Good morning everyone, here we are one day closer to Christmas. Today’s song? The story of our weather so far. Cold/hot, cold/hot… <a href=" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yon2YuXssvo" Darned Misers.
See you tomorrow!
Good morning folks! Happy Friday. Since I was unable to make good on my threats from last week (That being to schedule another boondoggle and get a guest writer in here), let me welcome you to another edition of Five Thoughts. We took this week’s title from a couple of things. A few weather related posts, and just feeling flat out “worn-out”. Not to mention the depression I felt when I realized this is the first full work week I’ve put in in nearly a month! I really do need another vacation! Anyhow, let’s take a look at some of what was silly and/or strange in the world this week, shall we?
- We’ll start with something slightly weather related. And with that, the Beerbarrel’s “Congratulations Captain Obvious!” award goes to the brain surgeons who figure out that the city with the highest potential financial damage from a hurricane would be… New york City. Wow, really going out on a limb there, huh folks? I mean, it’s only been said before. It’s only the single largest city on the east coast. And it’s only right up on the ocean in a low lying area. Sad thing is, they probably got some sort of grant to re-state the obvious. So maybe I actually should congratulate them. Maybe they’re smarter than I realized.
- Speaking of flooding, and things looking weathered…. A well worn dock bearing Japanese markings washed up on shore in Oregon. Speculation is that it was washed out to sea in the March 2011 Tsunami that struck Japan. However, we aren’t talking about your typical dock you have up at the lake. This baby is 66 feet long and made of concrete! And this best part of the article? This massive hunk of concrete and metal was designed to FLOAT!
- Sometimes, things get dirty. Or dusty. Or whatever. What usually happens next though is generally pretty mundane. You clean things up. Often times, certain tools are used. Such as a vacuum cleaner. However, sometimes even cleaning with a vacuum cleaner is not mundane. Like when you’re cleaning up inside a nuclear powered submarine. Or when said vacuum sparks a fire that caused over $400 million in damage to said nuclear submarine. Yikes. It does beg the question though. What were they cleaning that caused the vacuum to start the fire???
- Speaking of fires, and heat… I would not to be anyone connected with the Belmont race course this weekend if the race does not go off as planned. I’ll Have Another has a chance to win horse racing’s triple crown… but a labor dispute is putting the race in jeopardy. While I understand the fact that a signature event being threatened is an effective negotiating tactic, ruining someone’s chance to achieve something that hasn’t been done since 1978 can be summed up in two words. Not Cool. If something happens to cancel the race, you just know there’s going to be lawsuits.
- Lastly… I’ve been debating on using this one for a while. I’ve joked about it, made references to it, outright mentioned it. What am I talking about? I’m talking about one heck of an earworm. (Or an ear tick, as a my co-blogger called it. Noting that it goes in but won’t come back out). I’m talking about Red Solo Cup. Which just missed out this week on being named video of the year at the country music awards. Why even mention that if it didn’t win? Well, even its singer openly described it as “the stupidest song I have ever heard in my life.”And yet it got recorded by him anyways. Seems to be working out for him.
Okay folks, that’s five and you’ve probably got a song stuck in your head now. And if you don’t… well, how about now?
Have a great weekend folks!
Howdy folks and welcome to another Friday. We made it. And now as a reward, we get to head into one of the craziest weekends we’ve seen in a while. There’s so much going on I’m not even sure where to start or what to talk about this week (St. Patrick’s Day coming up, NFL Free agency, and this tiny little basketball tournament is kicking off). I certainly never settled on any semblance of a theme for this week’s post. Let’s see where we land, shall we?
- I’m gonna take a quick detour and start with this one. Last night there was some pretty nasty weather that hit just west of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Thankfully there were no fatalities. Why do I bring it up? Because from time to time, I like to make fun of some of the idiotic headlines I see in the news. This is one of those times. Apparently CNN still hasn’t gotten the memo about what happened. There’s front page today has a link to a story that says, I kid you not…
“Apparent tornado hits Mich. homes”
Really? “Apparent”? Yes CNN, “Apparently” it was a tornado. And this is what an “Apparent” tornado looks like. Wasn’t hard to find it. The language is a bit crude, you may want to mute it if you’re in an office. More info on the storm here at the Detroit Free Press.
- Going to put this one here for now, because it’s cool looking and fun, and it seems to remind everyone of the Batmobile. I do share one common question with a lot of people though. How does it handle with the front wheels so close together? From the in car video, it seems to do okay.
- Get your green on! St. Patrick’s day is coming up tomorrow. Now, a few words of warning… If you’re planning on partying all day, be careful on what you drink. Think about it. If the drink you have in your hand is named for something meant to do great bodily harm, what do you think the drink is supposed to do? And yes, I’m looking at you Irish Car Bomb. And remember, you’re supposed to WEAR green. Not LOOK GREEN at the end of the night. The next morning? Well, that’s a personal choice.
- I always figured the term “March Madness” was born of the hype and excitement of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Then one of those stories that you just can’t make up comes along, like this one from USA Today.
Vasectomies up during NCAA basketball tournament
And… suddenly, “Madness” has a new meaning behind it!
- Lastly, spring is coming. Or in some cases already here. Beach season is fast approaching. Why do I bring this up? Because….
“Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water”
It seems, to quote the byline for the article “a report that suggests global warming is sparking an uptick in shark mating”
If that’s true, then at some point… “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT9BeGNnCqw”
(Sorry, but there’s no way I’m doing a shark story without busting out that clip)
Okay folks, that’s five and I am off to get a green shirt, some green food coloring, and… oh yeah, green beer! Now I know there’s going to be a lot of invoking of “luck” this weekend. Luck of the Irish, Luck of the draw, teams in the NFL with free agency, and especially teams and fans in the NCAA tournament looking for luck. so I figured I’d work on something “luck” based to close things out.
I came up with Paul McCartney doing “With a Little Luck”
and then I found Loverboy doing “Lucky Ones”
but that still didn’t seem to get the vibe I was going for. Then it hit me. Go for Old Blue Eyes. Luck, be a Lady.
Have a great weekend folks!
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Howdy folks! It’s Friday and that means it’s time for another five thoughts. We’re coming to you live from the Frozen Tundra today. No, not from Lambeau Field in Green Bay. They’re out of the playoffs so I’m taking free reign to use the name a little bit. Except I’m in an office. That isn’t frozen. Or a tundra. Okay, I’m actually more in a frozen city that’s bracing for a potential snowstorm. But that doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it? Anyways, let’s see what we come up with today, shall we?
- Today’s edition title comes from the true confirmation of the first real “It’s cold!!” day at Beerbarrel home base. It works like this, upon walking outside, your first breath causes the inside of your nose to freeze up because the air is so cold. Yeah, it’s a lovely sensation. Really.
- Speaking of cold, and snow. I have to talk about an item from the news. Now, I can think of several ways (most of them being criminal) that this could have happened. However, the news here spins it as actual physical theft may have been the culprit. Of the city of Warren, Michigan missing 3,647 tons of rock salt. Yes, you read that right Three Thousand, Six Hundred Forty Seven TONS of rock salt. Right, because someone just backed up a few thousand pickup trucks and stole it one night.
- There are stories in the news that George Lucas – yes, THE George Lucas is talking retirement. While I know there are people out there who probably wish he’d done that before the whole Star Wars prequel movies, and especially before Indiana Jones 4, I’ll be sorry to see him go. The man is a legend of pop culture to several generations thanks to his movies. And I still want to see Red Tails. If he is retiring, Harrison Ford should throw him a heck of a retirement party. A starring role in TWO giant blockbuster film franchises? And yes. Han shot first.
- Going from retirement, and Red Tails… to cracked wings. Okay, brackets that hold the wings, but close enough. Now, I understand the sentiment, and the reasoning for trying to reassure everyone that everything is safe, it isn’t a big deal and all that. But let’s be honest. There is no good way for Airbus to have to talk about the fact that cracks are being in the wings of their A380 superjumbo jet. Let’s be honest here Airbus and look at it from the point of view of the average person. The statement that “the cracks were found on a number of “non-critical” brackets inside the wings” doesn’t work. Here’s why – The brackets connect to the wings. The wings are critical to staying in the air. Therefore, there are no “non-critical” brackets holding the wings onto the plane. Not to the average flier. Glad to have cleared that up for you.
- I’m not really sure where to go with the last one here today. There have been a few things that make easy targets this week. Paula Deen announcing she has diabetes, after getting an endorsement deal with a drug company. Anthony Bourdain making cracks about it on his Twitter account. A farmer being caught spray painting hawks. And then of course there was the disaster with the Italian Cruise ship and subsequent stories about the ship’s Captain. And there’s a new story today. About him ordering dinner AFTER the crash. At this point, I have to weigh in. Really, after the stories that have come out now I think the court of public opinion is totally ready to hang this guy. I think they need to keep him under house arrest in Italy but change the reasoning at this point. Really, now it’s gonna have to be for his own protection. His actions, well… Red?
Okay folks, that’s five thoughts on a very chilly Friday. So in an effort to find something to close out with, I made some calls to recording artists hoping to get a live performance streamed onto the site. None of the calls were returned. So, while we wait for the snow to get here, we’ll just make sure the heat is on.
(I don’t really know any celebrities to call, y’all know that, right?)
Have a great (and warm!) weekend folks!