This is just a test of remote posting.

October 31st, 2010 by Uncle Flip

Sorry to have this as the only post for October, but I’ve been out of town a lot lately- and I also haven’t been inspired to write. It’s not that there isn’t much going on in Birmingham, there is.  But for now this note will have to suffice.  It’s not even really a note- it’s actually a test of my phone’s voice recognition, and my newfound ability to post to the website from the phone. If all goes well, hopefully this will actually make me post more.  Oh, and the attached photo isn’t really relevant to anything, it’s just a test, too.


Rules of Birmingham Driving (#5)

September 12th, 2010 by Uncle Flip

When stopped at a red light, SUV and pickup truck drivers are allowed to creep forward slowly until their vehicle is in the middle of the intersection.

Bean, beans, the musical fruit…

September 4th, 2010 by Uncle Flip

When I think of Pinson, of course I think of beans. What, you don’t? Didn’t you know Pinson is home of the Alabama Butterbean Festival? This year’s festival was a pretty big deal. That’s because they made a prety big pot of beans. In fact, it was a world record pot of beans.

musical fruit....

When I say it’s a world record pot of beans, I’m not kidding. A 1,010 gallon pot of beans even got the attention of the fine folks at Guinness. They even sent a lovely young lass down form New York to present certification of the big feat. (And yeah, Phil’s right. 1,010.65 gallons.)

Guinness agrees!

Of course, a butterbean festival wouldn’t be complete without a mascot (Bucky, of course) and a butterbean queen.


Of course, the centerpiece IS the beans-which oddly were called baked beans. Here, Phil shows they are definitely NOT baked.

Stirrin' the pot...

Our lovely young lass from Guinness was a good sport, and sampled the product. She said they were pretty good…though she does look a little scared.

scared of a few little beans???

Small town festivals will always prove one thing. Even if you think a top hat will make people think you’re Slash (regardless of the fact you’re playing a sax), you’re still just wearing a top hat while you play in a cover band.

Hep, but not hep enough.

I went to the fest because I’m rather easily amused. I’m happy to say it was amusing- but also an enjoyable way to spend a Saturday morning. (But I regret to say I did not get to catch the greased pig competition.)

The I-65 naval shipyard…

August 12th, 2010 by Uncle Flip

I’m not sure what it is about boats appearing on the shoulder of I-65. This one showed up earlier this week, and doesn’t seem to want to go away.


Your admin is a major slacker…

July 29th, 2010 by Uncle Flip

I’ve been meaning to put this video up for quite some time. It’s a segment done by The Happy Hour Guys a few months ago when they visited my neighborhood pub, J. Clyde. (Of course, your Random Ham admin makes a few appearances.) Too bad the reforms Stuart mentions died in the 2010 legislative session.

Yeah….so that’s not the only thing I’ve slacked on. Seems I have some pics of some PETA folks snogging in 41 degree weather. Still need to get those up, since there’s been a request for them.

Summer showers…

July 6th, 2010 by Uncle Flip

I just found out that Birmingham is helping one segment of its population beat the heat with the ‘Hydrating the Homeless’ program. Taking the city’s history into account, I do hope this doesn’t involve fire hoses.

Joking aside, it sounds like a good program. People can donate bottled water, which police officers will distribute to the homeless.

We’re finally on their radar.

May 31st, 2010 by Uncle Flip

It seems Groupon has finally decided to add the ‘Ham. Click the little link to check it out.

Overheard at J. Clyde…

May 26th, 2010 by Uncle Flip

“It’s really awesome, then they feed you painkillers.” – Braden Pittman

Beer good….beer dinner better!

May 24th, 2010 by Uncle Flip

A bit late with this post, as I wanted nothing more last night than to pass out and sleep off a good meal. J. Clyde hosted a beer dinner featuring Good People brews. The J. Clyde beer dinners are always good- but this one was even better, as Good People is the local brewery- and one I like very much. The dinner was also a fund raiser for Junior Achievement of Birmingham. It all started off very well, soon as I walked through the door. I had been inside for mere seconds when I was offered a Good People Wild IPA.

I love IPAs, and it was a fabulous warm up. Once the dinner started, we had some good opening words from J. Clyde owner Jerry Hartley, whose mind, heart, and palate always seem to be int he right place. He apologized for not being a good speaker, but he definitely was, and always is.

Jerry hartley

Next up was Good People’s head brewer, Jason Malone. He’s a guy I sometimes find very intense in his focus, but it’s not the sort of intensity that intimidates. But every now and again, he pops out for a bit, cracks a great smile, and says something grand. He’s a great guy, who makes some great beers.

Jason Malone

All of the beer was good- and so was all of the food. But this salad was quite a highlight for a few people there…


When it was all over, we were all stuffed to the gills. J. Clyde staffer James tried to humorously show it, and wound up looking like a creepy old pregnant woman!


I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. If you’ve never been to a J. Clyde beer dinner, you need to get to one!

We had a nice city, and you had to go make it weird!

May 23rd, 2010 by Uncle Flip

Bonus points to my friends who know the reference. Some strange folks hit town this weekend- and I mean strange in a good way. Imagicon started Friday, and I finally managed to drop by today. Honestly, I was a bit underwhelmed- but that is MY fault. I went on a Sunday, the last day, so it wasn’t at it’s peak. Also, I was too cheap to actually go in, so I hung out in the lobby of the building, where there weren’t so many people. I didn’t see too much, but there were a few things worth a mention.

First, I found out what’s inside stormtrooper armor! Apparently, it’s ninjas.

Rich, creamy ninja filling!

The star Wars crew are apparently a silly bunch. There was a chamber that is apparently to replicate the feeling of a tornado (or at least, I assumed that’s what it was based on some readouts inside, and the fact it did kick up LOTS of wind…but it was totally unlabeled), and someone thought it might be fun to lock a hapless stormtrooper inside.

Swirling stormtrooper

Then, it was Leia’s turn. She started doing the whole Marilyn Monroe bit, but wound up just showing some leg to the adoring masses.

Leia's leg.

I popped off down the hall a bit, and ran into this guy. I am not into steampunk at all. but I have to admit, his powered wheelchair is pretty cool.

OK, steampunk might actually be cool.

Sci-fi conventions are not just made up of 34 year old guys who live in their mother’s basement. Some of the guys are a little older. Not sure if his mom is still around, though…

That basement floor is really bad for his back...

Coming back to the Star Wars gang, I found my favourite shot of the day. At least you won’t see this guy begging on a street corner…

You won't see him by the side of the interstate...

Next year, I might actually go into Imagicon. Based on the gang I found int he lobby, it looks like a fun bunch. It may not be the biggest or the baddest sci-fi convention, but it’s Birmingham’s sci-fi convention, and that’s a big reason why I like it.