Saturday, January 14, 2012

Ever had "Golden French Toast" flavored coffee?

I first discovered it four years ago when I lived in Charlestown, they had it at the Store-24 at the end of Main St.  It's amazing, easily the best coffee I have ever had.  That winter I walked ten minutes out of my way all the time just to get a cup of it.  And then spring came and it was gone.  I'm not sure why the folks at Green Mountain Coffee decided it should only be a seasonal winter flavor, but they did.  Then I moved to the west coast for a while and kind of forgot about it.

Last year I moved back to Boston, and when I found myself in Charlestown one day I went looking for it.  But the Store-24 is now a Tedeschi's, and they didn't have the french toast flavored coffee.  So then I decided to make it my mission to find it, and after a brief search I was able to find a bag at Shaws.  I finished it off sometime last March, and by then it was no longer in stores.  So when winter came around this year I started eagerly looking for it.  But it's gone.  I can't find it anywhere.  Not even on the magical interweb.  I asked my mom to get it for me for Christmas, and she's about as resourceful a person as I know; but still no luck.  So, if you have it, please share it with me.  Or if you know where to get, it let me know.  And not those single serving K-cup things.  I know those exist.  The real ground stuff in a bag.

1/15 UPDATE: So apparently the folks at Green Mountain heard my plea, because it's now for sale on their website.  Last time I checked, it wasn't.  I promise.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Who's going to be my 100th twitter follower?

I'm on 97 right now.  And I'm pretty sure they're all real too, no fake spam accounts for gambling or porn.  I know 100 isn't that big a number, but to get to a million you have to get to a hundred first.  I'm working a double at the bar today, and I won't check my phone/computer for the next 12 hours or so.  I want these last three knocked off by the time I get home.  Just click here.  Or on that cool button on the left that stays in place when you scroll down the screen.  Free blog subscription for life to the lucky number 100.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Guess what's new and improved about the Miami Heat this season? Nothing.

Last year Miami often struggled in the 4th quarter of games, and Lebron tended to disappear.  And this year?  Same story.  Through 11 games so far the Heat have scored 95 more points than their opponents.  But in the 4th quarter and overtime, the Heat have been outscored by 28 points.  They have lost 3 games this season: On Jan. 2 at home vs Atlanta, Miami led 71-67 through 3 quarters, but ended up losing 100-92.  On Tuesday at Golden State they blew a 17 point lead before losing in overtime.  And in L.A. last night, the Heat went over 11 minutes without a field goal down the stretch in their loss to the Clippers.  Even when Miami beat Boston at home back on Dec. 27, they still let a 20 point lead dwindle down to 3 before hanging on for the victory.  It's the same pattern we saw all last season; the Heat can run up and down and blow people off the floor for 3 quarters.  But in the final minutes the game slows down, and their offense has no idea what to do.

And how about Lebron?  Late last night the biggest trending topic on twitter was #MoreClutchThanLebron.  In the loss to the Warriors he took zero shots and scored exactly 1 point in the 4th quarter.  Against the Clippers, during the 4th and OT combined he shot just 1-6 from the field, and only 6-10 from the free throw line.  After his epic failure in the Finals last season, Lebron is continuing to show that he is not the guy you want with the game on the line.

At this point, nothing Miami does the rest of the regular season will impress me.  I don't care if they end up 63-3.  I don't care if Lebron averages 50-15-15 a night.  Unless the Heat win the title and Lebron is the BEST player in the series, he's underachieving.

On a totally unrelated note, Rihanna was at the Clippers game last night.   Uh oh Lakers.  The Clip-show is taking over.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Is anyone else annoyed by iphone group texts?

Even though I don't have one, iphones have been really pissing me off lately.  It has something to do with the way they are programmed to send group text messages, and the fact that they don't translate well to droids.  I'm not really sure what the cause of this is, but the problem is two-fold:

1. Anytime I get a group text from someone with an iphone it starts with the heading "New Message," and I don't see the actual text of the message until I click on it.  This is moderately annoying, but the lesser of the two issues.

2. As best as I can figure, the format of the iphone allows other people with iphones to "reply all" to the group text without realizing it; because I am constantly getting responses to the original text that have nothing to do with me, from numbers I don't recognize.  I'm not sure if the fault lies mostly with the person, the phone itself, or a combination of both.

Regardless, this has got to be happening to tons of other people too, right?  So either iphone users need to smarten up, or the designers need to get this fixed, because I don't think the droid market is going to disappear anytime soon.  If you have any thoughts on this or more info to add to the subject, please weigh in!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Awesome Old Song of the Week: "King of Wishful Thinking" by Go West

This song became popular pretty much just by being on the Pretty Woman soundtrack.  Both the song and the movie were huge back in 1990.  Go West did some other things in England, but not much else that anybody cared about here.

When I found this video on youtube just now, I realized that I had never seen it before.  One, I did not expect it to actually be based on "Pretty Woman."  And two, it is so perfectly 1990 that I can't even believe it.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Deja Vu in Denver

Four weeks ago "Tebow-mania" was at an all time high.  The Broncos had just won their 6th straight game, and despite unimpressive numbers, people were irrationally crediting Tim Tebow for the unlikely victories. I even speculated that his improbable success could be a danger to humanity.  But the the following weekend Denver hosted the Patriots, got steamrolled, and came crashing back down to earth.  The Broncos lost their next two games after that as well, largely due to Tebow's ineffectiveness leading the offense.

But after Denver's surprising victory over the Steelers yesterday, people seem to have forgotten all over again that Tim Tebow is just not very good at throwing the football.  The one stat nobody is focusing on today; 10 for 21.  Yet again Tebow was unable to complete even half of his passes.  On the other hand, it was pretty impressive the way he sacked Ben Roethlisbeger twice on the final drive of regulation, knocking Pittsburgh out of field goal range and sending the game to overtime, despite standing on the sidelines the whole time.  And maybe I'm not giving Tebow enough credit for willing Demaryius Thomas to throw that ridiculous stiff-arm, then allowing him to out run two Steelers for 65 yards to win the game.  Hmm...

So now we're back to exactly where we were 4 weeks ago.  The Broncos are headed to New England, and the nonsensical Tebow bandwagon is up and running again.  It reminds me of that quote, "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing but expecting different results."

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Recycle Sunday 4.0: Some recent blogs I'm proud of.

This is pretty self-explanatory:

- I wonder if I should get Tommy John surgery to help fix my bartending?

- Did I accurately forecast the end of "Tebow-mania?"

- I wish escalators had never been invented.

- Hands down the best Halloween costume I saw this year.

- My predictions about the Penn State mess as it was happening.

- The Patriots 13-3 record this season adds to their continued run of dominance.

- After much deliberation, the best type of cracker is revealed.

- A radical idea to revolutionize the Major League Baseball playoffs.

- People who come into my bar like whatever I want them to.

- I have trouble comprehending the existence of real life Quidditch.

- Statistical proof that Lebron can't possibly be the best player in the NBA.

- Other good stuff from the 2nd "Recycle Sunday" and version 3.0 as well.

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