Aaron's Day Off
Random ramblings about not necessarily anything in particular, and not much more....
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Every now and again, I've been known to have the occasional tipple over the holidays. These days it kinda pales into insignificance compared to the 3 or 4 week benders during the 16 to 30 period of my life (the all day Christmas Eve Newcastle/Whitley combinations were always special), but a decent couple of sessions are still squeezed in there. Luckily for me, the BBC has put up this helpful site to work out how many pies/pastys/cakes you could have had for the calories instead of the drinks. Personally, it's never been an either/or thing for me - I think everyone should use this site to work out exactly how much they have to consume the morning after in order to alleviate the hangover. Now there's a challenge that's worth taking.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
What dreams are made of
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
After a year on hiatus, we once again mobbed the deck at Fado's to have the joint Aaron and Tonks birthday celebration. The night started off in a nice quiet and controlled manner (and some nice person was even offering free shots of Newcastle Brown Ale), but of course quickly degenerated into the usual shot drinking, word slurring extravaganza.
Luckily for me, the wife extracted me at the right time, and I made it home all safe and sound. Special mentions go to Batsukh for making it all the way down from up north (on public transport as well!) for his first work related night out, and the boys and girls who made it to Pete's Kitchen and Denver Diner for post closing breakfast.
I took a couple of pics here (and definitely more than Tonks, who's camera died on the first attempt due to a lack of battery), but I'm sure there were other people there who took more than me (I'm talking about you Colleen), so if I can dig them out, I'll add a link.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Not really, but two stories today that kinda jumped out at me (and both involving a little too much drinking)
First is from home, where a guy was still so drunk at 5.30 the day after he had "a skinful" that he forgot his baby, and left her in the sweet shop.
And the second, from Oz, about a guy who was fined for strapping in his beer, at the expense of his kid.
I guess life in Newcastle isn't that different to life in Oz...
Sunday, March 23, 2008
JB's Bachelor Party/Pub Crawl
You don't realize how you miss a decent pub crawl until 50 of your closest friends all pile down Colfax for a bit of an event. This one happened to be to celebrate the impending wedding of JB/Tartley/Jon/insertanothernamehere. A great turnout was further compounded late in the evening for Dana's engagement gig, resulting in even more people taking over the bars and sending barstaff into a little frenzy.
Luckily for us, the Aussies left their whistles at home (although a certain wife of an Aussie has the capacity to use the natural whistle approach to round up the troops). The bars were the usual eclectic mix of places we wouldn't normally set foot it, and places we wouldn't normally leave until thrown out at closing time. The weather did it's usual Denver in Springtime thing - sunny most of the day, somehow turning into a decent snowfall for the periods we were expected to walk between bars.
Oh, and we had a Nun with us, and it turns out s/he was an expert cowbell player....
Pics are here
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Thursday, August 30, 2007
For all of my drinking life, The Boat (aka The Tuxedo Princess) has sat below the Tyne Bridge, enticing students and locals with cheap drinking specials, dodgy PA appearances, and the landmark known as the revolving dancefloor (the cause of many a drunken stumble).
There were so many rooms that it was easy to get lost (some were open more than others), it often lent to one side, and as I got older, I frequented the place less and less. It got a bit of a reputation for fighting, and so nearly lost it's license in 2005.
I guess all change is inevitable (and I'm dealing with that on another front, with the sale of the home I grew up in going through last week), and with the upgrading of the Quayside, The Boat is no longer welcome. Not sure when the closing down date is going to be, but the BBC has a few more details if you're interested.
Maybe they'll have a closing down party at Christmas when I go back, so we can pay our last respects or something. I'll have a triple vodka, lime and lemonade please..
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Aussies Singing? I hope not.....
The fact that I briefly appeared in this video was a surprise to me, as I had no recollection of this song, or the video camera presence. I still haven't decided if the camera work or the singing was worth, but needless to say, they were both very very bad. One more stag/bachelor party to go, and then it's over for the foreseeable future. My liver will be happy.....
Friday, May 25, 2007
Aarons Saturday Night Plans
It's not going to be pretty - the last time I played golf was for Ash's stag do - I have vague memories of hiding in an alleyway at 9pm, throwing my guts up, and that was back in the days when I could still actually drink (I think the 3 under par at the par 3 Fado's at 4 in the afternoon was the cause - that and of course the obligatory dodgy pint I must have had). Happy Times.......
Neil/Lance/Tonks Chunderfest 2007
Buy In: Mandatory $5 buy-in, winner takes all.
Scoring: Upon arrival you’ll be assigned the person for whom you keep score, you won’t score yourself because most of you are cheating fookers.
Location: Golden Triangle
6pm Cap City (optional for eats)
7pm Cap City (kick-off)
o ‘Mandatory Par 3’ hole: No one leaves until everyone’s had 3
o 7:40 Boat Race: Optional necking contest. All players get a stroke for their drink (standard pints only) just for playing. Winner gets triple strokes. (Beer = 3 strokes, Car bomb = 9 stokes)
8pm Bannock Street Garage
o Par 2
o ‘No One Drinks’ hole: No one can drink until Neil/Lance/Tonks have finished their first.
o Rule: Finish every sentence with “and neil/lance/tonks is a twat” (or similar), no points for the current drink if rule broken.
8:45pm Left on Lincoln
o Par 2
o Bonus: Every drink over par is double the strokes.
o 9:15pm Boat Race for triple points.
9:30pm Nine 75
o Par 2
o ‘Known Wanker Bar’ rule: Upon finishing drink must say “and look at that wanker over there with that complete hosebeast pog”, or the drink is not counted to your total.
10:15pm Charlie Brown’s Bar and Grill
o Par 3
o Bonus: Already a par 3, every drink under par is triple the strokes.
o Bonus: Stand on a chair and attempt a joke. Best joke gets 4 points.
o Bonus: Stand on a chair and drop your trousers. + 1 points, once per player. And singing along with the music. + 2 points, once per player.
11pm Govnr’s Park
o Par 2
o ‘F***ing’ hole: Caught saying the word ‘f***’, finish current drink. Still counts to your total.
o ‘Pissheads’ rule: Subtract stroke for every piss.
11:45pm Funky Buddha
o No rules.
o 1 point for every time Neil/Lance/Tonks chunders, if they are drinking something you bought them.
o 1 point standard drink (including shots) = 1 stroke
o Combo drinks (car bomb) = 3 strokes
Monday, May 21, 2007
So, since I got off the plane all those many years ago (almost 10 now - that must mean I'm getting old), we've been doing "Purple Hooters". Occasionally, we'd ask what was in them (surely it would be a great idea to have these in England when we went home), but of course, we'd be wasted when we asked, and had no memory (that we could remember anyway ;-) the next day. So, we had to make do with forcing all friends and family to give them a try when they came to this side of the pond.
So, they say vital information turns up in weird places, and while hunting for the correct links for my previous post (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it), I came across this article. Now, I'm not one for following Britney's every move, but given one of lifes little problems has been solved, I may just be a believer. If she stays off the wagon, I might even find out what is in Neil's Mother's favorite drink - the Jamaican Bicycle (or 10 speed if you use the official name).
Monday, May 07, 2007
So the man who's built a load of houses for deserving people had a little too much to drink (or possibly even drugs I guess), and decided to drive. Not a good idea, especially when you get caught.
Luckily, there were no Mel Gibson scenes of outrage to go with the arrest, so there's at least a sliver of hope that he might hold on to his presenting gig with ABC. Then again, maybe not.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Chuck Liddel Wasted
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Not that a new alchopop should be big news, but 2 things here - first is the picture, which I thought was great, and is a definite indication that brewers try and target the younger generation with these schweet drinks, and second, consumer tests apparently revealed a desire to drop the alcohol content down a notch. Like I believe that - there hasn't been one drink (well, maybe Ivo's uncle's dodgy moonshine that we consume at the annual works Christmas party) where I've thought "I wish that had a little less alcohol in it.
Friday, December 29, 2006
New Years Eve Countdown
With the snow still coming down in Denver, and the forecasts revised today estimating that the snow might not stop until New Years Eve, our plans for hitting the mountains are now either a) in jeopardy, or b) still fine, just with an extra long and hairy drive up there added for a bit of fun. Either way, I'm sure we'll still have fun, unlike the man below, who appears to have had that one extra pint that takes you just too far over the edge. Obviously, this will no doubt remind some regular readers of this blog of some serious nights out in Potts, and for some reason the names Bland and Wallace immediately spring to mind. Anyway, I digress - just make sure, when you're all out having fun this New Years Eve, always remember to use the pedestrian crossings - we don't want you getting hurt (and if you're at work, or the kids or around, you might want to mute the sound - the editor added one of the Southpark songs from the film version on here, and there's one or two swear words included).