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The “Month” In Beer: March to May
posted on Jun 4 2012

Since I’ve skipped the last three months, this is March through May.

*New beers I’ve falled in love with are noted with.
**Beers I’m simply forever, hopelessly in love with.

*8-Bit Pale Ale by Tallgrass Brewing Company
**90 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Anchor Steam Beer by Anchor Brewing Company
Aprihop by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Ayinger Bräu-Weisse by Brauerei Aying Franz Inselkammer
Battlefield IPA by Avondale Brewing Co.
Birra Moretti by Birra Moretti
Blue by SweetWater Brewing Company
Brutal IPA by Rogue Ales
Budweiser by Anheuser-Busch
Bug Light by by Anheuser-Busch
Centennial IPA by Founders Brewing Company
Coffee Oatmeal Stout by Good People Brewing Company
Coors Light by Coors Brewing Company
Fatso by Good People Brewing Company
Freckle Belly IPA by Back Forty Beer Company
Good People Brown Ale by Good People Brewing Company
Good People IPA by Good People Brewing Company
Hefe-Weißbier Naturtrüb by Paulaner Brauerei
Heineken by Heineken
**Hitchhiker by Good People Brewing Company
Hop Head Red by Green Flash Brewing Co.
Imperial India Pale Ale by Green Flash Brewing Co.
India Pale Ale by Avery Brewing Company
*Indian Summer by Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Long Hammer IPA by Redhook Ale Brewery
Milk Stout by Left Hand Brewing Company
Miller High Life by Miller Brewing Company
Miller Lite by Miller Brewing Company
*Miss Fancy’s Trippel by Avondale Brewing Co.
My Antonia by Birra del Borgo
NOLA Blonde by NOLA Brewing
Pabst Blue Ribbon by Pabst Brewing Company
Pale Ale by Boulevard Brewing Co.
Pale Ale by Diamond Bear Brewing Co.
Pale Ale by Good People Brewing Company
Pale Ale by Kind Beers Distributing
Pale Ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Pilsner Urquell by Plzensky Prazdroj
Red Mountain IPA by Avondale Brewing Co.
Red Stripe Jamaican Lager by Desnoes & Geddes Ltd
Reissdorf Kölsch by Privat-Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
Road Trip by SweetWater Brewing Company
Samuel Adams Boston Lager by Boston Beer Company
Simpler Times Lager by Minhas Craft Brewery
Single-Wide IPA by Boulevard Brewing Co.
**Snake Handler Double IPA by Good People Brewing Company
Sol by Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma
Southern Pecan by Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Special Double Cream Stout by Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
Spring Street Saison Ale by Avondale Brewing Co.
Stella Artois by Stella Artois
Streetcar Kölsch by Avondale Brewing Co.
Solstice by Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Tecate by Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma
Vanillaphant Porter by Avondale Brewing Co.
Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen by Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Unfiltered Wheat by Boulevard Brewing Co.

Beers of February
posted on Mar 20 2012

A little late, but here nonetheless. I use the Untappd app for iPhone to track what I drink, simply for my own knowledge sake.

28 overall but, my goodness, the quality within the quantity was the Hopslam by Bell’s. If you’ve ever had Hopslam this doesn’t surprise you in the least.

90 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Anchor Steam Beer by Anchor Brewing Company
Ayinger Bräu-Weisse by Brauerei Aying Franz Inselkammer
Birra Moretti by Birra Moretti
Bud Light by Anheuser-Busch
Coffee Oatmeal Stout by Good People Brewing Company
Grolsch Premium Lager byGrolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
Heineken by Heineken B.V.
Hop Stoopid by Lagunitas Brewing Company
Hopslam Ale by Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
Hoss by Great Divide Brewing Company
IPA by Lagunitas Brewing Company
IPA by Southern Tier Brewing Company
Kudzu Porter by Back Forty Beer Company
LA 31 Grenade by Bayou Teche Brewing
Miller High Life by Miller Brewing Company
Miss Fancy’s Trippel by Avondale Brewing Co.
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) by Pabst Brewing Company
Pacifico Clara by Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Pale Ale by Boulevard Brewing Co.
Pale Ale by Kind Beers
Pilsner Urquell by Plzensky Prazdroj
Samuel Adams Boston Lager byBoston Beer Company
Snake Handler Double IPA byGood People Brewing Company
Stella Artois by Stella Artois (ABInBev)
Streetcar Kölsch by Avondale Brewing Co.
Unfiltered Wheat by Boulevard Brewing Co.
Vanillaphant Porter by Avondale Brewing Co.

Beers of January 2012
posted on Feb 8 2012

I’ve decided to continue my now twice run “Year In Beer” in which I simply list the beers I consumed in past year [see: 2011 and 2010] but will now break it down by month as opposed to one giant, year end pile with minimal annotations.

Snake Handler Double IPA by Good People Brewing Company here in beautiful Birmingham finally debuted in cans this month. The launch event was a blast, and this staple in my monthly beverage consumption can now be enjoyed while watching TV at my house. That makes me happy.

Also, I was quite taken aback by Miss Fancy’s Trippel by Avondale Brewing Company (also another Birmingham brewery) which topped out at 10% ABV (yikes) and is gracing the taps at Avondale’s incredible tap room.

In all, 36 beers consumed in January 2012, about half of which I’d never had before.

If you have any questions, feel free to post in the comment section below. I keep track of the beers using Untappd.

*A new favorite.
**Nice, cheap beer I’ve never had before. Purchased at Trader Joe’s in Atlanta.
^Don’t judge me.

60 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
90 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Big Hoppa IPA by Big Al Brewing
Brown Ale by Good People Brewing Company
Brutal IPA by Rogue Ales
^Bud Light by Anheuser-Busch
Coffee Oatmeal Stout by Good People Brewing Company
Duvel by Duvel Moortgat
Fatso by Good People Brewing Company
Guinness Draught (Stout) by Guinness Ltd.
Hardcore IPA by BrewDog
Heineken Premium Light by Heineken B.V.
Heineken by Heineken B.V.
Hog Heaven Barleywine by Avery Brewing Company at The J. Clyde
*Hopslam Ale by Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
Hoss by Great Divide Brewing Company
IPA by Good People Brewing Company
IPA by Lagunitas Brewing Company
IPA by Lakefront Brewery
IPA by Southern Tier Brewing Company
Kudzu Porter by Back Forty Beer Company
LA 31 Grenade by Bayou Teche Brewing
Mama’s Little Yella Pils by Oskar Blues Brewery
Miller High Life by Miller Brewing Company
*Miss Fancy’s Trippel by Avondale Brewing Co.
Old Chub by Oskar Blues Brewery
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) by Pabst Brewing Company
Pacifico Clara by Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Pale Ale by Full Sail Brewing Company
Pugsley Signature Series: XXXX IPA by Shipyard Brewing Co.
Ranger IPA by New Belgium Brewing Company
Ruination IPA by Stone Brewing Co.
Samuel Adams Boston Lager byB oston Beer Company
**Simpler Times Lager by Minhas Craft Brewery*
Snake Handler Double IPA by Good People Brewing Company
Spaten Münchner Hell / Premium Lager by Spaten-Löwenbräu-Gruppe

Year In Beer, 2011: 146 Different Brews Consumed
posted on Jan 3 2012

The second edition of last year’s new annual feature is here, and I somehow managed to try less beers in 2011 than I did in 2010.

How it works: I keep track of the different beers I drink through a iPhone app called Untappd. It’s free, and it does a good job.

Most notabale are the obvious lack on Pacific Northwest beers (miss u Seattle) but an abundance of Southern beers and European beers due to both our move to Birmingham and our 9-day Euro jaunt.

*Denotes a favorite.
+Denotes the most interesting beers of the year.

Abita Amber
Abita Purple Haze
Amstel Light
Anderson Valley Hop Ottin’ IPA
Avery 18th Rye Saison
Avondale Brewing Battlefield IPA
Avondale Brewing Belgian Pumpkin
Avondale Brewing Spring Street Saison Ale
Back Forty Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale
Bayou Teche LA 31 Bière Pâle
Bear Republic Racer 5 India Pale Ale (IPA)
Bell’s Batch 10,000
Bell’s Deb Red Ale
Bell’s Winter White Ale
Big Al Harvest Ale
Big Al IPA
Big Al Pale Ale
Bitburger Premium Pils
Blue Moon Belgian White
Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale
Boulevard Nutcracker Ale
Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
Boulevard Wheat
Brooklyn Lager
Brugge Tripel
Brugs Tarwebier
Bud Light
Budweiser Select
Carta Blanca
Centennial IPA
Choc Last Laugh
Choc Spring IPA
Cigar City Jai Alai IPA
Coors Light
Copper Bell Light Beer
Corona Light
Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale
Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
Good People Belgian IPA (cask)
Good People Brett IPA
Good People Hitchhiker IPA
Good People IPA
Good People Mumbai Rye*
Good People Pale Ale
Good People Snake Handler Double IPA*
Good People Tornado IPA
Great Divide 17th Wood Aged IPA
Great Divide Chocolate Yeti (cask)+
Green Man IPA
Grimbergen Blonde
Heavy Seas Red Sky at Night
Heineken Light
Highland Gaelic Ale
Highland Kashmir IPA
Highland St. Terese’s Pale Ale
Holy Mackerel Special Golden Ale
Hopsicle IPA (cask)
Innis & Gunn Highland Cask
Jever Pilsner
Karbach Hopadillo IPA
Karbach Yule Shoot Your Eye Out*
Killian’s Irish Red
Kronenbourg 1664*
La Chouffe
Lazy Magnolia Jefferson Stout
Lazy Magnolia Southern Gold
Leavenworth Whistling Pig Hefeweizen
Left Hand Sawtooth Ale
London Pride
Lone Star Beer
Lone Star Light
Magic Hat #9
Magic Hat Wacko Summer Ale
Michigan Brewing Company High Seas IPA
Miller High Life*
Miller Lite
Moylan’s Hopsickle Triple IPA
Moylan’s IPA (cask)
NOLA Blonde
O’Fallon Pumpkin Beer
Ommegang Three Philosophers
Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Palmetto Amber
Pisgah Pale Ale
Red Brick Blonde
Red Stripe
Redhook Longhammer IPA
Rogue Ales Dead Guy Ale
Rogue Belgian Golden Ale
Rogue Brutal Bitter*
Rogue Dad’s Little Helper Black IPA
Rogue Juniper Pale Ale
Rogue Mom Hefeweizen
Rogue Yellow Snow IPA
Saint Arnold Brewing Amber Ale
Saint Arnold Brewing Christmas Ale
Sam Adams 48* Latitiude IPA
Samuel Adams Boston Ale
Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Samuel Adams Octoberfest
Samuel Adams Summer Ale
Saporo Light
Shiner Bock
Shiner Hefeweizen
Shiner Oktoberfest
Shmalz Brewing Coney Island Lager
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale (2011)
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
Smithwicks Irish Red Ale
Spaten Lager
Sprecher Double IPA
Straight To Ale Monkeynaut IPA
Straight To Ale Stop Work 689 Kolsch
SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale
SweetWater IPA
SweetWater Motor Boat Ale
Tallgrass IPA
Terrapin Hopsecutioner IPA
Terrapin Rye Squared DIPA
Thomas Creek Banana Split Chocolate Stout+
Thomas Creek Brewery Oktoberfest
Thomas Creek Class 5
Trappist Witte (Wieckse?)
Vedett Extra Blond
Warsteiner Premium Verum
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
Widmer Hefeweizen
Wieckse Witte
Yazoo Brewing Fresh Hop IPA
Yellowhammer Miracle Worker Tripel
Yellowhammer Saison de Le Chasse
Yuengling Lager

The short ‘2011 Year In Review’
posted on Dec 31 2011

  • Bought our first house. (Luv u Homewood.)
  • Southern Miss with it’s greatest season ever, and one of it’s greatest victories ever.
  • New job, and one that’s pretty much perfect.
  • Trip to Europe, introducing Chelsea to Amsterdam’s FEBO, drinking Belgium’s beer in Brugges and Brussels, climbing the Belfry, and slamming some macaroons like a boss at Lenôtre in Paris.
  • Cruise with bros and their wives to Nassau, The Bahamas.
  • Trips to the Orange Beach. There were many, and they were fun.
  • Time with friends, because being out of your everyday lives for 4 years was painful. Being back in your everyday lives (especially at this stage) is joyful.
  • Time with family, because it’s more necessary than ever.

  • Amazon’s list of The Best Christmas Movies of the 80’s is pretty much the best
    posted on Dec 11 2011

    Here’s the list. To say it leaves out a few is an understatement... but it’s a start nonetheless.

    The trailer to one of my favorite is below.

    The most pirated movies of all time
    posted on Oct 16 2011

    1. Avatar (21 million downloads)
    2. The Dark Knight (19 million downloads)
    3. Transformers (19 million downloads)
    4. Inception (18 million downloads)
    5. The Hangover (17 million downloads)
    6. Star Trek (16 million downloads)
    7. Kick-Ass (15 million downloads)
    8. The Departed (14 million downloads)
    9. The Incredible Hulk (14 million downloads)
    10. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (14 million downloads)

    [via Gizmodo]

    The random Quora links
    posted on Jan 31 2011

    Any of you TechCrunch readers are as tired as I am for having to read about Quora every other post. I love Quora, but talking about Quora and talking about content on Quora are two completely different things.

  • Why is Seattle famous for coffee?
  • What was it like working in NYC’s Silicon Alley a decade ago?
  • How can I know if my web startup idea is worth launching?
  • How do you run a great meeting?
  • What to do when your answer is marked as “Not Helpful.”
  • Has anyone on Quora found business partners or partnerships?
  • How do you meet other technical people interested in starting a company?
  • Is freemium a valid model only for apps with a strong network effect?
  • Who are the most active members of Quora?
  • Why is Quora so addictive?

  • Year In Beer, 2010
    posted on Jan 17 2011

    Growing up, the thought of drinking never seemed appealing to me. I didn’t have alcohol until I was 22, and even then I rarely had more than three drinks of any kind over the course of a year.

    When I moved to Seattle I worked for a company where the average age on an employee was 28. We weren’t paid as competitively as we should have been, though to make up for it, mild mannered happy hours on the company’s dime were a regular event. It was through these happy hours that I finally forced myself to move past the Bud Light.

    People always say that “beer is an acquired taste”. It’s so, so true. Beer is a taste that, in all honesty, is at first unbearable. Then one day something clicks. You not only like it, you love it. You begin to notice even the most subtle differences between to seemingly identical beers. The fact that Seattle is one of America’s beer hubs only fueled the newfound love.

    In May I decided to keep track of the beers I tried. Below is the list containing those beers. By my estimation, 174 overall between May and December.

    I’m sure there are multiple errors on this list (both in grammar and in noting the correct brewer and/or beer name). Feel free to recommend corrections by commenting on the post.

    *Denotes personal favorites.
    +Denotes disgusting beer.

    21st Amendment Brewery Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer+
    Abita Brewing Co. Turbodog
    Alameda Klickitat Pale Ale
    Alaskan Winter Ale
    Anchor Steam Ale
    Anchor Steam Summer Ale
    Arrogant Bastard Ale
    Avery duganA IPA (Cask – Centenial Hops)
    Avery duganA IPA (Cask – Chinook Hops)
    Ayinger Hefeweizen
    Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen
    Bass Pale Ale
    Bayern Pilsner
    Bear Republic Brewery Racer 5 IPA*
    Bell’s Brewery Pale Ale
    Big Sky Brewing Company Scotch Ale
    Big Sky Brewing Company Trout Slayer Pale Ale
    Bitburger Pils*
    Black Star Brewing Going To The Sun IPA
    Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager
    Blackfoot Organic Pale Ale
    Boddingtons Pub Ale
    Boulevard Single-Wide IPA
    Boundary Bay IPA*
    Boundary Bay Scotch
    Bridgeport Brewing Ebenezer Ale
    Bridgeport Brewing Hop Harvest
    Bridgeport Brewing IPA
    Bud Light
    Carlsberg Pilsner
    Coors Banquet
    Coors Light
    Deschutes Big Rig Bitter
    Deschutes Black Butte Porter
    Deschutes Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale
    Deschutes Inversion IPA*
    Deschutes Jubilation Winter Ale
    Deschutes Twilight Ale
    Diamond Knot Ho Ho
    Diamond Knot IPA*
    Dick’s IPA*
    Dixie Beer
    Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
    Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA*
    Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale
    Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron
    Dogfish Head Raison D’être
    Elysian Brewing Company Bifrost Winter Ale
    Elysian Brewing Company Jasminel IPA
    Elysian Brewing Company Men’s Room Red Ale*
    Elysian Brewing Company The Immortal IPA*
    Emerald City Dottie Lager
    Erdinger Double Wisse
    Firestone Double Barrel Ale
    Franziskaner Weissbier
    Full Sail Brewing Session Lager
    Full Sail IPA
    Full Sail Pale Ale
    Full Sail Wreck The Halls IPA
    Georgetown Brewing Company Lucille IPA
    Georgetown Brewing Company Manny’s Pale Ale*
    Georgetown Brewing Company Roger’s Pilsner
    Good People Brewing Company Snake Handler Double IPA
    Goose Island Beer Company 312 Urban Wheat Ale
    Great Northern Brewing Co. Big Fog ESB
    Great Northern Brewing Co. Buckin’ Horse Pilsner
    Great Northern Brewing Co. Fred’s Black Lager
    Great Northern Brewing Co. Wheatfish Wheat Lager
    Great Northern Brewing Co. Wild Huckleberry Wheat
    Great Northern Huckleberry Wheat
    Green Lakes Organic Amber Ale*
    Grolsch Lager
    Hacker-Pschorr Alt Munich Dunkel
    Hacker-Pschorr Weisse
    Hale’s O’Brien’s Harvest Ale
    Hale’s Supergoose Double IPA*
    High 5 Hefeweizen
    Hofbrau Hefeweizen
    Howell Brewing Back Row Baptist IPA*
    Kettle House Cold Smoke Scotch Ale
    Kona Brewing Company Longboard Larger
    Kona Brewing Company Pale Ale
    Lagunitas Brewing Company IPA*
    Lazy Boy Brewing IPA*
    Lazy Boy Brewing Mistletoe Bliss
    Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company Reb Ale
    Leavenworth Oktoberfest
    Leinenkugels Hefeweizen
    Mac & Jack’s Brewery African Amber*
    Mac & Jack’s Brewery Serengeti Wheat*
    Mac & Jack’s Brewery Two Tun IPA
    Maisel’s Weisse
    Maisels Weisse Dunkel*
    Maritime Pacific Brewing Company Imperial IPA*
    Maritime Pacific Brewing Company Old Seattle Lager*
    Maritime Pacific Brewing Company Pilsner
    Maritime Pacific Brewing Company Red Amber
    Miller Light
    Modelo Especial
    Montana Breweries Highlander Premium
    Nectar Ales Red Nectar
    New Belgium Brewing Fat Tire
    New Belgium Brewing IPA
    Ninkasi Brewing Company Believer Double Red Ale
    Ninkasi Brewing Company Oatis Oatmeal Stout
    Ninkasi Brewing Company Radiant Ale
    Ninkasi Brewing Company Sleigh’r Dark Doüble Alt Ale
    Ninkasi Brewing Company Spring Reign Ale
    Ninkasi Brewing Company Total Crystal Ale
    Ninkasi Brewing Company Total Domination IPA*
    Ninkasi Brewing Company Tricerahops IPA*
    Odin Brewing Company Kolsch
    Odin Brewing Company Pilsner
    Odin Brewing Company Smoky Bacon Ale+
    Okanagan Spring Pale Ale
    Pabst Blue Ribbon
    Pack-String Porter
    Paulaner Oktoberfest*
    Pike Brewing Company Double IPA
    Pilsner Urquell
    Pinkus Organic Hefe-Weizen
    Pyramid Breweries Hefeweizen
    Red Stripe Lager
    Redhook ESB
    Reissdorf Kölsch
    Rogue Brewery Portland State IPA*
    Rogue Brewery White Frog Ale
    Rogue Brewery Captain Sig’s Deadliest Ale
    Rogue Brewery Dead Guy Ale
    Rogue Brewery Double Mocha Porter
    Rogue Brewery Hazelnut Brown Nectar
    Rogue Brewery Honey Orange Wheat
    Rogue Brewery XS Imperial Red
    Rogue Brewery Dry Hop Red Ale
    Rogue Brewery Mom Heffe*
    Sam Adams Lager
    Sam Adams Light
    Sam Adams Summer Ale
    Schneider Weisse
    Schooner Exact Brewing Company 3 Grid IPA
    Scuttlebutt Brewing Company Black Pilsner
    Scuttlebutt Brewing Company Tripel 7 Belgian*
    Shmaltz Brewing Company Coney Island Lager*
    Sierra Nevada Brewers Reserve
    Sierra Nevada Brown Ale
    Sierra Nevada Harvest
    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    Sierra Nevada Summertime Ale
    Spaten Lager*
    Spaten Oktoberfest*
    Spaten Optimator*
    Spaten Pils*
    Stella Artois
    Stone Brewing Company Arrogant Bastard Ale
    Sweetwater Brewing Company IPA
    Tamarack Brewing Company Yard Sale Ale
    Tommyknocker Pick Axe Pale Ale*
    Trumer Pils
    Two Beers Brewing Co. Fresh Hop IPA
    Two Beers Brewing Co. Persnickety Pale Ale
    Urban Brewery Honey Lager
    Urban Brewery Hopworks IPA
    Veltins Pilsner*
    Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
    Wernesgrüner Pils
    Widmer Brothers Drifter Pale Ale
    Yaletown Brewing Co. Brick and Beam IPA
    Yaletown Brewing Co. UFG Pilsner

    Year In Review
    posted on Dec 29 2010

    Some blogs produce long, detailed, drawn-out posts at the end of the year. They link to multiple blog posts and photos, highlighting their favorite moments in what certainly becomes a digital public record. And you know what? Nobody reads them.

    Here’s my year in review:

  • Attended the Winter Olympics.
  • Enjoyed countless Mariner and Sounder games.
  • Drank new coffee and beer.
  • Consumed entirely too much Thai food.
  • Weekend trips to Portland, Vancouver, and Olympic National Park.
  • Fly fishing in Montana.
  • Moved across the country.
  • Started a career with a new, cutting edge company.
  • The Southern Miss Football season that could have been.

  • Some of my favorite Christmas albums
    posted on Dec 11 2010

    I’s hard to rank them. There’s too many albums, and too little time.

  • Mannheim Steamroller – A Fresh Aire Christmas
  • Amy Grant – A Christmas Album
  • Bing Crosby – Christmas Classics
  • Mannheim Steamroller – Christmas
  • Mannheim Steamroller – Christmas Extraordinaire
  • Michael W. Smith – It’s A Wonderful Christmas
  • Boyz II Men – Christmas Interpretations
  • Kenny G – The Holiday Album
  • Sarah McLachlan – Wintersong
  • Jim Brickman – Christmas Piano

  • ‘Christmas Every Day’ Annual Poll: What are your Top 7 favorite Christmas Movies?
    posted on Dec 4 2010

    Vote here.

    Voting ends December 22.

    Three things I’m reminded of every time I visit the South.
    posted on Sep 15 2010

    Being 2,500 miles from home it’s difficult to get back to the South as much as I would like. This past weekend I dropped below the Mason-Dixon line for the first time since Christmas. In 2009, it was 10 months between trips to Mississippi and Alabama.

    Being away for this amount of time makes for quite the memory-jogging session once we hit the tarmac. On our most recent trip I wrote down things that “stood out” as they happened. My top 3 are as follows:

    1. Parking spots are huge. A blind man driving a semitrailer can effortlessly park in any space without fear of so much as a nicking of others’ doors. It’s heaven, and a luxury that larger, non-Southern cities aren’t afforded. In our first apartment in Seattle, Chelsea and I had a compact, tandem spot… as in literally bumper to bumper, door to door. It took the accuracy of a sniper to park, much less to enter and exit the vehicles. By month number two both Chelsea and I were trained assassins. Being in the South is like a vacation for my automotive habits.
    2. People can still smoke indoors. This is where I’ll be openly judgmental. Allowing smoking indoors is senseless and makes every participating municipality to look quite foolish. Whether you’re a smoker or not, most of us loathe the covered-in-soot feeling we get after leaving a restaurant with a smoking section. And guess what… there’s no actual division between the two. No divider. No wall. Nothing. Change your ways, Desoto County. (You too, Jasper, AL.)
    3. Chinese & Mexican food is on every corner. Not a bad thing. One can never have too much General Tso’s chicken chicken or fresh salsa. I just wonder how some of them stay in business. The strip mall next to our hotel had three (three!) Asian cuisine options of the seven storefronts.

    My (ongoing) list on unanswered Lost questions
    posted on May 25 2010

    Now that Lost is over, I’m starting a list of all the questions I wanted to be answered, whose answer I may have missed, or wasn’t answered altogether by the show.

    Don’t mistake this for poutintg of any sort. Simply a way of coping with the loss of my favoorite show.

    The Man In Black
    What was his name?
    Why did he take the form of smoke?
    What did the smoke symbolize?

    The Island
    Once the Smoke Monster was dead, what was the purpose of the Island?

    Where’s Jacob now?
    Since he’s dead, did he (does he) pass through The Light as well?

    This List Makes Almost No Sense to Me
    posted on Oct 8 2009

    Best Sports Cities

    Why is Nashville at #11? They have a football team and a hockey team (that was on the verge of leaving town 1 year ago). Why is Atlanta behind Nashville? Atalanta has all 4 major sports represented (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL) plus, it’s home to Top 25 Georgia Tech, not to mention one of NASCAR’s most popular speedways.

    52. Seattle
    57. Tuscaloosa, Ala. (A city with only one D-I university is 5 spots behind a city with NFL, MLB, MLS, the University of Washington, minor league hockey and two regional minor league ball teams?)
    65. Oxford, Miss. (Evidently beer pong carries more weight than one might assume.)
    88. Auburn, Ala.
    95. Starkville, Miss. (Is ‘Redneck Throwing’ a sport?)
    97. Hattiesburg, Miss.
    122. Birmingham, Ala.
    202. Jackson, Miss.

    This list officially makes no sense.

    All You Need To Know About ‘Watchmen’
    posted on Mar 2 2009


    io9 did a great job of providing a brief overview of all-things-Watchmen.

    What Is Watchmen?
    Who Are The Watchmen?
    Why Is Watchmen So Important?
    Why Was Watchmen Supposed To Be Unfilmable?
    Where Does It Take Place?
    Who’s The Giant Blue Guy?
    What’s With Characters With “II” After Their Names, Like Nite Owl II And Silk Spectre II?
    What Is Tales of The Black Freighter, Anyway?

    Ghost TV
    posted on Jan 30 2009

    One of our cheap thrills in life (though, truthfully, our favorite couch time) is spent watching guys with night-vision cameras stroll through haunted locations at all hours of the night.

    A list of our favs…

      Ghost HuntersSciFi on Wednesday nights – Far and away the best ghost show on television. Seasons 1 and 2 are good; each season after is awesome. The new season starts March 11.

      Ghost AdventuresTravel Channel on Friday nights – Thoroughly entertaining, if only for the Zak (the fearless leader) who speaks slowly, stammers, and overreacts to every movement, sound, or sight.

      Ghost Hunters International SciFi on Wednesday night – Not as good as it’s cousin, though the finds can be just as entertaining.

    Four Questions
    posted on Jan 13 2009

    Most of you know better than to send stuff like this to me – I’m the guy who actually enjoys filling it out. Refrain from your other forwards which include the video of the dog skateboarding, or all the untrue-but-inspiring Christianity stories about people getting saved after seeing Jesus’ face in a

    Feel free to copy the template, leaving your answers in the comment section.

    Four questions for 2009:

    Four jobs I have had in my life:
    1. Marketing & Com. Dir. at Mississippi College
    2. Head Lifeguard at Jasper’s Memorial Park Pool (you aren’t going to drown on my watch, missy)
    3. Sacker at Son’s Supermarket (you know you trust me to put your stuff in your sack)
    4. Owner & Editor of JuiceeNewsDaily

    Four movies I would watch over and over:
    1. A Christmas Story
    2. Fight Club
    3. Love Actually
    4. What About Bob?

    Four places I have lived before:
    1. Jasper, AL
    2. Clinton, MS
    3. Jackson, MS
    4. Out of 1 backpack throughout Europe for 6 weeks

    Shows that I watch:
    1. Damages
    2. Mad Men
    3. The Office
    4. Lost

    Places I have been:
    1. The Corn Palace – Mitchell, SD
    2. Statue Park – Budapest, Hungary
    3. Wall Drug – Wall, South Dakota
    4. Sheridan, Wyoming

    Four of my favorite foods:
    1. Cereal
    2. Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, extra pickles
    3. Chips & Salsa
    4. Kee Mao Noodle w/Chicken

    Four places I’d rather be:
    1. Los Cabos
    2. In London, on the Tube
    3. On my couch watching movies with my woman
    4. In Stumptown, reading a book

    Four people you know will answer this:
    1. Ernest
    2. Karen
    3. Paul
    4. Paige

    Four things I want to do this year:
    1. Go to Paris for New Years.
    2. Watch Southern Miss become a BCS-buster.
    3. See a killer whale.
    4. Walk up to someone I don’t know, say hello, and start up a conversation. Make them feel like they should know me. Ask them a bunch of questions while they struggle to be nice. Walk away waving and smiling, leaving them feeling guilty for not knowing someone they shouldn’t.

    posted on Jan 2 2009

    Entertainment Weekly’s look at the 12 big movies coming out in 2009.

    I’m just hoping that Watchmen and Where The Wild Things Are live up to the hype.

    Cities of 2008
    posted on Dec 31 2008

    With the wedding/honeymoon we didn’t do as much traveling as was experienced in 2007. 3 countries, 5 states, 11 cities.

      London, UK
      Vancouver, BC
      Portland, OR
      Birmingham, AL
      Jasper, AL
      Seaside, FL
      Hattiesburg, MS
      Jackson, MS
      Brandon, MS
      Pearlington, MS
      New Orleans, LA

    The wife wanted me to add the following…

      Forks, WA
      Petal, MS

    Layover cities (for kicks)…

      Dallas, TX
      Cincinnati, OH
      Las Vegas, NV
      Atlanta, GA
      Albuquerque, NM