Friday, April 1, 2022

Briefly. (Have to get to the beach, you know)

Autopsy Club meeting Saturday. Open Mike Night. (It sucks to be Mike)

Trivia #1: You might be familiar with the term “neat” when it comes to ordering an alcoholic beverage. It means the alcohol, most popular being brandy or whiskey, is served straight up, no ice, not chilled, nothing added. Then there is the NEAT glass advertised as the best sprits glass available. What does NEAT stand for?
Trivia #2: What MLB catcher has caught the most games over the past three season?
Trivia #3: Which city hosted the most NCAA Division I men’s basketball championship games in the 20th century? – Kansas City, Indianapolis, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, New Orleans, Lowell
Trivia #4: What was the last school to win back-to-back Division 1 men’s basketball championships? – USC, Texas, Florida, UCLA, Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Northern Essex

April Fools’! Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. In the Julian Calendar, as in the Hindu calendar, the new year began with the spring equinox around April 1. People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes and were called “April fools.” These pranks included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as “poisson d’avril” (April fish), said to symbolize a young, easily caught fish and a gullible person. Hey, I here to educate.

Useless information supposed to fire my imagination: See above

April really is the nuts though in terms of the greatest sports month. You have the Masters, NFL Draft, MLB Opening Day, NBA Playoffs (if you care), NCAA Basketball Championship(s), NCAA Hockey Championship, NHL Playoffs (OK, you have until May).

Tomorrow night’s North Carolina/Duke game is about as good theater as you can get. Tune in!

Overall on the Final Four? As mentioned previously, a Duke championship would be an incredible story with the whole ‘Coach K Thing’, but give me North Carolina as just the second #8 seed (lowest) to win it all.

As you saw in last week’s Friday blog, I’ve been on a bit of a Jackson Browne kick lately. Great talent, some outstanding tunes. Had I any talent back in the day, I never could have pulled off singing Browne’s “Running On Empty.” I mean: “In ’69, I was 6 and called the road my own…” Just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

Article I’ll skip: Whoopie Goldberg goes off on ‘View’ co-host for slight against ‘Hollywood Elite’: ‘It really pisses me off’

Some Saint Bonaventure fans had a difficult time getting to the men’s basketball team’s semifinal game at MSG on Tuesday night. One bus caught fire, another lost its emergency hatch and later broke down and a third was pulled over state troopers. To make matter worse the Bonnies got crushed by Xavier.

There is no good breakfast bar. You now, when you’re running out the door in the morning but you need “something” quick in your stomach, something you can eat while driving? There are so many choices for breakfast bars but I think they all suck.

JetBlue Airlines advertises that their planes are equipped with hospital-grade HEPA filters that remove 99.97% of particles, bacteria and viruses. Oh, so .03% is the reason to continue to wear a mask? Sheer buffoonery!

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: A restaurant in France claims it was threatened by patrons who thought poutine, its signature dish, was named after Putin.

You know gas prices are high when the guy in the lifted truck isn’t revving his engine at Walmart during mating season.

Trivia #1 answer: You might be familiar with the term “neat” when it comes to ordering an alcoholic beverage. It means the alcohol, most popular being brandy or whiskey, is served straight up, no ice, not chilled, nothing added. Then there is the NEAT glass advertised as the best sprits glass available. What does NEAT stand for? – Naturally Engineered Aroma Technology
Trivia #2 answer: What MLB catcher has caught the most games over the past three season? – The Red Sox Christian Vasquez. MLB ran a list of the most underrated players at each position heading into the 2022 season and Vasquez was named for catchers.
Trivia #3 answer: Which city hosted the most NCAA Division I championship games in the 20th century? – Kansas City, Indianapolis, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, New Orleans, Lowell – Kansas City
Trivia #4 answer: What was the last school to win back-to-back Division 1 men’s basketball championships? – USC, Texas, Florida, UCLA, Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Northern Essex – Florida (2006 & 2007)

Happy National Sourdough Bread Day!

Be careful out there. (It’s a jungle!)

“Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoo
You’re living in you own Private Idaho
Living in your own Private Idaho
Underground like a wild potato.
Don’t go on the patio.
Beware of the pool,
blue bottomless pool.
It leads you straight
right through the gate
that opens the pool.

You’re living in your own Private Idaho.
You’re living in your own Private Idaho.

– The B-52’s

Thought I was going to go all Jackson Browne on you, didn’t you? Not sure where my head is at today…

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