The Donkey

When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born;

With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devil's walking parody
On all four-footed things.

The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
I keep my secret still.

Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.
(h/t LewRockwell.com


Caliber Confusion???

If you are like me there may be some ammo talk that doesn't seem as clear as it should.  Is a .380 the same as a .38?  Here is an excellent article by Kathy Jackson entitled Caliber Confusion, that may help clear up your....caliber confusion. 


My Review of Rogue Lombard Athletic Shoes - Oxfords (For Men)

Originally submitted at Sierra Trading Post

Closeouts . Rogue's Lombard athletic oxford shoes are the perfect choice for weekday wear... oxford styling is great paired with khakis for the office, and the pure, premium tumbled leather upper easily complements your favorite jeans for weekend errands. Rubber lug pattern outsole has a hobna...

Good Shoes

By Frank the Farmer from Southwest VA on 11/10/2008


4out of 5

Sizing: Feels true to size

Width: Feels true to width

Pros: Comfortable, Breathes Well, Durable, Stable

Best Uses: Casual Wear, Travel

Describe Yourself: Comfort Driven

Excellent Shoes!



The First Homebrew-Part 6

The final step was to label our brew with name of beer and name of brewer.  So a strip of paper was torn and scibbled upon.  The label stated "Townsman Cavendish Ale (Maple)-By Nathaniel and Brant".  Two bottles were delivered to the contest.  As I opened the fridge I was surprised to see the craftsmanship and creativity that went into the different labels.  I would love to say that ours (craftmanship and creativity) was focused on the content in the bottle but I really didn't know that the beer label was for any design purpose other than to differentiate between beers.  I gingerly place it in the fridge and headed over for the festivities of the HSC Reformation Celebration.  We had a great time at the celebration and I was awaiting the verdict of the contest results.  They also had a pie and chili contest.  Unfortunately I had to leave before they announced the results of the various contests.  Well, I received a call that evening that we had won the contest.  I'm humbled and had a lot of fun entering the contest.  I would have loved to have tasted the other entrants brews. The prize was a bobble head Martin Luther and a gift certificate for Inari Wines.  The picture above is the bobble head Luther with my bobble head John Calvin that my good friend Van gave to me last week for my birthday.  It's a fitting picture because Brant is a Luthern and I am a Calvinist. Cheers!
P.S. The name of our ale comes from an aromatic maple tobacco from McClellands Tobacco.  The name of this tobacco is Townsman Cavendish Blue.  Brant and I love to smoke this tobacco in the autumn and thought this ale might be a fitting tribute to a good tobacco.


The First Homebrew-Part 5

The suspense has been killing us.  It was time to evaluate the final product of our maple ale.
Brant and I chilled two bottles and then opened them.  There was a nice hiss upon opening and when poured showed nice head.  The aromas were good and its color was dark.  The taste was off dry and only slightly sweet.  There was an essence of maple in the brew but I would have preferred a more pronounced maple flavor.  Overall, I felt it was a pretty good beer and I was glad it turned out well. My beautiful bride told me that had I brought this home from a specialty beer store she thought it would be worth getting again. 
RC Sproul Jr. has been the reigning champ at the annual Highlands Study Center homebrew contest and we hoped to dethrone him.  Unfortunately he is chief judge this year and will not be competing.  He did point out to me that the beauty of the situation was one where he could not lose and I would not have to compete against his award winning brews.  We'll see how it goes and I can only hope that the chief judge has excellent taste in brew...


The First Homebrew-Part 4

Last week Brant and I spent about an hour bottling the homebrew.  It tasted pretty sweet to me.  We had just added the priming sugar so I am sure that made it sweeter.  I am really looking forward to giving it a try and hope it carbonates well.  I am also hoping that the carbonation will balance out some of the sweetness.  Here are a few pictures from the bottling session.


Richmond Pipe Show-October 3-5, 2008

The Conclave of Richmond Pipe Smokers is having their annual pipe show in October (3rd-5th) in Richmond, VA.  Brant and I have planned on attending since we have moved away from California. 
Here was the conversation last weekend:
Me:  You know the Richmond pipe show is about a month away.
Brant:  Yeah that's right, I better start hitting the ATM.
Me:  You bet, cause you know you can only pull out $300 a day and there is not much time left.

They say that you will be able to smoke there (this is getting rarer and rarer).  I always enjoy meeting other pipe smokers, looking at the beautiful pipes and smoking wonderful tobacco.  I hope to see you there.