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Five Thoughts on a Friday – The soggy weekend edition

So, were still here! (So I guess we should apologize for that, huh?) And that means it’s time to crank out another edition of Five Thoughts! (Hence the apology). Since it’s a holiday weekend here in the states, I’m sure people are itching to get the weekend started. If they haven’t already. So let’s get going…

  1. Not to dwell on what DIDN’T happen last Saturday. But the guy who made the original prediction is now saying the end of the world is coming in October. That it was “Always that day” and this past Saturday was just the “Spiritual Judgment”. Wait… so all the judging is done? So, that’s like school right… once you know you have the grades to pass the class, even though the term isn’t over? So, if you’re ‘saved’, it’s already set up?  So, Mr. Camping, what you’re telling me is now we got a free pass until the end of the world? Talk about global “senioritis“! Party time!
  2. I wasn’t going to use this one. I kept telling myself I wasn’t going to use this one. But how can you pass up a headline that says “Mullet Bandit“?  Answer.. You can’t. So you don’t. And I don’t need to comment any further than that. I know you’re gonna click the link. You won’t be able to stop yourself.
  3. Ok, now on to more fun and topical things. It’s Memorial Day here in the states. I’ll leave the proper description to the link above and focus more on some other things it’s known for.
    -It’s the first real “Summer” type holiday for most of the country. Especially in the northern states.
    -It’s known for lousy weather in many of said states when people try to go camping or hold picnics or parties outside.
    – It’s known for being a beautiful weekend if you failed to make plans to do anything or score an invite to one of the aforementioned events.
    -It’s about trying to travel somewhere and getting stuck in traffic!
    -It’s the kickoff of the summer grilling season, regardless!
  4. Just in time for Memorial Day, Yahoo! has posted a handy guide about the Best and Worst BBQ foods. And it wasn’t even CLOSE to being what I hoped/wanted it to be. It’s one of those annoying “Eat or Drink THIS, not THAT” type of list. To the fine folks that put that list together… I’m sure you meant well, but let me be honest for a moment. If I’m having a BBQ and I hear one of my guests say something like “I’ll just have this frozen fruit bar, instead…” Well… here: (Link for those on phones)
  5. Another great Memorial Day tradition is the Indy 500. That’s a link to a great piece on it, but I have to disagree a little bit. I remember that being THE race growing up. These days, I think it gets lost in the shuffle a bit. I’m not sure it ever recovered from the IRL/CART split back in the 1990’s. Still, it involves really cool cars, going REALLY fast. What’s not to like? Although the days of guys running around with invisible flames as the high test alcohol fuel burned them was entertaining, too. As long as you weren’t the one on Fire. (Hey, I was young! And you never saw anything else like that on ABC!)

Ok, that’s five and it’s time for everyone to hit the road and have a great, safe, Memorial Day weekend.  A little traveling music for the road. And since most of us will be playing in traffic at some point this weekend, I give you…. Traffic!

Have a great weekend folks!

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Under Pressure” edition

Happy Friday everyone!

Looks like we’ve arrived on the verge of another weekend. So things can’t be all bad, right? We’re feeling a bit of pressure here at the Beerbarrel today.  Someone was kind enough this week to refer to our little endeavor as “funny” and specifically mentions this very Five Thoughts series as “great”. See, that’s the problem with praise… now we have to live up to it!

So with that in mind, let’s kick this one off and see where we land when it’s all over!

  1. Folks, I need to put this one on the top. I just really do. Even if I happen to think it’s somewhat faulty logic, I can understand the appeal of those “Out of a job yet? Keep buying foreign” bumper stickers. But folks… FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY… if you’re going to put one of those on your car, take the TWO MINUTES TO MAKE SURE YOUR CAR WASN’T BUILT IN ANOTHER COUNTRY! I mean, putting one of those on a car built in another country is ALMOST as bad as the “I work for Ford, I drive a Ford” license plate holder I saw… On a Cadillac. I honestly wish I was making that last part up, but I’m not.
  2. Moving on… I have to put this one here just so I can use a gratuitous Jaws reference. They’re gonna need a bigger boat! (CNN had a video on this as well, and they even showed some Jaws footage. The didn’t use the bigger boat line. For shame, CNN! That’s a pop culture gimme right there!)
  3. I’ve noticed a new ad from Kingsford Charcoal. It’s a new version of their “Slow down and grill” ad campaign. it’s for…. Match Light. The quick lighting charcoal. So…. we’re supposed to “Slow down and grill” with fast, easy lighting charcoal? Hmmm… maybe I’ll just fire up the gas grill while you work this one out, okay folks?  (For the record, I use a gas grill and charcoal. Although I use a chimney starter for the coals, no lighter fluid)
  4. Now, I really don’t mean any offense to anyone who’s handicapped but this one needs to go into the “Are you kidding me?” file. The upper floor of the lifeguard building needs to be brought into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities act? They can’t get a waiver? So, there are a lot of disabled lifeguards out there? Yes, I know I’m being a bit harsh. But silly is silly, and that is most definitely silly.
  5. Really BP? Who the heck is running your PR these days? You’re fighting one of the biggest PR battles in the history of the PR industry with this oil spill, and stuff like photoshopped pictures are being approved for publication? What in the world are you (not)thinking? For the record, I do hold a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations. So if you need some simple advice like oh, I don’t know… “you’ve got enough trouble, don’t go faking photos and make more for yourself. You already have a big enough mess to clean up!” just give us a shout. That first one was free. You’re welcome.

Ok folks. That’s five thoughts on a rainy Friday here. We’ve also got a Tropical Storm down in the gulf so stay tuned, because events like that almost always lead to some sort of amusing story. We’re out for the weekend! See you soon.

And because this is how I felt writing this one, like I mentioned in the opening….

Have a great weekend folks!

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The road to nowhere edition

Wow, Friday again already. I guess it’s a good thing when the work week breezes right by. Lot’s going on and lots coming up. It keeps you hopping. Here in the States, we’re coming up on Memorial Day. Now, it’s regarded a a lot of things – 3 day weekend, the official start of summer, the okay to wear white (I don’t get that one either) but the real reason is to remember those who gave their lives in service to their country. So regardless of your opinions of anything currently happening, think kindly of those who have passed on. Now, there’s one other thing that Memorial Day weekend tends to bring, road trips! And NO, I am not playing “On the Road Again”. We’re staying home, but I am going to roll out this week’s five thoughts.

  1. We’ve already established that I like lists. I especially like lists that include a number of the scariest highways to drive on. Best part is, I’ve driven a number of them already, and have a trip scheduled for another. Worst part? I think my daily drive into the office is scarier.
  2. It’s like a road trip, but with BBQ! Having been through this area, I can also joke that to some it may qualify for the scary highway trip. The food, outstanding! The article, timely. Although in all honesty, there should be one more stop on that trail. A stop at the cardiologist’s office.
  3. Don’t go down THIS road. Seriously, this is a public service courtesy of the Beerbarrel. Do not *ever* use a search term like “wild Asian ass” in a search engine to finish the crossword puzzle of your local paper. It will not end how you think it will.
  4. The road at the bottom of the ocean. A cool story about a lost, but mostly preserved city being explored. Underwater. You’ll need a bigger boat.
  5. The end of the road? Granted, they haven’t done a really noteworthy vehicle of their own in decades now, but it would be really sad to see another historic automotive brand consigned to the scrap heap in the sky.

And that’s five roadmarkers thoughts, so it’s time to hit the gas and move along. Where are we going? Nowhere.

Have a great weekend folks!