Tag:Erstwhile Highlanders Blog
Posted on: June 6, 2008 12:02 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2008 12:39 pm

Alpha Blog: Welcome back, Ice Road Truckers

Having spent the past few weekend's intermittingly diving into Deadliest Catch marathons, I've finally admitted to myself that yes, I do have a reality TV show problem.

Don't read me wrong. It's only two shows deep (what the hell is this Mole thing I keep seeing advertised?!) and one of them is off for the summer. But the other one is just about to begin. The History Channel's Ice Road Truckers.

For those who don't know about it, here's the basic premise of last season. A band of six or so truHugh Rowlandck drivers haul mining equipment and supplies to remote diamond mines in Canada's Northwest Territory over frozen lakes.

You read that right. Trucks hauling tons of material on ice, over kill-you-in-seconds ice water for seemingly endless hours. There's money at stake, lots of it, just like in Deadliest Catch. A four-month endeavor could pay a year's salary.

So what's new with season 2?

Diamond minds are out. The six truckers -- including holdovers Hugh "Polar Bear" Rowland, Alex Debogorski, Rick Yemm and Drew Sherwood (man he was pathetic in season 1) -- will be servicing natural gas pipelines via a thoroughfare from Yellowknife, Canada to the Arctic Circle. We're talking a cool 1,000 miles of driving trucks over frozen lakes and get this, the Arctic Ocean.

"It's spectacular," series creator Thom Beers told Variety. "As they drive out over the frozen ocean, you can see the waves underneath the ice."

Here's the fascination with this show, IMHO. No doubt these guys are being filmed for fame, but they're also living. The show is not the means to an ends (at least yet). There's no immediate spinoff TV career -- like Elisabeth Hasselbeck -- at stake. They're just doing what they do, and we're watching. Plus, when you sit in an office most of the day, it's a bizzaro release to see people actually putting something at stake to make a livelihood. It's like coming home and washing your car or doing dishes -- sometimes it's therapeutic to simply do a physical action. That's what watching these shows is like and it's nice to see our working world hasn't been completely encased in steel, glass and endless YouTube surfing.

Enough schmaltz.

Here's what Beers said about what he looks for in a truck driver.

"Most coveted, he says, is the hardened old pro. 'A guy I interviewed 20 years ago in Costa Rica said this to me, and I always look for this: He told me, "I don't know the answer to your question, and I don't pretend to know, but I'm going to tell you anyway." That's what we're looking for -- that guy who has an opinion on everything.'"

So he's looking for a Skip Bayless with a beard, nasty tobacco habit. I can buy that.

And I'll be buying this new season. Regardless of whether we see anybody actually go through the ice.

"I went through the ice a few time, you betcha," Hugh Rowland told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "You just get ready to kiss your [behind] goodbye. If you go through and go in the water, you're not coming out. People die in less than 18 seconds just from the shock."

Doubt we'll see any of that, but if we do it will be recapped here each Monday morning.

On to the best blogs ... around 

Say Almost Anything is down on Wang, steady on Rauch and streaking with Damon and Teahan in his always insightful It Came From the Game Notes.

The Blue Jays' season is over in the eyes of Click here to learn about sports and that means everybody not named " Alex Rios, Aaron Hill, Dustin McGowan, or Shaun Marcum" should be on their way out.

With Brian Cashman looking like's he's sticking around Yankees-ville for a while, Erstwhile Highlanders Blog is a happy blogger.  

 The Royals are a mess in the infield. Da Dude's Daily Diamond Dialogue has some fixes in store for the club.

Klick of the Day 

I didn't see him there (via my TV), but the spirit of Gino must have gotten into Paul Pierce. Also, it turns out the real Gino died.

Posted on: January 16, 2008 3:59 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2008 9:20 pm

Blog Day Afternoon: Don't leave work without 'em

Being that Blog Day Afternoon lives in the blog, "Raw Sewage ... I love it!" it's only fitting that we talk about what our old pal Det. Nordberg is up to these days. To the shock of RSILI!, he's been in a little trouble of late. Yep, a little bit of trouble.

Here's what Hapsburg's crony, Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass told Nordberg today:

"I don't know Mr. Simpson what the heck you were thinking -- or maybe that's the problem -- you weren't."

Clearly she has her cases mixed up, what, calling Nordberg "Mr. Simpson" and talking in such a condescending fashion. Does she not remember how he bravely entered the I Love You? Does she forget his valiant effort to rig a tracking device to Hector Savage's van? What about when he helped stop the bomb at the Academy Awards?

In any event, we're expecting Police Squad will have to go quite sometime without Nordberg's services. But that's OK, officer Shaquille O'Neal is back tonight.

Here are the best ... blogs around!

Ever wonder what it's like to talk to L.T. right after he's done practicing? THE FANTASY LIFE had the opportunity (he stalks players, so what?) and found out a little something about Michael Turner. Oh, and Tom Brady seems like he'll make one helluva politician.

The Sports Comedian, our resident Zucker brother, explains why C-Span may be expanding its lineup in the near future. C-Span the Ocho, anybody?

The Slippery Toad is in full audit (No, Brian, it's a foreign car, the "T" is silent) mode. First up: An Angels fan, which to my surprise, does exist.

For the second straight day bloggers are gunning for E-Mack's job. This time it's Stu on this (great name, btw) and his prospect rankings. He has Joe E. Tata ranked No. 8.

If you like being prepared, or just have a thing for looking at schedules, check out what's on slate from our Fantasy lads courtesy of the Wonderful World of Gonos. That is, if he's still alive following his double-header tonight.

Are the Patriots less undefeated because they won't be playing the defending champs Sunday? Leading the League in Random says "Nevermind" to that notion.

Pacman Jones, Mitt Romney and the Dallas exodus of coaches walk into a blog. The bartender asks, "why are you depressed Letters from The Den?" The three respond, "we're not Jessica Alba's unborn child's baby daddy."

Another Joe E. Tata mention, this time in Erstwhile Highlanders Blog, as he breaks down the Yankees' non-millionaires club.

And don't forget to share your Love and Hate in TabSpangler's Why I Love/Hate the San Diego Chargers.

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