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Beermaker’s notes from the road….

Howdy folks! I actually meant to try to get this posted up on Monday or Tuesday, but laziness, jet lag, and basically still being in vacation mode were involved. Nothing earth shattering here, just a silly little list of things that crossed my rum addled mind on my recent travels.

Had a cream cheese that said it was “made with renewable energy”. Funny, I always thought they were made with milk. Go figure.

Heard at Detroit metro airport. “If your pants are falling down because you left your belt at the security checkpoint please come get it.” At 6:30am, a little humor like that is fun to hear on the loudspeaker. I’m sure someone probably complained though. Probably the person with the falling down pants.

It may be mean, cruel, discriminatory, etc.  But its true. Some people should just not wear stretchy pants. They just should not, at least not in public. You can’t un-see that type of thing.

Flight delays are far more tolerable in first class. At least you get free drinks while you wait.

I’ve always been a believer in being polite and kind as the best way to ask for help. Vacationing in a country speaking primary language other than  English has only reinforced that. Amazing what being polite, patient, and smiling is able to convey as you fumble to find the words needed.

If it’s the end of your first full day at the resort, and the bartenders aren’t even asking what you’re drinking anymore because they already know? That’s both a good, and bad sign, all rolled into one. It does mean you’ve made friends already though.

If there’s no lightning or thunder, why do people go running from the pool when it starts to rain? Are they afraid to get wet or something?

The Pirates of the Caribbean were onto something hanging out around Tortuga. That is a very, very beautiful part of the world.

A longer vacation would have been nice, but considering Hurricane Earl was inbound as we were hopping on the plane…. Perfect time to head home.

And finally…. Homer Simpson was right about the coconut. Although, I have to say I liked the rum better than the beer at the resort. Better beer and lower quality rum could obviously flip the results around.

You put the rum in the coconut...

Later folks!

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The Dream Cruise Edition

Good morning folks, and welcome to another edition of Five Thoughts. I was going to call it the “Return of the King” edition, since the King has finished terrorizing various parts of the country with his vacation, but he isn’t here writing this post, so….

Besides, as I mentioned in my post earlier this week – It’s Dream Cruise time!  So with that in mind, off we go!

  1. Starting of with a bit of automotive news… First it was Chevy dealer is ratcheting up the price on the Volt, now a Nissan dealer is saying there won’t be as many Nissan Leafs as originally thought. Not the type of press EITHER company needs or wants with regards to real departures from their normal business model.
  2. Sticking with cars for a while. I’d say that this one probably came from the Captain Obvious department, but I guess it’s official now.  NASCAR apparently poses a real hearing risk. Gee, a bunch of really loud race cars is a hearing risk? Who knew?? They probably had a really hard time figuring that one out, huh?
  3. Looks like we’ll go “all car related” for this week’s post. This one is a real head shaker. I imagine there’s got to be a heck of a lot more to this story, but yes… Alcohol was involved. Along with a license that expired 33 years ago, and driving 11 miles without a tire on one wheel. That’s…. Yeah. I don’t know what else to say, either.
  4. One of the places that the King checked in from during his hijinx this past week was “Cooter’s Place“. Considering the Dukes of Hazard features one of the more iconic television cars of all time, I’d say it fits with this week’s car theme. We won’t discuss the movie.
  5. And since this *IS* the Dream Cruise edition… If you can’t make it, here’s the Detroit News webcam of Woodward Avenue. You can watch some of it online and see the cars go by. Enjoy the view, just try not to get the bug to buy a hot rod!

Okay folks, that’s five and we’re out of here to enjoy the weekend! Since we were all about cars in this week’s Five Thoughts, I can only think of one song that seems totally appropriate, if a bit silly.

Later folks!

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The Holiday Road edition

Howdy folks! here we are back at it again with another weekend staring us down. Friday morning is kind of like seeing the finish line, isn’t it? You may run out of gas before you get there, but you know you should still be able to coast across it and finish the race for the week.

  1. Sitting here this morning enjoying a French Roast coffee from the new coffee shop by the house. Quite enjoyable. Needed a little bit of a break from the… what would be lower than “swill” be? That’s how I would describe the coffee at the office. The french roast though? Nice. And it isn’t Starbucks. No offense, just don’t care for the coffee there. Something about just doesn’t sit right. The fact that this came from Biggby, which is based in my home state? A nice little bonus.
  2. There’s been some NHL news lately. No, I’m not going to get into the whole Kovalchuck contract thing and the resulting “The sky is falling” speculation of some writers and bloggers. I’m talking about something else. Just when you didn’t think the NHL could do much else to shoot itself in the foot, out comes this tidbit. The Prince of Wales Trophy that was at the recent Blackhawk fan convention had the wrong team engraved on it!  Um, guys? You might want to proofread those things before they go out.
  3. If you’ve ever wanted to see some guy’s “Man Card” revoked, live on the air. Here you go. ESPN and the fine folks on the internet have just been destroying this guy, and I’m certainly not going to stick up for him. This morning, news is out that maybe they aren’t a couple anymore. I wonder why…?
  4. In the completely self indulgent department… We recently got new trash and recycle bins from the city, as they’ve changed trash services and we now have those bins that can be picked up automatically by the truck. This means I no longer have to use my old recycle bin that the city had issued. What do I do with it now, I wonder? Give it back? Recycle the recycle bin?
  5. A while back we did our “On the Internet” post. We meant it as honest advice, even if we tried to do it in a bit of a silly manner. Seems it’s still valid. If a guy like MythBusters (A favorite show of mine) host Adam Savage can make an honest mistake with what info gets online, any of us can.

And with that, I’m punching the clock and ending the week on this blog post. Especially since we’re operating half staffed today. Since the King loves to point out me being gone when he fills in on a Friday, I figured I’d return the favor. See, he’s gone all Clark Griswold on us this week. Loaded the clan into the family truckster and all. Hope Wallyworld wasn’t closed when you got there man!

So in honor of my co-blogger’s road trip adventure:
(Edit – I have NO idea why the embedding on the video isn’t working. Everything looks right. It’s supposed to show Holiday Road, by Lindsay Buckingham. You know, the Theme from National Lampoon’s Vacation.)

Have  a great weekend everyone!

Things we’ve learned on vacation….

It’s no secret that we’ve been in vacation mode here at the Beerbarrel for, well, almost our whole existence.  Every once in a while though, we do actually manage to slip out on a real vacation. With that thought in mind I figured it would be fun to round up some of the things that we’ve learned on our travels.

When on vacation, it’s always a good time for a frozen coke. Even if you have to fix the machine at the 7-11 yourself.

Keep your eyes open for the mini fridge in the middle of the freeway. It comes up kind of unexpectedly. Especially if it’s getting dark out.

Yes. Your car on the subway or train is rocking just as much as the one in front of you.

Seeing people going up the hill to the nude beach can be amusing. Until you see the guy who looks like later in life Jerry Garcia. Yeah, try getting that image out of your mind’s eye. (And sorry for putting there in the first place)

Food tastes better on vacation. It just does. Must be the relaxed setting, away from it all. And hey, what cheeseburger doesn’t taste better when you’re in Key West watching Elvis ride his bicycle down Duval street while wearing ruby slippers. (I am not making that up, I swear)

Sunburn on the backs of your legs, or especially the tops of your feet *really* hurts! (Yes, I know sunburns are bad for you. But these add insult to injury by really being unpleasant to deal with)

When at the buffet line… It’s always prudent to the the ice cream machine to turn pie into pie a la mode.

There are plenty more, but those are a couple of the sillier/more amusing that spring to mind at the moment. There are also a couple that are best just left unsaid. Except for this one…

When your entire dinner table tells you not to eat the pepper. You really *don’t* want to eat that pepper. It isn’t a dare. They’re trying to save you from yourself.

There you go folks! Hope you’re having a decent week. Did we miss any good ones? Just let us know if we did.

Take care!

Five Thoughts on a Friday… The “This will not end well” edition

Happy Friday again everyone! As we wind down a week leading into a long weekend for some of us, I find that my brain has already checked out (Heck, i don’t think it ever actually checked in today). As I go through the news of the week, I see that it appears to have been a widespread phenomenon. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at today’s Five Thoughts on a Friday.

  1. Much like the rest of my age group, I used to watch the Jetsons, and just like the rest of the people who watched I’ve always wondered where the flying cars were. Now that I see it though, I’m thinking this may be a bad idea. I mean, I think it looks really cool. Then I stop and think about the ramifications of letting any fool off the street log just 20 hours of seat time, and licensing them to fly one of these things. Think about how many hours upon hours of wheel time the idiots you encounter on the road every day have. Then think of them flying over your house every day. Yup. This will not end well.
  2. Let me get this straight…. Interpol catches someone they accuse of being a Russian spy. They arrest them. Then they let them go on BAIL? Now the alleged spy is missing. This is a surprise… how? Don’t these people watch spy movies? Did they think he was just going to sit around and wait? The spy always gets away!
  3. Good news everyone! No, not really. Apple’s apparently figured out the reason behind the large signal strength drops in it’s new iPhone. The reason? Turns out you never had that strong a signal to begin with! The phones are erroneously reporting higher signal strength than they should have been. That’s the tagline I’d want for my new product’s PR campaign.
  4. This just screams bad idea to me. I’m sorry, but it does. Then again, given the number of people who already don’t watch the road while driving…. Maybe we won’t really notice a difference if someone develops a car for the blind.
  5. Good News Everybody! The hole in the ozone layer appears to be recovering! Nah, not really. Turns out that means there’s more ozone mixing into the air layers that we all breathe as a result, too. So we’re still all gonna die anyways. Smoke ’em if you got ’em. Me, I’ll pass on the smokes. Just hand me that bottle of bourbon over there.

Ok, that’s five things and I’m off to enjoy a nice long weekend complete with fireworks, barbecue, drinks and relaxation. I hope. It’ll probably be tons of work around the house, barbecue, and drinks. Which still may not be that bad, I guess. Maybe it will end well, after all.

And on our way out, let’s just go with this one today….

Have a great weekend folks!
– Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The Shock the Monkey Edition

Good morning, and welcome to another Friday. And another edition of Five thoughts. First off though, Congratulations to our own Kingkeilbasa on his new position – He won’t be missed here though, because he isn’t leaving. (YES,  he is still here!)

  1. NFL Free Agency started overnight, and there’s already the annual proclamations of “He’s not worth that much!”. You know what, you’re right. Technically, non of them are. But to change sports for an analogy, let’s use an approximation of a quote from Hall of Fame baseball manager “Sparky” Anderson. “it’s Baseball, the real world doesn’t have any bearing here”. Same thing here folks, it’s pro football – reality has no bearing on the salaries these guys get.
  2. I had notes for this week’s post. What I did with them I have NO idea. I’m certain I put them someplace where I was sure I would remember them and wouldn’t lose them.
  3. Hotel rooms in Vegas starting from $29 a night? Cool!  Airfare starting at almost $400 a person? Not cool!  Ok, admit it airlines, the casinos are getting a cut of that airfare, aren’t they?
  4. This one speaks for itself…Boozy chimp sent to rehab. So, who exactly gave the chimp the booze and smokes to begin with?  Granted, if the angry monkey wants my beer – I’d probably give it to him. If only to buy time to run away. Maybe they’ll cure him with shock treatments!  (And now you know how I picked the “Edition” name for this week! It was either that or Drunk Monkey edition)
  5. I just have to ask…. WHY? Aussie Underwear has gone bananas So, it’s made from bananas? Ok, that brings to mind TWO things.
    First obviously, is WHY?
    Second…  For God’s sake! Keep those things away from that drunken chimp!!!!

Just for the drunk monkey, since there was a video for this one.

That’s five, and it’s sunny outside so I am out of here.

Have a Great Weekend Folks!

Five Thoughts on a Friday

Happy Friday everyone, and welcome to the first “working” Friday of 2010 for most people. Hope everyone’s first week didn’t seem too interminably long. Even if it did though, it’s Friday now – home stretch for the weekend! And on that note, time for today’s Five Thoughts.

  1. Just want to clear something up for some people. If you’re being passed continuously on the expressway on the left and the right, the problem isn’t “Everyone driving like maniacs”. The problem, is *YOU*.  Just wanted to be clear on that one, OK?
  2. Lots of spammers sending stuff in to start the year. Some of it’s funny, some incomprehensible. Seriously guys.. if it’s just all gibberish, do you actually think anyone is going to click the link? Really? Still the personal favorite though, for humor reasons…  Cialis Softabs. Um.. isn’t cialis (and viagra) supposed to do the opposite?
  3. Have you ever listened to sports talk radio at all? Have you ever noticed just how many divorce lawyers seem to advertise there? Guys, here’s a hint… If you’re primary interests are continually exposing you to advertisements for divorce lawyers and the like. You are in a very BAD demographic. You may seriously want to reconsider some of your habits and interests.
  4. Trying to gain traction to get back into the swing here in this first workweek of the year. Not working great. Well, I take that back. There’s been a lot of progress made on researching a future vacation, but I’m not really sure that counts. I need a career change. Anyone know of any schools offering degrees in professional vacation taking? That seems like it would be a good gig.
  5. And today’s final though comes courtesy of the King. I have to say I agree with him.
    So, we’ve had our first “true” snow fall here and even though we live in the snow belt, it seems to have caught everyone by surprise.  Heck, our news stations led every news cast with stories on the snow fall.  But, I have to leave it up to my unemployed next door neighbor for the most bizarre action.  Snow blowing at 1am!!  Seriously?!  Are you waiting for the last snowflake to hit?  Are you afraid someone will need to use the sidewalk at that time? Oh, and by the way, when the snowblower makes that gawd awful sound? Yeah, that’s the lawn……..

Ok, that’s five and we’re off to enjoy the weekend. My snow is already shoveled.

Have a great one folks!