Thursday, April 27, 2017

B365V4.10 - Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Where to start a blog entry with a title such as this?  Perhaps we will do the borrowed thing to start, as many moons ago on this here page I would do something called Karaoke Friday, and pull a music video from Youtube, then throw the lyrics on the page and invite the reader to sing along.  As luck would have it, I had my headphones on listening to Spotify on ye olde tablet on the way to work, and a song came up from 1987.  Not that 1987 was important to the story, (though it was the year I graduated high school, so no need to cut me open and count the rings in order to guess my age now), but the year popped up at the beginning of the video.  What struck me, besides I hadn't heard the song in ages, was ho well I thought it held up to the passage of time.  It still sounds, at least to me, somewhat modern.  And since as I am typing this we are approaching 3 and 1/2 hours until it officially being Friday, why not get a head start on the Karaoke-ness.  Ladies and gentlemen (or whoever actually showed up to read this) a little Lloyd Cole and the Commotions if you please;

 Hey I was walking my bag
Through a 20 storey non-stop snow storm
Pirrelli calender girls westling in body lotion
My head's swimming with poetry and prose
Excuse me one moment whilst I powder my nose
Me and my good thing are just about as close as can be
We gave up sleep at the age of 17
My world's getting bigger as my eyesight gets worse
I can't see the lines on my idiot board
What above love?
I don't let that stuff in my house
This is the glamorous life there's no time for fooling around

Lord have mercy I know what I'm doing
I don't need an alibi I need a fire escape and an open window
It's my problem it's nothing I can't deal with
I'm not chasing anything just jogging baby
What's your bag?

Hundred million dollar jam
Got some traffic yessir in my nose
Motorcycle speed cops burning up my dust roads
My baby left me heck ain't that a shame
She's over in the corner with my new best friend
I'm doing fine with my whisky and wine
And meet me in the john, John, meet me in the john, John

Lord have mercy I know what I'm doing
I don't need an alibi I need a fire escape and an open window
It's my problem it's nothing I can't deal with
I'm not chasing anything just jogging baby
What's your bag?

Spin spin whisky and gin I suffer for my art
Bartender I got wild mushrooms growing in my yard
Fix me a quart of petrol clams on the half shell
Feels like prohibition baby give me the hard sell
More give me more give me more more more
I'm your yes man yes ma'am I'm your yes man

Lord have mercy I know what I'm doing
I don't need an alibi I need a fire escape and an open window
It's my problem it's nothing I can't deal with
I'm not chasing anything just jogging baby
What's your bag?

Lord have mercy I know what I'm doing
I don't need an alibi I need a fire escape and an open window
It's my problem it's nothing I can't deal with
I'm not chasing anything just jogging baby
What's your bag?

And that kids, was how karaoke Friday was done back in the day.  Anyway onwards to bigger and better things.  After all, I still have three more things to cover in order to make the title complete.

I think I will do the blue thing next, well the sky is blue and technically the water is too, though not from this angle, but it is a shot of the Vancouver skyline, yes in NFL draft speak, Vancouver is on the clock,  as vacation is now just 52 days away.  I confirm my seaplane reservation last week, as well, so my city flyover and flight into the North Shore mountains is taken care of.  I am so ready to leave Pittsburgh it isn't even funny at this point.  I am stuck at the end of another of those ruts where I am working 14 days in a row, I am happy that I will be at a place where my cell phone doesn't work.  As an added bonus, Brian hasn't attempted to learn anything I do yet when I am away, Ed said he will come back for that week just to make Brian's life miserable if he doesn't learn it.  I find this delightfully funny for some reason.

Something new, let's see, I am officially a protestor to the new regime.  Sure, anyone who sees my Facebook newsfeed knows what kind of shit show #cheetotwatwaffle et al. are doing.  He is surprisingly easy to figure out, just stand up to him and he backs down.  He thrives on being the bully and getting the results he wants from using that type of behavior, so simply put, just don't let him get the satisfaction.  With that in mind, I participated in the March for Science with my aunt Amy and my cousin Christopher and his son on Saturday.  With a surprisingly good turnout of around 5000 people or so, it was nice to see so many like minded people in what wasn't the main march (that would have been in DC folks), who have adopted a course of logic and reason as opposed to what the administration would want, like minded sheeple who would rather lick salt off of a stick in the woods and be led along by the nose.  As an added bonus, I got to rock one of the cooler shirts at the rally,

I say cooler shirts because I was stopped on three different occasions for people to take my picture.  I almost felt like a GQ model but then afterwards I went home and looked in the mirror and no, Virginia, I am not a GQ model.

Lastly for something old, I finally managed to get all of the hockey games from this past season posted to the page (save for playoff games thus far), which felt like more of a grind than it probably was.  I should learn from this and never let myself fall three months behind again, but I never learn.  I will be scrambling again at the end of next season trying to catch up come playoff time.  It is just my nature that way.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Penguins @ Stars 02/28/2017

Dallas 3  Pittsburgh 2

Evgeni Malkin, Jake Guentzel - G each

First loss of the season for Pittsburgh when leading after 2 periods

Penguins @ Blackhawks 03/01/2017

Chicago 4  Pittsburgh 1

Scott Wilson - G

Pittsburgh outshot Chicago 37-29

Lightning @ Penguins 03/03/2017

Pittsburgh 5  Tampa Bay 2

Evgeni Malkin - 2 G, A

Pittsburgh is 19-2-2 in their last 23 home games

Sabres @ Penguins 03/05/2017

Pittsburgh 4  Buffalo 3

Justin Schultz - G, 2 A

Marc-Andre Fleury came in the game in the second period and stopped all 28 shots he faced

Penguins @ Jets 03/08/2017

Pittsburgh 7  Winnipeg 4

Nick Bonino - Hat Trick (3 G)

Matt Murray set the team record for wins in goal by a rookie with 25

Penguins @ Oilers 03/10/2017

Pittsburgh 3  Edmonton 2  SO

Marc-Andre Fleury - 40 SV

Pittsburgh has won 4 games in a row

Penguins @ Canucks 03/11/2017

Pittsburgh 3  Vancouver 0

Sidney Crosby - 2 A

Pittsburgh outshot Vancouver  48-27

B365V4.9 - Zombie Jesus Day edition of the blog

Happy Zombie Jesus Day everyone.  Yes, I have been on hiatus from the blog again, though it would be hard to tell if someone were a frequent visitor to this page, not that any of those exist, but still.  I have been off and on the page somewhat regularly recently, posting hockey videos, which I know are everybody's favorite.  But they are a regular round these parts an since I have started posting them the Penguins have won two Stanley Cups and while I am not the superstitious sort, you don't mess with success.  Of course I got like two months behind and have been trying to catch up since the Stanley Cup playoffs have begun.  The process would have been easier had been a little more cooperative.  The plan was to go back to where I left off in videos and start posting them again in chronological order, but that was not to be.  I would go an find a game, try scrolling to the next one and it wouldn't be available.  Not sure what the glitch was but it became such a tedious problem that I decide to go to the end of the season and work my way forward to the point I had left off.  So far the process has gone smoother that previously, occasionally I have an issue with the imbed codes on blogger, but it is far less troublesome than entire videos disappearing on

I think it was in my last entry where I mentioned I may have met someone,  Always leery of anything online since the Crazy Canadian Incident, I was not putting much hope on this either.  I installed a dating app on my tablet, figure worst case scenario I might find someone to grab a coffee with some day and hey, the app is free, so no harm no foul, right?  Right?  I get a message from someone, she is supposedly from Harrisburg, at least that is what her profile says.  We exchange a a few emails, she says she is working with UNICEF, in Africa right now, I ask where she went to school, and she emails me back that she lives in Baltimore.  After the Crazy Canadian Incident, lying to me is like making yourself dead to me, so whether the lie is on the profile or in the email doesn't matter, you're just dead.  Then I get the gimmick, I get an email, she is on a mission and she is sick, can I send money until she gets home.  Yeah, like that is going to happen.  I think I compared online dating to religion in the last entry, simply because it is just basically a bunch of lies written by man, and it requires a level of faith to wade through the bullshit to get anything from it, rest assured boys and girls, I don't have that level of faith in me. 

Sorry, fell asleep during my Zombie Jesus day typing, woke up and did another work day, and came home and did my me thing, now back at typing this.  I made a mistake last night,  while some people go to bed with a fan or, or listening to the radio, I tend to listen  to podcasts or a few different Youtube channels, and nod off, hoping some of what is being said might be retained.  Not that that form of information osmosis actually work, but I have noticed that in does infiltrate my dreams from time to time.  Like one of the Youtube Channels I will put on auto play, ComicsExplained, I will start listening to, next thing you know I am dreaming in cartoons or other such nonsense.    I will never get smarter this way.  Anyway, I should put a lid on this, only have a couple of weeks of hockey videos to go before I can get about doing playoff posts next.    Figure I will save them until Tuesday, since the Pens haven't lost yet when I have gone on one of my posting binges.  So it's not a playoff beard, it still works for me.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Penguins @ Flames 03/13/2017

Calgary 4  Pittsburgh 3  SO

Jake Guentzel - 2 A

Crosby moved within 1 assist for second place all time for the Pittsburgh Penguins

Penguins @ Flyers 03/15/2017

Philadelphia 4  Pittsburgh 0

Matt Murray - 24 SV

This was the last game in a 8 day, 5 game road trip for Pittsburgh

Devils @ Penguins 03/17/2017

Pittsburgh 6  Ne Jersey 4

Sidney Crosby - 2 G, A

Pittsburgh has yet to lose to New Jersey this season, going 4-0

Panthers @ Penguins 03/19/2017

Pittsburgh 4  Florida 0

Sidney Crosby - Hat Trick (3 G)

2nd time in Crosby's career he has scored 40 goals in a season

Penguins @ Sabres 03/21/2017

Pittsburgh 3  Buffalo 1

Connor Sheary - G, A

Sidney Crosby has 51 points (16 G, 35 A) in 34 career games against Buffalo

Penguins @ Senators 03/23/2017

Ottawa 2  Pittsburgh 1 SO

Nick Bonino - G

The loss snaps a 3 game winning streak

NY Islanders @ Penguins 03/24/2017

NY Islanders 4  Pittsburgh 3 SO

Phil Kessel - 2 A

Pittsburgh was outshot 43-34 in the loss

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Flyers @ Penguins 03/26/2017

Philadelphia 6  Pittsburgh 2

Patric Hornqvist - G, A

Pittsburgh allowed 4 goals in the third period

Blackhawks @ Penguins 03/29/2017

Chicago 5  Pittsburgh 1

Bryan Rust - G

The last time the Penguins lost consecutive games by 4 or more goals was Jan 3/Jan5 of 2009

Penguins @ NY Rangers 03/31/2017

Pittsburgh 4  NY Rangers 3

Sidney Crosby - G, A

Pittsburgh has a winning record in road games for the 11th straight season

Friday, April 14, 2017

Hurricanes @ Penguins 04/02/2017

Pittsburgh 3  Carolina 2

Connor Sheary, Jake Guentzel - PP goal each

Pittsburgh went 2 for 2 on the power play for the game

Blue Jackets @ Penguins 04/04/2017

Pittsburgh 4  Columbus 1

Sidney Crosby - 2 A

Brian Dumolin scored his first goal in more than 2 years

Penguins @ Devils 04/06/2017

Pittsburgh 7  New Jersey 4

Nick Bonino - G, 2 A

With the win Pittsburgh clinched home ice in the firsts round of the playoffs

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Penguins @ Maple Leafs 04/08/2017

Toronto 5  Pittsburgh 3 

Jake Guentzel - G, A

The result clinched a playoff spot for Toronto

Penguins @ NY Rangers 04/09/2017

NY Rangers 3  Pittsburgh 2

Nick Bonino, Carter Rowney - G each

Tristan Jarry got his first start of the season in goal for Pittsburgh

Flyers @ Penguins 02/25/2017

Pittsburgh 4  Philadelphia 2

Jake Guentzel - 2 A

The game was played at Heinz Field as part of the Stadium Series of games

Penguins @ Hurricanes 02/21/2017

Pittsburgh 3  Carolina 1

Matt Murray - 29 SVs

Pittsburgh scored 3 goals on just 22 shots

Red Wings @ Penguins 02/19/2017

Detroit 5  Pittsburgh 2

Sidney Crosby, Tom Kuhnhackl - G each

Loss ends Pittsburgh's points streak at 9 games

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Penguins @ Blue Jackets 02/17/2017

Columbus 2  Pittsburgh 1  OT

Matt Murray - 37 SV

Pittsburgh's point streak reached 9 straight games

Jets @ Penguins 02/16/2017

Pittsburgh 4  Winnipeg 3  OT

Sidney Crosby - G, 2 A

Crosby reached the 1000 point plateau in his career

Penguins @ Coyotes 02/11/2017

Arizona 4  Pittsburgh 3  OT

Josh Archibald - 2 G

Pittsburgh has recorded a point in 6 straight games

Penguins @ Avalanche 02/09/2017

Pittsburgh 4  Colorado 1

Patric Hornqvist - 2 G

Pittsburgh has earned a point in every game in Feb. thus far  (3-0-1)

Flames @ Penguins 02/07/2017

Calgary 3  Pittsburgh 2  SO

Chris Kunitz, Jake Guentzel - G each

Pittsburgh rallied back from a 2 goal deficit in the third period to earn a point

Monday, April 10, 2017

Canucks @ Penguins 02/14/2017

Pittsburgh 4  Vancouver 0

Evgeni Malkin - G, A

Pittsburgh outshot Vancouver 42-29

Penguins @ Blues 02/04/2017

Pittsburgh 4  St. Louis 1

Sidney Crosby - 2 G, A

Pittsburgh is 21-0-0 when leading after two periods

Blue Jackets @ Penguins 02/03/2017

Pittsburgh 4  Columbus 3  OT

Phil Kessel - 2 G, A

Patric Hornqvist has 5 goals in the last 5 games

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Predators @ Penguins 1/31/2017

Pittsburgh 4  Nashville 2

Patric Hornqvist - 2 G

Win ends Pittsburgh's brief 2 game losing streak

Penguins @ Bruins 1/26/2017

Boston 4  Pittsburgh 3

Justin Schultz - G, A

Schultz now has a career high 35 points this season

Blues @ Penguins 1/24/2017

St. Louis 3  Pittsburgh 0

Matt Murray - 24 SV

Pittsburgh's first home loss in regulation since Nov. 21st

Bruins @ Penguins 1/22/2017

Pittsburgh 5  Boston 1

Connor Sheary - 2 G, A

Matt Murray has made 90 saves in the last 93 shots he has faced

Sunday, April 2, 2017

B365V4.8 - Losing my religion

     So, I guess it has been a while hasn't it?  Not that things haven't been happening on this end of things, quite the opposite actually, but time and an overwhelming desire to  put blogging about what is actually happening on the back burner has led to me only posting hockey recaps for the most part.  Worse still, for some reason the site I get the NHL video recaps from ( seems to be missing the recap videos when I need them.  I will post one game only to get to the next game and find the video isn't there.  I don't know if it is a glitch in or perhaps some wayward malfunction of my browser (I am not that tech savvy after all) but it usually keeps my recaps to one or two at a time, meanwhile I am only a few months behind at this point. 

     I am blogging today from the laundry mat, yes, I am multitasking by washing clothes and blogging at the same time.  I am a bit nervous about it too, not that I am nervous about writing, but because there are kids in here right now and running around, and I am just waiting for one of them to run into me and knock my laptop off of my lap.  It will be at that point that they will regret the repeal of Obamacare.

     As for what has been happening recently, at work I have been put on a budget when it comes to grocery orders.  Not that I enjoy wasting money, but I would like enough money on those occasions to keep the doors open.  When stuck with picking and choosing what to buy, to I buy the tobacco products we sell more of, they account for roughly 35% of my sales at a lower margin, or the snacks and candy which are a higher margin, but make up only maybe 15% of sales.  And now with The Art Institute of Pittsburgh relocating to the Strip District, there goes a sizeable portion of our clientele.  Of course I am hoping we will get some new customers when the hotel opens in what used to be the Salvation Army building, it is supposed to happen some time this year, but they are going awfully slowly with it.  And of course I am putting undue pressure on myself, I don't want to see anyone lose hours (or shifts or a job for that matter) and while I have a certain amount of job security, no one else can do my job after all,   Brian has been lackadaisical in either learning what i do or training someone to learn what I do, because vacation is coming up in a couple of months and everything is booked at this point, so i am not cancelling.  Got my flight and hotel booked, same place as last year, but this time I am supposed to have a balcony with my hotel room.  The view will be dependent on which side of the building I am on, seeing as how last year my room had a view of the side of the CBC Vancouver building.  I also have my day trip to Squamish booked to ride the Sea to Sky Gondola, as well at my ticket purchased for the CFL home opener of the BC Lions.  So people better get about the business of learning things pretty quick.

     And there is the other thing that has been going on recently, that being I may or may not have met someone.  I was sitting around the homestead the other evening, there was no hockey on Yahoo, I had already streamed the episodes of Arrow, Flash and Legends of Tomorrow for the week so I decided to download one of those dating app type things onto my tablet.  Wouldn't you know, little old me got a hit or two?  Yes, I know, I am shocked myself.  Anyway, I have been corresponding with someone for about a week now, but because of the Crazy Canadian Incident, the only thing I trust less than online dalliances would be Donald Trump.

     Online dating to me is alot like religion, it relies on faith more than tangible evidence.  Of course when shit seems fake online, it almost always is, just wish the religious folks grasped onto logic and reason so easily.   Ultimately online you can go through some checks and balances to see if what is happening is real, religion wise you have to buy into shit like virgin births and other such utter nonsense.   I am sure this will be updated as frequently as my change meter is, so stay tuned. 

     I think my laundry is about done so I should shutter this entry for the time being.  Toodles.

Penguins @ Hurricanes 01/20/2017

Penguins 7  Carolina 1

Connor Sheary - 2 G

Pittsburgh has scored 19 goals in their last 3 games

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