Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Week 1: 

Beer: Flying Dog Underdog Atlantic Lager
ABV: 4.7%
Beers Tried From This Brewery Already: Doggie Style, In-Heat Wheat, Old Scratch Amber Lager, Tire Bite Golden Ale

Going into a Flying Dog beer, I never really have high expectations, not because they brew bad beers but nothing that has ever really wowed me. Once again, I was not taken aback by this beer but definitely a solid session beer. It pours very light, slight hop aroma and is refreshing. I could sit around and drink multiple of these in one sitting. 

Album: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John (1973) 
Length: 76 minutes, 20 seconds

One hour and sixteen minutes later, I feel as though I'm a better person for listening to Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. While everyone knows the four classics from this album in Candle in the Wind, Bennie and the Jets, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting, there is so much more to this. It starts out with an instrumental in Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding and while I got lost in thought, it quickly changed gears with the second half of that song and the rest of the album.

One of my favorites that I hadn't heard was I've Seen That Movie Too. A great tune, no doubt. Absolutely the surprise of the album.

When I got to second disc, side two is when I should've gotten the dancing shoes out. With Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock N Roll) followed by Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting, I actually broke a sweat dancing in my living room. Both of those songs are high energy and easily makes you want to get up and move.

I now understand why this album is considered to be Elton John's greatest. While diverse, it somehow works. If you haven't checked this album in full, I suggest that do. 

Movie: Die Hard (1988)
Length: 2 Hours, 11 Minutes

If you like action, this is one movie you have to see (assuming you're like me and have been hiding under a rock for 2+ decades) and haven't seen it yet.  

 Seriously, could there be a more badass character than John McClane? From ripping the bottom of your feet open from broken glass, jumping in and out of elevator shafts to tying yourself with a fire hydrant hose and shooting down the side of a building, he covered it all and didn't flinch once. 

To me, the best part was seeing Carl Winslow as only I've seen him, a cop. Not only was seeing the Family Matters star amusing, but the rapport him and Willis had was great. To see him get the final shot after not being able to for so many years, was gratifying as well. 

Overall, I was very glad I watched this movie and sometime in the future, I'll be checking out the sequels.

Food: Thin Crust Meats from Papa John's (Collierville)

I just want to apologize up front for the first food entry being quite a lame one. I know it's an item from the store that I work at and isn't some crazy food like squid but to be fair, I've never had this so it counts.

On Saturday night, my manager made a thin crust Meats pizza for the crew and of course, I naturally cringe because I know I only love hand tossed pizza. After taking two slices and picking off the toppings, I finally decided to take the plunge.

My preconceived notion of thin crust was that it was too crunchy, too crispy and the texture wouldn't not be pleasing. After taking my first bite, I realized that it wasn't what I thought it'd be. Sure, it was no hand tossed pizza but for me to go all these years snubbing the thin crust was just silly of me.

Will it be my go to? Nope, but if I it's there, I'll gladly take another bite.

And I promise going forward that the food will be much more entertaining.

1 comment:

  1. Ots quite entertaining that these are all so simple but you have described them with fresh eyes and it makes me wanna go watch die hard and find that cd! Impressive first week