Monday, August 31, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
- Well it's a special occasion today, because well... This edition of Ménage à trois is the 99th blog post for Captain Awesome (pictured). I know, on that rainy and cold December morning in 2008, you never would have thought that Captain Awesome would have kept this going on for as long as he had. Well if you thought that, you aren't awesome. If you had faith in the Captain, you are indeed awesome. Anyway, wish me some congratulations or something. Anyway, I wanted to point out my 99th post, well because everyone talks about their 100th post, and I wanted to break that trend. My 100th post will come soon, but not today.
- On this day in 1904, Newport, Rhode Island, imposed the first jail sentence for a speeding violation on this day. This was a harsh sentence in 1904 because traffic laws were still relatively new--the first traffic code wasn't implemented until 1903, when New York introduced a two-page book of regulations. Early traffic regulations varied drastically from state to state, some having no speed limits at all.
- Ironically, on this day in 1938, Captain George Eyston established a new land speed record of 345.49mph when he sailed over the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in a Rolls-Royce-powered Thunderbolt. The land-speed trials have been held every year since 1903, serving as a test of automotive technology and proof of climbing speeds. Captain Eyston's record was especially memorable, for it was one of the few years that the record was not held by Malcolm Campbell, who dominated the trials for almost 30 years. The current record is held by Andy Green at 763.035mph.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
- On this day in 1920, seven men, including legendary all-around athlete and football star Jim Thorpe, meet to organize a professional football league at the Jordan and Hupmobile Auto Showroom in Canton, Ohio. The meeting led to the creation of the American Professional Football Conference (APFC), the forerunner to the hugely successful National Football League. The APFA began play on September 26, with the Rock Island Independents of Illinois defeating a team from outside the league, the St. Paul Ideals, 48-0. A week later, Dayton beat Columbus 14-0 in the first game between two teams from the APFA, the forerunner of the modern NFL.
- On this day in 1989, Lyle and Erik Menendez (pictured) shoot their parents, Jose and Kitty, to death in the den of the family's Beverly Hills, California, home. They then drove up to Mulholland Drive, where they dumped their shotguns before continuing to a local movie theater to buy tickets as an alibi. When the pair returned home, Lyle called 911 and cried, "Somebody killed my parents!" The Menendez murders became a national sensation when the new television network, Court TV, broadcast the trial in 1993.
- There are several celebrity birthdays today, so I'm going to wish them a happy one. Well first is Demi Lovato, who is actually from Dallas. So that's pretty awesome, but she is only 17, so that's not. A better birthday wish next year maybe? But also Amy Adams, Robert Plant, Fred Durst, and Al Roker. The late Issac Hayes would also have had a birthday today, but we lost him last August.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Anyway, I am back on board the Rangers train. I know I've said they had to make the playoffs to get me back as a fan (even though I am featured in Fox Sports "Built For Fun" Texas Rangers commercial (if you see it, I'm the focus of the "Built for Sound" portion holding a drum). If I can find a link of that video, I'll post it, but if you watch the games, then you'll eventually see it.
Well I'll leave it at that. Good luck Pudge, I hope you take the starting job from Teagarden and lead the Rangers to the "Promise Land" as you did the Tigers and Marlins...
Friday, August 14, 2009
I started law school today. It will be a whole new world, and in three years time, expect to see Captain Awesome either sending you or keeping you out of prison for crimes you may or may not have committed.
If you have any advice or information, feel free to lend it to me. Anyway, like I said, short and sweet. I will be back soon with a tantalizing new post on some savory cigars soon.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
- Former New York Yankees star Mickey Mantle (pictured) dies of liver cancer at the age of 63. While "The Mick" patrolled center field and batted clean-up between 1951 and 1968, the Yankees won 12 American League pennants and seven World Series championships. Although he received a liver transplant, by then the cancer had spread to his lungs, and he died at just after 2 a.m. on August 13, 1995, at the Baylor University Cancer Center in Dallas. At the time of his death Mantle held many of the records for World Series play, including most home runs (18), most RBIs (40) and most runs (42).
- Fidel Castro, who of course is known for his love of baseball and cigars, turns 83 today. I guess that is kind of cool. He shares his birthday with Alfred Hitchcock and Annie Oakley.
- Shortly after midnight on this day in 1961, East German soldiers begin laying down barbed wire and bricks as a barrier between Soviet-controlled East Berlin and the democratic western section of the city. After World War II, defeated Germany was divided into Soviet, American, British and French zones of occupation. The city of Berlin, though technically part of the Soviet zone, was also split, with the Soviets taking the eastern part of the city. After a massive Allied airlift in June 1948 foiled a Soviet attempt to blockade West Berlin, the eastern section was drawn even more tightly into the Soviet fold. Over the next 12 years, cut off from its western counterpart and basically reduced to a Soviet satellite, East Germany saw between 2.5 million and 3 million of its citizens head to West Germany in search of better opportunities. By 1961, some 1,000 East Germans--including many skilled laborers, professionals and intellectuals--were leaving every day.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
- I slapped some fat girl's ass, and her boyfriend did not take kindly. He apparently tried to fight me, and I just laughed it off. I also told him it was ok because it was my birthday and tried to high five him. They left very unhappy.
- My buddy Tim lit one of our free cigarettes up in the non-smoking area. The bartender was not happy about that and said something about putting it out, then said she had told him several times already (she hadn't). She decided, after he didn't put it out, that the police outside should have him leave. They did, and after some nasty words to the bartender, that she took great offense to, we left.
- Walking back, I apparently was not walking very well, and had unbuttoned my entire shirt. Some girls thought it was a good idea to hollar at me, so I yelled back. The driver no longer paying attention to the road, apparently rear ended a Lexus in front of them (and remember, I have zero recollection of this event.)
- Arriving home, I proceeded to vomit on the downstairs porch of the person on the 1st floor of my complex (I'm on the 4th floor). In between throwing up, I had incoherent and random sputterings about my shirt and where I was at, because I was apparently lost in my own apartment. I'm told it was entertaining. Everyone else was eating my chips and taking pictures.
- I proceeded to pass out on my living room floor (picture courtesy of Tim's phone).
- An hour later, I awoke to take my vomiting to the bathroom. I then passed out in the bathroom.
- Around 5am I awoke and got in bed.
So there you have the semi remembered story of Captain Awesome's birthday binge. I hope you have enjoyed. Next year I may have someone follow us with a video camera so that we have it on film. Anyway, keep on being awesome out there, and maybe one day you can learn to binge in the ways of Captain Awesome, or something like that.
Friday, August 7, 2009
I'll start with the basics of all 5 of the cigars and then I'll get into a little detail of each. They all have a similar blend that feature a Habano wrapper grown in Honduras from Cuban seed, a medium bodied filler with tobacco from Honduras and Nicaragua, and the binder is Costa Rican. The first tastes of these cigars is generally going to be spicy and then it will move into a creamy flavor with hints of coffee and cocoa. Now on to the individual cigars.
This is a Toro Gordo, it's a thick ring gauge that provides a powerful smoke that burns cool from increased airflow. It's a mellowing medium to full smoke and is the largest ring gauge in the collection.
Price: Around $14
The Kinkycristo is a torpedo modeled after the Monte Cristo number 2, and this cigar concentrates the flavors onto the tip of the tongue. It has a bit more spiciness then the other cigars and is modeled after the Cuban blends of the Monte Cristo line. This cigar comes from decades of Kinky smoking Cuban cigars.
Price: Around $10
This is a different type of cigar all around. It has a twist head and a shaggy foot of tobacco for an easy light. The first few puffs allow for the creamy part to overtake the spicy flavor and over time you get back into the coffee and cocoa flavors. The shaggy lighting is meant to represent the red beard (as it is a reddish tobacco) of Willie Nelson. This is a fantastic smoke.
Price: Around $8.50
This is another torpedo in the Kinky line, but this is a larger ring gauge than the Kinkycristo. This larger cigar allows for more tobacco leaves, and so it makes this a more complex cigar. The torpedo shape allows you to concentrate on certain flavors at a time as opposed to tasting a blend of flavors.
Price: Around $9
This is a traditional corona made in the classic entubar style allowing for a long relaxing and enjoyable smoke. You could say it's Utopia. The profit from the sales of this cigar go toward the benefit of Kinky's Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch. This makes it Captain Awesome's choice of the Kinky lines to smoke.
Price: Around $7.50
Overall I enjoy and recommend everyone give these cigars a try. My favorite smokes, are the Willie and the Utopian, but the Governor is also an extremely enjoyable smoke. These cigars are not just a joke or an attempt at publicity for the man trying his luck at the seat of governor in the state of Texas, but these are genuinely a grand smoke. Check them out, and try each. Rumor from Kinky's lips himself is that he has a new cigar coming out this month. I may be able to give you a review on that at a later date. Hopefully this one is helpful, and remember if you live in Texas, vote Kinky for Governor in 2010, I mean, "Why the Hell not?"
Thursday, August 6, 2009
- Well first and foremost, the most important order of business of today's ménage à trois, well today, August 6th, is Captain Awesome's (pictured) birthday. Yes that is correct, today is my birthday, so send me some sweet gifts or love.
- Other famous birthday's today include M. Night Shyamalan, David Robinson, Lucille Ball, Andy Warhol, and Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice). Of course, Captain Awesome is still the most important of the day...
- August 6, 1945, the United States becomes the first and only nation to use atomic weaponry during wartime when it drops an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Though the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan marked the end of World War II, many historians argue that it also ignited the Cold War. Since 1940, the United States had been working on developing an atomic weapon, after having been warned by Albert Einstein that Nazi Germany was already conducting research into nuclear weapons. By the time the United States conducted the first successful test (an atomic bomb was exploded in the desert in New Mexico in July 1945), Germany had already been defeated. The war against Japan in the Pacific, however, continued to rage. President Harry S. Truman, warned by some of his advisers that any attempt to invade Japan would result in horrific American casualties, ordered that the new weapon be used to bring the war to a speedy end. On August 6, 1945, the American bomber Enola Gay dropped a five-ton bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. A blast equivalent to the power of 15,000 tons of TNT reduced four square miles of the city to ruins and immediately killed 80,000 people. Tens of thousands more died in the following weeks from wounds and radiation poisoning. Three days later, another bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki, killing nearly 40,000 more people. A few days later, Japan announced its surrender.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Being able to walk to Flying Saucer has been nice, and the whole Sundance Square area is awesome.
There is not really a lot in this blog, just information on why I took a few days off from any significant post. Tomorrow will have a new installment of Captain Awesome's Guide to Cigars, and Thursday will have it's normal post of Ménage à trois. So just keep on being awesome until then.