Happy Friday everyone, and since this is my last post before it hits, Merry Christmas!
We’ve pretty much hit the “I’ve had this cold long enough, eaten enough Christmas cookies, and heard as many carols as I possibly could” point where it’s about time to just pull the plug on the year and wind down. But before we do – let’s see what’s on tap this week!
- Sometimes, you just need a sandwich. I get that. And one of my co-bloggers has had some fun in the past talking about sandwiches. But still, I don’t care how good the sandwich is, a pilot holding an international flight hostage and refusing to take off until his sandwich arrives is taking things a bit far. I wonder if they told the passengers the truth, or blamed it on “maintenance”.
- As we hit the end of the year, it’s inevitable that we get inundated with lists of things from the past year. people we lost, funniest moments, and on and on and on… But this is one that I found interesting given my fondness for automotive news items. It’s a list of vehicles that automakers killed off this year. But then again, after reading it I’m not sure if anyone is going to notice these vehicles aren’t being made anymore.
- Switching to local issues, in this day and age sometimes a city council has to make the tough decisions. You know, like whether to allow American alligators in the city’s business district. Specifically, an alligator named Wally that will welcome patrons to a cajun restaurant that should be opening soon. And that’s just what Port Huron, Michigan did this past week. Other American gators were unavailable for comment regarding whether they planned to move north and take up residence in Port Huron.
- Speaking of city councils, let’s turn our attention a bit north… to the fine city of Toronto. Because I have to ask folks…. if you know your mayor is Rob Ford you know what you’re dealing with. Right? So I have to ask… who decided on the dance part during the council meeting that resulted in this?
- I’m going to use item five to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It’s been a wild ride this past year. And whether you celebrate Christmas or not I hope the rest of the year is good to you (And next year too). In keeping with the title of today’s post, I think we’re going to take a bit of a Christmas Vacation and take next week off. We’ll be back after the first of the year. Unless one of the other guys wants to post something next week.
So, that’s wraps it up for this week, and probably for this year. Merry Christmas everyone, and Happy New Year! Time to start the Christmas Vacation.
Have a great one folks!
Good morning everyone, and welcome to another hot, sweltering day here at Beerbarrel Productions. Yep, it’s hot. Looking at the map, it’s pretty much hot everywhere right now, but don’t worry! Relief is on the way! How can I be so sure? It’s simple really. There are only about 158 days until Christmas. Hey, I never said it was gonna cool down anytime soon, just that it would! And with that out of the way, let’s see what we can find for today, shall we?
- You know, when it gets hot and humid like it’s been around here, the bugs love it. Mosquitoes, june bugs, you name it. They all seem to be out in force right now. And when you have lots of bugs around, sometimes you need to take some more extreme measures to combat them. Using enough “bug bombs” to partially collapse a building though? I think you took the “bomb” part of the name a little too literally there…
- Speaking of buildings getting knocked down…. I guess nobody double checked the address, since a contractor in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area was hired to demolish a condemned home. Only to knock down the wrong house. That there is a big old “Texas-sized” whoops!
- This is the part of the post where I include something just because I think it’s cool. I went to a school that had a very prominent fencing program (Or so I’m told). Even then, I never paid much attention to it. I think it’s cool, I just don’t really ever think to myself “Hey, I should watch fencing”. Apparently I’m not alone in that. Enter a really fun, cool idea to try to get people to watch. A marketing campaign comparing it to sword fights in the movies.
As the guys from the Guinness ads would say… Brilliant!
- Switching gears into some at least marginally automotive related news, it seems like I can’t let a week go by these days without posting something about people being fired up about privacy. Like this article, that details how law enforcement agencies are tracking the movements of your license plate as you drive around.
- Lastly, just to be evil and give everyone nightmares, I’m including this one. Now, I’ve taken my fair share of vacations. And I’ve taken my fair share of grief for taking those trips from my co-bloggers who like to have fun with my vacation schedule right here on this very blog. This one though… note to self, NO vacations to Peru. Why you may ask? Because I don’t want to bring home a souvenir in the form of a flesh eating maggot inside my head! Yeah, you read that right. It was in her head!
Okay folks, that’s five and it’s time for me to hit the road. And if the police want to track my license plate, that’s fine. Heck, I could even consider it a public service. If they know where I usually go, and I end up somewhere I’m not familiar with, they’ll be able to tell me how to get there. Because obviously, I musta got lost. And with that, someone will finally understand who wubu gubu with the green teeth is…
Have a great weekend folks!
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Howdy folks, and welcome to another edition of Five Thoughts! I’m back again this week to guide you through another silly post. So, let’s get started rambling through another one of Beermaker’s rambling rants about what’s going on in the news of the weird (at least according to Beer’s Brain) this week.
- Let’s start with this one. I’m really trying to figure this one out. A woman in Chicago is fighting a $100,000 parking fine. It appears her ex-boyfriend abandoned a car at an airport parking lot, where it piled up the fines over three years. So… you didn’t notice the car was gone for three years? You didn’t report it stolen? One day three years on you suddenly remembered “Oh! I know where we left the car!”??? Or you just wanted to get rid of it, and dumping it an at airport parking lot seemed easier than calling one of those charities that will come get it from your house??? This is definitely one where there’s got to be more to this story.
- There are times during everyone’s life when they wonder if someone is even paying attention. Like when someone tries to merge into your lane on the expressway – right into the spot your vehicle is currently occupying. Or, you know… when it turns out that those toy poodles you bought after wanting them for so long… turn out to be ferrets on steroids. Yes, you read that right. Ferrets. On Steroids. Sounds like a bad B movie title (You know, like Snakes on a Plane). They didn’t look odd to you at all when you bought them, right?
- Speaking of not paying attention. When I read this article and watched the video I thought most of it was very cool. How else would you describe a close encounter with a huge shark while you’re on a kayak doing some fishing? But then there’s a the part in the video where he brings (what’s left of) the fish up towards and almost onto the kayak. And so I have to ask… were you not paying attention? Did you not see the size of the shark? Did you not notice that it likes that fish, and is roughly the same size as your kayak? I really don’t think you want it coming aboard.
- Changing gears… We’ve made no secret that we like old cars around here. And when something comes along that can combine some the vehicles we thought were cool growing up with the TV shows and movies we thought were cool? Even better. And when they’re from Hot Wheels, which means we don’t have to plan on hitting the lottery to afford them? Well, that gets mentioned here. Because This is cool. Hot Wheels Retro Entertainment series memorializes your favorite Hollywood cars. The link is worth a click just for the picture in the article.
- Lastly, despite all of my boondoggles I don’t really consider myself a worldly person. I certainly don’t consider myself a diplomat or a peacemaker. That being said..I think I finally have it figured out. I know why North Korea is always so cranky. Turns out, there’s a BEER SHORTAGE in North Korea. I was reading an article about a group that tried to set up a brewery in North Korea and this line caught my eye, “They can’t produce enough for the domestic market”. Don’t they know beer promotes love? And not just the beer-goggle type. I’m talking down to earth “I love you, man” statements.
Okay folks, that’s five and I’m out of here. And then I mean out of here. I mean “Look for a guest writer next week because I’m off on another boondoggle” gone. Yep, As a late winter storm draws a bead on our state I’m drawing a line in the sand. On a beach. Someplace warm. You know, down in that One Particular Harbor.
Have a great weekend folks!
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Howdy folks, and welcome to a post Beer’s Boondoggle edition of Five Thoughts. It appears we had a little bit of excitement around here last week while I was off drinking rum and playing tag with Tropical Storm Isaac. After getting home a day later than scheduled, I was only too happy to take one of my co-bloggers up on doing a collaborative “Behind the scenes” type post for today. So with that being said, let’s take a look at how we come up with a lot of this stuff, shall we?
It usually starts out with conversations something like this….
- PB – Beer what the heck man? Every time you head on vacation you have at least one day of lock down from a storm. Hey King I don’t know if I would want to go on a vacation with him. I might get lost in the Bermuda Triangle or something.
Beer – Nah, storms don’t worry me. I just figure I need to stay away from places prone to earthquakes or with major volcanoes. Besides, I like Hurricanes. They’re tasty. Ever been to Pat O’Brien’s in New Orleans? And if I have to get hit with a flight delay, I’d rather it be from the weather.. not something like United had the other day.
- PB – So you said you were held over in Florida for an extra day? I bet you were glad that you were able to stay dry and have a bathroom you could use that was relatively safe unlike the worker Malaysia.
Beer – PB, I really, *really* don’t want to know why you always seem to be finding stories like that. It’s like you have an unhealthy obsession with toilet mishaps! And Miami was not all that dry after Isaac paid them a visit.
PB – Well Beer just be glad it wasn’t you. Just think if that was a criminal that did that it could be said the gator took a bite out of crime right? Besides the funniest stuff always seems to involve the toilet humor.
- Beer – PB, We really need to not dwell on the toilet humor so heavily. Got anything else?
PB – Hey Beer I know you visit the great Northern Peninsula of Michigan often. You ever run across Sasquatch? Apparently a Sasquatch was run into recently in Montana. Sad to see that one was hit but remember if you mess with Sasquatch you will lose.
Beer – Can’t top Sasquatch. And I hope I never meet one.
- In an attempt to get away from PB and his toilet-centric discussions this week, I shot over to Autoblog to look at some automotive news. Figured I’d be safe there, right? Wrong! What do I find on the front page when I get there? The Poopcycle! I guess that makes it official. My week is in the crapper.
- Lastly, what’s a weekly post by Beermaker on the Beerbarrel without a mention of… Beer? Sadly, the news is not all good this week. It seems that New Belgium Brewing is having real concerns about water quality after the wildfires in Colorado. Great, and they JUST started distribution here in town. Well, guess I’ve waited this long…
There you go folks. That’s five on a far more complicated than it needed to be Friday. Many thanks to PB for the idea. Maybe we’ll refine and revisit it again. In the meantime, I’m out to attempt to enjoy the long weekend. In the meantime, now you know how we come up with this stuff. And like G.I. Joe used to say… Knowing is half the battle.
You didn’t think we’d go out like that though, did you? That’s not how we do things around here. THIS is how we do it. (Okay, not really, but it seemed to play as a decent joke when I thought it up)
Have a great (long) weekend folks!
Happy Friday folks! I realized last week that I had strung together quite a few of these with “Beer” in the edition name I give each of these posts, so when I started coming up with a theme for this week I decided to tweak it to keep the trend going. Needless to say, I’m in a great mood this morning… more on that later though. Let’s get started on what was originally going to be the “Beaches in Mind” edition!
- Why does Beer have beaches in mind? Because, you guessed it, it’s time for another one of Beer’s Boondoggles! And almost as if on cue this morning, what do I see in the news? An article detailing some of the things the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has found in people’s bags (remember, these are the CHECKED bags!). Now, you would expect the occasion Cuban cigar, maybe even a handgun or two (actually, they find a LOT of these) but I certainly would not expect them to find eels, cannonballs, bear mace, or a fully fueled CHAINSAW! A chainsaw, really? Sheesh!
- Good thing that in all my travels I’ve never run across a situation like this. I mean, I like to think I do fairly well for myself (who doesn’t?) but I’m not sure I want to pay for the gas for an airliner. I don’t care how many travel points I get with my card! Filling up the pickup truck is painful enough!
- Keeping right on with the travel news… I’ve talked to a couple of friends about this. Most of them are parents, and they still share my basic opinion on this next one. We don’t get it. There’s been a lot of talk in the news lately about a policy held by at least two Australian airlines. That policy being male passengers seated next to unaccompanied minors were asked to swap seats with a female passenger. Now, apparently someone has gotten all worked up saying he felt he was treated like a pedophile. Maybe it’s different down under, but like I said, when I polled some friends, we didn’t get it. Most guys I know are more than happy to be moved away from the little kid that isn’t their own so they can get a some peace and quiet on the flight! I guess we’re just mean.
- More travel related stuff… sensing a theme here yet? I’ve come to the conclusion that its never a good idea to watch Shark Week before heading off to the ocean, but I do it anyways. Thank God they don’t have “Plane Crash Week”. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a shark in an ocean to cause problems. Apparently upset with the lack of attention it’s species was getting (Or just jealous of all of the shark coverage), a Pennsylvania beaver decided to make like a shark and attack a swimmer. Now, it wasn’t the part about it being rabid that caught my eye, or the fact that the beaver was killed. It was how lucky that swimmer consider himself after reading this line… “a beaver swam through his legs and bit him in the chest”. Think about that one for a second.
- Last but certainly not least… This weekend brings the return of the Woodward Dream Cruise. If you’ve never been, and you like cars, you must make plans to attend at least once. It’s just one of those things you need to do. The vehicles you’ll see there are amazing. Of course, you’ll leave with the itch to go buy something that goes really fast.
Okay, that’s five and with that I’m turning over the keys to the place to the King and PB for the next little bit. Fair warning, I haven’t left any specific instructions for them beyond one of them needs to do a Five Thoughts next week. Other than that, they can do whatever they like. And with that, I’ve got boondoggles and beaches in mind! Oh, and beer, and rum. Need those too!
Have a great weekend folks!