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New Shower
Jul 7th, 2013 by Mike

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Shower Sans Glass


For two weeks now, the workmen have been tearing out our old shower and installing a new one. Here it is without the glass installed. The glass comes on Tuesday.

The original shower has been leaking for several years and has responded only temporarily to my occasional caulking efforts. Gradually the vinyl flooring was getting darker in the leaky spots, so we decided to replace the shower and tile (done but not pictured, here) the floors.

We are pleased with the outcome, but can’t wait for the glass enclosure so we can shower in our own bathroom again. How spoiled we are.

Great Weekend
Jun 4th, 2013 by Mike

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Dave At The Finish

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He Deserves A Medal

On Saturday, Dave Erickson, ran a 1/2 ironman triathlon. A half ironman consists of a 1.2 mile swim, followed by a 56 mile bike race, followed by a half marathon (13.2 miles) run. He completed the feat in 6 hours 40 minutes and 37 seconds. Well done, Dave!

Dave’s long time friend, Jon Scott, came up from the Miami area to encourage Dave. It was great to spend some time with Jon. We haven’t seen him since he moved south many moons ago.

It had rained most of the day for the previous two days, and it was raining at 4:30 when Dave arrived to check in and get his number (004 by the way). But by the time we got to the venue at 5:15, the rain had stopped and by the time the race started there was a cloud cover but no rain. The clouds stayed most of the day and the sun peeked through a couple of time during the race. The high temperature was 81.

Needless to say, I’m very proud of Dave and his accomplishments. The half ironman is a great feat for a 42 year old who hadn’t done much strenuous physical exercise since his stint in the Marine Corps just after high school. Dave has become a generous, industrious,  man of integrity. And I’m proud of him.

Two Summer Brews
May 27th, 2013 by Mike

Here are the latest from The Major’s Brewery.

The first is a Belgian style Trappist ale commonly called dubbel. It’s a meal in itself. Yummy.

Dubbel Trubbel

Dubbel Trubbel Belgian Ale

The second is an Irish blonde style. This is light and refreshing beer with a smooth mouthfeel from the flaked barley. Although this label says  4.0% alcohol by volume, it’s really 5.9%. I added extra malt after making the label. The labels on the bottles have the correct alcohol percent on them.

Blue Eyed Blonde

Blue Eyed Blonde Irish Ale

 

 

New Beers
May 4th, 2013 by Mike

I brewed these two beers last November and December respectively. I just got around to making the labels. I had them both legged (they still are), but bottled a few later to share with The Villages Homebrew Club and a few friends. I was expecting a blonde ale instead of the amber, but I guess I ordered darker malts than a blonde calls for. So I just brewed a blonde ale last week and a Belgian Dubbel a couple of weeks ago. I just bottled the dubbed yesterday, so expect labels soon.

Amber

Stars and Stripes Amber Ale

 

Rye IPA

Death Ray Rye IPA

 

Finally Got It
Oct 2nd, 2012 by Mike

Today. Success. I finally loaded Mountain Lion and it’s running successfully on my mid-2009 MacbookPro. I loaded it onto my secondary drive instead of my primary drive. In the process, the problems I’ve been having with Mail got repaired, so it’s also running smoothly. There’s must be some issue with my primary disk drive, but I’ve run Tech Tool Pro, Disk Tools Pro, and Disk Utility on it and can’t find a problem.

We’ll I don’t care. It’s all working now. Now I just have to figure out how to use all the new features of Mountain Lion.

Golf Fact
Aug 15th, 2012 by Mike

The famous 17th Island Hole at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, is home to the PGA Tour’s Players Championship, but open to the public the rest of the year. The hole’s surrounding water claims an estimated 125,000 golf balls annually.

Golf Quote
Aug 13th, 2012 by Mike

“If I hit it right, it’s a slice. If I hit it left, it’s a hook. If I hit it straight, it’s a miracle. –Author Unknown

Ups And Downs
Jul 30th, 2012 by Mike

Mountain LionYesterday was a day of anticipation as I prepared my MacBook Pro to install the latest and greatest operating system, Mountain Lion. Got it ready; clicked the button in the App Store ($20); waited the 1.5 hours for download; waited the 2 hours for install; rebooted. Crap. None of the iWorks apps would launch, Mail took 18 hours to covert the Mail database and didn’t finish, tons of other apps crashed.

Today I spend the day converting back to Lion and recovering my data. Now I’m back and running. Guess the latest and greatest isn’t really the greatest.

Got The Brewery Going
Jul 18th, 2012 by Mike

Since May 5th, I’ve been busy crafting three different 5 gallon batches of beer. Here they are:

The Major’s Hopalong IPA

The Major’s Clown Nose Red

The Major’s Regimental Milk Chocolate Stout

These are the 72nd, 73rd, and 74th batches of beer I have brewed since I started in 1993. These three are especially good. If I can find the room, I’ll bring samples with me for Old Dad and Patrick when we head for California this fall.

The red is an extract brew. The stout and IPA are all-grain concoctions. If you want the recipe, just leave a comment and if I have your email address, I’ll send it to you. (Don’t leave your email in the body of your comments).

Huh
Jun 18th, 2012 by Mike

I just finished reading and article in Reader’s Digest entilted, “105 Unforgettable People & Places.” I can’t remember a one.

Oh, And Here’s Some More
Jun 6th, 2012 by Mike

Reader’s Digest also published:

  • 20 percent of Americans think that the sun revolves around the earth.
  • Less than half (47 percent) of Americans don’t know how long it takes for the earth to revolve around the sun.
  • Only 59 percent of adults know that the earliest humans and dinosaurs did not live at the same time.

 

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