We’ll call it 60 pounds

Actually, it’s 59.2 pounds, but I’m under 220, weighing in this morning at 219.8, down from 279 when I began this in August, 2009.

I got the 60-pound ribbon anyway. Snookums likes my ribbons.

It’s green. I like it better than pink, anyway.


On about the last part of March, I noticed my much-neglected homebrew equipment, sitting in the basement. I decided to stop neglecting it.

So I whipped up three batches of beer. Two of them are the same thing:

Filbert’s Light (10 gallons)
3.3 lbs Munton’s American Style Lager Beer malt/hops extract
Yeast (came with the Munton’s)
2 lbs sugar
2 gallons tap water, 3 gallons distilled water (in batch #1)
5 gallons distilled water (in batch #2)
Initial specific gravity: 1.032

I went a little wild with the next one:

Filbert’s Cascade Amber Dark
3.3 lbs Briess CBW Traditional Dark malt extract
3.3 lbs Briess CBW Sparkling amber malt
1 lb sugar
3/4 oz. Cascade hop pellets
1 tsp. Irish Moss (clarifier)
1/2 oz. Cascade hop pellets (finishing)
Vierka Dark Munich yeast
5 gallons distilled water
Initial specific gravity: 1.020 (which I really have a hard time believing . . . the wort was sweet, much sweeter IMHO than the Filbert’s Light above. It was a bit on the warm side when I took the hydrometer reading, which can cause it to be low.)

This guy, I’m just going to leave alone until June 1 or June 2–that’s nine weeks–before bottling. We’ll see. If I test it and it’s still sweet, I’ll have to figure something out.

Anyway, I bottled up batch #1 of Filbert’s Light tonight.

Here’s my home brewery, hard at work. The two batches of Filbert’s Light in front of course, the batch of the Cascade Amber Dark behind the bottles.
Here’s what a glass of fresh Filbert’s Light looks like.

Kansas City Tax Day Tea Party, April 15, 2010 post 2/2

More pictures from the April 15, 2010 Tax Day Tea Party event at the Community America Ball Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

I do have to comment that in my experience, Tea Parties are just slightly more controversial than, say, state or county fairs. People who fear or loathe Tea Parties simply don’t know what they’re talking about–or they have a political agenda of their own they’re pushing.

Two well-tanned white supremacists spotted in the crowd
Another white supremacist
The crowd at 5:20 p.m. The main event started at 6 pm.
Oh, yes, there were many signs . . .
I was especially amused by the “government as a dependent” sign
And yeah, you knew a sign like this was coming, didn’t you? After all of the “A village in Texas is missing its idiot” stuff? Turnabout is fair play, is it not? Unless you’re a standard glass-jaw, dish-it-out-but-can’t-take-it Democrat, that is.
6:00 pm crowd
7:00 pm crowd
8:20 pm crowd. The event had been going on at this point for nearly five and a half hours.

I would guess total attendance was around 10,000, with a peak attendance at any one time of maybe 6,000. People were coming and going pretty constantly. Several people I talked to dropped by for a little while, then had to go on to make supper, go to other meetings, or otherwise get on with their lives.

Kansas City Tax Day Tea Party, April 15, 2010 post 1/2

Much to the chagrin (so I hear) of my dear mother-in-law, I attended the April 15th, 2010 Tax Day Tea Party held at the Community America Ball Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Here’s the first of two posts of pictures from the event:

The ball park’s concourse, about 4 pm.
The feared gun lobby . . .
Domestic terrorists (who may never have heard of Godwin’s Law[*1] )
Probably not a professional sign-making operation
NBC Action News SkyTracker!!!
The next generation properly appreciates all that big government has done for him so far . . .
Barry Hood
The Poli Tics definition–an oldie but a goodie . . .
The question many of us have had for quite a while . . .

At the Women’s Final Four

The Alamodome, taken from the Chart House Restaurant
Which is on top of the . . .
Tower of the Americas
This way to the Alamodome. In case you got confused and couldn’t see the big honking building just ahead of you . . .
Long lines, heavy security
SDSU at the Final Four–First, you get your name in the building, then you get the team on the floor, right?
Inside the Alamodome
Alya Brown and Joe Biden
Carolyn Peck, Kara Larson and Our Favorite Studio Host, Trey Wingo, ESPN
Joe Biden
The Tree

Two Stargate Universe questions:

1: Why is every single character on this show so intensely, deeply, fundamentally stupid?

2: Why do I keep watching the show anyway?

(Answer for #2: because it’s on DVR and basically the only ‘space opera’ show left on TV . . . at least until Dr. Who starts back up again.)

Yah, still thinkin’

. . . and home-brewing beer, and going to the Women’s Final Four, and dealing with some fiddly businessey-type detail stuff, and asking the accountant to file tax extensions for the fiddly stuff, and trying to re-establish the diet, after gaining 10 pounds at the Women’s Final Four . . . and re-reading some of the Honor Harrington sci-fi book series, and . . .

. . . that kind of thinking . . .