Friday, January 16, 2015


BOILERMAKER originated with the profession of actually making boilers from iron or steel.  This is one of the cases where the English language mimics German in that the word defines itself (for example, the word "Schweinefleisch" literally translated means "swine flesh" or "pork" - "Schweinefleisch, das andere weise fleisch.").  Professional Boilermakers are typically part of the worker's union International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers.  There has apparently never been a single Language Arts major in their guild or they'd have a catchy acronym.

THE BOILERMAKER is a 15K race/charity fund-raiser held annually in Utica, NY.  The top prize is $7000 (which, y'know, would almost be enough to get me interested in running 9 miles...almost).

THE BOILERMAKERS are Alumni of the University of Purdue (and the official mascot). Purdue began as an engineering school in which the students, as part of the coursework, were expected to work in the on-campus forges where they would smith their own designs from raw materials.  Contrast that to today's college student work ethic.

A BOILERMAKER is a hell of a way to start an evening.  A boilermaker is simply a shot of whiskey with a beer chaser.  If anyone tells you it must be a certain type of whiskey (or beer), then feel free to punch them in the face.  If you've had a few Boilermakers already, you won't even care that they are punching you back.  If someone tells you to drop the shot glass of whiskey into the beer to make a Boilermaker, let me know so *I* can punch them in the face (that's not a Boilermaker, it's a Depth Charge).  Boilermakers are whatever you want them to be, so let your freak flag fly:

Good choice.



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