While I really enjoy the 4th of July, I feel like fireworks aren’t that great. Are there aspects of other major holidays that you think are a little overrated? -sportfan4lfie2012
Ben: I definitely agree on Fourth of July. I hung out with some friends this weekend, but the night of, I stayed in and watched National Treasure, which was a much better night. The hot dog eating contest is also the grossest thing in the world.
Logan: Now that I’m old and on a diet, the candy aspect of Halloween is much less exciting. I enjoy the horror aspect more these days.
Jake: Turkey on Thanksgiving. It just never works out.
Jeff: As the father of a three-year-old and a one-year-old plus an early shift worker, I’m waiting for someone to set off fireworks after city curfew to call the police… Tuesday! They shoot them as I type on a Tuesday! Oh, and New Years Eve is a useless holiday as a whole.
Jake P.: The Jake Caucus is in complete agreement on the outcome of turkey on Thanksgiving.
What’s your “song of the summer” this year? – DressHerInWhiteAndGold
Jake: It’s definitely not new music, I’ll tell you that. However, I’ve been looping “State I’m In” from NeedToBreathe lately. But I actually always listen to them, so I’m not sure if that counts on its own.
Jeff: I hate 60s music in general, but I found a dance cover of “Dancing in the Moonlight” by Jubel that I played a lot.
Carter: I’m beyond excited CHVRCHES is releasing a new album in August. The lead single “He Said, She Said” absolutely hits. And since you specifically mentioned Dua Lipa’s “Levitating”, it’s my #2. I was completely unfamiliar with her music until I saw the video of Bad Bunny jamming at the Grammys during her performance. It made the wedding playlist easy.
Jake P.: I recently had a huge Dire Straits kick. I know it’s cliche, but “Money for Nothing” has been played too many times to count in my car and elsewhere. Just an incredible number. A little off topic, but I stand by my opinion that “Sultans of Swing” is the greatest guitar song of all time.
Hot summer day cruising the frozen dessert path at Piggly Wiggly; what goes home in your freezer? – DressHerInWhiteAndGold
Ben: Get you some Tillamook ice cream, the taste doesn’t matter. It’s the creamiest best ice cream I’ve had.
Logan: Those multicolored fun pops. the ones that are just water in plastic and freeze overnight. The problem is that I always have about 10 yellow ones that take up space in my fridge.
Jake: You see, I generally prefer ice cream over fruity desserts, but Twin Pops from Schwan really hit the spot on a hot day. Schwan freezer food delivery, is that a Midwestern thing? Anyway, those guys were the best. Their praline ice cream cones were pretty tasty too.
Ben (again): It’s not just a Midwestern thing, Jake. My family had Schwan delivery too!
Jeff: It’s a cycle of either cookie dough ice cream, ice cream sandwiches or banana pops.
Jake P.: I’m a big fan of all things orange dreamicle. The ice cream flavor, popsicles, anything with that great combination.
Should Reggie Bush Get His Heisman Back? – DressHerInWhiteAndGold
Logan: Yes. While we’re at it GT should get their 2009 ACC Championship back against Clemson. Has nothing to do with players getting paid, I just think the NCAA is stupid.
Jake: I agree with both of the above.
Jeff: The funny thing about this is that the Heisman Commission can do it without the permission of the NCAA. They just shrugged off the responsibility. The committee was the one who took it away.
Carter: What those guys above said.
Why sky go boom? – Notwima13
Logan: I don’t want to say aliens… but they were aliens.
Jeff: Aliens with subwoofers in their UFOsFO
I hope this week is happier than the last. I’ll try to keep it short, because I want to enjoy the rest of my free time this Monday.
So SGDQ started on Sunday (Summer Games Done Quick). It is an online speedrunning exhibition of video games that lasts a week. Players run their favorite games and people watch online and donate money to Doctors Without Borders to support a good cause. It’s a small niche event, but many people enjoy it every year and it raises money for a good cause. Check it out if you get the chance: https://gamesdonequick.com/
To my question, what is a niche event or charity that you enjoy participating in every year that you think more people should know about?
That’s all I have.
Have a nice one.
Sonic The Hedgehog (submitted via email)
Ben: I enjoy being involved in community theater which is always a good way to give back to the community. I don’t know if it’s a niche thing, but I like it!
Logan: I do St. Baldricks every year. People donate money to research to cure and prevent childhood cancer and in return I get my head shaved. It’s fun and it’s for a good cause. If my hair starts to fall out, I might change my stance on the event, but right now it’s one of my favorite events of the year.
Jake: I’d say the EDSBS Charity Bowl for New American Pathways is niche, but it’s NOT a NiChE AUdIeNcE™ and they raised about three quarters of a million dollars last year, so good for them to get the word out.
Jeff: I work for Delta Air Lines and for Relay For Life we had a plane pull. Teams from different departments grabbed a rope tied to the nose of a 757 and tried to pull it the fastest over a certain distance. It’s hilarious to watch 30 people trying to tow a fairly large jet by hand.