Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad

This guy goes into the liquor store looking for a sixer of New Belgium Frambozen and comes out with a bottle of Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad. Punch Line? None! That was me! AH HAHAHAHAHAH!

























Bottle #4484

It pours a deep copper color...

While I was trying to cajole Bubble's somewhat skeptical owner to order some Frambozen, I thought it might help if I plopped a nice high dollar beer on the counter. I had seen the Brett Saison in the cooler on a previous visit, so while he was trying to get the distributor on the phone I grabbed a bottle and put it on the counter.

The creamy head is not thick, but pools up in a small circle that floats in the middle...

The owner had to leave a message for the distributor and after he hung up he asked me if I had seen the new Smokestack they just got today.

Just a hint of bourbon and cherries hits the nose. Like no other beer I have tried...

Huh? Say What? "Yea" he says, "they just delivered it this morning. I heard it is a limited edition and that everyone has been waiting for it to come out. "

Creamy and smooth. Smokey, like a fine bourbon.

As I ran back towards the Smokestack floor display I thought, "Legs, don't fail me now."

This beer is rocking my world.



Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Border Meltdown



Are you a Missouri Tiger football fan trying to get over that 40-37 hangover? Try the excellent MIZZOURAH! blog.



This "hours after" post by True Son sums it up for me:

But even though essentially all of the players returned from last year’s group this is hardly the same team. The difference between this season and last is that this year’s team—to use the corniest of all overused sports clichés—has lost that eye of the tiger. Yep, this is a textbook example of season-after syndrome.

For those of you unfamiliar with this chronic disease, it often strikes teams coming off a season of prodigious success. Its victims have a tendency to get caught up in pre-season accolades and often become complacent and content with their past achievements.

The Tigers are displaying all the symptoms. Last year’s squad was hungry and always played like it had something to prove. It had a chip on its shoulder and wasn’t afraid of a little adversity. This season the Tigers have repeatedly started games flat. They’ve taken their foot off the pedal many times when they had chances to bury teams. They’ve played soft.

Then this "day after" post by Big Head addresses the issue that has been the primal scream inside my skull ever since I saw Pinkel on Metro Sports talk about the 4th and 7 play:

Blitzing the safety on a 4th and 7 on Meier's game winning touchdown, one where it was basically score or lose, was the dumbest thing I've seen since.
And they've got a regular anonymous k.u.chebag commenter who is a master of disguise:

Monday, December 01, 2008

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell



Just read a review of Malcom Gladwell's "Outliers" and added it to my Amazon wish list. Fingers are crossed.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

11/30/08: Border Showdown II


Observations from Section 332 at Arrowhead
  • Attended with Muddy, Jr. our first Tiger football game together.
  • Things Jr. learned: How to dress for cold weather football; Importance of bringing a towel to the game when there is rain/snow; The fantastic chemistry that is hand warmer packets
  • Seated at the same end of the stadium with the Beakhawks band: at half-time they played Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" in tribute to the Guitar Hero video game?
  • Mostly Mizzou fans in our section
  • Rowdy Mizzou bunch in the row behind us
  • Smart ass KU punk about 5 few rows down wearing #5 jersey
  • Middle age guys in front of us found it easier to climb all over me and Jr. when they made a beer run because their wives were all bundled up sharing blankets an apparently couldn't be disturbed.
  • KU scores first TD about 35 seconds after the beginning of the 2nd Quarter
  • When the beer flew toward a KU fan in front of me, I had a bad feeling
  • MU 0 KU 10
  • Tigers finally scored a TD and I shouted down at the KU punk giving him back some crap.
  • KU punk sat back down and flipped me off over his shoulder.
  • My reply, "Eat it, bitch!" was met with approval from nearby Tiger fans and high fives from the rowdy bunch behind us.
  • MU 7 KU 10
  • KU scores a Safety
  • Another beer flew and hit a guy who was, well, nonplussed.
  • Physical description of nonplussed man: Picture an oak tree cut down at about the 5' 9" mark, dressed completely in black leather, black stocking cap and mirrored sunglasses.
  • Oak Tree Man turns & calmly surveys various suspects. Focuses on the rowdy bunch.
  • Oak Tree Man points at one guy in particular and says, "I will come up there and cut your throat in front of all these people and then the police will come and give me a ride. I don't give a fuck."
  • MU 7 KU 12
  • Oak Tree Man leaves.
  • Rowdy bunch starts passing around a doobie
  • KU scores another TD
  • I go looking for a Boulevard beer.
  • MU 7 KU 19
  • At each concession stand they tell me they might have Boulevard at the next one. Epic fail. Buy a bottle of water.
  • MU kicks a field goal as I get back from my failed beer run.
  • Faint snow flurries start turning into rain & I dread the prospect of using a poncho.
  • Someone tells rowdy bunch they can't smoke cigarettes. "OK", they say. "No more smoking cigarettes!"
  • MU 10 KU 19
  • Second half begins and Oak Tree Man comes back to his seat, looks up a the rowdy bunch and asks, "Wanna throw another beer?"
  • It stops raining and the snow starts for real.
  • Mizzou defense can't stop a snowflake
  • MU 10 KU 26
  • Break out the hand warmers. Muddy Jr. is amazed
  • Mizzou scores 13 points in 60 seconds. Why did Pinkel go for 2 points?
  • MU 23 KU 26
  • Rowdy crew start their own mosh pit
  • Maclin is hurt. Crap.
  • Tigers take the lead!
  • MU 30 KU 26
  • Who is Marcus Hereford and why is he allowed to gain 31 yards on a pass play?
  • Beakhawks take back the lead
  • MU 30 KU 33
  • Chase, Chase & JMac come flying back
  • Haven't heard from KU punk #5 lately
  • 1:50 in the game. First and goal at the KU 6. Please, please run the ball.
  • MU Scores!
  • There's too much damn time on the clock.
  • MU 37 KU 33
  • Rowdy bunch start laughing about Oak Tree Man. "He said he was gonna cut me!" Hilarious. I check my cell phone battery in case I need to call 911
  • On fourth and 7, why is an MU D-back looking at the quarterback while Kerry effing Meir runs by him?
  • One of the rowdy gang falls forward onto me and I almost fall into the next row.
  • Considering paying Oak Tree Man to cut their throats.
  • Do I really want this game to go into overtime?
  • MU 37 KU 40
  • JMac is back! Returns the kick 35 yards. One Last Chance.
  • Hell yes I want overtime. I've got packet warmers!
  • Chase hits Perry for a big gain.
  • Why doesn't Pinkel call time out?
  • Sideline pass to a wide open Danario Alexanders just misses. Dudes!
  • Rushing to line up for the field goal. Why doesn't Pinkel call time out?
  • The kicks looks like a wounded duck.
  • Yell at Muddy Jr. LETS GO! LETS GO!
  • Get the hell out of there before they started that freaking chant.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Friday Cage Match: Peet vs. McCarthy



Amanda Peet and Jenny McCarthy are on opposite sides of the vaccination issue. Peet called people like McCarthy "parasites".










Tale of the Tape

DOBHeightWeight
Peet01/11/725' 6 1/2"165
McCarthy 11/01/725' 7"121












































The vitals don't tell you much. But, I think Peet is much tougher and would wipe the floor with her.



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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Like a Little Strange in Your Bed?





4/19/09: updated to restore "epic fail" image and strike the reference to the "Strange Bedfellows" widget and replace with "Accountability Now".

Well, it's official:

Congress votes to immunize lawbreaking telecoms, legalize warrantless eavesdropping


However, this can be just the beginning of something remarkable, namely a campaign to stop the sham compromise on retroactive immunity that was passed by the Senate today with the help of Barack Obama and my own Senator, Claire McCaskill (and Christopher "Kit the magical porkmeister lush boy" Bond, of course)

On the upper left hand side of this page, there is a graphic underneath the title, "Strange Bedfellows" Click it to find out more. Just click here.

h/t Martin Bosworth for the "Epic Fail" pic. His piece at HuffPo is well worth a read, also.

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Clueless Manifested



A sure sign you are getting old: When a reference to a popular SNL character goes right over your head. I don't recall having heard of Sally O'Malley until yesterday. However, there are no YouTube videos of any actual SNL skits with Molly Shannon as Sally O'Malley. I don't like wasting my time with all the crappy ads on other video hosting sites, so I settled for this YouTube video of someone imitating Molly Shannon's character. Feel my pain.







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Monday, July 07, 2008

If (Rage > Genuis) then Geek = Incarcerated;



Today, the CNET News Blog reads like a major daily police blotter:

Hans Reiser, the Linux programmer convicted in April of murdering his estranged wife, led police to what is believed to be her body, authorities told the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday.

Predictably, Hans was his own worst enemy during the trial.



The state had no body, no murder weapons, no witnesses to any violent action on Reiser's part at the time his wife, Nina, disappeared. Their case hinged on the Reiser's strange behavior shortly after her disappearance, including the fact that his Honda Civic SI came up missing days after Nina did. Reiser hired the best lawyers money could buy, but then he didn't listen to their advice. He took the stand and put on the "Geek Defense" to explain his behavior, which included removing his hard drives from his computer and giving them to his attorney and driving over 50 miles to Manteca, CA to rent a storage locker.

Testimony like this probably didn't help his case:


"You'll admit that one of the reasons you wanted to rent the storage locker was to hide your car?" prosecutor Paul Hora demanded.

"Yes. That was one of the reasons," Reiser replied.

And why Manteca?

"Why not?" the defendant answered.





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Me and Claire





Text of the letter I sent to Claire McCaskill:

Dear Senator McCaskill,

In March you wrote to me about the Senate FISA legislation you supported. I appreciated your reply.

This week, new "compromise" legislation will come before the Senate. I urge you to join with Sen. Feingold and Sen. Dodd in their attempt to block this flawed legislation. Defeating this legislation will not leave our nation defenseless! It means we will be working under the FISA legislation that has been modernized almost a half a dozen times since it was enacted. Intelligence gathering will not suffer.

What will suffer if this legislation is passed will be our civil liberties guaranteed by the Fourth Amendendment to the constitution. In your March letter you wrote, "I just don’t think we should punish [the telecom companies] for their good-faith reliance on government assurances that they were assisting in a legal effort to combat terrorism." Senator, when did we come to the point in our national discourse where we believe that the U.S. President has the power to "order" private citizens to do anything, let alone to break the law! Do you view the President as a monarch -- someone who can issue "orders" that must be obeyed, even when the "orders" are illegal? I hope not, because that just isn't how our country works and it never was.

Besides the defacto telecom immunity this legislation provides for, there is another reason the legislation needs to be defeated: It allows the Government, for the first time, to tap physically into U.S. telecommunications networks inside our country with no individual warrant requirement. Claims that this new bill creates "an independent monitor to prevent abuses and to protect the civil liberties of the American people" are truly misleading, since the new FISA bill actually does the opposite -- it frees the Government from exactly that monitoring in all sorts of broad categories.

Please Senator, do everything you can to block this legislation.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Momma, Don't Let Your Boys Grow Up to be the Wrong Kind of Athlete



The AP story begins, "Tom Pernice Jr. was easy to ignore..."

Tom Pernice, Jr., proud Raytown High Blue Jay ('77) is leading the the AT&T National PGA tournament with 18 holes to play. Tom is the 66th golfer on the PGA money list this year, good for $900,544. Tom's highest finish in a tournament this season was 8th. It's hard to ignore numbers like that!

If your son has a dream to be a professional athlete in a sport other than golf, do him a favor and crush those dreams. Then hand him the newest 460cc, 9.5 degree Titleist 907D1 Driver and tell him to get to work. And don't be mistaken, there is work involved with golf. Witness Tom's driving range divots from the 2008 Northern Trust Open:


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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Exotic Sh*t

I had plans to grill for the family on the 4th, I really did. But at 2:00 I still had not cleaned the grill. In my younger days, I would have made a heroic effort and I would have kept my word and fixed dinner on the grill only it would be burned/raw and served sometime past 8:00 to me because my family would have already gone to Wendy's for dinner. I am wiser now and told Mrs. Mud at 2:00, "guess I'm not grilling after all." It was OK , we had some traditional American fourth fare in the freezer, her home-made Manicotti.

As for beer on hand, that was another story. The inventory consisted of 2 unfamiliar Belgians, Delerium Tremens and Michelob Ultra, so off to Bubbles liquor store to get something to pair with the Manicotti. Bubbles is somewhat like your typical locally owned liquor store, only it's not because they have an incredible inventory of beer! I browsed the shelves thinking maybe I would get a Belgian Witbier, when I saw some of the Boulevard Smokestack Series in the cooler. (Has anyone seen these kept in a cooler at another liquor store?) The cooler windows at Bubbles could be replaced with stainless steel and it would not make a difference, because they are always covered by so much condensation it is impossible to see what is inside. As I opened the cooler I crossed my fingers and hoped for the Saison, which I had yet to try... SCORE!

As I stood in front of the cooler marveling at my good fortune, I saw a fellow on my left trying to peek through the condensation. He was a fairly large guy with tats on each forearm, completely dressed in black with a beard and longish black hair parted in the middle. He glanced at me and then kind of leaned over and attempted to look in the cooler window in front of me, then he straightened back up and with a sheepish, child-like look on his face, he turned to me and said, "Sometimes I like to get some exotic shit!" He appeared vaguely familiar to me, but I was certain I had never met him. Later, I realized the reason for my deja vu moment, he could have been the twin brother of HBO Deadwood's Dan Dority, played by W. Earl Brown. I really liked Dan Dority. Push come to shove I might have to say he was my favorite character on the show. That must explain what I did next, which was to ask, "Have you ever tried any of the Boulevard Smokestack Series?"

Dan said, "No" so I held up the bottle of Saison. He took the 750ml bottle from me, gazed at the label, then at the cork and said, "That's beer?" I gave him a brief explanation about the Smokestack Series and the Saison style. He handed the bottle back to me and said, "This isn't one of those wheat beers, is it?" At that moment, I knew exactly what to do because just before I began the conversation with Dan, when I was celebrating my good fortune as I reached for the bottle of Saison, I noticed they also had "Long Strange Tripel. As I explained to Dan that the Saison was not a wheat beer, I opened the cooler door pointed at the Tripel and said, "Here is what you should try. It's a Belgian style with a very high alcohol content." He took the bottle down from the shelf, looked at it and said, "9% alcohol? Cool. Thanks Man!" and headed straight for the register.
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Friday, July 04, 2008

Great Human Achievments



Thanks to So Many Books, So Little Time I learned of a great human technical achievement called Wordle, which I used to frame another great human achievement in an interesting way. Just click on the upper left of this page below the title, "Declaration of Independence". An MP3 of the declaration being read is available here.

On a personal note, during my morning walk with my dog, Spaten, I ran into Kotayk, a woman who worked in my department for about six months last year. I was glad to see her because we are looking for people again and I had not been able to contact her. Kotayk is from Armenia and although somewhat shy and reserved, she is smart, professional and an asset to our department.

Standing on the sidewalk trying to avoid Spaten's muddy paws, Kotayk explained how she finally finished school and had just gotten back from her country. Then she spontaneously threw her hands up in the air, laughed and blurted out, "I Love America!"























Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Blogosphere vs Beltway Wisdom





Beltway Wisdom
: Greg Craig, advisor to Barack Obama, attorney at law, holder of all the credentials the beltway villagers prefer, what do you have to say about the noise the "liberal blogosphere" is making about Obama's plan to vote for the FISA reform legislation.







Greg Craig
: "Obviously, there was an element of what’s possible here. But he concluded that with FISA expiring, that it was better to get a compromise than letting the law expire." -7/2/08 NYT




Liberal Blogosphere
: Greg Craig. Seriously? Is that a stage name?











Huh?



Forget it. What you just said reminds us of a line from the movie "Being John Malkovich" where John Cusack's character is inhabiting John Malkovich's body and has a "brilliant" idea to make it rich as the puppeteer of John Malkovich:

John Malkcovich (as Cusack's character): We'd wipe the floor with the Great Mantini!

Maxine: Oh, Craiggy, that's brilliant!





Craiggy,
you spilled your power trip dood, cuz there's no expiring of FISA!










What? FISA doesn't expire? But Dana Perino said...




Well, yea sure, FISA doesn't expire, but, but, the warrants, yea that's it, the warrants under FISA would, expire, yea expire in August. Sure, sure and Obama supported the FISA "compromise" to prevent that, yea, to prevent that from happening!



You mean the surveillance orders authorized by the Protect America Act that allow the Government to spy with no individual warrants?









Yes, yes those orders in the Protect America Act. Obama wants to avoid having those expire.






Uh, Greg? Have you always been a tool or did you only recently become a stunt double for David Hasselhoff's joint?

Obama voted against the Protect America Act last January. If his side had prevailed, the surveillance orders you just claimed he supports would have expired six months ago.









I don't like your tone. You're rude and uncivil!








And you're not invited to any of the Politico shindigs!








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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

MIZZOURAH, Baby!



The MIZZOURAH! blog is now on MySpace. If you are right people, you should send a friend request immediately because the first 50 requestors will be eligible for a drawing to see who gets an all expenses paid evening out at Harpo's with all these ladies.




Of course, rightous Tiger gals are highly encouraged to send friend requests also. But since I won't spend any time looking for hunks, I'll just throw in some gratuitous tiger cuteness:



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Monday, June 30, 2008

Michael Jacskson Caught Fondling a Pint-Sized Taddy

No, not that Michael Jackson,


This Michael Jackson, the beer expert.


Although, if Micheal Jackson the Beer Hunter had recently fondled a pint, it should be bigger news than Michael Jackson the Boy Hunter recently fondling anything, since the Beer Hunter passed away almost a year ago.

For Father's Day, my daughter gave me the paperback book, "Great Bear Guide", which was sweet.



Now the Beer Hunter's 1977 "World Beer Guide" has been credited with jump starting the beer renaissance in the United States and I have no reason to argue with that claim.  But as so often happens when an individual personality becomes closely associated with a product, lots of things get peddled with the prime goal of making a buck and I think this is one of them. Yes, there are a 500 pictures of beer and descriptions of each, but the selections they  made seem somewhat dubious.  A great beer guide should list all the major beers made by the Trappist abbey's but Rochefort is left out. The crappy Newcastle brown ale is reviewed which includes the appropriate backhanded compliment, "has a great student following" yet the greatest brown ale in the world, Samuel Smith's, gets nada.

I hope to follow up soon with a few good suggestions for beer guides that your beer geek would like.  In the meantime, you might consider a Tee Shirt:



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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Those Irish Sure Do Talk Funny



Updated 3/8/09: I hate it when images I have uploaded from online locations disapper. All the Perryton neighbor pictures have been restored!

Eolaí gan Fhéile, succesful artist and author of the Irish KC blog, likes good beer and periodically posts excerpts from his bicycle trek across the US. At one time I was an avid biker, and I have recently come to appreciate good beer. However, since I have never biked more than 76 miles in one day (Eolai, 135) and have never drank more than three pints of Guinness in one day (Eolai, 28), I will admit I am slightly in awe of the guy, plus he is a good writer, so I enjoy his Cycle Across America journal. The latest excerpt covers the time he traveled through the Oklahoma panhandle on the way to Perryton, Texas.

The folks at the McDonald's in Perryton were fascinated to have in their midst, an Irishman bicycling across America:

"One woman told me all about her and her husband’s visit to Dublin, their stay in the Shelbourne, the Ardagh Chalice, and she showed me the Claddagh ring she was wearing. They had had the most wonderful time there and it seems I, through my Irishness, was in some way responsible."

If you are like me and have never heard of a Claddagh ring, click here.




This ring that the Perrytown woman wears is named after an area that, according to Wikipedia, now hosts some rather expensive beach front property.



Disclaimer : The following is just a personal view from the river's edge...

During her trip to Ireland, the woman with the Claddagh ring probably found the place to be very quaint, with lots of unusual people;


Unlike her hometown:



And her neighbors: