Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday's This & That

I'm still preparing for my favorite holiday, Halloween!  So while I wait, let's see what's floating around the internet...

Apparently, we Americans are spending a boatload of money this year for Halloween, mostly attributed to the fact that it falls on Friday.  2.2 BILLION DOLLARS are predicted to be spent this year on candy alone.  If you're a dentist, it's time to jack up your prices, because you'll be getting a lot of customers by January 2015.

Halloween on a Friday also means more parties, more events, and a lot more people dressing up in costume. Studies show that "consumers this year are spending $1.4 billion on adult costumes compared to $1.1 billion for children's costumes."

As far as costumes you should probably avoid, there's the offensive (like the Ray Rice costume), the newsworthy (in a Hazmat suit for the Ebola scare), and the downright pointless (crazy Amanda Bynes).  Choose wisely, my friends!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BoozeQuest: The Long Island Iced Tea

I'm still researching for you (and for Science!) the best of the best cocktails.  Tonight's drink is the Long Island Iced Tea. I decide to give it a whirl with some co-workers at a dinner in Hollywood. I'm always nervous ordering a Long Island Iced Tea, because I've had my share of bad ones. But I decide it's the perfect cocktail for a work party, since they are limiting our drinks to only 2.  Maximize your potential, that's my motto.  When I order it up I eye the bartender's process very carefully. Wow, he's using Jack Daniels instead of Coke to give it that tea color. Interesting...

Drink #1: The substitution of more alcohol for soda is definitely a plus - and that goes for any drink. The Tea still goes down really smooth - and it tastes like a real iced tea. The guy's an effing genius. More people from work are coming in and I spot one of my million bosses. I hide behind Tall Thomas. Not in the mood for business-small-talk-bullshit. Tall Thomas notes my drink and I get a look of doubt. "You know what's in that thing?" he asks me. Yes, and to prove it I order a second one, making the bartender smile. "You're the smartest girl here," the bartender tells me. "You're ordering the drink with the most alcohol!" I give a smug look back at Tall Thomas.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Uplifting Ad

No wonder, you worthless piece of shit.  Shame on you for feeling this way.  What the f$#% is wrong with you?  Stop being shy.  STOP IT.
By the way, what is this advertising?  Suicide?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Whoa.

Well shit, a drug that even scares those damn hippies.  Now we're talking serious.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My Dad's Reasoning

Written by my dad in the summer of 2008 (before he passed away March 2009):

Reasons Why I'll Sit Through A Dumb Movie: (in no particular order)
a: I've enjoyed a prequel or some of the actors previously and want to give them every chance to not disappoint me.

b: I'm watching it with someone(s) else and just want to be polite.

c: "I can't believe that it can ALL be THIS bad!"

Miss you, Dad.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BoozeQuest: The Bloody Mary



Tonight's drink is going to be the Bloody Mary.  I'm going to my friend Missy's surprise birthday party in Hollywood, and although it is normally a breakfast (and hangover) cocktail, I thought I'd give the classic tomato juice mixture a try.  I reach the restaurant with enough time to hit the bar before Missy arrives, and I order my first one.  Strangely the bartender asks, "With salt?" and I pause.  They all come with salt - and pepper, and celery salt.  So, a bit confused, I say yes.

Drink #1:  *cough cough*  The bartender - although cute - made this Bloody Mary way too spicy.  Lay off the Tabasco, my man!  He should've asked "How spicy?"  Additionally the salt request was putting salt on the rim. A third look and I realize he's forgotten the celery stalk!  Bad bartender!  Bad!  

Monday, October 13, 2014

Crushing on Vincent Price

It's MCM ("Man-Crush Monday" for you newbies), and here's another dude we're crushing on that doesn't look so creepy if you forget all the scary roles and voices he's done.
LOVING the sweater and pipe combo.
Read our previous post about him.

Friday, October 10, 2014

How To Make Friends By Telephone

I just love me some Tack-O-Rama.  If you ever are in the mood to walk down memory lane and find some great ephemera, there's the link you should go to.  Recently I stumbled upon this gem on their site (that links to a now defunct blog) and had to share.
Click on the book to find all the juicy deets inside.  My favorite is the page that demonstrates how to hold the phone to your ear properly.
Thanks again, Tack-O-Rama, for filling that nostalgic void in my soul.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Cocktail Recipe Du Jour


Cigarettes?  Cigarettes?  Oh, there you are.  While I try to make a couple bucks at my evening job, enjoy this cocktail recipe for your Thirsty Thursday:

The Night Owl
One 1-inch piece of vanilla bean, split (or a splash of vanilla extract)
Orange zest
1/4 ounce simple syrup
2 dashes of orange bitters
2 ounces bourbon
Orange wheel

In a rocks glass, muddle the vanilla and orange zest with the simple syrup and bitters. Add the bourbon and ice, stir and garnish with an orange wheel.

Cheers!