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Five Thoughts on a Friday- The “Where did the week go?” Edition

Howdy folks, and happy Friday. Yep, it’s Friday again – and as this week’s title will attest, I swear it was just Monday morning yesterday. Normally I would say that blasting through a week that fast is sort of a good thing – it gets you to the weekend faster. This week though, and this time of year, I’m not so sure. With all the holiday obligations this time of year brings, plus all the other stuff going on – it’s enough to make you need a beer! Hmmm… maybe it being Friday already is a good thing. That being said, let’s see what we’ve got this week, shall we?

  1. I can’t help it, it’s one of my favorite movie lines. So I can help but wonder… When Chief Brody said they needed a bigger boat….

    I have to wonder if something like this was what he had in mind? Because at 1,601 feet it’s as big as they come!
  2. Now, I know it has the potential to be a very disruptive weather event, but seeing as it’s only December 6th I find it a bit worrisome that the weather and news media have dubbed today “Ice Friday”. I mean, it’s getting on winter time. This type of weather is to be expected to a certain degree. And having spent some time in Dallas, yes – they are used to getting a bit of ice and snow there. So, again, isn’t it a bit early to be talking about the 2nd or 3rd “Deathstorm” or “Snowpocalypse” of the season already? And can we please stop  with the naming winter storms thing? That’s just plain silly.
  3. For this one, let’s hop from silly, to funny. At least, I think it’s funny. After all, what’s not to love about a silly ski trick gone wrong? Note to self, do not try this on the upcoming ski trip. Because odds are I’d hit my own truck instead of an innocent bus.
  4. I have to laugh at this one for two reasons. One, it just goes to show that sometimes, even having the owner’s manual isn’t enough. And two, the lines at the end of the article:

    “Glossop gave it another try, and the tank it rolled backward again through another guardrail and down an embankment.

    Glossop was cited for reckless driving and first-degree criminal mischief.

    Hastings says the tank is fine.”

    So… Final score… guardrails and driver… Zero. Tank… Two.

  5. And lastly, from the not real bright, to an excuse to bust out one of my all time favorite commercials. Every week during college football season, the ESPN Gameday crew goes to a big game. And every week in the crowd behind them, people try to get their clever signs on television. And last week, one enterprising student succeeded. His sign read simply… “Hi Mom, send Bitcoin” and had a QR Code next to the Bitcoin logo. Well, a picture of the sign made it online where people we able to read the QR code. And that student’s sign, as a result… netted him roughly $24,000 in one day. As the guys in the Guinness commercials liked to say… Brilliant!

Okay folks, that’s five and I’m out of here! Off to go find that beer and see if I can look into this supposed phenomenon known as… sleep. I don’t think it exists, but I’m sure gonna give it a try the weekend. In the meantime, let’s close out by keeping with the holiday theme. And since it’s definitely cold enough outside, how about we just “Let it snow“, huh?

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “On this day in history…” Edition

Good morning everyone, and welcome to this week’s edition of Five Thoughts. As you may or may not have heard been bombarded with media coverage of, today is apparently a significant anniversary of a major event in United States political history.  And that’s all I’m really going to say about it. Not because I of any  political stances, but simply because I’m sure you’ll get (or have already gotten) more than enough media coverage of it.  So, what does that leave us to talk about?  Let’s find out!

  1. I admit, I’m a bit of a science geek. Now, I have no great desire to research the inner workings of the universe or anything like that, but I do enjoy reading about some stuff. Like a giant supernova blast that emitted a bunch of gamma rays. Although I have to say, I was sorely disappointed that there was one glaring omission. Lets be honest here, no story involving gamma rays is complete without mentioning this guy.
  2. Think this is a very cool article, about a volcano creating a new bit of land off the coast of Japan. Except for the part where they talk about how the new island might be eroded away. Or it might not. Wow, way to cover all the bases there, guys. No fooling you.
  3. While we’re on the subject of our planet – here’s one from the weird. wild, nightmare, makes you wonder department. As in, the fisherman that caught it were wondering…. what in the world is that thing we just caught? Well, it’s a long-nosed chimaera. Here’s the description….
    “boasts a whip-like tail and an enlarged cone-shaped nose” and paired with this other tidbit of info..
    “these denizens, although they exist in oceans around the world, inhabit depths of up to 6,000 feet and are rarely encountered.”
  4. Coming back on land, we have news of a landing gone wrong. As in “landing at the wrong airport”. See what I did there? What the pilots did, however, was land a massive 747 Dreamlifter at the wrong airport in Wichita, Kansas. Oops.  And when I say the thing is massive? Well, here – you can watch for yourself
  5. And lastly, what’s a Five Thoughts without something from the “You’re not real bright, are you?” department? Especially when you work as a Financial Adviser, and you think the tolls on a toll road are optional. Leading to a whopping $202,000 in fines! When faced with a story like this, there’s only one man we can turn to. Red?

Okay folks, that’s five and from the looks of the weather report, I need to go get some firewood ready. It’s fixin’ to get COLD. No worries though, I’m not going to bust out the Christmas music yet. Even though they’re saying we may get some snow. In the meantime, I think this burnin’ number should get you warmed up.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “What the What?!?!” Edition

Hello friends it’s your friendly neighborhood PB bringing you this week’s Five Thoughts on a Friday. This week was a lot of fun with it being Halloween and all. Hope yours was not as soggy as ours. If you are wondering where Beer is well that is hard to say. Something about work and actually doing it to get paid or some damn thing like that, so here I am. Just like Huey Lewis and the News say working for a living right?

Let’s check out what we have going this week shall we?

  1. Like the title says this week is “What the What” and boy is this a doozy. If you wear a costume that says you are one thing, please don’t get arrested for doing it to someone else like let’s say your boyfriend. Just another example that alcohol can lead stupid people to do even more stupid things.
  2. Once in a while even in sports you can make a “What the What” moment. I have played various sports in my days and watched plenty more with friends but this one was truly a “OH HELL!!” moment. If you are a professional soccer player you know the rules buddy.
  3. This one is also from the ranks of too much alcohol can get you into places and situations that when you wake up you say “What the What?!?!?” I know that would be my reaction if I found myself being arrested as I woke up on the back of a horse
  4. This one is a story and non-story at the same time. The man at the center of this story has passed on. Good thing is they didn’t do to him like what he did to a dead whale back in 1970. How does this tie into the theme today you ask? He did what to what to a whale and it did what?!?! Thank you George for this moment most will never forget! 
  5. This is what you don’t want to find when you are hunting ever. If you are in a tree stand and you shoot a deer wait a little longer to come down and check out your prize. If there is another buck hanging around and won’t leave when you come down, I would stay back and do not mess with that buck for sure!! Good thing these guys are quick.

Well folks that’s the Five Thoughts for this week. Hope you had a wonderful Halloween and received lots of treats and no tricks, unless you’re into that kinda thing. In honor of a ground breaking artist that passed this week we say thank you Lou Reed and see you on the Wild side.

 

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Weird, Gross, Painful, and Freekin’ Cool “Edition

Hello Folks! You guessed right it’s time for Five Thoughts on a Friday the PB edition. As you can tell from the title it will be the start of the annual October festivities of Halloween soon! I hope to entertain you and not in a scary way……..I hope. The bin is full of thrilling items so as Vincent Price said in a great 80’s song “It’s time for, the THRILLER!!!”

  1. This one is from the “Weird” file. I think we all at one time said I wish I could just disappear for a little while. There are even those times when in a fit of anger you may have said “DROP DEAD!” to someone you like or don’t like. But this guy takes it to a whole new level by wanting to come back from the dead? How does one handle it when a judge says “your dead honey.”  
  2. This one is from the file marked “Cool”. For all of those kids that play with Hot Wheels cars love how they change colors this one is right in your wheel house. Sounds like they finally have it down to have your paint job change colors depending on the weather. TOO COOL!!
  3. This one comes from the file marked “Painful”. People tend to make mistakes when messing with drunk people. With that said doesn’t mess with a drunken lady with a hand grip like a vice especially when she is pissed off! Also don’t let her get a hold of the man parts because that will hurt! We all know how it ends when you start messing with Sasquatch
  4. From the files of “Gross” comes this dandy one. I don’t know what possesses people to do such things like not replacing the toilet paper roll when empty or let your pet stick its tongue in your mouth after knowing it uses it to lick parts on themselves. I still shake my head with at the thought of this. If you see something on the floor that resembles food and did not see someone put it there, why would you pick it up and eat it? I guess you can ask this TV weather guy and also enquire how the cat puke tasted. Yep you guess it he ate cat puke on LIVE TV?!?!
  5. Finally this is from the “FREEKIN’ COOL!!!!” file. Only in New York do they get such fun things happening. This one needs no introduction so ladies and gentleman………I give you………………..Sir Paul McCartney!!!!!!

Well all that’s that for this edition of Five Thoughts the PB edition. It is a wonderful sunny day here in Michigan so please get out and enjoy yourself. I feel a little old school Black Sabbath coming on. So in honor of the army getting closer to making this a reality, I know Ironman would be proud!

On behalf of Beer, The King and me PB, have a great weekend everyone!!

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Re-done, non-cooperating post” Edition

Howdy folks! Yep, Beer’s back! That means I survived (and didn’t FREEZE) on my fishing trip in northern Michigan last week. Lots to cover, but I’m going to let someone’s issue with my vacation schedule (I wasn’t sure, was that praise, or him taking a shot at me?) slide. So… let’s see where today leads…..

  1. I’m gonna lead right off with one from the “You’re not real bright, are you?” department. It is not cool to hit someone on a bicycle with your car. It is even more not cool (and also illegal!) to hit someone on a bicycle with your car, and then keep driving. That is called a hit and run. You are freaking stupid when you do what I just mentioned, and then brag about it on twitter. And yes, even though you delete your account, the police will find you. Have fun in jail. What do we have as a going away present, Red?
  2. Let’s hop over to the “Who didn’t see this one coming?” department. Let’s face it, it the USA there’s no shortage of hated government agencies/departments. But near the top of anyone’s list is one true constant. The Internal Revenue Service. Yep, the “tax man” so to speak. So, when this latest IRS controversy came to light it’s no surprise people are losing their jobs (I’ll leave it to others to decide if it’s rightfully so or not). My favorite was this one though…  An IRS official using the line “I have not done anything wrong” and then, she refused to answer lawmakers’ questions, invoking her constitutional right against self-incrimination.  Now I understand not wanting to incriminate yourself (Who really walks around trying to?) but to insist you did “nothing wrong” and then take the fifth? Kinda not really plausible. Not to mention, that might work in a court of law, but not in the court of public opinion. And yeah, when you work in the public sector, that’s important. Because, as the article notes… “A day after she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, Lois Lerner was placed on administrative leave, according to congressional sources.” Yeah, when you work for an organization that has a perpetual PR problem, you really don’t want to have to invoke your 5th amendment rights in response to question about the job you’ve been doing. It won’t end well. Did you not see that coming?
  3. One of the hallmarks of Memorial Day weekend is the annual race known as the “Indy 500”. So it’s no surprise that an article about the race should come up right before the weekend. And it shouldn’t be any surprise to find out I thought it was kind of cool. It’s about how they originally settled on the distance of 500 miles. Kind of a fun read looking back at what the cars used to be.
  4. The world, despite it getting “smaller” thanks to the various connection mediums available to people these days, is still a big place. The galaxy is an even bigger place. As such, there are many various definitions of what is awesome. Why do I say this? Because this Lego replica of an X-Wing fighter from a galaxy far, far away is indeed, awesome.
  5. And close out, almost fittingly since many people will be camping, grilling, getting together with friends and family this weekend comes an article about beer. Beer theft, actually. And a subsequent apology and repayment. I think it’s a cool, fun story to close out with. I just wish the article had a picture of the backyard bar setup! It sounds cool!

Okay folks, that’s five and I’m out to enjoy the holiday weekend – even as busy as it’s shaping up to be. I do have one small request if you’re in the states like me though (okay, a couple – but they’re small, I promise!). While this may be the unofficial start of BBQ/Grilling/Camping/Fishing/summer, if you’re in the states please do take a moment to remember the men and women that have or are serving the country and are the real reason for the holiday. And second, if you’re driving – stay safe on those roads, they’re always packed this time of year. Okay, that’s it. And for anyone stuck in holiday traffic on the Highway this weekend, this is for you!

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

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

Howdy folks, and welcome to Beer’s last post of Five Thoughts before he escapes on an annual Boondoggle. That’s right… you’ll get a guest writer for Five Thoughts next week. But this week, let’s see what’s kicking around inside Beermaker’s brain…

  1. So, this past week saw the official first day of spring. You certainly wouldn’t know it from the weather though. And as a result… People are calling for Punxsutawney Phil’s head. He’s even been indicted in Ohio. Naturally, his handler’s are trying to defend him. Yeah, tell that to the folks in Grand Marais Michigan, where as of Thursday morning… 29 inches of snow had fallen since Monday. Brrr.
  2. I know my co-blogger Kingkielbasa isn’t really big on the whole zombie craze. And frankly, I don’t really get it either. I guess after the whole vampire thing, it was just their turn. However, I couldn’t help but think about zombies when a ‘dead’ deer jumped up and ran away when it got the chance recently. Check out the video in the article, it’s worth it. And also… The article says the officer ‘was startled’, is that a polite euphemism for “nearly soiled themselves”?
  3. Speaking of soiling yourself (No, don’t worry it isn’t going to about that!), tell me that it didn’t happen to this Corvette driver. I think the headline speaks for itself, “Corvette driver escapes decapitation in crash by ducking“. The driver of what was left of the Corvette left the scene with “only non-life threatening injuries”. Still, what was that line from that Bill Cosby routine years ago? First you say it, then you do it!
  4. Ah yes,  years ago… There was a time when I watched a lot of late night television. I’ve long since moved on from that due to schedules, life, disinterest, etc.. However, I was always under the impression that none of the late shows ever really did re-runs. They’d bring in guest hosts, sure, but it was almost always a new show. Then I read about NBC’s plan to replace Jay Leno on the Tonight Show. Didn’t we already see this one before?
  5. Lastly, just because it’s fun. NBA Hall of Famer Adrian Dantley is now working as a crossing guard at a middle school and an elementary school in Maryland. He’s doing, from the account in the article, “for the health care benefits and to have something to do” not because he needs the money. The part of the article that really made me laugh? Dantley said he “enjoys giving the young children high fives and encouragement” in the article. And I instantly had a mental picture of a 7 year old trying to high five a 6 foot 5 inch tall former NBA star. I don’t think the fives are all that high in that situation!

Okay folks, that’s a quick five and I’m off to get ready for the Boondoggle Bus! Where am I off to this time? Ah, that would be telling. You know the rules, no telling till I get back! I’ll check in next week and see what our friend PB has come up with for Five Thoughts. Until then, since it’s so cold… can someone please make sure the Heat is on? Thanks!

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “No Snow Today” Edition

Howdy folks, and welcome back to Five Thoughts. Sorry about last week’s little kerfluffle. The weather we got hit with wasn’t nearly as bad as what the east coast ended up getting, but it was a rain/ice/snow mix that managed to mess up rush hour and totally killed any chance I had to write the post last week. This week… no such problem, so let’s see what we’ve got shall we?

  1. Well, let’s start with the obvious story of the day. A day after the new Die Hard movie (set in Russia) opens, it turns out that Russia could have used a sequel to one of Bruce Willis’ OTHER movies as a meteorite went streaking through the sky before exploding near Chelyabinsk. Crazy, crazy stuff! Check out some of the videos that have already made it online.

  2. Let’s see… anything else interesting or earth shattering happen this week? Hmm, oh here’s one! You may have heard a tiny something about the Pope announcing his resignation. It’s only the first time that’s happened in 600 years. But my favorite bit of news to come out of it is an article about the reporter who broke the news. Covering the event where the pope announced his resignation (in Latin, no less!) she first sat through about 20 minutes of other announcements regarding church business. I can imagine she was probably only half listening when she experienced one of those.. “Wait.. did he just say…?” moments.
  3. Circling back to impacts… Talk about phone calls you don’t want to have to make. “Hello, boss? Yeah, um… You know that shiny blue, pre-production 2014 Corvette Stingray with the manufacturer plate? Well, the good news is there wasn’t anyone hurt. Unlike the car, and probably my career”. Yep, we don’t know who did it (Colonel Mustard was unavailable for comment) but we know it was out in the Arizona desert with the new Corvette.
  4. I’m going to file this one under… you call this news?? “Passengers cheer escape from ‘horrible’ cruise” Really, these people have been stuck on a disabled cruise ship with no power, no working plumbing, and food shortages for 5 days and it’s a story when they’re happy to get of the God forsaken boat? What, you expected them to be sorry they had to leave because they were having such a good time?
    Wonder if they’ll ever be able to watch Gilligan’s Island the same again?
  5. And lastly, it’s no secret that I believe there are far too many people in this world who just don’t know WHEN to put their cell phone down. Case in point… If you’re in a plane that’s had its engine cut out and you have to make an emergency/crash landing…. I don’t care how calm you remain or how certain you are that ‘everything will be okay’. Put the damned thing down already!

Okay, that’s 5 and I’m out of here. Nothing fancy to close week this time, just a reminder that Spring Training is now well underway. Winter’s almost over! And I need to go plan another boondoggle! You know, a holiday!