Shiner Brewery from little Shiner, Texas just celebrated 100 years of brewing some damn fine beer.
Their finest achievement, Shiner Bock, is their staple brew, but they also make special ones like Shiner Cheer, Shiner Black (another fantastic brew), Shiner Blonde, etc. Over the past 5 years they have made special anniversary brews, of which I am ashamed to say I have only tried three: 97 (which, because of its popularity became Shiner Black), 99, and 100.
Anyways, I wanted to say Thank You to the brewers of Shiner Beers for their fine work and for giving me a damn fine beer to drink! And another thanks to my SISTER for handing me a bottle with a yellow label and a ram on it and telling me to drink it. I owe you so much!
That is my collection of Shiner bottles... all the types I have tried... There is only one that is currently brewed that I haven't tried, and that is Shiner Light... which I am questioning whether I ought to try, but I am thinking... why not, if only to add another bottle to my collection. And so you know... they are all empty. Do you really think I would waste good beer? Shame on you...
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Shiner Brewery from little Shiner, Texas just celebrated 100 years of brewing some damn fine beer.
Friday, January 23, 2009
This is a re-post from on of my very first posts on this site, but I figured this is a perfect subject for a PSA. So here is PSA #2!
What People Should NOT Wear In Public!
Ok Ive been laughing my ass off and shuddering at some of the things I see people wearing these days, so I complied a list of things people should not wear. I broke it down by categories.
Not the slightly chubby, or kinda big people, although it could apply, I'm talking "waiting for a heart attack to happen" fat people.
-Spandex. No, never, not even a choice. It's rude and disgusting.
-Tight clothes of any kind. We do not need to see fat rolls accentuated in fabric. It just makes me wanna hurl.
-Anything see through.... *shudder*... that's just wrong.
-Any shorts that come above the knees. Its bad enough we have to see your cankles, but having to see those horrible fat thighs is enough to make me want to gouge my eyes out.
-Anything sleeveless. We do not need to see your fat ass arms. It's really just not attractive at all. You see these fat guys wearing muscle shirts... its kinda stupid... cause the whole point of the shirt is to have... muscles... and not have your fat hanging out of the arm holes.
-Any piece of clothing, that has words proclaiming "sexy, irresistible, or etc" should not be worn. And also the ones that say "Big and beautiful, or Large and in Charge." No. You are none of these so please don't give yourself the appearance of an idiot too.
Never..... never ever ever ever wear anything tight or with too little fabric. We do not, I repeat do not need to see your old withered body in spandex or in short shorts. Its a crime against humanity. If in doubt, more fabric and more room is always good. I mean c'mon, seriously, you cannot believe people want to see sagging and stuff in places its not supposed to be do you? And... *shudder*... please keep the hemline below the knees. Once again, its bad enough we have to see the veiny calves, but we do not need to see those thunder thighs. Its enough to make me want to pour salt in my eyes.
Bag on the head. That's about the only thing that can help you out. Maybe a lot of plastic surgery. But a bag costs like 10 cents and you could make it a fashion statement. "Head Bags by Calvin Klein" or whatever.
You know what I'm talking about... they just don't look right. I think the rules that applied to the old and fat people apply here as well. Anything tight or with too little fabric, needs to be sent to Goodwill immediately.
This list is just a friendly reminder to those who shouldn't wear certain things... NOT TO. Please respect the people around you, and don't make them look at your horribly disfigured body. Certain things are made for certain people, and anything that subjects the public to looking at you and seeing things we don't want to see is just plain wrong, and should be punishable by law. So thanks for reading... and have a nice day!
I am going to start a new thing called Public Service Announcements because these are a few things I think everyone should know. This won't be a regular thing or something done on a timeline, but just whenever I feel like I have something I need to share.
So here we go with Numero Uno!
Eating Somewhere Too Often!!
Here are a few ways to tell if you eat somewhere far too often, and might want to think about changing your habits.
1) You don't have to use a menu. This is rather minor... because if you have a favorite thing, then why change? But switching it up from time to time may be a good idea, but catastrophe may ensue thereafter but more on that later.
2) You don't even have to order. They bring you your drink, your appetizer and your meal with out even having to ask. Time to rethink your dining venue.
3) You decide to switch up your order and the waiter either notices this change and says something, or totally freaks because they are already making the food the THOUGHT you were going to eat. I have seen both happen, and the latter is not a pretty sight.
4) If you have a relatively set schedule of going to this place of eatery, and then one day you are late, and the people say something about it... Or you have a set day that you go, and you miss one day, and someone from the restaurant calls you asking if everything is ok.
5) Every one knows your name and your story. EVERYONE... even the new people... you are a part of their training...
6) You have your own special table JUST. FOR. YOU.
7) Often you don't even have to pay because you have dropped so much cash on the countless meals there, that they often give you meals for free, because you are "a part of the family".
Now I don't want you to get the wrong ideas here. None of the occurrences are a bad thing... it is just a sign that you MAY need to find somewhere else to eat just to switch things up. I have been witness or have been the person involved in every one of these situations so I am experienced in the area. It is just good to be random sometimes, and it also keeps those at the restaurant on their toes. Never want them too get too used to your schedule!
So that is my first PSA, and I hope it has been informative and helpful. More to come soon enough!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
So we have a new president. Hooray.
Can you tell I am less than thoroughly excited? Yes it is a momentous day in history. We have our first non-Caucasian president. That is progressive. What isn't progressive is the way people are acting about it. Anyone who knows me, knows I am not racist. Not even in the slightest. But the way that SOME people are acting about the fact that our president is a man of color is shameful.
They say things like "I guess it's snowing in Hell, because all the white people said it would be a cold day in Hell if we ever had a black president" or "We got a N***A in the white house now... white people better watch out, its about to be the BLACK HOUSE".
Seriously? Why do we as a people act like this, or tolerate it? We have a NEW president. So what if he is of color? So what if he is BLACK? What does that matter anymore? Haven't we proven that people of any color have the opportunity to be equal and do anything they put their minds to? We have Black, Asian, Latino, Indian, Native American people at all levels of our society so why is it SUCH A BIG DEAL about race anymore?
I love the fact that we can finally elect a person of color our president, and allow a woman (even though she is in fact the anti-christ) to run for the chance to be president. I love that we can stand united together behind our differences. I love that we can be progressive, but FOR FUCKS SAKE stop ruining it with stupidity. White people voted for Obama so doesn't that rule out the "all white people" comment? Until people grow up and realize that we are all AMERICANS and we must stand together united and not keep spitting dumbass slurs and idiot comments.
We elected an AMERICAN for president. Who cares what color he is? Good luck Barack Obama... I hope you live up to the expectations. I hope you do a good job. I wish nothing but the best for you and this country in the coming years.
One problem I do have... and I think it is a big one... is that in his speech... he made A LOT of emphasis on helping out other countries, doing all he could for them... but shouldn't we be focusing on our own problems? I love this country, but we would rather ignore the rot inside our own borders to help other deal with theirs. What is the point of helping others when it cripples us? We need to focus on domestic issues, and put foreign ones on the back burner. I know Obama has a lot of plans to cure what ails the USA, and I hope he gets at least some of it done, but I still think that he may be focusing a little bit too much on what is going on outside of our country.
Ok, I am going to step off my soap box now. I just had to voice a few things on this day of days. Here is to hoping today truly is a new day... and not the beginning of all the same old shit.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Ok, as you may or may not know, I love movies. i have over 200 and I am slightly addicted to them. So here is a list of movies that some person somewhere in the internet made, and I have seen 160 of them. I would like to believe I have SEEN over 1000 movies in my life but only 160 on this list. So check it out... see if you can top me!
(x) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World's End
(x) Boondock Saints
(x) Fight Club
(x) Starsky and Hutch
(x) Neverending Story
(x) Blazing Saddles
(x) The Princess Bride
(x) Napoleon Dynamite
(x) Saw II
( ) White Noise
(x) White Oleander
(x) Anger Management
(x) 50 First Dates
( ) The Princess Diaries
( ) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
(x) Scream 2
(x) Scream 3
(x) Scary Movie
(x) Scary Movie 2
(x) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
(x) American Pie
(x) American Pie 2
(x) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
(x) Harry Potter 1
(x) Harry Potter 2
(x) Harry Potter 3
(x) Harry Potter 4
(x) Harry Potter 5
(x) Resident Evil 1
(x) Resident Evil 2
(x) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
(x) The Village
( ) Lilo & Stitch
(x) Finding Nemo
( ) Finding Neverland
(x) The Grinch
(x) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
(x) White Chicks
(x) Butterfly Effect
( ) 13 Going on 30
(x) I, Robot
(x) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
(x) Universal Soldier
(x) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
( ) Along Came Polly
(x) Deep Impact
( ) Never Been Kissed
(x) Meet The Parents
( ) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
(x) Joe Dirt
( ) KING KONG (The original, not the remake
( ) A Cinderella Story
( ) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(x) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
(x) Final Destination
(x) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
(x) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving X-MAS
( ) Flubber
(x) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
( ) Practical Magic
(x) Ghost Ship
(x) From Hell
(x) Secret Window
(x) I Am Sam
(x) The Whole Nine Yards
(x) The Whole Ten Yards
(x)The Day After Tomorrow
(x) Child's Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
(x) Bride of Chucky
(x) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
(x) Nightmare on Elm Street
( ) Sixteen Candles
(x) The Breakfast Club
(x) Remember the Titans
(x) Coach Carter
(x) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
(x) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
(x) Bad Boys
(x) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
(x) Lucky Number Slevin
(x) Ocean's Eleven
(x) Ocean's Twelve
(x) Ocean's Thirteen
(x) Bourne Identity
(x) Bourne Supremecy
(x) Bourne Ultimatum
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
(x) Predator I
( ) The Fog
(x) Ice Age
( ) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George
(x) Independence Day
( ) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
(x) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
(x) Children of the Corn
( ) My Boss's Daughter
( ) Maid in Manhattan
(x) War of the Worlds (the new one)
(x) Rush Hour
(x) Rush Hour 2
( ) Rush Hour 3
( ) Best Bet
(x) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
( ) She's All That
( ) Calendar Girls
( ) Sideways
(x) Mars Attacks
(x) Event Horizon
( ) Ever After
(x) Wizard of Oz
(x) Forrest Gump
(x) Big Trouble in Little China
(x) The Terminator
(x) The Terminator 2
(x) The Terminator 3
(x) Spider-Man 2
( ) Sky High
(x) Jeepers Creepers
(x) Jeepers Creepers 2
(x) Catch Me If You Can
(x) The Little Mermaid
( ) Freaky Friday
(x) Reign of Fire
(x) The Skulls
(x) Cruel Intentions
(x) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) Cruel Intentions 3
(x) The Hot Chick
(x) Shrek 2
(x) Miracle on 34th street
(x) Old School
(x) The Notebook (ladies... take notice.)
( ) Krippendorf's Tribe
( ) A Walk to Remember
( ) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
(x) The 40-year-old-virgin
(x) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
(x)Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
(x)Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(x) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(x) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(x) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
(x) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
(x) Basketball Diaries
( ) Hostel
( ) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
( ) Elf
( ) Mothman Prophecies
(x) American History X
( ) Thr3e
( ) Candy
( ) The Jacket
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
(x) Night Watch
(x) Monsters Inc.
(x) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
(x) Shaun Of the Dead
( ) Willard
( ) High Tension
(x) Club Dread
(x) Dawn Of the Dead
(x) Chronicle Of Narnia The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
( ) 28 days later
( ) Phantasm
(x) Kill Bill vol 1
(x) Kill Bill vol 2
(x) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
(x) Kingdom of Heaven
(x) The Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
(x) Army of Darkness
(x) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(x) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
(x) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(x) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(x) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(x) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage (i was a kid :P)
( ) Ewoks The Battle For Endor (i was a kid :P)
(x) The Matrix
(x) The Matrix Reloaded
(x) The Matrix Revolutions
( ) Animatrix
(x) Evil Dead
(x) Evil Dead 2
(x) Team America: World Police
(x) Red Dragon
(x) Silence of the Lambs
Thursday, January 15, 2009
So I am working nights again. I am still not used to the change in working times, but I am getting there. As some of you will know, I used to work nights, and I have a thing for night time anyways. So me working the night shift seems only natural, I just have to get back to being used to it.
I have been back in my shop over a week now, and its good times. I am still learning, and sometimes I can't get people to help me out or train me, so I feel pretty damn useless at times. I am learning and am getting more useful, but at the moment I am marginally useful. It is however nice to see the work you've done function correctly, plus those things break so often, that we never have a shortage of things to fix.
My metabolism has been slowed it seems. I used to be able to eat, drink, and do whatever I wanted and I would stay around the 185-pound area. I am currently around 205 and it seems like I put on more weight each week. I am really not complaining mind you, and since I started working out again, it won't be fat. The only thing I for see being a bit of a problem is my clothes fitting. I may be busting out of my shit soon... I'll end up pulling a Hulk before long... you won't like when I am angry....
I got the first season of Dexter on Blu-ray the other day, and I have to say... now I know what I was missing, and what the sister was telling me I was missing. It is a great show, and I really really want to get the next two seasons.
That being said, I have a slight interest in serial killers. I watch a lot of shows that involve them, and I do a lot of reading about them too. They fascinate me. I had a minute interest in becoming a profiler (like on Criminal Minds, another of my new interests) but it never panned out, but I still have interest in it. I guess you can call it a hobby? Anyways, I just find them fascinating... but I am not sure if that is creepy, because there is a whole lot of shows/movies/books based on them... so I guess I am not alone! If anyone wants to buy and send me the Dexter books, I will love you forever (or until I finish the books and find a proper way to re-compensate you).
I have neglected up until this point to make my New Year's resolutions, so I guess I could hop on that. So here are few that I have come up with, with more to possibly follow later:
-Get back in fantastic shape and weigh in at about 220 lbs.
-Get as qualified for my job as possible and put myself in position for commendations and awards for my hard work (helps me advance faster).
-Give a hell of a Best Man's speech at Bryan's wedding.
-Work on my novels... I have been slacking.
-Get to taking more pictures, get collateral duty doing that for the command, and eventually start getting Town's End Media up and running. (details on that coming soon)
-Blog more regularly. I have a habit of slacking.
-Be a good friend, son, brother, sailor, and stay out of trouble for once.
That's all I have for the moment, but as I said, there is possibly more to come along.
Good luck to my sister on her diet and other current abstinences. You can do it!!!!
Oh one last note. I had a coach back when I was playing Pop Warner football, and he has two daughters. One I have known since she was around one, and the other I have known for her whole life. They have always been like little sisters to me, and recently I seemed to have really taken the big brother role for them. It is kind of weird being that for someone, and I have taken the eldest under my wing, and am mentoring her on the ways of life, (as much as you can for a 13 year old) and I definitely have to credit my sister for showing me how it is done. She has taught me so much! So yeah, I am a "big brother" of sorts now... how cool is that?
Ok guys and gals, that is all I have. You may now return to your regularly scheduled internet activities.
Oh and I will be moving from Corpus sooner than expected... Around the July-August time frame, so if you want to come vacation down this way and hang... do so quickly!
I'm out like a light.
Posted by Ian Townsend at 12:56 AM
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Well, Chokelahoma did it again.
They lost yet another BCS game. They did exactly what I said they would, and LOSE. For the 4th consecutive time, OU lost a BCS game. I am not saying they didn't play well, because they did. But Florida was better. They wanted the win, and for most of the game it looked like OU didn't.
So the BCS choke artists struck again this year. OU and Ohio State did what they do best... choke out and under achieve. Even though they both played better this year than the past couple, they still managed to play themselves out of the game. OU... I almost feel sorry for you, but then I come to my senses and laugh at you!
Oh and to all you OU fans out there... this one is for you!
So now the argument fr the #1 team in the nation begins, but I already know who should and will end the season as the consensus #1. Florida, as the rightly should. I have no qualms saying they deserve it. Texas had a hell of a season too, but I think it should go to the Gators. I would like to see Texas hop to #1 and claim half of the National Title, but it won't happen, so I will be happy with them as a solid #2. Congrats to the Florida Gators and to the Texas Longhorns on fabulous seasons!
Posted by Ian Townsend at 11:03 PM
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
So 2009 is 6 days old and it has had it's ups and downs. New Years Eve and Day were pretty much awesome.
The 2nd and the 3rd managed to be better than last year, but still had a certain suck factor. I have decided the 2nd and 3rd of January are not good days for me.
I went back to work yesterday, and it was finally to my actual job! I have really enjoyed being back in my shop, and even though the days are long, I am doing bitch work, and I am pretty tired, I love it. It's so good to be doing what I was trained to do.
Texas beat Ohio State last night in the Fiesta Bowl. They should have been playing for the National Championship, and I think getting snubbed kind of hung over them, because they came out pretty sluggish and didn't kick it up until the 3rd quarter. i thought they were going to run away with the game, but then they fell back asleep in the 4th, and had to rally a last minute drive to win. It wasn't the prettiest win, but it was a signature Texas win.
Colt McCoy should have won several of the awards he was snubbed for, and the performance he put on last night proved it, but oh well, he will win them next year, en route to leading Texas to a National Championship.
Oh and for those people around the country who keep saying that Texas didn't deserve to be in the NC, because they lost to Texas Tech, whom OU beat, let us look at those wins that were so talked about.
Texas beat OU on a neutral field by 10 points. No real crowd or atmosphere advantage, just Texas proving themselves better.
Texas loses to Tech in Lubbock on a last second score. Major crowd and atmosphere advantage in Tech's favor. It was the biggest game in their history. They had Texas on the ropes all game, but a fantastic second half by Colt almost knocked them off, but Texas couldn't stop Michael Crabtree. Texas looked to be worn out from their tough stretch of games, but that is just an excuse. They played one good half and it hurt them badly.
OU beats Tech at home big time. Major crowd and atmosphere advantage. Tech looked like they spent all their energy on Texas and OSU. Couldn't get their head on straight and paid for it.
So yes, OU beat a team that beat Texas, and beat them convincingly... but remember last year when Tech beat OU in Lubbock and OU looked spooked the whole game because of the crowd. So anyone who argues that home field advantage is not a true factor, is simply stupid.
So Texas should not have been snubbed, but they were. OU ran up the score on everyone to prove how "dominant" they are, and it won people over and won Sam Bradford awards he didn't deserve. Anyone can rack up those stats behind that kind of line and those types of receivers. But Texas won with 2 upperclassmen receivers and a bunch of young guys, no real running game, and a decent line. Put Sam Bradford in that offense and he is toast. Call me biased, but look at the facts.
Anyways, now that i have gotten that out of my system, I am done with that complaint. OU will get smoked in their latest BCS loss on Thursday, and it will end the speculation on who is better.
So that is about all I have for now on updates into my life, and I am gonna go pass out.
Posted by Ian Townsend at 8:28 PM
Saturday, January 3, 2009
I stole this survey, and will tide you guys over until I can blog with some substance.
1) Where did you begin 2008?
Derreck's house. Fun times.
2) What was your status by Valentine's Day?
single, as always.
3) Were you in school anytime this year?
Does training school count? If so, yes.
4) How did you earn your money?
Stripping. No seriously, newspaper at first, then Navy. I stripped for sexual favors only.
5) Did you have to go to the hospital?
not that I can recall.
6) Did you have any encounters with the police?
try Jan 2.
7) Would you relive 2008 over and over again?
absolutely not. Had it's highs, but way too many lows.
8) What did you purchase that was over $1000?
9) Did you know anybody who got married?
um, actually, not too many people got married in 08, but I know a few in 09 are coming.
10) did you know anybody who passed away this year?
12) Did you move anywhere?
Home, Great Lakes, IL, Pensacola, FL, Corpus Christi
13) What concerts/shows did you go to?
none. I managed to miss every single one I wanted to go to. 10+ at least
14) Are you registered to vote?
15) Do you still have the same job as you did in 2007?
not at all.
16)Has anyone betrayed you in 2008?
17) Where do you live now?
18) Describe your birthday?
19) What's one thing you thought you'd never do but did in 2008?
Join the Navy.
20) What has been your favorite moment?
Times with my sister.
21) What's something you learned about yourself?
I can do anything if I put my mind to it.
22) Any new additions to your family?
23) What was your best month?
Tie. March, when I began my new life, and December, because a lot of good things happened.
24) Were you in a relationship this year?
25) What music will you remember 2008 by?
too many songs
26) Who has been your best buddy/buddies?
all my boys and girls know who they are. But there is a new one who I am getting somewhat fond of.
27) New friend?
TONS... and that's awesome
28) Favorite Night out?
Any night in Austin with my sister.
29) Would you say you ....had a good year?
Up and down.
How does your stomach feel?
When you woke up today did you have any missed text?
Does anyone call you baby or babe?
Are you jealous right now?
How long does it take you to shower?
not very long... usually 7-10 minutes
Does the last person you laid in a bed with mean anything to you?
Have you fallen asleep in someone's arms in the past week?
How old will you be in a year from now?
1/4 a century
When did you last cry?
Do you like the rain?
What can you not wait for?
To get my shit paid off. Oh and a few trips to the Georgia area.
Are you wearing anything pink?
wouldn't you like to know... Honestly, no I don't do pink.
Who is the last person you were mad at?
Light or dark hair for the opposite sex?
I am currently all for brunettes.
Would you rather watch football or baseball?
fooseball. I love me some Bowl and Playoff time!
Has someone ever slapped your butt?
Do you have piercings?
Do you want a tattoo?
I want more
What are you listening to?
When was the last time you spoke to a sibling?
What are you wearing?
jeans and a Horns shirt
Do you feel awkward when strangers say hi to you?
Are you any different now than you were a year ago?
How's the weather?
How's your heart?
Who was the last person you cried in front of?
Will this weekend be a good one?
it will suffice.
Relationship status: Single, Taken, Complicated?
Have you ever kissed someone whose name started with a J?
What's the biggest annoyance in your life right now?
Is it easy for others to make you feel awkward?
When was the last time you wanted to punch someone in their face?
HA HA HA um... where do I begin?
Who will your next kiss be?
I can tell you who I want it to be... no idea on the when.
Is there someone you want to keep in your life?
lots of people.
Are you happy?
Where did you get your last bruise from?
Have you ever thought you were gonna die?
Where did you go last night?
to sleep after a fun fun day in Austin
How many windows are open on your computer?
Any weekend plans?
Posted by Ian Townsend at 12:53 AM