Friday, February 27, 2009

Fail Blog

It's Friday...Taylor's coming in town...UofL's wearing throwbacks this weekend...I'm pretty excited.

So today instead of me rambling on about some stupid topic...I thought I'd tell you guys about a blog I look at that is always good for a laugh.

Most of you may know this blog, it's pretty popular and it's been around for a while, but it makes me laugh every time I look at it, so I feel it needs a mention.

It's called FailBlog.

Basically it's photos and videos of things that just ultimately fail at what they're trying to accomplish. Here are some of my favorites.

1.) Picture taking fail
2.) Parenting Fail

3.) Literacy Fail

4.) Advertising Slogan Fail
5.) High-Five Fail


As you can see, they're all really simple...and basically they all just point out really stupid things that people do and say...What a Country!

Also, some of them are a bit graphic and some of them may be a bit offensive to some people...so proceed with caution and just know that this blog does not endorse all of the things on that website...just the funny/non hurtful ones.

Alright guys, have a great weekend.

Song of the Weekend: M Ward - To Go Home
Beer of the Weekend: Sierra Nevada - Big Foot Barley Wine

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Very Superstitious

As some of you may know, I happen to be a tad superstitious....and by a tad, I mean I'm totally psychotic. Some people may wear a lucky shirt when they want their team to win a game or carry a rabbit's foot with them as they interview for a job...but me, I do things that are just downright insane.

Now, the root of my superstition is UofL sports, mostly basketball. When Basketball season begins in November all the way through the end of UofL's season in March (or hopefully April) I become a total weirdo.

My Superstition is based on a few things: Good luck charms, rituals and reverse psychology. Most of the superstition is controlled by me, but since it's becoming tourney time...I thought I'd give you guys a brief lesson in each three...in case you see me between now and the end of the season. Hopefully this tutorial will make sure there are no possibilities of someone destroying the Cards.

Here we go.

Good Luck Charms: This one is pretty easy. Say the Cards are playing a big game, it's on national TV, we just dropped a tough game...we need some mojo. Well, you should always plan your game outfit (like a uniform for fans) very carefully. The reason for this is...if UofL pulls the big game out...it has a lot to do with T-Will and Pitino...but it also has a bit to do with me. I'm a fan, I do my part. It's not a coincidence that UofL lost to Notre Dame by 33 the same day I forgot to wear my game outfit. I was upset after that game, but I took as much of the blame as the players.

Also, during the Cards winning streak earlier this year I noticed that I had a quarter and a dime in my pocket for the first three games...guess what's been in my pocket ever since? 35 cents (Griff's number). Now sure we've lost twice with the coins in my pocket...but we've won 13 times too! So I'll take that record.

If you notice an unusual performance (winning streak, big win) and then you notice that something is unusual about your clothes, what's in your pockets, etc....make sure that you do that something unusual until you lose 2 or more in a row.

Rituals: This one is my favorite. I have always stood up and clapped as the Cards run out onto the court and the band plays the fight song, but I've never sang the fight song. However, during the UofL vs. UK game I was super pumped up and I sang the whole thing. Guess what I do every game now? I stand up, clap and sing the fight song as the players come out on the floor. Not many other people sing along and I don't sing well...but hell we're tied for first in the Big East...I'll sing the fight song if that's the case!

Here's a fancy one that I used to do (I'm trying to cure some of the extreme things). You ever top of your gas so it's rounded to the nearest dollar? Well I top it off so two UofL players' numbers are represented. If the pump stops at $31.97, you better believe I'm squeezing that thing until it hits $33.01...that way Andre McGee and T-Will will be represented. Volume of my car radio.....always on a player's number as well.

Reverse Psychology: This is a big one because it involves other people. If we're beating the crap out of a team to start the game, like 26-12 or something, never should you say anything resembling this, "hey this is a blowout, the Cards can't miss and the other team couldn't hit a shot if they were wide open!" I would bet you money that the game will be within 5 at half if a statement like that is uttered.

Say we're shooting free throws to ice the game and they foul Jerry. Jerry is the best foul shooter on the team, but I would never say, "Good, they fouled Jerry he'll knock them down." I would instead say, "Oh man, Jerry is never good at making free-throws in the clutch...I bet he misses short." Do I really believe that? No. I actually would be thrilled that Jerry was going to the line instead of Earl or T-Will....but you just can't say things like that.

For instance at the same UofL vs. UK game this past year...UofL was up like 7 with under a minute to go...game over right? That's what everyone around me was saying, "we've got it now...no way they'll come back" You know what happened? I said, "It's not over yet...not the way we shoot free throws and such." The people were giving me crap for not believing and then UK scored 7 unanswered as we had a total meltdown. Luckily Edgar bailed us out...otherwise I'd have put that one on the fans.


Now I realize to some people this sounds extreme...but I do it so I can feel a bit more in control. I care way too much about UofL basketball to just not have any hand in it at all. You know that Final Four run in 2005? You have no idea how hard I worked for that...same clothes, same meals, same everything.

Just always remember the game is not over until there are 0 seconds left and if you do something unusual during a win...you better make that a staple in your life until your team drops two straight.

Bottom line...I'm a freak and I just thought I'd try to explain it to you guys...but I probably lost a few friends today.

For the record, there are things that I do that are so insane I would never tell anyone. They're not gross or disturbing....just extremely odd and a guess a bit sad.

Oh well, I love my Cards and I'd wear the same thing for the rest of my life if it'd get us that third championship.

Anyway, enjoy your Thursdays...no new Office tonight, but 30 Rock is new.

Song of the Day: Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Beer of the Day: BBC - Queen's Knickers.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The People Have Spoken...

One week and 27 votes later...it's been decided by YOU the readers (and me, I voted too)
The Jeep shall be named...
FRANCISCO

I'm not going to lie to you guys...this is the name I voted for so I'm glad that it won. It touches on all aspects of the car, Liberty, Louisville, Luxury...it's just perfect. I can't wait to go take Francisco for a ride after work and tell him his new name....he's going to be thrilled!

I want to thank everyone out there who voted, I like this whole "poll" thing. I might start using them more often so you guys can have more input on my actions...I'm clearly not fit to make all the decisions that are needed in my life.

Now that naming the car is out of the way...I've got two other awesome pieces of info to share with you guys.

1.) Not only is the kegerator fixed...Lautaro and I finally hung up posters and such in the bar room last night....check it out:
As you can see we tried to just tried to cover the wall as much as possible. UofL is heavily represented with a banner, an ESPN sign that is signed by Pitino and Francisco Garcia (I was also on ESPN with that sign), as well as some other stuff, The Cubs, Argentina, the Beatles and My Morning Jacket are the other things that are represented more then once. However, perhaps the best part of the bar room is the addition of the Old Style light and the "Now on Tap" chalkboard to cuddle up next to the Falls City sign above the Kegerator. For the record, Goose Island Honker's Ale is on tap (if you can't tell by my artwork).

Anyway, we've been meaning to do this forever and we finally did it last night...so I'm pretty pumped.

2.) JimmyDan has made himself, "Life of Brian's: Human Being of the Week"! This is an award that I usually vote on myself, it's given once a week to someone who does something extremely badass, nice, considerate, helpful, etc. I usually just keep my human being of the week to myself...but JimmyDan deserves a proper blog shout out because he has offered me a free ticket to the UofL vs. Marquette game on Sunday. The game is going to be huge and I was really worried I wouldn't be able to attend...JimmyDan squashed those fears with his badassness and that's why he's found himself named "Human Being of the Week!" Thanks again JimmyDan.


That's all I've got on this lovely "hump" day...everybody go cheer for Marquette tonight against Uconn, but remember to cheer against them on Sunday...ok? Ok!

Song of the Day: M. Ward - Rave On
Beer of the Day: Bell's - Two Hearted Ale

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits...

And boom goes the dynamite...

* Happy Fat Tuesday everyone! I hope you guys are out doing terrible things so you can give them up for the next 40 days and come out somewhat even in the end. But seriously though, everybody should celebrate at least a little tonight!

* Less then 24 hours are left to vote in the "Name Brian's Car" Poll. Francisco seems to be pulling away a bit, but Franklin is still within striking distance. Hank...it was fun while it lasted.

* So have I ever told you guys that I love T-Will? Well not only did the man almost get his triple-double on vs. the Hoyas last night...some weird sports reporter provided the world with this lovely feature on T-Will:

You can try to hate that kid...but he's hilarious and he plays the game like everyone should. He's always up-beat, he listens to his coach, he's thankful for the chance to play...and he's always smiling. Only two more home games, it's beginning to get sad.

* Speaking of two more home games, the Cards play Marquette on Sunday in what is easily one of the biggest games of the year. I have found myself without a ticket...so, if anyone out there has an extra laying around or knows someone who does...holla at ya boy!

* I found this video on a blog the other day. It's basically just a video of really bad drivers...I mean really really bad:

The best has to be the person pulling in to get her oil changed...sweet maneuver.

* Note to the Miami Heat, if you want to make a desktop wallpaper that gets your fans pumped up and makes a member of your team look like a badass, just use Dwayne Wade. I think we can all agree that using Chris Quinn is a bad idea:
Why do I feel violated by his creepy evil stare?

* So I missed it a while back when Joaquin Phoenix was on David Letterman and just acted like a total weirdo/psycho/creep. Luckily, I found it on YouTube. Man, I thought Joaquin was a little off when he was Gary in "Parenthood", turns out that was nothing. Also, I love Letterman's ability to make fun of people. Best line, "Well, Joaquin I'm sorry you couldn't be here tonight."

Sheesh, what a weirdo. Shave your beard already...you're making us look bad.

* I may have already mentioned this on a previous post...but I'm too lazy to remember (or check the older posts), My Morning Jacket is set to release an awesome 7 song EP:
The EP titled, "Celebracion de la Ciudad Natal" will be released in April and it will include songs recorded at the bands shows in Louisville last summer (@ Ear X-Tacy and Waterfront Park). It will be available in 10" vinyl but it will also come with a free CD version as well. Man, I went to both of those shows and they rocked for sure...I can't wait to hear this!

* One final thing today...Shot of the year?

I think we can all agree...no one's gonna top that.

Get your Mardi Gras on people!

Song of the Day: Dr. Dog - Army of Ancients
Beer of the Day: Abita - Purple Haze

Monday, February 23, 2009

Conan O'Brien...

As long as I can remember I've found Conan O'Brien hilarious. When playing the game where you get to pick a celebrity to hang out with for a night...Conan has always been near the top of my list. Most of you have probably heard that he will soon take over for Jay Leno on the Tonight Show (Praise the lord) and he will move to Los Angeles to fulfill what has to be every TV host's dream. While I'm excited about the new change, I found myself a bit sad while watching Conan's last "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" show on Friday. This time slot allowed Conan to be as goofy as can be, his writers were not always producing must see tv, but Conan's wit and charm always made it work.

While thinking back on all my favorite moments on Conan's show I thought of Triumph the insult comic dog, I thought of Conan talking to celebrities with different mouths on the TV by his desk...but the parts that were always the funniest to me...were the segments where Conan would go out of the studio and do some strange job or talk to some strange person. More often then not these segments would make me laugh out loud while watching by myself at 1 in the morning. So, as a tribute to the one and only Conan O'Brien...I thought I'd share some of my favorites today.

This is #1 in my book and Conan said the same...It's a skit where Conan plays old time baseball...



In this gem, Conan learns how to bartend.


Now Conan decides to help patrol the border after the 9/11 attacks.



And here's a a great feature with Martha Stewart, where Conan gets her to eat Taco Bell and drink an Old English 40. (Sorry for the link, I couldn't embed it on my site)

He really is hilarious. Luckily when Conan was wrapping up his final show he had this to say, "We're going on to this next gig and sometimes I read that it's time for Conan to grow up because he's going to 11:30, I assure you, that's just not going to happen. This is who I am."

Thank goodness for that.

Then here's his final sign off...


Conan's been great for the past 16 years and I hope he continues to make me laugh as the new host of the Tonight Show.

Beer of the Day: Goose Island - Honker's Ale (now on draft at my apartment)
Song of the Day: White Stripes - I Can Tell That We Are Gonna Be Friends

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Avett Brothers

You may have heard me talk about a band called The Avett Brothers before. If you took the time to listen to them after you heard me talk about them, you are without a doubt a fan of this band now. Since you are such a big fan now you may have gone to their website and looked to see when they were coming to play a concert in your neck of the woods. If you looked in the last few days...you saw this:

4/17/09 Danville, KY
Centre College Carnival

Yup that's the same little Danville school that I graduated from last year. Now, one might assume I'm a little pissed since I had been pushing hard for the Avett's to come to last year's carnival...but it works out ok this way because Roy Lee (who can take a good deal of credit for landing the Avett's in Danville) still lives there and we can all go back and hang out and see the show. So, Avett concert plus a reunion with my friends...plus Taylor's coming in town! It's shaping up to be a fantastic weekend.

Now then on to the band. For those of you who didn't look them up...first of all "Shame" on you, (haha, see what I did there Avett fans?) second of all here's what you need to know about them...

The band consists of three members. Scott and Seth Avett and some guy named Bob, who plays an upright bass and is not an Avett. Scott and Seth play banjos and guitars, and pianos, and drums....they're talented.

The Bros look like this:
Beardos for sure!

Their music is spectacular and I know people from all music listening backgrounds who enjoy the Avetts....but to really sum up the Avett Brothers (at least as far as I'm concerned) you just need this one quote from a review after an Avett concert a few years ago.

"If the Beatles were from Appalachia instead of Liverpool, they might sound like the Avett Brothers – they were that good."

As a total Beatles snob, someone who gets offended when people try to tell me that the Rolling Stones are as important as the Beatles, I'm not going to dispute that quote. You can even hear similarities in their harmonies. (Note: In no way am I saying that the Avett Brothers are as good as the Beatles and/or better then the Rolling Stones...but they're damn good).

My Morning Jacket is my favorite band (besides the Beatles) but I can honestly say that the gap between them and the Avett's closes each time I hear the Avett Brothers. I will probably never put them above MMJ for certain personal reasons...but a #1 and #1a ranking of the two bands is a very good possibility in the future.

Anyway, this band is great...they're playing at my alma matter....it's gonna be a great time.

Here are the first three Avett Brothers songs I ever heard, they're all off of their last album "Emotionalism".

Die, Die, Die (just music)


Shame (just music)


Paranoia in B Flat Major (Music Video)


Seriously, buy Emotionalism next time you're out...you won't be sorry.

Have a great weekend.

Song of the Weekend: The Avett Brothers - The Weight of Lies
Beer of the Weekend: BBC - Nut Brown Ale

Thursday, February 19, 2009

10 things I like and dislike these days...

I'm feeling a 5/5 split today...

DISLIKE: Being lied to. I reported the other day that Ken Griffey Jr. was going to be playing for the Braves next year. YahooSports said that Griffey chose the Braves and would be signing a one year deal later in the day. Well, last night it was reported that Griffey is signing with the Mariners...which makes more sense, but is totally lame. Anyway...minus 3 cool points for YahooSports.

LIKE: "Important Things With Demetri Martin". This is a new show that is on Wednesday nights at 10:30 on Comedy Central. For a long time I have thought that Demetri Martin was one of the 5 or 10 funniest comedians out there. His show is not proving me wrong.

DISLIKE: Stupid People. Today at Qdoba I was reminded of how dumb some people are. In the tiny Qdoba parking lot there is a red sign by a dumpster that says, "Pick Up Zone. No Parking between 12 a.m. and 9 a.m." Qdoba is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. so that means that if you want to eat at Qdoba...you can park there....always. However, you would not believe how many times I have seen people start to pull into the spot, look at the sign, and then back out and spend the next 5 minutes trying to parallel park on the street. It's like they see the sign that says no parking, see that it's got some red on it...and then flip out in fear that they will get a parking ticket. Sigh, the ability to read/think is something none of us should take for granted.

LIKE: NBA Street video games. As I've said before NBA Jam and Ken Griffey Jr. (damn the Mariners) Baseball are my two favorite video games of all time. However, I recently started playing NBA Street Volume 2 for PS2 again and that game is the shiz! It's like NBA Jam, only it's cooler because you can create a player and play against NBA Legends like Magic Johnson, Dr. J, Jordan, Bird, etc. I also didn't know there was a Volume 3...so I ordered it off ebay yesterday for 5 bucks! Byahh!

DISLIKE: Alex Rodriguez. I don't care anymore. Did he cheat? Yes. Should he be viewed differently? Yes. Does he have stupid hair? Yes. Do I hate him more now then I used to? Yes but only because I have to hear about him so much...I've always hated him a pretty large amount....so the fact that he cheats just proves that I was correct to hate him all along.

LIKE: T-Will. I know I've expressed my love for this man numerous times on this blog...but I really do love him. He is such a good player and he always plays with such a fun attitude. For instance, last night the ball got stuck between the rim and the backboard....it was a jumpball and the possession gave it to the Cards. Well instead of just knocking it out from it's wedged position, T-Will went up, grabbed the ball and dunked it....then he spent about 10 seconds trying to convince the ref that it should count as a basket for the Cards. He was clearly kidding and after he and the ref shared a good laugh, T-Will gave the ref an ass slap to show he was just kidding. He's got a great personality, He's got scary athleticism and now he's shooting the ball like friggin' Reggie Miller. Keep it up T-Will...a trip to Detroit would easily make you my all-time favorite Cardinal Bird.

DISLIKE: The Cold. I'm ready for spring. I like winter, it was fun...but I want to sit on my porch and not freeze to death. Is that too much to ask for?

LIKE: Draft Beer. I got a new regulator for me kegerator, Lautaro got some more CO2 today, I'm getting a new keg tomorrow, Dude's gonna stop by a fix the tubing tomorrow, which means....Tomorrow night I should have draft beer at home again! YEAHHHH!!!!

DISLIKE: The UofL fans who sat behind me at the game last night. They love to bitch at our players...I love to bitch at them. Here's a sequence.

Earl Clark makes a great pass to Samardo Samuels, Samardo is slightly covered so he head fakes puts the ball on the floor and scores. I cheer, the guy behind me says, "Damn it Rick! Put in Jennings so Samuels will stop blowing all of Clark's assists!" I respond with, "Nice move Samardo, way to be patient!" Then I turn to Ryan and say (loudly) "What is it going to take to fire Pitino and get this Basketball Einstein behind me the head coaching job!" Silence from the row behind me.

Next example....Edgar Sosa is put in the game to break pressure and run out the clock. Sosa gets the ball at the other free-throw line, dribbles up court and gets fouled on a reach in before he crosses half court...Sosa prepares to go to the line to shoot free throws (he made both of them). The guy behind me to my left says, "Damn it Edgar, always trying to get your points...why don't they put up how many turnovers he has instead...that kid ain't got a clue how to run this team." I respond, "Way to do your job Edgar, sorry some of our fans are morons!" The lady behind me chuckles. For the record Edgar had exactly zero turnovers last night. Wow, thanks for watching the game, ass-face.

But for realzies, is it too hard to show up to a game and support your team as they win by almost 20 points? Apparently it is too hard.

LIKE: Boombozz Tap house. So just like a block from my apartment there was this a Tony Boombozz pizza place and I love Boombozz pizza. Well it closed about 2 months ago, which made me sad. But, now there is a sign that says, "Boombozz Taphouse: Opening Soon!". This leads me to believe that some form of beer bar is going to merge with Boombozz pizza....right by my place of living! This my friends, could be one of the best things to ever happen...ever!


Well, that's all today. Office and 30 Rock tonight!

Song of the Day: Nas - N.Y. State of Mind
Beer of the Day: BBC - APA/Altbier Mix

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Name the Jeep!

The time has come. Today (through next week) you guys are going to help me name my new Jeep. For those of you unfamiliar with naming things other then pets or humans...just play along. In the past I had a 1989 White Toyota Corolla named, "Karl Malone" and a black 1992 Honda Accord named, "Malik". My 2005 Jeep Liberty is next in a fine line of cars and it needs a good name.

Now then, when naming something...you want to give it a name that reflects who it is...so here are the facts on the Jeep.

2005 Jeep Liberty, Silver, Louisville Cardinal Wheel cover on the back, 4 wheel drive, slightly tinted windows, ability to run over some things.

As you can see there are some good characteristics to work with here. However, when I originally asked you guys to help think of a name...and when I started thinking of names myself...I thought focusing on "Liberty" would be a good place to start.

So, here are the three finalists. *NOTE: All of these names were suggested to me by at least 2 people.

1.) Hank

- Hank is a strong name, it's manly, it's short...it's not messing around. If you were going to get in a fight...Hank is someone you want on your side...always. Also, this name pays honor to Patrick Henry...the man who said, "Give me Liberty or give me death". Hank...solid name.

2.) Franklin

- This name made the finalists for two reasons. 1.) It was suggested by the most people, mostly because of Benjamin Franklin and Libertiness (that's a word) I guess. 2.) Because it reminds me of Gob Bluth's puppet with the same name from "Arrested Development" the best tv show of my lifetime. Franklin...pretty good name.

3.) Francisco

- This one works on a few levels. Francis Scott Key wrote the "Star Spangled Banner" and while that is a truly awesome accomplishment and we should forever be grateful to him...not a chance in hell I'm naming my car "Francis"...maybe if I drove a Kia Sportage I would name it that. But, Francisco is a pretty sweet name which could honor the bad assness of Francis Scott Key while combining the awesomness of Francisco Garcia, one of my all-time favorite UofL Basketball players (also ties in the UofL wheel cover). In addition, Francisco is also really fun to say. Francisco...multi-meaningful name.


So there it is....my Jeep will soon be called: Hank, Franklin or Francisco.

Now, I've added a poll at the top right side of the page so you guys can vote for your favorite name. I'm not sure how often you can vote...but if it has no limit please only vote once, I just don't want someone taking over the voting to make sure their name wins...that would just make public voting a joke...like Yao Ming's last 4 all-star appearances. Also, the poll will be up until next Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. when it closes I'll go spend a special moment with the Jeep while I give it its new name and then I'll announce the winner on here. Sound good? Good.

Thanks for helping me out guys...I know it's going to be tough to wait...but this time next week, we'll all know the name!

Byahh!

Song of the Day: M. Ward - Jailbird
Beer of the Day: Sierra Nevada - Big Foot Barley Wine

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits...

I'm not going to lie...this edition of the tidbits is going to be "basketball and YouTube" heavy.

* Please tell me you watched the Pitt vs. Uconn game last night? It was as good as advertised and Dejuan Blair made Hasheem Thabeet look like a 7 foot 3, little girl.

I mean let's be real...that had to hurt. But if you're Thabeet and you start the season by saying that you're the best center in the country and no one can beat you...you better back it up. Instead Blair had 22 points and 23 boards to Thabeet's 4 and 5. Then Uconn coach Jim Calhoun whined about how unfair it was that Blair got away with his physical play. Calhoun let me tell you something, "You are a tool box!" I hate Uconn, I don't like Pitt much either...but I hate Uconn.
If UofL wins their last 6 and Uconn loses one more...the Big East championship is coming to the Ville!

* Speaking of the Cards...Rick Pitino announced last night that the Cards will wear throwback uniforms for our March 1st game against Marquette. YES!!! I have wanted us to wear throwbacks for as long as I've known it was a possibility....they're gonna be sweet.
* Also from the UofL locker room...the always entertaining T-Will had a pretty funny line after Sunday's win against Depaul.
T-Will only played 15 mins because of an injured wrist...but that didn't stop him from joking around with the media. When Edgar Sosa told reporters to "Go over and ask TWill why he's too much of a wuss that he couldn't play today." T-Will quickly replied, "Go over and ask Edgar if he's allowed to be in this country!"

I love that guy. Senior Day is going to be sad.

* So check out the video of this fan dancing to Bon Jovi's "Living on a Prayer" on the jumbo tron at a recent Celtics game:

That my friends is how you "explore the space". He's got some serious pit stains from the looks too. Oh well, you're not partyin' unless you're pittin'

* So how badass are the new Gatorade "Monty Python" commercials? Really bad ass is the answer. They're shown in three parts on tv...but since I like you guys so much...I'll give you all the parts right here...you're welcome:

A+ for the genius who came up with that.

* Speaking of awesome commercials...I saw two pretty good ones during the NBA All-Star game.
The first shows us how Lebron James gets pumped for a game:

The second is a Jordan brand commercial that gets me super jacked up:

Jordan is the coolest.

* Now, for those of you who don't like basketball...you'll be thrilled to know that my beloved Atlanta Braves signed Ken Griffey Jr. this morning. Man I always wanted to have Junior on the Braves...but I wanted him in 1996. Oh well, he's still a legend and between Chipper Jones, Tom Glavine and Ken Griffey Jr. the Braves have almost 120 years of age on their team. World Series and Icy Hot here we come.

* Alright for all of those who don't like sports...M Ward released a new cd, "Hold Time" today. Ward is one of my favorites and all signs point to this being a solid album that I will buy on my way home from work today.

* Ok, for those of you who don't like sports OR music. Well...I have nothing for you today. Sports and music are kinda my thing...but check back tomorrow when I give you the top 5 names for my new car!

Have a great Tuesday everyone.

Song of the Day: M Ward - Chinese Translation
Beer of the Day: Sierra Nevada - Pale Ale

Monday, February 16, 2009

Monday chatter

What's good everybody?

So I'm back home now and things are beginning to settle down. Here's a quick recap of the past few days.

Taylor and I had a great time this weekend in Asheville. We went to the Biltmore mansion (pretty cool place) and we wondered around Asheville and ate at some good spots. It was really a great weekend, the perfect mix of sight seeing and relaxing...sadly just not enough time with Taylor. But, she'll be home in like 10 days so....BYAHH!

While Asheville did prove to be a good place for us to meet for a weekend, one thing about the town was really bizarre....the amount of hippies.

I mean when you go to Cumberland Brews on a Friday night you expect to see a good deal of 20 - 30 year old hippies who are craving a local brew. When I went to Bonnaroo I knew abundant amounts of hippies were to be expected. But, this was an entire hippy town. The old folks were hippies, the babies were hippies...they had hackey sacks for sale all over the place. It was truly bizarre. I have nothing against hippies, they're a tad lazy and smelly sometimes...but in my book they're ok. It was just so weird to realize that the entire town was just a bunch of Zeppelin fans and their Phish loving children. I really felt like I was in an episode of South Park...especially when there was the circle of hippies playing some music on the street...two guitars...11 strings between them...and one guy playing a saw with a violin bow. It was pretty wild.

The other important thing that happened this weekend was the fact that I became closer with my car. Now a while ago I asked you guys to help me name my new ride...but then I realized it was just too soon to name it. However, after 12 hours of one on one time with the Liberty...I think a name is in order. I mean if you met someone and just talked to them for 12 hours alone...wouldn't you want to know their name? So, later this week I'll post the top 5 names for the car and see what you guys think.

One last thing, Shaq is and always will be the most entertaining basketball player of all time. In case you missed it, here is his dance with the Jabbawockeez at last nights all star game.

Shaqtastic indeed!


Also, Pitt and Uconn on Big Monday tonight at 7 on ESPN...should be a good one!

Song of the Day: Black Keys - All You Ever Wanted
Beer of the Day: Highland - Gaelic Ale

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Lame

Alright, there's no beating around the bush here...the blog has been a little lame the past few weeks. The number of posts are down, the number of visitors are down, the comments are non-existent...it's just kinda dragging along. Also, with me leaving town again tomorrow...things are looking bright for the rest of this week either.

Here is the problem, the blog is best when my life is kinda lame. When my life is just moving along I tend to notice little odd things that happen and then I can write a riveting blog entry on random things like the beauty of sweat pants! However, when I'm out of power for 12 days, out of town two weekends in a row and currently fearing that today's wind storm will knock my power out again...I just don't really get enough time to sit and think about the crazy things that go on in this world.

So, here's my promise to you remaining LoB fans. My power is back on, I've got cable, I'll get to see Taylor this weekend, March is just around the corner...basically all things are pointing to a calm, stress free, very happy Brian after this weekend.

While this post may have been a waste of your time to read and the Tidbits may not have been quite up to par yesterday...I'm going on a blog break until Monday....then you'll see a return of the annoying, ranting, sarcastic Brian that you guys and gals have all come to love.

Sound good? No? Well just deal...it's only a few more days.

Have a good rest of the week/weekend LoB fans. I'll see you guys on Monday.

Side note: I hope this weekend/time off/things getting back to normal will help improve my blog mojo....otherwise one of my friends is going to have to act like a stalker again in order to gain some interest.

Song of the Day: Paul McCartney - Another Day
Beer of the Day: Rogue - Mocha Porter

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits...

Here we go...

* So the Mini-Marathon training...it's not going great. The darn ice storm and New Orleans trip really put a damper on it...but I'm going to get after again tonight. I'm running that stupid race, if it's the last thing I do (it really might be)...I'm running the race.

* The always awesome Paste magazine has made a huge mistake. I was recently browsing their list of "The 17 Best Romantic Comedies of This Decade"...I agreed with some ("About a Boy", "High Fidelity") but I went from 17-1 and realized...NO "LOVE ACTUALLY"! I just don't know what to say....it's clearly a typo.

* I found this sweet soccer celebration on a blog...thought I'd share.

Hooray Choreography!

* So I mentioned the Grammys yesterday...but I didn't mention the performance of Lil' Wayne, T.I, Jay-Z, Kanye West and M.I.A. It was a pretty cool performance I must say, although I wish Kanye wasn't such a bastard. Anyway this is what M.I.A. wore:
Bizarre, right? Well as it turns out M.I.A. is 9 months pregnant and was due on the day of the Grammys. I'm not a doctor, but I would guess hopping around on stage, singing and dancing, when you're baby is due any minute, is probably not the safest thing in the world. I mean maybe it's all good, but I'm just saying if that baby comes out with only one ear....I think we know what to blame.

* Do you know how much TV I watch? It turns out I watch it a lot. Not having cable is just crazy. After basketball last night I took a shower and then read a book and played guitar...I wanted to watch tv...but ohhh no. I mean it's not horrible not having tv...but I sure would like it back.

* Apparently some 9 year old created an I-phone application and now everyone thinks he's the next Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius. While it's pretty cool that he did this...I would like to think that if I-phones had been around when I was nine...I could have done something like that. I mean I was really good at doodling in "Paint" on our first computer. Also, where are this kid's parents? I mean, why does he have so much knowledge about an i-phone at age 9? All I know is that kid better start lifting weights because he's going to have to go to high school in a few years and I would imagine that even in Singapore being fluent in 6 programming languages is a recipe for an ass-kicking.

Actually, he'll probably go straight to Harvard...who am I kidding, that kid's awesome.

* Big news from UofL's football program. Head coach Steve Kragthorpe has fired our old offensive coordinator and replaced him with....himself! Really? Seriously? At least he finally showed a little emotion though...as you can see in this picture from his press conference...Steve's pretty jacked up about having full control of the Cardinals' offense next year:
Yeah...he's stoked. Or maybe he's pissed? Or maybe we just scored a touchdown? Or no...I think we fumbled? He's hungry? Sad? Gassy? Hell I dunno, it's really hard to get a read on a guy who only ever makes one facial expression. Anyway, here's to 4 yard out routes on 3 and 9 for another year!

* Hair cut in less than 90 minutes...Hopefully I'll come out of it alive.

That's all today buck-a-roos! Have a good one!

Song of the Day: Cold War Kids - Hang Me Up To Dry
Beer of the Day: Fuller's - ESB

Monday, February 09, 2009

10 Monday Thoughts

So I'm back in town, it's warmer in Louisville....things are looking up. Here's 10 thoughts to round up the last few days.

1.) New Orleans is a wild city. I had a pretty good time down there, saw some cool places, ate some good food, drank some weird drinks, saw two cowboys walking ponies down the middle of the road...you know same old thing. It was fun, but I'd like to go back and see the things I didn't get to see (read: "the things I don't remember).

2.) My apartment totally has power! WOO-HOO! It only took like 12 days, but damnit...we've got lights. We do not have cable or Internet...and it could be another week till that gets fixed...baby steps.

3.) I'm heading out of town again this weekend as I'm going to Asheville, NC to see Taylor. I've never been to Asheville....but it's about halfway between Charleston and Louisville...so let's hope it's really awesome.

4.) I met up with my long lost buddy Tom while in New Orleans. He's living down there while working as an assistant horse trainer. I think it's safe to say he's enjoying his time down there...but his karaokeing (totally a word) could use tons of help. It's all about song selection Tommy boy!

5.) The Cards won yesterday in what can only be described as the ugliest basketball game I've seen in a while. It looked like a pickup game...a bad one...but Jerry made sure the Cards didn't lose as he played Michael Jordan for us down the stretch.

6.) Alex Rodriguez admitted to using steroids today. My reaction? "No way? A star baseball player on roids? That's preposterous!" I hope you can sense the sarcasm. Bottom line, steroids are bad, but you can't go back and catch every player who ever did them. Stop worrying about things that happened 5 or so years ago...just focus on making the games more entertaining now that 90% of the players are performing under their career averages.

7.) My Morning Jacket didn't win a grammy last night...John Mayer did...it's just not fair. I actually like John Mayer as a person, he had like a 2 episode tv show on VH1 like 5 years ago and it was hilarious. He's really funny and he's really good at guitar...but he writes songs just to make money and most of them aren't very good (I own one John Mayer album...you got me...damn you 15 year old Brian!) I just don't think it's fair that he gets to date Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Love Hewitt AND win grammys, somethings gotta give....I bet he's on steroids.

8.) If you've seen The Office or 30 Rock from this past Thursday...please refrain from talking to me about them...I still haven't seen them.

9.) I have to move my guitar lessons from Thursdays for a while because Craig has to teach at UofL during my regular spot this semester...it's throwing my life for a loop. I just thought you guys should know that.

10.) I have an appointment to get my haircut tomorrow at Fritz's Man Salon at 5:30...all I can say is:
Song of the Day: Llama - Close to the Silence
Beer of the Day: Abita - Oatmeal Stout

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Nawlins!

Ladies and Gents...I'm headed to the Big Easy!
Dad has to go down to New Orleans for a conference and Michele decided to stay home...which left an unused ticket...which led to me getting to go. Hells to the Yeah!

I'll be flying out tomorrow morning at the butt-crack of dawn and returning on Sunday morning.

I've never been to New Orleans, but it seems like a sweet town. Let's go over what I know about New Orleans and whether or not I like those things.

* They have great food: Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, etc.
- Yes, I like all that stuff...However, I'm going to need to carry around a towel though because with the spiciness of their food...I'm sure to start sweating as soon as I get off the plane.

* There are tons of bars and such down there.
- Abita beer, Hurricanes....I think I can handle all of that.

* The music scene is great: Dr. John, Louis Armstrong, The Neville Brothers, Allen Toussaint.
- Yes, yes, yes, yes. Hearing some New Orleans Jazz is on the top of my list of things to do.

* They have this thing called Mardi Gras...the party has already started.
- I like to party and I'm not ashamed to show my chest for free stuff. Byahh!

* They have a really high crime rate
- I'm not such a fan of this part...but I have a beard, hopefully I'll be ok.

* My good friend Tom (a fellow LoB reader) lives there
- I haven't seen Tom in like a year or more. I'm sure we'll get together for a drink or 6.

* It's a totally badass city.
- I've always wanted to go to New Orleans. It sounds like my kinda town...hopefully I'm right.

Well that sums up my knowledge of the city...I think all signs point to a good time. I'll give you guys a full recap on Monday.

Song of the time from now until Monday: Dr. John - Iko Iko
Beer of the time from now until Monday: Abita - Restoration Ale

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits...

Swaaahhh!

* Hey guess who still doesn't have power? Yeah good guess...it's me! I love snow days...but this is a mess...I'm tired of it. I WANT MY POWER BACK!!!

* Alright let's just get it out of the way...the Cards got their asses kicked last night. I'm not afraid to admit it. UCONN deserves to be #1 in the nation. T-Will was great last night, the rest of the boys need to sack up and play. There's a long way to go until the tourney...I still like the Cards chances. Also, I would rather play anyone in the nation besides UCONN again...dem boyz is rough.

* So I think yesterday was Groundhog day...yeah? I'm willing to bet it's going to be a long winter...which is great for me since my apartment has no heat!

* Update on Mini-Marathon training...it's not going great. With the ice covering the roads and the power being out for so long...I haven't ran in over a week. I'll get back after it tonight...but I'm not looking forward to it.

* So I thought I was a pretty sweet blogger, until I read this. Apparently Erykah Badu thinks that the birth of her child is so important that she needs to blog while in labor...that's insane. However, I don't like to be shown up so I promise that whenever I go into labor with my first child...I'll blog every step of the way! That's a promise I know I can keep.

* You knew it was coming...Shankapotamus.


* Also, this is the best idea since the Bud's "Wassupp"


* M Ward has a new cd coming out this month. He's a LoB fave and if you go here, you can hear "Never Had Nobody Like You" off the new album. I'm excited.

* Have I mentioned I still don't have power? It's not fun.

* February is and always will be my least favorite month. It's boring, it's cold, if it didn't have college basketball I would just sleep through the whole month (read: "If UofL gets blown out again I'm sleeping till March). At least it's short.

That's all! Get your Tuesday on Boys and Girls.

Song of the Day: Jack Johnson - Banana Pancakes
Beer of the Day: Left Hand - Milk Stout

Monday, February 02, 2009

10 Monday "Super Bowl" Thoughts

* So I'm on day 6 now without power...it's pretty fantabulous.

Friday and Saturday I stayed at Ben and Megs'. Megs' brother was in town so it was like one big sleep over. We ate, drank, played the wii...it was all good. A big thanks once again for letting me crash for so long.

I'm at my Mom's now since she has electricity. The move from a couch to a bed for sleeping arrangements was pretty nice.

* The SuperBowl has come and gone (woo-hoo). It was a pretty good game, here are 10 random thoughts about last night.

1.) How can the refs not review Warner's last fumble? It may not have been overturned...but you have to at least look at it. Sweet miss by the refs on Holmes' Lebron James celebration too. Using the ball as a prop for a celebration is an automatic 15 yard penalty...apparently that rule doesn't apply to the Super Bowl. Also, apparently two hand touching Ben Roethlisberger a split second after he lets go of the ball is not allowed either. Great game, poor officiating.

2.) Why do some companies waste money Superbowl commercials? I'm looking at you, MacGruber Pepsi ad.

3.) Did Bruce Springsteen really "power slide" his crotch into the homes of millions of people? Yes, he did.
I bet there are tons of cougars out there who would have given anything to be the cameraman on the end of that crotch slide.

4.) Two great additions to the E-Trade Baby catalogue. I think the golf one was a tad better then the singing one...but not much.

5.) A pretty good "Office" last night, but what was the point of having Jack Black and the other celebs on there? That seemed like a big waste of money. Also, Andy Bernard....easily the best character on the show.

6.) The Doritos "crystal ball" commercial was pretty funny...but I think the Bob Dylan/Wil.I.Am Pepsi ad was probably my favorite...not counting the E-Trade Baby and the 1 second Miller High Life commercials.

7.) I was pissed for about 2 minutes last night when I thought they were going to give Ben Roethlisberger the MVP. While he made some big plays (How do you pump fake like that and not lose the ball?), Santonio Holmes was unbelievable on that final drive.

8.) No one on that field last night is a better football player then Larry Fitzgerald...except for maybe Troy Polamalu.

9.) I am totally pumped to see, "The Year One". Jack Black + Michael Cerra = Brian paying money to see your film....remember that.

10.) I'm glad the NFL is over so now we can focus on really important things...like College Basketball. Who am I kidding, the NFL draft is only a few months away...I'm going to need to know the breakdown of every pick before then. God, I hate NFL coverage.

That's all for my SuperBowl wrap up. Your first dose of tidbits in 2 weeks will be coming your way tomorrow.

Song of the Day: Wilco - She's a Jar
Beer of the Day: Dogfish Head - Chicory Stout