Friday, July 06, 2012

absinthe story

Speaking of coffee, do I have it right that there are only two types of beans and the rest is terroir and how it's roasted?  That is crazy to me.  I know terroir is a real, although very mysterious thing.  As it applies to wine my science brain has a hard time with the concept because I don't understand what the mechanism is.  For instance, how would growing a grape in chalky soil result in a mineral character? Is the chalk actually in the grape? I am just making that example up but it's hard for me to understand.

However, imagine if there were only two grapes in the world and yet there were people claiming to find hundreds of different flavors in the same two grapes.  I guess it is still possible.

There's a hub show this weekend! Is it sort of a secret? Am I not supposed to post this? It's not on undietacos.  It's Fine Steps and English Singles.  Both of these bands are currently on fire.

Also, Bananas and Babies and Dog Party and someone else on Tuesday the 10th.  Again, I ask Charles: why you book four band show on weeknight? I'm sure this will irritate him (if he's reading) but four band shows irritate me.

Since you've all stopped reading by this point I'll tell you the story about why my car reeks of absinthe.  Once upon a time NH bought a bottle of absinthe and we wanted to have a nip early in the day (as you do) and the cork fell in.  DL decided that the perfect cork would be a baby carrot, which promptly fell in.  Perhaps the nips had something to do with this.  Then, the absinthe had to be poured out, strained for bits of cork, and poured back in.  The carrot was strained out (some mixologist should made a drink with absinthe-marinated carrots) but the cork remained.  As you may know, NH and JBB just bought a house and they are moving.  The absinthe top was wrapped in plastic wrap so they decided not to move with it.  I said, "I'm not letting good absinthe go to waste" so I wrapped a rubber band around the plastic wrap.  Rock solid plan, right?  Then I put it in my trunk to go home since that's an open container.  I am so lazy about this kind of thing (not about other things!) that I just propped it up against a box of giant Lacoste towels that I am supposed to take back to Macy's (wedding present, but I picked giant ones accidentally).  Of course it all spilled as soon as I pulled away.  So now the car smells like booze and I probably can't take the towels back.  I'm scared to look.  This is mostly news to Scott right now.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't know anything about coffee or grapes, obviously, but Skipper told me that no two batches of sauerkraut can taste the same because it's different bacteria (?) every time.

Charles made a big deal about how it's going to be fast because there will be maximum equipment sharing. I am not falling for that anymore, still four bands on a tuesday, dude!

Any story with DL and a carrot is a winner.

gbomb

beckler said...

I know. I think it is ominous that there are 27 "maybes" on facebook. Which means no in reality. and then like 36 yeses, of which maybe 20 will go. Fuck I am a chop busta' today. Crabby.

Liv Moe said...

It's like you were channeling me with that Absinthe move. I feel less alone in the world knowing others do such swift things and put off telling their spouse about them.

Anonymous said...

the coffee thing confuses me too. There are mentions of coffee 'varietals' but I don't know if they are actually different species? Like here for example where they compare coffee varietals to grape varietals:

http://buy.stumptowncoffee.com/varietals.html

JD

Anonymous said...

Actually, now that I bothered to read some of the descriptions, they do seem to be many different strains and hybrids, etc. So I think it's a more complex situation that really just two types. Maybe two main categories, but lots of tiny variation between strains. I guess. Maybe not.

JD

beckler said...

I see! Sounds like I was wrong about that. Surprise!

There is a lot of superstition and pseudoscience surrounding coffee.

beckler said...

oh boy, going back to reading some yelp reviews for the first time in months. i'll be posting some gems

As we continue to wait she came to us with two glass of water. The water look warm. I was worried she gave me sink water. I didn't drink it.

and for a place in folsom:

The best fire breathing bartenders around.

It's hard to argue with that

Anonymous said...

I am sitting here with a nice glass of sink water right now. Because I'm gross like that.

gbomb

beckler said...

ok, number one I just found out that Toby Keith has a restaurant in Folsom?! This is a yelp of it:

Flies flies flies flies!!! The food is ok. Better off at chillis for food. Could not even get a drink. The girls are not that smart.Food was wrong. And covered in flies!

beckler said...

It only has two stars with 44 reviews! That is almost unprecedented on yelp.

beckler said...

The bartenders are all scantily clad it seems, with "ta-tas out". This is a funny dis:

Food was bland. Bartenders couldn't dance.

beckler said...

From a positive review:

Hard Rock Cafe meets Hooters, but with BETTER music and HOTTER waitresses

beckler said...

wow, even this guy (a fan) said the waitresses can't dance

I'd give it a 10 if i could. A TEN!! HOT DAMN them some big ole boobies up in ther. Live music+ scantily clad babes + big beers = a happy bob. That place could spin doughnuts around hooters if it was on wheels. Can't wait for the calender, 1 for the garage and one for the bathroom please. The chica's need to practice on their dance moves a lil but its ok the babys just need practice.

Does that sentence about "the calender" make any sense at all?

beckler said...

Service was really slow and the waitress' act like there Doo Doo don't stink

beckler said...

ha! this could kind of be the ultimate dis, but I don't think the yelper thinks it's that bad:

What a waste, I would have rather gone home and watched Disney on Ice.

Anonymous said...

Advice for four band shows if you can't stand being up for 45 more minutes: don't go.

I had a sweet three band bill. Several of them actually and everyone said no. Dreamdate, Nacho Business, Knock Knock, English Singles, Bananas (at first) all said no.

Since I couldn't get a a big local draw I went with three bands that had a lesser draw: monster Treasure, Sneeze Attack and Dog Party. The Bananas some how changed their minds (has never happened about anything, will never happen again) and that put me in a pickle. So, I bumped Sneeze Attack for the good of the show. I didn't feel comfortable bumping another band.

Furthermore, the last two times of done this four-band-share-gear move, both shows have ended before a regular three band show (see Spits/RAD/Teef!/Croissants show from last fall). Really ask DJ Ric cuz he noticed too. If I do a show, I stage manage the fuck out of it.

Again, my advice is don't go if it stresses you out. I surely don't want any bad vibes at a show like this. Or really, just chill out.

Charles

beckler said...

It doesn't stress me out, I just hate long shows and most other people do too.

The Bananas and Babies are not bands that I want to see do short sets because there are four bands. In fact, as we all know, this can't really be controlled with the bananas, even if you just start playing other music over the sound system during their set. Nobody puts MikeRMike in a corner!

It's cool, I'm chill, just please don't do this again.

beckler said...

I wish a trend of two band shows would sweep the nation. One touring, one local.

beckler said...

hope you're not mad. thanks for booking the show!

Anonymous said...

the dude wants two calendars of the waitresses so he can rock it in his kitchen as well as his bathroom

beckler said...

oh my god that is what it means

The Armeniac said...

The 2 band show is an impossible but beautiful dream!
Also I'm a lil surprised you didn't know that calendar line was about rockin it? Have you not been reading the penthouse forum lately?

Anonymous said...

I guess I have to take the Hooters calendar off the bedroom wall. Cat's out of the bag. Thanks guys.

-miller

Anonymous said...

Wait, I meant the bathroom wall. I ruined my own joke.

-miller

Natalie Rose said...

I can't believe I am just finding out about this absinthe debacle now.

You can see why we declined to move it.

N.

Anonymous said...

smiller, just hang Hooters calendar in your Jerry tent - two more reasons to hang out in there all day!

-omf