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Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Back to Reality” edition

Howdy folks, and happy Friday. I’ll be honest. I was not looking forward to writing this post today. Why? Well, it means I’m back from vacation. (Um.. Beer.. you already posted about vacation..) Yes. Yes I did. But this is the first real post that I felt obligated to do. The notes from the road was just for fun. Still, it’s Friday… so let’s see what Beer’s got rattling around in his brain  (Other than rocks, you mean?) Hey! I heard that! Anyhow – let’s get started.

  1. I was going to start in on the back to reality theme, and how hard it is.. Blah, blah blah. Then the news went and hit the “Easy” button for me. How can you not lead with a news item that involves “trouser snake” puns and jokes? Yes, it’s an article about people putting snakes in their pants. And the best part? One of those people got caught at the Miami airport. Meaning they were trying to get snakes… on a plane! Which of course is an excuse to post this!

    Ok, yes. I used the TV edit version to avoid being too crude. Want the original? It’s right here.
  2. Ran across this little blurb dealing with an NFL player’s contract. (Pro football salaries are about as far from reality as it gets for most of us). This is the line that really gets me:
    “We certainly are not unhappy with our contract. Do we believe we outperformed the contract? Absolutely. Did we expect to outperform the contract. Sure. Are we bitter or unhappy? Not at all,”
    That was said by the player’s AGENT. Dude.. who’s this WE? How many sacks did you have? HE outperformed his deal. Singular. The guy on the field. There is no “We”.

    Oh what the hell.. Since it looks like the guy is going to get a new contract, let’s go one more. Yeah, I’m going there.

  3. CNN has an article up about being a Swedish chef. It’s a pretty interesting read and some of the stuff does really sound good. But I have to admit, and I’m sure it’s why the link from the main page was “Be a real Swedish chef”, that once you read “Swedish Chef” we all thought of just one thing….
  4. This caught my eye over on Autoblog. Is it car related? I guess if you consider stunt people getting hit by cars “car related”. But it was pretty funny (language is not PG though, so careful at work). And since this has Lee Majors in it:

    I couldn’t help but slip this one in, too
  5. You didn’t think you were getting away without me making a Labor Day reference, did you? What in the world *IS* Labor day, anyways? According to the Department of Labor “It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” Thankfully with all the job losses recently, we haven’t had to make a concession on the holiday just yet. (Annnd THAT’S about as close to a political statement as I am going to make!)   What does it mean? Well, it means a long weekend. It means things like grilling and camping and campfires. It means FOOTBALL!! Isn’t that enough reason to celebrate? I think so.

Ok, that’s five and a metric ton of video embeds. Now that I’ve gotten back from vacation hopefully I’ll have that out of my system for a while. But probably not. Either way, as we head into the long holiday weekend I need to pay one last tribute to my recent Bahamian vacation and the events that transpired. Yeah, I’m talking about Irene. And yeah, you better look away now if you don’t want to hear what’s coming next because I’m going there

Have a great holiday weekend, folks!
-Beer

Uh oh… Beermaker’s talking to his brain again….

Howdy folks, and here we are on a Tuesday..

“Uh Beer? Did you get lost? You feeling ok?”

Doing fine. What, I can’t post on Tuesday?

“Well, it’s just that statistically speaking, you NEVER do.”

Then it’s time to change that. Do you mind if I go ahead and get started? I’d like to talk a bit about the Packers/Steelers game a bit. You know, the one with the trademarked name that was played in Dallas?

“Um.. You’re a day late you know. You should have done that yesterday. You know, the day after the game?”

Yes. I know. I was busy, and I wanted to take a day to see what everyone else would say. See how my impressions held up to public opinion.

“Uh oh… This can’t be good”

Do you mind? Can I start now?

“Well, technically I’m YOUR mind, but go ahead..”

See what I put up with folks? Anyhow, let’s do a little big game review and recap. See, I was more interested in the commercials and the halftime show. Don’t get me wrong, there were two teams I liked playing, and other than too many drops on both sides I thought it was a pretty good game.

The commercials? Mostly uninspired. Too many old, recycled ideas.Just having different people do basically the same spots year after year? Boring. Still, there were a few bright spots. Especially if you enjoy physical humor, or like automotive ads (Although there were a few misses mixed in with all the car ads, too. Can’t win them all).

The halftime show? Well, I know some people who loved it, but I have to agree with the majority of stuff I’ve seen that panned it. It was bad. It was just not good. Not only was it musically disappointing, but from a “show” standpoint I thought it also fell short. And here’s the thing, a while back a friend and I were going over who some of the next acts for the halftime show would be. I had actually mentioned the Black Eyed Peas. So it stung just a tiny bit on a personal level, too. How did I come to think they’d play a halftime show? These were some of the things we thought of:

  • Have to sing live. The NFL has shunned lip-syncing, limiting the acts.
  • There generally haven’t been a lot of repeat acts, so if they’ve played before take them off the list.
  • Have to be safe (Think wardrobe malfunction prevention). So having someone like the Red Hot Chili Peppers come out wearing tube socks would probably not be what the NFL would want.
  • Have to be pretty well known. That hot new band? Probably not a contender.

So there’s the criteria we went by. Felt pretty good about actually forecasting it too. Until I heard it. But here’s one thing to remember though folks, whether you want to complain about this year’s show, last year’s, or so on…   Sounding good and putting on a good show at halftime is challenging. This isn’t a concert where the stage is set up, all the sound system gets dialed in, and then the show starts. This is run in, set up, play, tear it all apart and go back to football. It’s tough.

As for upcoming acts? Well, I think the Black Eyed Peas were an attempt to get a little more hip  and younger compared to Sir Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, and Prince. I think that will probably continue next year too. Although I don’t really know where they might go right now, I’ll have to think about that. I do think that when they roll into the Meadowlands in 2014 that we may see a repeat. In the greater NY area I think they’ll really want a show and I can think of three local names that I’d call front-runners right now. Bruce Springsteen (From NJ, but a repeat), Bon Jovi (From NJ, has played season openers before but not halftime), or how about this one… He’s a New York guy. And he hasn’t ever played halftime. Could they already be considering someone like a Jay-Z for the halftime show?

Time will tell. And hopefully the ads will be better in the coming years, too. And let’s be honest. Some years are always better than others. Just like the actual games.
(Want to see all the ads from this year? Find them here.)

Later folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez” edition

Howdy folks, and welcome to the Five Thoughts with quite possibly the longest title ever. What does it mean? Check the first video at the end if you can’t figure it out. And a-waaaay we go!

  1. I have to start with this one. Just have to. Flooding is bad. Looting during flooding is even worse…  But being told to stay out of the water because of bull sharks being spotted in the floodwater? That’s just… yeah, just… yeah.
  2. I’m sitting here looking out the window at it snowing again. We got a decently snowstorm this past Tuesday as well but you know what? The days are already starting to get longer. We’re still in the grip of winter no doubt, but help is on the way. As I’ve said on this very blog before, there are 4 words that usher in the coming of spring. And it won’t be long now until we hear them… “Pitchers and Catchers Report“.
  3. So last weekend Seattle, who a lot of people didn’t even want in the NFL playoffs let alone hosting a playoff game, manged to beat the defending champion New Orleans Saints. Frankly, I don’t have a problem with them hosting a game at all. There’s one way to guarantee  that you make the playoffs and host a playoff game in the NFL. You win your division. They did that. So the division was horrible and they finished 7-9? Oh well. They still won. Life isn’t fair, either.
  4. Speaking of the NFL playoffs… Looking at potential matchups, I noticed it would be possible as of this writing, if the games played out the right way for the Green Bay Packers to win it all by beating the Eagles, Falcons, Seahawks, and then the Ravens. Holy Poultry! Now, I’m not saying they will. I’m just saying that as of this writing, it’s possible. Has there ever been a bird themed run like that in the playoffs before? And why do I notice and/or think of things like that?
  5. Ok, I know this one seems too easy but I can’t pass it up… Where’s Yakov Smirnoff when you need him. My co-blogger filled in for him though with this description… “In Russia, fox shoots you!”. And it really did.

Alrighty folks. That’s five and I’m out of here. I need to get ready for some dinner plans for the weekend. I know this great place for cajun food and drinks…

Given the title we went with this week, there was really only one choice….

Ok, that’s not entirely true. This would work quite well, too…

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The Back in the Grind Edition

Good morning folks and welcome to yet another Friday. Yep, that’s right. It’s Friday again already. I guess it comes with being busy but it seemed like it got here awfully fast for me. (Then again, like I said – it’s been busy around here)

So let’s get started, shall we?

  1. Locally the story of the week has pretty much been one thing. The University of Michigan fired their football coach. The ensuing chaos coming out of the clown college athletic department has been quite amusing. That and the calls into the radio shows from rabid fans who probably couldn’t find U-M on a map if you spotted them a map of Ann Arbor, MI. In the meantime, “As the Harbaugh Turns” goes on.
  2. I can see this causing riots. You can mess with tradition. You can even mess with beer. But when you mess with tradition AND beer? You’re just asking for trouble.
  3. WordPress has an interesting little challenge going. There’s two varieties. Post a Day, where you blog on some topic every day. And Post a week, where you blog at least once a week. What do you know? We’ve been doing that on Fridays for a while now. How about that? Don’t hold your breath on the daily updates though. Do you really want to hear from us that often?
  4. Interesting. Who would have figured this one. If the magnetic north pole shifts…. the Tampa Airport is effected. Who knew? Talk about weird science.
  5. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is in Vegas this week. So are the Adult Entertainment Expo. And USA Today runs a story on… Hotel rates. Now, it is a pretty interesting read, outlining how much the hotel rates increased for this (Notice i did not say they had “gone up”). I’ll leave all the other jokes alone.

Ok, that’s five thoughts on a snowy Friday and I’m ready to start the weekend and watch some NFL playoff football.

A little break from music videos, going with a TV show intro (Since I’ve been going over some of them lately for a post idea)

Have a great weekend Folks!
-Beer

 

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The close to home edition

Howdy folks, Happy New Year’s Eve!

I almost forgot to do this one today. I didn’t realize it was already Friday. Still, here we are an let’s get at it shall we?

  1. Once again, I just want to say this. Drywall dust goes everywhere. It doesn’t matter what you do, there’s no containing it. And along those lines, there’s nothing worse than trying to fix up drywall in a room, only to come to the realization that it would have been less trouble to rip the old drywall down and start from scratch. My home improvement project for the past week still isn’t done s a result.
  2. Another delay was caused by me having a reason to visit the dentist this past week. There were no cavities to be found, I’m happy to report. Still, what a choice huh? Mud and sand drywall or go have someone poke and scrape at your teeth with pointy metal objects? Yep, I was living the dream!
  3. Speaking of dreaming. I understand all the financial indications and talk of recessions and all that, but on a recent visit to a casino in Detroit… the place was packed! Apparently people are dreaming of paying off the mortgage by hitting it big at the casino. Yep, they’re dreaming all right. (I checked the back of one of the slot machines there… I think it said it was made by shop vac, and from what I saw they acted like a shop vac, too. They just suck the money right on in!)
  4. Tomorrow is New Year’s Day, and that means one thing, and one thing only. Hangovers! Football! I think the best game nobody really expected to see is going to be Michigan State / Alabama.
  5. Last but not least, here’s to a happy and safe New Year’s Eve, and a happy and healthy new year to everyone from us here at the Beerbarrel. What will 2011 bring? Who knows, but we’re about to start finding out.

And that’s 5 and I’m heading off! Yes, it was short. Hey, I’m on vacation! Plus I still have to go work on that stupid drywall some more.

I know it’s a day early, but what the heck… Haven’t done U2 before

Later folks!
-Beer

 

 

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Deep Fried Turkey” edition

Howdy folks!

Ripping through another week, we’ve arrived at Friday once again. Now, I don’t want to brag, but after today deal old Beermaker only has one more full workweek left before a much anticipated holiday break. Feel free to hate.

As a side note, I’m toying with the possibility of some alternate  posting schedules for the rest of the year. So don’t be surprised if things get shuffled a little bit. Anyways… let’s get started, shall we?

  1. The Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special was on last night. And the Christmas sugar cookies have made their annual appearance here at the office. I swear, those little things are every bit as addictive as crack. Screw the potato chips, try eating just one of those damned cookies. Heck, you crave more before you even have the first one!
  2. I’m not going to justify what the person did as right, legal, or anything… but really now ladies… If you’re at a bar, and someone is offering to give you a breast exam for free, how exactly does that NOT come across as some sort of come on or something? Even if the other person *is* (or in this case, at least claims to be) a woman? Seriously now!
  3. Yesterday was the IPO for the all new GM (General Motors) stock. If you somehow got in at the actual IPO price  of $33.oo you did ok. If you got in at the price at the opening bell ($35.20) I hope you got out sometime before 11:30 am EST or so. At 4pm the stock closed at $34.19 a share. $1.01 below it’s price at the opening bell. Ah the auto industry. The more things change…..
    (More info here at autoblog.com)
  4. I generally read, but don’t post a lot of political news (unless it’s something worth mocking. Which most political stories qualify in some shape or form). This story stands on it’s own merits though. Why? Because it isn’t even political. It’s about Slurpees. And what *isn’t* good about a Slurpee, huh? Ok, besides the brain freeze, that is.
  5. Since this is the last “Five Thoughts” before Thanksgiving here in the states, I’m gonna use #5 today to wish everyone a very happy turkey day, and all that goes along with it. May your turkey dinner (or any substitute) turn out perfectly, may there be no rain on your Thanksgiving Day parade, and may your football team win it’s game (but if you’re trying to root for the Lions… you need help). Oh, and one word of warning… if the turkey is frozen…  DON’T put it in the deep fryer. Bad things will happen. Don’t believe me?

Ok, that’s five and I’m out of here. Since we led off by mentioning them… we’ll close out today with… The Peanuts!

Have a great weekend!
-Beer

I can feel it in the air…

No, I’m not looking to go Phil Collins on anyone. Although if you want to, the video is right here.

No, I’m talking about the seasons changing. I was outside yesterday, the sun was shining, but it just FELT different. Fall is closing in fast. The kids are going back to school. The days have gotten shorter, the nights cooler, and the rosters trimmed to 53.

Wait… Beer, what the heck are you going on about?

Simple. With all due respect to Hank Williams Jr. There’s one song that I think sums up what’s about to happen. I couldn’t find a better video but the audio seemed decent on this version:

I’m talking about football! No, not what the USA calls soccer (although I do have a lot of respect for those guys as well). I’m talking about American NFL football. Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Ray Lewis football!

Now I know that this past Friday I said I’d be back on Tuesday, and though i was back in the office, there was no post. Part of that was laziness, and part of it was thinking about this post. You see, today is Wednesday. Tomorrow, is Thursday. And now that we’ve demonstrated that we know Thursday follows Wednesday we can ask why it matters. It matters because tomorrow night (that would be Thursday, remember?) the Vikings, led by the never retiring unless he finally decides to maybe retire Brett Farve head to the Superdome to take on the New Orleans Saints! That’s right folks. Football. Is. Here.

So grab a few beers or other preferred beverages, a bag of chips or other assorted snack, and cozy up to football season. After all, it’s gonna get cold for some of us soon. I can already feel it in the air.

Later folks!
-Beer