Morning Free Association, September 21

We’re getting closer to actual hockey, I swear. The problem is this tournament isn’t satisfying that craving we all have.

So, Sweden beat Finland 2-0. To be fair, Tuukka (because honestly, like Cher, he only needs one name) only let one past him- the other was an empty net goal by former teammate, Loui Eriksson.

Team USA scored first, but never regained the lead after Canada took a 3-1 lead with goals by Corey Perry and Matt Duchene (x2). Team USA is eliminated with the 4-2 loss. But, they’re so lucky, they get to play another game on Thursday against the other eliminated team in their group, Czech Republic. I think. The broadcasters were all over the place with disseminating information that I chose to not believe anything they said. I mean, one of them was this guy:

I am always amazed that a guy that old can believe that greasy, slicked-back hair in a mullet is a good look for anyone, anytime, even prime-time on national television. The only thing worse than his hair was whatever popped out of his mouth.

In related news: A notable exemption from Team USA, had this to say about his evening.

PHIL KESSEL WINS THE WCH! AND THE INTERNET FOR TODAY!

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The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Guys ever heard of Syd Straw? I’m seeing her perform this weekend.

Satan 81's Sister
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I’ve heard the name. Don’t think I’ve ever listen to her stuff.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good Morning All!
Double header tonight!!! Finals in two different divisions. One will be a shit show I can guarangoddamntee you. (I first heard that word in basic training from the mouth of our drill sargeant, Tech Sgt Haines. He told us we would never forget his name and 35 years later I have to agree).
Team USA… meh. Fuck them.
Loving all the free time that comes with the end of summer.
Packing gear today for the weekend in Jamaica…. VT.
Coffee, what else?
Et tu?

Satan81
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I’m working from home today so I’m having scotch.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I work from home everyday (hic).

Satan 81's Sister
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I wanna work from home.

The London Bear
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Hello!

I’ve really enjoyed the WCH games I’ve seen. It’s been fun to get behind Team Europe and have some new players to root for, as 90% of the hockey watch involves either the Bruins or Slovak national team. I also see very little of the Western Conference due to time difference, so it’s good to get a proper look at Josi and Kopitar and people like that.

Today’s SWE v TNA should be good – Swedes will want to win to avoid Canada in the semis and TNA really need to win to have a decent chance of advancing.

My house is again a wasp-free zone – Yay! – tho I can’t help feeling a bit sorry for the little blighters.

Here’s a short video about Chara’s hometown and its hockey connections you might enjoy.

Satan81
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Satan 81's Sister
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Landlord sprayed into the roof the other day. Holy wasp carnage, Batman!

The London Bear
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Haven’t ventured up into the loft yet, but I have visions of opening the hatch and thousands of bodies falling out grin

Satan 81's Sister
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I think everyone wants to avoid Canada at this point. Sweden/Finland was a win/win for me yesterday because Sweden won but Tuukka did well so I was happy with that result. Team Europe has been a great story with everyone writing them off and then being the surprise of the tournament. Love it.

Satan 81's Sister
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I don’t know, the WCH has been satisfying my itch and I’ve been enjoying it.

So ready to be back at my apartment. Fingers crossed today but most likely tomorrow.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

So you’re staying with Satan parents?

Satan 81's Sister
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Yup. And have been eating all the SatanOreos!

Satan81
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Eat all the Barbara’s Puffins and Quaker Oat Squares while you’re at it!

carvinbass18
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wait, what happened to your apartment

Satan 81's Sister
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Landlord has been doing some much needed upgrades this week.

carvinbass18
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there ya go. At least it’s not something really bad right?

Satan 81's Sister
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It’s a good thing as the apartment desperately needed it. New door, a new window, new tub and vanity in the bathroom. New floor in the entry way. New light fixtures. Some new paint. Damn, I’m getting a lot! Only big snag this week was they guy working on the bathroom hit the gas line.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

guy working on the bathroom hit the gas line.

That could solve the low ceiling problem!

Satan81
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Did they fix that angular ceiling problem?

Satan 81's Sister
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Nope! My apartment is still anti-tall person!

Satan81
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It’s anti-short-person, too, if they stand close enough to the wall.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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PICS

Satan 81's Sister
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The roof cuts off half of my living room. If you’re not used to it, it’s concussion central.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

oof – me

Satan 81's Sister
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The 7 1/2 floor in Being John Malkovich? That’s my apartment.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

yeah…id need like a wheelchair or something to be in there.

Satan 81's Sister
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And a good chiropractor after you leave.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

I need one of those on retainer.

Satan81
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You don’t want to see the “quiet room”.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

prolly not, but i may want to hear the quiet room.

Satan 81's Sister
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Actually not so much anti-tall person, more anti-anyone taller than 5’5″.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Oh. That’s most people.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Ekblad with a concussion…as much as i love to see these international competitions you really do have to hold your breath and hope a contract player doesn’t get injured.

In other news, still getting over sinusitis…my head is yucky. Hope to get better in time for oktoberfest on the 24th…..and then….HOME SUNDAY WOOOOO!!!!!!!

hope everyone is doing well!

Satan81
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I love how Oktoberfest is in September.

Speaking of which, I’ll be in Munich, Bavaria this weekend. I suppose I should finally check out Oktoberfest for the first time, despite numerous visits to Munich in September.

The London Bear
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I suppose I should finally check out Oktoberfest

Hell, yes you should! I don’t know how they make the special Oktoberfest brews, but when I went there I left at the point when I could no longer see, but when the alarm went off next morning (at 8am!) – No hangover!

Satan81
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The major thought-barriers that have prevented me from going to Oktoberfest:

– I’m already in Germany.
– The beer is cheaper outside of Oktoberfest.
– Germany will never run out of beer.
– Germany has special beers all the time.
– Tourists.

The London Bear
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All good points – but get yourself tickets into one of the Halles, or whatever they call them, and you’ll reduce the tourist issue – they don’t know you need tickets.

More expensive yes, but it is worth it to see it one time

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

my dad has been sever times and has always said it was one of his fav. memories in europe. I’d recommend it at least once.

Satan 81's Sister
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Yay home! How long have you been in PIT?

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Aug 15th till Sept 25th, i was home one weekend from the 19th-21st for a weekend, but other than that…ive been here.

Satan 81's Sister
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Ew.

Satan81
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Hey! There are plenty of nice things in Pittsburgh!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

yeah, its honestly a much better city than it once was. I’ve thought about moving here but being so far away from the coast and boston doesn’t make me happy. Plus, good luck watching a bruins game at a bar out here. Plus…all the good breweries.

Satan81
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I lived there for 5 years for college (Carnegie-Mellon). The South Side is all kinds of fun. The Strip District is cool, too. If you want cds and records, definitely go to Eide’s. For comic books, Phantom of the Attic in the Oakland neighborhood is great. I’ve still never been to the Andy Warhol Museum, but if I’m ever in Pittsburgh again, I’ll definitely go.

Oh and Primanti Brothers sandwiches are pretty damn good.

Also, Pittsburgh has my favorite skyline of any city.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Primanti’s is over-rated…ive heard the original has better product. I also would like to go to the Andy Warhol Museum, still havnt been. Other nice things,
PNC park is a beautiful baseball stadium and not 86 bucks a seat.
The restaurant scene is blossoming into something really good.
Happy hour is ridiculous out here.

down side…people drive like FUCKING IDIOTS.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

down side…people drive like FUCKING IDIOTS.

Common to all 50 states!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Especially Connecticut!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

I dunno…the more states i drive in the further down the list CT goes on worst states to drive in. I feel like most CT drivers are either driving too fast to pass or move over when you come up on them.

Satan81
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I agree that Primanti’s is over-hyped, however, if you just take their sandwiches at face value (with slaw and fries inside) they’re plenty good.

The Original (“The O”) on the other hand…here’s what you gotta know:

– It is not there for quality.
– It is there for watching the Steelers, drinking beers, and eating a giant portion of cheapo greasy fries.
– Seriously, order a small.
– You can get cheese and gravy with your fries. Do it.
– The fries are not to leave the building. They have a half-life of about 20 minutes.

Satan81
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Reposting:

Hey! I have 2 free tickets to go skate on the Warrior practice arena ice this Sunday. The details:

Free Skate at the Warrior practice arena
Sunday, September 25 (THIS SUNDAY)
4:45 PM
Must bring your own skates!

If you want ’em, just chime in!

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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I wish I could make this

Satan 81's Sister
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THERE’S A GIANT HOCKEY STICK PEOPLE! GET ON THIS!

Satan81
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Did I mention you get to see a giant hockey stick?

carvinbass18
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Good morning everyone.
I just cant get into this tournament. I’ve tried, but the ESPN crew just doesn’t inspire me to watch and I hate the US team, which is something that shouldn’t happen. It’s all just so forgettable. Its getting harder to consider this an international tournament with both non countries potentially moving on to the next round.

Kessel wins for sure, but right now at 7:02, coffee is better.

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