Monday, July 6, 2015

This Bud's For You

A Post By Jonathan

So as I was trying to figure out what to blog about today I had an epiphany that if I wanted my post to speak to as many people as possible, I should make it as random as possible. Cast a wide net, you know? So, without further ado, I present some major randomness for your reading pleasure...

#1 Okay, first thing's first, let's talk about the word Ado. It's pronounced nothing like it's spelled. Should be Ahh-Dough, but is more like Uhh-Dooo. Leave it to the French. 

#2 Let's talk about the French for a second. Anybody ever been to Paris? Why do they call them Frogs anyway? I did some digging and found like a gazillion different explanations. One said it's because Paris used to be surrounded swamps, another because when the English first saw the French flag with the Fleurs de Lis on it they thought it was a frog, and yet another said it's because the French eat a lot of frog legs. Any French people out there who can help a brother out? 

#3 Let's talk about the Fleurs de Lis. On second thought, let's not and say we did...


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#4 Not French related at all, but random all the same, I totally binged on this show on Netflix recently that you Fantasy genre lovers simply have to check out. It's a reality show called The Quest (stick with me here...), that takes 12 ordinary people and plops them into a real-life fantasy world called Everealm (the show is both scripted and unscripted) where they compete to become the One True Hero and vanquish the land of evil. The contestants learn swordplay, archery, etc. and are obviously surprised by every twist and turn the show's writers throw at them. 

Every time I watched it I couldn't help feeling like this was closest anyone has come, since maybe Sebastian in The NeverEnding Story, of living out a true storybook life. The contestants stay in a castle, fight a dragon and an evil villain and everything!!! Okay, totally geeking out here. Might be taking over the mantle of resident nerd pretty soon... Seriously though, I can't believe the show wasn't a bigger deal. It has not been renewed for a second season yet, but if it is, you better believe I'll be submitting a an audition video, armor, spandex and all!

#5 I chose Trebuchet font for this post in honor of The Quest and my earlier French-y-ness. 

#6 Remember when we used to call french fries freedom fries? And french kisses freedom kisses? And french toast freedom toast? That was awesome!

#7 Let's talk spandex for a second... It really is underutilized don't ya think?

#8 Hey did you hear there's a Wizarding School in the US?! The location is unknown, but I'm guessing it's not in Indiana. Trust me, I've looked... I figure it's in Salem, Massachusetts or Roswell, New Mexico or some place cool like that. Who's up for an Across the Board road trip to try and be the first ones to find it? What would it look like anyway? Would there be houses named after Bald Eagles, Buffalo or perhaps a Turducken or two? Would Elvira be the Headmaster? Would Jack Hanna be the Game Keeper? Would there be wands that shoot bullets instead of spells? Time will only tell.

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#9 Speaking of good Middle Grade books, I'm currently reading Gregor the Overlander Chronicles by Suzanne Collins. It's been a bit overshadowed by her other series --you may have heard of the Hunger Games-- but really good all the same. She is a master at only putting the good parts into her books. I've never once been bored while reading one of her novels. I strive to do the same. 

#10 I hope you haven't been bored reading this post. 

#11 If you weren't bored type "Fleurs de Lis" into the comments section so that I know. 

#12 If you were bored you probably didn't make it this far, but if you did please type "I'm a Frog" in the comments section so that I know. 

#13 Finally, to tie my title into my post somehow, I leave you with this video and these lyrics:

This Bud's for you!
There's no one else who does it,
Quite the way you do...
So here's to you!
You know it isn't only what you say,
It's what you do!
For all you do...
This Bud's for you!
For all you do...
For all you do...
This Bud's for you!
For all you do,
You know the king of beers is coming through!
Ohhhhhh...
For all you do...
This Bud's for you!

See you next time!

17 comments:

  1. But I wanted to talk about the Fleur de Lis!!!

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    1. Oh... I see how you did that! Clever, clever. I hereby dub thee the American version of Fleur Delacour.

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    2. Your invitation to the Hogroast School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is in the mail and will be delivered shortly by a Bald Eagle.

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  2. I have been to Paris (whoa, look at me all global n stuff), but I didn't even know the French were called Frogs. I toad-ally missed that.

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  3. Oh, I didn't realize that was an official title and you two were fighting over it. Okay, you're the new resident nerd. Mary is now reduced to the status of resident Excel jockey.

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    1. Awesome! Thanks! I'll look for the tiara in the mail (not to be delivered by a Bald Eagle).

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  4. I like how your randomness is more like organized chaos :-) For some reason, when I hear 'random thoughts' I always think of Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy: http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/deep-thoughts-by-jack-handey/n10381

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    1. Thanks, Carrie! I totally agree with you on the Jack Handy reference (so iconic!). I nearly titled the post Random Thoughts by Jonathan Schramm, but that wouldn't have been as random as the current title. We are definitely children of the 80s though...

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  5. I've been lucky to have been to France pretty often, living a cheap flight or Euro Star train deal away, but the first time I ate frog's legs was when waitressing at a country club in Rochester, NY. They were on the salad bar and I thought they were chicken wings. I have to say, I was happier not knowing.

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    1. Ok, I'm getting a lot of "Frog" references. Is this everyone's way of telling me they're bored?:) See #12. But I guess if you didn't get to #12 you were bored anyway... LOL! Still very jealous of your local, Brenda! While you're over there can you ask a french person if they know why people call them frogs? Thanks!

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    2. I got all the way to #12, but was fixated on the frog's legs, I guess. I've got a French friend or two I can ask. Will get on that.

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    3. Perfect, Brenda! Can't wait to hear what they have to say. And I'll put you down for Fleur de Lis!

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  6. Oh, I did love this post so much! Thanks for the early morning smiles!

    I keep suggesting to the Baron that we watch The Quest and he looks at me like I have six heada :/ Also, that MG series... Anything else MG you can relate it to? I'm wondering if my 7yo advanced reader might like it.

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    1. Thanks for the props, Brianna! You should TOTALLY watch The Quest. S-o m-u-c-h f-u-n.

      As for Gregor the Overlander Chronicles, I think your advanced 7-year-old would love them. It's recommended for 9-years-old and above, but I think your son or daughter would be fine. Here's a link to common sense media page about it: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/gregor-the-overlander-underland-chronicles-book-1. Let me know how they like it!

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    2. Awesome, thanks! She's currently most of the way through the first Harry Potter book. I'm thinking I may read Gregor while she's reading it, so we can chat about what's happening like we do with Harry Potter.

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