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Muller Firecracker
Posted April 28, 2006 at 09:57:57 AM by Bean in the Flashbacks category
Here's an email excerpt from a recent exchange with fooie about Jeff Muller (name may be misspelled), who lived down the street from contanister growing up:

I never egged his house, but once, me and a buddy threw a pack of firecrackers on his front door and rang the doorbell. It was great - they exploded right as people came to the door. Their whole family came outside and started wandering around the yard and neighborhood looking for us... they found John and me in the bushes hiding. His mom made him clean it up and apologize - I just went home.
Lost: Reckoning (S2EP20)
Posted April 27, 2006 at 09:25:00 AM by Bean in the Lost category
Last night's episode of Lost was new, kinda. It was a season 2 recap, basically a primer for the next four episodes that will take this season into it's conclusion. I'm not gonna go into detail, because it's all been said. All I know is that there's gonna be some serious shit goin' down in the next month. Can't wait!
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New Beers
Posted April 24, 2006 at 08:29:38 AM by Bean in the Beer category
Saturday, Stef and I were at a loss for things to do. The backyard project was rolling into completion and we were just plain bored. So we made a trip to run some errands that didn't really even need to be run. We set out to find a few simple items (twine, tree stakes, Rubbermaid bins) but ended up finding a lot more. We went to the Dollar Store, Big Lots, The Home Depot, CiCi's Pizza, and then Bridge Liquor. At Bridge Liquor, we bough a variety pack of new (and newly packaged) beers to try out, and BAM: we finally had something to do.

The first thing I tried was a Bud Select in the cool new aluminum "bottle". It was overpriced and tasted the same as every other Bud Select I've ever had. The saving grace was that it was kinda neat to hold - very heavy duty (3x the aluminum of a can). I received a nice surprise when I discovered (after drinking it) that it was actually a pint, not a measly 12 ounces. Bonus!

The next "beer" was Tilt. It's basically the exact same thing as Sparks, but a little cheaper and with 6.6% ABV instead of 6.0%. What's not to like?

And then, there was the Weidemann. Stef had never actually tasted one, so we grabbed a sixer. She said it tasted like water. Personally, I like it just as much as any other low-cost domestic.

The star attraction for beer night was a new malt liquor called Four-O. I've never seen it before, but when I saw a guy grab a few and checkout, I was intrigued. It comes in 40's, but they were out, so I opted for a 24 ounce can. The labeling is reminiscent of graffiti, and it's obvious that they are marketing towards the... um... low end. It's 10% ABV (what the?) and the 24 ounce can only cost 99 cents. HOLY BANG! 99 cents for the approximate equivalent of 5 normal beers. Ready for the down side: it tasted like ass piss. Not only that, I woke up at 6am the next morning cold, clammy, and on the verge of vomiting. Close call.

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Generic Ice Cream
Posted April 20, 2006 at 01:16:21 PM by Bean
Whilst perusing the frozen treats isle at the local MeijerJ, I came upon somehting interesting. This has got to be the most generic packaging possible for a gallon of vanilla ice cream. I put peeps in the pic too. Later, I destroyed them into my belly.

Ice Cream
I'm No Superman
Posted April 20, 2006 at 08:30:50 AM by Bean in the Plugs category
Scrubs is in it's 5th season. Seems like just last year I was watching the premier - I thought it was a pretty good show when I first saw it. I watched bits and pieces of season 1, but never got totally hooked. The time slot at the time may have not lined up, or I may have just forgotten about it, but 4 years later (read: this year), and I've rediscovered it. Now I'm hooked.

Don't get me wrong - you wont be seeing weekly recaps and reviews of Scrubs here, as good as it is, Scrubs still plays second fiddle to Lost in my book. But, the point of this is: I am now absolutely hooked. I've downloaded seasons 1-4 and season 5 up to last week. I'm gonna watch 'em straight through.

I watched the first episode yesterday from about 4:30 to 4:52 and realized how easy it's gonna be to get through the season. At 21-22 minutes per episode (without commercials), I can squeeze them in anywhere. Maybe I'll start watching one episode in the morning and one at night... or set aside 2-hour/6-ep blocks... or hell, I could spend this weekend on a Scrubs bender. Possibilities = endless. It's a great show, watch it if you don't already. Tuesdays at 9:00 (repeats usually at 8:30) on NBC.
Ocean City 2006
Posted April 18, 2006 at 11:29:20 AM by Bean in the Vacation category
Alright, it's official. We're heading to Ocean City, MD for a week in June for some hardcore beach bummin'.

Stutz, Stef, TP, and I will be heading to OC on June 10th and staying until the 17th. We have a sweet condo rented for the week (at 54th and Coastal) and some extra room. Flights from the midwest range from $100-$250, depending on your location.

If you are reading this, I've probably already invited you along. If anyone wants to come for a few days - we have several couch and bed spots open for $40 a night.
Posted April 17, 2006 at 08:07:09 AM by Bean
So I listen to Bill Bennett on the drive in most mornings. He's the most level-headed talk radio host I have ever listened to and agreed with on a regular basis. One subject that comes up a lot on his show is China, and how there may be some serious bad shenanagins down the road if we don't start dealing with them soon. This happens to be a subject that I know very little about, but here are a few blurbs.
  • Modern day China has been compared to 1920's era Japan. Massive buildup, both military and infrastructure.
  • China has been buying lots and lots of steel, along with other building material.
  • In parts of the country, Chinese firms are buying entire junk yards, then pickign them clean of all useful scrap like locusts.
  • China a big, big place, with a shit ton of people.
  • China is the last communist world power.
I admit, the above statements may be wrong. There are just a few things I've heard lately. Anyone care to enlighten me on the subject a bit?
I Am Bean, Destroyer Of Peeps
Posted April 14, 2006 at 10:33:24 PM by Bean
Three innocent peeps, just a walkin' along.

They hear a sound.

"Did you guys hear something?"




"What the?"



P.S. - Here's a Bean, Destroyer of Peeps tip: Let your peeps sit open for 2 days, until they become stale. They will taste mo betta delicious.
Lost: S.O.S. (S2EP19)
Posted April 13, 2006 at 08:11:29 AM by Bean in the Lost category
Last night episode was a huge disappointment. Very little plot movement, and the back story around Rose and Bernard was none-too-surprising.

Rose & Bernie
So it turns out Rose and Bernard met and got married late in life. Rose has (had?) cancer, and was only predicted to live for a year. She had accepted it, but he had not, so he took her to some faith healer in Australia. When he could not help her (actually, he seemed scared of her), she decided to tell Bernard that "it worked" so they could enjoy their last months together. Post-crash, she's healed, and when she tells Bernard about everything, he gives up on his quest to make a big S.O.S signal in order to stay with her on the island, which has apparently healed her.

Rose talks with Locke at one point. She knows he was in a wheelchair before the crash and therefore shares a small secret with him. By the look in his eyes, you can tell he believes it too.

Jungle Hike
Jack and Kate hike to "the line" to try and negotiate a trade for Henry. Instead, they just find Michael, stumbling and mumbling. From the previews, it sounds like he found the others camp and thinks they can take them out. Eps 20-24 are sure to have some serious violence. Cant wait.

Not the best ep in this no-repeat run. Lost will be back on April 26 with episode 20: Reckoning.
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The Best Little League Baseball Advice
Posted April 12, 2006 at 08:15:02 AM by Bean in the Flashbacks category
When I was in elementary school, I played little league baseball. At first, I was a timid batter. I would rarely swing the bat. I PRAYED for the walk. I had no confidence at all, and that's why I batted last, played in the distant outfield, and hardley ever got on base. In short, I sucked.

Until, that is, my dad gave me the best advice a dad could ever give his little league son: watch the ball and swing at every pitch. That's saying as lot in little league, where pitchers aren't very accurate and pitches come high, low, in, and out more than they come down Main Street.

I followed his advice. Sometimes I chopped my bat way up high and sometimes I dug it into the dirt trying to hit that pitch, but every time I got up to bat after that, I hit the ball. Now, don't get me wrong - I did pop-out some, got thrown out some, etc. But I always hit the ball. By swinging the bat every time, I learned how to watch it come in, and eventually make contact. And nothing makes a kid playing little league baseball feel better than the *ding* of his own bat hitting the ball.
What The Hail?
Posted April 07, 2006 at 05:05:48 PM by Bean
Took a half day today and went home to sit on the deck and enjoy the warm weather. Then it started hailing. Really hailing really, really hard. Biggest hail I've ever seen, so I took some pics (warning: ginormous pics).
Fast Food
Posted April 07, 2006 at 08:55:41 AM by Bean
One time, when Stef and I were first dataing and I was living with Koji and Yuri, Stef and I decided we wanted fast food for dinner. We got in her car and headed to the Kentucky Taco Hut to take advantage of their great variety. After ordering a few items, we both had cravings for things from other fast food joints, so we moved on to the next stop: Subway. Stef got a sub, but I was still jonesin for somehting else. Next up on the list was Wendys, home of the original 99 cent menu. Then it was mad dash home to plop down onto the couch and chow down. Final menu was something like this:
  • Chicken Baja Chalupa
  • KFC Twister Combo (w/fries and a Diet Pepsi)
  • Junior Bacon Cheeseburger
  • 6" Sub
  • Beef Supreme Gordita
  • 2 Soft Tacos
  • 2 Frostys
It was great. I was thinking about it last night and tried to come up with my perfect fast food meal. I think it would be a JBC, Rally's fries, a Cheesey Gordita Crunch, and a Cherry Cream Slush from Sonic.

What would your ideal Fast Food meal consist of?
Lost: Dave (S02EP18)
Posted April 05, 2006 at 10:10:01 PM by Bean in the Lost category
Tonight's Lost was Hurley-centric - which is great, because Hurley is fat, and I'm fat, so he is by default my favorite character on the show. It followed Hurley throughout most of the 65 minutes, but there were a few side stories mixed in there too. Standard Beanblog Lost fromat, GO:

Hurley, Libby, and Dave
In the opening scenes, we see Hurley and Libby hangin out, getting closer, etc. Libby help's Hurley destroy his food cache and face his demons. Just then, everyone rushes to the supply drop from the end of the last ep. To Hurley, it's a nightmare - more food. And it's get's even worse when he see's his old friend from the mental institution, whom we find out from a flashback is named Dave, and was a bad influence on Big H.

Hurley Can Run?
Hurley chases Dave into the woods, but only ends up with his slipper. He decides to go to Sawyer to get some meds, but ends up just kicking the con man's ass when he makes fun of Hurley. Hurley chases Dave one more time, to the edge of a cliff where Dave tries to convince Hurley that the whol ecrash, island, etc. is all in his head and all he has to do is jump off the cliff to wake up. Dave jumps, right after saying "see you in another life" (just like Desmond said to Jack) and Hurley conmsiders following.

Side Story: Eko's Building
Eko is building something. It seems to be on another cliff somewhere on the island, and I suspect it's a church, altar, or somehting of the sort. Charlie makes his way to the cliff and is drafted to help - but Eko wont tell him what it is. Kind of a pointless scene, really.

Side Story: There's Something About Henry
Caught in lie, then another, Henry still won't talk. Sayid almost shoots him (Ana grabs the gun at the last second) - Henry is willing to die rather than talk, because he is afraid of what the the mysterious "HIM" will do. "Him" is not Zeke (in fact, Zeke is "nobody"), but someone or something bigger. He also goes into some obscure talk about God, and how he can't even see the island. During some 1 on 1 time, Henry tells Locke that he never even pushed the button and that this whole hatch deal is riduculous, a joke, fake, etc. He loves gettign in Locke's head.

Back to Hurley at the cliff - Eventually, we learn that Dave is Hurley's imaginary friend who always makes him eat - or atleast that's what the doc tells him in the flashbacks. So now what.. to jump or not to jump?

The Libby Factor
Libby shows up, and talks him back from the edge. Hurley realizes that maybe he actually is sane again. Then the fat guy get's some - which is always great! Last second twist - we find out Libby was in the mental hospital with Hurley - as speculated by many. So what is she... a habitual liar? psycho? chubby chaser? I'm guessing we wont know for a while.

Thrilled that next week is new! As always, the preview looked svveet... links here for the US and canook version.
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Still Cool
Posted April 03, 2006 at 12:45:31 PM by Bean
More and more often, Stef and I are opting to "stay in" in the evening. We did this mainly to cut back on our spending, but I also assume that it's a fairly natural tendency that comes with age. Almost 30 now, I have a hard time seeing myself as an adult, but at the same time I know I'm not the same guy I was 5 years ago. I just figure I'm not as cool as I once was, which may or may not have been very cool at all. I'm not sure what I'm trying to say exactly, but I will tell you this: If you give Stef and I $150 and a free weekend, we can party it up like we were still cool.

Saturday evening around 5, we decided to get out of the house. We headed to Rich O's Public House and had a drink. They still have a few Gravity Head beers on the lineup, but I opted for a BBC Bourbon Barrel Stout, and Stef had her old standby: Community Dark. We perused the local papers and determined that there wasn't much going on in the area.

Determined to seek out some fun, we finished our beer and headed to TGI Fridays in downtown Louisville for dinner. First things first: we ordered some kind of won-ton appetizer, a top shelf ginormous margarita for Stef, and a tall Lite for me. Next time around, we ordered our meals, and stef got a Tom Collins. The food, service, and drinks were all top notch and timely. We ate, drank, talked, and planned our next move.

Around 7, we paid our bill and walked 20 steps to The Pub - an English style pub in Louisville. We bellied up to the bar and placed our orders: A half-Guiness-half-Strongbow for Stef and a Youngs Double Chocolate Stout for me (all draught). We chatted it up with the bartenders and tendresses, as well as with a few bar-neighbors. One bartender kept giving us shots of martini overflow (extra martini left from the shaker), so we decided to stick around and suckle on the teet of free drinks. Stef ordered a martini and I got a big fat cigar. An hour later, as I finished the cigar, we got another free drink: a Holy Grail mispour. Sometime before 9, we decided it was time to move on.

Last stop: Howl At The Moon. It's a dueling piano bar, and we sat front and center. We had a few more drinks and listened to more than a few tunes. Stef must have shelled out $20+ to those piano folk, but it was all in good fun, and we got to hear 4 or 5 of our requests. The place was pretty crowded, the atmosphere was upbeat, and every single person in the join was having fun: it was a great final stop.

We headed out just before 11 and got home just after. 30 minutes later, Stef was OTE. 30 more, and I was too. Yeah, we're cool.
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