Friday, December 11, 2009

In Which There Is Nothing Else Better To Do

The Boss and I had some time to kill the other day, so we kicked around the CVS here in town. We had about twenty minutes to waste, and what better way to spend it than by looking at cheap Christmas gifts, shampoo, and analgesics?

After perusing the seasonal section filled with things like jumbo-sized universal remotes, fuzzy foot massagers, musical snow globes, electric shavers, perfume or cologne gift boxes, photo frames that let you record a message, and pens with whimsical Christmas characters on top, we made our way over to the aisle the housed all the wine and beer.

While The Boss looked over the wine selection with interest, I poked fun at the wide selection of boxed wines they had. I previously had no idea there was that much demand for variety in the world of boxed wine, but I know better now.

Just past the wine was the beer. They had your standard fare of bottled and canned beer, and not being much of a beer drinker, I wasn't really all that interested in what they had. To pass the time while The Boss looked over the wine, I started counting how many different brands of beer they carried. I had counted up to eight brands when this caught my eye:




How subtle. Ping-pong balls in the same aisle as the beer. How very convenient for the Beirut players in the area. There was another display rack a little further down the aisle:




We don't exactly live in the sticks anymore, and there is much more to do around here than there was where we used to live. But, apparently there are enough people around here who feel there is nothing else to do but play beer pong.

A few days later, The Boss and I stopped at a grocery store to pick up a few things. As we passed the refrigerated beer section, something caught my eye. I doubled back and saw this:




This town really is obsessed with Beer Pong. How did I not know this before? I grew up here. At least I know where to go to get supplies for my next tournament.

Have a good weekend, folks. I know I'm going to (*wink, wink*).

41 Comments:

The Peach Tart said...

I'm so lame I don't even know what beer pong is.

Shari said...

Oh we are so redneck here. We have a pool table with legs that fold down for easy storage. We drag that bad puppy OUTSIDE in the summer and play beer pong. errr! we live in the city limits.

and - I played beer pong the last week end in November. Yeah - it is a big past time game here in Indiana.
:P

Organic Meatbag said...

Hahahaha...I wasn't aware that the different beer producers and pong ball makers had agreed to such a lucrative cross-promotional deal at CVS...hahaha

Moonspun said...

THAT is hilarious! And from a (former) retailers perspective, what's up with the empty space on the shelf?? when my buyers did that on a shelf, I'd walk by and ask them "What are you selling here?" After the first time when they said "nothing" and then looked at me, and I'd say, "Exactly!" they'd usually gulp and never do it again....fill in the dead space!

minivan soapbox said...

We went to a party over the summer...where like us, most everyone was over thirty - if not over 40. They had a Beer Pong Tournament! It was crazy! I just assumed people stopped doing this when they were 24...But nope. 50 year olds...passed out cold on the grass from losing their match.

Nej said...

What is this beer pong you speak of? :-) :-)

Sadako said...

That is so awesome. They should also put some balls in the soda aisle for the nerdy kids who play coke pong. :D

Deb Thaxton said...

By the cash register in a local 7-11 was a beer pong kit - had cups stacked together with the balls for $3.99.

We have our own beer pong table that fits on the top of our pool table.
Here is a picture: http://www.websavymom.com/2009/01/flashback-friday-part-4.html

Cheers!

Logical Libby said...

The 7-11 by my house actually sells "Beer Pong kits" under a little sign that says "please drink responsibly."

mepsipax said...

I have never noticed this before. I will have to look some more. And it is beer pong. Quit trying to give it a fancy name.

alntv said...

Just a man, his beer and his balls. Nice. Have a good weekend!

Notesfromthegrove said...

Can you believe I've NEVER played beer pong? My brother is like a local legend though...he's won SO MANY beer pong tourneys. AND a lot of money!

carissajaded said...

Its about time that the stores started smartening up!! I can NEVER find ping pong balls when I need them. Seriously, I am writing a letter to my local CVS about this. ALWAYS PUT PING PONG BALLS WITH THE BEER!!!
Yay for the weekend!

Mrs Soup said...

Ahahahahaha, beer pong must be a big thing there!

I prefer jelloshot pong, myself.

ByDSea said...

Too funny! Who knew?!?! Next they will have little signs by the beer saying don't forget the quarters. Ahhh the days of drinking games.
Cheers,
C

BugginWord said...

Based on the blogs this morning, it appears all the bloggin' bitches are planning to tie one on tonight. Except me, of course. I'm an angel.

toywithme said...

This post has made me get a thirst on. I'm inviting BugginWord over for a little game this weekend because I'm not buying her angel act.

LucyCooper said...

Beer pong resulted in mucho grande pain for the Mister last summer. Balls n beer. Merry Christmas and God bless the USA.

Rebecca Knight said...

This totally reminds me of one my favorite guilty pleasure movies... Beerfest :). Now, I'm going to have to watch that tonight!

Natalie said...

I find it funny that you killed time by walking around CVS.

SPEAKING FROM THE CRIB said...

thank you peach tart, b/c i don't know what the hell a beer pong is either. college was about 15 years ago and we only had beer BONGS

Amy said...

I love that you did a post on this. Being an avid wine consumer, I am often in the liquor secition of a store, and just a few days ago I noticed ping pong balls clip stripped everywhere in that department!

Apparently beer pong has gotten big everywhere!

Aunt Becky said...

Dude. I love balls too. EVERYWHERE.

Amber Page Writes said...

beer pong is a way of life in my town...especially when paired with PBR. Have fun...

Daddy Files said...

I am a Beer Pong god. I will kill you, or anyone else who dares step in my path. And if you taunt me while we're playing, I will eat your soul, vomit back in the cup after I beat you, and make you drink it. I don't care how pathetic it makes me, when I am 50 years old I will still be playing Beer Pong with my old, fat friends during backyard BBQs.

But my real question is, they serve BEER AND WINE at a CVS???? I need to move to Maine.

Badass Geek said...

The Peach Tart: Well, now you know.

Shari: Rock on!

Organic Meatbag: Makes sense, though.

Moonspun: Their shelves aren't normally so bare. It must have been a busy weekend.

Minivan Soapbox: Awesome!

Nej: Ha!

Sadako: And another display near the water, for those who play water pong.

Deb Thaxton: I am jealous.

Logical Libby: Oh, the irony.

Mepsipax: Whoa, dude. Calm down.

Alntv: You too, man.

NFTG: You should get lessons from him, then!

CarissaJaded: Let me know if they listen to your demands!

Mrs Soup: Jelloshot pong sounds dangerous.

ByDSea: A change dispenser would be handy, eh?

BugginWord: It's just been one of those weeks.

ToyWithMe: Me, either. =)

LucyCooper: Amen.

Rebecca Knight: Never seen it. It's good, I take it?

Natalie: It was past 9pm. Not much is open that late where we were in town.

SPEAKING FROM THE CRIB: To each their own, I suppose.

Amy: Apparently so!

Aunt Becky: I know you do.

Amber Page Writes: Will do!

Daddy Files: Yeah, you do. Maine has it's shortcomings, but we still know how to have a good time (apparently).

TechnoBabe said...

Beer pong aka Beirut. Huh. Never played it. Enjoy your weekend.

Poppy said...

It would appear that the creative merchandiser for the store is 21 and a frat boy.

Caron said...

I didn't think about beer pong at ALL on my own. I was actually wondering why table tennis was so popular in Maine. oh, my gosh!!

otin said...

That is funny! Now I need to go to the store just so I can look!

Melanie's Randomness said...

Omg there were times in college I would have loved to live in your town!! We never could find ping pong balls. LOL!! But yeah that's a little overkill, totally!

Jason said...

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Jason
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Blogging Mama Andrea said...

I'm just jealous you can buy beer/liquor products at the grocery. I live in a freaking commonwealth state which mean a trip to a special store to just get one bottle of wine. I'm not asking for much PA just liquor at easy access.

Stopping by via Mommy Wants Vodka, Becky and The Daver made me.

Cheryl said...

I used to be so good at beer pong.

And then I graduated.

And that was the end of life.

Hilly said...

Wow, at least they sort of tried to be subtle! We went to a liquor store last night and they had the ping pong balls up at the counter with a huge sign that said "BEER PONG!!!".

Life in Florida is so different than life in California. ;)

Lola said...

To hell with the balls. I can't get over the fact that you can buy booze at CVS! MA likes grass, but they won't allow booze to be sold anywhere other than the package stores.

Life would be so much easier if I could buy my birth control pills, my booze and my beer pong balls all in one stop...

BeautifulWreck said...

No idea what beer pong is but it must be very popular.

LiLu said...

FLIP, FLIP, FLIPADELPHIA!!!

Aunt Juicebox said...

My best friend actually bought a whole "beer pong game" in a box. We keep saying we're going to play it but we always end up playing drunken darts instead. Scary.

Phoenix said...

Ah, beer pong. Brings me back to my college days when I...STILL didn't play beer pong.

However, I'd like to commend the obvious time and energy put into that marketing scheme of putting ping pong balls on the little impulse-buy hooks right in front of the beer. This means someone actually put thought into it, which is more than you get in most stores.

Miss Grace said...

Dude. Beirut. Game of champions. (Or beer pong, whatevs)

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