Friday, January 12, 2018

Happy Birthday Murphy

Jan 11 is the 100th birthday of Edward A Murphy, Jr., the man credited with originating Murphy's Law. The Law was first stated during high speed sled tests at Muroc, California in 1949. The actual Law states, "If there are two or more ways of doing something, and one of those can result in a catastrophe, someone will do it." Murphy had been frustrated with a technician who wired a strain gauge wrong and said that if there was a wrong way to do something, he will. If you want to learn more about Murphy's Law, go here.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Book Review - The Wanted

Robert Crais seems to be on a 2 to 3 year schedule between new releases but when he does release one it is worth the wait.

Elvis has been hired by a single mother to check into her sons activities. He's been flashing a lot of cash and she is concerned that he is dealing drugs. Elvis finds that he is part of a home robbery crew that targets rich peoples homes and that the police are looking for them. Elvis is trying to arrange his surrender when he discovers that the crew has stolen a laptop that someone wants back and they are willing to kill for it. His job then shifts to protection and trying to find the killers before they strike.

As with most of his books this one is hard to put down.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Head Count

Saudi Arabia ended the year with 10 be-headings. This brings their 2017 total to 133. and with the New Year the count begins again.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Christmas Traditions

With our extended family getting so large, we have had to develop systems to spread Christmas visits. For example, we have the 3 grandsons over to our house on the eve of Christmas Eve for an overnighter and present opening on the 24th. Even though they are all teenagers now and one is in college, they still look forward to this tradition. Our TV playlist always includes "Die Hard", because Christmas does not start until Hans Gruber drops. This year we added an educational show and watched the origin of Festivus by watching Seinfeld. (I've had a Festivus Pole for several years and they expect me to put it up in the foyer) If you want to learn about Festivus, go to Seinfeld, Season 9, Episode 10, "The Strike".

I hope your Christmas brought you as many laughs as we had.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

The 12 Yats of Christmas

This is a traditional New Orleans Christmas Song. A "Yat" is someone born in New Orleans. The etymology of the word comes from the traditional greeting, "Where y'at?"

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Ardbeg Kelpie

This is another whiskey from Ardbeg on Islay. Ardbeg was founded in 1815. They were bought by Hiram Walker in 1977 but closed in 1981. Hiram Walker was bought by Allied Lyons in 1987 and production resumed for use in blending only to close again in 1991. They were sold to Glenmorangie in 1997 and then were named distillery of the year in 1998. In 2005 they were established in the House of Glenmorangie as part of LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy).

This whiskey in named for a mythical sea monster and is one of seven offerings.

Color: Pale amber
Nose: Strongly peaty
Palate: Peppery
Finish: Very long. The unique taste lingers.

Coming from Islay, it is strong in peat and seaweed. This may not be a whiskey for everyone but it is unique and worth a try.