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Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Out in the Woods” Edition

Howdy folks, and welcome to the latest in our ongoing mockery of the writing skills we were supposed to have learned while we were in school.  Hopefully this post finds you all safe and sound, it being the day after deer season officially opened here at home (True, bow season has been open for a bit – but the big one is always firearm season). Anyhow, PB may be out in the woods today, but I’m here, so let’s see what we can come up with. Before we start though… we secretly recorded PB heading out to the woods on his last hunting trip

  1. Let’s start right out in the “You’re not real bright, are you?” department. Most people would agree, the best way to resolve differences in a negotiation is to keep working to find middle ground. So naturally, the NHL is talking about taking a 2 week break from labor negations to end their lockout. I swear, you couldn’t make this stuff up if you were writing a comedy! Talk about a joke of a league. And oddly enough, I’m not missing them. In fact, at this point I hope they stay locked out. These types of stories are FAR more entertaining than the actual games.
  2. One of my partners in crime like to post a “Retro Commercial of the Wee” on twitter every now and then. Well, here’s one for the week in honor of the dearly departed “Twinkie the Kid“. Yes, it’s true – Hostess is going out of business, and with them go the Twinkies.  (Didn’t someone tell them that two states just legalized pot? All they needed to do was hang on a little bit longer! I kid! I kid!) Seriously, though – guess they’ll have to keep finding new things to deep fry at the Texas State Fair!
  3. For the next one, we’ll move into the “I have no words” type of find. I mean, there’s drunk, there’s really drunk, and then there’s “I was so damned smashed I didn’t think having a dead skunk in the car with me was abnormal drunk!” I’m just surprised it wasn’t in Florida.
  4. Changing gears completely, we need to touch on a serious issue. I’m talking about the War on Thanksgiving. Oh yeah, you know what I’m referring to. Those Christmas decorations that have been in the store since before Halloween. The Christmas music on the radio already. And even the fight on the second front that Turkey day is now losing. Yes, I’m referring to Black Friday Creep. It’s no longer enough to open your doors at midnight or 4 am on Black Friday – Oh no, now there are sales on Thursday morning! Well, one group is trying to fight back. And they have my support. I won’t be shopping at all on Thursday or Friday! (As long as buying drinks at the bar doesn’t count!)
  5. Lastly, there’s a certain irony to this one. Here’s the lead line from the article: “A European official says her staff members were hacked when they joined her for a conference on Internet security in Azerbaijan.” That’s right. They were at a conference about Internet security, when their computers were hacked. Maybe they need to go to a couple more conferences, you think?

Okay folks, that’s an oddball five for this week and I’m out of here. No, I’m not heading for the woods. But in honor of all those who are, just remember… we all know what really goes on at there!

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

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 “Day Off” Edition

Howdy folks and welcome to this week’s Five Thoughts. We’re sort of giving ourselves the day off here today. Being lazy and all. Let’s get at it, shall we?

  1. Happy Black Friday. This stuff has really gotten out of control, hasn’t it? Let’s start at midnight, let’s start camping out for Friday on Monday..  Sheesh. Not my thing, that’s for sure. I have the day off, the last thing I really want to do is get up early and shop. Besides, I’m still fighting off the food coma from yesterday.
  2. Today is the day after Thanksgiving. While I still think it’s a bit early due to the way the calendar fell this year, it is now acceptable to start playing Christmas music and turning on your lights.
  3. I’m looking out the window and the sun is shining. I have to admit, I was kind of hoping for some combination of cold/rainy today that would support staying inside instead of going and working on the things that need to get done in the yard. Can’t win them all I guess.
  4. I’m back into the SWTOR test this weekend. I wonder if that had anything to do with me wanting the weather outside to me miserable? Ah well.
  5. I have to admit I was really getting sick of some of the “Do you know how much sodium/how many calories/ how much fat” stories all the news channels were running last week. And will no doubt continue to work in as we move towards Christmas. It’s the holidays people. Celebrating and over eating is part of the deal. If it was a normal pattern of behavior I agree it would be a problem. But if you don’t make a habit of eating 4500 calories at every meal, doing it once a year on Thanksgiving isn’t a big deal. So have some fun already!

Okay, that’s a very quick Five Thoughts for the day. I now return myself to my regularly scheduled day off. And since I know my co-blogger is off to see a certain movie. And we talked about playing the music, and lighting the lights….

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

A Thanksgiving Classic

Thanksgiving is rolling towards us, and when it comes to this holiday, there’s really only one holiday special that comes to mind. The old WKRP “Turkeys Away” episode.

Yes, it has some commercials, but it’s totally worth watching. Like the post title says, it’s a Thanksgiving classic. After all, you get to hear the line “As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly”.

Enjoy folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “This goes to eleven” Edition

Howdy folks, and happy Spinal Tap Day (And yes, it’s Veteran’s Day, too. A far more important remembrance. Just having a little fun here folks). That’s right, it’s 11-11-2011. Or, 11-11-11. Let’s be honest here for a second. If you get the reference, then you knew there was no way it wasn’t going to get mentioned somehow, somewhere in this post. If you have no clue what I’m going on about, well… go check out “This is Spinal Tap“. It’s a comedy classic. It goes to eleven.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way… On with today’s post!

  1. On the what can break next front.. Beer’s found out that the answer is… the furnace! That’s right! On the day we get the first snowfall of the season (And temps dropping down to freezing), the furnace quit working! Fortunately, we have a very effective fireplace and space heaters (And someone on the way to fix the furnace). So it isn’t all bad.
  2. On the gaming front, I’ve been getting back into World of Warcraft a bit lately. Just that time of year I guess. More time inside than outside, etc.. That could be threatened here going forward though. I’m restricted from saying too much, but there is a new game coming out this year that I managed to grab a beta invite to. Lets just say it’s set Far Far Away. Will definitely be checking it out this weekend. Hmm… I have a pretty new gaming system, I wonder if I can run them both at the same time?
  3. The Black Friday ads are starting to get published. Nothing like getting all those 4am shoppers fired up a bit early, huh? As I wondered last year.. seems like every year these ads seem to “leak” out early. Almost like it’s intentional. Just saying… Speaking of Black Friday, the day preceding it in the States is Football Thursday Thanksgiving. And this year, that Thanksgiving turkey dinner is going to cost you more. Unless you’re like me, and turkey has been banned from your household due to a refrigerator “incident” (aka, Failure!).  Funny how these stories always come out this time of year. It’s like it’s on the calendar of all the news organizations, “Okay, time to do the ‘turkey dinner cost is going up/down’ story for the year”.
  4. I have to tread carefully on this one, I know. But as someone who sees things slightly differently in life I can’t help but laugh at this. There’s just a symmetric irony to it. The Office Professional Employees International Union is picketing. No big deal, that’s what unions occasionally do. That’s normal. They’re picketing Solidarity House. Yes, you read that right. The OPEIU is picketing the home office of the United Auto Workers, aka the UAW. So this is a union on union picket. Think about that one for a moment. The thought of it made me laugh.
  5. There’s a lot of things that can tip someone off to “This relationship might have some issues”. When I try to think of them though, I usually don’t come up with “Wife causes a bomb scare when she has a GPS tracking device attached to her husband’s car“. I’m thinking that would probably be pretty high on the list though. Maybe just below attempted murder, I’m not sure.

Okay folks, that’s five thoughts for this Friday and it’s time for Beermaker to start the weekend and download a beta client. But, before you go, don’t think for a second you’re getting out of here without at least one more “This goes to eleven” Spinal tap reference. You know you want to listen to it. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Deep Fried Turkey” edition

Howdy folks!

Ripping through another week, we’ve arrived at Friday once again. Now, I don’t want to brag, but after today deal old Beermaker only has one more full workweek left before a much anticipated holiday break. Feel free to hate.

As a side note, I’m toying with the possibility of some alternate  posting schedules for the rest of the year. So don’t be surprised if things get shuffled a little bit. Anyways… let’s get started, shall we?

  1. The Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special was on last night. And the Christmas sugar cookies have made their annual appearance here at the office. I swear, those little things are every bit as addictive as crack. Screw the potato chips, try eating just one of those damned cookies. Heck, you crave more before you even have the first one!
  2. I’m not going to justify what the person did as right, legal, or anything… but really now ladies… If you’re at a bar, and someone is offering to give you a breast exam for free, how exactly does that NOT come across as some sort of come on or something? Even if the other person *is* (or in this case, at least claims to be) a woman? Seriously now!
  3. Yesterday was the IPO for the all new GM (General Motors) stock. If you somehow got in at the actual IPO price  of $33.oo you did ok. If you got in at the price at the opening bell ($35.20) I hope you got out sometime before 11:30 am EST or so. At 4pm the stock closed at $34.19 a share. $1.01 below it’s price at the opening bell. Ah the auto industry. The more things change…..
    (More info here at autoblog.com)
  4. I generally read, but don’t post a lot of political news (unless it’s something worth mocking. Which most political stories qualify in some shape or form). This story stands on it’s own merits though. Why? Because it isn’t even political. It’s about Slurpees. And what *isn’t* good about a Slurpee, huh? Ok, besides the brain freeze, that is.
  5. Since this is the last “Five Thoughts” before Thanksgiving here in the states, I’m gonna use #5 today to wish everyone a very happy turkey day, and all that goes along with it. May your turkey dinner (or any substitute) turn out perfectly, may there be no rain on your Thanksgiving Day parade, and may your football team win it’s game (but if you’re trying to root for the Lions… you need help). Oh, and one word of warning… if the turkey is frozen…  DON’T put it in the deep fryer. Bad things will happen. Don’t believe me?

Ok, that’s five and I’m out of here. Since we led off by mentioning them… we’ll close out today with… The Peanuts!

Have a great weekend!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday

A Friday the 13th no less! Considered doing a Friday the 13th/Superstitious theme but decided against it. Instead, we went with the mention it (Done!) and move on (Moving on!) approach.

So, after a hectic week that’s kept us from putting up any other posts it’s time for today’s Five Thoughts on a Friday to wrap up the week.

  1. My computer has been giving me grief all morning. Do you have any idea how hard that’s making it to keep from just saying “That’s it, week’s over. Going home.” right now?  The answer – Very hard.
  2. So, if 25 kids in Chicago get arrested for a Food Fight (Article Here), what in the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks would Bruto Blutarski have gotten rung up for the one he started in Animal House? High Treason?  Seriously… Arrested? For a food fight? (Ok, I’ll grant you the meatloaf at school probably SHOULD have been classified as a weapon of mass destruction. Or at least cruel and unusual punishment)
  3. There was a story on the news this morning about the average cost of a Thanksgiving dinner being down a little bit here in the US. Said the average cost for a dinner for 10 would be about $43.  This begs the question… WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE AND WHAT THE HECK KIND OF MATH ARE THEY USING????  And 10 people? Let me guess, they all get one slice of turkey, one yam, and a biscuit. Right? I’m telling you – why make stuff up? Reality provides you plenty of ammunition.
  4. Places NOT to park your Bugatti… A swamp comes to mind. Seriously, you parked a Bugatti in a swamp and the best you have is “Low flying bird” and “Dropped cell phone”?
  5. Another weekend with no movies I really care if I see or not. The big one looks to be 2012. What’s this fascination with the end of the Mayan calendar. I mean, isn’t just a little bit possible that the Mayans simply went.. “You know what, that’s enough calendar for now. We’ll do more when we get closer”? Why does it HAVE to be doomsday. It could just be Tuesday after all is said and done.

Ok, that’s five and we’re done here. Mr. Blutarski? Take us out please.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer