80’s flashback weekend

February 12, 2010

That’s right this weekend (or at least Saturday night) jimi is heading back in time. That’s right Marty, The Doc and I are going Back to the Future!

Wait what? (How many times am I gonna use the “wait what” joke?)

Maybe not Back to the Future but Back to the Past doesn’t work joke wise but maybe I should write that movie….hmmm….anymarty I’m talking about a simpler time of He-Man, Gi Joe, leggings, aliens who eat cats and aliens who like Reese’s Pieces. Bruce Willis was a detective, there was something called a Yugo and people actually believed Eddie Murphy could be a cop. Does this mean that Saturday night I’m going to sing Milli Vanilli the whole night through? Or maybe I’m going to tal tal tal talk like Max head head head headroom in a vlog? Perhaps I’m just going to blame it on the rain? I can’t do that on television…can I?

Shit I really lost where I was going with this. Oh yeah Back to the Future. Wrong again. Oh yeah this weekend one of the Doctors the wifey works with is throwing an 80’s party. I was informed that I was going. Now I agreed to this when 2 things were agreed on.

1. I was allowed to get wasted
2. I was going to be Sonny Crockett (from Miami Vice)

She agreed quickly but like all things with me the costume wasn’t actually set. I mean Don Johnson and Crockett were both awesome but I like to keep thinking. So there was a conundrum. Who or what would I be? I came up with some ideas.
Devo, Chuck Norris, Hillbilly Jim (An 80’s wrestler),Rick Allen (one armed drummer in Def Leopard)

Now most people said the obvious was Chuck Norris, but I felt that I couldn’t accurately portray his awesome. So he was out. The wifey said Hillbilly Jim was too vague and that the one armed drummer was mean. So it turns out it will be Devo. Which Devo is still awesome as all get out. We’re going to make it tonight. There will be pictures of the process (and aftermath) and hell maybe a Vlog if my wife will allow. Here are pictures of the three options people had the most trouble with (Sonny Crockett, Hillbilly Jim and Rick Allen):
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Also here is an 80’s quiz. How many can you get right? I got it from: http://www.inthe80s.com/

• What band got their name from the sixties movie Barbarella?
• What was the name of the character on the 1st Garbage Pail Kids Pack?
• What was Max Headroom’s network number
• Which Sci-Fi Sitcom star like to eat cats?
• Name the late eighties band that named the sides of their first album Hardware and Software and also used samples from Star Trek movies in their songs.
• Who sang “I Want My MTV” on the Dire Straits song “Money For Nothing”?
• What 80’s game show featured the “Whammy”?
• Alanis Morrisette appeared on what 80’s cable children’s show?
• What was the name of the host of Double Dare?
• Xavier Roberts was the name associated with which eighties toy?
• What made Michael Milken famous and rich?
• What was Maggie Seaver’s maiden name on Growing Pains?
• What did the license plate on the Delorean in Back To The Future spell out?
• What company made PacMan?
• What company made the first color arcade game?
• What was the first video Mtv played?
• What was the first game show on Mtv?
• What company used the little aligators as it’s symbol on clothing?
• What was the war during Regan’s first term that took place on an island in the Caribbean?
• Who shot J.R. Euing?
• What was the first movie Disney released through a subsidiary company that carried an R rating?
• What were the colors of a Rubik’s Cube?
• What show did the catch phrase, “Yeah, That’s The Ticket” originate on?
• What former communist European country was responsible for producing one of the lamest automobiles of the eighties?
• What was E.T.’s favorite candy?
• Who was the founder of Live Aid?
• What famous soap opera duo reigned on General Hospital in the eighties?
• What eighties TV show starred Bruce Willis in a detective agency?
• Which quicky brunette was one of the first MTv VJ’s?
• What was the name of David Hasselhoff’s talking car in Knight Rider?
• What eighties TV show starred Tom Hanks in women’s clothing?
• What was the name of Eddie Murphy’s character in Beverly Hills Cop?
• What duo lost their Grammy for Best New Artist from the eighties?
• What late night news show became popular in the eighties after the Iranian Hostage takeover?
• Who was the female Prime Minister of England throughout the eighties?
• What TV show with married couples and family life appealed to those over the age of 29?
• What rock magazine that came out in the eighties is now Rolling Stone’s major competitor?
• Which movie prompted the style of wearing cutoff sweatshirts over the shoulder?
• In which Fox TV show did Johnny Depp play an undercover cop in high school?
• Which TV show portrayed the lives of performing arts high school students
• What time would you watch “Late Night With David Letterman” on NBC?
• What father/daughter duo made “Gag Me With A Spoon” a household phrase in the eighties?
• Which royal wedding of the eighties is now scandalously coming apart?
• Which pain relieving product was subjected to a public relations scare in the eighties?
• Who was responsible for the infamous assignation attempt on then President Reagan?
• Name at least three arcade games which contributed to the explosion of mall rats?

Answers:
• Duran Duran
• Blasted Billy or Adam Bomb
• 23
• Alf
• Information Society
• Sting
• Press Your Luck
• “You Can’t Do that On Television”
• Mark Summers
• Cabbage Patch Kids
• Junk Bonds
• Maggie Malone
• OUTATIME
• Bally Midway
• Atari did with Tempest
• “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles
• Remote Control
• Izods
• Grenada
• J.R. Ewing was shot by Kristin Sheppard (Sue Ellen’s sister). Bobby Ewing’s death (at the hands of Katherine Wentworth) was all a dream.
• “Down and Out In Beverly Hills”
• Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue/Purple, White
• Saturday Night Live
• Yugo
• Reese’s Pieces
• Bob Geldof
• Luke and Laura
• Moonlighting
• Martha Quinn
• Kitt
• Bosom Buddies
• Axel Foley
• Milli Vanilli
• Nightline
• Marget Thatcher
• Thirtysomething
• Spin
• Flashdance
• 21 Jump Street
• Fame
• 12:30-1:30
• Frank & Moon Unit Zappa
• Charles and Di
• Tylennol
• John Hinkley Jr.


Anatomy of a Rib

March 16, 2009

By nature I’m not the most social (or wasn’t until just recently). I was never for going to parties or big hang outs in high school or after. When I did the chances were more than likely I’d sit in the corner brooding writing only paying attention to a select few. This often led to more than a few people thinking I was mean or angry all the time. Well times have changed probably quite a bit (and probably for the better) and I’m much more open to talking to/meeting new people. I talk to more people than ever, can have fun and actually be entertaining at parties. I often still end up alone writing but that’s part of my charm.

I’m an odd person to friend. It takes effort on your part because I don’t open up easily or obviously.
Hell my best friend likes to tell people how she had to make me be her friend. It’s true too but once the ball got rolling it was a quick one.

I can and will get close but sometimes it doesn’t appear that way at first. I’m a joker. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that when I was younger I did not have much confidence (in anything but my writing). I’m funny—I like to be funny. Problems can arise because of the fact that about 70 percent of people probably don’t get my humor. I like to poke fun at everyone (including and especially myself) so the closer we become the more you’re going to get ribbed. I’m not out to hurt you and the jokes are never anything mean, only the light hearted kind. You know like making fun of the fact that you totally have a crush on a goofy looking actor on a bad sci fi show.

Ten sucks Linzi!

Okay back to the point. As a group of us hung out something was pointed out and it caught my interest.
We sit around (a lot) and talk about random commercials, movies, tv shows, or just plain made up things (a whole lot!) Now quite a bit of this are funny jabs at one another. The interesting aspect (pointed out by my wife) is the flow the jabs can take. There is an up and down left to right but completely random aspect to them. At one point it’ll be three of us piling on the last one when bam A will turn on b and c and d (previously the jokee) will join in. There is no rhyme or reason. No formula to it, and it can turn on a dime. An example:

*Though based on real life events the proceeding conversation is fictional. The names have been changed to protect the innocent, except for Linzi because Doctor Who is lame. Ha!

Linzi: Oh yeah and Murder she wrote was such a great show.
Mary Jane Watson: It was. Jessica Fletcher will live on.
Curt Connors: Wait Hannibal Lecter?
Mary Jane Watson: Jessica Fletcher!
Curt Connors: I thought only old people watched that show.
Peter Parker: Old people and stupid people.
Mary Jane Watson: It’s a good show!
Linzi: Well it couldn’t be as bad as your chin strap!
Mary Jane Watson: Yeah is that hair on your face or Velcro.
Peter Parker: Take that strappy!
Curt Connors: Leave my beard alone!

And the cycle continues…. This is what allows the four of us to sit in the back booth of a restaurant for almost an hour after finishing up and getting the check and then outside the restaurant for just as much time.


Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale

October 9, 2008

Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale
ABV:5.50%

Appearance: 4/5

Taste: 4/5

Aroma: 3/5

Mouthfeel: 2.5/5

Drinkability: 3.5/5

Total: 17/20

A new season——a new fresh taste——or at least with this seasonal selection. I’ve never been all that big on drink this in the fall (dark heavy bodied) and drink this in the summer (light body). I’m more of a drink whatever is tasty whenever I can get my hands on it. All that being said I do get a tingle,a thrill, to see the Pumpkin Ales rolling in*. Why you ask? Because it signals that fall——a beautiful season——is making its way toward us. As I perused the beer selection at Zagaras I was happy to see them. Fall! I’ve tried Ichabod, (very nice) and I’ve had Post Road (pretty subpar). I ventured at the suggestion of our beverage man over to the just in Jacks Pumpkin Spice Ale. Jack’s is surprise surprise, a product of Anheuser-Busch.
As we were having a party that night, my first interaction with Jack’s was a crisp ice cold bottle-and eventually two more. It was tasty and festive enough that I had half of the $6.99 six-pack. That is quite a nice price for a beer that can hold its own with the more expensive selections. So my first impressions were slightly ––vaguely–influenced by the circumstances.

The dark brown bottle doesn’t give much of a hint of the deep copper color of the beer it contains. I’m only enjoying the beer in a glass, now as I write this, the next day. The interesting (and my favorite aspect) of the taste were the spices. The spices (which include Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger, and Clove) really linger. You can taste the Pumpkin with almost every sip. As almost an afterthought, there was a distinct malty finish that hits your taste buds. Overall there is a nice sweetness through and through, though not overwhelming.

The head did leave a bit to be desired. It has a thick, creamy caramel color——an almost orange glow——but it dissipated almost before I sat back down. Overall the head packed a frothy, foamy punch but not much retention at all.Aroma: There are a pleasing array of spices evident in the aroma. It is reminiscent of a baking pumpkin pie or at least of sniffing a bottle of pumpkin pie spice.
Mouthfeel: A watery, light bodied feel. It has a tinge of creaminess to it. One problem is the lightness of it in your mouth seems to let down the big aromas and flavors. It may be considered well balanced because the sweetness isn’t overwhelming.
Drinkability: This is a very refreshing and drinkable “seasonal”. From the standpoint of being an AB offering it is surprisingly good. It would be a great addition to any crisp fall afternoon.
 

* I know this comes a little late in the season but my computer was dead—this has been sitting in my moleskin for about a month or so.

 

 

 

 

 


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