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Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Lucky Friday” Edition

Happy Friday everyone. Yep, it’s that time again. Time to run through the weird, the strange, the dumb, and the stupid. Heck, we’ll even throw in silly at no extra charge! And yes, as this week’s post title alludes to, today is Friday the 13th. (You know, that may be the first time I’ve used “alludes to” in a post!)

  1. Given today’s date… this is hilarious. It’s Friday the thirteenth. And you’re about to board your flight to Helsinki Finland when you notice a couple of things. Namely, your flight number is 666, and the airport code you are flying to is HEL. Yep. Somebody queue up the AC/DC song….
  2. Wow… It really is true, you know? We humans try to add extra sugar to everything! As in the recent molasses spill near Honolulu, Hawaii. Now… yes, I understand it’s not cool that this spill happened and killed the fish. But it still made for a lighthearted joke. I could have cone with the other angle from the story… where authorities are saying that the molasses in the water that’s killing the fish poses no threat to humans… except for all the sharks, barracuda, and eels the dead fish are expected to draw in. Yeah, a shark poses no risk to humans. As long as you’re still on land (Unless you have a Sharknado). And uh.. stay away from anything labelled “sweetened fish” for a while, I’d say.
  3. Speaking of things in the water that can harm you…. How about this one? A a rare brain-eating amoeba has been found in a municipal Louisiana water supply. But don’t worry, “the water is safe to drink, state officials said, although they cautioned against getting water in the nose”. Oh, that’s reassuring. And that’s why… I don’t always drink in Louisiana, but when I do, I prefer alcohol!
  4. Next up, it’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s….. actually…. it’s a frog. So this is what Kermit has been up to these days. A frog recently photo bombed a NASA spaceship launch. Let’s be honest, Kermit was just looking to join up with the Pigs in Space.
  5. And closing out on the NASA theme…. Geek alert time! NASA has reported that Voyager I has officially left our solar system. Not only that, but its also sending back sounds!
    Frankly, I think this is really cool. But after listening to the sounds, I do kind of have to wonder….. Haven’t we seen this movie already?

Okay folks, that’s five and I’m off to see what the weekend brings. So, this one is for all of the weekend warriors out there. Even if you’re just waging war with the weeds in your lawn.

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Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Post Boondoggle” Edition

Howdy folks! Sad to think, but this past Saturday evening I was watching the Mardi Gras parades kick off in New Orleans (I was on the corner or Royal and St. Phillip streets, to be exact). Today I’m back in the office watching it snow out the window. Talk about a chilly (or to be more exact, ‘chilling’ reception). Anyways, on with the show!

  1. We’ll get to our picks for the SuperBowl The “Big Game” early next week. But it seems I was right about one thing in my picks. The Har-Bowl talk is already spiraling out of control. (Get it? Football… spiraling?) Anyhow, even through all of that, this one was pretty funny. Only question would have been if John Harbaugh’s (And Jim’s, too) would have fallen for the prank. Calling in as “John from Baltimore probably gave it away though”.
  2. I’m not gonna say that athletes are superstitious, but if the Ravens win after observing this rule, I could see it becoming a trend. Just like it is in hockey. You know, when they bother to play a full season once in a while. And besides… with the roll they’re on leading up to his last game… who’s gonna tell Ray Lewis “No”?
  3. Staying on a football kick a little bit here, I’m going to enjoy watching a lot of the CBS coverage from New Orleans. Because having just been down in the French Quarter, and especially down near Jackson Square, every time I see “CBS Super Bowl Park at Jackson Square” all I’ll be able to think about will be that giant line up of big tractor-trailer rigs that had to navigate down streets that were built barely wide enough for two horses, let alone modern trucks.
  4. 48 hours ago as I write this, I was still in the French Quarter. And yes, in true boondoggle fashion I was already at a bar. But even as I was enjoying the last bit of nice weather I could before heading home, a brutally cold weather system had people talking about what might happen next year with the Superbowl being playing outdoors in New Jersey. I say bring on a blizzard during the game. The reason everyone remembers the “Tuck Rule” game isn’t simply because of that call. It was because the Raiders and Patriots played it in a snowstorm!
  5. Lastly, and you had to know I’d get in on it a bit, too. This whole fake girlfriend story. Now, I honestly think it’s much ado about nothing, other than the fact that it’s such a bizarre train wreck that you can’t stop watching. But just when Don Banks from SI.com tweets “Not sure Te’o could look or sound worse if he was caught with inflatable doll. Dressed as Norman Bates’ mother. This story needs to go away.” Along come the Dallas Stars who just help keep the viral nature going with this classic

Okay folks, that’s it and I’m wrapping it up. Time to chill back and relax for the weekend. So on that note….

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez Boondoggle!” Edition

Good morning folks and welcome to this week’s Five Thoughts. As the title suggests, you’ve got me in full Boondoggle mode again. Where am I off to now? Well, the title should give a bit of a blatant hint, but if that doesn’t do it, just read on till the end and we’ll remove all doubt. Now, let’s see what’s up for today’s post!

  1. It’s usually not too hard to get people to roll their eyes or see them suffer a shiver running down their spine. All it usually takes is one word. Florida. But well, this time there’s more. As in an 800 person “python challenge” in the Everglades. Now before anyone gets too worried, there is some training required. “The training came down to common sense: Drink water, wear sunscreen, don’t get bitten by anything and don’t shoot anyone.” Now, I’d like to think that “Don’t shoot anyone” would be common sense, but again… Florida.
  2. Under the heading of “Your brilliant plan… You did not think it through”, we bring you the article about the woman who was arrested for stalking herself. There’s that lack of common sense thing again. Surprisingly, this one was NOT in Florida (Or would that be disturbingly?)
  3. The joke has been around for ages. Now Subway is getting drawn into the joke. What am I talking about? Well, it would appear that some of the Subway Footlongs, may not actually be a foot long. And that’s as close to that joke as I’m going to get in this post. I’m sure you can figure it out.
  4. And back down to Florida again, it appears there was what is being described as anywhere from a “Collision” to “clipping of wings” between two jet airliners at Miami International Airport. Good news, no one was hurt. But we did learn something though. What was it? Well, based on this line in the Detroit News article… “The Herald reports the passengers arriving from Argentina were allowed to get off the plane at the gate. The passengers heading to France had to pick up their luggage and wait in long lines to reschedule their flights.” Apparently it’s better to have your plane collide with another once you’ve arrived at your destination!
  5. I have to say I’ve been impressed with my picks so far for the NFL playoffs. The fact that I’m hanging on at the .500 mark is something I find impressive, considering that as much as I enjoy watching football, I don’t follow it all that closely all year long and really don’t know much of anything about the teams in the playoffs – other than most of them could (or did) beat the Lions this year.

Okay, that’s five and I can now set my otherwise occupied mind to some other tasks. Like concentrating on being in vacation mode. You see, after yesterdays picks to see who gets to go to New Orleans, well…. Lets just say I already know someone who’s going for sure. Yep. You see, I know this great place to get some cajun food…. Yep. Beer’s off to New Orleans! Cajun food and zydeco jazz here I come. In the meantime, just like the title of this post says… Let the Good Times Roll! I’ll save the zydeco for when I get back!

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The out of the loop edition

Good Morning folks, and welcome to another Friday. And for this one, the title says it all. I feel out of the loop. So, what’s been going on? Wait, what? Oh, that’s right. I’m the one who’s supposed to do the talking (typing?) for these. Ok, let’s see what we can turn up then.

  1. We’ll start with an obvious one here in the office today. Firstly, a big thank you to the person who brought in bagels. We all appreciated it. But seriously, who goes though the trouble of stopping for bagels, and then doesn’t spring for any cream cheese????
  2. Let’s talk hockey for a second here. Overnight, it appears the Detroit Red Wings signed goaltender Evgeni Nabokov to a 1 year deal. Now, the Wings have some injury issues. Other than the fact that their #1 goaltender is back from a short injury, signing a goalie makes sense. Here’s what doesn’t. It’s a relatively cheap one year deal, and Nabokov has to clear waivers first. And he won’t. So he likely ends up somewhere else. To me, this sounds like the Red Wings doing someone a favor. The question is “who?”. The Wings have no ties to Nabokov. Maybe his agent? Maybe another team with management that has past ties to the Wings? Get out your tin-foil hats and stay tuned!
  3. Tearing this one from the news, I have to ask… After to you tell them what they actually did, what else can you really do to punish them? “Burglars snorted the cremated remains of a man and two dogs in the mistaken belief that they had stolen illegal drugs
  4. So last week I made very little secret of the fact that I was heading to New Orleans. Great City to spend a weekend in. Had a fantastic time. I do have a question though. A friend took us to a bourbon bar, that was on Frenchman Street. And not in the French Quarter (just outside it, “officially”). Later in the weekend, *in* the French Quarter, we found a tequila bar. On Bourbon Street. So… the bourbon bar is on Frenchman street (which is not in the French Quarter), but the tequila bar is on bourbon….  It’s enough to make your head hurt!  (Or was it all the alcohol?)
  5. You know, I’ve come to the conclusion that it really *IS* hard to do a column like this every week when you’re out of the loop. Sure, I could write more about New Orleans, but I think that’s best left to the travel blogs out there. Besides, I can sum it up like this… Walked a lot, ate a lot, drank a lot, had a really great time. Yeah, I don’t see the Travel channel’s people shaking in their boots at hard hitting reviews like that. Still, maybe I’ll think about doing a write up or two. Heck, I could even do restaurant reviews!

Ok, that’s five on a freezing Friday. Below freezing, actually. The readout in the car said 9F this morning for crying out loud! And I was loving sunny and 60F plus less than a week ago. Ah well…

Let’s harken back to the 80’s shall we, and go with something “heat” related…

Have a great weekend 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

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

Fancy Coffee Tuesday!

So we’re cursed with bad coffee at the office. Calling it swill would be generous. I’m not sure it technically qualifies as coffee.

But today, Tuesday, the coffee gods have smiled upon us. We get to have fancy coffee. Someone brought in a treat.

They brought in this stuff direct from New Orleans! (We have the coffee and chicory blend)
Cafe Dumonde Coffee

It took a few sips for the taste buds to actually come out of hiding, but we’re now enjoying it immensely.