Destination Anywhere – Part I: StarRider

Great Day to You, Friday Fun Facters!


Special Announcements:

Happy Birthday I!: Walt, one of our casual observers celebrated a milestone birthday this past  weekend. We offer both our congratulations for making it this far, as well as our condolences for… making it this far.

Happy Birthday II!: To casual observer JohnH. Raise a glass on the coast for us all!

RIP: Clarence Clemons, E Street Band. Jungleland lives on…        


A year ago this weekend, maybe to the day, I embarked on an epic adventure. A vacation, of sorts. Only, I wasn’t really sure I was going on a vacation. And, I didn’t know where I was going. AND, I didn’t even know who was going.


This is the story of that adventure. Or, maybe this is the adventure of that story…

So a darn good buddy of mine gives me a ring. He lives a bit aways from the outskirts ofCleveland– a bit more like the east coast. He asks if I can grab a couple of days off. He was coming to town and we were going to head out together. “Uh, yeah, sure, I’ll see what I can do.” My supervisor is pretty good, actually excellent, about all of us getting out of the office for time off, so we were good to go.

Now, let me intercede, with a comment or two, if I may. Understand, I’m all about these kind of adventures. However, I also like to be prepared for the trip. I wasn’t even sure what to pack. So, I was riding blind on this one…

OK, back from commercial break, we continue with the episode.

My buddy flies into town & I pick him up at the airport.  On the evening of his arrival, we spend our time catching up at a local distillery of libations – just crossing paths with some of our favorite conversations to see where they will take us. It’s good to partake in the night with my old friend. It was one of those nights you see in the movies, or read in a novel – two great friends catching up on personal events, talking music, and waxing the philosophic. He still isn’t really giving me any details. All I know is we are heading out the next morning on a road trip around 10:00am. It’s good timing, as far as I’m concerned – long enough to let us recover from tearing up the night, and yet, early enough that the day isn’t wasted. We head home, with the last efforts of packing what I can ahead of me, and awaiting the ten o’ clock morning hour…

Long abouts 10:00 or 10:15, there is a knock at the door. A little odd, but not completely out of the ordinary. Special Delivery? Telegram? Candygram? FedEx Guy? None of the above. Instead, I open the door to see two of my very close friends standing in my driveway.

There’s a conspiracy afoot.

So, now I know that my friend from the east coast has been in communiqué with the friends that I spend quite a bit of social time with during both the weekends, and the more-than-occasional weekday nights. The friends standing in the driveway, in fact, are part of the unofficially official Thursday night crew with which some Friday Fun Facts are formed or inspired, unbeknownst to them… at least until they read the Friday Fun Fact. This made the impending trip of mystery even more interesting. We hop in the car, & off we go…

As the family truckster headed west, we began to do what friends do on long trips – get into the groove of the open road through with music & light conversation. Daily occurrences, family events, work scenarios, and personal goals & tribulations all work themselves into the mix. In other words, to quote the great American fictional characterDalton, “man’s search for faith, and that kind of $#@!.”

Of course, I still don’t know where we’re going…

First stop on our journey is the famed educational institution, the University of Notre Dame. The stop was apparently a good breaking point for lunch. We roamed the campus, hit the bookstore, and feasted at Legends of Notre Dame Restaurant & Alehouse Pub. An incredible first stop!

OK, I need to intercede here again. To be completely honest, I’m not a fan of The Fighting Irish. When Notre Dame plays That Team Up North in football, I root for the football. However, that being said, Notre Dame’s campus is a special place. I’ve heard sportscasters & athletes often say there is something special when you visit Notre Dame. I couldn’t agree with them more. It was magic to set foot on that campus, and I enjoyed every moment. As we passed through lunch & our visit to Notre Dame, I am constantly aware that special memories are being made.

Of course, I’ll still be rooting for the football…

Back to our episode.

Off we go. Crossing more state lines. Up next is Illinois, I reckon, if I have my geography & my spelling right. Must be vacationing in Chi-kah-go. Looking forward to it! I’ve never spent any time in The Windy City, so I’m up for the adventure. We park the truckster at my friend’s sister’s place. Time for a night w/the Blues. Not that any of us were depressed at all, but we are culturally inclined to throw down an evening of Blues music at a local joint. After all, we’re in Chicago…

Kingston Mines. Two stages. Creole food. Music until dawn.

We head there because a band from back in the day, and a lead singer ago – Foreigner – played there at some point early in their careers. Funny thing, my good friend is in the military, so two were able to get in for the price of one with any military ID. The two stages are in two different rooms, so as one band ends, the next begins, and the patrons get up to change rooms. The music plays on. One conversation blends into another. A night and a time to remember…

By the way, did I tell you that we weren’t staying in Chi-kah-go for the weekend?! Must’ve skipped my mind, thinking back to all of those great blues tunes. A late night, a few more conversations, a very few hours of sleep, and away we go, again…

We have to take our pause here for the day. We’re out of time for this week’s episode! (Special Note I: I love this next part!) Stay tuned to next week’s episode to see just where our journey takes us next!


Tunes of The Week:

Destination Anywhere – Jon Bon Jovi

On The Road Again – Willie Nelson

Living On The Edge – White Lion

Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen

Everywhere I Roam – Metallica

Here I Go Again – Whitesnake

Starrider – Foreigner


May Your Friday Be Followed By An Adventurous Saturday!

Raise A Glass!


Realizar Sus Ambiciones

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Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Or A Change In LAttitude?

Great Day to You, Friday Fun Facters!


Special Announcements:

For Googlers everywhere, the last two days have been a Les Paul treat!


Have you seen the name of a boat that sunk yesterday?

So, Friday Fun Fact’s question is: What the h-e-double-hockey-stick was the boat owner thinking when he named his skiff      Titanic 2?!

Did it dawn on Mark Wilkinson AT ALL that philosophically, this can be considered one of THE monumental self-fulfilling prophecies of all time! I mean, do you name your kid Custer?! Loser?! Bartman?!

Special Note I: Sorry, GregK, it had to be said.

Is this akin to the Dennis Leary comedy routine?

“Poor Lou Gehrig – dies of Lou Gehrig’s disease. How the hell do you not see that coming?”

This goes BEYOND a normal lack of creativity or originality. Mr. Wilkinson would have had a better shot at being witty by calling it Air Force One – after the President’s airplane, or Fido – in fond remembrance of his childhood dog. Instead, he decides to name his boat as the sequel to one of the greatest and well-known maritime disasters in history. Notice I said history; not decade or century. History. I’d love to hear the explanation he gave to his family & friends:

“Well, I thought it would be a good name for a boat.”

There are some things you just don’t do:

  • You don’t pass on the right
  • You don’t pick your nose, or your friend’s nose, in public
  • You don’t tattoo your significant other’s name ANYWHERE on your body
  • You don’t date a lady with a dagger tattoo
  • You don’t say “bomb” on a plane, or in a crowded place, for that matter
  • And, you don’t name your boat after one that sunk… famously

Special Note II: Just so you’re aware, there were two (count ‘em, TWO!) paraphrased movie quotes in the above list! One is easy; the other is a little tougher – without Google!

Now, in true Friday Fun Fact fashion (Special Note III: Please recognize the poetry of the quadruple alliteration! Can you hear our resident researchers furiously typing in another window?!), we turn the tables on our perspective. Maybe, just maybe, we need to take a different approach to this one. As we recall the Friday Fun Fact philosophy of being on the journey in pursuit of existential happiness (Special Note IV: That’s “existential happiness,” RobC!), we know we have the knowledge and ability to look at this self-fulfilling prophesy from a more positive viewpoint.

What if, instead of a self-fulfilling negative prophecy, the owner called this out as an opportunity of dogged self-determination?! What if, in an act of positive thinking, the owner knew in his heart & soul that the only way to overcome the malaise of negativity surrounding the ominous historical references to the Titanic was to give the namesake another chance at survival?! Wouldn’t THAT be something to celebrate as an undeterred level of perseverance for us all? Wouldn’t THAT be an inspiration to us all to get out of bed the next day and try again when we’re down. Would it not be the personification of the great American philosopher, Jon Bon Jovi’s words “You live for the fight when that’s all that you’ve got!”

Well maybe, just maybe, the boat owner was “Livin’ On A Prayer” when he named his pre-destined-to-doom vessel. And maybe he had every intention of reversing history…

Here’s to ya, Mr. Wilkinson. We admire your tenacity…

In related news, I’m thinking of buying a boat myself. I’m going to name it “.S.S. Minnow, Also.”

I’m hoping to invite a Mary Ann or a Ginger along for the maiden voyage…

____________________________________________________________________________________________________  Tunes of the Week:

Rest In Pieces (April 15, 1912) –Metal Church

The Ballad of Gilligan’s Island– The Wellingtons / The Eligibles

The Impossible – Joe Nichols

              Unsinkable ships sink… 

This Ship Is Sinking – Therapy

Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot

I’m Not Going Down With The Ship – Scatterbrain

My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion


Raise A Persevering Glass!

May Your Friday Be Followed By An Unsinkable Saturday!


Realizar Sus Ambiciones

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Stop And Smell The Hydrangeas!

Great Day to You, Friday Fun Facters!


Special Announcements:

RIP: James Arness. Somewhere, Marshal Dillon is still fighting bad guys.

Special RIP Dedication: Should Have Been A Cowboy – Toby Keith

Thank You: A special thank you to all readers who have provided feedback regarding the new Friday Fun Fact format. Your opinions are most graciously appreciated, as well as humbling. Please keep in mind that we are open to suggestions regarding format, and as explained to one of our casual members, topics! On behalf of The Committee, we thank you greatly for your continued support & encouragement!


“Let’s just pause, put that down.

Let’s just take a step back.

No, I was wrong, I’m sorry, take a step forward.

Now, take a step back.

Step forward. Back.

And then we’re cha-cha-ing!”

Special Note I: Right now, Mr. President is desperately trying to recall the movie the above quote comes from. Don’t worry           Mr. President, the degree of difficulty on this one is pretty darn high…

Special Note II: Right now, GregK is laughing at with               Mr. President.

Ladies & Gentlemen (Special Note III: we use those terms loosely.), Members & Casual Observers (Special Note IV: we use those terms seriously), we have just passed the halfway point in the year 2011. How are you doing on the goals you submitted to Friday Fun Fact at the beginning of this year? This is a friendly, supportive, & encouraging reminder to pull those bad boys (& girls) out for a review. Mine are posted prominently in my bedroom to look at every day.

Sometime earlier in this incredibly long four-day work week (Special Note V: Which, by the way, is why this is a Saturday Fun Fact instead of a Friday Fun Fact!), I had a conversation with one of our valued readership constituents. The conversation meandered, as it always does, through a topic or three. It managed to land on accomplishing a goal for a few minutes. This Friday Fun Fact constituent had just achieved a short-term goal, and was taking a little time out in his evening to celebrate. Good for you I say! And like the movie quote, it’s good to pause for a little cha-cha…

We often don’t celebrate our accomplishments enough. It’s not about heading out and getting bombed out of your mind, or… maybe it is every now & then. OK, seriously, it’s not about that, but about celebrating in your own way when you reach a goal, big or small, long-term or short-term. I’m just as guilty of it as anyone else. Regardless of what I’ve accomplished, I never take the time to really enjoy it. I’m always looking towards the next goal, or the next step in the process. I was recently reminded of such by reaching a goal or two. Quality friends commented that I had just taken great steps towards my long-term goals by accomplishing my short-term goals. I can only thank them for once again opening my eyes in the learning process. It’s good to be motivated, but if you don’t enjoy what you’ve accomplished, then what are you doing it for?!

We’re not the only ones. In many of the self-improvement/self-help genre & profession recordings & books I listen to or read, celebrating accomplishments is emphasized. More so in my profession research, celebrating goals & milestones is often forgotten! It’s not good for morale, either individually, or in a team environment. Ironically, I guess this means celebrating is not “accomplished!” We don’t stop to smell the roses, enjoy the spoils of our victories, or whatever other colorful expression strikes your fancy.

So, how do we turn this around? Well, as Friday Fun Facters, we can drink more BEER! That will help! If you take a trip on the way back machine, you can do a better job of applying Project/BEER Ratio to your goals & accomplishments. For example after you’ve planted the garden & those hydrangeas (Special Note VI: I just learned how to spell that word on Facebook today!) spring to life, take a moment to raise a glass!

We here at Friday Fun Fact, with the full support of The Committee, commend our readership constituent for raising a glass in celebration of accomplishing a goal. We also hope that as you achieve your goals set forth & documented at the beginning of the year, that you also take a moment to stop and smell the hydrangeas. Unless, of course, you have allergies…

In the immortal words of the great American fictional character Ren McCormack, “… and there is a time to dance.”


Tunes of The Week:

Celebration – Kool & The Gang

Celebration – Madonna

There’s Gonna Be Some Rockin’ – AC/DC

Party All Night – Quiet Riot

Rock & Roll All Night – Kiss

99 In The Shade – Bon Jovi


Raise a Celebratory Glass!

May Your Friday Be Followed By A Time-Standing-Still Saturday!


Realizar Sus Ambiciones

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