states like me though (okay, a couple – but they’re small, I promise!). While this may be the unofficial start of BBQ/Grilling/Camping/Fishing/summer, if you’re in the states please do take a moment to remember the men and women that have or are serving the country and are the real reason for the holiday. And second, if you’re driving – stay safe on those roads, they’re always packed this time of year. Okay, that’s it. And for anyone stuck in holiday traffic on the Highway this weekend, this is for you!

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

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