Posts Tagged ‘Mad Men’

I just might be in the throws of the slowest and most preventable death in history – death by Netflix.

We nearly ended out subscription earlier this summer as a way to save a few bucks in the summer. We weren’t using it much, anyway, especially after Yo Gabba Gabba!, Dora and other kid favorites were eliminated from the catalog. But then Arrested Development made its long-awaited return. And Orange is the New Black debuted. And, now, I’ve gotten into House of Cards. Oy.

The problem is – at least – twofold. (more…)

Welcome to this week’s links.

* Description will be weak on this one so please click on it to see the pictures. A former NASA guy created images that show what planets would look like from Earth if they were the same distance away as the moon. Again, description doesn’t do it justice. Just look at Jupiter and Saturn.

* Interesting story from Yahoo’s Kevin Iole about the Iron Sheik. You know him from hating America during wrestling events in the 1980s. The Sheik’s had a tough life.

* Brian Phillips with a fascinating piece about the surfaces on tennis courts and why those surfaces are the reason for the golden age of men’s tennis. But, he wonders, why doesn’t anyone mention this?

* Charlie Pierce on Aaron Hernandez. 

* Adrian Peterson says a Detroit player asked him what he was juicing with during his amazing 2012 season.

* The New York Times writes about the decline and fall of the English major.

* Interesting interview with Padraig Harrington, who talks Rory, Tiger and his own struggles.

* The 24 best sketches from Mr. Show.

* Wright Thompson writes about the 1972 terrorist attacks at the Olympics and the memories that still linger. 

* Kevin Van Valkenburg on 15-year-old Dylan Moses, a football phenom and sought-after recruit. 

* Nineteen years ago Thursday this was the cover of Sports Illustrated.

* This is weirdly awesome: A site that will give you coffee-shop sounds.

* Mad Men is done for the season. Here’s what creator Matt Weiner had to say about the finale.

Destined to Draper?

Posted: April 8, 2013 by terryvandrovec in Uncategorized
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So Don Draper is back. I won’t get into the specifics of that just in case you have yet to see the Season 6 debut of Mad Men.

The show got me thinking, as it often does – that’s part of what sets it apart.

One of the most remarkable things about Draper is that he seems ideally suited for a specific era, the late 1950s to early 1960s. He’s just not in the prime of his life at that time, he IS that time. His clothes, his haircut, his age, his build. It’s mind boggling that someone on the planet fits that role so specifically and just happened to be in the right time and place to get the part. (more…)

The Moscow Mule presented in a proper copper mug.

For the record, I am not an alcoholic. In fact, anything more than two drinks and I end up spending the night doubled over in pain, restless and soaked in self-loathing. I’m not a lightweight when it comes to liquor, I’m a featherweight.

And why am I pointing this out? Because Fury recently brought to my attention that our uninitiated readers might have the wrong idea about me, what with all the talk of beer and booze. And because I’ve discovered a new drink, although it’s actually an old drink. At least, that’s what the story on the side of the box that contained my new copper mug says. And if you can’t trust what’s printed on cardboard …

In 1947, John Martin of Smirnoff ran into the owner of a Los Angeles restaurant called Cock’n Bull. The restauranteur had been trying to push his imported ginger beer with scant success. Martin saw an opportunity to promote his vodka. And so the Moscow Mule was born. Vodka, ginger beer and lime, served in a frosted copper mug. Soon the new drink was sweeping the country!

So the Moscow Mule has a quirky back story in addition to an interesting name and a smooth flavor. Yet I’d never even heard of it until this month – further proof, by the way, of my sobriety – when I stumbled across it in a back alley bar in Lincoln, Neb. (more…)