So This Is Where They Went

Did you even wonder what happened to all the music videos that you used to be able to watch on MTV? Well the music television station that no longer plays music has finally put them online and luckily for all the old farts like me, the 1980’s is well represented.

All that is missing is Nina, JJ, Mark, Martha, and Alan. (All but JJ who died in 2004 can still be found on Sirius by the way)

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My Heart Bleeds…Not

First off congratulations to the Philadelphia Phillies for winning the World Series last night against Tampa. That first ever 3 inning continuation win last night was a weird finale to what was otherwise a snoozer of a series.

With that said, a 25 year drought between World Championships for the city (1983 76er’s) is no big deal despite what the talking heads over at ESPN keep wanting us to believe this morning with numerous references to that fact. Enough already!

Try being a Cleveland sports fan sometime before giving me your sports sob story. 25 years is a walk in the park for us considering we have to go back to 1964 to find our city celebrating anything. And please don’t give me your Chicago Cubs meme. Yes 1908 was a long time ago, but I have 2 words for you, Bulls and Bears.

Again congratulations to Philly fans everywhere and be sure to savor this victory, it is something that for most outside of the Northeast happens very few times in one’s lifetime. For those Cleveland fans born after January of 1964, it has never and might never happen.

Just wait until next year…

UPDATE: The Bleacher Report echoes my sentiments perfectly.

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Reason Number 99356

Oh that’s right, guns don’t kill people, people kill people.

An 8-year-old boy died after accidentally shooting himself in the head
while firing an Uzi submachine gun under adult supervision at a gun

The boy lost control of the weapon while firing it Sunday at the
Machine Gun Shoot and Firearms Expo at the Westfield Sportsman’s Club,
police Lt. Lawrence Vallierpratte said.

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Smoke In A Can

Being a recently reformed smoker myself (17 months and counting), I can understand the frustration that smokers feel over their ever shrinking number of places to light up. Never fear, a Dutch company might have your back if their drink called Liquid Smoking takes hold.

The tipple, made up of 15% nicotine, will be sold in pubs to help punters beat the smoking ban.

(h/t – Dvorak)

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What Happened To Customer Service?

In a bad economy, I think we can safely say that we are in the midst of one, wouldn’t you think the best way to set your business apart would be to provide excellent customer service? I was thinking just that the other day while waiting over 20 minutes for my order at a fast food place in Aberdeen. Eating fast food is bad enough, but considering I was one of only 2 customers in the place at 7 in the evening, should I have to wait 20 minutes to harden my arteries further?

Why is this a big deal? Afterall every business has a bad day. Well the next day at a half full restaurant in Watertown, I waited 15 minutes for a server to make her initial visit to my table, and I am still waiting, months and numerous phone calls later, for the carpenter I hired to install a couple of doors to come back and trim them out. Noticing a trend?

Maybe the one silver lining of this downturn will be weeding out companies that fail to realize that without the customer they would not exist. Based on my experience, it is past time that something like that happens.

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Remember those old Budweiser commercials from the late 90’s? Here is another version based in todays world with a Barack Obama slant.

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Gift For The Joe The Plumber In Your Family

Instructables has instructions for building a gift that no self respecting Joe the Plumber would want to be without. Their “coin slot detector” (translation: butt crack detector) senses when your vertical smile is making an appearance and vibrates to make you aware of it.

this hip pack is creating intelligence for an intimate space on your body to allow it to tell you when it’s put into a public sphere. this not only gives you the decision to act on that, but it also raises awareness for a part of your body you’re not using to thinking about and sensing with. for low-rise pants wearers worldwide, the coin slot detector adds another accessory to the trend.

For step by step instructions and parts list visit Instructables.

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Let It Snow

I don’t know if our resident weather gurus over at KELO TV would agree but I think we can officially say that here in Canistota, we have seen our first snowfall of the season.

First Snow

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Worst TV Spinoffs

Thanks to Todd’s comment for the obvious followup to my 20 worst movie sequels. So with no particular number in mind and in no order of horribleness (is that even a word?), I present my list of the worst TV spinoffs:

The Ropers (1979-1980) – Three’s company spinoff without Jack and the girls.
Golden Palace (1992-1993) – Golden Girls minus Bea Arthur
Joni Loves Chachi (1982-1983) – Happy Days minus the “Happy”
Joey (2004) – Friends without any friends.
Booker (1989-1990) – Can a horrible show i.e. 21 Jumpstreet have a spinoff? Apparently so.
Baywatch Nights (1995-1996) – As if Baywatch during the day wasn’t bad enough
The Lone Gunman (2001) – Could have been as good as the X-Files except for that whole airplane crashing into the WTC plot in the series premiere that came to life a few months later.
A Different World (1987-1993) – Lisa Bonet couldn’t cut it here either.
Archie Bunker’s Place (1979-1983) – Archie minus Edith
Flo (1980-1981) – Alice’s waitress sidekick Flo “Kissing some grits” on her own.
Enos (1980-1981) – Enos from the Dukes of Hazzard minus Daisy.
The Tortelli’s (1987) – Cheer’s spinoff minus all the characters except for Eddie
AfterMASH (1983-1984) – A decade of Klinger proved to be plenty.

As always feel free to add your own.

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