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Notes from the Road! Okay, more like from an island…

That’s right. I said Island.

Beer was on another boondoggle last week. Hmm.. “Beer’s Boondoggles”, sounds like a travel column. So where was Beer this time? In the Bahamas. Nassau to be exact. Um.. Beer? You said this was last week? Wasn’t there a hurricane down there? Yes, several. And they were delicious… OH! You mean Irene, don’t you?

Yes, there was a category three hurricane. We even got pictures and video. I do not however, have any of them off the camera and also do not have the camera with me.  Still, let’s see what we picked up on the trip…

Charlotte airport. Nice place. Easy to get around. Have flown through there a few times this year. But for the love of all that is holy, they need to get rid of creepy bathroom attendant guy in the men’s room there. Creepy bathroom attendant guy is bad enough at a nightclub or bar… I don’t need him showing up at an airport!

Nassau in the Bahamas. Fantastic, beautiful place. All inclusive resort? Go on then, even better! And Dr. No was partly filmed there.

Best part of some of these trips? The great people you meet. I’m convinced the relaxed atmosphere makes it easier to make new friends.

Coming back to reality and real life sucks. That is all.

I have no story that will ever top the one from a few years ago in the airport. “If your pants are falling down because you left you belt at the security screening area please return to claim your belt”… Over the airport PA system.

Yes, we got hit by hurricane Irene on our trip. They told people to grab what they needed as the moved us to a ballroom for a while. We grabbed the mini bar. We became quite popular. I can now say that I can cross F5 tornado (Oklahoma City, 1999) and Category 3 Hurricane (Nassau, 2011) off of my “I survived” list. Funny thing is, I don’t ever remember setting out to complete any type of list like that.

Okay, I’ve rambled enough for now… When we get the videos off the camera, and if I remember – I’ll try to get some of them posted. In the meantime here’s one that a guy we met made while we were at the resort last week. I think he secretly wants to be on the Weather Channel (who really missed the mark on the forecasts on Irene, btw).


Thanks Gaz!

Later folks!
-Beer

And It’s the Hawks!

After 49 years, the Blackhawks have hoisted the Stanley Cup again.

As for us? Well, we finally both got it right for once. We had picked the Hawks to win it. Hey, we had to get one right eventually, didn’t we?

With that, the silly season can now begin. Next year officially becomes “This Year”, and the whole thing starts over. So who will be the teams to watch (in the offseason)? Hard to say.

  • Chicago – The defending champs always bear watching. Even if it’s just to see what crazy things they do with the Stanley Cup.
  • New Jersey – Still haven’t hired a coach but, they’re the Devils. They can be a machine at times.
  • Phoenix – The fact they they were a good team this year gets lost in the fact that the ownership situation down there is, to be charitable… A train wreck. That train wreck is of course, why we have to keep watching. Can’t look away.
  • Pittsburgh – No longer the defending champs. Still very young and talented though. But rumors of a big name like Malkin being moved have started to surface. (Chicago, with a bunch of good young players should watch this too. It could happen to them before long). Does it actually happen? We’ll find out.
  • Tampa Bay – New owner, new GM, new coach. Watch to see who stays, who goes, and maybe mostly importantly… who they bring in.
  • Carolina – Strange things are afoot, with the owner looking for a partner to take a minority ownership stake. In the meantime, they’re cutting payroll well below the salary cap. You never want to hear that as a fan.

Those are just a few of the teams that jump out to me as I write this. Of course, as the off season progresses things can change fast. Two weeks ago, I’d have probably put Detroit on the list, but they got Lidstrom and Holmstrom signed, and now it looks like they’ll be pretty quiet. Will Atlanta make some noise? They usually don’t, but time will tell.

Later folks!
-Beer