The Beer Corner: A Correction

Just a quick post to update a previous review. After careful deliberation and thought, I have increased the rating of Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout to 9 / 10 Bags. I felt I was a bit conservative with the initial rating. All the others I have done were right where I wanted them, but I’ve caught myself raving about it to a few people in the past few weeks.

I’ve also decided to implement a simpler rating system. Don’t worry, the bags will remain, but accompanying reviews will be a traditional letter grade system as well. The scale won’t be set in stone. For example a 8.5 could be an A- of a B+. It will just depend what I feel the beer deserves.

I’ll be going back now to add letter grades to all previous reviews (of all types, not just TBC reviews).

Thanks for reading, and I should have some new posts after the Bucs game!

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Tonight’s Forecast

Is for it to be frickin’ COLD! Here is the 2 hour window that I usually am working outside, 8-10 PM. Well, tonight calls for a constant wind of 15 mph, with an air temperature of about 39 F. Greaaaaat. And then factor in that wind, and we’re looking at 30 F for the entire time.

Oh my goodness.

I was just outside trying to finish up putting on the Christmas lights on the house, and I had to come inside, it’s getting that bad. So as you can see, definitely not looking forward to my time outdoors tonight. I guess we get what we wish for sometimes. Tenfold.

But of course, perhaps I shouldn’t complain too much. I could be up in Chicago or New England like some of my friends. Or maybe in CALIFORNIA where it’s 80 degrees!

Stay warm my friends! Back to attempting to put up the lights!

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The Van Beckons

I had to share this commercial. I was talking to a friend of mine the other day about it. I don’t understand why, but man, this commercial makes me laugh like a mad man… especially when the panther flashes up, and the pyrotechnic explosions occur at the end. Nothing like a satirical take on 80s and 90s rock to appeal to the average family man who might dread the idea of driving a van.

Again, I have no idea why I find it so funny! It has to be the epicness of the music and effect… not to mention the guy’s acting.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Columbus Blue Jackets Unveil New Third Jersey

Steven Stamkos Curtis Joseph #31 of the Toronto Maple Leafs makes the save on Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning on February 12, 2009 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Steven Stamkos;Curtis Joseph

The Heapmaster is a HUGE hockey fan. The Lightning have been tearing it up lately and I am finally making it to a game on Saturday! I can’t wait to finally return to The Forum. It’s been way too long.

I’m also a big fan of jerseys- histories, changes, additions. The big news today is that the Columbus Blue Jackets finally unveiled their third jersey. The concept of the third jersey has an interesting history in the NHL. The concept was most rampant in the 90’s  when it seemed that everyone and their mother was having a third jersey. (This seemed to usher in the “black era” in the NHL where EVERYONE tried to incorporate black into their color scheme)

The 90’s and early 2000’s were an experimental period for jerseys. Most concepts were horrendous, with giant alternate logos, crazy color schemes, and all sorts of abstract ideas. Here are some brutal ones:

The Dallas Stars had a classic one, nicknamed the “Mooterus” after the female reproductive system…

The Mooterus: NHL fans have a great sense of humor

The Anaheim (formerly) Mighty Ducks had a terrible one:

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Yes, this is a real jersey.

The Islanders might have faced copyright infringement charges.

Hey, isn't that the Gorton's fisherman?

The point is is that Thirds are historically bad, especially back in the day when a hockey jersey seemed to be a canvas for amateur designers. Thankfully, after the lockout, third jerseys took more of a throwback for most teams and less ostentatious and bizarre.

So here it is, the new Columbus Blue Jackets jersey:

This is third jersey perfection. I like the omission of red instead of using the usual color scheme for the team. It gives it more of a timeless look. The use of the circle crest is excellent, not to mention the use of the cannon as the main fixture of the logo.

A lot of the “leaking” information hinted at keeping a navy blue sweater. I wondered how this would work and be unique enough being that CBJ has a navy home jersey already! The attempt at delivering a tasteful “throwback-ish” distince sweater was wonderfully executed!

Kudos to the designers of this jersey!

Garage Sale: Take 2

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Here we go for our second garage sale! Finally getting all of our crap out of the garage! Word from mom is if we don’t sell it, it’s gone to charity!

Also hoping to get rid of our old dining room set, china cabinet and entertainment center! Send them my way if you know anyone in need of some furniture!

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Gone Till November?

Why does it seem that every other post on this blog is one of me saying, “HEY! I’m back dammit!” or “I promise I’m going to update more?”

Alas, I must do it again, loyal heapsters. It’s been a long few months. We’ve seen summer end, and the Florida version of “autumn” almost run its course! November is almost gone! But I have not forgotten The Heap! So here is my official (what seems to be) quarterly pledge to write more!

Anyway, as life updates go…

I went on a cruise to the Bahamas! It was for a friend’s bachelor party! As you can imagine, 14 dudes wreaked havoc.

Two weeks later, I finally made it back to Notre Dame for my first football game as an Alumnus! It was great to spend time with old friends and see how campus has changed! And as always, it’s always awesome to see the Dorwarts!

And lastly, at the end of October, my friend got married and I was in the wedding! Beautiful ceremony out at Fish Hawk Ranch, and an amazing time at the reception.

OH! I almost forgot about making it to Islands of Adventure for Flora’s Birthday Season Celebration and checking out The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Let me just say that Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is worth ANY wait you might have to make… and PLEASE get a butterbeer! And some every flavor jelly beans from Honeydukes!

Other than that, It’s been the daily grind for me. I am happy that Thanksgiving is coming up! Hopefully a little bit of time to relax!

Hope this post finds everyone in happiness and success. Good luck to all of you with finals! And if I haven’t see you in a while, I hope to see you soon!

Two Years Down the Road…

So much has changed in these past two years. Yes, everyone’s favorite dormant blog is BACK (at least for the time  being).

Two years ago today I started my little project. A project with which I have become slightly disappointed with… mostly since I felt that The Heap was an extension of Me. And well, lately… as you can see… there hasn’t been a post in about three months.

I just haven’t felt like writing. But it wasn’t until recently that I missed what this quaint, rather insignificant cyber stage allows me to do. I’ve thought of so many ideas, so many things I’ve wanted to write about. There are so many things happening in our world. So many great (and not so great) pieces of work to consider. The Rays and Yankees are beginning the last two months of what seems to be an epic race to the top of the division and ell, MLB standings. Steve Yzerman has made stellar moves for the Lightning as the new GM in the off season. And the Bucs… well, they’re the Bucs.

I’ve become distant from here, I’ve become distant from myself, I’ve become distant from others. I’ve become lazy. My room is a mess. I’ve gain a few pounds from just not caring.

It changes today. I can’t just charge through weeks anymore, because I’m missing most of the ride. Taking things for granted. So once again, here’s to a new commitment to writing and to growing through it. Here’s to a new commitment to myself to improve.

And most importantly: Here’s to The Heap, which I started two years ago as a “new start” in the midst of post graduation unemployment a new part of my life.

Happy 2 Year anniversary, heapsters, as we start anew again.

-HM

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