Friday, October 10, 2008

Plano Balloon Fest

So we finally made it to the Plano Balloon Fest after all these years. Even when I was a kid we never made it out to this thing. My mom even bought a Champagne Breakfast flight one year for Dad's birthday, AND THEY NEVER WENT! Even after Bren and I moved to Plano we kept missing it. Too sick, too busy, too pregnant. Apologies to Mike Judge cause we spent any money we would have used for a babysitter to attend his birthday party on souvenirs and a five-minute massage.

Memories for a lifetime.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Taste Test: 4 Octoberfest Brews

A new feature since I've naught much else. Any parent will tell you that kids and alcohol go hand in hand. By that I mean sometimes you need something to take the edge off after the rugrats are finally in bed and you've returned your living room to it's default settings.

#1 Dundee Oktoberfest Marzen Lager
This seems to be the reinvention of the J.W. Dundee brand famous for the Honey Brown ale that is most notable for being the cheapest beer on the shelf but also the one with the most flavor. Their Oktoberfest is full of flavor with a spicy finish of cloves and nutmeg. Not exactly a pumpkin flavor, more pumpkin pie spice.

#2 Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale
The weakest of the bunch. Michelob's attempt to join the seasonal fray. Definitely could smell the spices in the beer but they didn't make it to your mouth. Like Michelob with pumpkin spices spritzed into the keg. I usually am a fan of Amber Bock for the full malty flavor but this was not a fave.

#3 Blue Moon Seasonal Harvest Moon
A welcome addition to the Blue Moon line. I really liked this summer's Honey Moon and this one hits the spot well. I could actually taste caramel in the finish. Should try this with an apple wedge.

#4 America's Original Pumpkin Ale
The tops on the list. This is like drinking Pumpkin juice that's been spiked. Bren and I always catch ourselves a little when we spot this on the shelf. Bren's not one for too much beer but this always lands in the cart. The signal that summer is officially over and the A/C can take a break.

Whee, my first blog review! Still waiting for a Shiner release. Might need to try for singles at Central Market for better comparisons. Most of this was a fuzzy grasping of straws and an emotional outpouring of beer love. Enjoy!

Hirsute Update!

Shaved off the goatee. Fresh-faced stranger staring back at me in the mirror.
Still dorky, Less grumpy. And fat.

Otherwise, still in Plano, still hunting, still jobless. I was finding myself obsessed with the cellphone and the laptop willing it to ring or drop an email with a golden ticket of employment. Sucker. A series of carrots that were ultimately yanked away. Double whammy last week with both Blue Sky AND Imagi coming up empty. So all that's on the horizon is a spot at Technicolor Interactive on an In-Game Cinematics team for a game that hasn't been announced yet. For the past 6 weeks. I even had the lead agree to the two-day drive to get back out there. Soon. Very soon.

And so, our hero spends his time doing family things and keeping the littluns entertained.
Rally Day at St. Luke's

Feed the Ducks Day

"New" Playhouse. Back Alley find. All spiders and syringes were dutifully cleaned out.Post-Sprinkler Time
Playhouse Cafe. Ginny, Proprietor

Future Soccer Star?

Like I said, still dorky.