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Decaf

Decaf (a parody of “Rehab” by Amy Winehouse)

They tried to make me go for decaf, I said no, no, no
If it’s real whack, I’ll send it right back, like whoa, whoa, whoa
I ain’t got the time, and though I’d rather drink some wine
They tried to make me go for decaf, don’t think so, so, so!

I’d rather eat a jar of mayonnaise
I don’t like that aftertaste
I was runnin’, runnin’ down on Peachtree
Had time to burn that given Saturday
I didn’t sleep that much in class
But that decaf cup can kiss my black ass

They tried to make me go for decaf, I said no, no, no
Just pour me a Jack, I’ll make some light snacks, fo’ sho, sho, sho
Decaf tastes like slime, and it should really be a crime
They tried to make me go for decaf, I won’t go, go, go!

The man said, “What do you think ’bout beer?”
I said, “Ain’t got any here”
“And the people, the people call me crazy
So I always keep that java near.”
He said, “Let’s just drink for the best.”
This me, “One-eighty, and the rest”

They tried to make me go for decaf, I said no, no, no
Even if I’m on crack, it wouldn’t mean jack, you know, know, know

I can’t never really drink again
I just ooooh want this curse to end
I’m not gonna spend twelve dollars
Have everyone think I’ve gone the trend
It’s not that I’m fried
It’s just till these beans have dried

They tried to make me go for decaf, I said no, no, no
If it’s real whack, I’ll send it right back, like whoa, whoa, whoa
Full caf will be mine, and if the barista thinks I’m fine
She’s tried to make me go for decaf, I won’t go, go, go!

CTfastrak expanding to Manchester!

Like it or not, CTfastrak is here to stay.

CTfastrak East Street Station in New Britain.

CTfastrak East Street Station in New Britain.

Since its launch on March 28, the CTfastrak drew in more than 150,000 in the first five weeks alone, exceeding ridership expectations. There are 10 stations on the CTfastrak line between Downtown Hartford and Downtown New Britain, two major hubs for the local bus routes.  CTfastrak currently serves the communites of Hartford, Manchester, West Hartford, Bloomfield, Newington, Wethersfield, New Britain, Bristol, Southington, Cheshire, and Waterbury to name a few.

CTfastrak will soon expand into Manchester and East Hartford. But instead of tearing up many unused roads throughout the two towns, this project will just use the HOV lanes on I-84, and like its west-of-the-river counterpart, add dedicated bus stations, parking, and ticket machines. CTfastrak already has a bus route that serves east-of-the-river, Route 121, which connects Manchester Community College with the UConn Health Center in Farmington. This is exciting news for those who live in East Hartford, Manchester, Vernon or South Windsor.

You Know You’re From Connecticut!

This is NOT a complete list of signs that someone is from Connecticut. Just several of them are from other sites because I’m sick and tired of New York City and Boston getting all the glory. On that note, all my fellow Nutmeggers unite!

You Know You’re From Connecticut if:

  1. You get wicked pissed when someone tries to pronounce the second “C”.
  2. You never went to a bar in high school.
  3. You thought that the only highways were 91 and 84.
  4. You thought everyone couldn’t buy beer after 8 pm (or, until last May, on Sundays).
  5. You actually thought that Hartford was big
  6. You or someone you know has attended UCONN
  7. You understand how extremely important “taking the Merritt or 95” is.
  8. You were sad when the Whalers left.
  9. You have been to Misquamicut and to that little hot dog place.
  10. There is a farm within miles of your house.
  11. You thought bars were really for people over 21
  12. Your high school Thanksgiving football game was the highlight of your school year.
  13. You don’t have an accent when you talk
  14. You have known at least 2 preppy rich kids from Fairfield who listen to Phish.
  15. You love Hilton Kaderli and your mom cried when he retired.
  16. UConn basketball rules and no one can tell you different
  17. You have deer in your backyard.
  18. You didn’t drink or do drugs until 10th grade.
  19. You still don’t understand why people say that Connecticut is the richest state.
  20. Your best friend went to Central, Western, Eastern and finally Manchester (or Tunxis!) Community College.
  21. Your mom works at Travelers and your dad works at Pratt and Whitney.
  22. You have been drunk at the Meadows and don’t remember the concert.
  23. You go to Riverside at least once a summer
  24. Your parents actually care about the Governor, the Patriots coming to Hartford, the lights at Christmas in Hartford & Channel 3 news.
  25. You have a UCONN flag outside of your house year round
  26. You thought New Jersey was a toxic waste dump
  27. You hang out at Denny’s
  28. You’ve partied at bonfires
  29. You have at least one friend with a pickup
  30. You think everyone works tobacco in the summer
  31. You think Old Lyme is a shore town
  32. You’ve been to Cape Cod
  33. You think the Connecticut River is endless
  34. The town Diner is the only place open after midnight.
  35. You have at least 4 friends who drive Jeep Grand Cherokees
  36. You root for all the New York sports teams
  37. Anybody asks if you’re from just outside of New York.
  38. You’ve never looked at a public bus schedule
  39. You have both girlfriends and guy-friends with the same name as you.
  40. You go to the diner late night to post party.
  41. You think New Haven is the worst ghetto you’ve ever seen
  42. You can proudly tell an outsider about Nutmeg.
  43. You weekend either on the Cape or Rhode Island at a summer home
  44. You have said… ” I’m in a good location… Between both Boston and New York.”
  45. You can carry on a conversation about Mike Liut, Torrie Robertson, and the Brass Bonanza.
  46. You have to explain Cow Tipping to people from out of state.
  47. When you go to a real city, you sincerely feel bad for every poor / homeless person you see.
  48. You get pissed at anyone who doesn’t know how to drive in the snow.
  49. You can name all the members of the UCONN men’s and women’s basketball teams.
  50. You still can’t find your way in Hartford (except for that bar area near Union Station.)
  51. You hold the door open for someone and they don’t say “Thank You.”
  52. You get scared to ride the bus unless you’re in Hartford.
  53. You’ve ever shopped at Ames or Bradlees.
  54. You went to Mianus before Jackass was there,
  55. You still miss Wawa.
  56. You’ve ever passed by at least one tobacco field in you life.
  57. There’s at least one Stop & Shop within 5 miles where you live.
  58. You’ve gotten lost at Mohegan Sun.
  59. You dreamed of being on Fox 61 Kids News.
  60. You actually read this entire post!

New Haven Ranked #3 Unfriendliest City

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New Haven is the 3rd unfriendliest city in America.

How rude! I wasn’t surprised when New Haven (just 30 miles from here) was ranked the third unfriendliest city in America. And it’s not just the crime. Sometimes getting through Downtown New Haven is a pain in the ass. And crossing the street? Forget it.

Although New Haven is a rough city, Newark, N.J. and Oakland, Calif. have it beat — they top the list for the unfriendliest cities in America. New Jersey seems to be getting a bad rep, even without The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Coincidence? The ranking was done by Conde Nast Traveler, a travel magazine that has been polling the readers on friendliness among tourists for 15 years.

The friendliest city in America — no surprise there — is Charleston, S.C. where its southern hospitality and warm, friendly atmosphere earned that city the top spot. Also on the list are four more southern cities, including Asheville, N.C. and Austin.

My Thoughts on the Boston Marathon Bombing(s)

It started as a relatively mild spring day in Boston and ended with not one, but two separate explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line Monday afternoon. The bombings claimed the lives of three people including an 8-year-old boy. Approximately 15 dozen people were injured as the result of the bombings.

The question: who would do such a thing and why? The short answer: sick people — those with no respect for life at all or those who want to commit a terrorist act. The Boston Marathon bombings were no exception. Spectators, who cheered on the runners at the Boston Marathon, fled as the pressure cooker bombs were detonated and shrapnel flew towards them. A spill of blood stained the streets of Downtown Boston as you couldn’t tell whether the person injured was alive or dead.

Bill Richard, one of the  runners at the Boston Marathon, got a hug from his 8-year-old son Martin just minutes before the blast killed Martin and left his wife and 6-year-old daughter hospitalized. Martin attends a school in Dorchester where he created a hand-made sign that reads “No More Hurting People. Peace.” It is meant to symbolize the worldwide tragedy, including the most recent tragedy in Newtown.

Krystle Campbell, 29, also killed in the bombing, would have turned 30 on May 3. She and a friend, Karen Rand, stood at the finish line of the Marathon to cheer on Rand’s boyfriend, who was running.

All tragedies are unbelievable, but when it involves a child, it can make the tragedy unbearable. My hope is that we can learn from the recent tragedies and come together as a nation becasue there is no east coast or west coast. No Yankees fan or Red Sox fan. No Democrat or Republican. Who we want other countries to see us as is American.

New Look for UConn

The University of Connecticut Athletics Department unveiled its new logo under its partnership with Nike. It’s sort of an upgrade of Jonathan the Husky — and a fierce one at that. Now before you complain about the new logo, I’d like to say that I kinda like it! 😉

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March Madness

FinalFourAtlantaMaking a list. And checking it twice. Gonna find out who got the um… spice. MARCH MADNESS IS ON!!!!!!! In this tourney, 68 will enter and 1 will leave. The road to the Final Four will lead to Atlanta where the four winners will go head-to-head on April 6 and 8. Now I printed my brackets and it’s nearly complete. Now to await the results in tonight’s four games….

If you havent already, you owe it to yourself to print and fill out your brackets today. The pdf file can be found here: http://a.espncdn.com/i/ncaa/13mens_bracket.pdf