Sunday, July 30, 2006

Sad Sunday Stories

Skankiest Couple EVER!! Maybe she'll give him some hair washing tips. Bllech. Please, please, don't breed. Obbie's question was why would anyone want to marry someone who has been featured on video having sex with Tommy Lee? Good question. Also, I do hope Kid is similarly endowed, or his honeymoon experience will be like throwing a pickle down a wishing well.

Saddest News Ever:

LATROBE, Pa. --A line of trucks idled outside the loading docks at Latrobe Brewing Co. on Friday morning. In a few hours, they would haul away some of the last cases of Rolling Rock beer brewed in Latrobe. "It's over. It's done," said Larry Ewantis, who ran the receiving department for ingredients. "Now they're just cleaning up." Known for its distinctive green bottle and quality pledge with a mysterious "33" at the end, Rolling Rock has been brewed here since 1939. But Belgium-based InBev SA, which owned Rolling Rock and Latrobe Brewing, sold the Rolling Rock brand to Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. for $82 million in May. Anheuser-Busch plans to brew the beer in New Jersey beginning in August. The brewery in Latrobe was not included in the deal, and is expected to close Monday. La Crosse, Wis.-based City Brewing Co. is negotiating to buy the brewery and produce other brands of beer here. Union workers at the brewery have voted to accept a contract with City Brewing. Ewantis, 56, who has worked at Latrobe Brewing for almost 30 years, fears the brewery will be dismantled and sold for scrap if no deal is signed. And if the brewery closes for good, the Latrobe native will lose a job and a family tradition. His late father, George, worked at Latrobe Brewing, and his brother Mike, 62, has worked there for 42 years. "I went from a baby bottle to a beer bottle," said Ewantis, who could see the brewery from his bedroom window as a child. "Rolling Rock is all I've known all my life." Nick Carota, 56, has also worked at Latrobe Brewing for about 30 years. His father worked there for 46 years. Carota wrote "Among the Green Bottles," a bitter tune about the brewery's fate set to the melody of an old Kentucky mining song. It goes: "Oh Daddy, won't you take me back to Westmoreland County / Down by the Loyalhanna where the Rolling Rock lays. / Well I'm sorry my son but you're too late in asking / InBev and AB have hauled it away." Rolling Rock simply is part of Latrobe, he said. Even people who didn't work here felt like someone was taking something away from them," Carota said.

That was a portion of an article I read in three different papers today. I've been drinking Rolling Rock since my formative beern drinking years. No more. Bastards. It wasn't great beer, but it certainly wasn't the worst. And a chilled green longneck on a hot day refreshed like nothing else. It was about the tradition! Organic Lisa and I did our part to keep Latrobe's assembly lines rolling. Oh well.

There are other beers. I'm not drinking anything that comes from the 'clear mountain streams of Old Newark.' Blech.

Well hell. Blogger's photo thing is acting all stupid. I had more illustrations to follow for various things. Never mind. Sheeesh.

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