19 December 2004
Submitted by eve on Sun, 12/19/2004 - 5:38pm. Funny
"When he said he wouldn't recommend French wine out of protest I was like, fine, and I'll have a side of freedom fries to go with that. But then when he said that real mulled wine had pineapple and maraschino cherries in it I was like, dude, go on hating the French. Because they all hate you for what you've done to vin chaud."
--A girl talking to another girl at Andronico's.
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Happy Friday, y'all
Posted by marinerd on Fri, 01/28/2005 - 10:22am.
It's just how I feel. But please sing with a smile on your face:

Baby I'm more than a little concerned you see
about the New World Order conspiracies
And the covert spreading of deadly disease
They've got earthquake machines and UFOs
and black helicopters wherever we go
But I forget them all when you are with me

They can telepathically read my mind
I'm not scared of what they'll find
Let them do what they're gonna do
Cuz if the government can read my mind
they know I'm thinking of you

They've got secretly funded internment camps
and biological warfare labs
But when you look at me they all don't seem so bad
They've got Martian traded technology
and mind control psychology
I'll let them do what they wanna do
Cuz if the government can read my mind
they know I'm thinking of you

I could stockpile food and join a militia
but I'd rather stay at home and kiss ya
Let them do what they're gonna do
Cuz if the government can read my mind
they know I'm thinking of you

If the government can read my mind baby
you know it doesn't matter what they find
cuz if the government can read my mind
they know I'm thinking of you

Happy New Years
Posted by marinerd on Mon, 01/03/2005 - 9:41am.
It's not really the Rose Bowl with no Pac 10 team, imho. Looking forward to USC/Oklahoma, though! That should be a good one.

In other news, I read that the wildlife in a preserve in Sri Lanka all survived. They haven't found a single dead animal. They all headed for safety before the wave hit.

I didn't do much over the holidays except gain weight.

Posted by Monk on Mon, 01/03/2005 - 8:42am.
i had the week off - and limited internet access

So.....it goes under the bay???
Posted by Matt on Sun, 01/02/2005 - 6:15pm.
Criminy, is someone going to say something around here or what? It's been, like, going on a week since I've seen any activity.

No talk of Cal getting spanked in the Holiday Bowl? There's a huge qualification to that loss, though, in that none, not one of Cal's first-team receivers from the start of the year was healthy enough to play in their final game of the year.

Or how about the amazing coincidence that the earthquake in Southeast Asia occurred almost exactly one year *to the day* after the earthquake in Bam, Iran?

Or, on a lighter note, how incredible awesome the extended edition DVD of "Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King" is.
Posted by yoda on Tue, 01/04/2005 - 7:12pm.
the holiday bowl was quite tragic...and i now have a tshirt that i can't ever wear again.

the parachuters and fireworks were pretty nifty though. and at least JJ Arrington broke the 2000 single-season rushing yards mark.
Posted by Matt on Mon, 01/03/2005 - 12:29am.
By the way, I'd just like to apologize for committing one of my own pet peeves: using the word "incredible" instead of the word "incredibly."

That's all.

And any hangover that lasts more than 8 hours is enough to put one off alcohol for at least the next day. I speak from experience on this one. Oy.
Posted by ParU on Sun, 01/02/2005 - 10:46pm.
Not only did Cal get 'spanked', but Michigan lost too... There is no joy in Mudville today...
On a brighter note, I had dinner with Eve this weekend and she's feeling a little bit better. Hope y'all have a Happy New Year!
It's Amino world without Chemists
Posted by paul on Sun, 01/02/2005 - 10:14pm.
They're still recovering from their New Year's Eve hangovers. Unlike those of us who had to work that night.
Posted by peegee on Mon, 01/03/2005 - 4:24am.
Hmm, how about planning to take it easy on New Year's Eve because one has to get up at 8.00 on Jan 1 to catch a train, scrapping that plan spontaneously but still getting up to catch that train in which one then sits wretched, hung over and hungry for 10 1/2 hours only to realize upon arrival that all the d*** stores are closed which means no real food until monday morning and oh, all that work you were supposed to do during the holidays, just do that on sunday. Recovering from a hangover is easy, but recovering from being pathetic and naive in all the wrong places...
Posted by ParU on Mon, 01/03/2005 - 8:23pm.
You must be a graduate student.
It's Amino world without Chemists
Get well
Posted by Tremorden Castle on Tue, 12/28/2004 - 1:12am.
Hope you're feeling better, Eve, we miss you!
Posted by ParU on Sun, 12/26/2004 - 6:44pm.
Merry Christmas to all. Eve's not feeling well but she sends her best.
It's Amino world without Chemists
That reminds me ... must raid
Posted by dave on Thu, 12/23/2004 - 1:26pm.
That reminds me ... must raid cellar prior to Christmas. I think I have a lovely 1994 Shiraz down there that needs me.

"Million to one chances happen nine times out of ten"
Posted by Matt on Mon, 12/27/2004 - 7:01pm.
Dave, I envy any enthusiast--be it beer, wine or spirits--who has the quantity and taste for quality to be able to say, "must raid the cellar" and "I think I have a lovely" whatever.

God bless ya.

I'm obsessed with the placement and care of my '99 magnum of Chimay, and almost so much so with its smaller, younger brother.
As it happens, I drank a 1994
Posted by dave on Tue, 12/28/2004 - 4:11pm.
As it happens, I drank a 1994 Rymill Coonawarra Shiraz that I pulled from the cellar just the other day ... it was truly sublime. Its very satisfying knowing that you've pulled it before its past its peak and without it being corked!

"Million to one chances happen nine times out of ten"
Does it really matter?
Posted by hypoxic on Mon, 12/20/2004 - 4:24pm.
By mulling the wine you're going to kill alot of the flavors anyhow. So what does it matter what you put in it? You wouldn't consider drinking mulled beer yet wine is perfectly ok?

BTW I had a great wine recently. Curvare '01 Pinot Noir, Unfined and Unfiltered. Very fruity and crisp. Definitely a good holiday wine since it goes well with poultry and lighter meats, expecially since I rarely drink whites. Just make sure you decant it.

And if you're looking for big wines Brunello di Montecino's are great! Really bold without the tannic bite some of the cabernet's have right now.

Damn I'm thirsty. Oh yeah for the beer drinkers. Anyone else try Samiclaus? I just had one and it was a lot sweeter then I imagined. And it wasn't bad. Though it was also 14% alcohol which I didn't realize either.
Posted by Matt on Mon, 12/20/2004 - 11:24pm.
Who makes it? Last week I popped open a 2002 Delirium Noel that was amazing. It was 10% when it was bottled; I have no idea what it was when I drank it.

I've also got 10 or 12 bottles of 2003 Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing and tastings of those in the recent past have been really nice.

The reason the Samiclaus was so sweet is because it has to be. In order to get the alcohol up to 14, you have have a ton of yeasty beasties and they all need food. Where's the food? In the malt.

I found the info on Samichlaus. Swiss dopplebock from Castle Eggenberg brewery. I'd love to get my hands on some, if only for the novelty. Belzebut, a French beer brewed without hops, is also 14%. Comes in 8oz bottles.
Posted by hypoxic on Tue, 12/21/2004 - 11:43am.
Try Cost Plus or Draegars. I've seen it at both.
Sounds to me like
Posted by paul on Mon, 12/20/2004 - 12:55am.
someone heated this guy some sangria and told him that this was traditional mulled wine, and he bought it completely.

Cucumber sammich anyone?
Posted by Monk on Mon, 12/20/2004 - 9:57am.
why - how gauche! The complete lack of self respect one has to have not to know their traditional versus nouveau mulled wine recipes. To even believe that this was not some dastardly prank set about by scofflaws and what I’m sure must be peasants that drink table wine…why – it’s incomprehensible.

I must sit. This wayward comment has taxed my soul. I must be given time to heal – to believe in the goodness of the world again – to trust in the educated connoisseur – to know that everyone in the world is like me, and drinks their mulled wine like me, and thinks like me, and strives to…dare I say…be like me.

So.....it goes under the bay???
'Twas not I
Posted by paul on Wed, 12/22/2004 - 4:56pm.
who started the whole thing about "real mulled wine". My comment was intended to reflect that this guy was trying to come off as an authority on "real mulled wine", and described something so bizarre that I find it highly unlikely that that was an old traditional recipe. I find it irritating when people pose as experts on such things and make such statements, and will often ask them what their source of information is. (I might add that I'm not just referring to wines and the like, but rather in general. For example, you would be amazed at how many people have told me with a straight face that Wicca, as it's practiced now, is an ancient religion handed down through the ages. Apparently they never heard of Gerald Gardiner.)

So I reiterate: twit.
Or they took Gardner at face
Posted by MaeveEnRoute on Mon, 12/27/2004 - 1:49am.
Or they took Gardner at face value when he claimed that Wicca was in fact a family tradition of religious practice handed down in an unbroken lineage from his far-removed ancestors and brought to light by him only to save it.

I'm just sayin'.
I see your cucumber sammich and raise you a scone
Posted by Mori on Mon, 12/20/2004 - 3:56pm.
show me the way.
Posted by Monk on Tue, 12/21/2004 - 9:46am.
go north. Turn Right at Kansas.

So.....it goes under the bay???
Total Directional Fall-out
Posted by Mori on Tue, 12/21/2004 - 5:27pm.
Crap. I'm a girl ... I think I'm lost already. You might as well have told me to take a slight right at an un-named roundabout and then enter the building at the northwesternmost corner. (This actually happened.)
Nonspecific to genes (blue?)
Posted by Jon on Thu, 12/23/2004 - 8:19am.
Don't worry, I'm not sure I get that line either, and I still seem to have all of my requisite male components on me. (Especially since I haven't licked igirly's sister. Let alone met her rl self.)

My best guess is since 90 degrees right from North is East, it's somewhere to the East of Kansas.

If I'm wrong, it would not be the first ass I made of me, I assume.
Posted by Mori on Thu, 12/23/2004 - 3:29pm.
Take that, y'all!

(Do you think you'll get to lick her? Has the invitation of being licked been extended?)

Posted by Monk on Wed, 12/22/2004 - 6:35am.
Can't live with 'em, can't give 'em directions. :)

So.....it goes under the bay???
Boys ....
Posted by Mori on Wed, 12/22/2004 - 4:16pm.
Now I'm wounded. I'm telling my mother on you. She'll get a ride to your house from my father.
Street Theater?
Posted by Michael Burton on Mon, 12/20/2004 - 12:33am.
Steve Martin once did a sketch in which he played a stuffy TV gourmet, giving pointers in gracious dining to all us uncultured oafs. The wine steward asked whether he wanted a red or a white wine, and the character dropped his haughty facade and exclaimed, "It comes in colors?"

I'm guessing that this guy was performing some sort of street theatre, because I like to hope that nobody is actually that stupid.
Wine colors...
Posted by ParU on Sat, 12/25/2004 - 11:58am.
A great line from Herb Caen's column (a legendary SF Columnist) was about a couple from the Bay Area who were visiting friends in Texas and the Waitress said they have two kinds of wine 'Red and White'. So the guy asked for Red and they brought him a glass of Rose. (Which is actually a white wine, though it's pink in color). When he explained to the waitress this fact she exclaimed: Oh you wanted Purple!
Gotta love them red states.
It's Amino world without Chemists
I second daen's 'Gahh'
Posted by Saint on Sun, 12/19/2004 - 8:09pm.
Apparently, real mulled wine is a lot like fruitcake...and about as likely to be enjoyed....
Posted by daen on Sun, 12/19/2004 - 7:46pm.
Maraschino cherries in mulled wine?
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