Grab a Guinness and enjoy a sad Irish song:
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We continued the weekend by ordering some Frozen Dairy Bar and Boardwalk Pizza. They deliver, so when we’re too tired to go out, we often order from them. This time, we didn’t even get pizza. My wife got a meatball sub, and I got a burger with sweet and hot peppers. The food is good, but the goosebumps (like a blizzard) are why you go back. Early the next morning, we headed to Burke to help a friend move. As it turns out, we had 5 guys to fill the largest truck they’d rent my buddy. It was quite a bit of work.
After about 4 hours, we had some pizza and beer. After the move, we went back to my place for some shoes, and it was so nice, we got some ice cream at Lazy Sunday.
Then we went to my friend’s St. Patricks Day party. As an Irishman, he takes his St. P’s very seriously. St. P’s punch, meat and potatoes, soda bread, and a flight of Irish whiskey. I’m not generally a big fan of Irish whiskey, but the Redbreast 12 was amazing. I may pick myself up a bottle. The hostess made her famous Irish car bomb cupcakes. I don’t know her exact recipe, but I’m sure similar ones can be found online. I’m not much of a dessert guy, but those cup cakes are bomb (intended).
The next day, we went to Fredericksburg to unload the moving truck. This time we had a lot of help, and the work went pretty quickly.
After the move, we went to Famous Dave’s for some BBQ. I would have rather gone to Bubba’s BBQ, but as we found out about a week ago, our favorite BBQ place closed. It wasn’t the best BBQ I’d ever had, but I did love me some Bubba’s BBQ, and Mo, the owner, was always a good time.
I can’t imagine a busier weekend. There is some more stuff to move, and I might end up helping with some painting, but for now, as CW says, I’m going to rest my body.by rsiv with no comments yet
We had a power outage on Wednesday night, so I found a hardcover and a candle and did some light reading. On Thursday when a friend was coming over, I wanted to have some cocktails, but all I had on hand was the makings of a martini. According to the book, Hemingway favored a style of Gordon’s Gin no longer produced. I substituted Boodles, named after a Gentlemen’s Club, and rumored to be a favorite of Winston Churchill.
After drinks we went to Panjshir. We split a bottle of wine, and decided we had to watch The Man Who Would Be King.
In the colonial mood, we also watched Khartoum, and had some Indian food.
For the Indian, we took a short walk to Curry Mantra II for lunch the next day. CMII has a lunch buffet that is very good, but their dinners also impress. The first pic is all lunch buffet food. The rest are from a dinner the wife and I had there. I intended to write up the Falls Church Curry Mantra before, but never got around to it. Short of Rasika, which is really in a class all its own, I think you’d be hard pressed to find better Indian in the DMV.by rsiv with no comments yet
I don’t recall what specifically peaked my interest in cologne, but I do recall thinking that I ought to know more about it. I can remember my Dad’s bathroom smelling like CK Obsession, and found myself thinking that my bathroom did not smell nearly as manly. I found a website called basenotes, which is a wealth of knowledge on the topic. I did some reading, and then posted in the forum, stating my desires, and asking for recommendations. I said I liked lime, sage, rum, and tobacco. That I was looking for a traditional masculine scent. I researched the recommendations given and used the search function on the site that allows searches by notes, and purchased small bottles of the fragrances shown above.
Royal Lime – This is what I was using on rare occasion before reading basenotes. They sell it at Brooks Brothers. I like the smell, but it just doesn’t last. (poor sillage, apparently the scent game has its own patois)
Aramis – I found this using the search function. It has sage, but really nothing else I was looking for. However, it is an old scent, 1965, and many reviews spoke of how masculine it is. I was worried the sandalwood would be overpowering. To me, sandalwood smells like the cologne middle school boys wore back in my day, which was terrible and applied liberally. My dad says sandalwood smells like the inside of an uber. Aramis is how I imagine the most interesting man in the world smells. The first day I tried this, I went shooting. Having some Aramis on my wrists, and cordite on my hands made for a very manly scent. I like Aramis, but my criticism is that it does not last nearly as long as many of the others.
Perry Ellis America – I found this one via the search function, and my interest was pure marketing. It is made using scents indigenous to North America. It is pleasant, but the sandalwood is prominent, and therefore, it smells like a middle school locker room to me.
Burberry London – I was hesitant to try this one. Many reviewers seemed to think it was feminine. I think it smells sophisticated. Its scent brings to mind a wealthy man, being fitted for a suit on savile row, or the smell of a businessman walking by you at the ritz.
Guerlain Homme – This was my favorite until the scent I describe next arrived. The interwebs says it has a woody mojito smell. I don’t disagree, but its so complex and interesting I don’t think that description really does it justice. Its also fairly subtle, but lasting. I may get a full size bottle of this one.
Aramis Havana – The name sold this one to me. This is a fairly new scent (’94), but by the same company as the ’65. When I read the description, I was even more sold. Tobacco (obviously), bay rum, all spice, and many others. As a cigar smoker, I was skeptical that a tobacco scent could be subtle, sophisticated, and balanced. This scent really surprised me. After wearing it for an extended period, there is a lot of vanilla. I’m not really a huge fan of the vanilla scent, but it would seem most people are, as of the time of this post, a lot of people on the basenotes forum are going craycray banan-ay for Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille.
I’m going to try not to fall too far down the rabbit hole on this one. Not only is there a ton to know, and a plethora of options, you can even make your own cologne. It looks fun, but the last thing I need is another hobby (especially an sedentary one).by rsiv with no comments yet
I’ve long recognized the utility of the nato phonetic alphabet, but it never really stuck while I was in the scouts. There was no requirement to learn it, so I didn’t really. I found the link below, which is very helpful.
Hopefully I’ll have it down after going through the learn part of the flashcards a few times. In my line of work, if you say, “B as in Brian, you instantly lose credibility.” Two tips, they spell x-ray, that way, and for some reason, juliett is julie.by rsiv with no comments yet
I’ll probably be at the 4Ps. If its nice, I may smoke a Don Thomas I have in the humi from years past. Green cigars are cool, green beer, not so much.
I jumped the gun and smoked one while on a conference call. It was nice (but windy outside), how could I not?
The unique grassy flavor is very interesting. Its definitely unique, and I do enjoy it. The wrapper was very delicate. I’ve had these in a coolidor for years, and I think they’ve been shook around a little too much. The foot and head both had small tears that I had to tend to, but nothing catastrophic. If I get a chance, I’ll be lighting up another for St. P’s Day.by rsiv with no comments yet
In about 2010 or 11 I asked my uncle to start looking for a truck for me. I only had a coupe sports car, which wasn’t ideal for hunting, camping, home ownership, or really anything other than spirited driving. My uncle has a bunch of classic cars, and lives in a part of WV that has a much greater selection of trucks than can be found where I live. My dream truck was a gen 3 K1500. I wanted a black one, preferably an ’87, as it was the first year for fuel injection. I don’t think Riggins drove an 87, but essentially, I was looking for something like this (last one is for the ladies/CW):
After about a year of looking, but not being able to find anything in my price range that was in decent shape, I ended up buying my uncle’s old work truck. Its a 97 Chevy 4×4, with a crew cab, which was a custom conversion option done by Centurion. I’ll probably do a full post on it in the future. When I bought it, the clear coat was peeling off the top of the rear driver side pillar. Rain got into it, made the separation bigger, then it froze, got even bigger, etc. Eventually I was left with what you see below. I figured it was time to do something. I waited for the first good span of clear days on the weather report, and got to work.
Its an old truck, with a lot of dings and scrapes, so I really just wanted to arrest the problem, not put lipstick on the pig (though I do like the way she looks, perfectly worn). I took a screwdriver to the peeling parts, then sanded the bare paint. Then I put painters’ tape on the glass and parts I didn’t want to cover in clear coat.
I intended to only do the one pillar, but also found some potential problems on the other side, so I taped up some more. I couldn’t resist the man-work selfie.
Once I had a coat on, it was time to watch some paint dry. It was a mild day after a long winter. I decided to pass the time with a Casa Magna Colorado Torito. Very earthy, and lots of pepper. I bought a few Casa Magnas back when it won cigar of the year. I bought them in the winning size. I found the cigar to be delicious, but it was just too strong for me. This smaller version was enjoyable for me, but still fairly strong. Its strength is about my limit. It wasn’t quite as good as I remember, but I can’t say if that was due to the size difference, or perhaps time, or its popularity causing quality to decrease. In any event, it was a good stick. I didn’t buy more than one, and I don’t think I will buy another anytime soon (see what the experts think about it).
I did literally watch some paint dry. However, what you don’t see if the two days it took me to give it several coats. The finished product doesn’t look too bad. The base coat bubbled up for some reason. When I sanded, the bubbles broke, and left a bunch of silver circles. I don’t mind the look, I just hope the clearcoat sticks. If the paint keeps the clearcoat from being damaged further, I’ll consider this project as a success. I think the paint (link below) was about $30, and I already had the painters’ tape.
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I’ve been enjoying quest protein bars for a while now. I need to eat breakfast every morning in order to not feel nauseous. Some people can skip breakfast and feel fine, but I’m not one of them. A couple eggs is probably my favorite breakfast, but I don’t always have time. No matter what I choose to eat, it seems that protein helps me feel well the best, the longest. I’ve had a few protein bars before, but none I loved. They generally have too many calories, don’t taste good, or have ingredients I don’t like (particularly soy protein). Quest bars taste good. I don’t just mean good for protein bars, they legitimately taste good. On top of that, they’re only about 170 calories per bar (but vary by flavor), despite having 20 grams of protein. Thats enough for me to make it to lunch without feeling ill. Quest makes a big deal about low-carb, no gluten. I’m really just worried about calories, taste, and getting to lunch. Its also nice that they’re on amazon prime. I linked to the sampler, but the chocolate chip cookie dough is by far my favorite.by rsiv with no comments yet
I’ve had Mike’s Deli a few times, but mostly for breakfast. I enjoy a large breakfast, and Mike’s usually hits the spot. It was nice outside this weekend, so the wife and I walked over to Mike’s Deli for some lunch. I got the blackened avocado burger. It was really good. Its the kind of burger that tastes like it came off a backyard bbq. Juicy and delicious. I try not to drink too much soda, and generally have diet, so real coke is a rare luxury.
On Sunday, a friend who is having a baby soon wanted to play some golf. Most courses were closed since there was still a fair amount of snow on the ground. Top golf had a three hour wait. We decided to just enjoy some cigars. I got him a box he can hand out when the child is born. We had two extra sticks to taste test the box. We found them quite enjoyable. (I still can’t thank the BOTL that sent me the cigars enough. These will really impress when handed out)
We had some bourbon and ginger, or applejack and ginger with the cigars. Some more friends came by, and then we went out to Ireland’s 4Ps.
I hope to see my buddy again on St. Patrick’s Day, but he may have his baby before then. Either way, I look forward to getting out for that round.by rsiv with no comments yet
Check out the link below. I’d seen similar guys (not sure if they were also called Sapeurs or were even French speaking) on that Bizarre Foods show, but the Guinness sponsored video in the link below is much more concise and interesting:
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