Happy Friday folks! And welcome to this week’s non-furloughed edition of Five Thoughts. Apparently we’ve been judged ‘essential’. Or we aren’t run by the government. Okay, okay, enough shutdown jokes. Let’s see what’s still going on this week shall we? Because even when the government stops, the world still gives us plenty of material to work with!
- It probably won’t have the same late night infomercial appeal as some of the more ‘adult’ themed versions, but it appears that in Maine they’re dealing with…. “Turkeys Gone Wild!”
(I’ll vouch for a large presence of turkeys in Michigan, too. Plus we have some of the birds, too. )
Hey, at least it’s somewhat seasonally appropriate, considering Thanksgiving is lurking just around the corner.
- I think this next one is kind of cool, although it obviously happened a while back, since it involves a government office that was actually open. I think it’s cool for two reasons, first… in a world of bad news, this ends well. And Second, I didn’t even know there was a Mutilated Currency Division of the Department of Treasury. So what happened? Well, according to the article – it wasn’t homework that a man’s dog ate, but rather $500 in cash. Frankly, I don’t think they verified the taped together restored bills. I think it was probably worth the $500 to not have to touch them.
- I got nothing on this next one. I mean really. I don’t. I can’t see any reason at all why someone wouldn’t come forward. The German police have already said that they’ve been unable to link the haul to any crime, and have not seen any claims from any legitimate owners. So why wouldn’t someone come forward to claim several pounds of gold and a six-figure sum of euros in cash? Nope, nothing fishy about that at all. Just walk in, claim it, and walk out. Easy, right?
- Sometimes these stories are enough to make you think there’s a full moon again this week. Especially when you see a headline that reads… “Birthday cake attacked in Wash. courthouse“. Yeah. This is another one where I don’t even know where to start. Safer in court than in the car with your dog. You often being your dog along and leave it in the car while you go to court? Leaving it at home wasn’t an option? No trunk in the car? And referring to the person who trashed the cake as a ‘cake molester’? Disturbing.
- Speaking of disturbing, this one should ‘bug’ a lot of people. There are scary bugs, and then there are giant Chinese hornets that are the size of your hand that are killing people. Yes. You read that correctly. They are that big, and they are capable of killing people. A quote from the video in the link… “Stingers that are up to a quarter-inch long”. Yep, scary. Enjoy the nightmares folks!
Okay folks, that’s five and it’s time for me to roll on out of here. So remember folks, when you can’t agree on something the best course of action is always to dig in and shut it down. Calling each other poopie-head is optional though. Or you could just listen to the Beach Boys and settle it on the race track.
Have a great weekend folks!
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Tagged Cake, China, Commentary, Features, Five Thoughts, From the News, Hornets, Money, scary, Silly, stupid, Turkey
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”.
Happy Black Friday to all of you who aren’t out fighting the crowds (or are already home tending wounds and wrapping gifts). Let’s barge right in today, just like when they opened the doors at the store at 3am.
- I don’t know why, but it still surprises me when people don’t know the real meaning behind the name “Black Friday”. It’s been called that for years. The name existed long before the early morning “doorbuster sale” madness that’s around these days. The name refers to black ink on the balance sheets of stores. This was traditionally looked at as the day when retailers revenues from sales from the year would surpass their expenses. In other words they would finally start to show a profit for the year (shown in black ink) instead of still showing a loss (shown in red). So… Black Friday was born. Now you know. And no, I’m not doing the GI Joe thing from the 80’s cartoon.
- Staying on Black Friday, I do have to wonder sometimes… How good a deal are some of these people getting. You hear these early campers talking about “It’s the only way I can afford to get this”. By camping out? How much was the tent? How much was all the food? The sleeping bag? Did you take time off of work? I think you see where I’m going with those questions… Did everything you spent while camping match what you “saved”? Or did it just get spent somewhere else? Admit it. You just wanted to avoid Thanksgiving dinner with the family, didn’t you?
- Speaking of which…. Does the turkey *really* make you sleepy? Or is more just “If I act like I can’t keep my eyes open, maybe I won’t have to take part in the crazy conversations that always break out after dinner and they’ll let me go home”?
- It is now permissible to play Christmas music and turn on your lights. (Hanging them earlier is ok, just don’t turn them on). Actually, as of about 6:00pm last night it’s ok.
- The worst part of Black Friday though, for me at least? Having the day off, working on a project around the house… and realizing… I have to go get something from the store. Because even the hardware stores are getting in on the act now. So that gallon of paint or tool you need? You’re going to have to fight the crowds to get it. Or wait till tomorrow to finish the project. Hmm… maybe that isn’t too bad after all.
Ok folks, I’m off to make a turkey sandwich! Best part of Black Friday if you ask me… the turkey sandwich made from the leftovers.
And since we’ve been talking blackness all post long… let me ask you this? Have you seen the LIGHT? (And for you know who… NOW do you recognize the meaning of “The band? The BAND!”)
This one got voted down by my co-blogger. I thought it would have been a nice change of pace (And a funny title to tie in)…
At least I didn’t lead with this…
Have a great weekend folks!
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Tagged Black Friday, Christmas, Commentary, Features, Five Thoughts, From Beermaker's Brain, More Turkey, Random, Shopping, Silly, Turkey
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?
- 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!
- 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!
- 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)
- 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.
- 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!
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Tagged Advice, Blog, Boobies, Breast Exam, Charlie Brown, Commentary, Deep Fry, Features, Five Thoughts, football, GM, Lions, Peanuts, Slurpee, Stocks, Thanksgiving, Turkey
No, I didn’t forget. I just lost track of time and didn’t have this written up and set to auto post. And no, I wasn’t out shopping. Anyways, on today’s Five thoughts on a Friday…
- I’m an HDTV household now. Nothing fancy, just a 19″ HDTV (And no, not the fancy 1080p either). Still, the difference on the Xbox is amazing. Just amazing. Now if that tv just didn’t look so ridiculously small occupying the space it’s 19″ predecessor seemed to fill so nicely. I also have to reprogram the universal remote now. Hope it works.
- Yes, I know people who DID go out shopping. How do you think we got the TV? I still think it’s nuts though, getting up that early the day after Thanksgiving. And here’s why…
- Yes, I believe it IS still possible to be full from yesterday’s dinner at lunchtime the next day. Is that a sign of eating too much?
- I’m still not used to there being a 3rd NFL game on Thanksgiving. I actually completely missed it. Who won?
- Today is the day after Thanksgiving. There’s no stopping the onslaught of Christmas commercials, music, etc. now. Of course, now that it’s the next holiday up on the docket, that’s ok. Before now, not so much.
Ok, that’s a fast five and I’m off to go make a turkey sandwich. Later folks!