Sunday, July 27, 2014

flippin Frappuccino

I learned that most of the product names the great star of bucks displays and then trains their customers to use are made up. However according to the wizard wikipedia site - not so with Frappuccino (not made up by them).

no waffle house nearby, I put Starbucks in my cup at home

From the wikipedia site -
Frappuccino is a portmanteau of frappĂ© and cappuccino, an espresso coffee with frothed milk. The word was coined and trademarked in Boston, Massachusetts.  In the Boston area, a "frappe" is a term for a thick milkshake with ice cream, derived from the French word frappĂ©. The original Frappuccino beverage was developed, named, trademarked and sold by George Howell's Eastern Massachusetts coffee shop chain, The Coffee Connection. When Starbucks purchased The Coffee Connection in 1994, they also gained the rights to use, make, market, and sell the Frappuccino beverage.

Boston? I would have never guessed.

I do enjoy Starbucks coffee but most often at home, poured out of my french press. I drink my hot coffee black. However, if the coffee is iced then the creme and sweetness of their coffee Frappuccino makes a great blend of taste.

Did you know it’s a better deal to drink the coffee at their coffee shop. Not only do you get the free wi-fi, you can get free refills on coffee (don’t think the fancy drinks are included in this).

After getting my engineering degree, I thought all college graduates would be coffee drinkers. Those crazy energy drinks didn’t exist when I was in school.

The mention of caffeine reminds of my caffeinated little gadget. (an excuse to show you a youtube clip I made years ago)

Please note this post was not sponsored by Starbucks. However, if the nice people there would like to pass a few gift cards my way that would be flippin Frappuccino!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

fragments of the friday nature

The collector of fragments, Mrs. 4444, will be collecting them again this Friday. Lately, I'm wondering if she will start collecting cats and dogs too. She has added a few over the past year. You can see her newest pet, a kitten named Fragment, on her blog. Alright I'm joking a little, the cat is called Ted (Fragment would have been a great name).

hazy lazy moon

Oh three dog night, joy to the world, we have had a few visitors recently. Eli didn't come but my brother-in-law and his wife did. We joined other brothers for a Sunday out in the country. Well, I've never been to Spain. Our youngest granddaughter kinda likes the Beatles. I'm planning on going Oklahoma.

typewriter, sewing machine table just like my mom's

I spotted the above typewriter and sewing table at an antique shop last weekend. Having both of the same type items in my childhood and seeing them together was a little strange. After our mother had passed, my share of the household items didn't include these. Getting the old piano has brought many moments of fun with our kids and our grandkids, so I'm not complaining.

wish we could share popcorn on blogs

from a survey - Bank of America’s inaugural report on “Trends in Consumer Mobility” found that 13 percent of people are compulsive phone checkers and can’t make it for an hour without their phone. Another 34 percent said they’d feel naked if they had to go 24 hours without it. This is all fine with me. The percentage of people I would definitely NOT want to see naked is much greater than 34 percent.

remember my contest?

I’ve been known to occasionally have classical gas. It’s just too bad I can’t play acoustic guitar.

When you die at 72, no matter what you die of, it's natural causes. Even if you get hit by a truck, it's natural causes. 'Cause if you was younger, you'd have got out the way!

escape to space

Any of you remember back in the pre-texting pre-twitter age when you might throw a few pebbles at a window to get the attention of a friend? It occurred to me that leaving comments on your friends blog window is a virtual way of tossing pebbles on their window. So toss a comment. Gently so as not to crack the virtual view.

Yo, leave a comment.

Half-Past Kissin' Time

Circular Notice (best kind of notice don’t you think?): This is to advise you that, unless otherwise expressly indicated, personal advice contained in this post is not intended to be used.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

oh this post has no title

And each day I learn just a little bit more
I don't know why but I do know what for
If we're all going somewhere let's get there soon
Oh this song's got no title just words and a tune
(Elton John’s This Song Has No Title)

1974 San Antonio TX.
A recently engaged young man sitting alone in an
apartment surrounded by small piles of boxes.  He busily sorts and arranges the boxes.  Just days away from his upcoming wedding his top priority item is setting up his stereo system. The other boxes can wait.  All wires connected he pulls out one of his newer albums, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road".

a memory - faded but still there

Lyrics came with Elton John's album

Today with the help of a favorite web site, youtube, I've been refreshing my memories of that album. I still have the album but hooking up a turntable is much more difficult than searching for the tunes in youtube. (kids, in a time long ago you need to do more than swipe your smartphone screen to play a tune)

I've mentioned in previous posts that lyrics can have new meaning when you listen years later. One song on that album I barely remember is "Roy Rogers". Here's the beginning of it:
Sometimes you dream, sometimes it seems
There's nothing there at all
You just seem older than yesterday
And you're waiting for tomorrow to call

This memory had no title but now it has words and tune.

lighten up watch a slideshow