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Reading dooleys blog reminded me of a bunch of ARA stories which I will blog Monday. Habba enjoy weekend.

As promised:

When I was at Rose, the student union, and hence ARA, was pretty much always under construction. This meant that there was always a way to get in through a construction entrance, an unfinished wall, or an old door that they forgot to lock. This led to many alcohol-induced ARA raids.

Once we (BSB 2) took a 5-gallon bucket of cookie dough ice cream. We ate about half of it and then dumped the rest out the window onto the sidewalk.

Once I took a big bag-in-a-box of ketchup. I managed to use about 1/4 of it before it started tasting rotten. I dumped the remainder out the window onto the sidewalk.

I had an ongoing supply of those cheap little fake wooden cereal bowls and silverware. I treated them as "disposable."

There are many many other things that we took and/or ate whilst breaking into the food area, but the best story of all was the time JCTMH headed over there while drunk and started raiding the kitchen. Me and somebody else followed him over and snuck in on him as he was picking up a carton of eggs or something. We scared him and he dropped a big knife that he was holding and the carton of eggs. They all broke. Messy messy. On our way out, he attempted to fill a bottle with milk from the milk dispenser but accidentally broke the nozzle off of it. Milk was flowing onto the floor as we left. God knows how many gallons are in those things.
Join the Fun
Posted August 26, 2005 at 12:17:00 PM by Bean
This weekend is the Brew at the Zoo. It's going to be so much fun, and you, YOU* are going to miss it. What are you going to miss? A LOT. There will be a huge variety of food and beer, all you can eat/drink. There will be live music. There will be animals. There will be the enjoyable company of 3 ducks and 2 wifs. How in th hell can you pass somehting like that up on a nice Saturday afternoon? You can't, that's how. What else are you doing? Nothing. Why do I keep asking questions and then answering them? Because they are rhetorical, that's why.

And god dammit m1, you made the 80 minute drive to watch fucking Corn Mo, but you are going to pass up all-you-can-eat-and-drink-goodness? Horsesocks!

Last chance to join the fun. Tix are still $25 if you leave a comment.

* Note that this is directed to everyone except Stef, TP, and Seleb+wif.
Movie Review: The Ring Two
Posted August 24, 2005 at 11:49:00 AM by Bean in the Movies category
Stef and I rented this piece of shit last night cause we had a coupon for $1 off. Did I mention that it was a piece of shit? Oh, yeah, I did, right there in the first sentence, my bad.

The Ring (one) was pretty bad. It had some scary stuff in it what with the freaky little dead girl and the creepy, jerky movements and all, but the story was very bad. I mean, there was no flow. A bunch of weird and sometimes scary stuff happened to some girl at some point in the past, and now all of the sudden she's dead and in some VHS tape and kills people when they watch it. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. Oh, and I forgot, if you make a copy of the tape and show it to your buddy, she spares you. Garbage.

On to the sequel. Obviously the writers knew that the "plot" from the first movie was "not so good" so they pretty much didn't even bother putting one in part 2. From what I can tell, they took the few saving graces from part 1 (the scary scenes) and stretched them into a 2 hour movie. They were, of course, not scary the second time around since you already knew that bitch was gonna climb out of the well, reach through the TV screen, and whoop some ass. The only semblance of plot in the movie comes in the last 20 minutes when you learn that the freaky dead girl who kills everyone is actually just trying to get into the main character's son's body so she can have a mommy who loves her. What a load of manure. And the final, epic battle scene between Rachel (the mom) and Sahara or whatever the fuck that dead girls name is, was just completely stupid. She reaches into the TV and ends up in a well where she races the dead girl (Shalama?) to the top and shuts her in and teleports back to her house where her son, whom she recently drowned, is fine and dandy and all is well with the world. I don't buy the fact that Rachel could beat the Shamama to the top... I mean, that dead girl can scurry up the wall like nobody's business - she's triple jointed, AND A GHOST. You can't outclimb a ghost.

Anyway, in summary, this movie was awesome and I'd highly recommend it to everyone.
Posted August 23, 2005 at 01:02:00 PM by Bean
Stutz and I made a bet today. We compete to see who can lose 10% of their body weight the quickest. Here's the rules:
Weigh in every morning before breakfast. First person to be at or below their target for 3 days in a row wins. Loser must travel to visit the winner. Upon arrival, loser must buy the winner a bottle of liquor (winners choice, < $50). If both make th egoal before halloween, #4 is void, though #3 is still valid. Amputation is not allowed.
Stutz's goal: 171
My goal: 205
Brew at the Zoo 2005
Posted August 22, 2005 at 11:03:00 AM by Bean

Come one, come all, this weekend, accommodations available at my place for out-of-towners.

In so far: Seleb+wif, TP, Bean and Stef.

I'd like to point out that the brewery list includes but is not limited to the following:
BBC: Great, unique beers from Louisville. Kalamazoo: Michigans best offering and my favorite brewery, ever. New Albanian: My local watering hole! Hofbrauhaus: Cincy's take on the beer of her sister-city (Munich). The brewery lineup is exciting, in my humble opinion. And the thing that sets this beer-sample-fest apart from others is that you get tons of free food too! And to top it off, it's at a friggin zoo, so you can walk around and watch the monkeys sling poo and whatnot! Oh man, color me stoked!

$25 if you have me buy your tickets in the next few days, $35 at the gate. Leave a comment if you are interested in going.
Posted August 22, 2005 at 08:22:00 AM by Bean
The best part about growing a beard is getting creative when shaving it off.

I didn't shave on our trip to Germany, and I didn't shave when we got back for about 5 days. That left me probably as heavily-bearded as I have ever been. During this time, I did not go jogging and I did not ride in the back seat of a car. A beard in the summertime is not such a great thing, what with the hotness and the grass clippings getting in it when I mow the grass, so I decided it was time to break out the blade.

For 12 hours, I sported this facial-hair-doo. I shaved it this morning at Stefanie's request.
Pictures from Germany
Posted August 18, 2005 at 03:16:00 PM by Bean
Germany and Amsterdam, in rough chronological order.
Three Hours
Posted August 18, 2005 at 07:41:00 AM by Bean
So on the flight to Germany and back, I read a book by Jorge Cruise called "The 3-Hour Diet." It was a very poorly written book. He just said the same things over and over again and it really didnt have much of a flow. It was just a bunch of random health tips thrown into fatten up a diet plan that can be summarized in 8 words. And to save you the time, here they are: "Eat small meals or snacks every three hours."

Being the diet adventurer that I am, I decided to try it. I am going to ease into it though. I figure there are two main concepts that can be derived from the plan:
Eat every three hours. Eat small meals. For now, I'll start with #1.
Deutschblog #3
Posted August 15, 2005 at 08:44:00 AM by Bean in the Vacation category
Well, we only have one more full day and part of a night left in Germany. We have to get up around 3:30AM tomorrow to catch a train, then a plane, then another plane, then another plane. It'll be a long day/night/whatever it is after the 6 hour time diff kicks in.

Saturday, Stef and I toured the Erdinger brewery, which is the largest wheat beer brewery in the world. They had an amazingly clean place with lots of windows so you can see into pretty much every room. The tour was in German, but being the avid homebrewer that I am, I was able to tell what most of the stuff was even without having to consult Stef to translate. They had a storage facility where they cold-aged their bottles for in-bottle carbonation for 3-5 weeks. It was by far the most beer I've ever seen in one place. Rows and rows, all hunderds of feet in length, and stacked atleast 80 feet high. I got drunk just standing there.

After the tour, we had a few "samples" and some German munchies, then headed back to the train. We then realized that although we were able to catch a taxi FROM the train station to the brewery, it was bit more difficult to find on at the brewery TO the train station. Erding is a pretty small town. We ended up walking to a grocery store and having the lady at the returns desk call a taxi for us.

Yesterday, we visited the Olympic Stadium. Pretty impressive structures... I took some pictures and will put them up when we get back. It's like a little festival every day in there I think, complete with carnie rides, a beer tent, and "Authentic American Mini-Donuts" which did not look american or really that much like donuts. We had lunch at the Augestiener brew tent, along with a few beers, then hopped a train. We made it back and then headed to the Hoffbrauhaus (sp?) for one last round... okay, two last rounds. And a round is a lot of beer. It pretty much did us in. We walked around the city a little more, got some ice cream, and came back to our room for a heavy does of MTV. Jackass and Pimp My Ride (with or without the "Fahrrad" on the end) seem to be pretty popular.
Amsterdamblog #1
Posted August 12, 2005 at 09:08:00 AM by Bean in the Vacation category
This will be the one and only Amsterdam entry. It's out last day here. We have 5 more hours to kill before hopping our night train back to Munich. 5 hours may seem lke a long time, but if there's one thing this city is good at, it's helping you kill time. Stef and I are currently ducking in from the rain and taking a break in the Freeworld Coffeeshop and Internet Cafe. Note the C world, the one that rhymes it Toffeeshop. Yeah, that's right... all of you familure with the C word know that it means that you can get really good coffee. Oh, and weed too. But weed sale and consumption was not the only odd thing we saw during our time here. Take our advice: If you want to see dirty streets, trashy sex shops, men pissing everywhere, transvestites shitting in public, and some very scary Jamacian types (oh, and windmills, and umm, legal pot) - come to Amsterdam! Fun place to visit for a few days, but we're ready to head back to Bavaria. Probably wont go into deets on the Amsterdam experience on the blog, as it's contents may be rated "M" for "Mature", but feel free to email me!
Deutschblog #2
Posted August 08, 2005 at 04:59:00 PM by Bean in the Vacation category
Well, I just found out that I can actually get into my blogger account from here. And by here, I mean in the lobby of my hotel on a free computer, drinking beer I bought from the night attendant. Weird. You can buy beer anywhere: Museums, train station, hotel lobby... and they are all big beers. None of this 12 ounce shit. I'm talkin' a half liter, minimum. Usually you can even get a liter.

We've been eating a lot of food and drinkign a lot of beer. Seems out days and nights pretty much revolve around thos two things. We have been getting our "cultural" experience every morning, though. We've ebeen to a few museums (Deutsches Museum, with 12 miles of exhibits, and an art museum that had some Van Gogh and Monet whatnots), on a kick-ass bike tour, and today we went on an all-day excursion to Neuschwanstein, which is the castle that Disney based Cinderella's Castle after. Good times all around.

Also, we were watching MTV this evening and saw the funniest thing. Pimp My Ride "Fahrrad" edition. Fahrrad mean bike. Yeah, bike. A bunch of german "pimps" were "pimping out" some POS bike. When they were done, it had an MP3 player with speakers, a spot to store your skateboard (which I have yet to see in this country), an alarm, a hanging disco ball, and a bunch of gay-ass skulls and heavy-metalish looking styling. It was horrible.

On that nopte, here is a list of things that the germans are way behind the US on:
Pimping things
Prompt service at resturaunts
Pretty women

And here is a ist of things they are way ahead of us on:
Clean mass transit
Clean toilets
Castle building

Be sure, by the end of the trip, these lists will grow.

Biss dann for now.
Deutschblog #1
Posted August 08, 2005 at 04:58:00 PM by Bean in the Vacation category
We've been in Munich now for 2 full days and nights. Things are going well. Our flight was fine, albeit long, and we are getting around very well on the frightningly effecient mass transit system. Over the course of the past 2 nights, I've been working on my phrasing of the most importent 4 word combination: "Ein Mass Dunkle, bitte" which literally translates into "Please give me an ridiculously large glass mug filled with dark, German beer." We did a "Mike's Bike Tour" yesterday, which was a leisurely ride around many of the impressive monuments in the city, as well as through the English Garden, which is a huge park (4x the size of Central Park in NY) with the world 2nd largest Biergarten in it's center. Interestingly enough, the 1st larget one is just about 8 miles away, on the other side of Munich.

More to come!
Posted August 03, 2005 at 08:33:00 AM by Bean in the Vacation category
For those not in the know, Deutschland is Germany, in German, and not some exciting new feminine hygiene product.

As you may or may not know, Stef and I are taking a delayed honeymoon in Germany. In fact, we are leaving tomorrow, and will be gone for almost 2 weeks. We'll be in Munich most of the time, with a 3-day trip to Amsterdam. We've a lot of things planned, but some slack time in there just to relax, too. Stef has done a great job planning it all - booking the rooms, getting rail passes, making sure we have enough shampoo, etc., and my brother (and boss), Tony, gave us eleventy bazillion frequent flier miles so our flight is free. It's going to be great!

I imagine we'll do lots of things, see lots of places, and take lots of pictures. And when I get back, I'll blog lots of blogs. And I'll do my best to find some trendy German techno internet cafe so I can blog a DeutschBlog all about the snausages, schnitzels, and wursts. Everybody who wants an authentic pair of lederhosen, leave your size in the comments!
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