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Five Thoughts on a Friday – the “Big D” edition

So what do you think of our new toy?  Should we keep JR around? He *was* responsible for the technical mishaps earlier though. I’ll hold that against him. Anyways, let’s get started.

  1. If you follow video games at all, you’ve already heard. And no, we’re not referencing a previous Friday post and talking about the word. Unless you’re a gamer who’s been living under a rock for the past week you’ve heard that the next World of Warcraft expansion is set to be released on December 7th. Somebody do me a favor and check attendance levels at work and school on the 7th and 8th of December. I think they’ll be a bit low.
  2. Last week I mentioned the traffic signs telling people to go to the state website to look for traffic info. In a state that has a ban on texting while driving.  I don’t think they read this blog, but those signs have been changed. This week, they’re warning us that “Big Trucks Have Big Blind Spots”. Really? Thanks there, Captain Obvious.  Seriously, I want that job if that’s the best you have to do.
  3. Speaking of Captains…Johnny Depp did something pretty cool the other day. Well, let me rephrase that. It would appear that Captain Jack Sparrow did something pretty cool. I understand why he looks like a pirate – but what about the other guys in the background though. Was it pirate day at school or something?
  4. This news comes via Autoblog, who got it from The Detroit Bureau. Now I don’t know weather to file this under “Journalism police”, “grammar police”, or “headline editor police” but it needs to go somewhere. There are two headlines available on this:Exclusive Report: Nissan May Offer Free Car Loans To Leaf Buyers  (The Detroit Bureau) and
    Nissan to offer free conventional car loan to Leaf buyers to ease range anxiety? (Autoblog)
    Here’s my issue with both of them. While I think the second one is a bit better, it’s still lacking….. The article is about a loaner car. There is a significant difference between a CAR LOAN, and a LOANER CAR. These headlines make it sound like they’re talking about automotive financing, not loaning an electric car owner a gas powered vehicle for longer trips. Small wonder people get confused!
  5. So let me get this straight…. The new RMS Queen Elizabeth has arrived in port and is the replacement for the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2). That ship of course…. replaced the Queen Elizabeth. Wait… what? Do they not believe in the number 3 at Cunard Lines? When this one gets replaced are they going to name it’s replacement the QE2 again?

Ok folks, that’s a slightly delayed five and we’re off to chase down the weekend. Sorry about the technical glitches that held things up today. If you’re wondering about how we got all the way down here without any references to tie in the “Big D” edition title… Well, you weren’t paying attention in the 80’s, were you? (If you weren’t there, you’re excused).

See, while I realize that the model used in the video up top was probably intended to be a certain former US president know by a one letter nickname… In the hat, that character reminds me of a TV character known by two letters. J R. As in J.R. Ewing. That’s right folks, we’re talking 80’s prime time television cheese of the highest order here. We’re talking Dallas. Which was obviously set in “Big D”.

Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!
-Beer

From the obscure reaches of Beermaker’s brain….

Yes, I’ve totally gone off the rails this week. Must be all that eggnog.

We saw one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies again recently. I like them, they’re pretty entertaining and funny. Still, there’s always been something about Captain Jack Sparrow. Something that made me think the idea and the appearance of the guy wasn’t quite new or originally. I always had the feeling I’d seen him somewhere before.

Now, I’d been to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride so I always kind of figured that was probably it. Some sort of old connection to that somehow.  I mean, here’s dear ol’ Jack… not exactly a common look:

And yet way off in the dark corners of my brain it just kept kicking around. The idea I’d seen something like that somewhere before. Then the obscure happened.

So I checked at first. No, the rum wasn’t gone so I wasn’t seeing things. There really was a predecessor to Captain Jack Sparrow.  At least in terms of dress. Now call me crazy if you want, it wouldn’t be the first time or the worst thing I’ve been called. So, am I going to say it? You betcha.

Ladies and Gentleman, please meet Captain Jack Sparrow’s fashion inspiration…

Mr. Adam Ant

Well, what do you think?
If nothing else, it gives me a chance to use an early days of MTV type of video.

Until next time, Later folks!
-Beer