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Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Almost There” Edition

Howdy folks, and welcome to this week’s edition of Five Thoughts. A big thanks to PB for filling in for me last week – I was just getting back into town and to say I would have been unprepared to write the post would be an understatement. So, we we’re into December now, and the snow if flying on the blog… time to see what’s on tap for this week. But first, it should be pointed out that today is December 7th. The 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. I know it’s been so long since it happened that to most people it’s only a note in the history books. As someone who’s had the chance to visit Pearl Harbor and see the memorial, I can honestly say it’s something everyone who gets a chance should do. You don’t realize the scale involved until you do. And it’s eerie out there on the memorial itself. Now, on to the post!

  1.  Let’s start with a bit of a public service announcement. If you’re thought of as knowing about computers in way shape or form – you probably remember getting a phone call a few years back that went something like this “I got this message that popped up and said I had a virus – so I hit the button that said scan and now my computer won’t work and it says I need to buy something”. Well, a variation on that theme is back. So you may want to pre-emptively start calling your family and telling them not to fall for the scam that tells them their operating system is locked and that they owe a $100 fine.
  2. When it came out, “Dude, Where’s My Car?” was a silly, kind of funny movie – in the sense that it was so over the top you couldn’t help but laugh at it. Now, a homeowner on the Jersey Shore is playing “Dude, Where’s my HOUSE?”. It appears it’s gone missing after Hurricane Sandy.
  3. Now, I know I’ve mentioned it before…. But sometimes the posts really do just write themselves. And when you see a headline that says Elephant dung coffee goes for $50 a pop you know you’ve found one. I just wonder though – am I the only one who wonders about the use of the word ‘pop’ in a headline basically dealing with poop? And did the accompanying picture in that article *really* need to be on the front page og the online edition this morning?
  4. Wow, we’ve really covered a lot of ground here in this post. Let’s keep rolling right along. Now, it’s no secret that we’ve been just ever so slightly critical of a lot of the crap garbage regurgitated dog food movies that Hollywood has been putting out lately. And it appears that we aren’t the only ones who thing the best entertainment options may be felt elsewhere these days. According to the Washington Post earlier this week, the video game “Call of Duty” has topped one billion dollars faster than the movie Avatar did it. Now, to be fair – the average ticket price for Avatar wasn’t in the $60 price range so I’m not certain it’s a fair comparison. But hey, I needed a post item and this not only gave me the opportunity to take a shot at Hollywood (Get it? Call of Duty, Take a shot?), but it also lets me throw this one in for fun…
  5. And speaking of fun and it being December and all, we’re waiting for the snow to fall. And to help pass the time until it does – here’s something to keep you occupied. Buddy’s snowball fight! Just don’t hit the big guy!

Okay folks, that’s five and we’re out for the weekend. While I have no problem being on the radio now that we’re officially into ‘holiday season’ I’m not quite ready to start subjecting people to Christmas songs just yet. Fair warning though, we’re ‘almost there’. However, we can inch a bit closer to that with this one. It’s not about Christmas, but it is about snow! (Hey Oh).

Have a great weekend folks!

Five Thoughts on a Friday – “The Christmas Eve, Eve” Edition

Howdy folks and welcome to the last Five thoughts before Christmas. It’s pretty quiet here today, so I’m just going to jump right in.

  1. Off on break for the holidays, and since it’s the night before the night before Christmas. I think I’m going to keep this one short this week.
  2. It’s the holidays, and we’re all eating too much, aren’t we? I know I am. It always seems like the office has a magic tub of Christmas cookies this time of year. No matter how many cookies people eat, it’s still got cookies in it!
  3. I still need to finish up Christmas shopping for one person. Other than that, I’m done. And I’ll be heading out to finish that bit of shopping here shortly. Hope everyone else is in good shape too.
  4. I always wonder on a day like today. Knowing that you’ll be overeating tomorrow…. Do you try to go light today, and save room or do you go big, and try to get “warmed up” for the next day? Decisions, decisions….
  5. Lastly, but certainly not least I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. And if you don’t celebrate Christmas? Have a Merry Christmas anyways. Why? Because if you do, you’ll at least have a nice day. And everyone deserves one of those every now and then, especially this time of year. I think so, at least.

Okay, that’s five and I’m off to start the holidays and finish my shopping! Now, if only we could do something about the fact that’s I’m still looking at my lawn and not the white stuff that’s supposed to be on the ground this time of year.

Merry Christmas folks!

More Christmas Fun!

Apparently this morning was officially “Bad Remakes of Christmas Songs” day on the radio. I’m not going to name them outright, as I have no desire to re-live the horror they inflicted upon my ears. Instead, I’ll try to drown it out with a double shot of underrated Christmas musical fun.

Considering we currently have far too much

We’re being threatened with a Wet, instead of White Christmas.

Someone needs to place a call to this guy and get that fixed.

We’ll post some more tomorrow if we think about it.

Have a great day folks!

It’s Beginning to Slip a Lot Like Christmas…

Beer’s Brain: Uh oh, looks like the wooden porch steps are still all snow covered this morning.

Better watch your step on the way down here, make sure you don’t sliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiip!

Beer: Ouch.

Hey, don’t blame me man. I tried to warn you. Maybe time to retire the summertime shoes, huh? Go with something with a bit more traction?

Oh just shut up already and tell me where we left that snow shovel.

Yeah, that’s how my day started.  Must be getting close to Christmas now!

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “I forgot the title” Edition

Good morning folks, and we’re again again with yet another edition of Five Thoughts. After we channeled spring fever last week, Old Man Winter decided to check in and make it perfectly clear that he’s not quite done with us just yet. We got a bunch of snow Sunday/Monday and even some more through the week, including this morning.  Well, Mr. Winter? I’ve STILL got spring fever! So stick that in your pipe and smoke it. Does that make me a bit loony? Probably. That’s how I come up with these thoughts, after all!

  1. There’s actually very little loony about this one. If you’re into automobiles at all, this story from earlier in the week should strike you as pretty cool. It’s about the storage of the automobile collection of the Detroit Historical Museum. Make sure to check out the embedded video in the article, too.
  2. From the I have no idea where to file this one department….  “Say what?” “Please stop helping?” Neither seem appropriate or strong enough. What am I talking about? Well, a coach was asked about a player at the NFL scouting combine. And in an apparent attempt to compliment them (and no doubt trying to help raise their draft status) he came up with this quote
    “I mean, I slapped him on the ass out there one day and I’ve got a quarter horse in Tennessee that doesn’t have an ass on him like that. He’s just a physically gifted guy and a smart guy, and just a good, good person.”
    So, who should be more offended? The player? The quarter horse? I’ll just say this to the coach… Dude…. STOP HELPING!
  3. The space shuttle Discovery took of yesterday on it’s final flight. And the final flight of the entire shuttle program. Now, say what you want about it’s economics or if it’s worthwhile or anything like that. Just consider this one point though. The space shuttle program, despite it’s two major disasters, has made sending people into outer space seem routine. When in truth it’s anything but. Even today. There are still holding out on our flying cars and ray guns though. Do they think none of us remember The Jetsons?
  4. Listen. There’s dropping the ball, and then there’s “I put bacon on the menu on a flight from Israel to London” dropping the ball. I mean, I know most people love bacon, but sometimes you just gotta think. On the other hand, thanks for doing this and giving us another opportunity to talk about bacon. Now I’m hungry.
  5. We’re going to swing into social networking territory a little bit here. People seem to love to use these “cute” little quotes and such for things like their Facebook status and such. If all you do is copy and paste quotes of dead or famous people? You aren’t original, you aren’t witty. Your’e capable of copy and paste. You don’t get a cookie. Sorry. And the next time you see someone with one of those “Because of you I laugh a lot more” type quites? Maybe you should wonder… Is it because I make them happy? Or do you make someone laugh a lot more because they’re laughing at you? Hmm?

Ok, that’s five and it’s time to roll into another weekend. I admit I was sorely tempted to talk hockey today, but the trade deadline isn’t here yet, and there are still a few trades to make. After all, I don’t think the Senators have traded for every draft pick in the league just yet.

And to get you all thinking of warmer times and tropical drinks….

Have a great weekend folks!

Snow? What’s that? We have to drive in it?

Howdy folks, and a happy snowy Monday to you. It’s been a snowy two days for us here at Beerbarrel productions, and so Beer’s here to share some thoughts on driving in this white stuff…

You see, even though we’re located in a state that gets it’s fair share of snow, every time it starts falling several distinct personality/driving types emerge on the road. Let’s take a look at some of them, shall we?

  • The “I’ve lived in this state my who life, but WHAT THE HELL IS THIS WHITE STUFF ON THE ROAD?!?!?!???” driver. Again, they’ve lived their entire life in a state that gets snow but act like it’s the first time they’ve seen it/had to drive in it. Usually going far too slow, or too fast. Anything except a safe and reasonable speed in the conditions at hand.
  • The “These roads are terrible! I need to let all my friends know about it!” driver. They’re all over the road as the call/text/tweet/facebook how horrible the roads are from their cell phone. While driving. Badly. They think they’re doing a public service, all while actually endangering the general public on the road at the same time as them. I have a simple word to describe them. Morons.
  • The “I have 4 wheel/All wheel drive, get the hell out of my way” driver. Usually seen going far too fast for the conditions on the road. Completely incapable of understanding the fact that while their vehicle does get better traction and can get moving better than most, once they start sliding in the slush or ice their brakes won’t be able to compensate for them going too fast. Often seen involved in any accidents you see on the side of the road. Sadly, they often take someone else with them. (Note: I saw 4 accidents on the drive into the office today. Want to guess what all four had in common?)
  • The “I only cleared off a peephole on my windshield” driver. The bane of winter drivers. Easily spotted by the roughly 5″ by 5″ (if that) spot on the windshield that was clear off. Everything else is still blanketed in snow. Headlamps, tail lamps, mirrors, all the other windows. They can’t see damned thing around them and they don’t care. They usually can’t even stay reasonably within a lane, but they don’t realize that because they can’t see the lane anyways. Somehow, they always seem to manage to get where they’re going in defiance of all logic.
  • The “Down Souther” driver. This is someone who got moved into a snow state and now has to deal with it. Usually out later in the day, if at all. This isn’t by choice, it’s because the closest thing they have to an ice scraper is a credit card, and it took them that long to warm up the car and clean off the windows. Generally easily identified by the ghost white person with the death grip on the steering wheel driving very slowly.
  • The “I have no business being out in this stuff” driver. As opposed to the Down Souther who has a valid reason for going slow, this person is usually a native of a snow state, they’re just terrified of driving in the snow. The mere mention of driving in snow usually makes them soil their pants. Often in a mini van or SUV which usually has some sort of traction control, they often in the far left lane driving like they’re in a 1970’s era muscle car with bald tires. They’re sliding all over the place.

So there we have it. I’m sure I missed a couple, but those were the once to come to mind as I drove around the past two days. As for me, I think I do a pretty good job, but I probably do drive a bit to quickly at times. Still, all in all I think it’s safe to say I’m far from the worst or most hazardous driver out there.

Hope you all got into work safe if you had to drive in the white stuff today, and hopefully this post lightened up your morning. Hopefully the ride home will be better for us all.

Later folks!

A Couple of Thursday Thoughts…

Howdy folks!

Yep, it’s Thursday and I’m posting. What does that mean? It means I’m taking the weekend off and leaving you in the King’s capable hands for tomorrow’s post. Although if he holds true to form he’ll cheat and post it tonight.

Since I won’t be around tomorrow (or likely at all this weekend depending on how well things go) and probably won’t be able to wish you all a Happy Halloween I figured I’d drop by today and do it.

So, as I sit here wrestling with the fact that I saw snowflakes today (and it was almost 70 degrees here yesterday) let me wish you a Happy Halloween from the Beerbarrel. Be safe, eat too much candy, and all that good stuff.

And here’s two for the road. A couple of classics!

Light hearted:

And, of course…