Bob LeDrew

Gin and Topics: Fast Cars, Loud Music, and a Gear Head Idol

By: Bob LeDrew | September 1, 2017 | 
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Gin and Topics: Fast Cars, Loud Music, and a Gear Head Idol(Editor’s note: Gini is on a much deserved vacation this week, and so we asked our friend and super smart colleague Bob LeDrew to fill in.

I’m pretty sure she didn’t want me to handle it on my own for fear I’d call it the Petro Colada again. But the truth is I’ll always call it that in my head. I invite you to do the same. #PetroColadaForever)

HELLO SUCKERS! (That’s what people who follow Spin Sucks are called, right?)

(Editor’s Note: No Bob, it’s the Spin Sucks Crazies, just like you…crazy.)

Substitute Gin and Topic curator Bob LeDrew here with videos that are courtesy of … ME.

Yes, through the magic of YouTube, you get a sense of what it’s like in my head every day.

(Editor’s Note: Oh dear, this was a very bad idea.

Please, viewers at home remove children, elderly, and anyone with a fragile constitution from the room before viewing these videos.

You’ve been warned. I hope I don’t have nightmares from editing this.)

Gin and Topics: Bob LeDrew Style

5. Green Day Crowd Sings Bohemian RhapsodyI am a big fan of Queen. And it’s gotta tell you something about the sheer effect of a song when, about 40 years after its release, it can get a few hundred thousand people singing along. I particularly love the visual impact of the headbanging section.

4. Emilia Clarke Latest Funny and Cute MomentsFor someone who plays such a serious character of Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke seems to be kind of a goofy, funny woman with the best eyebrow game in the business. I think she’s funny, and you will too.

3. La Machine Ottawa Grand FinaleIt’s the 150th anniversary of Canada’s founding — we call it Confederation. And living in Ottawa, I’ve seen some cool things happening this year. When I heard about La Machine, a French robot-marionette-music-street theatre installation, coming here, I have to say I was a bit cynical about it. Then I went to see Kumo and Long-ma, and I was entranced. As were a throng of residents and tourists. This is a video of their final confrontation, which took place after they chased each other through the streets of Ottawa for several nights.

2. Gearheads Bow DownYes, I am a geek, and I appreciate the geekiness of others.

(Editor’s note: We like big geeks and we cannot lie…and other blogs can’t deny.)

And it doesn’t get much geekier than deciding to hand build – from SCRATCH –  a working V10 engine that displaces just 125cc (kinda the same as a lawn mower). And when I say scratch, I don’t mean he bought a kit. I mean he machined all the parts himself. Is he a madman? Yes. But a divinely inspired one. Share this with the gearhead in your life.

1. Sham-a-Ling-Dong-Ding.  I’m a music geek. And like many folkies here in Canada, I was proud to claim Jesse Winchester as one of ours, even though he was born in the USA. He was never a “superstar”, despite being pitched in his youth as the next Bob Dylan. But he could write a song, and he could sing ’em. This is one of my favorite musical performances of all time, if for no other reason than Neko Case’s tears.

(Editor’s note: And who doesn’t just really love to say  Sham-a-Ling-Dong-Ding)

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(Editor’s note: Bob LeDrew is an overachiever.)

1A. A Dream Come True: Jaguar Style: I have a two-pronged dream. The pinnacle of this dream is to drive a lap of the Nurburgring Nordschleife. This is a former race track that was a legendary F1 track, is still an open public road, and which you can drive with whatever you happen to bring. But if I find myself lacking the fortitude to do it (it’s 12 miles long, has 154 turns, and was called “The Green Hell” by Sir Jackie Stewart), I might have to settle for a “Ring Taxi.” That’s a service offered by trained racing drivers who take you around in style for 200 euros (about $250 US). This is a Jaguar F-type SVR, and in 12 miles, he makes 43 passes.

Be a Part of Gin and Topics

Don’t forget…if you see a great video you think would be a contender for Gin and Topics, send it to the Spin Sucks crew!

The best place to send it is in their Slack community, but you can also email, text, private message, or carrier pigeon it to anyone on the team.

Have a great weekend!

(Editor’s note: Thank you so much for a great Gin and Topics Bob, always a pleasure.

Wishing U.S. readers a very happy Labor Day weekend. Be safe. Have fun.

We won’t publish on Monday, but will see you all on Tuesday!)

About Bob LeDrew


Bob LeDrew is principal consultant at Translucid Communications in Ottawa (Ontario, not Kansas). He's been doing communications in one form or another since 1987, and in addition to his consulting work, teaches regularly at Algonquin College and Eliquo Training and Development. He's also the creator of The Kingcast, a podcast dedicated to his favorite writer, Stephen King. He enjoys cycling, animation, whisky, and playing guitar. He usually only does a maximum of two of those at one time.

  • Liz Reusswig

    Oh boy…parental warnings on G&T? LOL
    I do have to say that the Bohemian Rhapsody video gave me chills…can only imagine Freddie was smiling!

    • bobledrew

      Would you believe that I am one degree of separation from Freddie?

      • paulakiger

        Oh we love it when people say fascinating things like this and leave us hanging, @bobledrew:disqus. Thanks!

        • bobledrew

          One of his first cousins lives here in Ottawa.

      • Liz Reusswig

        That’s very cool!

  • Joe Woodyard

    Bohemian Rhapsody is one of those songs that crosses generations. Good to see the tradition continuing.
    Plus this Kansas expat loves the shoutout to Ottawa!

  • LOL!

    Happy Labor Day everyone!

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