Jan 2009 05

The Bolts stopped Indianapolis’ running game and maintained some of the amazing offense from the previous week to win the wild card playoff game on Saturday.  There was the good- Sproles got game, the bad- a few close to the endzone turnovers, including a touchback just yards away from being a touchdown, and the ugly- a Pennington quick snap that caught the Bolts defense with their thumbs in their asses, resulting in a Colts TD.

Sproles running game was unstoppable

Sproles running game was unstoppable (Photo courtesy of Chargers)

Mike Scifres must have equipped his foot with a distance controlling mechanism as he kicked six punts inside the 20 against the Colts, including four under 10 yards from a full field drive attempt!  Leaving the Colts with a long field certainly helped the Chargers “D” cut their game short.  I sure missed seeing LT do his thing out there, but the smallest guy on the field came up big for the Bolts.  Darren “Tank” Sproles combined for 328 all purpose yards whipping left and right through inconceivably tiny holes in the Colts defense.  I find watching basketball about as exciting as women’s golf (basically a snore…) so hopefully the Chargers can continue their road to the Super Bowl or I’ll be pretty bored until spring training.

Jan 2009 01

Happy New Beer!

Posted In Beer

I welcomed in the new year at my bar indulging in some of the few bottles there that I have yet to try, as well as a dessert-worthy Southern Tier Chocolate Indulgence on draft. The Fantome Saison is a Saison with a full head, an earthy, fruity aroma and spices like coriander, citrus, pepper, and spruce. The Super Baladin pours slighty hazy with a thin lacing around the glass. It has a smell and taste of green apples and grapes that blends well with a caramel sweetness that becomes more prominent as the beer warms. The Southampton Cuvee de Fleur has a perfume-like floral aroma and grapefruit freshness with honey and a tangy yeast finish. All were great beers to start the New Year with.

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Dec 2008 30

Goodbye to 2008

Posted In Beer

I started celebrating New Years Eve the day before, stopping by Capone’s for a promising lineup of Christmas and Winter Ales. I ordered a four top of Jenlain Noel, Corsendonk Christmas, Summit Porter, and Tsjeeses.

Not a bad selection if I don’t say! The Jenlain Noel has a spicy, slightly bitter citrus zest blended with a dark fruit and roasty flavor. It is a very drinkable beer with the cherry and plum flavors balancing the dryness. The Corsendonk Christmas has a huge malt profile with a molasses sweetness paired to a spice, possibly anise (black licorice like), and ginger. The carbonation can be a little overwhelming initially but does subside. The Summit Porter is a deeply roasted coffee, oatmeal, and chocolate smell and taste. It can be a little acrid, such as burnt coffee, but I am also a Starbucks addict, so I savor a dark coffee.

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Dec 2008 23

Road Trip

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My family occupies much of the lower 48, so most holidays involve some travel either in the air or by car, to celebrate with my family.  My normal 30 minute workday commute is already long enough to evoke higher blood pressures and the toot of a horn now and again (to draw attention to my one finger wave), so it’s no surprise a longer road trip can cause some stress.  I love driving- it’s the other drivers that annoy me.  If the roads were perfectly clear and paved with elevation changes and chicanes similar to a nice road course, a 6 hour journey would feel like a jaunt.  But having driven through most of the country, I dread some road trips simply because I’ll have to pass through states where driver’s licenses are offered as prizes in Cracker Jack boxes.

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Dec 2008 22

With temps in the single digits, I’m chiseling ice off my windshield like a trekker at the summit of Mount Kilamanjaro.  The windchill is so bitterly cold I briefly contemplate peeing on my leg to warm myself up, only to realize it would ice over so quickly I’d just end up with a frozen line of yellow snow congealing my pants to my body.  I weigh the pros and cons of getting my car unstuck from this frozen tundra of a driveway. Maybe I should go back into the house, throw on some flannel PJ’s, eat Lucky Charms with a milk stout, and watch National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.  Then my one defrosted brain cell reminds me it is the night of my favorite watering hole’s customer appreciation Christmas party.  Visions of tulip glasses dancing in my head, I continue scraping until the sheet of ice crashes on the ground like jagged pieces of glass.

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