Flights are purchased, three different hotels are booked, and we have our Europass tickets. What does this mean? We are going to Europe! Laura and I have been planning and saving for our delayed honeymoon for more than two years and we are finally 100% headed that way in late March. The plan is to fly into London for five nights, take the underground to Paris for four nights then back to London for three more nights. We will eat fantastic food, drink French wine, see the world's best art museums and finally reunite with our cruise friends Mike and Jo. This is shaping up to be the trip of a lifetime and the timing could not be better, who knows when we will be able to get to Europe again? My ask of my readers is to clue me in on some fun stuff to do. What is a must see in London or Paris? Is there anything that is not worth it?
We have also book-ended a couple much shorter trips around our honeymoon. I am spending my fantasy football winnings on Pacer's tickets, a downtown hotel and dinner at the Rathskeller in Indianapolis. Laura and I are also going to finally see Spingsteen together in Detroit with the added bonus of my parents going too. My dad introduced me to Springsteen and getting to see the Boss together will be an awesome experience. My mom can also cross Michigan off of her states list, 25 down, 25 to go.
Quick Weight Watchers update: Up 2.2 pounds, ouch, these PM weigh-ins are killing me. Luckily I will be able to attend my normal morning weigh-ins for the next five weeks and will obtain more consistent results.
When did it become such commonplace to use a Facebook status update as an opportunity to write a brief, often snide "letter"? I am sure when this was done for the first time ten years ago it was clever and received plenty of chuckles. Since then the practice has taken on a life all of its own and one out of every two posts on Facebook seems to be one of these "Dear so and sos". I will admit that some of these are funny or clever but the majority are just obnoxious and petty. For those of you who do not know what I am talking about or for those who are fans of the genre, I have decided to create some examples for you:
They can range from the serious...
Dear reckless criminal,
I hope they catch you and the prosecutor seeks the maximum possible sentence for your crime. Being caught in your crossfire has caused me many sleepless hospital nights.
-Your Random Victim
To the rather mundane...
Dear guy who stole my parking spot at the mall,
I hope you are not upside down after financing that Hummer. I bet you only get 12 miles to the gallon. Do you know how much gas is going to go up to?!?
-Guy who gets 35 MPG
They can be written to other mammals...
I put those seeds out for the beautiful song birds in the back yard. Keep your filthy paws out of there!
Or to inanimate objects...
The medium setting is supposed to leave a slightly crisp texture and a brownish coloring. I am not sure what in the hell this is supposed to be. I should make you eat this moist, gross toaster strudel.
-Getting a toaster oven SOON
Occasionally they make you question whether Facebook is the best place to voice frustrations...
Dear Global Warming,
I liked it a lot more when we had four seasons. I hope I do not die from heat stroke this summer. Thanks for nothing.
-Sweating in winter
and whether or not the poster is sane...
Dear pineapple boy,
I can see you! Just try listening to my calls now that I have thrown my cell phone in the toilet and flushed it. I wish you would just go down in the sewer and search for it. I hear it stinks down there, just like you! I know that is not you on your bike in front of my window.
-I am going to check anyway
On second thought, these are pretty fun.
I am going to throw out my predictions for the Super Bowl:
Brady 325 Manning 345
Brady 1 Manning 2
Brady 3 Manning 2
Hernandez 2 Branch 1 Manningham 1 Ballard 1
Green-Ellis 52 Woodhead 35 Bradshaw 70 Jacobs 35
Heads, NE wins and defers
New England 24 NY Giants 20
I hope I am right.
Tool of the Week
"I'm not concerned about the very poor."
Fresh off of his Florida primary victory, Mitt decided to throw out this gem. Oh do not worry there is more to it, there is a "safety net" there. Oh thank God, a safety net! That means we will (supposedly) provide the absolute bare essentials to allow fellow Americans to live. He further describes that his lack of concern for the "very poor" is due to his great concern for the "middle class".
Seriously how out of touch can this jackass be? I understand the middle class is not having the best go of it but they are not living on the streets or hungry. If they were, they would not be the middle class, they would be the "very poor" that Mitt is completely disregarding. Casting off the huge problem that is severe poverty in America to focus on the middle class is akin to getting a paint job for a broken down car. I sincerely hope that Mitt is simply pandering to target voters and not morally void enough to lack concern for the "very poor".
Beer of the Week
Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale
One of the great deals in Louisville in $2 pint night at Fox and Hound. Among the excellent draft selection is Stone's classic Arrogant Bastard Ale. Stone ABA is the first micro brew I remember because my dad bought some a long time ago because he liked the name and the bottle. The beer itself is not bad either, in fact it is delicious. A deep, deep red color that one could almost define as brown is accented with plenty of hops and a fruity taste up front. It goes down pretty easily for a 7.2% abv. Also look for its double, dry-hopped and oak-aged variants.