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Hey, Look! It’s a Blog Post…

August 1, 2010

…that once again, has little to nothing to do with hockey. Consider yourself warned.

Last weekend, I drove up to Frankenmuth Michigan for a long summer weekend. I’m not a fan of taking full week vacations from the office. I do my one week of winter vacation a year, but prefer to take long weekends throughout the year. It’s just easier to get back into the groove and results in less chaos on my desk. But I digress.

The fastest way to get to Michigan is generally to cut through Canada. All was well and good until we hit the Blue Water Bridge at Sarnia. There, due to construction on the Canadian side, and Chatty Christopher the Border Patrolman on the US side, we waited for over an hour-and-fifteen minutes to cross back into the US. So what else does one do when one is stuck on a bridge? Take pictures, of course!

A lighthouse on the US side of the border.

This boat was well on its way into Lake Huron by the time we made it through customs.

At one point, the front half of the car was in the US, and the back in Canada.

One of the highlights of Frankenmuth is a visit to Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, which is one of the largest Christmas related stores in the world. In addition to racks and racks of ornaments and other holiday related bric-a-brac, the store contains many holiday related displays in the rafters. You never quite know what you’re going to see.

For instance, I saw a Goose.

HONK! HONK! When’s hockey season start? HONK!

And a penguin. He looks charmingly like Sid, right?

Making goodies. My goodies are much better than Ovie’s goodies, right?

Sadly, there was no frog around to wish me a Hoppy New Year.

The town of Frankenmuth itself is set up to emphasize the area’s German roots. All of the buildings in town are encouraged to utilize a German/Bavarian style when remodeling building exteriors. The main hotel in town, the Bavarian Inn, looks like a German village from the front and a traditional hotel from the rear.

Hotel, front view.

Hotel, rear view. The yellow portion on the right is one of the hotel’s five pools. (Thankfully, it’s the adults only pool. No snot nosed, bratty children need apply.)

There was a softball tournament staying at the hotel while we were there. It’s all fun and games until a group of brats runs down the hallway at 11pm, knocking on every door and hollering. It was quite fun to watch one of the hooligans parents get (politely) reemed out in the lobby the next morning by the hotel staff. Outside of the children, the hotel is pretty neat to stay in. There’s a full arcade & game room that has skeeball lanes. I love playing skeeball, but after a marathon skeeball session, my arm & shoulder were jelly.

The hotel is connected to town via a covered wooden bridge.

The bridge crosses the Cass River, which only runs about 6-7 feet deep.

This chicken made of flowers is located outside Zehnders Restaurant, which is known for its family style chicken dinners. In fact, Zehnders has been ranked as the #1 restaurant in the US in terms of meals served. (And the chicken is quite delicious.)

While we were in town, there was a Revolutionary War re-enactment going on. I’m not sure what was more entertaining: the battle itself, or the group of Canadians next to me trying to figure out what was going on. I think they were tripped up when the “Highlanders” showed up, since they were fighting on both sides of the battle. (Sadly, none of the Highlanders looked like Jamie Fraser, so that was a bit of a letdown, LOL.) I did take pictures at the re-enactment, but since they were of people I didn’t know, I’m not going to post them.

Now that my vacation time is over (and its officially August), it seems like all the signs pointing to the end of summer are hitting me full on in the face. Bills training camp has started, the Erie County Fair starts in 10 days, and Labor Day is a short month away. Which all means that hockey season is right around the corner. Yay!



November 24, 2009

I’d like to correct something that I wrote in my live-blog of last Friday’s Sabres game. Contrary to what was said on the broadcast – and later written in the blog – this upcoming road trip (the one with Philly and Washington), is the Sabres daddies trip, not the previous trip to Ottawa.

I would like to thank the Sabres Report with Derek Roy on Kiss 98.5 for assisting with this correction. I still want the team to post pictures or a video of the day or something like other teams did.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled blog reading. Carry on.


Musical Musings

November 14, 2007

You know how some song titles have absolutely nothing to do with the topic of the song? Well, here’s the latest batch I’ve discovered. I’m not sure what this says about my musical tastes or things that I come up with to amuse myself in the car on a road trip.

  • Whipping Post / The Allman Brothers – what Max Afinogenov is going to find himself tied to, if he continues his current level of play. Oh lord, he feels like he’s dying.
  • A Foggy Day in London Town / Michael Buble – what the Ducks are still trying to recover from.
  • Air on a G String / Bach – what happens at the Canadian ballet (c’mon we all know our boys have been to the ballet).
  • Backwards / Rascal Flatts – an ode to poor, misunderstood defensemen
  • I’ll Cover You / Jesse L Martin – what every good defenseman should be doing for their goalie.
  • I’m Too Sexy / Right Said Fred – Derek Roy’s theme music as he primps for an evening out on the Chip Strip.
  • Beautiful Noise / Neil Diamond – the sound of 18,000 fans chanting Let’s Go Buffalo in unison.
  • Fortunate Son / John Fogerty – Jordan Parise’s lament about his younger, more spoiled brother, Zach.
  • Catch My Disease / Ben Lee – what happens in NHL locker rooms, as each team battles its semi-annual case of the creeping crud. Or, the topic of every team’s VD discussion.
  • Chasing Cars / Snow Patrol – what Crunchy tries to keep the Pommerdoodle from doing.
  • Devil with the Blue Dress / Mitch Ryder – an ode to Martin Brodeur’s Halloween costume last year.
  • Domestic, Light and Cold / Dierks Bentley – arena beer. The end.
  • Fix You / Coldplay – the saga of all the king’s horses and all the king’s men, putting Timmy Connolly together again
  • Heartbreak Town / Dixie Chicks – Buffalo, on 7/1/07.

And, this is where my iPod battery died. I may have to try this again sometime.


IKEA – It’s Swedish for Road Trip to Pittsburgh

November 3, 2007

So the mom unit and I went to IKEA today. Even though the IKEA in Canada is closer, we drove to the one in Pittsburgh, figuring the time spent in the car would pretty much even out, once you counted any border delays into the situation. Are we nuts? Probably. But the drive down was nice. Even though the foliage was a little bit past its peak, the colors were still gorgeous.

After IKEA, we went to this mall nearby. I wanted a Sidney Crosby t-shirt. I figured this should not be hard to accomplish, since in Buffalo, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a Sabres shirt. Well, apparently in Pittsburgh, its pretty darn difficult. It took me 15 minutes of wandering around Dick’s Sporting Goods before I could find the Penguins shirts buried in a back corner of the store.

You would think that the team that has Sidney freaking Crosby playing for it would have more presence, but I guess if it isn’t Steelers related, it doesn’t exist.