November 2004 Archives

JJG is back, all Atom-enabled and stuff. 2005 is going to be the new 1998.

Here in a few hours, we’re going to saddle up and head down to the wilds of Virginia for Thanksgiving dinner. The hostess mailed out a menu earlier in the week, and I’m skipping breakfast in anticipation.

My contribution to the menu is “Autumn Ales”. I wasn’t able to get the Dogfish Head Punkin Ale that I wanted, but I think I did okay otherwise. Here’s what I’m taking:

  • Anchor Christmas Ale: mainly this year’s vintage, but also a couple of handfuls of bottles from 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003 as well. This is the bulk of what I’m bringing, and I think it’ll go well with most everything.
  • Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Ale: This one is like Cool Whip on your pumpkin pie — it’s not really optional.
  • Smuttynose Scotch Style Ale: part of Smuttynose’s BIG BEER series. I’ve had mixed opinions about different Smuttynose offerings in the past, but I’m a sucker for a Scotch ale, so we’ll see. This is probably the beer I’m the least sure about taking.
  • Ommegang Three Philosophers: this is a quad from the Cooperstown-based Ommegang crew, with a interesting twist: they add a bit of Lindeman’s Kriek — a cherry lambic — to the mix (at what stage, I’m not sure). We tasted this in-store at Chevy Chase last weekend, and it was excellent. I think this will go really well with the turkey.
  • Allagash Four: another Belgian-style quad, this one from the Maine-based Allagash Brewing Company. This is a big 10% ABV bottle-conditioned monster, but it’s tasty and goes down smoothly. I think this is the appetizer beer.
  • Stone 8th Anniversary Ale: this is a surprisingly small and mild-mannered beer, given that it comes from Stone. Of course, that means it would rank as pretty big, were it to come from any other brewery. Another potential pre-dinner beer.
  • Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock: I haven’t tried this one yet, and I’m really looking forward to it. The label says “…the beer is slowly aged on a bed of rich chocolate…”, and I think the only rational response to that is “Yum!”. This is the dessert beer, all the way.
  • Taster cups: because most of these beers are in big “bomber”-style bottles, and I want people to have a chance to sample before committing to a whole glass full.

And now it’s getting to be time to start getting ready to leave. Hope everybody celebrating today has as good a time as I’m sure we’re going to have.

f the south

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This put a smile on my face this morning: Fuck The South. Via Virulent Memes, of all places.

James Carville just basically conceded Ohio. What a weasely sniveling little fuck. More interested in being a kool kid than in winning.

One am. Stone sober. Headed to bed now; expecting to wake up to one or more of the following: lawsuits in Ohio, lawsuits in Florida, and/or the news that the Florida call for Bush is being reversed due to absentee and early ballots.

There’s an excellent vote map available at — easily the best one I’ve seen.

Sitting on AIM; trying to decide if it’s time to start drinking. Mail for the handle if you like.

Voted this morning on the way into work — the poll workers said turnout was high; this is my first time at this precinct, so I can’t judge. I had to wait about 20 or 30 minutes, but the lines were moving well.

And now I’m home from work, settled into the couch with the laptop and the TV turned on — to CNN at the moment, but my gorge is rising. Email with tips for better places to watch.

Probably more later.

The silence in these parts of late is mainly due to the BioPerlclass, which is eating my brain. Things will probably continue to be light around here until sometime in mid-December, when the class finishes and work slows down for the holidays. I can’t wait.

In completely unrelated news, this seems like as good a place as any to mention that I’d also in the guardedly optimistic camp with regard to the results of Tuesday night. Time to buckle in and see where the ride goes…


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It was a fairly sedate Halloween ‘round these parts — TheChild was a ladybug:

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We handed out around 60 candy bars; didn’t see any really outstanding costumes.