Payton Manning’s funny “Gary’s Gazebos and Sheds” commercial on Modern Family

Payton Manning in "Gary's Gazebos and Sheds" commercial on Modern Family

Payton Manning’s funny “Gary’s Gazebos and Sheds” commercial on Modern Family On one of the latest episodes (if you’ve been binge-watching and are over a year behind) of Modern Family, Payton Manning guest stars as a high school coach who’s been helping around the house with manly duties. Spoiler Alert (if you’re not caught up either): It turns out that Payton Manning’s character “Gary” was attempting to be around Jay for mentor-ship in his new gazebo endeavor. As we see from the commercial before the closing credits, Gary is off…

Hank Azaria ready to step away from The Simpsons’ “Apu: as controversy grows

Lisa Simpson and Apu from the Simpsons

Hank Azaria on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, discussing the sensitive issue of Apu and Indian/South-Asian stereotypes. He states he is ready to step aside.     As a sort of counterpoint in this episode of Bill Maher‘s “New Rules” – The ‘What Were You Thinking’ Generation, He discusses the issue with looking back at old television and movies to hold them up to today’s standards of sensitivity and being “woke”.   Please follow and like us:

For The Love of BEER – Broo’ers Festival Returns.

Bonnaroo 2018: Broo'ers Festival

For The Love of BEER – Broo’ers Festival Returns Featuring over 24 different breweries from all over the U.S., this year’s Broo’ers Festival will once again offer many varieties of beers and ciders to wet your whistle. Come enjoy enjoy hearty bocks, revitalizing pilsners, fruity pale ales, refreshing ciders and more offered up by world-renowned microbreweries under one tent in the heart of Centeroo. This year’s lineup includes such favorites as: Bell’s, Blue Moon, Crazy Mountain, Crispin Cider, Jacob Leinenkugel, Oskar Blues, and Star Hill. We have also continued to…

Bonnaroo 2018 Line-up and info summary

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Bonnaroo 2018 Summer means music festivals. And if you’re willing to risk the chance of spontaneous combustion from the possible gawd-awful heat, then you might wanna pock up that VW hippie van and drive on over. The last time the girlfriend and I went, we left the car running with the air conditioning on (sorry Earth) so that she might not suffocate. Now it was actually quite pleasant temps at night, but between my snoring and the all-night music, the SUV seemed like a motel/hotel/Holiday Inn. So if you’re planning…

Bonnaroo 2018 Music Lineup in Alphabetical Order

Here’s something you don’t see too often, a couple of acts you probably haven’t heard of too much listed before the likes of Alt-J & Killers. Here’s your alphabetical line-up for Bonnaroo 2018.   Please follow and like us:

Quinn the cat

Quinn (a.k.a.Shy Gray the Russian Blue) snoring as she takes a cat nap

Quinn found her mommy when she was just a fuzzy gray Russian Blue kitten and has lived with her humanoid parents and usually two other cats for about sixteen years since. While she always could have been mistaken for an older kitten, her age and catness will show on the occasional mistep and fuzzy little eye squints. We’ve been fortunate enough to babysit her when her parents are out of town (which is often) or if they just want a little bit of cease fire among her and the other…

RMS Titanic – The 6 Chinese survivors we don’t hear about.

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The 6 Chinese Titanic survivors Just when you thought you’ve heard just about everything that there is to hear about the infamous RMS Titanic and it’s (ok… “her”…) maiden voyage on April 15th, 1912, some more information appears. It might be the discovery of rusty piece of hull or maybe a silver spoon that was most likely shoved into a baby’s face in the upper decks. You don’t usually hear of something huge like ginormous precious gem on a necklace (fingers crossed on that one).  You don’t expect to learn…

Las Vegas in March

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One of my recent trips to Las Vegas, Nevada. The girl and I get out to Vegas from Chicago quite a bit. While we do like to check in on Mom who lives in the in the greater Vegasland (that can be a thing – like “Chicagoland“… maybe?), of course we’re going to take advantage of some comped hotel rooms and spend some nights on The Strip. Here are some scenes from one of my rare Vegas “boys trip”. Indoors, Las Vegas I took advantage of some nights I got…

The Neon Museum in Las Vegas

Riviera Hotel and Casino Sign

  Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. The Neon Museum campus includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby and the Neon Boneyard North Gallery which houses additional rescued signs and is available for weddings, special events, photo shoots and educational programs. Due to the nature of their collection, the Neon Museum…