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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Franks Tests M & Ms

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Today's contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: Melts in your mouth, and in your hand

Frank tests the M & Ms premiums "Melts in your mouth, not in your hand" quality.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

M & Ms and Chocolate Ice Cream

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Today's contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha

Subject: The Girls Eat More Chocolate

Hey Ladies, Look what I found!” Sara says, to Tabitha and Ann who are hanging out in the living room.

M & M premiums? Mint Chocolate sounds interesting. Are they like the Indiana Jones ones?”

I don’t know. I haven’t tried them yet.”

Well, what are we waiting for!”

I've got some new ice cream in the freezer too as long as we're taste testing things.”

Can't hurt.” Sara says, opening up the M & Ms.

They all grab a couple and look at them.

They look like rocks.”

They do a little bit. And they don't have their signature crispy shell.”

Does that mean they disprove the whole 'melts in your mouth, not in your hand.' theory?”

Probably. They're kind of chewy. But good.”

What's the description say?”

Ann picks up the box. It's white chocolate mint wrapped in dark chocolate.”

I don't think I care for them. The chewiness is throwing me off. I think they're a little too sweet.”

They are a little sweet, but I really like them. They don't feel like I'm eating M & Ms though. It lacks that satisfying crunch when you bite into them.”

I could live without the candy shell I guess. I do like these though.” Sara says, reaching for another handful.

Someone should pick up some of the other types and try 'em out.”

I'd like to try the mocha.”

Coffee flavored? Of course you would.”

Okay, break out the ice cream. What flavor?”

.“Costa Rica Rainforest Vanilla and Chocolate. It's made by Choctal. Actually, I looked up their website, and it turns out they're environmentally friendly and eating ice cream supports the rain forest and all that.”

All well and good...but does it taste yummy?”

Let's find out shall we?” Ann grabs three spoons and the pint of ice cream out of the freezer.

Oooh. It's all swirly.” Sara takes the first spoonful. “Mmm...It is very good.”

The others dig in.

Excellent ice cream. Rich and creamy. They make other flavors?”

Yeah, I love the flavor, and I like the vanilla and chocolate mixed too. Much better than your average vanilla/chocolate supermarket brand.”

They have just chocolates and vanillas. They have single origin chocolate or vanilla though.”

Single-origin? I guess this one is Costa Rica. They've been doing that single origin thing with chocolate more lately.”

It does make sense. Cacao beans, vanilla beans, coffee beans...What's the difference?”

Very true. Wow..I guess we're just going to finish the pint?” Sara asks, looking at the rapidly disappearing ice cream.

Might as well. You know Billy or Scott would finish it off on us anyway if we left it.”

In that case, dig in!”

Friday, July 18, 2008

All-Star Aftermath

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Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today's contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Billy and Scott.

Subject: How we fared

Wasn’t going to bother with an aftermath post, (Alright, I’m just lazy), but Brave Astronaut asked in a comment: So the game went on longer than many expected. Anyone up yet there on the sixth floor? Did anyone make it to the end? I fell asleep in the 13th. No drinking was involved, unfortunately. I'm just old.” So since I/we don’t get many commenter requests I figured I’d acquiesce (Never used that word before, it’s a bugger to spell), and rather than a comment reply which chances are he’d never check back to see, I’d just post.

Ann: I’m not that into baseball, and I was going to read while we watched, but Sara made me put down my book and Scott forced beer into my hands and made me pay attention. I cheated a little and didn’t always drink when I was supposed to. (See? I can too cheat when I want to Scott!) When the game (both drinking and All-Star) deteriorated, I stopped drinking and was pretty much fine.

Sara: Sara was doing fine, until Billy Wagner blew the save. Sara points out that had he not let up runs last year, the NL would’ve won that one too. While she continued playing after that, She was also doing plenty of side-drinking too. She stumbled out of here this morning to go to work not looking pleasant, and she had _two_ travel mugs of coffee with her.

Tabitha: Tabitha likes baseball the least of any of us, but that led her to really pay attention to the drinking cues rather than any of the actual game. She switched between beer and weak kamikazis, so she was pretty much okay by morning.

Billy: Billy really took to the game, and since he was off Wednesday he didn’t even have to worry about work. Even though we did stay up for the end of the game, Billy had to ask Sara the score the next morning, because he didn't even remember that we stopped paying attention to the drinking game sometime in extra innings.

Scott: Scott's really developing a crazy tolerance. We joke that no longer can we buy a six pack and split it evenly, he has to get his own. Tonight Scott may have gone overboard, finding excuses to take shots all night long. There is a disturbingly empty looking bottle of gin in the sink (and cracked) and I'm hoping that most of it leaked out through that crack and not into Scott. Scott was all ready to start up a game of asshole after the game ended, and even got as far as bringing out the cards before we groaned at him. After the game ended he decided it was a good idea to make pancakes, which made some of us nauseous and the others hungry. This became funnier in the morning when Tab, not really hungover but very groggy, sat down at the table and ended up sitting in a half cooked left over pancake. Apparently Scott was experimenting with his pancake flipping abilities..drunk and lost one. I wish I'd gotten a picture.

Monday, July 14, 2008

All-Star Game Drinking Fun

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Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today's contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Billy

Subject: All-Star Drinking Game

Help me with these.” Billy asks, as he comes through the door with a ton of boxes.

What have you got there?” Ann asks, getting off the couch to help.

I got some beer for the drinking game for the All-Star Game.”

We're doing that again? Where's the game this year?”'s right here in New York. At Yankee Stadium. Where have you been?”

Guess I tune out anything baseball.”

I've devised a Yankee Stadium version of the game. I'm sure it'll be favorable to getting drunk via the Yankee Stadium lovefest I'm sure the game will be.”

We're well stocked if it is.” Billy says, as he loads 6-packs into the fridge. Maybe we should drink for the Home Run Derby too.”

Probably not enough action than that. Don't they usually hit like 40 home runs?”

Usually a little less than that. But we could make it simple, just each pick a player, and take a shot for each home run they hit. We'd have to switch it up to keep us from dying though, so if you're player advances, you win and don't drink anymore, and a loser takes up your player.”

We could try that. If we get too plastered too fast, we'll just stop drinking to the derby, and just drink.”

Seems fair enough to me. I'm going to need plenty of alcohol to get through two nights of baseball.”

As long as we're still on to go to New Roc City to see Dark Prince next weekend.”

Of course, providing we can all get up there.”

Back to baseball though. I figure I'll need to drink for it too, I'm going to be sick of Yankees talk about 5 minutes in.”

Sure Frank will love it though.”

I'll just grill him about the Mets being better if he does.”

The Mets are doing better now? When did that happen? Weren't they playing like crap?”

Actually, they're on fire. They've won nine in a row. Only one win behind the Phillies.”

Well, that's pretty good. I'd think they'd have to at least give them props for that during the game right?”

Maybe they'll mention it when David Wright is up, but otherwise I doubt it.”

Really down on the Fox broadcasters huh?”

It's one of the reasons I try to get out to Shea on Saturdays. It means I don't have to listen to those guys when they do a game.”

That's a good idea. Hey, we should all go to a game together this year. I haven't been out to Shea and I guess I should see it one more time right?”

Sure, it'll be like a 6th Floor does Shea experience.”

And it'll give me something to blog about!”

Well, we know where your priorities are Ann.”

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

6th Floor Blog Keeps You Safe

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Today's contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Billy and Scott.

Subject: 6th Floor Blog Keeps You Safe

Does anyone actually feel safer because the police decide to search their bag when they get on the subway?”

It's all about looking like they're trying to make the world safer.”

Public image is everything.”

I don't like having to deal with those searchers. I've never been searched though. You know you can just turn around and walk out of the station?”

Yeah, but I think I'm too lazy to do that. Or I'm in a hurry.”

That's what they're counting on.”

Speaking of security, you'd think you'd remember to lock the apartment when you leave.” Tabitha looks in Scott's direction.

I do! Except that one time when I couldn't find my keys!”

Yeah, but then you didn't make sure the door shut tight!”

I was just going downstairs to check the mail!”

Okay okay! Can it guys! It might be a good idea to have a spare set of keys though.”

Camera's are another thing that give the illusion of safety, but really don't do a damn thing.”

I heard you're pretty much filmed constantly walking around midtown Manhattan.”

It doesn't do a thing to actually prevent crime though.”

I don't think most of midtown Manhattan is a high crime area anyway.”

Unless you count the ridiculous prices on everything!”

Ba-da Boom!” Scott fakes a rimshot for Billy's silly joke.

Probably the best way to be safe is to take care of it yourself.”

Walk softly and carry a big stick?”

It's 'Speak softly and carry a big stick.'”

What is?”

Nevermind. That's not what I meant anyway, I just meant you should pay attention to your surroundings and like..not confront gun toting wackos asking for directions.”

Aww, who doesn't love the gun toting wacko? The Internet is the same way actually. There are all sorts of 'guidelines' for keeping everything secure, but when it comes down to it, they're irrelevant because most people set themselves up to be hacked or have their identify or password stolen.”

Like that youtube video 'The Website is Down' where the guy's password is 'a'?”

Yeah, exactly. Although sometimes you wonder if a password like that is just so simple that no one even tries something that basic.”

It's a good motto: 'Keep It Simple, Stupid'.”

Yes. That's actually a huge programming concept. Working in support just reminds me of all the security leaks. I mean, you have no idea how many people email their passwords all over the place. Or people that just save their passwords, which basically makes them useless, or people that have their passwords on post-its attached to their computer.”

At the place I work now, the door-lock password is just the suite number.”

I'd be willing to be the most common voice mail password is probably either '1111' or '1234'.”

Or the last four digits of the phone number.”

It's probably even scarier that those four numbers are probably also the most common ATM passwords.”

What are you doing Scott?” Sara asks, looking at Scott playing with his phone.

I'm..umm..I'm..changing my voice mail password.” Scott says sheepishly.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

People on the Subway: Pyro

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Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today's contributors are: Ann, Sara, Billy and Scott.

Subject: People on the Subway: The Pyro

I saw a pyromaniac on the subway today.”

They have a word for those guys, they're called Terrorists.”

No, not a guy a with a bomb silly. It was just a kid..probably about 16. He was just burning this long thin string.”

Whatever keeps you occupied I guess. I'm convinced there is nothing strange that can't be made stranger by putting it in a subway car.”

Especially one headed to Brooklyn.”

So he just lit the string and watched it?”

Yeah. Pretty much. He was sorta making an effort to hide it to his side, but it was pretty obvious what he was doing, and it did create a faint odor.”

I love the smell of burning rope in the morning!”

Better than whatever mush Sara heated up this morning.”

Hey! Don't knock my mush!”

It smelled like...melted feet.”

Melted feet?! What the hell is that?”

Interesting to say the least.”

The pyro got off two stops later. Guess he just couldn't just sit for 10 minutes. I wonder what else he burned before he got home.”

Trash cans, tourists, empty Starbucks cups..”


Probably doesn't have the attention span to find a payphone.”

Well, I'm sure we'll here from him again if he starts burning tourists.”


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

6th Floor Blog Reviews Lost

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Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today's contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Billy and Scott.

Subject: 6th Floor Blog reviews: Lost Season 4

Warning: May contain, and most definitely will contain, Lost Season finale 4 spoilers and insanity.

So, I finally finished watching the newest season of Lost. Insanity!”

Only a month later. That's not too bad.”

I don't know how you guys can watch that show. It's insane and you never know what's going on.”

I know what's going on..I'm just not sure why.”

Polar bears?”

They never adequately explained that.”

Well they had Sawyer and Kate locked in the bear cages at one theoretically it's an escapee..but how and why and what were they doing with it?”

And what's with these Dharma Experiment dudes? What the hell were/are they investigating? Did they figure it out? Time travel?”

I hate how they just kill characters so easily on that show. I really liked Boone!”

Yeah. At least it seems pretty safe to like the 'Oceanic Six'. Seems like they're going to be around a while.”

When they first started talking about that, I was trying to figure out how they were going to have a show about the Island with six characters actually off the island.”

Yeah, well it looks like they'll be going back or something. Although the Claire bit makes me think there will be some sort of warring factions again.”

Definitely. This show taking place in like four different times gets confusing, and it looks like they're going to continue it.”

Two more season right? I think they're going to almost leave this cliff hanger until the final season, and use next season to segue to that, as ridiculously evil a cliffhanger as that is.”

That show has no qualms about being horribly evil.”

And that's why I no longer watch it. I decided the show title was how they decided to make their viewers feel.”