Sometimes, you’ve just got to give it up for good packaging. I know I, for one, have fallen prey to such things. Hell, why shouldn’t I? When you see something so eye catchingly clever that you want to snap a picture and send it to your friends, some guy in the marketing department deserves validation. My purchase of said product, I feel, goes a long way in providing said validation.

Case in point: a few weeks ago, I was at the best local liquor and wine store (cork ‘n’ ale deserves a post all to itself; if you’ve been there you can agree. Their website leaves something to be desired, but don’t all the good local places? ..I digress). This used to be a payday ritual though my bank account frowned upon this practice. It’s the kind of place that always has new and different things, regularly on a weekly basis. Though I go with one goal in mind (on this occasion it was to procure whisky for our weekly tasting) I will, without fail, be allured by something fancy.

The fancy item on this occasion was Firestarter Vodka. It appeared to be the last one on the shelf. This implied to me that I wasn’t the only one drawn to the clever packaging: it looked like a fire extinguisher! This was quite probably one of the coolest liquor packages I’d ever seen. On inspection, it wasn’t in a tin as I first surmised – most of the Scotch we’d been tasting was sold either in a cardboard tube or a box. No, this was the actual package (though I’m sure once we finish off the liquor and tear down the case out of curiousity we’ll still find glass inside).

I was told at the counter that it was not the last bottle, rather, it was the only one they’d purchased. To assuage any guilt felt, I’m going to break down the rest of my experience with you here.

Arriving home, we HAD to break into this. My hasty reading at the store led me to believe it was a pepper vodka. This would’ve made sense with a name like “Firestarter.” Heck, even making it high proof would’ve been clever. Instead, the only relevance to the packaging was the “percentage of all sales goes to firefighters” blip. That was a slight disappointment, but it was still a cool and unique concept. I got the honor of pulling the pin…I pressed the lever….nothing. ok, pulling the pin was cool, but where’s the pump action? Feeling sheepish, I read the side…it wasn’t a pump. Instead, you LIFT the lever, likely removing the cork from the bottle. The vodka the dribbled out as it fought the vacuum to get out the tiny spout. Yet another disappointment. Still, the bottle was cool and the vodka was smooth, so the night wasn’t a total loss.



That Show With The Millionaire

After Snowfest on Saturday, I had the opportunity to see Slumdog Millionaire. By “had the opportunity” I mean my friend invited me and I suggested other movies to see. However, being a gentleman, I relented and went with her to see the movie she wanted (that and I didn’t truly feel all that strongly about any movies presently out).

So went we did. And pleasantly surprised was I. Having no expectations nor even an inkling as to what it was about (that awful game show with Regis?) I enjoyed it a LOT. I mean, A LOT. I can’t really say much more than has already been said. The movie was nominated for, like, 300 awards, so that says a lot. I am normally cynical about awards, but this year seemed spot on. Heath deserved them. Slumdog deserved them.

I will admit that I am no Brian Letdke. If you want to know what the movie was about, read a review. Or go to the movie spoiler. I left the theatre a little tired after a long day and reading the entire synopsis helped me put some pieces together that I’d missed the first time through.

So, in short, it was a great movie and certainly well worth the $9. Go check it out.


I’ll admit, I hadn’t been crazy about Scrubs a few months ago. The episodes had gotten formulaic; like a bad (well, any) sports movie. All the characters would have a problem and it would be remarkably similar and there’d be a tri-panel shot of the three characters asking the same question. Then someone would resolve it for all of them in a really simple way. Repeat. Episode after episode after episode. Granted, a lot of shows follow similar patterns, but it seemed like the writers were getting REALLY lazy.

Season seven ended abruptly with no series finale worth talking about and I became displeased and unexcited with the whole idea of Scrubs. Word of an eighth season on ABC didn’t even make me curious. I was done.

Then I watched it. Wow. It was like they’d started the show over, with fresh jokes and ideas a;ll while keeping the feel of the show the same. It’s great! I think the problem might’ve been trying to cram too much into each episode. Take tonight for example; I noticed Turk was absent from the first episode and Karla from the second. This would never have happened last season! Perhaps, by trying to cram too many stories and interactions into one episode was what gave it the stale, monotonous feeling I perceived.

Now, in fact, it seems we’re exploring new relationships and old ones in new ways. JD and Eliot are apparently getting back together, but with all the growth they’ve experienced, it might finally work. At least, we’re led to believe this. And we hope so too. (gosh I sound like a woman with her “stories”).

ABC, or at least the writers, have given Scrubs a new lease on life. We all wish it the best. Thank you Zach Braff.