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Old 12-24-2012, 02:49 PM   #11561
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Brau, surely a fitting tribute. So sorry for your loss.
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Old 12-24-2012, 02:52 PM   #11562
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Braumeister, condolences. A great way to remember a friend and say goodby.
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Sister and BIL stayed a night with us as they drove through on the way to see their daughter. We had a really nice visit and they were on their way for the last few hours of their trip by 11 am. Not long after they left, it started snowing and we have a couple of inches on the ground, guess it will be a white christmas. Still coming down slowly.

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I finally made the terrine that I started yesterday, but the meat was still frozen then, and I had to wait for it to thaw. Anyway it has just finished baking in the oven. Maybe I will serve it tomorrow as a sidedish for the party that I host.

Today's evening, I will go to my brother for Xmas Eve dinner. I have some bottles of Lithuanian beer that I want to share. Never had that before, but what caught my eye was that the beer was 12% alcohol. Whoo wee! Never saw beer that strong before.

Just found the label on the Web to link here.


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Dawn patrol. We'll be back tomorrow for our traditional Christmas Day surf session.

The vog is unbelievable today. Honolulu/Diamond Head actually looked like they had a layer of pollution hovering over the streets. This month is the 29th anniversary of Kilauea's continuous eruption.

Helped a neighbor fix her garage door keypad, which probably lost its programming when its backup battery died and the HECO power went out. She somehow persuaded a Sears employee to print out the entire 71-page manual. Programming required closing the door, stationing one of us outside at the keypad pressing/holding one button, having her inside pushing/holding two others, and watching the light on the motor flickering its Morse code to acknowledge that it had the new combination.

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The vog is unbelievable today. Honolulu/Diamond Head actually looked like they had a layer of pollution hovering over the streets.
This is very visible in the scenery shots shown during the Hawaii Bowl currently underway. Not a particularly good promotion for Hawaii tourism...
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Beautiful day here today. Temp around 70 degrees. Took the mutt on a hike and a little jogging. Unfortunately a beautiful MS day in December usually means poor weather to follow. Tomorrow tornado's are in the forecast. Hopefully they miss us.

Watching George Bailey right now. Got to make sure his guardian angel gets his wings.
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Dawn patrol. We'll be back tomorrow for our traditional Christmas Day surf session.

The vog is unbelievable today. Honolulu/Diamond Head actually looked like they had a layer of pollution hovering over the streets. This month is the 29th anniversary of Kilauea's continuous eruption.

Helped a neighbor fix her garage door keypad, which probably lost its programming when its backup battery died and the HECO power went out. She somehow persuaded a Sears employee to print out the entire 71-page manual. Programming required closing the door, stationing one of us outside at the keypad pressing/holding one button, having her inside pushing/holding two others, and watching the light on the motor flickering its Morse code to acknowledge that it had the new combination.

But she rewarded me with W2R's favorite snack food:
OMG, Leonards malasadas? Yummmmm! you lucky!

Not that I could eat another thing at the moment. The parmesan crusted redfish topped with shrimp and crab and sauce and yummy stuff was out of this world, and this being Christmas Eve, I just had to order the bread pudding afterwards...
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This is very visible in the scenery shots shown during the Hawaii Bowl currently underway. Not a particularly good promotion for Hawaii tourism...
Yeah, I'm surprised that the local crowd hasn't vented its spleen on June Jones. That was our last athletic director/coach drama before the most recent one, so maybe our collective memories have forgiven him by now.

But I guess we'll have to wait for another chance to showcase the islands with the Pro Bowl...

The network broadcasters need to show more shots of the lava flowing into the ocean off the east rift. It broke out from its tunnels a couple weeks ago, and there've been lots of people flying to the Big Island for the spectacle.

Just don't sign up for this guy's tour:
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Today's evening, I will go to my brother for Xmas Eve dinner. I have some bottles of Lithuanian beer that I want to share. Never had that before, but what caught my eye was that the beer was 12% alcohol. Whoo wee! Never saw beer that strong before.
So, we tried the beer above last night. It was drinkable, but nothing spectacular. Then, afterwards I thought of looking it up on the Web, and it got very poor ratings. Hmmm... Didn't think it was that bad. That's telling me something about my knowledge of beers, which I already know is close to zilch. I don't know what the "triple bock" on the beer label means, but a Web site said that it was "Doppelbock" style. Don't know what that means either.

However, we also tried the following beer from the same brewer, and I found it to be tastier. The Web site said that this was a "Belgian dark ale style". I may buy more of this. It also got a better rating.

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So, we tried the beer above last night. It was drinkable, but nothing spectacular. Then, afterwards I thought of looking it up on the Web, and it got very poor ratings. Hmmm... Didn't think it was that bad. That's telling me something about my knowledge of beers, which I already know is close to zilch. I don't know what the "triple bock" on the beer label means, but a Web site said that it was "Doppelbock" style. Don't know what that means either.

However, we also tried the following beer from the same brewer, and I found it to be tastier. The Web site said that this was a "Belgian dark ale style". I may buy more of this. It also got a better rating.

Beer Advocate has a great rating system. If you need a beer with a kick, try one of these:

Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Dark Lord - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub - Munster, IN - BeerAdvocate
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The usual Christmas Day tradition-- dawn patrol. I got a couple good shots of my daughter, but it's always hard to juggle the camera and my reading glasses and the longboard and the four-foot wave heading toward you.

We really enjoyed seeing all the presents that Santa Dude brought the surfer community. The Santa hats were everywhere, too.
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And in contrast, the scene in my back yard yesterday morning:
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And in contrast, the scene in my back yard yesterday morning:
Very nice photo.

Last night we got around to watching "Amahl and the Night Visitors". It must be more than 40 years since I last saw or heard that show but it all came back and I could almost sing along.
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I think that I like Nords scene better. Posted from another person living in WV.
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The high quality of the photo makes it even scarier!

I think you've fulfilled my winter curiosity through at least the end of this decade...
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One can't even sing "All the leaves are brown...". There are no leaves left!

How about "All the trees are white..."?
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Starting on fifth day of the entire side of my husbands immediate family being at our house for Christmas. Love them dearly but it's time they went home! Unfortunately they're not leaving until Monday which will give me two whole days to decompress before having to go back to work.
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Starting on fifth day of the entire side of my husbands immediate family being at our house for Christmas. Love them dearly but it's time they went home! Unfortunately they're not leaving until Monday which will give me two whole days to decompress before having to go back to work.
You have my sympathies! Next week would be a good time to talk with DH about setting some limits on your hospitality for future years.
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You have my sympathies! Next week would be a good time to talk with DH about setting some limits on your hospitality for future years.
Thanks Mead. Everyone lives so far away that this is the only time of year that we see each other. His parents are late 70s, so while I b*tch and moan about them all being here for 10 days, it's the right thing to do. However next year I will take an extra week of vacation after instead of before so I can be sane before going back to work.
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