July 10, 2004

Weekend Readers?

So - does anyone read this weblog on the weekend? If so, gimme a shout out just so I know you’re there. I’m usually slightly less active on the weekend and I’m wondering whether I should post more on Saturday and Sunday. If I know I have regular weekend readers, I’ll try to make a bit more of an effort.

Just to make this post worthwhile, here’s a drink recipe:

  • Newman’s Own Virgin Limeade
  • Vodka

Better than Mike’s Hard Lime. It’s like a quasi-vodka-gimlet. I haven’t tried it with gin yet. A virgin gimlet? The stuff is already a virgin gimlet without liquor. So we’d have to call it a lazy man’s gimlet. Eager to try it, but not tonight.

Speaking of Limeade, get a load of this:

Paul Newman now has his own Old-Fashioned Roadside Virgin Limeade to add to the tart lemonade line. While our testers liked it cut with water and served over crushed ice, we saw some people drinking it straight and puckering up with every sip. Available at grocery stores for $2.19 to $2.39 for a half gallon.

Cut with water? What the…1 I never even considered that. Puckering up with every sip? Who are these wimpy limeade-drinkers? Ryan, back me up here. I’ve never seen anyone cut this stuff. Cindy drank a quart on Thursday without batting an eye and we’re chugging this stuff daily. Wimps. Lightweights. I live for lime.

1 No one does “What the…” as well as Strong Bad.

Posted by James at July 10, 2004 3:50 AM
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Thanks to Bloglines, if you update it, I read it. But even before I was running the Bloglines notifier I would generally check your blog 3 to 4 times a day, including weekends. The only days I couldn't do that are days when I had a family function or something to go to and even those days I would manage to check at least once.

As for myself, I shoot for one article a day on my blog, but I go through uninspired periods where 2 or three days might go by without an entry.

Posted by: Chuck S. at July 10, 2004 9:56 AM

Bloglines has simplified my surfing as well.

Your blog posts tend to be longer and more comprehensive than mine, so its no wonder you nead a small break now and again.

Posted by: James at July 10, 2004 10:34 AM

I use a desktop aggregator (current NetNewsWire) so if you post on the weekend there is a good chance I'll see it. To be honest, I do very little random web surfing these days, and get most of my stuff from RSS feeds and pointers that come in the mail.

Posted by: Jim at July 10, 2004 11:15 AM

I read it. But I don't cut anything that comes out of a half-gallon container. Although, it's true that some of the competitors' stuff is much weaker.

The limeade isn't new though. I got some months ago.

Posted by: Julie at July 10, 2004 1:23 PM

I think that's an old article.

Posted by: James at July 10, 2004 2:08 PM

I'm here every single day but I think, during the summertime especially, blog readership naturally falls off on the weekend.

Now then, who in his right mind would drink gin? Ewwwwww

Posted by: Steve at July 10, 2004 3:16 PM

That drink sounds really yummmmy....

and HEY how come I haven't been added to the saltine challenge? Don't want to show you actaully had some fair competition??? huuuh?

Posted by: Mary-Kate at July 10, 2004 8:23 PM

Who would drink gin? Why, sir, all civilized people! Gin is one of the most civilized drinks I know. After a few gin and tonics is when I feel the most civilized.

Mary-Kate, you are in the queue. I had some other people I wanted to get in before I wrote up the (first) addendum. There will likely be other addenda, but I wanted more than 2. And my addled brain takes a while to come up with adequate descriptions for the various styles of cracker-eating. But be stout of heart.

Oh, and I'm out of limes, and decent tonic.

Posted by: James at July 11, 2004 2:06 AM

I'm here on many weekends as well. And as to cutting limeade, what the crap? (In keeping with old SB) Tartness is the whole point of drinking lemon or lime or lemon-lime-ades! These people shouldn't cut their drinks with water, they should JUST drink water.

Posted by: briwei at July 11, 2004 2:23 AM

I stop by whenever I'm around a computer, which is pretty much every day.

Posted by: Mike at July 11, 2004 2:44 AM

OK, cool. So people are around on the weekends. I'm pretty sure that Bob and Patti remain computer-free on the weekends. They can catch up on Monday mornings.

Posted by: James at July 11, 2004 3:22 AM

>>Who would drink gin? Why, sir, all civilized people! Gin is one of the most civilized drinks I know. After a few gin and tonics is when I feel the most civilized.>>

Mad dogs and Englishmen, James. Mad dogs and Englishmen...

Posted by: Steve at July 11, 2004 11:11 PM

Well it's monday and as you can tell I am just catching up on your site. It's not so much that I'm computer free (we have one at home it just hasn't been turned on in 6 bmonths or so) it's more that the dial up service makes it unbearable.

As far as gin goes. Nothing goes down better on a hot summer day than a gin and tonic.

Posted by: Bob at July 12, 2004 9:36 AM

I love gin. There are different types, each with its own merits. While we all know and love the "standard" type of gin, say, that made by Seagram's, I encourage you all to try genevere gin.

Specifically, Bols, which has an undertone of apple to it. Simply delicious.

Of course, a gin and tonic made with the best gin will suffer if it is made with sub-par tonic. As far as I'm concerned, the only tonic water to use is Schweppe's. It's crisp and clean, without that sickly sweet flavor common to others, like Canada Dry.

Mmm...wish I were having a gin and tonic now.

Posted by: Patti M. at July 12, 2004 11:35 AM

Being without a computer on the weekend is probably a good thing. I should try it one of these days.

Actually, having a "surfing free" weekend where the computer is only used for writing is not a bad idea. Pencil and paper work pretty good for writing, too.

Re: gin. Bob and Patti also introduced mt to grapefruit gin, which is good stuff. Never had genevere. Isn't "genever" the French word for Juniper? Is "genevere" a type of gin.

BTW - confirmed, Virgin limeade and gin mix extremely well. So well that I've run out of limeade now.

Posted by: James at July 12, 2004 11:43 AM

I believe genever is indeed the French word for juniper which makes sense since gin generally is flavored with juniper berries. Genever gin is Dutch I believe and is quite different from the classic dry gin that you associate with England and gin and tonics.

By the way technically speaking gin and vodka are the same (they are both neutral (unflavored)distilled grain liquors, as opposed to whisk(e)y which is distilled from malted grain and retains flavor). It's just that gin is infused with flavorings. So technically all of those fruity vodkas people seem to love are in fact gin.

Posted by: Bob at July 12, 2004 11:55 AM

I had a bad gin and tonic once in Worcester. It was the only time I went to a club. I remember going with Bob and Patti. It was noisy and pushy and the drink was overpriced and nasty. I've been off gin ever since. Either of you remember the name of the club?

Posted by: briwei at July 12, 2004 12:14 PM

You know, I'm sick of the term "latte-sipping liberals."

Can I be a gin-and-tonic liberal?

Posted by: James at July 12, 2004 1:06 PM

Hmm... The only club I ever went to in Worcester was Ralph's but I don't remember you ever coming Brian (in fact when I was going (my senior year)you were underage I think). Ralph's is definately a beer kind of place not a mixed drink kind of place. I'd guess they used really cheap gin (I'll agree that there is absolutely nothing worse than cheap gin, tastes like cleaning fluid). If you ever feel the urge to try it again request a name brand gin (tanqueray, seagrams, hendricks, beefeater).

Posted by: Bob at July 12, 2004 1:21 PM

For a gin and tonic, Seagrams is plenty good. I find it makes a refreshing drink. At home I have Bombay, and Seagrams which are decent for mixing. Tanqeray Ten and Bombay Sapphire are the premium offerings of their respective distilleries, and they may be too good for mixing with tonic. But I'm not much of a martini drinker. I drank most of the Sapphire as extremely dry martinis (i.e. straight).

I have barely touched the Ten. The Seagrams does just fine for mixing and I haven't felt the need for a dry martini since the Sapphire disappeared.

I've not strayed into the specialty brands of gin that Bob and Patti are familiar with.

As for what is gin... Bob may be correct, but I've never heard of a gin without juniper. Gin started out as a medicinal product and at that time I don't believe juniper was standard until later. So, technically, he's right. And some gins lean heavily on the non-juniper botanicals (Sapphire).

But I think you would be hard-pressed to find a non-juniper gin.

Posted by: James at July 12, 2004 1:41 PM

Bols genever and Van Hoo vodka. Mmm...


Check this out: http://www.bolscocktails.com/home.asp

Brian, I don't remember ever going to Ralph's with you, but if I had, I would have counseled you to drink a beer. There, one would more likely end up wearing rather thank drinking a drink in a glass.

Posted by: Patti M. at July 12, 2004 3:21 PM

Yes, I'm pretty sure it was Ralph's. I turned 21 in March of '89. I'm positive that the three of us went that spring. And you may have counseled me to drink beer, but as I don't like beer, it is unlikely I would have taken your advice. :) I remember that at the time, I liked Vodka Collins, but couldn't remember what it was called, and it came out Gin and Tonic. *sigh*

Posted by: briwei at July 12, 2004 8:18 PM

Generally, if you can't remember what your drink is called, that's a suggestion from nature that you oughtn't drink any more.

But it's only a suggestion.

Posted by: James at July 13, 2004 12:11 AM

OK now I vaguely recall that. Was that the night before Glen McGuire turned 21 and he was turned away at the door?

Posted by: Bob at July 13, 2004 11:59 AM

Nope. I got nothin'.

Posted by: Patti M. at July 13, 2004 12:24 PM

Yes! That's right. Glenn got screwed and we ended up not staying very long.

And as to the whole drink thing, I was still a novice drinker at that point. I hadn't done any drinking before college and didn't like beer. The first thing I got drunk on was peppermint schnapps, courtesy of a member of your readership. For a while, that was the only alcohol I drank. I even tried playing drinking games with it. Mistake.

At any rate, I had only recently branched out to Vodka drinks. So, I think I can be cut a little slack for not remembering what the thing I liked was called.

Posted by: briwei at July 13, 2004 1:54 PM

Wow!!! I forgot about the peppermint schnapps thing! Yes Brian, playing up and down the river with schnapps when everyone else is drinking cheap beer was probably not the wisest course. Freakin' hilarious though! I seem to remember MB specifically targeting you. There is a great picture somewhere of me holding the bottle of Dr. Migillicutty's(sp?) behind you're head while you desperately search for it.

As far as forgetting the name of the drink goes. What does it say about Patti and I that we didn't even rember being there!!

Posted by: Bob at July 13, 2004 2:51 PM

Consider some slack cut. :)

Years later, Brian, of course, let me drink myself stupid one night when Maggie was in CA. He was pretending to go drink for drink.

Posted by: James at July 13, 2004 4:00 PM

(so I can vouch for what happens to the alcoholically inexperienced)

Posted by: James at July 13, 2004 4:03 PM

Generally, I blame my forgetting on one of two things:

1. My brain can store only so much, so less-memorable things are jettisoned.

2. The plaque on my brain has caused some memory loss.

Posted by: Patti M. at July 14, 2004 9:54 AM

Heh. I remember that picture. I'd love to have a copy of it. I wonder who has it. For those who don't know, Bob decided that I had had quite enough schnapps after playing a drinking game where I was mercilessly targeted. So, he took away my bottle. He hid it from me in really hard to find places, like next to my head. So, he was probably right.

Posted by: briwei at July 14, 2004 12:40 PM

Now James, I did match you drink for drink early on. Then I realized I was reaching my limit and wanted to stop. However, you kept proposing toasts to stuff. So, I HAD to play along.

James was an interesting drunk, too. I don't know many people who would drink themselves stupid and then pull out reference books to try to figure out exactly how drunk they were. As I recall, using some formulas he found, he calculated that he was dead.

Then Maggie called. He knew it was going to be her, so he asked me to take the call and tell her he was in the bathroom or something. Whatever I did, I was not to let on that we had been drinking. So, I screened the call and gave him time to compose himself. And what do you suppose were the first words out of his mouth when he picked up the phone? "Hi Margaret. I'm drunk."

Did I mention that we had to work the next morning?

Posted by: briwei at July 14, 2004 12:45 PM

I recall a story where Brian was left in charge of making punch. Depending on how strong you like your bevs, he either failed miserably or achieved greatness.

Posted by: Patti M. at July 14, 2004 12:47 PM

How did this degenerate into a drinking post again?

Well since you brought it up. Brian and I were tending bar at a friends party. Pretty easy the only drinks were beer (from a keg) and punch made from vodka and KoolAid. Well we are an hour or so into the party something like the following exchange happens

Brian: We're out of punch what's in it?

Bob: Vodka and Kool Aid

About twenty minutes later the next exchange occurs

Bob: We're out of puch again. Where's the vodka?

Brian: It's gone.

Bob: What do you mean it's gone there was almost a whole half gallon.

Brian: I used it for the punch.

Bob: Brian, what did you put in the punch.

Brian: Vodka and Kool Aid like you said.

Bob:...and water?

Brian: You didn't say water!

Bob: (looking at some very tipsy looking guests) Oh shit.

Posted by: Bob at July 14, 2004 1:23 PM

I remember that story. That's hilarious.

Posted by: James at July 14, 2004 1:34 PM

I remember that one, too. I was going to do a post on my blog about my various experiences with alcohol, but it seems all the good ones have come out here. :)

I believe the Kool Aid story was from the party at Bull's apartment when Troy went through the window. I also recall that we split once the punch was gone with Glenn cGuire and Bill Marrs and a couple of other folks back to our place to play poker.

Posted by: briwei at July 14, 2004 9:11 PM

I think you split. I hung around and served beer until Troy went through the window (I seem to remember him enjoying your punch quite a bit Brian) and I realized that the police would be arriving shortly and I was standing behind a bar serving alcohol to minors. I then did my best snagglepuss impression (exit stage left).

Posted by: Bob at July 15, 2004 9:43 AM

He did enjoy it quite a bit. I remember actually cutting him off at one point because of the condition he was in. The fact that we ran out of punch may have also had something to do with it.

Posted by: briwei at July 15, 2004 1:12 PM

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