Thursday, March 26, 2015

Pity the Fools that Partake in the Madness

The Redmen / Red Storm / Johnnies made the NCAA's for the first time since 2011 and being a loyal alumnus (read: crazy), I decided, along with one of the offspring, to make the trek to Charlotte NC in the hope of seeing a win.  Well, we might as well have stayed at home, our team went down to San Diego State by a score of 76 to 64.  Game aside, we had a great old time.  We got to meet a ton of St. John's fans before, during and after.  Robert Werdann, former center, was there and was as friendly as can be and we also chatted for a few minutes with D'Angelo Harrison's grandparents from Texas.

Post-Game get-together
Redmen Fans in Charlotte

Comedian Matt Burke - Gotham Comedy Live - AXS TV

You know you have made it when you get an entry on Beirne Brightly!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

In Like A Lion

It has become an annual tradition of sorts for me to email the lyrics of "The Boys From the County Hell" to fellow Pogues fans on Feb 28th.  Like the GEICO commercial, everyone knows that:

"On the first day of March it was raining
It was raining worse than anything that I have ever seen"

Which segues nicely into our recent weather, a meteorologists dream...  Temperature swings from the 70s to the 20's.  Rain, sleet, snow, ice, freezing rain, thunder, fog.  We have seen it all in the last five days.  Just two days ago the kids next door built a sturdy snowman that looked like it would last until April.  This evening, it was gone, melted into the lawn.  Tomorrow brings another cold front and more ice.

If it is going to be cold and wet, give me snow.  At least you can drive on it and the AWD Mercury is quite capable.  Down here we seem to get ice storms more than snow and to paraphrase Frau Blucher, the roads become "treacherous" and impassible regardless of vehicle.

To make matters worse, the denizens of the Lone Star State, already not exactly the greatest drivers, become absolutely awful.  They either drive like NASCAR lunatics in their big-ass trucks, or become feeble 10mph kittens in their Prius.  There is no in between.  So the commute tomorrow should be fun.
A Polar Bears Dream