The weekend is here and I hope you have a great one.
Ray and I are going out tonight for dinner since he’s leaving tomorrow for a trip to Washington D.C. I hope the cherry blossoms are in full bloom for him to send me a cool picture since the timing didn’t work out for me to go along for the trip.
Tomorrow, I’ve been asked to throw out the first pitch at the Quad Cities River Bandits game at Modern Woodman Park! Maybe I should practice Saturday morning to make sure I can get the ball to home plate. How far is it from the pitcher’s mound? It looks close on television. 🙂 Afterwards, my sister, Tammy, and I are going out to dinner and maybe a little gambling (I still have some money to win back from the casinos since I’m still at a deficit).
CRAZY MIDWEST WEATHER
The drought is temporarily over for the Quad Cities.
While it’ll take much more rain to satisfactorily replenish the ground water after that terrible drought last year, we got a healthy soaking this week. At my house, in Moline, Illinois, more than 2″ of rain fell Monday through Wednesday. I mentioned the rainfall total at my house because we finally put out my self-emptying electronic rain gauge that I got for Christmas. Ray worked diligently for two days to calibrate it properly. (The manual stated that one cup of water should register 1.68″.) And, it works! This picture is from Wednesday night when we hit the one-inch mark for the day!
It seems like that rain and the recent warmth turned our yard a brighter green overnight. Speaking of the warmth, we went from 78° Tuesday to only 44° Wednesday and in the 40s Thursday and today. We even had some light snow and flurries last night! Crazy!
UNDER AGE BINGE DRINKING
I often post pictures of tasty cocktails that I make or I comment about enjoying some Moscato or a nice cordial. And, we probably have enough liquor downstairs in the bar to require a liquor license because I have a weakness for buying fun flavored vodkas.
However, on a serious note, I just read about a 2005 study by the Centers for Disease Control that “about 90 percent of alcohol consumption by those under the age of 21 in the United States is in the form of binge drinking.” (“Boston” magazine, January 2011)
The article talked about how alcoholic energy drinks like Four Loko, the most popular, were banned. (The product was re-invented without the caffeine and is still being sold).
Yet, now you can buy whipped cream infused with 30-proof alcohol called “Cream” in six flavors (cherry, orange, raspberry, chocolate, vanilla or caramel). It doesn’t require refrigeration and each canister contains 26 shots! It can be consumed straight from the can or you can put it on drinks.
So, where’s the logic of banning one thing that’s easily accessible, potent, and appealing to underage drinkers, while making another one so convenient? And, no, I haven’t tried either and I have no desire. I’m a responsible drinker!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
MANY THANKS TO LOUISVILLE & MICHIGAN
As you probably know if you’re interested in college basketball, the NCAA men’s championship is over and Louisville was not the only winner in the game over Michigan, 82-76.
Viewership for the final game of “March Madness” was up 18% over last year. Not only that, but the game’s ratings peaked at around 11:30-11:45 p.m. Eastern time, with about one in three American televisions turned on, at that time, tuned in to the game!
And, it should come as no surprise that of all the television sets turned on in Louisville, Kentucky that night, 70% of them were watching WLKY, the CBS affiliate. That means 7-out-of-every-10 televisions in Louisville had the game on!
And, it appears that I not only won the brackets’ pool at work, but for a local newspaper, too.
While I still haven’t gotten the confirmation email to tell me how to collect my 50″ LED TV, it’ll really come in handy.
Ray has been working diligently on our basement which is in desperate need for a makeover. He started by sanding, priming, and painting the bar area (blue) and the walls (yellow).
It’s amazing how a couple of coats of paint have made the basement come alive and much more inviting. He’s going to do the same to the yucky wood paneling and paint that, too. He took the downstairs bed down leaving only the sofa, loveseat, and a small dining room table for a “living area”.
NOT FEELING THE LOVE FOR “ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY”
I’m a long-time subscriber to the movie, music, literary, and all things pop culture “bible”, “Entertainment Weekly”. However, after last week’s issue, I’m really not feeling the love for the weekly magazine right now.
I’m very careful when I post something about television shows or movies not to give away major plot lines or spoilers for people that may not have seen them yet. I wouldn’t tell you what the “gotcha” is in the 1992 movie, “The Crying Game”, I won’t tell you who the “Trinity Killer” treated to a blood bath in the season four finale of “Dexter” (although I found out by doing a Google search about Michael C. Hall’s bout with cancer in 2010), and I won’t tell you if Madonna dies in “Evita” or “Body of Evidence”. 🙂
I’m all for magazines and websites giving a “Spoiler Alert” for people wanting to read them. That gives me a chance to look away and move on if I don’t want to know. The seventh season of “Dexter” ended last December and it arrives on DVD in 32 days. I don’t know anything about it and that’s just the way I like it since I’ll be buying it. The same with “American Horror Story: Asylum”. I’ll be getting it when it arrives on DVD.
However, thanks to “Entertainment Weekly” and its poor excuse of a “Spoiler Alert”, I now know which major character dies in the season three finale of “The Walking Dead”. While I had already seen something that insinuated that this character died, I didn’t look to confirm it. I didn’t want to know.
This is what the magazine featured on the article about the finale and the future of the show. I took the liberty of adding the shocked smiley face to block out the character just in case you don’t want to know who it is! But, seriously, “Entertainment Weekly”, you’re such a “buzz kill”!
DONUTS OR DOUGHNUTS
I just read a very interesting article in the September 2010 issue of “Boston” magazine about Dunkin’ Donuts.
The article talked about the founding of the company more than 60 years ago, how the Munchins (donut holes) in 1972 saved the company from going under, it introduced “Fred the Baker” and his legendary catch phrase, “Time to make the doughnuts”, and how the company went from a doughnut and coffee shop with the donuts being front and center to focus its future on the coffee with the new logo introduced in 2002 with coffee cup taking center stage.
However, I was intrigued by the Top Five Dunkin Donuts best sellers.
#5… Jelly, #4… Chocolate-Frosted, #3… Boston Kreme… #2… Chocolate Glazed, and the #1 selling donut…
Yep, the glazed donut!
NEXT THEATER MOVIE I WANT TO SEE
I can say that I was never a fan of the television series, “Star Trek” or that I had seen any of the movies. My first was J.J. Abrams’ 2009 re-boot, “Star Trek”. I didn’t see it at the theaters, but when it was released on DVD. I really enjoyed it. And, I have no intention of seeing the sequel, “Star Trek Into Darkness”, in the theaters until I saw the trailer and I was blown away. Now, I want to see it on the big screen and it’ll be my next large popcorn, large Coke Zero, and free refills adventure.
It opens in theaters on May 17, 2013.
“PEEPS’ ’80s FRIDAY FLASHBACK”
Two days ago, I blogged about my love for Depeche Mode and that I would be seeing them in concert in August in Chicago (Tinley Park).
In 1987, the band released “Strangelove”, the first single from the “Music For The Masses” album. It would become their 17th hit in U.K. in just six years and peak at #16. It reached #2 in West Germany and South Africa and cracked the Top Ten in Sweden, Switzerland, and other countries.
Here in the U.S., it would become Depeche Mode’s first of ten chart toppers on the Billboard Dance chart. But, it stalled out at #76 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The following year, “Strangelove ’88” was remixed by Bomb the Bass and re-released. This time it reached #50 on the Billboard Hot 100.
FACEBOOK FLASHBACK PICTURES
Three years ago this week, we were in New Orleans. Ray was at a conference and I went along as a tourist. While there, we ate some really good food, had “hurricanes” with my college friend, Crystal and her husband, Ants, and I went on a “Swamp Tour” searching for alligators. And, one night, while walking back to the hotel after checking out Bourbon Street, we came across a crime scene where seven people were shot in a drive-by shooting!
Also, in my Facebook Flashback Pictures, three years ago this week, Miss ABBA wasn’t so sure of the new birdhouse in the backyard.
And, this week last year, the peppermint was taking over the herb garden and we planted a Golden Honey Locust in memory of Miss ABBA. Get it, a “Golden” tree for the golden retriever. 🙂
As you can tell, I love taking pictures and I love my Friday feature of random thoughts. I could go on and on, but I’ll stop right here.
I appreciate you checking out my blog even though I don’t post daily like I used to. 🙂
Have a great weekend!