Observations VI: Where lands are green and skies are blue

  • I heard Spacehog’s “In the Meantime” on the radio the other day. I loved that song (and most of the debut album, especially track 14) when it came out and expected them to hang around for a longtime, but sadly, it was not to be. You can watch a few of their videos, including “In the Meantime” on MTV.com.
  • I really want to love Firefox, but lately, it is really letting me down. Tabbed browsing is great, the extensions are quite useful, and it is more secure than IE. However, it lacks stability with the content management system that my company uses. It also started wiping out parts of blog posts (including the Heavy Metal Parking Lot) and even templates, which is very annoying, particularly when setting up a blog for work. Additionally, it has taken to crashing without provocation on my PC at home. Natalie Portman would say, “Firefox, you’re breaking my heart.”
  • WHO’LL BUY MY MEMORIES? Attention stalkers, my parents’ cul-de-sac is having a garage sale this weekend. Including in the sale are a number of things I have collected over the years, like front pages from sports championships (esp. Yankees and Cowboys), game programs from Caps, Oreos, and Redskins games, plus pennants (big and small) and even some mini football helmets. Sideling Court in Vienna, tomorrow.
  • Two Western Pennsylvania breweries are undergoing hard times right now. The Rolling Rock brand just got sold to Busch from InBev (Post-Gazette), but the brewery in Latrobe was not. It seems to me that Rolling Rock brewed elsewhere is pretty pointless since the identity of the brand is so tied to Latrobe. Further west, Pittsburgh Brewing Co., the people who unleashed Iron City upon an unsuspecting planet just had to have the government take over their pensions too. That brewery has been trying to keep their head above water for years, so it is not surprising. It seems the demise is only a matter of time. Contrast this with the big brewery in Eastern Pennsylvania, Yuengling. About 20 years ago the family decided that they could stay as they were and go out of business or get bigger and develop a product people liked. The did both, coming up with Yuengling Lager which is now ubiquitous and buying a brewery in Tampa.
  • Cycling along the I-66 Custis Trail during Rolling Thunder is an interesting experience. I might have to make it an annual tradition.
  • Speaking of cycling, the eastern end of the W&OD Trail has been rebuilt to have a nice little circle with a garden. There still are not begin/end signs though. That reminds me, I have to go to Weenie Beenie one of these days.
  • How funny is it that the microphone cut out (ESPN) during the radio broadcast of Barry Bonds’ 715th home run?
  • Former WWF star Nikolai Volkoff is running for office in Maryland (CityPaper).
  • This year’s Memorial Day weekend was kind of unusual — the weather was great. In fact, it was hot all week, which made for good pool weather. The water in the Riverhouse pool is quite pleasant already.
  • Jayna Mac was in town yesterday!
  • Don & Mike played tapes from the Katie Couric sendoff the other day, complete with commentary. It was hard to listen to, because, as Joe Queenan would say, NBC pandered to the emotions that decent people shouldn’t have, I wanted to ralph after all that nonsense.
  • Phil Hartman died eight years ago this week, according to On this Day on nytimes.com. What a waste. The moral of the story is to not go back to bed with your coked up wife after you tell her you are leaving her. Relive his best bit here (sorry no video).
  • I need a better name for these posts of random tidbits than Observations, come up with one and let me know.
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