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I Am Insulted By Andrew Zimmern’s Take On Frozen Hot Chocolate For The Super Bowl

As The Ugly Orange’s Film guy, let me tell you about a little romantic comedy called Serendipity.

On a magical night when they are in in their 20s, Jonathan (John Cusack) meets Sara (Kate Beckinsale). He finds it love at first sight, but Sara believes in destiny. After 10 years the two — with 3,000 miles between them — must decide if fate wants them to be together again. When love feels like magic, it is called destiny; when destiny has a sense of humor, it is serendipity.

Now a huge part of that movie takes place at none other than Serendipity 3 in Manhatten. People talk about the magic of New York as if it’s not a shell of itself from the 80’s. Neighborhoods are safer, there’s bars on every corner that fits every ones needs financially and atmosphere wise, even the rich and snooty don’t seem as rich and snooty when there are start up companies around every corner with their apps making millions in a pinch. I can’t even find a hooker on the streets anymore.  But something about Serendipity 3 still takes me into a different place, a different kind of New York that feels like from a different time. Maybe cause the interior is so absurd and the line to wait is always over an hour, but i know for a fact some of it has to be the magical chemistry of the John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale in Serendipity. I’ve been a few times now with friends and family and something so New York about being not dressed like a slob, going into this relatively pretentious place and sharing a frozen drink in the middle of winter.  The idea of sitting across the table from Kate Beckinsale sharing Serendipity’s signature drink the frozen hot chocolate.Now imagine you bring a beautiful girl like Kate Beckinsale to any event what so ever, and decide to get a frozen and expect it to look like this.and then you end up with this trash like this.I mean what is that? How is that a “Creamy Frozen Hot Chocolate” I mean that looks like chocolate ice cream with I guess white chocolate balls, which i also thought were chickpeas to begin with. How the fuck is my girl suppose to get a billion likes on her instagram pic when it looks like basic ass bowl of chocolate ice cream? How the fuck do we share that together with a straw and look like a cute couple? What the fuck business does Andrew Zimmern have to recreate a pop culture classic frozen beverage? And seeing as Andrew Zimmern lives in Minnesota, do Minnesotans just like eating ice cream in the dead cold of winter like psychopaths?

 

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Local Dog, Duke, Wins Third Term As Mayor

CORMORANT, Minn. —Nine-year-old Duke, a Great Pyrenees, handily won another one-year term as mayor of the small northwestern Minnesota town of Cormorant, Detroit Lakes Online reports."I don't know who would run against him because he's done such great things for the community," Cormorant resident Karen Nelson told Detroit Lakes Online. The locals say Duke has one of the highest approval ratings in the country. "Everybody voted for Duke, except for one vote for his girlfriend, Lassie," Duke's owner David Rick said. Detroit Lakes Online reports the dog was unavailable for an interview, but his media people said he's more than ready for a third term. Duke was elected in 2014, when he defeated Richard Sherbrook, the owner of a local store, ABC News reported in 2014.

CORMORANT, Minn. —Nine-year-old Duke, a Great Pyrenees, handily won another one-year term as mayor of the small northwestern Minnesota town of Cormorant, Detroit Lakes Online reports.”I don’t know who would run against him because he’s done such great things for the community,” Cormorant resident Karen Nelson told Detroit Lakes Online.
The locals say Duke has one of the highest approval ratings in the country.
“Everybody voted for Duke, except for one vote for his girlfriend, Lassie,” Duke’s owner David Rick said.
Detroit Lakes Online reports the dog was unavailable for an interview, but his media people said he’s more than ready for a third term.
Duke was elected in 2014, when he defeated Richard Sherbrook, the owner of a local store, ABC News reported in 2014.

Hey Longville, you guy’s just let Duke and all of Cormorant’s citizens drag their nuts all over your face.  Do the right thing and make Bruno mayor already.

Love This Local Legend, Bruno, Who Just Wanders Around Town All Day

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LONGVILLE, Minn. – The lumbering figure comes into view shortly after sunrise. His pace is steady, his resolve determined on his four mile walk up Highway 84. Bruno, a wandering, wooly, wolf of a dog, is on his way to town. “It's just been his routine as far back as I know,” says Sharon Rouse, who watches Bruno’s arrivals from the picture window of the Hansen Realty office, where she works the reception desk. “Everybody knows Bruno,” Rouse laughs, “may not know the people, but you'll know Bruno.” For most of the past 12 years, Bruno has been taking a daily walk of nearly four miles to Longville, making his rounds around town, then heading back home to his owners, Larry and Debbie LaVallee. “The first time I seen him in town, he almost beat me to town,” laughs Larry LaVallee, who used pick up Longville’s trash. “I was picking garbage on the way, and I get in town, and I wasn’t there five minutes, and there’s Bruno.” Bruno was a wanderer right from the start. “A guy come in my driveway, and Bruno was a little pup,” Larry LaVallee recalls, “and he says, ‘I found your dog at the end of your driveway.’ I says, ‘Well he ain’t my dog.’” LaVallee says he looked at the puppy in the man’s car and decided on the spot to keep the stray, who he believes had been abandoned. “And that was the beginning of it all,” says LaVallee.Bruno’s makes his rounds in Longville, with stops at city hall, the library, the ice cream shop, several real estate offices and Tabaka’s grocery store, where deli workers greet him at the back door with meat scraps they’ve saved. “He’s our buddy, we kind of watch out for him the best way we can,” says Patrick Moran, who owns a real estate office on Bruno’s route. “Last week he came in stayed about an hour and a half or two hours,” says Moran. The LaVallees say they tried, early on, to keep Bruno at home, even chaining him up to keep him from running to town. Larry LaVallee says Bruno “almost hanged himself” he pulled so long and hard on the chain.They’ve grown accustomed to receiving calls from newcomers in town, claiming they’ve found their dog. They’ve also grown used to silence on the other end of the phone when the LaVallees tell the helpful caller to just let Bruno go, he’ll find his way home. Bruno has also entered the world of social media. Someone in town created a Facebook page to follow his comings and goings. Mary Tripp regularly treats Bruno to donuts she buys just for him. “Don’t you buy your best friend treats?” she asks, without a hint of sarcasm.“He’s more friendly that most of the humans in town, and I’m not saying that in a negative way about the humans,” Tripp says. “He’s that lovable.” Tripp is among those known to give Bruno a ride home at the end of his day in Longville. Bruno’s ability to dodge traffic has become almost mythical. “He’s got to have a guardian angel,” Moran says. If there’s one thing Bruno hasn’t been able to dodge, it’s his age. His gait is slower than it once was, and laying down is now a labored process involving several steps and a grunt. Some days he even stays home from town to rest.“He’s getting old so you know he’s not going to be around a lot longer,” Debbie LaVallee says sadly. But Bruno’s legacy is already firmly planted in Longville. Last year, the town dedicated a carved wooden statute in his honor, in a park on Longville’s main street. “Longville’s town dog and ambassador,” the engraving on the accompanying marker reads. Rouse says the honor was well earned. “He is the mascot of Longville,” she says.

LONGVILLE, Minn. – The lumbering figure comes into view shortly after sunrise. His pace is steady, his resolve determined on his four mile walk up Highway 84.
Bruno, a wandering, wooly, wolf of a dog, is on his way to town.
“It’s just been his routine as far back as I know,” says Sharon Rouse, who watches Bruno’s arrivals from the picture window of the Hansen Realty office, where she works the reception desk.
“Everybody knows Bruno,” Rouse laughs, “may not know the people, but you’ll know Bruno.”
For most of the past 12 years, Bruno has been taking a daily walk of nearly four miles to Longville, making his rounds around town, then heading back home to his owners, Larry and Debbie LaVallee.
“The first time I seen him in town, he almost beat me to town,” laughs Larry LaVallee, who used pick up Longville’s trash. “I was picking garbage on the way, and I get in town, and I wasn’t there five minutes, and there’s Bruno.”
Bruno was a wanderer right from the start.
“A guy come in my driveway, and Bruno was a little pup,” Larry LaVallee recalls, “and he says, ‘I found your dog at the end of your driveway.’ I says, ‘Well he ain’t my dog.’”
LaVallee says he looked at the puppy in the man’s car and decided on the spot to keep the stray, who he believes had been abandoned. “And that was the beginning of it all,” says LaVallee.Bruno’s makes his rounds in Longville, with stops at city hall, the library, the ice cream shop, several real estate offices and Tabaka’s grocery store, where deli workers greet him at the back door with meat scraps they’ve saved.
“He’s our buddy, we kind of watch out for him the best way we can,” says Patrick Moran, who owns a real estate office on Bruno’s route. “Last week he came in stayed about an hour and a half or two hours,” says Moran.
The LaVallees say they tried, early on, to keep Bruno at home, even chaining him up to keep him from running to town. Larry LaVallee says Bruno “almost hanged himself” he pulled so long and hard on the chain.They’ve grown accustomed to receiving calls from newcomers in town, claiming they’ve found their dog. They’ve also grown used to silence on the other end of the phone when the LaVallees tell the helpful caller to just let Bruno go, he’ll find his way home.
Bruno has also entered the world of social media. Someone in town created a Facebook page to follow his comings and goings.
Mary Tripp regularly treats Bruno to donuts she buys just for him. “Don’t you buy your best friend treats?” she asks, without a hint of sarcasm.“He’s more friendly that most of the humans in town, and I’m not saying that in a negative way about the humans,” Tripp says. “He’s that lovable.”
Tripp is among those known to give Bruno a ride home at the end of his day in Longville.
Bruno’s ability to dodge traffic has become almost mythical. “He’s got to have a guardian angel,” Moran says.
If there’s one thing Bruno hasn’t been able to dodge, it’s his age. His gait is slower than it once was, and laying down is now a labored process involving several steps and a grunt. Some days he even stays home from town to rest.“He’s getting old so you know he’s not going to be around a lot longer,” Debbie LaVallee says sadly.
But Bruno’s legacy is already firmly planted in Longville. Last year, the town dedicated a carved wooden statute in his honor, in a park on Longville’s main street. “Longville’s town dog and ambassador,” the engraving on the accompanying marker reads.
Rouse says the honor was well earned. “He is the mascot of Longville,” she says.

Sometimes I hate growing up where I did. Relatively large population in nice neighborhood homes with one spectrum being retirement center and the other being the Miami nightlife. Local legends aren’t born from places like that. They’re born in places like Longville, Minnesota and that’s what we have with Bruno here. Almost as if he appears out of no where out in the ether he just walks 4 miles all around town. Says hi to the Ice cream man. Stops for some cold cuts from the Deli counter. Says hi to all the folks in town getting gas. Never bothers anyone, no one dares bother Bruno. Just go on about his day. What really bothers me though is how come the school hasn’t adopted him already? How is he not in City Hall in the Mayors office? What’s a better mascot then Bruno? He’s got the heart of an angel yet the tenacity to never be held down. That’s all you need on the playing field. Heart and tenacity. Let all the schools coming in on Friday night in the fall know that this is Bruno’s town and with his spirit, they’re gonna beat the shit out of you. You try to tackle a receiver, the spirit of Bruno guides him past your safety like Bruno dodges traffic on his 4 mile stroll.  They’re begging for mercy to not run the score up? Bruno doesn’t stop. The citizens of Longville, Minnesota don’t stop. Kills me that I grew up in boring ass Cooper City. Probably could’ve done so much more is Bruno was in my life growing up.

 

Drive Through McDonalds Customer Gets His Ass Beat

LiveLeak- "I was on my way home from Monday night curling league, I hadn't eaten much since lunch time, and I was driving by a McDonald's, so I thought I'd just swing in and pick up a BigMac while I listened to the end of MNF game on the radio. At first I was annoyed the guy in front of me was taking so long, he seemed pretty upset to begin with, but it looked like when the McDonald's guy handed him his cash and change back he dropped some of the dude's change. That's when he got out of his car, spit on the drive through window and tried to punch the McDonald's and that's when I started recording." This took place yesterday in Northeast Minneapolis. [Credit: Gabe Hart / licensing@viralhog.com] Read more at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=6e9_1446578469#9dbILWaIbI10XF3p.99

LiveLeak- “I was on my way home from Monday night curling league, I hadn’t eaten much since lunch time, and I was driving by a McDonald’s, so I thought I’d just swing in and pick up a BigMac while I listened to the end of MNF game on the radio.
At first I was annoyed the guy in front of me was taking so long, he seemed pretty upset to begin with, but it looked like when the McDonald’s guy handed him his cash and change back he dropped some of the dude’s change. That’s when he got out of his car, spit on the drive through window and tried to punch the McDonald’s and that’s when I started recording.”
This took place yesterday in Northeast Minneapolis.
[Credit: Gabe Hart / licensing@viralhog.com]
Read more at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=6e9_1446578469#9dbILWaIbI10XF3p.99

VIDEO LINK HERE

Not a good look here if you’re the McDonalds customer. You almost can’t be more disadvantaged in this fight trying to hit a guy that has full mobility while you only have a torso up fighting out of a window, yet here we are, dropping fools in the MickyD’s drive-thru getting blogged about 2 days later. From the description he seems like a short tempered fellow, well if he’s the type to get mad often how does he not know how to throw a punch? Literally the only thing he had in his arsenal was doing EVERYTHING he can to pull on the guys tie. A cheap, restaurant issue, probably clip on, tie. And he couldn’t even do that. Not with the full force of his weight and gravity could he yank it off. Didn’t think about throwing a jab. Surprised he was daring enough to try to kick, but after one attempt he still got held down. All out of a drive thru window. Guy doesn’t even deserve McDonalds after that performance.

P.s- How about the video guy casually being in a Monday night curling league. I don’t know much about Minneapolis, Minnesota but i feel like that’s such a Minnesota move. Just cold weather sports even if that means curling till 11 at night and you gotta catch the 4th quarter on you way home from a sweaty tired curling match.

Vengeful Dog Breeder Secretly Neuteres A Now Rival Dog

A Minnesota dog owner says a 'vengeful' breeder who neutered his champion Bichon Frisé without his knowledge should pay damages and return vials of the animal's frozen semen. John Wangsness says his dog Beau Lemon was neutered in July 2013 without the approval of him and his wife Mary. Beau was the second best of his breed in the nation before his retirement in 2012. The Star Tribune says the Wangsnesses have filed a lawsuit in Ramsey County, Minnesota court alleging breeder Vickie Halstead neutered Beau in retaliation for their attempts to breed him twice without her approval. In the show-dog world, breeding rights are usually shared between the owner and breeder. The Wangsnesses, both doctors, decided to buy Beau for $3,000 in 2009, after spotting some of Halstead's dogs at a dog show in the St Paul Rivercenter. Now 7 years old, Beau was about 2 months old at the time. The couple and Halstead bonded over their love of dogs, and became friendly. So the couple were completely taken by surprise in July 2013, when Halstead allegedly picked up the dog, telling them she wanted to breed him, and instead found out that the dog had been neutered. 'I don’t think, in their wildest dreams, they would have imagined this happening,' the Wangsnesses’ attorney, Larry Leventhal, told the Tribune.  Halstead's attorney, Joseph Crosby, claims that his client had to neuter the dog after its health deteriorated in the care of the Wangnesses. In Halstead's counter claim, she claims that the Wangsnesses neglected the dog, leaving Beau with dental disease, low sperm count, impacted anal glands and an unhealthy coat. The response doesn't explain why neutering was necessary to treat these alleged health issues. Crosby goes on to say that there 'no factual basis' for the lawsuit's claims and that the semen being stored at a veterinary clinic in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota actually belongs to Beau's brother, named Beau Jangles. John Wangsness wants more than $50,000 in damages and about eight vials of what's believed to be Beau's frozen semen, each worth about $3,000. He also wants justice for his wife, who he says never recovered her health after learning that Beau had been neutered. 'After hearing about the neutering, and I’m not overstating things at all, Mary literally cried and stayed in bed for three weeks. She never bounced back,' Mr Wangsnesses said. Mrs Wangsness suffered from a form of Parkinsons and died this past March.  Attorneys for both John Wangsnesses and Halstead are scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss a settlement.

DailyMail- A Minnesota dog owner says a ‘vengeful’ breeder who neutered his champion Bichon Frisé without his knowledge should pay damages and return vials of the animal’s frozen semen.
John Wangsness says his dog Beau Lemon was neutered in July 2013 without the approval of him and his wife Mary. Beau was the second best of his breed in the nation before his retirement in 2012.
The Star Tribune says the Wangsnesses have filed a lawsuit in Ramsey County, Minnesota court alleging breeder Vickie Halstead neutered Beau in retaliation for their attempts to breed him twice without her approval.
In the show-dog world, breeding rights are usually shared between the owner and breeder.
The Wangsnesses, both doctors, decided to buy Beau for $3,000 in 2009, after spotting some of Halstead’s dogs at a dog show in the St Paul Rivercenter. Now 7 years old, Beau was about 2 months old at the time.
The couple and Halstead bonded over their love of dogs, and became friendly.
So the couple were completely taken by surprise in July 2013, when Halstead allegedly picked up the dog, telling them she wanted to breed him, and instead found out that the dog had been neutered.
‘I don’t think, in their wildest dreams, they would have imagined this happening,’ the Wangsnesses’ attorney, Larry Leventhal, told the Tribune.
Halstead’s attorney, Joseph Crosby, claims that his client had to neuter the dog after its health deteriorated in the care of the Wangnesses.
In Halstead’s counter claim, she claims that the Wangsnesses neglected the dog, leaving Beau with dental disease, low sperm count, impacted anal glands and an unhealthy coat.
The response doesn’t explain why neutering was necessary to treat these alleged health issues.
Crosby goes on to say that there ‘no factual basis’ for the lawsuit’s claims and that the semen being stored at a veterinary clinic in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota actually belongs to Beau’s brother, named Beau Jangles.
John Wangsness wants more than $50,000 in damages and about eight vials of what’s believed to be Beau’s frozen semen, each worth about $3,000.
He also wants justice for his wife, who he says never recovered her health after learning that Beau had been neutered.
‘After hearing about the neutering, and I’m not overstating things at all, Mary literally cried and stayed in bed for three weeks. She never bounced back,’ Mr Wangsnesses said.
Mrs Wangsness suffered from a form of Parkinsons and died this past March.
Attorneys for both John Wangsnesses and Halstead are scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss a settlement.

I dont want to be cruel and cynical because we’re talking about animal kidnapping/the health of an animal/ and an animals fucking ball sack here but I would be kind of intrigued if we cut into the criminal underbelly of the corrupt dog breeding/show world. Just saying.

That aside, you gotta be salty as fuck to contact the owners of the dog like years later, make up a story where he’s gonna breed again, when in actuality you plan on cutting its balls off. I feel like in the Show dog world this lady has to be like Fergie from The Town or something pulling off crime sprees and gelding dogs with out batting an eyelash. Its a tad bit absurd though of Mary and her husband to sue for damages claiming she never recovered from the news. I mean its not like the dog died. He god neutered which sucks if you’re in the competition world but lets not act like your old ass was about to witness generations of magic because of this dog and his sperm. You’d think the lady neutered the people in all this with the amount of emotional trauma this lady claims to have now.

Vickie Halstead does looks like a total bitch though.

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