Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Glenlivet Nadurra - 16 Year Old

I have almost everything I desire so when people ask what they can give me for Father's Day, Birthdays or Christmas I tell them scotch whiskey. As a result I have a nice collection of single malts that I don't sample nearly often enough.

The other day I went looking in the pantry and I found this whiskey by Glenlivet. Nadurra is Gaelic for "natural". It is batch produced at cask strength and is not filtered. Therefore, it may get cloudy when cold or poured over ice. I prefer it as God intended, straight out of the bottle at room temperature so this is not an concern for me. It is aged in casks that previously were used for bourbon.

Here are the tasting notes that Glenlivet puts out:

Color: Pale gold
Nose: Fresh, intense and fragrant
Palate: Crisp, with hints of peach and vanilla
Finish: Long and dry with licorice tang

I would agree with those except that I can't discern the peach, vanilla or licorice they describe. It is, however, a very smooth drink.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

This Week in Oil and Gas History

May 1, 1860

The oil industry of (West) Virginia began with a well drilled to 303 feet and producing 100 barrels per day. It was drilled near Burning Springs, so named because of the natural gas seeps in the area. Wirt County, where the lease was located, became part of a new Union state in 1862. The oil field was attacked and destroyed by Confederate troops in 1863.

May 1, 1916

The Sinclair Oil and Refining Company was formed. They used an Apatosaurus as their logo. It was featured in their exhibits in the 1934 and 1964 World's fairs.

May 1, 1931

The Texas Railroad Commission moves to limit production from the East Texas oilfield in an effort to shore up the price of oil which was as low as $0.10 per barrel. The East Texas field was one of the United States largest and has produced 5 Billion barrels to date.

During WW II, the then largest pipeline (24" diameter) in the country was built to the east coast to carry oil to refiners there. It had become too dangerous to ship oil on the seas.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Rough Weather

We had some rough weather today. Local station WGNO captured video of some rail cars being blown off the tracks. This was the East side of the Huey P Long Bridge.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Paris in 3 Minutes

Paris in 3 Minutes - Hyperlapse Experimentation from Maxime Gaudet on Vimeo.

Go to full screes for the best view.

Louisiana Taste Test

What do Californians think of Louisiana cuisine?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Naval Traditions

I copied this from yesterday's Captain's Corner Facebook page for the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) currently headed home after being deployed in the Arabian Gulf. During their 6 month deployment, they flew 2,383 combat missions and dropped 869 precision guided bombs on ISIS.
Today we dipped across the chaotic waters of the equator and paid homage to the Sovereign Ruler of the Raging Main, King Neptunus Rex and his official emissary Davey Jones. Davey paid us a visit last night informing us that we would need to heave to and rid ourselves of the slime of the seas, and I invited him to stay for a talent show so that he could pick a suitable offering for his Royal Highness, King Neptunus Rex. We had a slightly talented Pollywog, "Beat-Box Spongebob square-pants" that won the talent show and earned a spot on the royal court during today's proceedings.
When the day was over, we had rid our ship of the Pollywog infestation. All told, more than 2,900 Pollywog landlubbers had been taken into the realm of the deep and earned the title of Trusty Shellback. It was a wonderful tradition with many laughs and great camaraderie. The groups of Pollywogs provided much entertainment, and their Trusty Shellbacks ensured fun was had throughout the entire event.
It's good to see that some traditions are still in vogue although I'm sure that the activities are much more politically correct than in Dad's day. 

Thank you, sailors of the Vinson and her task force. 

This Week in Oil and Gas History

April 25, 1865

A patent was issued to Civil War veteran Col.Edwin Roberts for an explosive device used for fracturing oil bearing formations in wells to improve flow. In order to avoid his fees, some oilmen hired unlicensed practitioners who used their own devices, usually at night. This is how the term "moonlighting" came into the lexicon.

April 20, 1892

Los Angeles oil field discovered. A well drilled between two tar pits located near the current Dodger Stadium, yielded 25 barrels per day. By 1897 there were 500 wells pumping oil. By 1925, California was producing half of the worlds oil supply. Hard to imagine that today.

April 24, 1911

Magnolia Oil Company was founded in Texas. This is personally interesting because Magnolia became the Mobil Oil Corporation - my employer for almost 20 years. The company was headquartered in the Magnolia Building in Dallas in 1934. The building was topped with their iconic logo of a red Pegasus which became a local landmark and even was an aid to aviation.

April 20, 2010

Deepwater Horizon blowout. We all know what happened there.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

This Week in Oil and Gas History

April 14, 1865

John Wilkes Booth shoots President Lincoln. Why is this related to the oil field, you ask? We know that Booth was a well known actor but what isn't well known is that he took his substantial earnings from acting and invested them in an oil well in Pennsylvania. He bought a 3.5 acre lease near Franklin, Pa and formed the Dramatic Oil Company in 1864. His first well produced about 25 barrels per day. His mistake was attempting an early form of fracking called "shooting" where explosives were dropped into the well and detonated. Unfortunately for Booth, his shooting destroyed the well. He lost his money in his oil venture.

Irony, however, knows no bounds. About two months after he caught and killed for the assassination of Lincoln, a well was drilled near his lease that came in at 500 barrels per day.

April 19, 1897

The Duryea brothers present the first commercially available motorcar powered by gasoline. A total of 13 were produced. Environmentalists protest. Global temperature increases several degrees.

It took a while for gasoline to catch on. Three years later, most automobiles were powered by either steam or electricity.

April 13, 1974

The worlds deepest oil well was drilled in Oklahoma. The Bertha Rogers #1 was drilled for gas to a depth of 31,441 feet. It took 504 days to drill and held the record until 2004.

Friday, April 10, 2015


Somehow the date passed with no mention about its significance from any news network or blogger. Yesterday, April 9, was the 150th anniversary of Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox.

Could it be that concerns about race relations and political correctness prevented remembrance of this event in the nation's history?


.. When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.

.. A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

.. When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, U.C.L.A.

.. The batteries were given out free of charge.

.. A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.

.. A will is a dead giveaway.

.. With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

.. A boiled egg is hard to beat.

.. When you've seen one shopping center you've seen a mall.

.. Police were summoned to a daycare center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.

.. Did you hear about the fellow whose entire left side was cut off? He's all right now.

.. A bicycle can't stand alone; it's just two tired.

.. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.

.. The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.

.. He had a photographic memory which was never developed.

.. When she saw her first strands of grey hair she thought she'd dye.

.. Acupuncture is a jab well done. That's the point of it.
.. Those who get too big for their pants will be totally exposed in the end

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

California Leads the Way

Never mind that the California drought is caused by a mindless adherence to the protection of an obscure species that prevents the state from using water resources. Never mind that the NIMBY attitude prevailing in that state prevented the construction of reservoirs that could collect water for use during dry periods. Never mind that the major user of water in the state is agriculture and personal water use amounts to but a drop in the bucket of the total water use.

Never mind all that because the state is determined to control the population by instituting water rationing and is bending technology in the form of smart meters to inform on scofflaws. Hollywood showers are a thing of the past in Hollywood. Your water use will be monitored and you will be punished if you do not comply.

Monday, April 6, 2015

This Week in Oil and Gas History

April 18, 1866

James and Amos Densmore patented a method to transport oil by rail. They built two vertical tanks (wooden) on a flat car. This became a more efective method of transporting oil than in individual barrels.

Amos also has a connection to something else you use every day, In 1875 he helped to re-arrange the typewiter keyboard into the now familiar "QWERTY" arrangement that prevented commonly used keys from jamming each other.

April 7, 1902

Texas Company formed. One of the few companies that became successful out of the Spindletop oil boom. It later became known by the telegraph address of it's New York office - TEXACO.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Street Seen

I'm waiting at the trolly stop at 0615 when I see a couple of young men walking up St. Charles Ave. They appear to be gay. One is wearing a sleeveless T Shirt. He is holding a leash that is attached to his companion. (WTF?!) They stroll up the street and then T Shirt ties the leash (and his companion) to the handrail at Emeril's Delmonico restaurant. He then swishes across the street and asks me if I smoke. When I replied in the negative, he swished back, unhooked his companion and strolled off towards Lee Circle.

As the old saying goes. "The things you see when you don't have a gun." But, it is New Orleans, after all.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Head Count

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continued making space in their penal system by beheading 17 murderers, rapists and druggies.Their three month total now stands at 52 heads. Looks like the new king is trying to make a name for himself.