Nutmeg State of Mind

This is Connecticut’s take on “Empire State of MInd” by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. Enjoy!

I up out that Enfield
Now I’m down in Deep River
Right by the beaches, but I’ll be port forever
I’m the new Lobo and since I made it here
I can make it anywhere, yeah they love me everywhere
Used to cop in Meriden, rolling right by Illiano’s
Drivin’ down on West Main, brought me back to that McDonald’s
Ended up in Bloomfield, down Blue Hills Avenue
Catch me goin’ Downtown, fams coming after you
Cruisin’ down 84, off black ‘Cedes
Drivin’ so slow just to check out ladies
Took it up to Mansfield, where I met my man Geno
Now he up on billboards, every time I’m playin’ Keno
Say what up to Ky-Ky, still sippin’ mai-tai
Reppin’ the Dirty, Yanks and Sox give me high five
Player I be decked out, slicker than I’ll ever be
Tell by my jersey that I’m most definitely from

Hartford, concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothing you can’t do
When you’re in Hartford
Autumn leaves will make you feel brand new
The lights will inspire you
Yes only in Hartford, Hartford, Hartford

Catch me at the XL Center at a Whalers game
Shit, I make the Whalers hat more famous than the Whalers can
You should know I bleed blue, but I ain’t from UConn
Splitting my verses so much quicker than a neutron
Welcome to the melting pot, corners where they sellin’ rock
Acapulco Gold and shit, Main and Pearl is the spot
Metro Cab, People’s Cab, Yellow Cab, holla back
Them road ragers in the state don’t even fucking know how to act
8 million pizzas, Pepe’s where they bake it
Traffic is so graphic, half of y’all won’t make it
Me, I gotta stay focused, get it made in the shade
I’m paying my boy Niels if Jay’s paying DeWayne Wade
Two casinos, thirty tech firms
Final Four Parade, rest in peace Kate Hepburn
Ashley and Sigourney
Long live the World Trade
Long live the Mark Twain, I’m from the Nutmeg State that’s…

Hartford, concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothing you can’t do
When you’re in Hartford
Autumn leaves will make you feel brand new
The lights will inspire you
Yes only in Hartford, Hartford, Hartford

Lights is blindin’, them wheels are grindin’
Some fucker kept tailgatin’ me and sidewindin’
Mind the casualties, who choose to ride causally
Then gradually become worse
Don’t fight the traffic, Steve
Caught up in the in-crowd, always in style
And in the winter gets cold, dress warm when you go out
Shall I begin, it’s a city I am in
Good girls gone bad, the city’s filled with them
Tommy took a bus trip, 40-minute bus route
Every time he drivin’, dudes get him cussed out
Hail Mary to the state, and I’m a virgin
New Haven can’t save me, good luck with the merchants
Came here for school, left when taxes took a high rise
Rich people, movie stars, addicted to the limelight
Gampel Pavilion, the home of the Champions
New England’s Rising Star, better buy you an Ambien

Hartford, concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothing you can’t do
When you’re in Hartford
Autumn leaves will make you feel brand new
The lights will inspire you
Yes only in Hartford, Hartford, Hartford
One hand in the air for Insurance City
Mean streets, bright lights, all lookin’ pretty
No place in the world that can compare
Put ya lighters in the air and everybody say yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Hartford, concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothing you can’t do
When you’re in Hartford
Autumn leaves will make you feel brand new
The lights will inspire you
Yes only in Hartford, Hartford, Hartford

UCONN Top Dog in NCAA Basketball

The University of Connecticut Huskies Men’s Basketball, led by Coach Kevin Ollie, are the four-time National Champions!!! They beat the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 in an NCAA championship game Monday.

This is UCONN Country

 

My friends, this is UConn Country
Our boys did what they had to do
The haters are now eating humble pie
They wish they made it there too.

Many spectators bet against us
They even judged us and counted us out
But with drive and determination
We got the job done, no doubt

Last night, several stars were born
I welcome you to Olliewood
Where anything is possible
And the frickin’ eating is oh, so good

No obstacle can still us
We won’t be thrown for a loop
On April 5 we turned Florida into yummy Gator soup

The earlier teams were no match
For Giffey, Daniels, or Shabazz
We had the home court advantage
We were smooth like cool jazz

I know it stinks in here
It’s the smell of victory by Brimah
Post him at the shot clock
And he can quickly beat the timer

All doubts have been silenced
Hopes have filled the skies
UConn winning the NCAA Championship
Won’t come as NO surprise

Now the work still continues
A duel against Kentucky
To take the championship title
Wouldn’t THAT make us lucky!

GO UCONN!!!!!! SICK ‘EM!!!!!!!!

 

Ben & Jerry’s Core Series

Just when you think Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream can’t get any better…. it does. Behold the 4 NEW Cores! The four flavors are Hazed & Confused, Peanut Butter Fudge, Salted Caramel, and That’s My Jam.

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I personally had the Peanut Butter Fudge Core. I love chocolate. I love peanut butter. But when the Peanut Butter Fudge Core was calling my name, I had to listen. Its fudgey core beckons, and you are hit with an intense wallop of peanut butter cups enveloped by chocolate and peanut butter ice creams. I can go on and on but you’ll have to take one of these babies home and try it for yourself. Deff can’t wait to try the others!

Why English Is Do Damn Hard!

Happy New Year, everyone! (I know I’m late but don’t judge me… please)

There is one thing that’s a-burnin’ a hole in my brain. What’s the hardest language one EVER has had to learn? English! Listen: irregular spelling in words as well as awkward pronunciation are key factors in the difficulty of English. There are countless rules that will have to be obeyed when learning English. No wonder English is so damn hard!

The first example comes from Why English is So Hard written by…. well, the author name is marked by Anonymous:
We’ll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox should be oxen, not oxes.
Then one fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese,
You may find a lone mouse or a whole nest of mice,
But the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn’t the plural of pan be called pen?
The cow in the plural may be cows or kine,
But a bow if repeated is never called bine,
And the plural of vow is vows, never vine.

If I speak of a foot and you show me your feet,
And I give you a boot would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth, and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn’t the plural of booth be called beeth?

If the singular’s this and the plural is these,
Should the plural of kiss ever be nicknamed keese?
Then one may be that and three would be those,
Yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.

We speak of a brother, and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren,
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine she, shis and shim!

Confused? So was I. :-/ But try this one on for size:
“I” before “E” except after “C” or when sounded like “A” as in “neighbor” or “weigh.”
Um…. that’s just weird.

Bomb, comb, and tomb. The “o” in all three of these words have different sounds, and each word starts with a different letter. Yes, tomb as in the phrase “from womb to tomb”

So do laughter and daughter. Augh!!

Ditto for height and weight, sour and four, and lead and bread.

Spelling can be tricky, too…. silent letters be damned. (BTW damn has a silent “n” at the end.)

5 Halloween Treats Every Kid HATES

Halloween will be here before you know it. And with Halloween comes candy giving… a group of youngsters come to you doorstep and squeal “Trick or treat!” Little does the kid know, he’d get something in his goodie bag other than candy like — gasp! — an open candy or, God forbid, a razor blade. Well, here are five Halloween treats every kid HATES. Now pay attention!

Fruits, such as apples and oranges: Seriously? Fruits qualify as treats any other day of the week, but not on Halloween. This is merely a trick rather than a treat.

Anything black licorice: Blecch!! I HATED it when I was a kid — it was horrible! I might as well have been eating frickin’ root beer as far as I’m concerned. And don’t get me started with Good & Plenty. What was it plenty of, licorice?!

Toothbrushes: Again, seriously???? Face it: kids love Halloween, dentists don’t. But come on…. it’s Halloween! Not National Piss Off Your Dentist Day!! Aaaaaugh!!! And what kid DOESN’T freaking hate a toothbrush as a Halloween treat?! “I’d LOVE to get a toothbrush for Halloween,” said no kid ever.

Raisins: Garfield the Cat hated them no matter what day of the year it is. Kids hate it on Halloween. This falls under the healthy category along with fruits. Ooooh let’s give the kids dried fruit — they’re gonna consume all that sugar anyway.

Circus peanuts: They do NOT taste like peanut butter despite being shaped as a peanut. They taste like disappointment — sugar coated disappointment.  You’re better off giving Junior a bag of peanuts.

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!