Monthly Archives: December 2013

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Christmas Vacation” Edition

Happy Friday everyone, and since this is my last post before it hits, Merry Christmas!

We’ve pretty much hit the “I’ve had this cold long enough, eaten enough Christmas cookies, and heard as many carols as I possibly could” point where it’s about time to just pull the plug on the year and wind down. But before we do – let’s see what’s on tap this week!

  1. Sometimes, you just need a sandwich. I get that. And one of my co-bloggers has had some fun in the past talking about sandwiches. But still, I don’t care how good the sandwich is, a pilot holding an international flight hostage and refusing to take off until his sandwich arrives is taking things a bit far. I wonder if they told the passengers the truth, or blamed it on “maintenance”.
  2. As we hit the end of the year, it’s inevitable that we get inundated with lists of things from the past year. people we lost, funniest moments, and on and on and on… But this is one that I found interesting given my fondness for automotive news items. It’s a list of vehicles that automakers killed off this year. But then again, after reading it I’m not sure if anyone is going to notice these vehicles aren’t being made anymore.
  3. Switching to local issues, in this day and age sometimes a city council has to make the tough decisions. You know, like whether to allow American alligators in the city’s business district. Specifically, an alligator named Wally that will welcome patrons to a cajun restaurant that should be opening soon. And that’s just what Port Huron, Michigan did this past week. Other American gators were unavailable for comment regarding whether they planned to move north and take up residence in Port Huron.
  4. Speaking of city councils, let’s turn our attention a bit north… to the fine city of Toronto. Because I have to ask folks…. if you know your mayor is Rob Ford you know what you’re dealing with. Right? So I have to ask… who decided on the dance part during the council meeting that resulted in this?
  5. I’m going to use item five to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It’s been a wild ride this past year. And whether you celebrate Christmas or not I hope the rest of the year is good to you (And next year too). In keeping with the title of today’s post, I think we’re going to take a bit of a Christmas Vacation and take next week off. We’ll be back after the first of the year. Unless one of the other guys wants to post something next week.

So, that’s wraps it up for this week, and probably for this year. Merry Christmas everyone, and Happy New Year! Time to start the Christmas Vacation.

Have a great one folks!
-Beer

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Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Holiday Hubub” Edition

Howdy folks, and welcome to the next to last Friday before Christmas.  And yep, we’re starting to get caught up in all the usual holiday hubub, hence the title of this week’s post. You know how it goes, Invitations to be at three different things in three different places on the same day, trying to make sure all the last minute gifts are bought, dealing with single digit temperatures at night, all the fun stuff. In the meantime, the world marches on. And with that, let’s see what we have for this week!

  1. I’m going to start with this one because it made me laugh. Straight from the “wait, someone actually got paid money to research this?” department comes a study that has looked into, of all things, the drinking habits of one James Bond. Yes. THAT James Bond. And apparently, they’ve determined his drinking is likely to be the cause of his demise. According to the study “British researchers predict he could die from alcohol-related causes, such as liver damage, by age 56.” Assuming of course, he doesn’t die first from, of I don’t know… Bullets, Knives, Bombs, Poison, Explosions, Lasers, Sharks, Plane Crashes, or any other exotic, overly complicated means of death. Because he’s a spy. Which totally makes alcohol his likely cause of death. Sheesh
  2. Speaking of sharks…. Note to self, if you ever get a chance to go to the beach near Camp Pendleton. Do not go swimming. Fishing on the other hand, might be fun, considering there are great white sharks to be caught. And yes, this is one of those stories that I used because I thought it was cool. And at least this is a shark story that doesn’t involve a shark biting a human.
  3. Staying in the “I thought it was cool” department, but moving to the automotive history wing of the exhibit…. We have an article talking about the history of the Michelin Man. Never really realized he’d been around so long. And yeah, some of those early costumes, gotta say I agree. They could be viewed as being quite creepy. I did think the picture of him smoking a cigar was kind of funny. Not what I usually think of when I think of smoking tires. More like this:
  4. As the holidays approach, and you plan and get ready for your holiday travels and travails, here’s a piece of advice to keep in mind. It’s generally okay to sleep on the plane. Heck, I’ve been known to nod off before we’re even off the ground. But when you manage to sleep through the landing, well… you risk being left on the plane and locked in!
  5. Lastly… Ah those crazy Canadians. Now they’re trying to claim the North Pole! Now, I’m not an authority on the subject, but I don’t believe Santa Claus considers himself to be a Canadian. And it was certainly never mentioned as such in any of the TV specials I watched growing up. So I really can’t see this happening without a fight. Especially since they’re doing it right around Christmas. I bet they’re hoping to catch him out of the workshop when they show up.  My money is on Santa in this one. It’s been tried before.

Okay folks, that’s five and I’m out of here. So until next week, how about an old school Christmas song that doesn’t get a ton of play,  from back when MTV actually had music and stuff going on?

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

 

Five Thoughts on a Friday- The “Where did the week go?” Edition

Howdy folks, and happy Friday. Yep, it’s Friday again – and as this week’s title will attest, I swear it was just Monday morning yesterday. Normally I would say that blasting through a week that fast is sort of a good thing – it gets you to the weekend faster. This week though, and this time of year, I’m not so sure. With all the holiday obligations this time of year brings, plus all the other stuff going on – it’s enough to make you need a beer! Hmmm… maybe it being Friday already is a good thing. That being said, let’s see what we’ve got this week, shall we?

  1. I can’t help it, it’s one of my favorite movie lines. So I can help but wonder… When Chief Brody said they needed a bigger boat….

    I have to wonder if something like this was what he had in mind? Because at 1,601 feet it’s as big as they come!
  2. Now, I know it has the potential to be a very disruptive weather event, but seeing as it’s only December 6th I find it a bit worrisome that the weather and news media have dubbed today “Ice Friday”. I mean, it’s getting on winter time. This type of weather is to be expected to a certain degree. And having spent some time in Dallas, yes – they are used to getting a bit of ice and snow there. So, again, isn’t it a bit early to be talking about the 2nd or 3rd “Deathstorm” or “Snowpocalypse” of the season already? And can we please stop  with the naming winter storms thing? That’s just plain silly.
  3. For this one, let’s hop from silly, to funny. At least, I think it’s funny. After all, what’s not to love about a silly ski trick gone wrong? Note to self, do not try this on the upcoming ski trip. Because odds are I’d hit my own truck instead of an innocent bus.
  4. I have to laugh at this one for two reasons. One, it just goes to show that sometimes, even having the owner’s manual isn’t enough. And two, the lines at the end of the article:

    “Glossop gave it another try, and the tank it rolled backward again through another guardrail and down an embankment.

    Glossop was cited for reckless driving and first-degree criminal mischief.

    Hastings says the tank is fine.”

    So… Final score… guardrails and driver… Zero. Tank… Two.

  5. And lastly, from the not real bright, to an excuse to bust out one of my all time favorite commercials. Every week during college football season, the ESPN Gameday crew goes to a big game. And every week in the crowd behind them, people try to get their clever signs on television. And last week, one enterprising student succeeded. His sign read simply… “Hi Mom, send Bitcoin” and had a QR Code next to the Bitcoin logo. Well, a picture of the sign made it online where people we able to read the QR code. And that student’s sign, as a result… netted him roughly $24,000 in one day. As the guys in the Guinness commercials liked to say… Brilliant!

Okay folks, that’s five and I’m out of here! Off to go find that beer and see if I can look into this supposed phenomenon known as… sleep. I don’t think it exists, but I’m sure gonna give it a try the weekend. In the meantime, let’s close out by keeping with the holiday theme. And since it’s definitely cold enough outside, how about we just “Let it snow“, huh?

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer