Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Can I Make Pat Cry?: Returning Soldiers Edition

I asked a lot of our misanthropic friend in my first attempt. Not only is the subject matter and presentation of "Dear Zachary" a rough experience, but it also demanded ninety minutes of his invaluable time. Though his reply could have been constructed just by reading the movie's Wikipedia page, I choose to believe he actually did watch the whole thing. I say that mainly because the last time I talked to him on the phone, he said he doesn't get any channels on his TV and just watches Netflix on his laptop in his warm and inviting and not at all creepy apartment.

Here's an indisputable fact about JPH: he's a Republican who loves America. Though he's always extolled more of the conservative economics of the GOP than any war hawk attitude, I'm sure he's at least kind of a sucker for a good ol' fashioned, rah-rah, G.I. Joe, armed forces lovefest.

I'm putting that to the test today with a three-part compilation of soldiers returning home and doing non-emotionally-charged things such as surprising their kids at school and being immediately recognized and loved on by their dogs. This attempt makes for a more quick and efficient groin kick to Pat's tiny, tiny heart than an hour and a half movie that really puts a strain on his restless leg syndrome. The short length also leaves him more time to put $50 on Southeast Missouri State tonight, and for that maybe he'll be in a more receptive mood.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Spotted: Election Sunday

The SMN seems to be drawn to me and Mike on Election Sunday.

2012 Election

2008 Election

Timmy's Our Man

Timmy's our man.
He'll ably represent the whole Irish clan.
He'll lead the best parade in the land,
As only he can.
We salute Timmy, our man!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Honor Unit With Distinction

For 27 straight years...

Friday, February 17, 2012

Aldi Right Prices

Look at all the stuff I bought. Now look at the final price. A new grocery store opened up down the street that is cheaper than any other I've been to. This place is called Aldi, and let me tell you about this bastion of capitalism and how they deliver such low prices:

-Everything in the store is Aldi's private brand; no name brands. Time to get over your trust issues with store brand Slim Jims.

-Each item only comes in one size (the most popular). So if you need mayonnaise, you get the one Aldi brand mayo in the one size. No chin-rubbing, aisle-clogging debates over a squirt of Hellman's vs a tube of Duke's that fits into a Super Soaker.

-You pay a quarter to unlock a cart and get your quarter back when you return it. This means there are no carts in the parking lot to ding your 1998 Sebring convertible.

-There are no baggers, and you're expected to bring in your own bags and pack them yourself. When your cashier is done checking you out, you get your ass out of everyone's way and bag your groceries on a table lining the front wall. It reminds me of the hurried frenzy of getting your clothes on in the high school locker room before everyone

-They only stay open from 9am to 8pm.

All of these brilliant, detailed choices trickle down to savings for the customer. I can only hope Aldi brings its streetwalker prices to Savannah some day. Also, I don't want to hear it about the "Imitation Cheese" on the receipt.

One Month

Can't believe I beat Snuffy to this.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


The 9th-seeded Cadets destroyed #8 seed Camden County Monday night 64-48 to advance the the Region 3-AAAAA Quarterfinals tonight against #1 seed Johnson at 8:30 at the H.V. Jenkins gymnasium. A win will secure a State Playoff berth for the Cadets, who would go down in history as the worst team to ever qualify for the GHSA State Basketball Playoffs. A few weeks ago, the upstart cagers from Benedictine led Johnson at halftime by 4 points, before losing by 25. Crazier things have happened...

Friday, February 10, 2012

Wednesday, February 08, 2012


Invitation only. Time and room number TBD.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

7 and Counting

Seven years ago today we started the blog. As you re-read the inaugural post, ask yourself how well we are living up to our charter.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

5th Annual Gael Force Run

It was five years ago today, that the idea for the inaugural Gael Force Run was posted by former BMBS member, Joe. Never in our wildest imagination did we expect this event to last five years. We weren't even sure if people would show up for the first race back in 2008. A lot has changed in those five years, but two things remain the same: 1) Hank will win the race and 2) the first round of PBRs will be on Snuffy.

Inaugural Gael Force Run in 2008

Thursday, February 02, 2012