Friday, May 29, 2009

What ever happened to...Fruitopia?

So I decided I'd start a new segment on the blog called, "What ever happened to?" Basically I'll just use this segment to write about things from my youth that I really enjoyed and have kind of forgotten about.

So today I want to talk about "Fruitopia"

When I was younger (so much younger than today) I loved Fruitopia. It was like juice, without the health benefits. It was like koo- aid, but cooler. Fruitopia was a drink that tasted as cool as it sounded. I can remember grabbing a bottle of "Strawberry Passion Awareness" and just thinking to myself, how could there ever be a hipper drink? I think if I had tried hard enough I could have convinced myself that "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" was actually about Fruitopia and not LSD. I mean that stuff was far out.

Now, while the taste of Fruitopia and the name "Fruitopia" itself are totally awesome, my favorite thing about Fruitopia was the name of the flavors. For instance their Strawberry drink, as mentioned above, was "Strawberry Passion Awareness". It was as if they found the 5 highest hippies they could and asked them to taste their beverage and come up with a name. Actually, they probably just made them up...and it went like this. Pick a fruit, and then pick two words that sound cool together. Like this:

Hey how about a nice cold bottle of Kiwi BeachBall Fantasyland?

or...

You look thirsty, why don't you quench that thirst with a Banana Moonlight Ecstasy?

or maybe even...

Would you like a beverage? How about a tall glass of Cherryberry Nipple Insomnia?

I mean I just made those up in less then a minute...but I bet you probably believed that they were real flavors. You didn't? Well whatever they totally could be.

Anyway, the point of all of this is that something reminded me of Fruitopia today and I'm kind of sad they don't make it anymore (do they?). But it's probably because I'm pretty sure it was liquid marijuana.

Oh well, feel free to share any of your Fruitopia memories.

Have a great weekend, Go Cards!

Song of the Weekend: Little Joy - No One's Better Sake
Beer of the Weekend: Brooklyn - Summer Ale

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Three Most Bizarre Things I've Seen In A While...

There are about 5 websites/blogs that I visit every single day. They are always entertaining, but sometimes they have things that are just truly bizarre. Today I found three really odd things.

1.) I stumbled upon this one while reading some sports blogs on yahoo sports. Apparently some guy bought a Greg Oden sports figure and decided to make it into a photography assignment. It sounds odd...but every day for one year this guy took a random picture of this Greg Oden figure.
Check it: 365 Days with inanimate Greg Oden
This is a either a great example of creativeness or a great example of someone who has too much time on their hands. Either way, it's amusing.

2.) The second thing I found on Paste.com and it's the photographic dictionary. Basically this is a website that is “dedicated to defining words through literal, figurative, and personal meanings found in each photograph.” So yeah, you just pick a letter, click on a word and see the photograph. My favorite part is that they are really cool pictures. Check these three out.

Photographer:
Rain:
Love:
Check out some of the other cool ones, but be careful because some of them show a little skin.

3.) This is something I saw today that's a pretty funny tool. Have you ever had someone ask you about something and you thought to yourself, "Why doesn't that person just google the darn thing?" Well...here is how you get back to them. You go to "Let Me Google That For You (lmgtfy.com)" and then you just follow the instructions and send them a link like this. It's better if you type in the actual thing they need to google...but as it turns out, I'm not that nice.


Alright gang, there are three bizarre things to entertain you for a while. I'm off to trivia soon.

Later on.

Song of the Day: The National - Start a War
Beer of the Day: Smithwick's

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits...On Wednesday

Yeah this week is all jacked up, oh well...

* So here's something funny. Remember when I bashed the heck out of Boombozz Taphouse a few weeks ago? Well yesterday I got an e-mail because someone had commented on the blog. Turns out that Tony Palombino, the founder of Boombozz taphouse, read the blog and then dropped me a comment apologizing for my experience there. Then he informed me that he would send me a free dinner if I would reconsider and come back. This is cool for two reasons. The first is that I appreciate the fact that Mr. Palombino is seeking out reviews of his restaurant and trying to fix things and apologize and such. I didn't think I was going to go back, but I'm all for another shot now. The other thing this proves to me...is that this Blog has magical powers. I need to be careful with this power.

* A storm hit downtown Louisville this afternoon and knocked the lights out at work for about an hour. It was pretty nice to just kinda sit and relax...although when they came back on and we had to resume working...that was kind of a bummer. Still, nice little break though.

* So honestly, someone else on the Cavs has got to step up. I mean Lebron is about as close to superman is it gets...but he really can't get to the finals all by himself. It's frustrating to see a guy play so hard, only to be let down. I feel bad for Lebron.

Also, when he hit his game winner the other night this news cast was going on in Cleveland...it's pretty funny. Check out the dude in the back jumping around...awesome.


* There has been a bit of a LoB inspired blog Revolution! I'll tell you more about it later in the week.

* Artist Steve Keene has an exhibit going on at the Green Building on Market Street from now until Friday. I like Steve Keene because he makes awesome pop culture paintings based on music, movies, sports and travel and because he believes art should be like music and it should cost the same price for a piece of art that it does for a cd. Here is some of his work.
* Finally, and sorry to end of a sad note, Taylor's cat Otis has been diagnosed with Vestibular disease and what appears to be kidney disease. There isn't a cure, but once the various kinds of medication he's taking take effect he should be able to live a normal life for a good amount of time. Still, it's a lot for the little man to deal with. If you could keep Otis in your kitty thoughts I'd appreciate it.

Have a good day!

Song of the Day: The Doors - Love Me Two Times
Beer of the Day: Goose Island - 312

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Good Weekend...

I just now realized it's Tuesday and not Monday (damn you 3 day weekend). Therefore, your Tuesday Tidbits will be coming to you tomorrow and today I'm just going to tell you about how crazy and awesome my weekend was.

Weekends are always a blast, 3 day weekends are even blastier. But, a three day weekend that is action packed with excitement...well that's the blastiest of them all.

Here is a list of things I did this weekend...

- At at Tumbleweed on the river and enjoyed 99 cent Margaritas with Taylor and Chris (Chris is in town for the summer)

- Attended a family cook out at my Dad's for Lauren's graduation (Great job Lauren)...also while at the party I scored like a billion (maybe one) goals while playing Lacrosse against Ryan and Taylor.

- Hung out at Centre with most of the crew, celebrated the younger people's graduation, played some awesome drinking games with everyone, had a great time.

- Went to a cookout with Taylor at her friend Alex's house.

- Watched Pineapple Express. Turned out to be really funny despite the fact that Seth Rogen sometimes annoys me.

- Sat on the deck at my Mom's for the first time this spring/summer

- Saw all the drama unfold on John and Kate plus 8. OMG!

- Found out that the Louisville Cardinals are totally awesome at Baseball

- Found out Lebron is amazing, but can't do it all by himself

- Sang and danced my tush off while listening to Germans, Slovakians and others impersonate the Beatles.

- Bought a bangin' new Beatles t-shirt.

- Ate my 2nd late night Qdoba burrito.

- Ate and drank way too much of everything for a holiday weekend.

- Had a flippin' great time.

I'm sure I left some stuff off of here, but all in all it was a pretty wonderful weekend. Now I need to do something active so I don't feel so bad about myself.

Hope you guys had a great one too.

Song of the Day: Zee Avi - Bitter Heart
Beer of the Day: Coors Original (The Banquet Beer)

Friday, May 22, 2009

The Beatles

With Abbey Road on the River (The Largest Beatles Festival in the world!) going on right now about 8 blocks away from where I'm sitting, I thought I'd take today and talk about The Beatles.

I never really know what to say when I try to explain why I love the Beatles so much. I've always said, with the exception of family and friends The Beatles and UofL basketball have had more of an effect on my life then anything else. It's a weird statement but it's extremely true.

For as long as I can remember I have loved the Beatles. There are videos of me playing the drums on pillows and singing, "Twist and Shout" and "Rock and Roll Music" while I'm still wearing a diaper. For my 4th birthday my mom made me a special Paul McCartney sweatshirt. I've become a big fan of some other bands over the years (My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Etc.) but the Beatles will always be held above all else. To put it quite simply, for me The Beatles are music.

So why is it? Why do I love the Beatles?

Well I actually know why and it's three separate reasons, each one I realized at a different point of my life.

1.) The Music. Clearly this is what drew me in from the start. From the time I was 2 I just couldn't get enough of that sound. I still don't know what it is exactly. The harmonies, the lyrics, the melodies? I'm not sure. What I am sure of is this...The Beatles were phenomenal in every aspect. They have a song for everyone. There sound is so diverse, so innovative...even by today's standards. Constantly I find myself listening to the Beatles and noticing a part in a song that never really hit me before. Just recently I realized how much I love the backing vocals on "You Won't See Me" and then I found myself really enjoying the simple sound of "Baby's in Black" I've heard each of those songs 100 times before, but just recently I started to really get into them. Someone snobby little hipster once told me, "I'm just over the Beatles. I mean I've heard all of their songs." I didn't hit him in the face, although I wanted to. I just kept quite and counted myself lucky...because even though I listen to the music over and over again...each listen makes me love it more and offers me something different.

2.) The Legend. I've had the "Beatles vs. Rolling Stones" argument about a million times in my life and while I really like the Stones and think of them as the 2nd greatest band ever, no one could ever convince me that they're better then the Beatles. The reason I think the Beatles are better is because they only recorded for 7 years. The Stones have been recording for over 40. Hell, even My Morning Jacket has been recording for 10. The Beatles put out 13 mind blowing albums in 7 years . Then just like that, they were done. Was it Yoko? Was it Paul? I think it was the fact that there were 3 of the greatest musical minds ever in one band and there were just too many ideas. Anyway, because of the way the Beatles broke up and because of the short recording career, we will always think of them as they were in their prime. I saw the Stones a few years ago and they were awesome...but they're old, they've still got some swagger, but they're not in their prime, they can't be. Sure we see Paul these days on i-pod commercials and he's old too...but when you think of the Beatles as a band you think of mop-tops, creativeness and most of all you think of coolness. No one is cooler then the Beatles, not Miles Davis...not anyone and because of they short era in which they were together and they way they broke up...the Beatles will forever be cool.

3.) The Impact. It wasn't until I attended my first Abbey Road on the River that I realized this one. Three years ago I sat in the lobby of a hotel at 4 a.m. in Louisville, KY. I was surrounded by probably 75 - 100 other people, some had guitars, one was at a piano, all were singing. But the best part is that among those 100 or so people there were people from Greece, Puerto Rico, Germany, Iceland, Finland, France, Japan, America, England, The Czech Republic, Ireland and more. We were there singing these songs together because the songs and the people who wrote them had touched all of our lives in some way. I will always remember the feeling that I felt as I looked around and sang along. I felt amazed. Amazed by the thought that 4 teenagers got together over 40 years ago and started a band because they loved music and over the next 40 years the music that those 4 kids made CHANGED THE ENTIRE FRIGGIN WORLD and will continue to change the world until the end of time. That my friends is something that will never ever happen again.

So this weekend I'll head down the street with my Sgt. Pepper's shirt on (I've had it since I was 8...it still fits) and I'll walk around in Louisville, KY and listen to the music of my favorite band and I'll sing and dance and enjoy it...but most of all I'll be thankful for the genius of those 4 long haired lads from Liverpool and the music they made.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Song of the Weekend: The Beatles - Revolution
Beer of the Weekend: Fullers - London Pride

Thursday, May 21, 2009

What's wrong with people on elevators?

I rode an elevator 6 times today, on those 6 rides I rode with 9 different people, of those 9 people...I spoke to one of them.

I don't know why this bothered me so much today, but why are people so unfriendly to each other? If someone steps onto a crowded elevator, why does everyone immediately look at the floor? It's horrible.

I mean I'm not asking someone to engage in a 5 minute conversation with me...but would it kill someone to make eye contact with me and respond when I say, "How's it going?" For the first 5 elevator rides I stepped on, kept my head up, looked at each individual riding with me and each time I got the same thing...long, awkward stares at the ground.

This whole thing isn't about me. It's not like I think I'm so important that people need to recognize that I'm on the same elevator with them and say hello. No no, it's about being polite and friendly to your fellow citizens.

When I walk down the street in my neighborhood I try to say hello or flash a smile to every person who walks past me. It's not that I'm trying to spread unlimited happiness to the world, it's because I live in that neighborhood and just wanted to say hi to a fellow neighbor.

I'm sorry to rant today, I just couldn't believe that 8 people would be in a tiny box with others and no one would try to even smile or say hello to the person next to them. Maybe they're shy or maybe they're having a bad day. But screw that, society as a whole doesn't function too well unless people can communicate with each other and if we can't even be bothered to smile or say hello to others on an elevator or walking down the street...I fear that we are all in big trouble.

Luckily, the very last elevator ride I took today restored my faith in people a bit. I hopped on at the 16th floor and wanted to go down to the main level. I pushed the G button on accident and then I hit the 1 because that's where we needed to get off. On the 12th floor an older woman in her late 60s hopped on the elevator with me. She went to push 1 as well and then realized that I was the only person on the elevator and two buttons were pushed. She looked at me and said, "Wow, there are two buttons pushed and you're the only one in here...what's going on?" I laughed and explained that I had just hit the wrong button on accident. She laughed a bit too and then said, "Oh, I thought you were just really suave and you were trying to pick my floor for me before I even got on." I smiled and laughed a bit and then she told me to have a nice day and left on her way.

Now, that's a pretty lame story...but it made my day. That old lady made my day. She was nice, she was friendly and she left me thinking, wouldn't it be nice if everyone were as polite and nice as her? I mean I know nothing about her, I won't see her ever again and I barely said 2 sentences to her. But, because she refused to look down and she kept her head up, she made my day.

So, the moral of this whole long ridiculous story is this: Keep your head up when you get on an elevator, looking down makes you seem like a grumpy ol' bastard.

Enjoy your Thursdays everyone!

Song of the Day: OutKast - Elevators
Beer of the Day: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

25 reasons to like Summer

For the first time all year, I started sweating just because I was outside. I wasn't running, I wasn't even moving, I was just sweating because it's hot. It's like 85 degrees, which means one thing to me...Summer is here.

I like summer, I really do. But I HATE the heat. So, in hopes of making myself excited about Summer I thought I'd share 25 random reasons why I like summer. Here we go.

1.) The days are longer
2.) The sound of cicadas
3.) Cookouts
4.) The sound and smell of grass being cut.
5.) School's out/people have more free time...Taylor is home.
6.) Going to baseball games
7.) People look healthier when they're tan
8.) Flip Flops are the coolest
9.) The ice cream man
10.) Vacations
11.) Beach Balls (the best ball of all)
12.) The song "Summer Lovin" from Grease
13.) Swimming
14.) Drinking light beer and gin and tonics
15.) The fact that people watch less TV in the summer.
16. ) Lemonade
17.) Wimbledon
18.) Playing sports/games outside (Volleyball, Cornhole, etc)
19.) It's slightly more acceptable to not wear pants
20.) Driving with the windows down
21.) Summertime thunderstorms
22.) Outdoor festivals (Forecastle, Abbey Road on the River, etc.)
23.) There are less things to do
24.) Taking a cool nap in the afternoon after you've done something productive in the heat.
25.) People just seem to be happier during the summertime

So there you go kiddos, don't let the heat get you down...it's all going to be a-ok! Also, feel free to comment and share some of your favorite things about summer.

Song of the Day: DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince - Summertime
Beer of the Day: Bell's - Oberon

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits...

Hey Tidbits you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my mind...Hey Tidbits!

* So I don't really like Twitter. It seems like a dumb idea and to be quite honest I just never thought I would need to know what certain people are doing at all times. Well, Shaq made me rethink my Twitter views and now my hate has taken another hit, by the tweeting hands of T-Will. I mean if there was one stranger that I wanted to stalk...I think we all realize it's T-Will.

* So Paste magazine is in big financial trouble. Apparently advertisers are nowhere to be found. So, honestly if you can afford some bucks...toss them this direction. You'll get some tunes for your contribution.

* Check out the bass that comes with the new Beatles Rock Band Game:
That is pretty badass in my opinion. I can't wait for that game to come out.

* Speaking of not being able to wait for things to come out. Here are two movies that are coming out soon that look hilarious.
The Hangover

Year One


* James Harrison is an idiot. The Pro Bowler from the Pittsburgh Steelers will not go with his team to meet President Obama this week because he feels as if Obama would have invited the Cardinals to the White House had the Steelers lost the Super Bowl. What a friggin' Einstein. Honestly does he just believe that every time a team gets invited to the White House it's because the president is just a huge fan? My mind is blown, some people just don't get it. Like the people at Arizona State.

* So yeah Taylor told me about this new Guinness beer they have out, Guinness 250. Has anyone had it? Apparently it's a special stout they put out since it's their 250th year of brewing. I gotta find some.

* If you want to waste a bunch of time. Here's a pretty fun game to play. BubbleSpinner. My High Score is 789.

* Finally, I use Firefox whenever I do my blogging but I noticed the other day that when I'm in Internet Explorer sometimes videos and pictures that I post cut off. So if you ever have trouble with this please let me know and I'd be glad to fix it. Thanks.

Enjoy your Tuesdays amigos. I'm off to half priced pint night at Cumberland Brews later! Woo-Hoo!

Song of the Day: Vampire Weekend - Campus
Beer of the Day: Cumberland Brews - Nitro Porter

Monday, May 18, 2009

One Year Ago Today

Yep this day one year ago, I walked across the stage and received my diploma from Centre College. While I was happy to be finished with school and proud to have accomplished a fine task, I'll never forget the uncertainty and sadness that I felt leaving that school for the last time.

People often say that your years in college are the best of your life and while I am certain that isn't true for everyone, I can honestly say that for me...it probably is. That doesn't mean I don't like my life now or that I'm not excited about my future, it's just that my college life was enjoyable on every level.

I could spend this entire post talking about how wonderful Centre College is, but that's not what made college for me. The professors, the campus and the city of Danville were all major positives for my 3 years at Centre...but without the friends that I made my life at Centre wouldn't have been nearly as grand as it was.

That is what the sadness and uncertainty was about on graduation day. The group of 10-15 people that I had grown so close to was being spilt up (it was similar to the feelings I had when my best friends went away to different schools after high school) and no one knew what to think or how to feel. Would we stay in touch? Would we see each other again? Would it be awkward the next time we all got together? No one knew.

Thankfully (just like with my high school friends) we have stayed in touch and there isn't an ounce of awkwardness when we are together.

We're all spread across the country these days. We've got people in Kentucky, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, Tennessee and more and we're all working at reaching that uncomfortable next step in our life...but we're all still in touch.

So exactly one year after graduation the feelings of sadness and uncertainty have gone away...but the sense of pride and happiness still remains. Proud to have maintained the friendships and happy because summer break has allowed everyone to return closer to home...at least for a few weeks.

Have a great Monday everyone.

Song of the Day: The Kinks - This Time Tomorrow
Beer of the Day: Guinness 250

Friday, May 15, 2009

10 things I like and dislike these days...

Time for the latest installment of likes and dislikes.

* Like: Early Beatles Songs. I tend to get on Beatles kicks from time to time and as of late I've been listening to their first three albums (Please Please Me, With The Beatles, Beatles For Sale). While I love that early Beatles raw sound, my favorite thing about these songs is how well they fit onto a mix. I made a Beatles mix the other day using a lot of stuff from those three albums and I was able to fit 31 songs on an 80 min CD. Usually if you get 20 songs on a mix you're doing pretty well, but 31! That's insane. Just another reason to love the Beatles.

* Dislike: Trivia. I don't really dislike trivia, but we came in 4th place last night, which means I'm just upset with trivia right now. I think by next week I'll be ready again.

* Like: This YouTube Video:

That's genius.

* Dislike: The Economy. Ok, it's all fun and games when tons of people lose their jobs, but now this crappy economy is effecting me. Turns out Paste magazine is in some trouble. Those of you who read regularly know that I love Paste and I often mention it on here. Turns out they need some help and if you donate you'll get a bunch of free music exclusives from bands such as The Avett Brothers, She and Him, The Jayhawks, The Decemberists, Neko Case and more. If you are interested in helping out please go here to make a donation.

* Like: Greg Paulus. Yup that little twerp from Duke has decided that he'll go to grad school for a year and try to play football at Syracuse University. This is a "Like" because UofL plays Syracuse in football this year and since UofL will probably not have much to cheer about this year, the thought of a nice blind-sided sack on Mr. Paulus is a reason for me to look forward to football season.

* Dislike: Greg Paulus. I hate that guy, he sucks more then any one has ever sucked before. Please just go away!

What a turd.

* Dislike: Pam's Jump Serve. So the office was pretty good last night, but Pam's jump serve bothered me. I like the whole, "Pam is good at volleyball" idea. But, her jump serve was painfully awkward in my opinion. She just kind of hopped and grunted. I dunno, maybe I'm being too picky...I just thought she could do better.

* Like: Kige Ramsey. I'm not really sure what the back story is on this guy, but it seems as though this guy is a big UK fan who has also become a YouTube sensation. I don't know how long he's been around or what, but I do know that if you need some pointers, he's one of the best sports instructors around.
Here is him demonstrating how to properly throw a baseball.

So you just grip it, "do all the stuff major league baseball players do", and then you let her rip.

Here are his instructions on how to properly shoot a free throw.

Hmm, pretty good. But if I were a coach I think rule #1 would be to locate the free throw line and step behind it. But hey, he's the one with the instructional video.

* Dislike: The Passing of Wayman Tisdale. Tisdale lost his battle with cancer today. He was a star basketball player, award winning jazz musician and by all accounts a tremendous human being. Here is a story that ESPN ran about him back in December, it talks about his battle with cancer and his refusal to stop smiling. You really should read the article, the world just lost a great guy.

* Like: Tomorrow. Yes, I've been excited about it for some time, but tomorrow is finally the day when Taylor comes home for her 6 week summer break. I know it may not seem like a long time, but considering I've seen her for a total of less then 6 weeks the past 10 months...I'm mucho excited! I can't wait to see her.

Alright guys that's all for today. I hope you all have a great weekend.

Song of the Weekend: Pearl Jam - Parachutes
Beer of the Weekend: Magic Hat - Wacko

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Oldies but Goodies

Last night I was sitting out on the porch with Lautaro and I was working on a music mix for the porch. Basically how I do this is by going through all of my music and picking any song that I would like to hear while sitting on the porch. I have like 30 gigs of music on my computer so it takes a fairly long time. However, the best part about this whole process (which I do every couple of months) is that I get to find albums that I had forgotten about and haven't listened to in a long time. Last night I came across 3 albums that are all about 5 years old and each one is a great album. So today, while I listen to these great albums and reminisce on my life 5 or so years ago...I thought I'd share them with you.

1.) Guster - Keep It Together
Guster is a band that will always remind me of high school. I really got into them on their earlier albums with songs such as "Fa Fa", "Demons" and "Barrel of a Gun" but this album is probably my favorite of theirs. It will always remind me of riding in my Jeep Wrangler with the top down on my way to and from Farmington. Good times.

Favorite songs on the album: "Keep it Together" and "Home Coming King"


2.) The Killers - Hot Fuss
I am amazed that my copy of this CD still works because there is no telling how many times I've listened to it. I remember hearing "Somebody Told Me" somewhere and loving the sound and energy that came with it. The next week Target had this CD on sale for $6.99. I bought it hoping to like 2 or 3 songs in order to get my 7 bucks worth, but as soon as I put it in I was blown away. From "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine" to "Everything Will Be Alright" I love this album. The Killers are still a solid band in my opinion and their follow up "Sam's Town" is a great album as well. But, I'll always have a special place in my musical life for this $6.99 gem.

Favorite songs on the album: "Smile Like You Mean It" and "All These Things That I've Done"


3.) Jet - Get Born
How's your face? Melted? I love Jet. When I bought this album I was in a very Death Cab for Cutie like indie rock stage of my music loving life and I needed something different. Now don't get me wrong, I love Death Cab and all of that Indie heavy hipster stuff...but nothing will ever sound as good to my ears as blaring loud Rock music. We all know "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" and it's a great song. However, if you've never heard any other Jet song you are really missing out. I heard this CD on a listening stand at Ear X-Tacy and it took me about 30 seconds before I knew I would buy it. From "Rollover DJ" to "Look What You've Done" this album hits in all the right places. The fast songs are loud the slow songs are soft...it's easy, it makes sense...it's a helluva record. Also, "Cold Hard B***H" is one of my top 10 songs of this decade. Thank goodness for Rock music.

Favorite songs on the album: "Cold Hard B***H" and "Move On"


Have a great Thursday and don't forget the season finales of The Office and 30 Rock tonight.

Song of the Day: Bob Seger - Old Time Rock and Roll
Beer of the Day: Guinness

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

National Day Of...

If you're anything like me you're always looking for a new reason to celebrate, party, have a drink, let loose, etc. Well after today I'll never have to worry about that again. That's because somebody at work sent me this website.

Each and every day it gives you a list of holidays and birthdays to celebrate. For instance, when I go home and have a beer or two tonight, I won't be simply drinking alone...no no, I'll be celebrating Stevie Wonder's Birthday and toasting to "Root Canal Appreciation Day." Pretty sweet right?

While I'm excited about celebrating Stevie's birthday...I'm even more excited about celebrating "Bike to Work Day" and "Nylon Stockings Day" on Friday! It's gonna be a blast.

The only really sad part about all of this is that it turns out I missed "National Pants Off Day" on May 1st. But, as well all know...everyday is National Pants Off Day in the Life of Brian...so no worries.

So yeah, bookmark the calendar and if you ever need a reason to let loose...just throw a party for whatever reason appears appropriate that day.

Have a good one people.

Song of the Day: Kool & The Gang - Celebration
Beer of the Day: Brooklyn - Summer Ale

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits...

Here we go...

* Last night was the last Monday Night basketball of the season which is bad for a few reasons. A.) I really like playing basketball and B.) That now eliminates 93% of my weekly exercise. While this all is a bummer, I do need to note one thing. My uncle Scott, who plays with us on Monday nights, did something last night to forever park his name atop the Monday night b-ball hall of fame list. I can't tell you what it is, because you just had to be there...but Scott, you're an inspiration to us all.

* So Friday night while we were bar-hopping on Bardstown road we stopped in Akiko's which is a hole in the wall karaoke bar. I've never sang a song there before but Ben and I got up there to put on a little show for everyone. Needless to say at the end of the song the DJ came over a yelled at me for using the mic stand as a prop and swinging the microphone chord. What the what? Just let it be known that if you hand me a a mic with a chord on it and crank out a tune...I'm gonna swing it. Also if there is a mic stand around, I'm gonna Axl Rose that bad boy. If the people have to listen to me sing...I'm at least gonna make it worth their while with my stage presence...just saying.

* New funny Lebron commercial...very Little Pennyesque


* Ryan got his first action of the season last night as his St. X Lacrosse team moved into the semi-finals of the state tournament. I'm probably gonna go to his game tomorrow, but I admit...it's going to be a little disappointing after the last game I went to. Oh well, good luck Ryan.

* Check out the album art for Wilco's new album, which is titled...Wilco.
Pretty cool I must say. A bit odd, but pretty cool.

* Today after work I get to do something that is going to make all of you jealous. I get to put a new liner in a swimming pool. That was sarcasm, I've done this before and to say it's lame would be the understatement of the century.

* One last thing, I've recently been abusing hulu.com and I've been reminded how wonderful "Arrested Development" was. I thought I'd share one of my favorite Gob clips today

That show is and always will be AMAZING!

That's all for today gang, enjoy the rest of your Tuesdays.

Song of the Day: The Beatles - For No One
Beer of the Day: Left Hand - Haystack Wheat

Monday, May 11, 2009

All The Small Things

I noticed recently that my daily mood is often affected by tiny, insignificant things. It could be something that puts me in a good mood, like getting 11 chicken McNuggets in a 10 piece order (Boomshakalaka!). Or it could easily be something that angers me and puts me in a bad mood, like entering a store and hearing Nickleback.

While these little things may put me in a good or bad mood...it's never a sustained feeling...it's always like a 3 minute party/depression. Regardless, I still enjoy figuring out these little things and making note of them so I can enjoy the good ones more in the future while trying to ignore the bad ones.

Anyway, recently I noticed two tiny things (one good, one bad) that effect my mood.

The thing that brings me joy...
Roundabouts

That's right, screw you 4-way stop, I prefer the merry-go-round route. I've always enjoyed roundabouts, but it wasn't until I was driving round and round the traffic circle near my apartment the other day that I realized...these things are awesome! It's like you get to go for a little joy ride in the middle of your commute. I often find myself going around an extra time on my neighborhood roundabout just because I can...I also find myself lettin' loose a little, "Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!" when I do it as well, it makes me feel like a kid again. I mean stop lights and 4-way stops are everywhere and how boring are those? I mean you just pull up and turn...they're lame. So for me I'm going to enjoy my future rides on the roundabout highway and I suggest you let the kid in you take the wheel and do the same.


Now for the thing that makes me a bit sadder everytime I see one:
Motion activated paper towel dispensers

Seriously, who thought this was a good idea? I mean clearly people are just so lazy today that they can't even be bothered to pull down on a lever for a paper towel. No no, we'll make everything easier for them by making them just wave at the machine. Ugh. Perhaps if these things actually worked I'd be impressed, but as it is...I'm sick of waving at papertowel machines for 30 seconds while the guy entering the bathroom looks at me as if I'm a moron. I mean should I wave up or down? Left to right or right to left? Does it even matter? Maybe I'm just supposed to break it down a bit and give a little Harlem Shake...hell, I don't know. What I do know is that I hate them. I never ever thought that they could come up with a hand drying system worse then the ol' silver blow dryer. But they did and it makes me want to cry.


Well there you go gang, two things that ruin/brighten my day. Like I said the feeling that I get after encountering these two things only lasts a few minutes...but oh how enjoyable those minutes are after I get through with my roundabout ride.

Have a good Monday kiddos.

Song of the Day: Dion - The Wanderer
Beer of the Day: BBC - Altbier

Friday, May 08, 2009

Friday Facts

It's a lazy, stormy Friday...

...So I've decided to hit you with some Friday facts today.

1.) We placed second in last night's trivia game, this brings our season winnings to $75 in just two appearances. I think after a few more weeks it'll be safe to say that we'll pretty much have free Bearno's pizza for life.

2.) So Lebron James is better at basketball then everyone on the planet...EVERYONE!


3.) I think I'm going to buy a ukulele. I know it seems a bit odd but I have my reasons. I'll make a final decision soon and then I'll give you an update sometime soon.

4.) This is going to be a busy/awesome weekend. Tonight is Daniel's bachelor party, which means mucho beers along b-town road tonight. Tomorrow is Ben and Megs' law school graduation, then Sunday is of course Mother's Day. I need a second wind.

5.) For the record...Taylor is home in a week! Calling me excited would be an understatement.

6.) I don't care that Manny Ramirez got suspended. Actually I did care when I first heard, but I really didn't care after the 3 hours of coverage on ESPN that didn't give me any new information.

7.) I really really really really really really reaaaaaaallllllly don't care that Brett Favre is "staying retired." Because he'll continue to be in the news until the season starts and even then he'll still be talked about. I love Brett...but give it up already you attention loving mad man.

8.) Solid article on everyone's favorite Cellist, Ben Sollee, in today's Courier Journal. Coolest part is that he's planning an EP with Jim James...byahh!

9.) Here is a video to add some laughter to your Friday.

Obviously she is not a golfer

10.) Have a great weekend everyone!

Song of the Weekend: Ben Sollee - It's Not Impossible
Beer of the Weekend: Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Uber Abbey Ale)

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Boombozz Taphouse

Lautaro and I finally made our way up to Boombozz taphouse last night and after much anticipation all I can say is...

It BoomBlows!!!

I know I built it up so much that it was pretty much impossible to live up to expectations...but I would give it a 3 out of 10.

First of all, their beer list is big...but not exciting. They have a good deal of imports and craft brews, but it's all just Goose Island Honker's Ale, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Guinness, Magic Hat #9, etc. Now don't get me wrong, I like all of those beers...but when you have the name "Taphouse" I just expected a more unique list.

In addition to the crummy beer list they had two sizes of beer a 16oz or a 23oz. I asked the server what the price difference was (she didn't know, but checked) and she informed me that my 16oz beer was $3.95 but a 23oz glass would cost me $6.95. What the what? That's 3/4 the price for less than 1/2 more beer. Also their happy hour deals include only well drinks and draft domestics...sweet move "taphouse"

In addition to the crummy beer situation the service was lousy and the ambiance was non existent. The Pizza was good, but it was just like regular Tony Boombozz and it's more expensive then it used to be.

Now then, while all of this stuff took away from my dining experience the one thing that ruined it the most was the music. It's friggin' Bardstown road, Ear X-Tacy (the center of music hipness in the entire state of Kentucky) is 100 yards away....so what selection of music do they go with??? 70s and 80s disco and R&B. Also they were clearly trying to make a statement with the tunes because it was pretty loud.

Ugh, I don't mean to whine and complain...I'm just disappointed. So much potential, such a good idea...such terrible execution. Oh well, at least we have Cumberland Brews...even if we have to deal with the hippies.

On a side note, I'm also bummed out because my guitar lesson got canceled today. But, I found these bad-ass videos of my teacher, Craig, so I decided to share them with you guys to lighten the mood.

Here are some short clips of him playing a few different things:


This is his rendition of "Billie Jean" it's f'ing awesome...he's sick.



One last note, the Scrubs finale last night....Freakin' Phenomenal. I literally thought I was going to cry...it was just perfect.

Have a great Thursday everyone, I'm off to help defend our Trivia crown in a bit!

Song of the Day: Peter Gabriel - The Book of Love
Beer of the Day: Great Divide - Samurai Ale

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

I'm No Superman...

Whenever one of my favorite shows goes off the air I always feel a bit sad...almost as though a good friend of mine is leaving town. That seems extreme to say, but it's kinda true. There haven't been too many shows that have left me feeling that way (Friends, The OC, Seinfeld) but tonight I have to say bye to another one, Scrubs.

I was a Sophomore in high school when Scrubs first debuted and from the first episode I was hooked. Now I'm not saying that I've never missed an episode, but I've always followed it and always laughed out loud while watching. From Dr. Cox's rants to Turk and JD's guy love to the Janitor's weirdness...I love the show. I mean honestly, I enjoy and laugh at every single one of the characters. It's hard to find a show where every character plays such an unique and important role...but Scrubs pulled it off.

There have been talks about having another season of the show, but with most of the main stars leaving, the producer has already commented that if they do continue it will be very different...kind of a Frasier to Cheers relationship.

So tonight is it really...an hour long episode to bring together a show that has entertained me through high school, college and beyond. I'll have my dvds of the show and the re-runs will always be there too...but tonight I'll be a bit sad as I have to bid farewell to the great set of characters that made Scrubs so great!

Here are some videos to help ease the pain:
Outtakes


Air-Band


JD and Turk...a special bond


Farewell Scrubs!

Song of the Day: Lazlo Bane - Superman
Beer of the Day: Sierra Nevada - Pale Ale

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits...

T-I-D-B-I-T-S.....GO BITS GO!!!

* Feliz Cinco de Mayo Amigos! In honor of Cinco de Mayo Dad and I had lunch at El Mundo (Delicious) and then we were going get some Chaco Tacos from Taco Bell for everyone at work. Well as it turns out they stopped selling Chaco Tacos years ago because the employees kept eating them (honest to god). So, we got cinnamon twists instead!

* Two awesome posts from the geniuses over at Failblog. The first I was actually sent in an e-mail a while back and it's a video of a surefire way to fail a breathalyzer:


The next is a mugshot photo...of a man who has been out in the sun too long:
That's gross...just disgusting.

* So once College Basketball is over I usually turn up my interest in European soccer. My team is Liverpool but they're out of the Champions League tournament so now I root for whoever is playing Manchester United, because in the words of a bartender from Manchester, "People from Manchester don't even like Man U, only some lousy Americans like Man U." Sadly Man U is going to win today and move into the final. While this does make me a bit sad, I'm happy because I follow the games online at Yahoosports and they have awesome live commentary. Here are two jewels from today's match:

"Arsene Wenger (Arsenal's coach) on the bench looks like he's just had his birthday canceled and been told that his cat has a terminal disease all at the same time."
- I hate when that happens at the same time!

"Ronaldo himself takes the free kick - and pings it hard, on target... but this time Almunia's hands are as solid as a three-week-old loaf of granary bread."
- How solid is three-week-old granary bread? Pretty damn solid apparently.

I love British people.

* Tonight don't miss the second to last episode of Scrubs. It's on at 8 on ABC. Also at 8 on TNT, Lebron and the Cavs are finally back in action.

* And Last but not least we have some photos from the Micro-Mini thanks to Dude.
Action shot

Cullen, the winner...selling corndogs

The participants in the 1st ever Micro Mini Marathon!


Alright, that's all for me today...have a bueno Martes compadres!

Song of the Day: Chuck Berry - Johnny B Goode
Beer of the Day: Negro Modelo

Monday, May 04, 2009

Some things to get excited about...

The Monday after Derby is always a bummer of a day for me. Last week was full of excitement with what seemed like something fun going on each and everyday. So while I am a bit down today, I thought I'd try to come up with a list of things to get excited about in the near future....here we go.

* The NBA Playoffs - The Bulls and Celtics sadly won't play anymore...but Lebron will be on full display as will several other studs such as Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Chauncey Billups. It'll last for about another month so there's no rush...but you should probably catch at least 2 Cavs games.

* Boombozz Taphouse is actually open. I still haven't been there, but I saw a sign this morning that says "NOW OPEN!". Hopefully sometime this week I'll go in and it will live up to my expectations.

* Abbey Road on the River. It's the biggest Beatles Fest in the world and it just so happens to be about 4 miles from my apartment. It also happens to be just 3 weeks away. If you like the Beatles and are going to be anywhere near Louisville on that weekend...it's definitely worth going.

* The weather is getting nicer and the days are lasting longer. Sure soon it will be 100 degrees outside and I'll sweat each and every second that I'm awake...but we should still have about 5 more weeks of pretty decent weather. Those days should be filled with outdoor activities such as cookouts, porch sitting, getting ice cream, kickball and taking walks.

* Wilco and the Avett Brothers both have new albums coming out. Sure Wilco's doesn't come out until late June and the Avett's not until August...but they're going to have new info and possibly some preview downloads beforehand...so I'm excited.

* Television finales. TV show season finales are always pretty exciting. They'll be an hour long, there is going to be an unexpected plot twist and it is always going to leave you wanting more. Don't miss the last two episodes of Scrubs ever this Tuesday and Wednesday on ABC.

* It's almost Summer. For crying out loud it's soon to be Summer. Vacations, swimming pools, long days full of nothing...it's the best. Plus, even though I don't get a summer break this year...Taylor does which is pretty friggin' exciting since she'll be home for 6 weeks! Woo-hoo.

Alright gang, time to forget about the Derby blues....as you can see there are some great things on the horizon. So, turn that frown upside down and realize that everything is going to be alright.

Have a good one.

Song of the Day: Joe Cocker - Feelin' Alright
Beer of the Day: Bell's - Oberon

Friday, May 01, 2009

Kentucky Derby 135


My Old Kentucky Home

The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home,
'Tis summer, the people are gay;
The corn-top's ripe and the meadow's in the bloom,
While the birds make music all the day.

The young folks roll on the little cabin floor,
All merry, all happy and bright;
By 'n' by Hard Times comes a-knocking at the door,
Then my old Kentucky home, goodnight.

Weep no more my lady
Oh! weep no more today!
We will sing one song for the old Kentucky home,
For the Old Kentucky Home far away.



Happy Derby Everyone!

Song of the Weekend: Stephen Foster - My Old Kentucky Home
Beer of the Weekend: Mint Julep