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Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Not Your Usual Week” Edition

Hello folks, and welcome to this week’s installment of Five Thoughts. And what a week it’s been. Since we’re a bit pressed for time this week, I hope you pardon the stripped down chatter as we jump right in…

  1. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, and probably even if you have been… you’re probably aware of the fact that there was a minor election in the United States on Thursday. And all I can say is, based on the amount of robo-calls I got in our “non-battleground” state, I’d have probably ended up in jail if I lived in a actual battleground state. Really, you honestly believe having a machine call me at 7am on the weekend is going to increase the likelihood I’ll vote for your candidate? You’re not real bright, are you?
  2. Speaking of not real bright, I’m not sure which is the greater indication that someone’s not… The fact that they drove on a sidewalk to avoid a stopped school bus, or the fact that even though they were caught on video (And promptly pulled over!) they tried to plead not guilty! Anyway, I have to say I’m a fan of the sentence handed down. The judge is making her wear a sign! What’s it say? “Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.” Love it! And of course, it also gives me a chance to use this.
  3. Changing gears completely (Well, I suppose some people might think it’s stupid so they might see a smooth transition), I’m putting this one in here simply because I think it’s cool. What is it? It’s a concrete sculpture of an original VW Beetle being used as a piece of coral. And here is how it came to be.
  4. Speaking of water. I have to wonder… Why does someone look at a body of water and say.. “You know, I’d really like to try to ride a motorcycle across that“? But.. He did.
  5. Lastly, as we close in on the Thanksgiving holiday here in the states, you know that holiday in November that’s getting squeezed out by Christmas (Which has now crept up towards labor day!), I thought it might be a good time to start planning out what to have (Besides turkey, of course!). And it seems the folks over at craftbeer.com had the same idea in a recent newsletter. Wait… delicious Thanksgiving type food, and beer, all in one handy place? I’m in!

Okay folks, that’s five and I’m out of here. Lots to do this weekend. Much of it involving beer. And with a nickname like Beermaker, you can probably imagine… I’m pretty good at drinking beer.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Clean Up, Clean Out” Edition

Happy Friday folks, and welcome to this week’s edition of Five Thoughts. A big thanks to PB for filling in for me last week as I was off boondoggling (I’m not even sure if boondoggle is a word, so I’m not gonna ask about ‘boondoggling’) around in a foreign country. But, we’re back now and ready to have a bit of fun, so let’s get at it, shall we?

  1. In case you were under a rock for the past week or so… There was a teeny tiny weather event.  Heck, we got walloped by it in Michigan! Thankfully, our cleanup isn’t / wasn’t too bad.  What I want to know though, who decided we should call it “Superstorm“? Is “Death Storm” reserved for blizzards that never happen during the winter? “Stormpocalypse” too played out? Oh, wand what was wrong with “Hurricane?
  2. Speaking of cleaning up, I was looking through the spam folder here on the blog. Some of them are classics worth reading, once you remove all the scheming, scamming links they try to include. A few recent favorites:
    “I did then again experience some technical issues the use of this web site, as I skilled to reload the site a lot of occasions prior to”
    “What would you recommend about your post that you made a few days ago? Any positive?”
    “My brother suggested I might like this blog. He used to be entirely right. This post actually made my day. You can not believe simply how much time I had spent for this info!”
    And my personal favorite….
    “Can I am getting your associate hyperlink on your host?”
  3. Heh, you know, you read things like that and you wonder how someone can even type that stuff out (Even if they don’t understand the English language at all). And then you come across something like this, and you realize that the people writing those comments, are the same people you share the roads with on a daily basis. Want proof?
  4. Circling back around the big storm,  you’ve probably seen bunches of photos. Including a lot of fakes. Not on that list, and not really “fake” but rather inaccurate, is the photo of the Marines guarding the tomb of the unknown soldier. It’s real, it just wasn’t taken during the storm.
  5. And changing gears completely, that disturbance you felt earlier this week? That wasn’t the storm. Or an earthquake. It was the inevitable happening. That right. Darth Mickey has purchased Star Wars (And Indiana Jones, and Lucasfilms, and Industrial Light and Magic), and announced they’re doing new movies. I always knew that Mouse was out to rule the world.

Okay folks, that’s a scatterbrained five for this week, and we’re rolling on into the weekend. Now, before we leave – let me remind you all that tomorrow is “Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day“. So, teach your friends how to make beer tomorrow. Although, if you don’t already know how…. maybe just take your friends with you to go learn from someone who does. Trust me, it’ll work out better that way. Okay folks, in the meantime, time to Clean some more!

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Ready Random References” Edition

Good morning, and happy Friday everyone. We’re back and ready to have a bit of fun this week. Now, the easy thing to do this week would be to talk about the NFL and the referees, and you, THAT game. But no, other than that one gratuitous reference, that’s in the past and we’re gonna have some fun with some of the  other, lesser covered stories of the week. Let’s see what we have on tap, shall we?

  1. Last week, we mocked a security official taking a gun through an airport security check. Well, now it’s happened again. A flight attendant brought a loaded gun through a security checkpoint. No, at this point, I’m not surprised that it’s happened again. It obviously happens way more than it should. So let me just put it this way….
    I’m worried about the gun, sure! But shouldn’t a POLICE officer be able to unload the thing without it going off?!?!?!?!?
    Then again, maybe not.
  2. My original thought was to file this under “What did you expect”, which is technically correct. Of course, that also places it squarely in the “This is news, how?” category. Right along the lines of “Breaking News! The Sun Rises in the East this morning!” What am I going on about? A man was mauled at the Bronx Zoo after jumping from an elevated monorail into the zoo’s tiger pit. Okay, let’s add another thought here… This seemed like a good idea to someone? Best quote of the article though comes from the Zoo director, “The tiger did nothing wrong in this case at all”. Good kitty.
  3. Speaking of filing stories under certain headings or categories…. This one could go under “Everybody Panic!”, “We’re Doomed!”, or even “The Mayans Were Right!” What am I talking about? The fact that there is a projected bacon shortage! They’re saying it appears unavoidable, which means all the “healthy alternatives” will probably be offered up. Fortunately, there’s a video that shows how to correctly deal with this nightmare scenario.
  4. I knew the moment I saw this next one that it would be going into today’s post. It doesn’t really even fit any discernible theme, but I’m using it anyways. How could I resist a story about a city asking all of its residents to collectively flush their toilets at the same time? And of course, me being me, this song poped into my head while reading the headline.
  5. And lastly, let’s finish with a story about stopping. Stopping what, exactly? Well, it’s a story about stopping your car. BEFORE you drive it into the nearest Florida post office. Yes, it seems that vehicle / post office collisions have become such a problem in Florida that the US Postal Service has issued guidelines to help avoid hitting a post office should one, you know, jump out in front of you. (You think I’m making this up, but that really is a legit article)

Alright folks, that’s five and it’s time to focus on my favorite part of the week. The weekend. So no matter what your plans are for the weekend, make sure you “Take Five” and just sort of chill for a bit.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “This Might Sound Mean” Edition

Good morning folks, and welcome to yet another Friday where we ramble on about random things. Now, I don’t want to go all Dennis Miller and get on a rant here today, but fair warning. Today might be a bit feistier than normal. I had the “good fortune” to go grocery shopping the other day, and I knew it was time for a refresher course on some things before I even got through the parking lot. So.. here we go!

  1. Folks, there are laws.. and then there are Laws. The former are arbitrary man made legislation. Don’t speed, stop at stop lights, that type of stuff. There other is science related. It’s known as a law because it’s been proven repeatedly to be true. It’s your basic “If x, then y” type of thing. Why do I mention this? Because the amount of people meandering through the parking lot, walking out in front of moving vehicles without even looking is staggering. Folks, take the phone out of your ear. Stop yammering to the person next to you and look where you’re going. Don’t give me this “Oh, they’ll stop” BS or claim the right of way. Because here’s where the difference in laws and Laws comes into play. The laws of whatever great state you live may say something along the lines of “A pedestrian in a crosswalk shall be given the right of way”, and that is the arbitrary man made law. However, Mr. Issac Newton discovered some other Laws. They’re known as the Laws of physics. And you know what, when you step off that curb into your crosswalk right in front of several thousand pounds of moving metal? We can put “Had the right of way on your gravestone. Physics don’t lie folks. The moving metal (aka a car, truck, bus, etc.) has the right of way. It’s going to win that fight. Every time. So, don’t be stupid. It will hurt.
  2. Speaking of people being stupid…..  I barely even know where to start with this one. It seems the second-in-command of New Mexico’s domestic security agency was caught trying to bring a loaded gun through an airport security checkpoint in Albuquerque.
    Let’s start with the obvious… the “I forgot to leave it home” defense. Okay, I’m sorry you were going to a funeral and you say you were ‘distraught’ but you do not FORGET about a gun in your possession. I fly a fair amount every year. I remember not to pack the little pocket knife I have when I go to the airport. I’d damn sure remember a freaking GUN!! Especially when you work as a freaking security official! My favorite line from the article though? “Airport police chief Marshall Katz says he’s not sure how a person of Tallarico’s position could make such a slip-up, but added that it happens frequently nationwide.” Well, yes and no. Lots of idiots ahem, people, try to bring guns through checkpoints. Not a lot of security agency officials do it! Lady… Here’s your sign…
  3. Staying on the subject of guns… and stupidity… I think the phrase that applies here would be “This Will Not End Well”. As much of a fan of bars/taverns/drinking as I am, even I question the sanity of wanting to open a bar and gun range. This is not Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. This is not two things that go great together.
  4. This is not stupid. Hot on the heels of the news that former first overall pick in the NFL draft Vince Young is bankrupt, this young man is smart. Alfred Morris is a rookie with the Washington Redskins. And he’s still driving his 1991 Mazda. I’m not saying the man doesn’t deserve an upgrade if he wants one, but after hearing so many stories about players being bad with their money, it’s nice hearing one about a player being smart with his money. Even (especially?) at the start of his career.
  5. And lastly, we go from an uplifting story about a young man being smart with his money, to a story about some people getting held up. Literally! Now, I’m not afraid of heights, and I really wouldn’t have much of a problem being stuck up there at first. But the article notes that they were stuck up there for four hours. And what worries me is that “when you gotta go…”. Yeah.

Okay folks, that’s five and I’ve ranted, cajoled, congratulated, and made fun of enough stuff for one week, I think.  And since I’m getting static for taking too long to get this post put up this week, I’ll cut it short and close out. Time for the weekend! On the way out, let’s pull one from the obscure “Beer, how in the hell do you remember these things?” pile of new wave music. Nemesis.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Re-written Title” Edition

Good morning everyone, and welcome back to yet another installment of Five thoughts. As you can see, there isn’t much of an attempt at humor in the title based on the events of last night. In case you missed it, some nitwit who apparently wasn’t wired right in the brain decided to shoot up a movie theater in Colorado. So, the “Close call” theme I was working off of just didn’t sit right with me as I started writing this.  So, I’ve moved a few items around, taken some out, and come up with what I’ve got. Let’s see how it fares, shall we?

  1. When I read articles like this, I can’t help but wonder how they can seem so calm about it. It seems a bobcat in Washington made its way *into* a state prison. I’m guessing they didn’t have much trouble convincing the inmates to stay in their cells once word got out. But this is what really makes me wonder. How can they so nonchalantly say “the animal must have climbed a fence or pushed in through some gap in the fence”? If I cat can climb the outside of the fence, or push a section in, couldn’t an inmate probably do the same thing to get out? Shouldn’t they maybe be a little alarmed about that?
  2. In the “Your not real bright, are you?” department. The next time you and your friends decide to be a smart ass and post a picture of you standing on lettuce while working at Burger King on an internet message board, make sure you’ve turned off the GPS data settings on you camera. As you can imagine, since we’re writing about it here, they didn’t. Burger King did however, turn off his employment.
  3. Sometimes, the truth is stranger than fiction. Over the years, I’m sure we’ve all heard fables/stories/anecdotes about business owners and executives who use their positions and companies to purchase and “hide” strange items. Usually its cars, planes, boats, stuff like that (though usually completely unrelated to the business). Now, FBI recently seized some silver coins in a raid on a financial group’s holdings relating to a fraud confession. Seems normal enough though, right? Financial group, silver coins, all makes sense. Except for SpongeBob. Yes, you read that correctly. The FBI seized Silver SpongeBob SquarePants coins. I… have no other words.
  4. For the last two we’ll circle back around to the basic theme I was planning for this week’s post. People who got very lucky. I’m not sure if they should go buy a lottery ticket after this, or if they’ve use up their luck completely. Our first example is a scuba diver down near the Bahamas, who was filming a blue marlin being reeled in. The language can be a bit NSFW, considering the shock they got, it’s understandable.
  5. And of course, not to be outdone…. a Russian man went to gas up his car. Sounds simple, right? Maybe not so much.

Okay folks, that’s Five and I’m out of here. There’s beer to be brewed, beer to drink, and… Oh, yeah, walls to paint. Darned home projects. Ah well. Let’s leave with something a little off the beaten path today, since the big Batman movie did open last night…

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Shutterbug” Edition

Good morning folks and welcome to another edition of Five Thoughts. Somehow we’ve made it through another week. So as we wait for the weekend to get here, let’s see what’s bouncing around inside Beer’s Brain this week, shall we? After all, there’s more than just rocks up there…

  1. I threatened someone that I might put a particular subject in this week’s post, and I’m leading off with it straight away. In fact, I came up with this week’s title based on it too. You see, I’ve got some family that recently got back from a trip. And there were pictures. Oh boy, there were pictures. Now, if you’ll all get off my lawn for a second, Grandpa Beer is going to tell a little story. You see, once upon a time, you not only had to bay for this stuff called “film” to put in a camera – you also had to pay to have the film developed so you could get your pictures.  Why am I talking about this? Because in the digital age – I think it’s time to remind people of a few rules for photos because the cost aspect of film and development has gone away. First, just because you can take 9,000 pictures on your digital camera does not mean you SHOULD. If you don’t have a good shot of something, don’t take a photo of it anyways. Second, and this is just as important (maybe even more so)… when you ignore my first rule and take 9000 pictures, sort through them before you upload them all and start sending them to people! Honestly… that great picture you took where your thumb takes up half the frame? You can delete that one. The blurry one where you got three of the monument you were going by because the tour bus bounced? That one can go too. This has been a public service announcement by the beerbarrel. You may now return to taking too many pictures. Thank you.
  2. Over the course of the last weekend – apparently pretty much everyone in the United States except me went and saw the Avengers. Yes, it made that much money. So I had to laugh when I saw this weekend that Marvel Studios officially confirmed there would be an Avengers sequel. Like there was really any doubt??? The move has grossed $702 million as of last weekend. What studio wouldn’t make a sequel? And while we’re on an Avengers note.. I found this to be rather cool, since I used to watch the old TV show. Lou Ferrigno helped voice the Hulk in the movie.
  3. Switching gears a bit… There’s celebrating Cinco de Mayo, and then there’s stealing an entire trailer full of Corona. And while the thought is amusing, a story like this always makes me wonder. How exactly does one go about stealing a trailer that’s full of beer? I mean, you can’t exactly back an F-150 or Silverado up to the trailer and pull it away. It takes a fairly specialized vehicle to be able to haul that. That would sort of limit people’s options I would think. Still, I think the police have the right idea. Stake out the supermarkets and farm markets and check for people buying massive quantities of limes.
  4. Now, I don’t profess to know anything about the mind of someone who thinks blowing up a plane full of people serves some sort of purpose. I don’t think rational minds work that way, but I am starting to wonder about some of these terrorist guys and their underwear bombs. Another plot involving an underwear bomb was recently stopped. Let’s get something clear… these people have a very unhealthy obsession with blowing themselves up via their underwear!! Come on people… try another shoe, or a sock, anything but underwear! It’s getting kind of creepy. In an “icky” kind of way.
  5. The days of the electric car are growing near.. There’s a quick charger for one in a public parking garage near my house, and there are several models of either pure electric or plug in hybrid that are available now, with more of the way. I’m not saying I think they’re going to replace gas engines anytime soon, they’re just becoming part of the equation.  Well, most of them anyways. But when your $100K plus electric vehicle starts out by dying unexpectedly and needing repairs for a magazine like Consumer Reports, and then ends up being a suspect in a house fire? Well, that particular vehicle nameplate can expect to quickly go the way of the Ford Pinto…. Because in some cases, and press is NOT good press. And this is one of them.

Okay, that’s a crazy, rambling, list of five on this sunny Friday. So I’m going to stop pretending I want to be here writing this and see if I can figure out a way to get out there and enjoy myself. I’ll try to do better next week. Maybe.Until next time, please, remember to think before you click a photograph. Think of the bandwidth and battery life you’ll save!

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

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

Howdy folks! And welcome to another coffee fueled edition of Five Thoughts on a Friday. It’s nine o’clock, is six cups of coffee too many to have had already? Anyhow if I start forgetting to put spaces in between words it’s probably because that’s rate stuff is running through my head right now. That being said… let’s see what’s rattling around in Beer’s noggin this morning!

  1. Watching some of the NFL draft last night, my strange mind once again wandered to the types of things only I wonder about. The first round of the NFL draft is great live action theater. The player gets a call from the coach/GM of the team drafting them as the pick is announced on the stage. Out comes the player, on the way out they are given a team hat. They walk out, hug the commissioner, and are given a jersey with their name on the back. Now, that’s all fine and good for the 1st round picks, but how do they keep up later in the draft? Do they have an army of people with sewing machines getting jerseys ready and then sewing them up as the pick is turned in? And why do I wonder about things like this?
  2. Rocker Ted Nugent recently had to have a little sit down with the Secret Service (an organization that has apparently had a few issues of their own lately). Now, I don’t care if you’re off to the right, off to the left, or off the deep end. If you say what he said, you’re going to get a visit. And rightfully so. That being said, Vice President Biden’s plane was recently the victim of a bird strike. Which makes me wonder who the Secret Service is going to talk to about that. If I were Big Bird, I might be a little nervous right now.
  3. Aside from the draft, two NHL game sevens last night. Both ended up being one goal games, with one going into double overtime! Great sports night to be watching more than one television, it was. Second round picks later today, probably. Mine were suitably awful in the first round. Only one game scheduled for tonight. Coyotes vs Predators. I was suitably impressed by the Preds, and watched none of the Coyotes/Blackhawks, so I’m going with the Predators in six.
  4. The new 2013 Shelby 500 details are out, and all I can say is… 662 horsepower??? Are you freaking kidding me? I love it, but this has kicked off a right brain/left brain debate in my head. At what point do we cross the line? I mean, think of the average driver (who thankfully will likely never be behind the wheel of one of these monsters) and their (lack of) driving skills. They’d hopefully only do harm to themselves and (unfortunately) the car in the 30 or fewer seconds it would take them to lose control and wreck.
  5. Giant cannibal shrimp!!! Everybody Panic!! Oh, wait. They’re giant by shrimp standards, but not sea monster sized. Still, it’s a serious invasive species problem. However, I can see a solution here.  They are apparently tasty. If there’s one thing humans have proven over the years is that we are more than capable and willing to eat a species to the brink of extinction. And a tasty shrimp that can reach the size of a lobster? Get me a grill, some garlic butter, and I’ll off about 4 of them for dinner.

Okay folks, that’s a quick five and I’m off! Since we touched on the draft again, and since most fans always think that their team is going to get better with the arrival of newly drafted players (because who wants to think “That guys going to make us much, much worse!).. Hope springs eternal. So in honor of all the hopes now riding on the shoulders of those new draft picks we’ll go with Mr. Blue Sky.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer