Monthly Archives: August 2018

8/31 TGIF Quote

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There is no distinctly American criminal class except Congress.

~ Mark Twain


Bong Spirit Vodka

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There are always new cannabis products being created every day.  Whether it be a new strain or smoking accessory, these products help shape the cannabis industry to what it is today.  Due to conflict of interest, cannabis is rarely mixed in with alcoholic products.

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Alcohol is one of the biggest competitions among the cannabis industry.  Even as cannabis continues to become more legal nationwide, cannabis prohibition ideas are still being fueled by alcohol companies each day.  That being said, alcohol use has been decreasing since cannabis laws have become more relaxed here in the United States.

But even with this ironic conflict of interest (cannabis and hops ARE related, FYI!), companies are creating innovative ways where cannabis and alcohol come together.  One such company, Bong Spirit Vodka, created a bottle that resembles, well… a bong.

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That’s right people – a bong-shaped vodka is here.  Bong Spirit Vodka created this bong-shaped Vodka, with the liquid filling up to the neck.  Once you are done drinking through the vodka, you can use it as a bong to consume cannabis with.  The top section is the mouthpiece where you inhale the smoke and the bong slider is attached onto the front of the bottle.

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Bong Spirit Vodka originated in The Netherlands and was introduced back in 2005.  The spirit is made from the finest Dutch grain, being distilled six times and filtered four times.  It has won numerous awards, even two gold awards at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London in 2009 as well as 2010.

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This is a really innovative product idea.  It markets the product as both an alcoholic drink and as a bong to consume cannabis with.  You get the both of two industries in this unique product marketing tactic.  Bong Spirit Vodka is one of those amazing instances where cannabis and alcohol CAN come together in peace.

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Companies like Bong Spirit Vodka are thinking outside the box in terms of product marketing.  They are reaching audiences of both the alcohol and the cannabis industry.  This is the kind of innovation that will drive their business even further.

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Who knows what kind of alcohol-cannabis fusion will be released on the market.  As cannabis legalization reaches further out into the nation, the need for creative cannabis products become more essential than ever.

Netflix’s Disenchantment

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Matt Groening’s The Simpsons is an iconic animated series about The Simpsons.  We look into the lives of Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Marge, and Homer as they go about their day.  The series is set in the present with references to pop culture throughout each year.

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Almost a decade later, Futurama was released on air.  Futurama was an animated series set in the year 3000, a millennium later into the future.  Phillip J. Fry wakes up to the 31st century after falling into a cryogenic pod, freezing himself just a few minutes into January 1st, 2000.  Fry gets a job at Plant Express as a cargo delivery boy and works with Leela, Bender, Dr. Zoidberg, Amy, Hermes, and Professor Farnsworth.  The series had a good run until its final episode on September 4th, 2013.

The Simpsons chronicled the life of the Simpson family during the present while Futurama took place over a thousand years into the future.  Groening’s latest animated series takes viewers into the medieval kingdom of Dreamland.  This is Disenchantment.

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Disenchantment was released on Netflix on August 17th, 2018.  The series follows Bean, an alcoholic and rebellious princess of Dreamland who goes on adventures with her elf companion Elfo and her “personal demon” Luci.  Bean is the daughter of King Zøg, the king of Dreamland.  She rebels against her father’s wishes and goes on random adventures throughout each episode.

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After the first episode, I really enjoyed the idea of Disenchantment.  The characters come with their own humorous jokes and deal with problems in their own adventures.  It takes place in medieval times, but there’s a fantasy element involved in the series.  Fantasy elements such as dragons, wizards, jesters, as well as elves.  This series has a taste of Futurama, except the story line takes place in the past rather than the future.

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With its fantasy-themed medieval world, Disenchantment came action-packed with intriguing adventures each episode.  There is a shocking cliffhanger ending that will reveal more background story during the second part of the season.  Ten episodes later and I am definitely ready for the second part to release on Netflix.

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In the end, Matt Groening’s Disenchantment was well worth binge-watching.  It’s an amazing fantasy-adventure animated sitcom that borrows ideas from both The Simpsons and Futurama.  Bean is a badass heroine that goes on surprising adventures every episode.

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If you love Matt Groening’s work, definitely check out Disenchantment on Netflix.

Summer 2018 List Update #2

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While we’re still in the midst of summer, I figured that it’s time to check back on the summer list.  I created this list back in June to put together some fun goals to complete.  Some were simple while others required a bit of adventure here and there.

Here is the newest update to my summer 2018 goal list:

Read 5-10 Books

Since June, I have read a total of FIVE books.  I hit the minimum quota near the end of July after finishing Just the Funny Parts… And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys’ Club by Nell Scovell.  Right now, I am reading an intriguing philosophical book from a well-known psychologist in Canada (which you will learn about soon enough!).  With five books already under belt, there’s no telling what novel I will be checking out next.  Earlier I ordered a few new books to read, so more literature reviews are yet to come!

Hiking Trips to New Mountains

Even on these hot summer days in July/August, I managed to get some more hiking in here and there.  Mostly I have been trekking around Bailey’s Hill as well as some trips to Lodge Park.  I have been busy the past few weeks, but there are still plenty of warm days to come.  Now is the last month for me to find more hiking trails to check out before Fall begins.

Rooftop Bar Events

During my trips around Boston, I have been enjoying more of my beers on the patio than the rooftop.  Even just tasting samples outside on a market (in this case, it was the SoWa market in Boston) works well.  Hopefully there will be more outdoor events during the beginning of September, especially on a rooftop!

Biking Around Beaches (Nahant, Winthrop, Revere, etc)

Two and a half months later and I still take my bike outside almost every week.  Bike riding is a great activity to get some exercise and enjoy the amazing weather.  Riding around Nahant is amazing, especially when you trek around the whole island.  While I haven’t ridden around Winthrop and Revere yet, Nahant still works just as good.

Attend Concerts

The only concert I have attended so far was seeing Joe Jackson in NH.  Joe Jackson was an incredible musician that played a combination of rock, jazz, pop, classical, and other genres.  He played an amazing show that was definitely one for the books.

Go Camping

Camping may be something I will have to plan next year.  I truly enjoyed going camping in the past, so that will be a future goal in mind.


Vacation Trip to Burlington, VT

Burlington is still an idea lingering around in mind.  Again, it would be great to head back to my college town.

Take Trips to NH and Maine

That Joe Jackson concert I went to took place in New Hampshire, so that’s one of my trips to the Granite State.  I plan to take another trip this week to check out a new arcade bar in Dover (and that post will come soon!).

Summer Blockbusters

Other than The Incredibles 2, I have not caught any other summer blockbusters.  It’s cheaper to stay in and find blockbuster films on Netflix anyways.  I have passed by the movie theatre before and nothing really looks promising of the sort.

Swimming in O cean

Besides swimming in the ocean, I have also been swimming in pools as well.  Nothing’s better than swimming in a pool during a hot day.  It’s the perfect way to cool off when it is too hot or when there are too many people on the beach.

AHS Apocalypse Cast List

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Alrighty folks… we’re down to our LAST week of August.  Summer is still happening, what with yet another heat wave hitting the state of Massachusetts.  We are counting down to the last days until September.  In a weird way, I’m grateful for this next heat wave happening this week because I just DON’T want the summer to end!  I get that the Shipyard ales with cinnamon sugar rims and football season are already happening, but I still want to enjoy those last few days of warm weather.

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All emotions aside, one exciting event to look forward to is the premiere of American Horror Story: Apocalypse.  There’s been much talk about the new season around MakeSandcastlesNotWar lately (can’t help it, WAY too hyped for this season!).  Lately we looked at the newest posters, teasers, and other exciting buzz about the newest season.  This season is so big that even the cast list is going to be huge.

And that’s what today’s AHS-themed topic is on – its cast of characters.  Earlier we revealed the characters from previous season (Murder House and Coven) that would be returning to the season.  It’s a long list of AHS veterans/rookies that will be returning and it is only getting longer by the week.  The latest cast members that will be returning are Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton, reprising their roles as Ben and Vivien Harmon.

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That’s right folks – Vivien and Ben Harmon are back!  This wouldn’t be a true Murder House/Coven crossover without the Harmon parents.

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You may remember Ben and Vivien as the owners of the infamous Murder House on American Horror Story: Murder House.  Vivien had her bizarre, disturbing encounter with The Rubber Man and Ben was driven insane over seeing Hayden.  The two slowly lost their minds as more terrifying occurrences happen each episode.  It has been over six years since season one ended and now they are returning for American Horror Story: Apocalypse.

To celebrate this exciting news, it’s time to go over the full cast list for this season’s chapter.  There are many AHS veterans and rookies making an appearance this season. Here’s the full list of the cast and characters:

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Sarah Paulson: Cordelia Goode (Coven), Billie Dean Howard (Murder House), Venable

Kathy Bates: Ms. Meade.

Evan Peters

Adina Porter: Dinah Stevens

Leslie Grossman: Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt

Billie Lourd: Mallory

Emma Roberts: Madison Montgomery (Coven)

Jessica Lange: Constance Langdon (Murder House)

Connie Britton: Vivien Harmon (Murder House)

Dylan McDermott: Ben Harmon (Murder House)

Tarissa Farmiga: Violet Harmon (Murder House)

Gabourey Sidibe: Queenie (Coven)

Lily Rabe: Misty Day (Coven)

Frances Conroy: Myrtle Snow (Coven)

Stevie Nicks

Codty Fern: Michael Langdon

Billy Porter

Joan Collins

Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman

Lesley Fera

Billie Eichner

You better get ready witches – its going to be one big AHS reunion this year.  Lots of veterans and some interesting newcomers are joining the season.  Who knows what other mystery cast members will return in one of the episodes.

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Be sure to catch the cast on American Horror Story: Apocalypse Wednesday September 12th at 10 PM.