Happy Hour In The Heptarchy: Lindy Slop and Leftover Apple Juice

by J.R.

It’s five past 5 across Conference III (leave work early, Colorado — you have our permission), time to hit bricks and get that freakin’ weekend started, am I right?

Of course I am.

It’s been a tough week for some of you so loosen your belt, pop a top, grab a spoon and stop being such a sourpuss. III Communication’s got good news for everybody.

The Particulars

datil_pepper_sauceWhat We’re Eating: My affection for toast is well-documented. Lately, though, I’ve needed a little bit extra on my nearly-burnt bread. Like an old man, I eat dinner pretty early (5:30 or so ) and by 9 or 9:30, I’m pretty peckish. In the grand tradition of hungry people every where, I stuck my head in the fridge and came up with this — on wheat bread: Dijon mustard and a few drops datil pepper hot sauce (though any hot sauce will do), topped with sharp cheddar and run through the toaster oven. This is so good I want it served at a bar and for this hypothetical bar to name it for me: the Lindy Slop was suggested and that’s just fine.

lWhat We’re Drinking: I probably hadn’t had apple juice in a decade, but I’m drowning myself in the stuff now. It’s the kind of thing that happens when you have a toddler around. “Dada? Baba? Zhuice?” OK. Well there’s enough for a cup here, but what’s leftover in the bottle isn’t really worth keeping around so I take a slug. Or I overfill the cup and take a slug. Suddenly, I’ve developed a taste for the stuff and I’m drinking it out of Mason jars.

Reasons To Celebrate

Chicago: As if Nashville wasn’t enough, the ‘Hawks’ success and resultant popularity have led the Blues to introduce an anti-Hawks fan ticket policy. Meanwhile, while Hawks fans were complaining and/or preening and/or being self-righteous about it, tickets to the UC went up 16 or 17 percent. Good news though: the new Transformers movie is being filmed in Chicago.

Your Weekend Jam: “Jed The Humanoid” by Grandaddy


Colorado: It sure can rain in Denver. My stars. At least there was plenty of mud for Bert the Hippo to wallow in as he celebrated his 57th birthday.

Your Weekend Jam: “Who’ll Stop The Rain” by Conference III’s own Rise Against


Dallas: The Stars leaped up the uniform rankings with the green sweaters. Neat! Hey, and despite our best efforts, Barry Trotz still hates the Wild more.

Your Weekend Jam: “Sharp Dressed Man” by Blondie


Minnesota: Well, you’re nowt but a bunch of stealers! And the Vikes stadium is on hold. But goodness are y’all a bunch of badass test-takers or what?

Your Weekend Jam: “Hot For Teacher” by Van Halen


Nashville: Cool! A new baseball stadium that could potentially be as nice as the one in Tulsa. Expansions at Jack Daniel’s and Dollywood! Money being spent everywhere!

Your Weekend Jam: “200 Proof Lovin'” by Jason & The Scorchers


St. Louis: Aren’t all foods in St. Louis bizarre (cf: St. Paul Sandwich). A man in a bow tie and a silly hat wants you to be smart with your development. He works for public radio.

Your Weekend Jam: “Big Yellow Taxi” by Pinhead Gunpowder


Winnipeg: Most people would consider heat and humidity bad, but since it’s Winnipeg, we’re calling this one a good thing.

Your Weekend Jam: “Summer In The City” by Lovin’ Spoonful


And a programming note: Sunday night we’ll start our offseason review — “Hot August Nights” — with the Chicago Blackhawks. A new post every night (at sundown local time!) covering every team’s summer. Also — Neil Diamond.