Toney and I made our triumphant return to one of our favorite watering holes on Sunday. Here I am enjoying a Wallenpaupack Largemouth IPA at Backyard Ale House in Scranton. We had to make reservations online, and were allotted a one-hour block o’ time to eat, drink and be merry. It was great to be out and about again. It had been three months and one day, according to our calculations.
We had the 4 pm to 5 pm block, and enjoyed two beers each and an order of their fantastic homemade chips and sour cream and onion dip. We love that place and are sincerely glad they’re back. I took a picture there a few months ago, before the world turned upside down, that is one of my all-time favorites. Check it out. That dude was out there enjoying a smoke. We could see out, but he couldn’t see in. It’s like something out of a DEVO video.
Anyway, we might eventually be able to just drop in and leave when we want. Imagine that level of luxury! Have you been able to return to any favorite bars or restaurants? Our section of Pennsylvania is slow to reopen, so most of you are probably way ahead of us.
Yesterday I was reading some crap on Reddit about what people wear to bed. That website is a giant time-suck and sometimes I wish I’d never discovered it. It’s destroying my life. In any case, there’s a page on there where people ask questions, very similar to our Question o’ the Day, and thousands and thousands of people weigh in. On this one, people were talking about what they sleep in, and there’s a large percentage of people who claim to sleep nude. I find that to be ridiculous, but whatever. This comment made me laugh, and I thought I’d share.
By the way, Reddit has pages — known as subreddits — for nearly every subject you can think of, and lots that you’d never consider even if you were in the throes of Typhoid Fever. Like any of these, for instance. It’s fantastic, really. But it’ll ruin your life. What are your favorite subreddits? I keep up with baseball news there, read comments about TV shows I’m watching and podcasts I’m listening to, and also cool shit like this. It’s a bottomless pit. Great! And extremely dangerous.
Speaking of TV shows I’m watching, are you a fan of Alone? Season 7 just started and the first episode was craziness. The premise, in case you don’t know, is they leave 10 people in some godforsaken area of the world completely alone. They film themselves, there are no camera crews or anything of the sort. They’re usually dropped 10 miles apart, or thereabouts, so they never encounter each other. And whoever survives the longest wins a half million bucks. This year is a little different, but not much. It’s brutal, and fascinating. I’ve watched every episode and here’s generally how it goes:
- Vicious predators are curious and drop in to “visit.” Eventually they just accept the humans as part of the community and leave them alone.
- Food becomes an issue and some of the people begin to starve.
- The ones who endure the first two phases start to lose their everlovin’ shit because they’re alone and tired and undernourished.
Oh, it’s great TV! And you know how long I’d last? That’s right, zero minutes. Because I wouldn’t get off the boat. Funk dat. Some guy quit during Season 2 (I think) on the first day, and he made it longer than I would’ve. Here’s a shot from the first episode of the new season. Dude found half-a-boat in the woods and turned it into a hot tub. No way I’d submerge my goods in that tepid basin of filth. It’s a good way to pick up one of those peehole parasites I read about on Reddit. Know what I’m sayin’? Do you have any thoughts on Alone? Please share.
And what streaming services do you subscribe to? There are dozens of them now, and we still only have the original three (?): Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. Do you have any of the others? I don’t need more, but am always intrigued.
I suffered the granddaddy of all leg cramps last week. Oh, I’ve had plenty of them during my ridiculous life. But this one was in a different category, and my leg was sore for several days afterward. It was impossible pain, and would not subside for a long time. I was hurtled, with no advance warning, into a world of pure anguish. It was bullshit. And whenever I tell somebody about it they say, “Yeah, I’ve had those.” It’s highly unsatisfactory.
Also, there’s this, which makes my soul ache. <sigh>
And I need to go to work now. How’s it so freaking late so early in the day??
Have a great one, my friends.