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From The Expendables to The Expendables 2

My all time favourite drunk movies to watch are Expendables & 300 – the crazy action, brilliant star cast & performances, add to that the mad adrenaline, it just does not get better! With Expendables 2 releasing this weekend, this post is a tribute to the greatness that was Expendables. The movie released in 2010, announced itself with a bang considering the star cast which included Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Terry Crew, Randy Couture, Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham, Jet Li & Dolph Lundgren. Never before in recent memory had a star cast like this been assembled. Add to that the greatness of the movie, scenes which remain in your memory forever!!!

The scene where Sly, Bruce & Arnie come together in the church, Mickey Rourke tattooing Sylvester Stallone, the opening sequence wherein the hostages are rescued in style by the team. Eric Roberts, Steve Austin & the Noguira brothers playing the bad guys to the tee. The scene where Stallone & Statham fly the plane over the dock & burn it to crisp are etched in memory. Also the cars & bikes used in the movie are pretty damn spectacular – Jason Statham rides a Ducati Desmosedici, Stallone drives a 1955 Ford F-100 & Mickey Rourke rides a custom chopper courtesy Bourget Bikes. Also for the movie promotion, Stallone was quoted at Bike Week in New Orleans saying “I personally chose all of the bikes “; Stallone spent time talking with Brigitte Bourget and her builders at G.Smith Motorsports-Bourget Bike Works. The lot showcasing dozens of custom bikes priced upward to $90,000 was a featured attraction during the first Bike Week New Orleans, May 6 to 10. Stallone left with a deal to use several Bourget bikes in the movie.

Memory refresher time! The plot of the first Expendables movie revolves around an “expendable” team, hired to do jobs that no one else can or will, who are sent to infiltrate a South American country to overthrow the ruthless dictator and liberate the country…the dictator being Eric Roberts. Also the plot has some interesting character interactions and storylines stitched in like Jet Li & Dolph Lundgrens issues, Jason Stathom & his story with his love interest, etc. making this movie a full on entertainer.

For the sequel, more or less the whole team returns with additions – some greatness i.e. Chuck Norrris & Jean Claude Van Damme. Rumor has it that Steven Segal was also going to be a part of this flick though his issues with Van Damme were the reason for his non participation. Also the cast includes Liam Hemsworth, Chris Hemsworth aka Thor’s younger brother. Arnie & Bruce also have a substantial piece to play in the movie and are not just there for cameos like part 1. A quick preview to the plot for the sequel is as below. The Expendables are reunited when Mr. Church enlists them to take on a seemingly simple job. When things go wrong, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. Catch our review of the movie early next week and also take a minute to view the video of some kick ass action from the movie Expendables 2.

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Posted by on August 17, 2012 in Helmets & More

 

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Bike Ride Revisited, Cookies & Pizzas

Sensational Marine Drive

Our Black Beauty!!!

Saturday started off with a rare and early morning bike ride… Rare basis the rains wherein this time around in the country it is the monsoon season & thus due to consistent rains in the city, bike rides are few & far between. There are people who do ride in the rains, though Mihir & I totally refrain from the same….. to each his own, I say… Coming back to the bike ride – an amazing feeling when you just start the engine, put the bike into gear and start cruising; somehow, even after a break you just feel like the bike is a part of you and the feeling is unmatched. A bit like cycling – you never forget how to ride it 🙂 .

Fortunately, the weather was kind…… actually, the weather was spectacular….. roads were dry, nice wind, the sun was under a cloud cover & all that jazz. Started by riding through my lane & then ventured to ride towards Worli Seaface. Passing Peddar Road & then Haji Ali which is my most favorite stretch to ride past was an amazing feeling, then went upto Worli Seaface where the wind was strong & at times felt the push of the same across the bike. From there, decided to go back as there was a slight drizzle which had started, though by the time I reached the Race Course, the weather was clear again. Decided to then continue the feeling of non stop riding & rode towards Marine Drive which was super awesome! Went to Nariman Point & back home. The brilliance of open roads matched only with the experiance of riding next to the sea was super cool!!!

Yummmyyyyy!!!

Awesome Cookies Courtesy the Mrs!!!

Got home, finished morning chores and then decided to head out for lunch with Mihir, Rachita, Yooti & Mother-in-law a.k.a. JKD. The cuisine to be eaten was Chinese & the place agreed upon was Asia 7 at the Palladium,  Phoniex Mills. Went there did a bit of window shopping & then went and ate some awesome food. Had some raw Papaya Salad, soup which had a distinct thai flavour (coconut milk base), some awesome mushroom starter followed by Rice & some Vegeteable Gravy. The place is a bit steep but definitely worth a visit. Went home & crashed. Though, while I was asleep, the very lovely Mrs baked some awesome cookies; woke up to sensational visuals & smells of the same. Cookies were vanilla, Chocolate & Chocolate with a soft center of Chocolate Truffles… Also Yooti had made some great Apple & Orange Sangria which was drunk through the evening by Vishal, Mihir & yours truly :-). The brilliant evening was then ended with Tacos and the Chocolate soft center Truffle Cookie for Dessert. Also, watched the animated movie Arjun which is a Disney movie though made by Indian companies like Tata Elixi & Reliance. The movie’s look & feel was breathtaking & the story captivating. I highly recommend the same to all.

More Yummyness!!!

Pesto & Jalapeno Pizza!!!

Stuffed Crust Pizza!!!

Sunday started off with Astro’s walk, bath & breakfast, post which the day was spent lying on bed watching movies. Saw a movie called The Philly Kid to start the day, loved the tag line of the film which said “To be out he had to be in”. The movie on the whole was decent & worth a watch. 2nd movie watched was Hijacked, starring UFC legend Randy “The Natural” Courture….. total wall paper movie which had its moments :-). Also ordered some wood-oven pizzas from this local joint called Govinda which is a restaurant run by the ISKON Hare Rama Hare Krishna Trust. The food was decent, though my suggestions if you ever order from there please re-heat the pizzas before eating… Finally, to end the amazing weekend, saw The Journey to The Mysterious Island starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Full on on entertainment movie. After that saw an episode of True Blood and finally passed out…

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Helmets & More

 

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The Sensational Extended Weekend

Quick background – we had all planned to go to Pune for the weekend and in anticiapation taken Friday off. To our dissapointment, on Wednesday we heard that our Pune trip was hijacked by the senior citizens & we wouldn’t be going after all. Post multiple levels of mental mustarbation, we were clear that the Party was going to happen and that we were gonna have a super time at Peddar road (in-laws house) which was going to be empty for the next few days. Important note: the inlaws had hijacked the Pune trip!

View From the Party Pad!

Budweiser Strong Magnum

So Thursday evening’s when the party began: in-laws place with Kingfisher Strong and lots of fun! We also called Aashay in Pune and & asked him to get to Bombay ASAP. He agreed to come on Friday so that was sorted. Also then we decided to smoke up which was totally insane. Post being ravenously hungry we devoured some awesome pasta & roasted potato mash made by the lovely Mrs. It was also clearly decided that we were going to be at peddar road for the next 2 days for which we needed supplies. Multiple lists were made basis food & alcohol, the same was ordered from Godrej Natures Basket. Food consisted of Meat, Cold Cuts & Mince; the Alco had Budweiser Red, Magnum, Murphy’s Stout & also Stella, and some Sula wine as well. We also had Royal Salute Whiskey & Grey Goose at home so then we were sorted for the next 2 days.

Awesome Kheema!

Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Friday morning began with getting supplies home and also consuming the same :-). Lunch was ordered from Mumbai Kitchen, which was spectacular! On the order there was Chicken, Steak, Burgers & Hot Dogs. By evening Aashay & his cousin, Aniruddh, were in and that’s when the party kicked into topgear. We also went and ordered a bottle of Teachers as we didn’t want the Royal Salute to get over during our binge sessions. Also need to add here that one of our friends bunked work half day and joined us for lunch and general chilling through the day. One of the best days ever! So much catching up with everyone, at the same time everyone piss drunk and crazy amounts of fun!

Saturday morning with Ekta & Goo (Goo’s the Royal Enfield Classic bike owned by Ekta)…… actually Friday & Saturday morning we were on the bike cruising past Nariman point, Marine drive also covered Worli Seaface. Post that, on Saturday went to meet Chottubhai to get some minor tweaks done on the bike. This is the moment we stumbled on the picture for a D-grade movie…..so took a picture for the blog……….. thought it was damn funny! Got home post that & devoured some brilliant Chicken Kheema Rolls, Bacon & Churizo Ham made by Rachita, then the drinking continued in the afternoon. Aashay, Ekta & me made a ginger, apple, lemon flavored vodka cocktail in a pitcher (actually Aashay made it) went through that, then decided to have a vodka chilli shot which had Ekta & Aashay running around the room in a frenzy! Evening continued in a super duper chilled zone with everyone and we ordered in Pizzas so life was like totally sorted. Post dinner & general zoning went home & crashed. We also made our own home made Bong which was the Ulti Baka moment…… actually Ekta made the Bong so it was Ulti Bakudi moment…

This is too much fun!!!

Best Dessert Ever!!!

Bike Ride View!

Sunday morning went on a bike ride past the lanes in my area and across chowpatty, then went to Peddar Road to clean up the place considering the in-laws were going to be back; so went there, sorted a bit of it and decided to move the party to my residence. Waffles were eaten for lunch, post which Aashay & Aniruddh left for Pune & the rest of us decided to watch movies. Please note we were smoking up through the day I mean that was kinda “obvio buddy”. So the 1st movie we saw was the sequel to Pirahana 3D, Pirahana 2 in 3 D which featured a generous amount of Boobs and was like a lot of fun. Then we watched This Means War which was a chick flick with a FBI secret agent love triangle angle, post which we watched 21 Jump Street which was a fun movie. For dinner Cold Cuts – Turkey & Ham Sandwiches which were out of this world. Finally ended the day with a super dessert by Rachita and watching a couple of episodes of Supernatural.

This extended weekend was probably one of the greatest times we all had and will never forget. The usual Suspects – Vishal, Rachita, Ekta, Mihir, Yooti, Aashay, Aniruddh & Anu! Ulti fun people… We so need to do this again, like Defo Dude!!!

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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The Bike ride around Home

Amazing!

This weekend’s ride started the way like any other, fairly straightforward around Marine Drive and back again; while on my way back, I realised I needed to pick up some Peach Nectar to make Peach Sangria later in the evening. So I rode towards Grant Road Station and soon enough realized that the area near my house is also a great place to ride and take pictures.

En route to the Station!

Construction at Nana Chowk

Cobbler Outside Our Lane.

General Notice – Riders who are afraid of narrow streets, please do not come to this vicinity; on the other hand, if you like photography, some amazing shots are there for you to capture. Back to me now, I started by parking my bike and walking across Grant Road vegetable market. The place gets mad crowded even as early at 8:00 a.m. in the morning. Once I picked up the juice, I decided to take a detour and move from the back lane of the station towards Tardeo, from where I exited and came back towards Nana Chowk. Around Nana Chowk is where they are constructing a sky walk which will lead straight to the station. My curiosity got the better of me. I parked my bike, took the camera and climbed up the Skywalk. The first thing I noticed is how clean it is, next that it is a fairly long walk towards the station. Anyways, I kept moving forward taking pictures. After a while I reached the station; surprisingly, the skywalk started to shake as I got close. At this point, I am thinking Earthquake, but a passerby informed me that the walkway vibrates a bit when trains pass by. I walked back towards my bike and moved on; next on my list was Mani Bhavan and the by lanes around the house.

Rumbling Skywalk!

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Off Mani Bhawan

Mani Bhavan, the residence place of Mahatma Gandhi is in the street next to where I live. I have moved up and down these lanes for 30 years now. The buildings have an old world charm that is hard to find nowadays. If you are around Gamdevi, be sure to explore the lanes, I took a few pictures of Mani Bhavan and then moved towards Kennedy Bridge which has an awesome view of the Old Gamdevi (we call it that….. it’s not really that old). Note the drive is fairly challenging, as beyond narrow streets, you are also avoiding people shopping and kids playing cricket J. Once on the bridge, I got off to take a few shots. At that time a bunch of school kids saw my bike – they were very fascinated with the customization and requested if I could show them if the Iron Eagle lights up. Of course, I happily obliged and left them smiling. After all this excitement, I went back home to watching movies. In the evening, the beautiful Mrs made us Peach Sangria, do note I got very high after 3 glasses! Post that, Rachita, my sister-in-law, cooked us some unbelievable Pasta, followed by a Peach Crumble for dessert. To round it all up, a Saturday well spent.

Temple around the residence…

When I look back on the entire day, I believe the sights and sounds I saw around my house were very fascinating; I would strongly suggest this to anyone, the important part is you need to change your mindset while walking around areas you have a million times. Think about it like a tourist and the amount of things you will notice will surprise you.

Total Awesomeness!!!

For all my alcoholic friends here is the recipe for the Absolute Amazing Peach Sangria! Enjoy!

  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle rosĂ© wine
  • 3/4 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup peach nectar
  • 6 tablespoons thawed frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 pound ripe peaches, peeled and sliced
  • 1 (6-oz.) package fresh raspberries
  • 2 cups club soda, chilled

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Preparation

  1. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a pitcher; stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in peaches and raspberries. Cover and chill for 8 hours.
  2. Stir in chilled club soda just before serving.
  3. Peach-flavored vodka may be substituted. In that case, omit the peach nectar.
  4. 1 cup frozen raspberries may be substituted or omitted.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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We Ride & We Eat

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Raju Omelette!

By now most of you have figured that post the whole biking experience the next thing which we obsess about is food 🙂 Also continuing from the last few weeks where bike rides have come to a stand still due to rains in Bombay, most of our lives are revolving around food. Today’s post is also about food and mainly it takes off from a post last week “The Rainy Weekend” wherein Rachita had made the most awesome Omelette Pav (bread) even surpassing the great Raju Omlet of Baroda. For all you egg lovers and foodies, the below post is a must read and also if you are travelling to Baroda then you have to visit this destination.

One of my most favorite places in the city of Baroda and the one I recommend to all my family & friends who visit the city is Raju Omlet. This is an iconic  place run by Mr. Raju and thus the name for people who didn’t get it..  My first visit to this place was around 2 years ago basis my in-laws recommendation. The place clearly didn’t disappoint and thus the visit back. This time around, I carried my  camera so as to capture all the awesome sites of the legendary “Raju Omlet.”

So back to the main story –

We ordered Everything!!!

Raju Omlet, from what I hear, started off many years ago as a small cart which has now evolved into this one small restaurant. Please note, the food available here is only egg preparations – the most famous being OMELETTE and thus the name “Raju Omlet”, As soon as you enter the compound, you can smell fresh butter and hear it sizzling on the tava… Loads of people sitting around staring down at their plates with a singular focus of devouring the food. As soon as you walk towards the order counter, you can see the menu which has a selected few options – egg bhurji, egg rice, bolied egg masala, etc. and also egg omelette, which is the trademark dish. So out of pure desperation and hunger, we (accompanied by in-laws and the Mrs) ordered everything on the menu. Post ordering everything, felt very proud and cool considering people at the cash counter looked at us in amazement!

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This is Heaven!!!

Egg Bhurji

Also next to the counter was this gigantic tava with Rajubhai (you guessed it! he is the gentlemen who owns this place) cooking some awesome stuff!!!. I kid you not, he put in 500 gms of butter on the pan, broke a few eggs on it, added tomatoes, chilli, garam masala and made 3 plates from the same!!! That’s when we realized this was not going to be a meal for the faint of heart. Please note, to accompany most items on the menu, there is Pav soaked in butter, soaked to such an extent that in the shine of the same you can see your face – brilliantly delicious! Moving on to the food, we had the bhurji floating in butter, boiled egg masala and egg rice which were worth mentioning. The other dishes were spin offs of these and strictly average. Though post eating all the dishes on the menu, it was time for the trademark omelette. So this it 2 portions of Pav (bread for you firangs) soaked in butter and sliced omelette sandwiched between them served piping hot!!! The taste….unmatched!!! We went through multiple portions of the same in like minutes. Side by side, took loads of photos to confirm the claims of butter utilization, limited menu and brilliant food. Also took a photograph of Rajubhai, the owner, who in his moment of attempted humor, said he was worried that because of his picture being available someone would kidnap him! Lol!!! All in all, this is a must place for people visiting Baroda to go and eat – its simple and totally brilliant!

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Though, the butter and its quantity does take away a few years of life… though totally worth it 🙂

Insane Amounts of Butter!!!

The Legend Mr Raju Bhai!!!

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Raju Bhai & Butter!!!

Spicy!!!

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2012 in Helmets & More

 

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Fringe Science

Fringe science is scientific inquiry in an established field of study that departs significantly from mainstream or orthodox theories, and is classified in the “fringes” of a credible mainstream academic discipline. Mainstream scientists typically regard fringe concepts as highly speculative or even strongly refuted. So why am I writing about this highly debatable field? One reason is that all popular TV DVDs are out due to rains in Mumbai limiting time on the bike. Next, is to introduce people to some of the crazy TV that we watch. Do expect a lot of series’ to be covered in the next few months.

A couple of months back, Yooti and I had just finished watching Mad Men, the popular television serial, and were debating which sitcom to watch next. After doing some research on IMBD no conclusive decision was reached – anyways we still went to the DVD shop – once there I kept staring at the large collection of popular TV series’ available. This time around I was clearly looking for the sci-fi genre, the sales man recommended Super Natural and Fringe. In the interest of saving some money, I picked up Fringe (only 2 seasons at that time as compared to 6 in Supernatural – it is a separate discussion that I did end up buying Supernatural later). We had lunch and went home after that. Later that night we started watching Fringe, after watching the pilot episode we both arrived at the same conclusion….this is probably one of the best shows we have seen in a while. Here is the trailer introducing Season 1.

Created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the series follows the lives and cases of the Fringe Division, a Task Force supported primarily by the FBI; the team includes Agent Olivia Dunham, Dr. Walter Bishop and Peter Bishop. They are supported by Phillip Broyles and Agent Astrid Farnsworth, who assists Walter. The Fringe Division investigates cases ranging from transhumanist experiments gone wrong to the prospect of a destructive technological of singularity. They are supported by the members of a company called “Massive Dynamics” – Nina Sharp and William Bell. What makes this sitcom different from others like the X-Files is the meticulous characterization of the cast and the storyline; each episode can be watched as a standalone piece of content, but all 24 come together to reveal a plot that just boggles the mind!

Fringe actually has you questioning and debating episodes much after you have finished watching them – Walter Bishop’s character played by John Noble is unforgettable. Referred to as “The Einstien of our generation”  the character is funny, smart, eccentric and definitely the driving force behind each and every episode.  For all of you who don’t know who John Noble is – he played Denethor in The Lord of the Rings – he is also Artistic Director of Stage Company of South Australia 1977–8, head of Drama, Brent St. School of Arts (Sydney) 1997-00, has directed over 80 plays, including ‘Sons of Cain’ on London’s West End (1986), a freelance actor. Semi-regular in TV series ‘All Saints’ and a Voice and Acting Teacher.

Fringe is a DVD turner! Once you start watching it will take every bit of your will power to press the stop button on your player – an absolute must watch for people who enjoy science fiction. I am currently watching season 4 and some of the theories are out of whack! If you are already a fan, there are a bunch of comics published by DC that are prequel to the series and a must read…a word of advice, the series has a way of taking over your life……Finally check the image for the glyph keys as shown in various episodes of the sitcom – let me know if anyone has a solution out there….

For die hard fans, here is the opening sequance with the absolutely haunting theme.

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2012 in Helmets & More

 

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Weekend Chronicles – Blood Beer, Egg Rolls & Parties

So this weekend was crazy! We had multiple parties to celebrate Ritika’s & my father-in-law’s birthdays. So this time, we started clebrations on Thursday itself wherein post work we went to my in-laws’ where there was some awesome Jamesons Irish Whiskey & my favorite bhajiyas (vegeteable fritters) made for dinner. Post a fun drunk evening we wrapped the day as next day was work; though fortunately, we were in south bombay as there were some meetings to be attended. Morning bike ride started the day which was past Marine Drive & Nariman Point. Then through the day M&M happened (Meetings & Mails). Evening again was at the in-laws where in full on dhamal happened as both families were at full strength and there was a Pani Puri/Chaat vendor who’d come home who was serving food to all and then obviously there was loads of beers, whiskey, vodka & crazy bollywood music & dancing. Also it was Ritika’s birthday so there were crazy drunk calls which happened.

Our Bikes!

Das Boot & Ritika!

Also, on Friday, Ekta, my sister-in-law who taught me how to ride my awesomely cool bike, had planned a roadtrip off the Royal Enfield website to Pune so Saturday morning I went with her to dadar to give her company which was fun! Oh Ekta was not on any of the featured posts in the past few weeks as we had a falling out of sorts (though now things are better); post seeing her off, rode past Shivaji Park, Worli & got back home.The plan then was to go shopping with Rachita, though instead we ended up going to the in-laws again as my folks needed the car to go to the doctor. Chilled at peddar road till about 30 minutes past noon, had Blood Beer with Vishal, the pictures for the same are below. Went home, slept a bit, then we were meeting Ritika who was coming for like a mini birthday celebration. Also, Rachita had made the most awesome egg-roll frankie ever for dinner so the evening was showing killer promise. General chilling happened with Darira & then towards the end of the evening & before she left we did Southern Comfort Shots between Vishal, her & me which was too much fun! Also used some crazy shotglasses from my collection of over 100 to do the same… Then the inlaws came over for awesome egg-roll frankie, post which we watched Vampire Diaries & called it a night…

World’s Best Egg Roll!

Sunday morning which normally is bike clean-up day was overshadowed by the rain which was a bummer, though the bike got cleaned courtesy the rains :-). Most of the day was then spent lazing in bed & watching movies. We saw an awesome animated cartoon inspired from the game, Dragon Age; then watched Supernatural season 5 & Vampire Diaries season 3. Finally, post eating the amazing egg roll again, we ended the day by watching the Akshay Kumar – Sonakshi Sinha starrer, Rowdy Rathore, which was pretty entertaining with some awesome dialogues and funny scenes. All in all, too much fun!!!

Blood Beer!

Blood Beer Recipe:

1) Beer by the Pint (my suggestion a strong beer).

2) Rasberry Soda (my suggestion Rogers, if that isn’t there then buy a local one).

3) Mix about 25ml of Rasberry Soda in about a Pint of beer mix well.

4) Drop a few cubes of ice and blood beer is ready!

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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