Friday, September 21, 2018

Breaking News: Cereal with Milk Is Good

To the likely horror of at least one of my sister-in-laws, I do not know the difference between Kendall and Kylie Jenner. Look, I know who Kim, Khloe, and (crap, I have to look it up) Kourtney (I knew that!) are, so isn't that enough? Earlier this week, Kylie Jenner made major news (seriously) from this tweet:



Look, I get that Jenner probably never goes grocery shopping and wouldn't know the cost of a gallon of milk, but how could she never know about milk on cereal? Did she never see the Rice Krispies commercials with Snap, Crackle, and Pop? I know this is before her time, but her dad was on the cover of a Wheaties box. There were none of those hanging around the house? No one in her house with so many siblings and step-siblings never had cereal and milk for breakfast? What are they eating for breakfast?


Anyway, this single tweet will probably do wonders for the cereal and dairy industries. Everything a Kardashian/Jenner seems to discuss or promote turns to gold. (Well, milk isn’t going to turn into gold, but you know what I mean.)

Actually, maybe I'm the trend-setter here. I've had cereal and milk nearly every day for decades now!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Mac Miller 1992-2018

(Please note that the videos in this post are not suitable for work.)

As I’m sure that you know by now, rapper Mac Miller passed away last week, way too young at the age of 26. Miller was born and raised in Pittsburgh and represented the city proudly. Although I’m more than a decade older than Miller, we have some connections. He attended Allderdice High School where many of my friends went to school, we both went to the same camp, the founder of the company that produced Miller's first albums went to school with my brother, and we both loved the blue slide at Frick Park. (I just took my kids there when I visited Pittsburgh last month.)


I can’t say that I followed his music career all that closely after he initially hit it big. Calling his music “frat boy rap” seemed spot on at the time, and I enjoyed some of his break-out songs. However, he matured and it is reflected in his music. Miller performed a Tiny Desk concert in August and you can hear the retrospection.


It really seemed like Miller had so much going for him and ahead of him. Addiction is a terrible thing.

I recommend checking out the obituaries by the LA Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Vulture.



Friday, September 07, 2018

Happy Birthday Ziggy!

Our cat Ziggy turned 10 last month. He has been a major part of our lives (and this blog) since we adopted him in November 2008. Ziggy was there before kids. He started as the focus of our attention as a kitten, but now he's outnumbered significantly by our three kids. When we learned that we were expecting a third child, we bought a bunk bed for the older two. Ziggy may believe that this was a gift for him. The top bunk is one of his go to places, and he often sleeps next to The Moose or Pedro Tulo after they fall asleep. Ziggy is also extremely patient with a now one year old Luigi who absolutely adores him. Luigi will grab Ziggy's tail and fur, but Ziggy doesn't seem to mind. I think he likes the attention. He just tries to keep a respectable distance and prefers if I'm there to jump in if necessary.


I wrote about this a few years ago, but Ziggy still likes cuddling up with me at night. Not to brag, but I'm his favorite. Ziggy is a sweet cat, and I can't imagine our home without him. Happy Birthday Ziggy! To the pictures!


It really is his house. We just live there with him!

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Play Survival Football

The headline makes it sounds like this is the Hunger Games! In reality, all you do is pick one NFL team who you think will win each week. If you choose correctly, you have chosen wisely!


You also get to advance to the next week. The catch is that you can't pick the same team twice. Get it wrong and you're out. In that case, you have chosen poorly.


The gold cup looks nice, but DON'T DRINK OUT OF IT!

Anyway, there might even be a prize for a winner. I don't know what the prize will be or even if there will be a prize, but there could be a prize. Let me just type prize again to let you think that you could win a prize. Which might happen. Prize!

To enter, follow this link and enter this information:

Group ID Number: 31101
Password: 123abc

Good luck!

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

National Capital Trolley Museum, 90s Advertisements, & Trivia Tuesday

Over the weekend, we took a trip to the National Capital Trolley Museum in Colesville, Maryland. It's a small venue with a room of about a dozen trolleys/streetcars, and then you can take a ride on one of the streetcars. The one trolley you could ride when we visited was built in the 1950s and was still operational in Toronto until the mid-90s. Maybe more interesting to me was the ads still on display in the trolley. While this isn't necessarily a Trivia Tuesday post, I'm giving you a challenge today. Can you name the albums from the following ad:


U2, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, R.E.M., and Eric Clapton immediately jumped out to me. It looks like there are also Hootie and the Blowfish, Melissa Etheridge, and Seal albums. Since this is a Canadian station, that's probably Barenaked Ladies on the top left. Please help fill in the ones I'm missing in the comments section below.

Here are a couple more pictures from the museum. (Not pictured is the one woman who yelled at us for having a loud 4 year old. You're in a trolley museum. There are going to be kids there!)



Now, I need to make sure I get to Toronto by 4:00 this afternoon to catch Ricki Lake!