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2010 Winter Olympic Notes and Observations

The time has come. Just as we get to the point where it seems hard to remember life before the 2010 Olympics, they come to a close. The time has come for us to stop acting like experts about sports that we’d never even heard about three weeks ago and it will be hard.

Even though I had never heard about Skeleton before, I’m not dissuaded to proclaim that a racer was not ‘tucking in his chin enough.’

I know nothing about figure skating, but if I’m watching the woman’s short program, for example, I won’t be shy about telling you a skater was “over-rotating.”

The only sport I really know well is ice hockey and this years tournament was sensational. It was so exciting that the Olympics programmed the slow motion ski sport of cross country to directly follow. An actual account when something like this, “Ok, we’re 90 minutes in and everyone is skiing very slowly. Wait, there’s a break in the action… I think someone might be coming in to change their skis. This is breathtaking…”

But that’s the thing about the Olympics. You take what you want and leave the rest. Other ramdom thoughts:

  • Please make Al Michaels go away. I realize he is an icon of broadcasting, but it’s hard to watch him fellate everything Olympics.  I know he owes his career to one of the greatest moments in American sports history, but its’ time to hang up the knee pads Al. I mean afterall, Bob Costas has learned so much.
  • If you are Canadian and consider yourself a celebrity and you were not mentioned in any of the telecasts… Jump off the nearest glacier, because you are truly a nobody. Pam Anderson is a national celebrity, enough said.
  • I thought the USA had the worst team outfits ever, until I saw the reindeer sweaters the Canadians wore.
  • Canada used a mime as part of their closing ceremonies. Look Canada, if you want us all to leave just come ooot and say so.
  • The Canadian woman’s hockey team decided that it was OK to lay down on the ice, drink beer and smoke cigars after they won gold. As an American and long time fan and player of hockey let me issue the following response: “Fuck yeah, you did what everyone else wants to do but doesn’t have the balls to. Congrats ladies of Canadian hockey.”

Look Canada, nice job with hosting the games, the rubber moose ears were a real classy touch. Not sure when you’ll get the Olympic Games again, but rest assured you’ll always be welcome in your greatest role as America’s hat.

Collection Of Lynyrd Skynyrd Tattoos

The back tattoo portrait style. This was no drunken 2 a.m. stumble in the parlor job.

The armed variation of the back portrait.

The classic.

How to you improve a Skynyrd Tattoo? Add Molly Hatchet.

Name? Check. Rebel Flag? Check. Wing or other image relating to the song FreeBird? Check – Congratulations, It’s official.

Not as intense as the gun tat, but the imagery is undeniable…

All tattoos have a story, but this one has a story

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This tatto is so nice it should be air-brushed on the side of a van conversion.

I think the best place for your Skynyrd tribute has to be the forearm.

Bringing friends together…

Free Bird = Love.

As a side note, it was a lot easier finding Skynard tattos than when I tried to do a gallery of Manilow tattoos for Valentines Day.

Black Flag’s Nervous Breakdown 1984

Henry Rollins reads a passage from Henry Miller before Black Flag launches into Nervous Breakdown. The sound mix on the recording is tragic, but you’ve heard that song a thousand times anyway, right?

Best Dirty Martini Ever?

Via DapperScout.com


DapperScout.com (yes two in a row) claims to have the blueprint for the Best Dirty Martini Ever. Only one way to find out…, although I did some rough math and, starting from scratch, that’s about a $300 drink.

The DS editors have gone through their fair share of drinking establishments in search of the best dirty martini they could find.  And more often than not, the various concoctions handed back to us come terribly short of the chilled briny perfection we’ve been seeking.  The ratio of vodka to olive juice is sometimes completely random, the olives themselves are often inedible, and the choice of vodkas in most places is typically uninspired (e.g. Absolut, Grey Goose, etc).

Via DapperScout.com

And DapperScouts recipe:

The Best Dirty Martini Recipe

Ingredients
•    3.5 oz Dry Fly Vodka
•    ¼ oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
•    1 splash Castelvetrano olive brine (two splashes for extra dirty)

Steps
•    Add ice and pour all ingredients into the martini shaker
•    Shake vigorously for 20 seconds and then strain into the chilled martini glass
•    Garnish with three Castelvetrano olives

Best Dirty Martini is a heavy claim, but who am I to judge. I would say that my friends who like their martinis dirty would replace the word “splash” with sustained pour of olive juice…

Birillo Bar Stool by Joe Colombo

According to DapperScout.com:

When something you’ve designed finds its way into the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, it’s relatively safe to say that you’ve produced a work of art.  The Birillo Bar Stool by Joe Colombo (available at Moss for $2,945) happens to enjoy that notable distinction and reaffirms that as one of Italy’s most renowned product and furniture designers, Joe Colombo was a visionary.  The Birillo Bar Stool was considered avant-garde in the 1960s, and even in 2009, it remains gorgeously and unfalteringly compelling.  Fabricated out of stainless steel, fiberglass and leather, the Birillo Bar Stool possesses the unique quality of being synchronously retro and modern—an exceptional combination that we can’t help but obsess over and one that conspicuously sets this bar stool apart from its peers.

i-Tab – The Worlds First Electronic Song Book

The i-Tab looks interesting, but is it water proof? Judging by the amount of beer that’s been spilled on my fake-books over the years, this thing would short out in one night disembodied howling.

No matter what your ability – from absolute beginners to seasoned pros, the i-tab will sit quietly on the end of your guitar scrolling lyrics and chords in perfect time, ready for when you need a quick reminder or to help you learn a new song.

(via J-Walk)