April 8, 2007

Bunnyween Roundup

Weekend brain dump.

Happy Bunnyween

DrMomentum’s official bunny of Bunnyween 2007 is Spanky.

Hope yours went/is going well. Don’t eat too much chocolate, but (and as I said to Some Guy With A Pen) grab life by the ears.

Turbodog

Sara left some Abita Turbodog in my fridge. Sara is one of my favorite people. There’s a sort of symmetry to it because now Abita Turbodog is one of my favorite beers.

Turbodog is a brown ale made with German alt yeast. It’s a malty, like German altbiers I have tried but not heavy in the sweetness. I didn’t make tasting notes, but it went really well with a rib eye steak.

Turbodog has inspired me.

I’ve not gone out of my way to try different altbiers, which is crazy since I like the style so much. So it’s time for an altbeir taste-off. Look for this in the future of Aces Full of Links. I will announce the beers ahead of time for those that want to follow along at home and have the means to get their hands on one or more of the beers in question. We are nothing if not an interactive blog here at Aces Full. If you have a suggestion for an alt that you love, send it along.

Museums

We had a decent trip to the museum(s) on Friday. Photos to follow.

I was scolded by different museum staff a total of 3 times on Friday. Once gently, once sternly, and once excitedly. And I also had to get stern with exhibit staff who were trying to scold my kids. Story in a later post.

Building Names

Meet me in LARTS and we’ll walk over to SENG together. Alums familiar with the layout of UMass Dartmouth will now have to recall fondly the bygone days of “Group I” and “Group II”. Gorup I is now the poetically named “LARTS”.

See here, on this page which explains the renaming of the buildings. Sure, the names “Group I” and “Group VI” were confusing to neophytes, but they were the names we’d always had. And they were pronounceable. Apparently, no effort was made in the new names to come up with abbreviations which would lend themselves to be used in everyday conversation.

Look at the name of the building that my job has moved to. The “old” name was the AT&T building or Fairhaven. Now it’s called “FHVN”. That plain sucks. We could use a better name, I agree, but FHVN is not it.

Woody Woodpecker

We think we might have seen a Hairy Woodpecker at the feeder in Westport on Easter. Downy Woodpeckers are reasonably common, but it is unusual to see the Hairy type. They’re tough to tell apart.

Narrows

Some cool acts coming to the Narrows Center in Fall River:

  • Cracker (Thu, April 26)
  • Ronnie Earl (Fri, June 8)
  • Iris Dement (Fri, Nov 9)
  • Crooked Still (Sat, Nov 10)

Crooked Still! Woohoo!

Posted by James at April 8, 2007 10:36 PM
Create Social Bookmark Links
Comments

I also thought I saw a Hairy Woodpecker over the weekend, although after looking at that link it might have been the Downy Woodpecker.

Posted by: Sara at April 10, 2007 10:08 AM

On Narrows: Wow! I don't know who any of them are!

Posted by: briwei at April 10, 2007 1:04 PM

Cracker had a hit in the 90's entitled "Low."

Ronnie Earl is a Boston-based Jazz musician out of Boston who Ryan and I discovered through Pandora.

Iris Dement... I think we used to listen to her on KPIG when it was online for free. Let the Mystery Be was one of my favorites.

Everybody's wonderin' what and where they all came from. Everybody's worryin' 'bout where they're gonna go when the whole thing's done. But no one knows for certain and so it's all the same to me. I think I'll just let the mystery be.

Some say once you're gone you're gone forever, and some say you're gonna come back.
Some say you rest in the arms of the Saviour if in sinful ways you lack.
Some say that they're comin' back in a garden, bunch of carrots and little sweet peas.
I think I'll just let the mystery be.

Everybody's wonderin' what and where they all came from.
Everybody's worryin' 'bout where they're gonna go when the whole thing's done.
But no one knows for certain and so it's all the same to me.
I think I'll just let the mystery be.

Instrumental break.

Some say they're goin' to a place called Glory and I ain't saying it ain't a fact.
But I've heard that I'm on the road to purgatory and I don't like the sound of that.
Well, I believe in love and I live my life accordingly.
But I choose to let the mystery be.

Everybody's wonderin' what and where they all came from.
Everybody's worryin' 'bout where they're gonna go when the whole thing's done.
But no one knows for certain and so it's all the same to me.
I think I'll just let the mystery be.
I think I'll just let the mystery be.

I've got a live track of David Byrne and Natalie Merchant singing it.

Crooked Still... see earlier post.

Posted by: James at April 10, 2007 3:16 PM

Sorry for the redundant sentence on Ronnie Earl. I walked away from the keyboard in the middle of typing, then came back.

Posted by: James at April 10, 2007 3:17 PM

I really liked that song by Cracker... I guess it fit my mood at that particular moment. I've never heard anything else they did.

Posted by: julie at April 10, 2007 4:46 PM

I have that album if you want to hear the rest of it. It's called "Kerosene Hat."

I just got the album used through http://LaLa.com.

Posted by: James at April 10, 2007 5:08 PM

I'm not sure I've had many alt beers either... If you put together a list I'll be sure to try some and post my notes. NExt time I'm at the packy I'll look out for some alt beers.

Posted by: hooligan at April 18, 2007 11:45 AM

Copyright © 1999-2007 James P. Burke. All Rights Reserved