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Food

Arby’s Vodka

Yup, this is real. Tap to visit the Arby’s Vodka site.

That’s right: Arby’s Vodka. 

It’s being made by Tattersall, a Minneapolis-based distillery that makes some decent stuff, including a fernet that I rather like.

And it’s supposed to come in two flavors that you’d find at Arby’s:

  • Crinkle Fry
  • Curly Fry

I’m not a regular consumer of franchise fast food, and my opinion of Arby’s is perfectly summed up in this Simpsons quote…

…but hey, I’m up for trying a bottle of french-fry flavored vodka, perhaps in the form of a shot topped with ketchup or garlic mayo.

Want to find out more? The details are at ArbysVodka.com.

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It Happened to Me

New aloha shirt #2

New aloha shirt #2 (of many). Tap to view at full size.

Here’s the second of many vintage aloha shirts that I bought from Emily and Mike Stehle at last weekend’s Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway, and it’s got swordfish aplenty!

Emily and Mike Stehle’s stand at the Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway. Tap to view at full size.

Aloha shirts — a.k.a. “Hawaiian shirts” — are my sartorial “thing”, and the Stehles have the best selection I’ve seen in a long time. I bought a lot of them, and over the week, I’ll post them here. The photo at the top of this article is the second in the set.

More aloha shirt reading

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It Happened to Me

New aloha shirt #1

New aloha shirt #1 (of many). Tap to view at full size.

An unexpected benefit of going to the Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway was that Emily and Mike Stehle’s vintage aloha shirt shop was there:

Emily and Mike Stehle’s stand at the Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway. Tap to view at full size.

Aloha shirts — a.k.a. “Hawaiian shirts” — are my sartorial “thing”, and the Stehles have the best selection I’ve seen in a long time. I bought a lot of them, and over the week, I’ll post them here. The photo at the top of this article is the first in the set.

More aloha shirt reading

Save the aloha shirt from the alt-right
The “boogaloo boys” have adopted the aloha shirt as part of their uniform, and that’s a bad thing. To do my part to take it back from them, this article features photos of me in some of my favorite aloha shirts.

Public service announcement: Don’t tuck in your Aloha (a.k.a. “Hawaiian”) shirt
It wasn’t made for that.

 

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America Satire The Current Situation

Public service announcement

[Satire.] Tap to view at full size.

There will be people who will try to convince you that it’s code for “Fuck Joe Biden,” but that’s not the case. The “Fuck Joe Biden” crowd are supposed to be strong First Amendment supporters who back up their words with the Second Amendment, and wouldn’t hide behind a a weasel-word phrase in such a scaredy-cat grade school fashion.

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Slice of Life

Some birthday advice from my doctor

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It Happened to Me Music

Birthday stretch

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Today, November 5th, is my birthday. And today, November 5th, 2021, should be the start of an interesting weekend.

We’re making the 45-minute drive to this place…

Sirata Beach Resort. Tap to view at full size.

…to attend this event

…and I’m going to learn how to play this instrument…

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…along with this lovely lady:

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I have to admit that I’m terrible with string instruments. However, Anitra’s been taking up the ukulele for the past few months, and the big Tampa Bay uke conference falls on my birthday weekend.

But hey, birthdays are a great time to take personal stock and even stretch oneself. So, I ordered a ukulele (we’re now a two-uke household), we got VIP tickets to the Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway and also snagged rooms at the convention resort, the Sirata. It’s on St. Pete Beach, and right next door to where we got married — a return to the scene of the crime!

I’ve done a couple of evening’s worth of noodling on the uke, and I can already fumble my way through:

…and a whole lot of I-IV-V songs. That should help, because there are a lot of play-along jam sessions happening this weekend. I’m going to have to tap into my Pacific Islander powers this weekend.

And yes, I’m also bringing the accordion.

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Geek How to be a Grown-Up

Write it down

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I agree and disagree with this comic:

✅ Agree: I have a saying: “If you don’t write it down, it never happened!” There are so many distractions that it’s too easy to forget ideas, plans, and other things we were sure we’d remember unless we write them down (and just as important, review them later).

In an age where most of us have access to a pocket-size supercomputer, there’s no excuse not to write an idea down.

❌ Disagree: This comic is an ad for Evernote. Evernote has lost or mangled my notes enough times that I will never use it again. I use text files and Google Docs.