Monday, October 30, 2006

We live in the Top 10!

Ranking of Most, Least Dangerous Cities

By The Associated Press Sunday, October 29, 2006 (10-29) 21:09 PST (AP) --

A list of the safest and most dangerous cities overall, as compiled by Morgan Quitno Press, which bases the rankings on FBI figures released in June. The list starts with the safest cities and ends with the most dangerous.

Only cities that reported crime rates were included in the list. For example, New Orleans was not included this year because its police department did not report figures.

1. Brick, N.J.

2. Amherst, N.Y.

3. Mission Viejo, Calif.

4. Newton, Mass.

5. Troy, Mich.

6. Colonie, N.Y.

7. Irvine, Calif.

8. Cary, N.C.

9. Greece, N.Y.

10. Coral Springs, Fla.

11. Thousand Oaks, Calif.

12. Orem, Utah

13. Round Rock, Texas

14. Dover, N.J.

15. Lake Forest, Calif.

16. Sterling Heights, Mich.

17. Simi Valley, Calif.

18. Roswell, Ga.

19. Lee's Summit, Mo.

20. Broken Arrow, Okla.

21. Chino Hills, Calif.

22. Gilbert, Ariz.

23. Edison, N.J.

24. Cranston, R.I.

25. Port St. Lucie, Fla.

26. Sandy, Uta"

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Skidboot the Dog on Google Video

Watch this clip about Skidboot. He's quite a dog Video of Skidboot the Dog

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Golden Pumpkin Pie Spice Ale

We finally opened a bottle of the 2006 Pumpkin Ale and it was good. I started with the basic Oak Barrel Golden Ale Ingredient Kit.
6Lbs Liquid Extract
Corn Sugar
Honey Malt
Willamette and Cascade Hops
Safale US-56 Dry Ale Yeast

I replaced the corn sugar above with 2lb of mesquite honey, added one large can of Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin and 2oz Penzy's Pumpkin Pie Spice.

Come on over for a drink!

How Microbrew Can Save the World

AlterNet: How Microbrew Can Save the World: "How Microbrew Can Save the World

By Chris O'Brien, Foreign Policy in Focus. Posted October 25, 2006.

Small-scale, homebrew beer production plays a vital role in sustainable development throughout the world.

The world's cup runneth over with living beer traditions. But this vast repository of cultural brewing capital is under attack by global corporations. The top five brewing companies, all of which are American- or European-owned, control 41 percent of the world market. Perversely, economists and politicians calculate the conquest by industrial breweries as economic growth while the value of small-scale traditional brewing goes uncounted. Much will be lost if this global 'beerodiversity' is lost to the forces of corporate-led homogenization.

The globalization of beer not only destroys the social, spiritual, and health-related benefits of small-scale ho"

Monday, October 16, 2006

Boy how they change in 10 months



The Downside of Home Improvement

The above picture is about 50lbs of organic Oregon raised grass-fed beef. When we came home from work today I noticed that the construction crew had unplugged our freezer. When? Good question! Long enough ago that we had to dump at least 50 lbs of goodness.

If you are interested in seeing the remodel in process here is the online gallery of Construction Photos

We also recently planted our uphill section of land - the land that has been an eyesore for our poor neighbors for years. Over the weekend we came home to this:

Poor plants.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Monday, October 09, 2006

NYC Weekend

We got to spend the weekend with Mason.
He's helping collect the apples.

The night before apple picking we had nose-bleed seats at Yankee Stadium. So sad they got knocked out the the playoffs. Boo hoo.

Yankee Fan

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Oakland Athletics : AL West Champions

Let's Go Oakland! clap clap clapclapclap

Last Friday night I went to a Yankee's game. Not to see or cheer for the Yankee's, just to see the stadium before they tore it down.

It was nice to see that it's just a ballpark. One big ugly crappy cement ballpark. Nothing fancy inside or out. I will give them credit for good $5 dogs and large $7 beers and especially the "beer man". You don't have to leave your seats for anything. In CA there is no seat delivery of alcohol - lame.

As an A's fan it was also a wonderful feeling to litter the house that Ruth built.

The A's are up 1-0 in the ALDS.