Archive for May, 2009

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ButtFaced Amber Ale Night

May 26, 2009

Otherwise known as a Tuesday night in Chicago.

Funny name….yes   Tremendous beer!?  very yes!   Oh also, apparently I live in IKEA, check it check it out, yup that IS the floor of the elevator looking all liquidy and blue.

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It’s OK …I laughed as well

May 25, 2009
Dan the American

Dan the American

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Obama Jumped the Shark

May 17, 2009

I haven’t been paying a ton of attention but it seems like the guy is generally doing a pretty good job under the circumstances.  However, I have a gripe!

As a supporter of Obama in the ’08 campaign I was placed on some mailing list.  I totally expected (and recieved) a ton of pre-election emails asking for support, etc, I get that, it’s the nature of the beast, I voluntarily signed on for it.   However, the email I got yesterday crosses the line.

I got an email from the Obama camp stating that the new healthcare plan was about to come under attack from the conservative right and they needed a $5 donation to counter this upcoming attack.

I don’t know, just seems sort of like church ….all- powerful entity asking for small donations.

Hey Obama, you are the most powerful man in the country, act like it!

(screenshot of actual email sent to me from Obama camp)

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Jumping the shark is a colloquialism used to denote the point in a TV show or movie series’ history where the plot veers off into absurd story lines or out-of-the-ordinary characterizations. This usually corresponds to the point where a show with falling ratings apparently becomes more desperate to draw viewers in. In the process of undergoing these changes, the TV or movie series loses its original appeal. Shows that have “jumped the shark” are typically deemed to have passed their peak.

The phrase refers to a scene in a three-part episode of the American TV series Happy Days, first broadcast on September 20, 1977. In the third of the three parts of the “Hollywood” episode, Fonzie, wearing swim trunks and his trademark leather jacket, jumps over a confined shark while water skiing.   This was particularly ironic, in that Fonzie, famous for being a biker, had previously jumped his motorcycle for a publicity stunt—but was severely injured in the process, and very remorseful for his actions; he then learned a valuable lesson, and delivered a moral message, that taking foolish risks “isn’t cool”.

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Cease and Desist

May 17, 2009

Was only a matter of time before my blog recieved it’s first piece of fan mail from legal system.   As much as I would like to expose the gross hypocracy of this recent action, I would prefer to stay out of the slammer.

Lessons that I have learned?  Justice is blind ….and lacks a sense of humor.

Frequent readers will know which items have been removed and come to their own conclusions.

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“Call From A. Hinkle”

May 17, 2009

Tiny bit of back story – My parents have a cordless phone system which features “Talking Caller-ID”.  Meaning, if I were to call their house an automated computer voice would say “Call From Cell Phone NH”, unless of course you are programed into their autodial, in which case it would announce the caller as it was programmed.

All of this is a pretty cool in theory, and based on the horribly inarticulate computer voice (and oversized, clumsy handsets) I am guessing my parents were early adopters of this technology, good for them!  This all plays into “A Hinkle”

“Call from A. Hinkle” is something you are likely to hear constantly at my parents house.  Hinkle is my sister’s married name, her first name is Kendra, her husband Mick, their children are Samantha and Maxwell, so why does it say A Hinkle”?

In general my Mom is pretty ingenious,  but not particularly knowledgeable (or patient) when it comes to technology.   Knowing that her most frequent call would be my sister, when she programmed the phone (not knowing how to disable the automatic alphabetizing feature) she simply adopted a work around.  Thus Hinkle became A Hinkle.

On its own I thought this was mildly amusing, dozens of times a day they listen to (and tolerate) “Call from A. Hinkle”.  It got downright hilarious when a pattern began to emerge – I recently learned that my Dad, also pretty ingenious but similarly techtarded, renames the artists on his iPod (adding “Z” in front of artists he likes least).

During a recent visit home my mom said she was having trouble with her e-mail.  I was checking it out, and opened up her “JUNK” folder to see if it needed to emptyied, to my surprise I found it full of e-mails, all from the same person.  I asked my mom why she kept all of his email’s in the junk folder.  Her response ….”It was the only folder that was empty”

Awww, how cute!  Boy mom, you sure A.Hinkle’d the crap out of that one!

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Guilty Pleasure = Hitler

May 17, 2009

“The only thing necessary for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

I recently downloaded Hitler, The Rise of Evil, a made for TV mini-series from 2003.  In the past two days I have watched it four times, and I cannot get it out of my head, its truly unbelievable  that these events occurred in our recent past.  The movie is a unique slant, profiling the life of Adolf Hitler as a child and his rise through the ranks of the National German Workers’ Party prior to World War II.  If you have three hours to spare, this movie is a worthy investment.

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FTD, For the Dogs!

May 12, 2009

Fucking Terrible Delivery?

For The Dumpster

Fucking Technical Difficulties!!!

Seriously FTD and your faggotty-assed logo can suck it!

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