Friday, March 23, 2007

It's Friday!!!

And wherever you are, and whatever you're doing, the staff at Mutterings of a Mad Bookseller wants to remind you- it's never a bad time for a beer!

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From ABC News this morning-

Forget rubber chicken dinners and boring ballroom events. Thursday night, Bill Clinton showed up at Soul Cycle, a new club in New York's tony upper west side neighborhood, for a spinning class turned fundraiser for his wife's campaign for the White House. About 45 people (the majority of them women) paid $2300 for the chance to sit on a stationary bike and meet the former president of the United States.

"He sort of wandered through the bikes in our small studio," said owner Julie Rice, "brushing up against handlebars and greeted everyone personally, which I think was one of the main reasons that this was so special. It was such a small setting."

Clinton told stories and took questions for more than half an hour. Spinning classes at Soul Cycle normally cost about $25. But for this special class spinners paid $2300 apiece and they never even got to see Clinton sweat. He showed up in a suit and told the class he had already worked out earlier in the day.

They weren't disappointed. Asked if they would've liked to have seen President Clinton on a bike, two donors giggled: "No, definitely not."

So let me get this straight- they found women who were willing to pay thousands of dollars to dress up in Spandex and "spin" for Bill Clinton?

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According to the Associated Press-

DETROIT -- A first-term congressman from Michigan who compared parts of Iraq to Detroit and Harvey, Ill., an economically depressed Chicago suburb, defended the comments Thursday. Rep. Tim Walberg said those were just two examples of communities where safety and city services are comparable to 80 percent to 85 percent of Iraq.

Walberg, a Republican, said on Detroit radio station WJR-AM that U.S. troops in Iraq tell him the military is succeeding. "People are walking around communities (in Iraq) as safe as they are walking around _ at the very least _ in Detroit and Chicago and other places," he said.

Walberg made similar comments Monday on a Lansing radio show, drawing criticism from Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's office and Harvey Mayor Eric J. Kellogg.

So Rep. Walberg is volunteering to go on a walking tour of Iraq someday soon? Hey, I think it's a great idea. I'll contribute to a fund to buy him a plane ticket.

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And now that Spring is here, I wanted to go out and buy a new grill...

eBay bans Manny Ramirez grill

You can't ever say that Boston Red Sox fans aren't enthusiastic. A gas grill, reportedly listed by Manny Ramirez, has been removed from online auction site eBay Inc. after bids spiked to nearly $100 million. Originally purchased for about $4,000 and used once, according to the Red Sox slugger's testimony, the minimum bid of $3,000 was registered shortly after 1:00 p.m. Tuesday. By midnight, the offers were out of control.

While the site offered no explanation for the listing's removal, other parts of the eBay web site warn that items may be taken down if thought to violate eBay policies. The listing had featured seven pictures of the Jenn-Air grill, two with Ramirez in the shot.

When asked by the Associated Press why he was helping sell the grill (later discovered to belong to a neighbor), the ballplayer with the $160 million contract joked "I need the money." He also promised an autographed baseball for the winning bidder.

Everyone here in Boston loves Manny. I mean, how could you not? Manny's just so, so Manny!

Play Ball!


Joey Polanski said...

HERES a guy that dont love Manny.

Colonel Colonel said...

Hey, Chief Wahoo!

Say what you like about it, 'Major League' is one of my favorite movies.

Picturing Bob Euker call the Charlie Sheen pitch that sails behind the batter "Just a bit out-side" makes me smile every time.

catalyst said...

Don't tell Mike about that grill...I advised him awhile back to get one...but it was only about 3 grand.

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Mike said...

I saw a grill yesterday that would put that one to shame. Must.Have.Grill.

Thomas said...

I make 2 people who don't really care about Manny.

Hell, I would probably throw the baseball away if I won the grill.

This boy is an Astros fan !!!!!

Hope you people enjoy Josh Beckett. He is a local boy.


Colonel Colonel said...

Catalyst- It's a nice grill but it was... it was... gas. I dunno. I'll stick with my hardwood charcoal.

Mike- Grill. Meat. Beer. (for some reason I now want to say "Da Bears!".) But yeah- can't wait. Still a little too much snow here for grilling.

Thomas- Yeah, we love Josh too! He's getting himself acclimated to the American League and looks to have a great year this year.

I can't wait to listen to a game Josh Beckett is pitching while out at my grill...

Cissy Strutt said...

Clinton "brushed against handle bars" ?? I'd want a bit more brushing for my $US2,300 ($AUD2,853.84).

Now I have to go and vote.

Colonel Colonel said...

Cissy- I was wondering if anyone else would catch that. And that was from the story in the New York Times, not some NeoCon site. A room full of lycra-clad women, with Bill Clinton brushing up against their handle-bars.

What was he thinking? There's just no way that doesn't sound dirty...

Phoebe Fay said...

The New York Daily News reported that the ladies were covered up with long-sleeved t-shirts that said "Exercise Your Vote." Organizers handed out the shirts as a coverup "so we wouldn't look too sexy in front of the President," one woman confided.

Colonel Colonel said...

Phoebe- first Manny's grill isn't Manny's grill, and now this! No spandex for Bill?

Oh, the Humanity!!