Weird beer Sunday..

Two different beers (actually ales) crossed our table this evening.  Both come from the Buffalo Bill’s Brewery in California. They have a website under construction and a minimal Face Book page.  This does not add or detract from their beer. The  Orange Blossom Cream Ale is advertised to have honey and orange bloom extract in it. The ale is good, the orange is on the back-end of the swallow.  Not too overpowering. I would buy this one again for variety. The second ale is the Alimony Ale. Again, a good, drinkable offering. I would prefer a little more of the hops, but it might find its way to our table some day in future. Neither are a “kick it to the curb” beer.

My DW went to a baby shower today. I was allowed to stay home and hammer in the basement. I am close to the cementing part of the waterproofing process. Then I get to paint and pray. Yes, in that order. Every Monday my left hand has a bruise from where the hammer missed the end of the chisel. I’m going to miss those bruises some day.  DS1 went to the pool and then had a private lesson with a high school lacrosse player down at the high school for an hour or so. He has the correct coaching instincts.

Ds2 returned home from Copenhagen, NY. Home means his college dorm. He was in upstate NY for a wedding this weekend. He danced and had a real good time. I’m glad the family made him feel welcome this weekend. DS3 went to a Jazz dance today (or yesterday) and danced and had a good time. This evening he is working on a speech for his public speaking class.

Sunday dinner was shrimp scampi with rice.  We had fresh mozzarella and prosciutto as well. 

Tonight’s picture show not need captions. They are either beer six packs or from the wedding. Enjoy



Day 349, I feel _____..

Not really sure. Last night sitting here at home with the rain falling, I was sure that nobody would show up to play lacrosse in the rain, outdoors last night. This morning I got the response to my email yesterday evening about playing. Apparently, 23 people showed up last night to play! Did it rain? Were there enough goalies? I really don’t know. I am kicking myself in the rear for not going. I guess the next time the weather is iffy, I will probably go.  I really needed to get out and exercise some demons.

Two new beers to try today. Both come from the River Horse Brewery here in New Jersey. The beers that we sampled were the Hop Hazard and the Special.  Of the two, the Hop Hazard was by far the better tasting beer. I am a sucker for hoppy (not like a rabbit) beers and ales.  I tried several of their offerings last year when I went to a beer festival in NYC with two of my brothers.  This beer is not a “summer beer”. I think it can be enjoyed year round. The Victory Summer Love beer still holds the title this year of summer beer. There was a time and place where a Corona and a slice of lime held that honored position.

Work, hmmm. I closed two calls this week that had lingered for over a year. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I guess good that I closed them, bad that it took a year (calls were opened around June 10, 2011) to close them. I can tell you that in both cases the delay was due to any number of excuses from the customer. I would have completed the work a year ago if they let me. I still have one older call from February 2011. That is next weeks project. Again, not my fault. Just another one of those complicated cases where multiple parties are involved. I hope to circumvent those outside parties and get the job done. We will see how that works out.

My DW had a crappy day at work. enough said. Hopefully tomorrow is better. DS1 made deliveries for his boss on LBI today with the company truck. He was done early and did not have to take the truck back. He will use it to commute to work in the morning.Ttonight he out looking at a house to rent with a friend of his. This might be the big move. Or not. DS2 is working the evening shift again. Tomorrow he and some of his college friends are heading up to Syracuse for the funeral of the father of one of the group. The plan is to stay over Friday night and return Saturday night. DS3 worked at the bark and biscuit again today.

No sermon tonight. As a writer’s aside, the sermon was buried at the end of the blog last night for a reason.  And on an unrelated note, today, June 14 is Flag Day here in the US. My parents would have celebrated their 54 th wedding anniversary today. They were married on this day in 1958.   Mom and Dad, we miss you.

Tonight’s picture is from 1958. This is a picture of the wedding party. Enjoy!



Day 332, Home again..

It is hot in New Jersey. Like temperature hot. I spent some part of the last five days in Texas and the temperature was in the low 90’s everyday. Today I flew back home and temperature was in the low 90’s.  I thought I was flying home to cooler weather. Not the case. When I got home I turned the air conditioning on. I think I was spoiled living in an air-conditioned house while in Texas. You could go out, enjoy the heat, then go back inside when you were done.  The temperature in the house has dropped 11 degrees in two hours. More importantly, the humidity is nearly half what it was when we started.  Tomorrow is forecast to be hot and sticky as well. The rest of the week looks like 70’s for a day time high. This more like the normal weather this time of year.

I flew from Houston to Detroit to Newark today all on the same plane. Here’s a travel tip, if you are flying on one of those regional airlines with the small jets, stay away from row 11. There are no windows. Row 12 is the wing exit row. I sat in 11 D, the no window, window seat for both legs of the journey.  I got off the plane in Detroit, looked for my flight, and realised that it was the same gate I had just deplaned at. So I sat down, watch some college lacrosse on the laptop waiting to re-board the plane. The picture buffered so bad I gave up trying to watch the game. I turned the game off in the middle of the second period, Maryland was up 3 – 2 over Loyola. The final was Loyola 9 -3. Maryland did not score again for the rest of the game. I hope to watch the game on DVR tomorrow.

The flights were fine. All four planes I rode on this weekend were full. Two of the flights were overbooked and they were looking for people to give up their seats. I don’t know how the airlines aren’t making any money. They have cut capacity and raised fares and fees.  The best of both worlds.  I recently read where one of the major airlines was buying a refinery in Pa near Philadelphia. All they need now is to purchase some oil wells and they will have the entire fuel food chain covered.

It was nice to get home. On the way home I picked up DS3 who spent the night at my SIL’s house.  They were in San Francisco, he needed a bed. He wanted to drive my BIL’s new Camaro. He was told no, and that they know the mileage on the new car. DS3 was unhappy but understanding. Dinner here was pizza. Everybody was home for dinner. It was fun to hear about where the kids have been for the last five days.

Tonight’s picture comes from the weekend wedding. Here is the bride watching the water volleyball game from the second floor deck. Enjoy!


Day 330, Pool Volleyball anyone?..

I got roped (Texas term) into playing water volleyball tonight. The last time I played water volleyball in Texas I tore the roater cuff in my right shoulder. We are a competitive family.  I had no injuries tonight.  I am glad for that.  I only played two games because it got dark and I could not see the ball. Can’t see the ball = ball in the face. No thanks.  The occasion for my family gathering was not water volleyball. Really.  My youngest sister got married this afternoon. There will be many pictures and a few videos from today.

The morning started out slow, coffee and eggs. I offered my five-year old nephew a choice of breakfasts. He choose a chocolate pop tart. His mother came downstairs when he was about half done and was not to happy with his breakfast choice. Ooops. He only got to eat one of the pop tarts. The other brother did not get the same choice of breakfasts. I will make a great grandparent.  Really, I think so. I will drive my children crazy through their children. 

Most of the day was spent getting ready for the big moment.  The house was full of people and chairs were set. The minister did a nice, folksy, Texas wedding.  I enjoyed it. Then all the food that was worked on for the last few days was served. After we ate we visited and played water volleyball. I’m sure there are lots of details that may come out in the next few days.  I’m tired and calling it a night. While it is only 10 pm here in Texas, I am still on East Coast time.

Tonight’s pictures and videos come from the wedding and the party. Enjoy! Videos can be found here and here and here.


Day 329, I don’t want to share..

Not me, I grew up in a family of ten children. Seven boys and three girls. Sharing, you can imagine that we were taught to share.  I spent the first half of my day sitting poolside watching my brother’s two children, ages 5 and 6 play in the pool.  As you know my children are ages 23, 21 and 19. They are quite far removed from the ages of the pool boys.  As things go, there was only one of each item that we found for the kids to play with.  My bother spent some of the morning trying to get the boys to share.  At one point he was sitting on the top of the waterfall having a heart to heart talk with his youngest about sharing. At one point of the discussion the youngest yelled at the top of his voice “I don’t want to share!”  I got a chuckle out of the moment.

This afternoon my sister had her rehearsal at the house. The wedding is being held here in the home.  It was cute to watch the couple work with the minister working out the fine details. After the rehearsal we had a dinner outside. Did I say it is hot in Texas?  Consider it said.  After dinner and dessert we hung out visiting. At one point I was “volunteered” to clean shrimp for tomorrow’s meal. I spent the first 20 years of my post college working life working in the seafood industry.  Cleaning shrimp? I’ve done a few, for sure.

Back in New Jersey,  my DW had a decent day at work. She and DS2 went to the local diner for dinner. DS1 worked all day. As of 9:30 eastern he was not yet home. He is really putting in the hours this week.  DS3, not sure. I do know that Sunday he sings at the graduation for the University of Scranton. Then he comes home for the summer.

Tonight’ s pictures come from various places. The captions will explain them.  There are more pictures to share tomorrow. The upload is pretty slow tonight.  Enjoy!