Category Archives: Random Thoughts

Five Thoughts on a Friday…”The Zombie edition”

Hello?  Where did everyone go?   Oh, is that someone out there???  Can you hear me?  If so, here are the items of the week.

1. My partner is alive out there somewhere..I know he is.  How do I know this…I keep receiving this video from him.  Is this some type of weird code?

2.  The trade deadline has come and gone and it was pretty much a snoozefest.  I’m wondering if this Canadian was listening to it on the radio or something?

3.  Seriously?  Is this a Saturday Night Live spoof?   Am I being Punk’d?

4.  Sigh…this was waiting to happen.

5.  If you ever wanted to have a sign that we have finally given up on life…this is got to be a good start or maybe end?.

Well, that’s it folks…if anyone is even out there!  Have a great weekend!

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Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Soggy Summer Swan Song” Edition

Good morning everyone, and welcome to this week’s edition of Five Thoughts. We’re coming to you live from a soggy, steamy, foggy, gray morning in southeastern Michigan today. A quick check of the calendar reveals that we’ve had a full moon this past week, so yeah… no shortage of weirdness in the news this week! And with that in mind, let’s get to it!

  1. I knew this one was going in the second I saw the headline. I mean, how do you top a headline that reads “Herpes-Infected Monkeys Invade Florida“. Yeah… I got nothing. Except for a feeling of gratitude that I never ended up moving down there. Oh… and if anyone asks, don’t touch the monkey. (No not going with the ‘Shock the Monkey’ song here. We’re going with The old SNL ‘Dieter’ bit)
  2. Speaking of Florida, I was shocked when I read this next article. Because it wasn’t from Florida. No, this one comes to us from New York (Long Island), where authorities found 850 snakes (!) in the home of an animal control officer. Apparently, the guy has a thing for snakes.
  3. Speaking of snakes…. Or, not snakes as the case may be. When is a snake not a snake? When it’s a legless lizard from California, apparently. A new species of legless lizard has been discovered in the dunes just west of Los Angeles Airport (LAX). Heh, they aren’t fooling me. I know what they’re up to. If they look like a snake, they’re a snake. And that close to an airport? They’re snakes trying to get on a plane. I’m on to them!
  4. Since we’re talking about LAX airport, I wonder if those ‘legless lizards’ are trying to sneak onto THIS plane. Yeah, I don’t get it. To me, a Hello Kitty themed Boeing 777 is straight out of the ‘What in the hell??’ department. I just don’t get it.
  5. This last one comes to us courtesy of our resident college football junkie, PB. He may have found it. The college football game played each year where the ‘winner’ takes home the ugliest trophy in all of sports. It’s worth a read, just for the picture of the ‘trophy’ alone. Not to mention the author taking a shot at the stunt the University of Michigan pulled last week. After all, that’s what’s supposed to make college sports fun.

Okay folks, that’s five and I’m out of here. We’ve got a busy agenda on the docket this weekend, including an Oktoberfest celebration tonight.  So, here’s hoping that as we wind down summer, things will dry out just a bit and we can get one last heatwave.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

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

NFL Picks round 2!

Good afternoon everyone,

Wow, somehow we managed to cobble together a .500 record for our picks last week. It broke down like this..

PB  -(A Steelers fan, so that means in most years he follows REAL football), well, PB gets the gold star. He went 4 for 4.
Beer – A former hockey fan who likes football. When it’s on. 2 for 4. Hey, 2 lucky guesses!
Kingkielbasa – 0 for 4. He was not happy.

On to this weeks picks! (A side note, Kingkielbasa wasn’t able to get his picks in as of this writing. We didn’t throw him out. We’ll try to get him back for the next round.)

AFC
Baltimore at Denver
Beer
– I like Baltimore, and I think they’ve gotten a big lift just from Ray Lewis coming back. EVen if it isn’t “in his prime” Ray Lewis. But there is no way I’m going against Peyton Manning at home in this game. That’s why they played to win all those games, and Denver wins it at home in this one.

PB – Well let’s see now Ray vs. Peyton is how the pundits have billed this one. The last ride for Ray and Peyton’s big comeback year. I don’t agree with this at all. Look at how things have shaped up between these two teams. Baltimore is outstanding at home in the playoffs and not so much on the road. The Broncos are the same way as is most of the NFL. It comes down to this, Denver’s Defense vs. Baltimore’s offense. I see this game going to the Bronco’s with a little extra whining by Ray Rice because he didn’t have more handoffs. Denver in a tight one.

Houston at New England
Beer – I watched a good chunk of last week’s ‘game’ where I had picked Cincinnati over Houston. I remarked after the game that I thought Houston had ‘survived’ the Bengals more than beaten them to won the game. Needless to say, I’m not a big fan of this year’s Texans. Heck, they almost lost to the Lions this year! Needless to say, I’m picking New England.

PB – Gary Kubiak as my friend so wisely stated “survived” last week’s game. I agree with that statement to a point. Thing is the Texans have a solid defense and a dynamic offense with arguably the best all around running back in the league. That said welcome to Bill Belichick’s world. The Patriots have excellent defense, special teams, oh and let’s not forget they have a three time Super Bowl winning QB in a guy some people have heard of named Brady. Magic Eight Ball says New England.

NFC
Seattle at Atlanta
Beer – I had to save picking this game until the end. On paper, it should be a stomp job by Atlanta. The Falcons were 7-1 at home, the Seahawks were 3-5 on the road. Seems easy, right? Except the Seahawks won on the road last weekend. And Atlanta’s Matt Ryan led performances thus far leave it with a record of… 0-3. Still, I think I’m going to go with Atlanta, at home for the win.

PB – Well Seattle won the same amount of playoff games this year as the Lion’s have in over 50 years. Just had to get that little dig in, sorry. Anyway, Russell Wilson is the QB everyone forgot about from the draft but guess what? He is the only one on to the next round in the playoffs. I see this game as a close, hard hitting contest because both defenses are very good. Atlanta is really tough at home and with time off Matt Ryan can be lethal after a break. One team road tested the other has not won a playoff game with their QB. Seattle with a last second field goal.

Green Bay at San Francisco
Beer – This one sees the packers leave the frozen tundra of Green bay for the City by the Bay in San Francisco, where the weather is noticeably better. And so is the resident football team. There’s an awful lot to like about this year’s 49er’s team. And I can see them winning here. That being said, I’m going to go with Green Bay, I just think they find a way to pull it out.

PB – Well Frisco caught lightning in a bottle with a QB change (Sorry Alex Smith). The Niners have time off to prepare for the second coming of The Greatest Show On Any Turf in the Packers offense. Not sure how the Niners will react with a guy starting at QB for his first NFL playoff game. Niners have a really good defense but not as good as last years was. Aaron Rogers is coming home and is excellent as a road playoff QB. It all comes down to GB’s defense and if they can show up. See this one coming down to a Rogers last 55 seconds drive from his 12 yard line and throwing a strike to Jordy Nelson for the game winner. Green Bay on to the Conference Finals.

So there you go folks. Our far from expect picks guesses on who’s going to win this weekend. Let’s see how we do this time. Enjoy the games!

Happy Halloween (a rerun?)

Happy Halloween everyone!  Because of the holiday, I wanted to write a quick post about the holiday, but as Beer knows…I’m too lazy.  So I began to wonder, if TV shows can get away with…can you rerun a blog?  Then I figured, nah..that’s too cheesy…so I decided to do like some of the old cartoons and three stoogies episodes…I’ll splice some old content with a bit of new and call it a new blog!

Here are some tips for the Halloween Trick or Treaters tonight:

* If you’re holding hands with anyone but your parents or grandparents while treat or treating….you’re probably too old.

* If you’re talking on a cell phone while coming up to my door holding out your bag…you’re probably too old to trick or treat.

* If you have boobs that would make a super model jealous and they aren’t balloons or another fake item…you’re probably too old to trick or treat.

* If your costume consist of a basketball jersey and a basketball…you’re probably too old to trick or treat.

*If your brother/sister is sick or grounded and you were carrying a bag for them….they probably shouldn’t get any candy for a reason.

*If you’re going to put up a huge halloween display weeks before, you probably want to actually be there to pass out candies on the actual day.

*I get it if you don’t believe in the holiday, no worries, but to leave your light on and trick the kids into coming to hear the “word”….wrong.

*I also get it if your neighborhood is so bad that you have to take your kids somewhere else so they can be safe. But come on…..park the car and walk with them! This driving along side of the road as they go house to house is cheesy.

*Finally, in these tough times, I get the buying the cheapest candy possible. I also get that you are only giving out one piece of bubblegum as a treat. I just want to thank those people that go against the grain and actually still give out bags of potato chips….You guys are awesome!

Now I’ll leave you with a bit of Detroit Nostalgia:

 

VERSUS!

Cheesiest SuperHero TV Show

FIGHT!

The Amazing Spider-Man

VS.
Batman

VS.
Captain America

VS.
Hulk

Useless internet item of the week

I’m just speechless by this video…….at the same point, I can’t stop watching it.