Morning Free Association, May 23

It’s official: Brad Marchand is getting closer to his perfect linemate Patrice Bergeron by getting his second piece of the Triple Gold Club with his “shiny” new IIHF Gold medal. Marchy was an important part of Team Canada that defeated Finland in the championship game. Now all he needs to do is get Olympic Gold. That can’t be too hard, now can it? He has a couple of years to get advice from Bergy for that. Or maybe he can just give Marchy one since he has two. Sharing is caring!

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Bergy medal

So, Finland with elite potential draftee Draco Malfoy Patrik Laine took home Silver, and the Russians, the Bronze.

Until Sunday I had never heard his name pronounced and thought he was the son of the former (RIP) lead singer of Warrant.

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Obviously, I was missing the extra “a” and “i”, as is customary for most normal Finnish names. As it is, Laine does not fit my Finnish Names for Star Wars characters and it makes me sad.

In Other News:

May 22nd was World Goth Day. Naturally, we celebrated by playing mini golf and eating ice cream after a bitter defeat (well, my bitter defeat). I did wear much black and a skull necklace, so no need to fear.

Beer notes: The Narragansett Del’s Shandy is great in a can and sublime on tap. And Blue Point Toxic Sludge is a great black ale with a subtle smokey finish.

Uh, yeah, so that’s what I got. How about you?

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Satan81
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The BOB
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The BOB

Seemed like a foregone conclusion…

Satan81
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I can’t wait for Goodell to try to re-reinstate the suspension right before the Super Bowl, ’cause that is so totally where this is headed.

The BOB
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The BOB

That would be interesting, though at this point I am pessimistic about the chances for a re-hearing.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Morning All! Still on a high from the weekend! Two days on the river. Paddled my ass off Saturday. Surfedevery wave on the river, worked my way down through rapids, then paddled back up trough them, basically played every feature on the river. Didn’t have the energy for that yesterday, but still had a great day on the water. Plus, 4 – 0 versus zoar gap this season. Yay! Now to gear up for theYough next weekend. Lots of mowing on tap!

The BOB
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The BOB

Huzzah Tampa!

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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I called that series incorrectly. Pens should have started Murray last night

The BOB
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The BOB

No doubt about it. Now they are in rough shape for game 6… either the kid with shaken confidence or the playoff disaster.

Satan81
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It’s interesting how a “whatever” trade like Scuderi-for-Daley turned out to be such a big win for Pittsburgh and now a significant loss due to injury. It also seemed like Pittsburgh took their foot off the gas pedal in the last 5min of the 3rd period.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Now let’s see if they can finish the job.

Satan 81's Sister
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So a guy in my town has complained twice to my boss now that I’m absolutely horrible to him both at work and outside of work. Bitches be trippin.

Satan81
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Oh wait, is it a holiday over there? Memorial Day?

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Next week. Unless you’re in Canada. Then it’s today (Victoria Day).

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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You’ve been asking for it, my weekly rec league hockey round up returns!

But I ain’t gonna say much. We lost 7-1. It was the first time our team played hockey since mid March. I forgot ALL of the responsibilities of RW. We have two youth coaches who gave all the wingers an earful. One latter apologized and calmly explained what I needed to do next game. I thanked him for the reminder and had a beer with him.

But really, we were bad. I think we were nervous and snapped when the other team gained an early lead.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Hey. At least it wasn’t a shutout?

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Yeah! And we still had fun. After we got the lone goal, we relaxed and played much better. It was too little too late, but we know next game will be much different.

Satan81
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Is this the purple hockey team thing? I have some recollection of you playing hockey and it involving things being purple. Or I’m delusional. Or both.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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That was the purple team! I’m now playing hockey a town over in C2 level hockey. The purple league was cool because each team was allotted the same amount of C, B, and A players. I was playing against former pros in that league. I’m now playing for Team Small Batch against a bunch of bums like myself!

http://smallbatchws.com/

This league also uses a cool stats website. Here is my profile.
http://www.pointstreak.com/players/playerpage.html?playerid=9429526&seasonid=15627

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

As long as the beer stays cold, it’s a successful night of jockeying!!!!

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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It was a successful night!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

FUCK!!!!! That’s hockeying

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

This tablet does not like that “word”.

Satan81
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Ah, ok, got it. Nice!

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement
UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Good Morning,

– I think it’s funny that I’ve started figuring out who writes the MFA just based on reading it.
– I did a lot of yard work this weekend in hopes that I’ll have a yard. And by yard, I mean green stuff (grass, weeds, crabgrass) vs. what we have now, which is just dirt in some spots.
– I forgot how much yard work sucks. It’s been a few years since I had to take of my parents’
– Watched some of the Pens/Bolts game last night. Missed the 3rd, but it got interesting in the 2nd at least.
– And the top story of my day: I got a random LinkedIn connection from a guy that we know from church (side note: he also has the most freaking adorable kids I’ve ever seen) last Thursday. When we got to church on Sunday, he came over and asked me if I was looking for a job and that he thinks there’s a position at his company that I might be good for. I have to get him my resume tonight, but he said he’d get it actually to the hiring manager’s desk. I actually applied to this job about a month ago and I know I fit the job description perfectly. Let’s see if I finally caught a break here.

Blue Point Toxic Sludge

I need to try this just for the name (and I love me some dark smokey beers).

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Also. I love yard work!!!

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

I guess I don’t hate it that much. It’s just rough when it has to be done in a tiny window. Also, planing seeds sucks because for the first week or two, it looks like you have nothing to show for your work.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

True. I have all week. I take my time and enjoy it most of the time.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Sounds lime great news! Best of luck!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

FUCKIN’ autocorrect!!! Like not lime.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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It was the best of limes. It was the worst of limes.

Satan 81's Sister
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I like limes.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

#teamlime

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

I also like limes (when in a glass (with ice (and tonic water (and gin)))).

Satan 81's Sister
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Or when squeezed into some tequila and a splash of juice. Or when part of a wonderful concoction of fruit and red wine. Or when they are limes called “key” and are in pie form.

The BOB
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The BOB

The real question is, what brand of gin…

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

The best brand of gin is bourbon!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Death’s Door

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

eeks…what are you allergic to in it? Its kinda odd allergy seeing how its the second most pure alcohol behind vodka.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

ah…boo…tis one of my favorite spirits.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Fuck a bunch of gin! I have no use for the stuff. Jo however, says gin and tonic season is approaching! We have three handles of gin unopened. They were given to us by someone who doesn’t know me. We’re thinking of taking some to Mom’s birthday party and sitting back to watch the fun unfold.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

It is ok, i can toast over anything that isnt Vodka…so there shall be other options.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Currently, my bar has Brokers Gin in it.

The BOB
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The BOB

Not familiar with that one.

The real question is, Tanqueray or Bombay?

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Either. I’m not particularly picky.

The BOB
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The BOB

Wow, you may be the first I can recall that didn’t have a preference between the two. They are pretty different flavors.

When the wife worked as a bartender she found that women overwhelmingly order Bombay while men go for Tanqueray. I’d say that has held true about 90% of the time for me.

UnstableElement
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I don’t have the most refined pallet in the world. Plus, I enjoy variety in my life. I very rarely will buy the same brand of any spirit two times in a row unless it’s something hard to replace like Kaluha. I currently have a tequila at my house with a stag on it. I don’t even remember what it’s called.

That said, if I find a steal on Four Roses like I did on my current bottle, I may not pass that up.

Satan81
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Nothing beats whiskey on sale.

Satan81
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Monkey 47

The BOB
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The BOB

I’m serious though… wife was a bartender and noticed a trend. Generally seems to hold, wanted to further test it.

Satan81
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I’m almost entirely not a gin person, but I do like Hendrick’s and Monkey 47.

The BOB
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The BOB

Not heard of the latter, the former is too much cucumber for me.

Satan81
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Monkey 47 is a really nice dry gin from the Black Forest in Germany.

The BOB
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The BOB

I was amused/impressed with seeing pre-mixed cans of G&T. Was Beefeater which is atrocious so I didn’t try it

Satan81
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I haven’t gone anywhere near any of that stuff.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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I’m always skeptical of the pre-mixed cocktails. They tend to use crappy mass-market booze, while I tend to be a top-shelf snob.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

This is common practice in states like New Hampshire. It gets companies around the Alcohol Beverage Control.

Satan81
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Good thing to reach for if you fall out of a boat.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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LinkedIn and church rock!

I have a solution for yard work: rock garden.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

If I ever move to Arizona, my solution will be a cacti garden.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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We have a garden. Our crop of rocks is only matched by our crop of tree roots.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Bet it can’t match my crop of (grub-infested) dirt currently.

Satan 81's Sister
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Have my brother mow your lawn! He loves mowing lawns

Satan81
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With fire.

Satan 81's Sister
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Good luck with the job! Definitely keeping my fingers crossed!

Satan81
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Hey, best of luck with the job!

Satan81
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In case you haven’t listened to it yet, Kirk Luedeke’s latest podcast is up:

PODCAST: Lauzon & DeBrusk Memorial Cup update and 2016 NHL Draft observations

He really really really likes Jake DeBrusk. He also really really really likes Dante Fabbro and is bearish on Jakob Chychrun.

At the end, he hypes up Eeli (EHH-lee not EE-lye) Tolvanen, who will be draft-eligible in 2017. Holy fuckballs:

Sadly, unless the B’s have a disastrous season, there’s no way they’ll get Tolvanen, who’s likely to go in the top 5.

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