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Posted on 2006.12.26 at 19:02
Current Location: 67205
Current Music: Concrete Blonde - Mojave
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Concerning Tea
Wife and I left her parents house sans kids by 0900 and hit the post office to pick up a giant package my parents had sent the children. From there we had a cup of Amaretto Roobios at the local tea shop and purchased $30 of loose tea. We then stopped by Borders where I picked up a book for galinda822 and bought myself Concrete Blonde's Mojave. Visited a model home in a new sub-division my wife found when she was here in October - We'll be able to afford it according to my wife's 5-year plan, but it was at least as roomy as our house in Texas. Sounds good to me. On to Wal-Mart! We'd been so looking forward to visiting a real, Super Wal-Mart, but as it turned out, we ended up spending about $25 on some socks and deoderant and were in and out within half an hour. Sometimes, you can't go back home.

Meeting Go Granny Go
Met Go Granny Go and her husband for lunch at Spangles. It was a delightful meeting - Go Granny Go is so outgoing and engaging! We discussed timely topics, such as ProfessorTom and where to find good french fries in Wichita. As is usual for these types of meetings, there was way too much to cover in such a short period of time, but we did discover that they live approximately 200 feet from my in-laws. How funny is that? And of all the luck, they're heading to Texas Thursday. Safe driving Granny! She's always on the Go! Read Granny's account of our meeting here...

Concerning Wine
After lunch we visited "Under the Cork," the front-end sales to Smokey Hill Winery where I discovered my new favorite red, 'Simply Red.' If any of you recall, this is where I found the Eiswein last year, and who's master wine maker had been killed earlier that year as well, that tidbit is only important because they recently discovered a handful of bottles of port, with nothing more than '815' marked on the bottle. Apparently, they're fantastic. They had them tested to determine the ingredients, but are unable to reproduce it. They were selling for $72 each, and I must admit, I was tempted. After the tasting (oh no, the port was NOT included in that event) we ended up with three bottles of the red, a bottle of Christmas white (complete with mulling kit), another bottle of Spatelese, and a set of four etched wine glasses. Furthermore, we discovered they deliver to Missouri ;)

Concerning Cigars
Saw Nabil at Old Town Cigars; wife bought a box of Cojimar Sage when she found out they're no longer in production, and I purchased a single La Gloria Cubana 8x52 which I smoked at the River City Brewery across the street while downing two pints of a very peatty 8% Scottish Ale which they've dubbed 'Fat Bastard.' (Yes, it was fantastic.) When we were checking out at the cigar store, I asked Nabil if he remembered the cigar he gave me at the birth of my daughter. He did, and upon discovering I smoked it when she turned one, asked how it was. I was truthful - The Best Cigar I had Ever Smoked. It was a 1993 La Gloria Cubana: 10-years old when I smoked it. (While this is mostly a true statement, I did buy a gorgeous box of 12-year old Temple Halls once from J.R. Cigar while I was stationed in Korea. Those were really too good to talk about.)

Concerning Scotch
While we were out, I picked up a 10-year old bottle of Glenfarclas Scotch. As I'm not overly familiar with too many brands of Scotch yet, and I wasn't looking to drop a fortune on a bottle, I played ophthalmologist-patient with the very knowledgeable imported beer dude at my new favorite liquor store: "which do you like better, A or B? Now C or D?" We settled on a preference for Single Highland Malt. Which reminds me, I did get a most delectable sample-pack of what I consider my favorite to date, The Balvenie at a truck stop of all places on the drive down! It included one 10-year, one 12-year, and one 15-year. So far I'm halfway through the 10-year, and I love it. I only hope I'm not disappointed in the Glenfarclas, else I'll probably never buy anything else and just stick to The Balvenie. Its the only Scotch that makes me really, really, happy. I owe my renewed interest in Scotch to photogoot and for that will be forever grateful. To further drive this point home, I'm saving the 12 & 15-year for his January visit.

The Canon
Stopped at Best Buy to touch, for the first time, the Canon S3 IS after all the research this past month. $545 out the door which would have included the double-speed 2GB SD card, 4 NimH batteries & charger, and tax. My wife suggested I just go ahead and get it. I think she was drunk from all the wine tasting and that pint of Fat Bastard. But seriously, now that she's seen it, and I was able to answer all her questions about it (I didn't notice this at the time, but she told me later that as I was answering her questions about the differences in it versus the SLR, last minute shoppers had surrounded me and gotten quiet so they could listen too) I think I'll just save for that. And even though its more expensive at Best Buy, I try to purchase all my high-dollar electronics there for the 4-year replacement policy.

Concerning Egg Nog
10-hours of sleep later, I took my father-in-law and children out of the house for the day to allow my wife and her mother uninterrupted access to the kitchen in preparation of Crimbo. We went to McDonalds for breakfast and played on the indoor equipment for an hour, visited my father-in-law's brother & his children & grandchildren for an hour, stopped by the grandparents for an hour, played in the park for an hour, and spent
another hour dropping off gifts and grocery shopping on the way home. I grilled some perfect steaks for dinner and we dined like kings. My mother-in-law made a custard pie for her husband's birthday, then all six of us piled into the car to see the Xmas lights. When we returned I spiked my egg nog with the only thing alcoholic I had in the house - my scotch. Turned out to be the best egg nog I've ever had.

Christmas Day
My father-in-law built a fire out by the garage and we stood around it in fingerless gloves singing doo-wop like homeless people waiting for guests to arrive. The meal was expansive, and it was nice seeing everyone again. My mother sent two Power Rangers (the new series 'Overdrive' expected to hit U.S. television in February is about teen civil engineers of all things) for a total of three my son rec'd and two Transformers. My mother-in-law bought the largest one I've ever seen, Cybertron Primus who transforms into an entire planet. Most all of the larger toys, this one has three modes, one of them being 'battle mode.' I tell you, it looked just like the Reaver ship from the opening sequence of Serenity. Anyway, I was playing with it, flying it around attacking my son's Decepticon's, when much to my surprise, my wife pops out with, "Cool, it reminds me of Firefly." *grin* I love my geek-woman. Lori and I made out with $150 combined cash, and my daughter ended up with two Polly Pocket sets from my mom, hand crocheted blanket using four colors my daughter picked out, and a submersible, swimming mermaid from my mother-in-law. And that's just the big stuff...they've got enough new toys to last them at least a fiscal quarter, and there's more toys they haven't seen yet back home that galinda822 placed under the tree after we left. I think I'm going to save for that S3.

This entry brought to you via the 26.4 kbps dial-up connection free with my home DSL account. Thanks to drax0r for finding me a number. I assure you, it was all I could not to not swallow my tongue getting these few pics up. I look forward to catching up with all of you online when I return.


This Is Me, Ten Sticks
lehah at 2006-12-27 01:24 (UTC) (Link)
Scotch can be tricky and an expensive hobby. It is good you drink single malt instead of that blended nonsense.

I'm a fan of Isle of Jura 10 year. It would go great with a mild cigar. http://www.whiskymag.com/whisky/brand/isle_of_jura/whisky88.html
ehowton at 2006-12-31 04:09 (UTC) (Link)
One of my new favorite pastimes is trying different scotch. I look forward to sampling yours. I've been thinking of keeping a scotch journal of sorts.
snapper521 at 2006-12-27 03:16 (UTC) (Link)
Hi Eric,
I feel like I'm completely out of the loop. :-(

Where are you? And where do your in-laws live? *confused look*

Yes Yes I know you told me all of this, but bear with me my friend, for I have forgotten many things in the stress of this past weekend. Lord help me if I ever have another one like this. I just might think of something physically dangerous for me to do. *frowns* I am nucking futs. No kidding. & my head hurts constantly to boot, which only adds to my lack of common sense and sanity.

My head hasn't ceased its incessant pounding in 2 days, it pounds right along with my heart beat... like a tom-tom drum.

Tomas asked me to listen to the score of THE FOUNTAIN so I did, :-( I love the cd, but dang it hurt me to do that... the pounding of the drums in some places... *whimpers*

Yeah - this is a migrain, but this has lasted longer then one I've had before. I have medication for it, but... it doesnt help me, so I dont take it. Yeah I've taken some - like I said, hasn't helped.

*sighs* I miss you. Your kinda like an uncle or somthing. If nothing else an understanding friend. :-P

Eh - anyway -

I'm glad you had a good meeting with GG, she sounds like a very sweet lady. :-)

And as to your wine and cigars, I dont know very much about that stuff (as you well know).
Eh... cigars kinda smell funny/bad sometimes, so I dont like them very much. Though Mel smokes a brand that smell pretty good, but I dont know what they are.
ehowton at 2006-12-31 04:12 (UTC) (Link)
Train don't run outta Wichita. Lessen you're a hog or a cattle.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2006-12-27 06:29 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't realise rooibos tea was popular over there; it's a staple of practically every South African household. I'm quite astounded at the price, though: here, $30 would buy quite a few boxes of even the flavoured rooibos (I normally just drink the honey rooibos myself).
galinda822 at 2006-12-27 15:43 (UTC) (Link)
Rooibos is my absolute favorite!
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2006-12-27 20:41 (UTC) (Link)
Rooibos makes an awesome iced tea, and an even more awesome punch (with lots of rum, of course). I still have embarrassing memories from the last time I made the punch. :)
galinda822 at 2006-12-27 22:29 (UTC) (Link)
I tried it for the 1st time today iced - it was great!
Anything with Rum in it taste good however, I've learned the hard way (thru similar embarrassing memories) that I have to stay far away from it though!!!
ehowton at 2006-12-31 04:17 (UTC) (Link)
I've only just discovered the roobios and owe most of that to galinda822. $30 bought me 4, 3-oz. bags of flavored loose tea:

  1. Ameretto

  2. Spice

  3. Carmel

  4. Blueberry

Oh, and a strainer to keep at my mother-in-law's house. It's quite tasty, and way better than the green and white teas, though I have a deep affection for lapsang souchong dating back to my days in the UK.

Isn't the roobios supposed to be good for you too?
galinda822 at 2006-12-27 15:42 (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like you're having a blast! I'm envious!
Glad you're getting to stop by all your favorite shops and gettin' the goodies!

Update from STL: Your house is still standing, your kitties are doing fine. Daisy is dying to get outside though! The presents will be in place for your return on the 30th - it's cool playing Santa. It's a good thing I have a key because I wouldn't make it down any chimney (real or not)! Work is work (don't even think about it)!

Miss you all - can't wait to see you!

galinda822 at 2006-12-27 15:44 (UTC) (Link)
PS: I didn't mention anything about that house because I don't want to think about you moving! :(
ehowton at 2006-12-31 04:23 (UTC) (Link)
I figure that house is at least another 5-years away. I couldn't afford it in Kansas (taxes).
ehowton at 2006-12-31 04:19 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, Day One was fun & exhausting. Lots to see and do. And though I won't say there was a never a dull moment, it certainly was busy!

Thanks for watching after the house!
galinda822 at 2006-12-31 04:54 (UTC) (Link)
NP - what are friends for, right!?
photogoot at 2006-12-27 20:06 (UTC) (Link)
Wow, if I ever ran into “go granny go” on the street I would have known it was Lories mom! I am glad you are having a good time out there.

I look forward to your S3 purchase with great anticipation.

Will send you a separate e-mail with my January travel plans.
photogoot at 2006-12-27 20:10 (UTC) (Link)
Although if that’s not Lories Mom I will feel like a do-fuss
galinda822 at 2006-12-28 01:18 (UTC) (Link)
I hate to say this but...do-fuss feelings should commence now! Sorry hon, that's not her mom.
photogoot at 2006-12-28 03:56 (UTC) (Link)
I hate it when that happens! Thats it, I need to visit more often whith those Howtons! I am getting rusty on my family facts...
galinda822 at 2006-12-28 13:12 (UTC) (Link)
That, my friend, sounds like an excellent idea!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-12-29 06:35 (UTC) (Link)
At first, I thought it was go_granny_go, but then photogoot's comment threw me off.
ehowton at 2006-12-31 04:26 (UTC) (Link)
Something about the way I wrote that I suppose - sorry! Yes, that is indeed Go Granny Go!
ehowton at 2006-12-31 04:27 (UTC) (Link)
Its fun calling him a doofuss isn't it?
galinda822 at 2006-12-31 04:56 (UTC) (Link)
I should have, maybe-just maybe, held off on calling him names until I actually met him!!!
ehowton at 2006-12-31 05:30 (UTC) (Link)
ehowton at 2006-12-31 04:23 (UTC) (Link)
ehowton at 2006-12-31 05:35 (UTC) (Link)
And not a word on The Balvenie???
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