Saturday, July 1, 2017

Summer catching up post

Things have been busy at the Abode du Stunt Zombie, so I haven't had as much time to post my mindless ramblings. But, I'm here today to write about some of the random crap that I've neglected to share with you these past few weeks.

Dogfish Head Beer For Breakfast Stout

I ended up cutting this one out of my Smorgasbord of Summer Snacks. Not because I didn't like it, but I think that post was already a bit long as it is. Anyhow, I'd be lying if I said the label didn't play a part in me picking up this beer. A farmer pig, wearing a trucker hat and flannel, enjoying a big ol stack of pancakes? I'm sold.

Beer For Breakfast purportedly uses scrapple spices, maple syrup, and coffee in the making of this deep, dark, brew. I enjoyed it, but I did find the coffee kind of overpowered everything else. I'd love to sit here and tell you that it tasted like a plate full of scrapple and pancakes, but it was mostly like drinking a cup of cold coffee with a kick.

Shit, maybe I made a mistake by drinking it chilled. Next time I'll try it at room temp, or even warm..

While I'm on foods that are supposed to taste like breakfast..

Oreo Waffles and Syrup

I paid redacted for these on Amazon. That's the most I've ever spent on a single item of junk food, and it's likely the only time I'm going to do it. It's not that I didn't feel they were worth it. I mean, they weren't. It's a pack of freakin' cookies. But, I knew I wasn't going to get this variety anywhere near here, and I really wanted to try them and share my thoughts. And then they got cut from the smorgasbord. I already had two flavors of ice cream, I couldn't have two different flavors of Oreo cookies, too! That's what I tell myself so I don't feel so bad about buying a pack of cookies for redacted.

If you're not familiar with the Waffles and Syrup Oreo, it uses the "Golden" cookie, and has the regular white creme surrounding an island of maple syrup creme. It's like Goetze's Caramel Creams  in reverse. I was wondering how they were going to pull this one off, and I'm sad to say, they didn't. The maple flavor is pretty good, but that's all that's there. I was hoping for even a hint of butter, the tiniest bit of malted waffle, but it was all just sweet cookie and creme.

It's certainly not a bad flavor, and I think I prefer it to Trader Joe's maple cookies, but I'd like to see Nabisco start to take more risks with their Oreo flavors. Add some savory elements in there for once.

Pepsi Fire

On my Twitter feed, there were two sides: Those who hated Pepsi Fire, and the "It's okay" crowd. I've always enjoyed mixing a little Fireball in my Pepsi, so I was kinda looking forward to this one. It's actually..pretty good. If you were to take one of those Red Hot candies and toss it into a bottle of Pepsi, I think you'd end up with something like this. Really, the only complaint I could raise against it is not enough fire. I ended up making what I'm going to call a 3 Alarm Fire, which is basically just Pepsi Fire with a shot of Fireball tossed in. It really ups the spicy.

Now I just have to wait for them to come out with a diet option.

The Deloreans at the Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club

So, there's this 80's cover band that Chelsea and I have been trying to see for years. They would either be playing hours away, we had something else going on, or it was past my bedtime and I would wuss out. Well, some friends of ours heard they were playing at their country club, and snagged a couple of tickets for us.

Since it's an 80's cover band, we figured we should all look like we stepped out of a John Hughes movie. I was going for the 80's jackass that drives the convertible BMW, and ultimately loses the girl to the underdog. I think I'd be played by James Spader if they made a movie about me. Things got a little awkward when the band first started playing.  It's not that they weren't good, they were great. They performed coveres of Duran Duran, George Micheal, and Billy Idol, and nailed them. But, nobody was dancing. Most of the crowd was milling about, or sitting in their lawn chairs. Eventually, Chelsea and my friend's wife got up and started dancing, and were joined by a couple other people. There was still a lot of open space on the dance lawn though.

It wasn't until the sun went down, and the band got on for their second set that things really started hopping. I had enough alcohol in me by that point, that I even got up and shook my money maker. It was a fun show, and I highly recommend seeing The Deloreans if you get the chance.

Oh, and I got the girl at the end. Suck it Ducky.

Screen on the Green- Oyster Farm Restaurant

One of my earliest memories is sitting in grass next to my mom's station wagon, scared out of my mind as Freddy Krueger tried to kill a sleeping teenager. I don't know how many movies I saw at the local drive-in, but they were all horror, they were all scary, and I was way too young for any of them. That drive-in closed down over 20 years ago, so there's been a serious lack of places to view movies outside for a couple decades now. Well, there was until a few weeks ago. The Oyster Farm, a seafood restaurant in Cape Charles, has started showing movies on their lawn every other Tuesday during the summer. When Chelsea told me the first movie they were showing would be Jaws, I knew we were going.

Jaws is another one of those movies that scared the hell out of me as a child. Yet, it still became one of my favorite films. I don't care what I'm doing, if I'm flipping through channels and Jaws is on, I'm gonna have to watch a few minutes of it at least. In a way, this was my first chance to see it on "the big screen", even if it meant I probably wouldn't get home until midnight on a Tuesday. We paid our admission, set up our chairs, and basked in the glory of a vintage Spielberg adventure. Other than the jackass behind us that decided he needed to narrate the last 10 minutes, it was a great experience. They're going to be playing some classics this summer (including Ghostbusters!), so I'm sure we're going to go again.

Wonder Woman!

I never thought I would say this, but I'm getting a little burnt out on superhero flicks. I know, I know..if my 8-13 year old self could hear me, he'd probably try to kick my ass. I kind of feel the same way about Star Wars too, so I guess I'm all about traumatizing the kid in me. Still, I figured I should at least check out Wonder Woman's first solo adventure on the big screen. And you know what, it was pretty awesome. I haven't been a fan of the most recent flicks based on DC Comics properties. They just haven't been as fun as the Marvel flicks, straying too far into the grim and gritty. Even Superman, a character that is supposed to be a beacon of hope, an example for humanity to strive to, seemed to be more of a miserable, mopey bastard.

Thankfully, Wonder Woman dispenses with most of the melodrama, and gives us a DC film that's a lot more fun than their previous efforts. There are a few slow spots, but it ended up being a fun ride. I'm still not excited about the Justice League film, but I might watch just to see Wonder Woman kick some more ass. Also, if I was still in high school, I'd totally ask Gal Gadot to prom. Hell, I still might.

Adventure on the high seas!

Last weekend was pretty busy for us. Not only did we go see Wonder Woman, we went on a little kayaking adventure on Sunday. We left out of the dock near my childhood home, and paddled to the nearby winery for a glass of vino. I don't know how far away it was, but I definitely felt like I got a workout by the time we got there. That's the main problem with kayaking, walking, or biking a long distance to get somewhere. You still have to propel yourself back where you came from. We each enjoyed a nice refreshing glass of wine, basking in the beautiful weather, before we made the trek back to port. While we were out there, I figured I might as well paddle by my childhood home, just to see if it was still standing.

It's hard to tell, but if you squint at the middle of the picture, you can see the peak of the roof of my old home. The shoreline has become almost unrecognizable after all these years. They've added a bunch of docks, no doubt for the shellfish operation they have set up, and all the trees have grown to the point you can barely see the houses. I used to be able to fish on the other side of the creek and see my kitchen window. Now I can barely spot the chimney sticking out of the roof. Passing by the driveway on the way back home was even more of a shock. The trees have grown to the point that you can't even see the houses from the road anymore. Almost like they don't even exist. As they say, you can't go home, probably because you can't recognize the place anymore.

So that's what's been happening the past couple of months. It's been full of fun, sun, food and drinks. I hope whoever reads this enjoys the upcoming holiday. Don't blow your fingers off!

And now I'll leave you with this picture of an osprey, who is clearly upset that I'm paddling past its nest.


  1. Waffle Syrup Oreos :( Post with a bunch of random :)

    1. Yeah, the Waffle Syrup isn't my favorite, but I wouldn't say it's bad.

  2. I actually like Waffles and Syrup Oreos. It's taste is different from other regular cookies and this is what I like about them as I like trying new things, we should always have some change in our life.


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