First... some linkage. I visit English Russia every so often because I find it to be among the quirkiest sites on these here inter-tubes. ER isn't a daily visit for me but I go there often enough and my visits are almost ALWAYS rewarding. Such was the case yesterday, when ER linked to a couple of sites with subject matter near and dear to my heart, the first such being a series of Hunter S. Thompson motivational posters. Like this:
HST was one of my heroes back in my young adult days. I picked up "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" when it was first published and was hooked. HST's later work on Rolling Stone's National Desk was some of the BEST political writing, evah. We need more campaign coverage like that today... and I'm as serious as the proverbial heart attack. But then again, times have changed and not for the better. There's not an editor alive in these Politically Correct days that would tolerate HST's normal behavior, let alone some of his more outrageous shenanigans. If you're a politics junkie there's no finer reading on the subject than "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail." Read it... if you can find it.
And then there's this... "10 Weird Beer Facts." My fave:
4. Brewing is Woman’s WorkIn ancient and medieval times the job of making beer fell to women. In some cultures it was considered such an honor that only beautiful or noble women could do it. In medieval Europe brewing was one of a housewife’s regular tasks, just like cooking and cleaning and baby making. Some of these women became famous for being exceptional brewers and started supplying people other than their own families.
It appears I was born about a thousand years too late. But then again, we have a plethora of microbrews today and life in general isn't nearly as poor, nasty, and brutish. Or short. So we'll take what we get and love it. Still and even, the thought of a beautiful woman brewing beer for me has its attractions, no?
Seattle Andy, in comments, sez "We're swapping good days as far as our hockey success goes. Good job Wings, tough one for the Avs." He's referring to the fact our Beloved Wings triumphed last evening over those Feral Desert Dogs by a score of 3 - 0 while his Avs lost in the third overtime game (out of four games played) of their series... 2 - 1. Note I didn't make any derogatory references to Andy's team. We shall save those for later, when it's likely the Wings and Avs might meet in the Western Conference Final. Or earlier. From where I sit the Avs definitely have the mojo in this series and will more than likely win it.
I really do think a Wings - Avs series may come to pass, as the top seeds in the Western Conference are all having a tough go of it at the moment. Most shocking, perhaps, is the vaunted Blackhawks find themselves down to the upstart Preds, 2 -1. Vancouver is having a tough go of it with the Kings, too, and are down by the same 2 - 1 margin. This is what we all love about the playoffs: anything can... and does... happen. This is the BEST time o' year.