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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

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Charcoal Gray” Edition

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all survived and enjoyed turkey day yesterday. I’ll do my best to keep it quick and light-hearted this week, in an effort to get finished up before I slip back into a turkey induced coma. So with that in mind, let’s get at it, shall we?

  1. Is it really appropriate to call today black Friday anymore? It seems to me that the name, which originally came from this being they day when brick and mortar retailers would see their stores reach the point of profitability for the year (Which would be shown in black ink rather than red for showing a loss), hence the name. With the sales starting earlier and earlier now, I just don’t see the connection anymore. Ah well…. maybe I’m just getting too old.
  2. It is now officially acceptable to not only have Christmas decorations up, but to turn them on at night in my world. And for the record the earliest official time it’s acceptable in my world occurs just after sundown on Thanksgiving. I think it goes back to when I was growing up, and we’d be watching the Cowboys game at grandma’s house. At some point during that game, Norelco would run an ad with Santa Claus using the top of an electric razor as a sled. And that came to signal that it was Christmas time to me.
  3. Now, I’m gonna say this up front. I didn’t go out shopping yesterday. We aren’t going out shopping today, either. But for everyone yelling about places being open and available to shop – deal with it. You’re in the minority. We live in a democratic republic, and people have voted… with their wallets. Maybe it has something to do with their being fewer shopping days this year. I don’t know. I know you won’t get me to go out in that madness, but obviously enough people will to make it worthwhile for stores to be open. So that’s that.
  4. On a more cheerful note if you happen to be from my neck of the woods – we got to see something from a group that works every single Thanksgiving day that we haven’t seen in a decade. The Detroit Lions won a game on Thanksgiving for the first time since 2003! And for that, I am thankful!
  5. Lastly, it’s not a post from me without some sort of random geek type news, and this one is no different. Again, these are here because I think a story about how a comet basically appears to have burned up while flying too close to the sun is cool. If you’ll pardon the pun.

Okay folks, that’s a quick five thoughts on black Friday and I’m off to get back to work. Which in this case means I’m off to make a turkey and swiss omelet. In the meantime, considering I did wake up to snow on the ground yesterday… It is now time to bust these out. After all, it did sorta look like a Marshmallow World.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “On this day in history…” Edition

Good morning everyone, and welcome to this week’s edition of Five Thoughts. As you may or may not have heard been bombarded with media coverage of, today is apparently a significant anniversary of a major event in United States political history.  And that’s all I’m really going to say about it. Not because I of any  political stances, but simply because I’m sure you’ll get (or have already gotten) more than enough media coverage of it.  So, what does that leave us to talk about?  Let’s find out!

  1. I admit, I’m a bit of a science geek. Now, I have no great desire to research the inner workings of the universe or anything like that, but I do enjoy reading about some stuff. Like a giant supernova blast that emitted a bunch of gamma rays. Although I have to say, I was sorely disappointed that there was one glaring omission. Lets be honest here, no story involving gamma rays is complete without mentioning this guy.
  2. Think this is a very cool article, about a volcano creating a new bit of land off the coast of Japan. Except for the part where they talk about how the new island might be eroded away. Or it might not. Wow, way to cover all the bases there, guys. No fooling you.
  3. While we’re on the subject of our planet – here’s one from the weird. wild, nightmare, makes you wonder department. As in, the fisherman that caught it were wondering…. what in the world is that thing we just caught? Well, it’s a long-nosed chimaera. Here’s the description….
    “boasts a whip-like tail and an enlarged cone-shaped nose” and paired with this other tidbit of info..
    “these denizens, although they exist in oceans around the world, inhabit depths of up to 6,000 feet and are rarely encountered.”
  4. Coming back on land, we have news of a landing gone wrong. As in “landing at the wrong airport”. See what I did there? What the pilots did, however, was land a massive 747 Dreamlifter at the wrong airport in Wichita, Kansas. Oops.  And when I say the thing is massive? Well, here – you can watch for yourself
  5. And lastly, what’s a Five Thoughts without something from the “You’re not real bright, are you?” department? Especially when you work as a Financial Adviser, and you think the tolls on a toll road are optional. Leading to a whopping $202,000 in fines! When faced with a story like this, there’s only one man we can turn to. Red?

Okay folks, that’s five and from the looks of the weather report, I need to go get some firewood ready. It’s fixin’ to get COLD. No worries though, I’m not going to bust out the Christmas music yet. Even though they’re saying we may get some snow. In the meantime, I think this burnin’ number should get you warmed up.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “No Opening Day Here” Edition

Howdy folks, and welcome to this week’s edition of Five Thoughts. Pretty quiet day around here today. PB is off doing his best Elmer Fudd impression, and a whole lot of other people are either now sleeping, or still glued to their couch/television with the release of the new Playstation 4. So while we have a few moments, let’s see what’s going on this week, shall we?

  1. It’s funny that we mention hunting in the opening today, because apparently the guys in the woods aren’t the only ones hunting.It would seem that hot on the heels of the Alligator at the Airport in Chicago, the Chicago police are now hunting for the person they believe brought said alligator to the airport. On the train. Yep, they have footage of it. Snakes on a plane, Gators on a train? Could be a sequel!
  2. Seems like this one would be right in the wheelhouse of all the video game playing folks that are home today blissfully shooting away at pixellated bad guys, racing cars, or flying planes. Or maybe not the flying part. After all, the Air Force is now searching for a drone that went down in Lake Ontario. Hmmm… wonder if they were hunting that mayor up in Toronto who’s been in the news so much lately? Apparently video game flying is harder than it looks!
  3. It’s a  airbag! For your head! Or as they like to call it, an invisible bicycle helmet. Yeah, I really don’t have much else to add. Except I generally prefer to not wear a helmet, and NOT FALL OFF MY BIKE to begin with. Seems to have worked for me most of these years. Safety first though, I guess.
  4. I post this for all of my engineering friends. Many of whom are too busy with their new Playstation 4 this morning to spend too much time thinking about this right now, but when they get back from their sick day/vacation day/didn’t go in because they were picking up the next gen gaming console at midnight day off, this will help. And it’s even based on scientific studies. That’s right, for all of you who always have trouble, science has now issued you a guide. For how to properly pee into a urinal. Just in case you haven’t been able to figure it out on your own.
  5. We haven’t talked about cars very much in this space here lately. But we’re going to sort of talk about it now. And by sort of, I mean we’re going to talk about trucks. Big trucks. Big Volvo trucks. And we’re going to do it just so I have a reason to sneak in a mention of the new Volvo commercial that has Jean-Claude Van Damme in it. Doing the splits. Between two moving trucks. Is it just me, or does it hurt to even watch that?

Okay folks, that’s five and that means it’s time for me to split! (Ba-dum-bump!) In the meantime, Here’s hoping everyone out in the woods stays safe, stays warm, and finds happiness.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “It was just right here!” Edition

Happy Friday everyone,

Whether you’re going to make it a freakin’ Friday or not (And hey, who am I to judge if someone wants to get their freak on?) it is still Friday and that means it’s time for this week’s Five Thoughts. Been a crazy week around here, and it’s nice to see that the news has kept up its end of the bargain as well. So with that being said, let’s get started shall we?

  1. Every now and then, a theme seems to form in my head as I look at stories from the past week. This was one of those weeks. Starting with the thief that made off with 140,000 pounds of walnuts. The article fails to mention if they were shelled or un-shelled. But where exactly do you hide 140,000 pounds of walnuts? And a street value of $400,000?? Hmm, I wonder if my neighbors realize how much money the squirrels are stealing out of their walnut tree?
  2. As anyone who reads these posts has probably noticed by now. I find new technology, especially technology that flies, very interesting. And if you want to talk about something that would literally prompt someone to say “It was just right here!”, how about a plane capable of traveling at Mach 6, or roughly 3,500 miles per hour. And while I’m not a big conspiracy uy, I can’t help but wonder. If they’re willing to talk about it in the paper now. What do they really already have ready? As in, what type of plane and what can it do?
  3. Speaking of planes that “were just right here”… I suppose if this had to happen, this was the best way for it to. You’re on a skydiving trip with a group when someone comments, “Hey, didn’t our plane have 2 wings when we left the ground?” Yep. There was a mid-air collision between two skydiving planes. So what did the people with parachutes do? They hopped out and survived, thankfully.
  4. This one can’t be real. Can it? There were just 160 sheep right here! Now they’ve been stolen. What’s that? Where’s here? Oh, right outside the town of Wool.  Sheep? Wool? Really?
  5. This last one? It isn’t an “It was just here” incident. Although I suspect the Chicago airport authorities would have preferred it NOT be there. ‘It’ being an alligator. Alive. In the airport. You know who probably did pull a quick disappearing act though? The first unsuspecting person who saw it.

Okay folks, that’s five and that means that it’s time for Me to not be here! As in I was just here, but now I’m not! You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here! I think that about covers it, don’t you? And with that, it’s time for me to Disappear.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer