MisterOJ

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  1. You're more than welcome to set up a chair in my front yard and park in my driveway. I've made the same offer to a bunch of friends. Here in Russellville, we're supposed to get two and a half minutes of total darkness because of the eclipse. It should be pretty epic here.
  2. Since my house is pretty much right in the path of totality for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, I've been reading and hearing a lot about that. I'm pretty excited about it, although admittedly, if I wasn't right in the sweet spot, I would probably be barely aware of it - if at all. Is anyone else on the board planning to observe the eclipse in a few days?
  3. span data-node-flag="true">a So, in the past year or so, I've started reading more blogs and watching YouTube videos and whatnot about bourbon though. I've tried, unsuccessfully, to pick up those tasting notes and smells that everyone talks about. I'd just about given up until the other night when I did my first blind taste test at home. The four bourbons I had my wife pour for me were: 1) Heaven Hill Bottled in Bond 2) Very Old Barton Bottled in Bond 3) Old Ezra 101 4) Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond That was the order I tasted them in. Beforehand, if you'd asked me which was my favorite I would have said the Heaven Hill. Although, this was the first time I'd ever tried the Old Ezra. I wanted to throw in one wild card to see if I could pick it out. (Spoiler: I couldn't.) When I smelled and tasted #1, the same thing happened that always does. My brain said, "Smells like bourbon, tastes like bourbon. The end." I was a little disappointed, but not all that surprised. I took a sip of water, moved on to #2 and then I was blown away, because it was like a whole new world opened up. The first thing that hit me was how much sweeter it smelled. I picked up caramel corn in a big way. I couldn't believe I was actually picking up something like that for the first time. The taste was similar too, caramel corn at first, but then oak on the finish. Since it was so different from anything I'd ever experienced (or so I thought) I was certain that was the Old Ezra. When I went to #3, it smelled strongly of spice, and I got the same from the taste as well. Lots of spicy notes. So, I went back to #1 for a second try and started picking up the smell of leather, but the taste was more corn and oak. # 4 wasn't as pronounced as the others, but I got a decent amount of oak from it too. It was my least favorite of the four. So, when I ranked them, VOB BiB was my favorite. Old Ezra was second, followed closely by HHBiB and finally Old Fitz. I'm going to try just a single bourbon this evening and see if I can still pick out any tasting notes, or if my brain just registers as "bourbon" when I don't have anything to compare it against. Should be an interesting experiment.
  4. I finished it last night. I liked it. It wasn't spectacular, but it was pretty good. I found myself more interested in the secondary characters than Debbie and Ruth, so I'm hoping we see more of them in Season 2.
  5. This past Saturday morning was a new experience for me. The local big box liquor store had posted on Twitter that they were going to be offering up some rare and hard-to-find bourbons on Saturday morning. I made plans to get there right when the doors opened at 8 a.m., but I was told by my brother (who is more in tune with that scene) that I'd need to get there even earlier if I wanted to have any chance whatsoever of getting a bottle of something I was interested in. This seemed crazy to me, so I decided just to forget the whole thing. Of course, then I find myself awake at 5 a.m. Saturday with nothing really to occupy my time. And after a couple cups of coffee, I clean myself up and head over to the liquor store to park my butt in line. I get there around 6:20 a.m. - over a half hour before the doors open. I'm the 22nd person in line. There were three bottles I was interested in, so I was pretty sure I'd be able to get at least one of them. The rules of engagement the store put down was that you could only buy one bottle at a time. After you get your one bottle, you can get back in line and go through again and get a second bottle. By the time 8 a.m. rolled around, there was well over 100 people in line. They only let 10 people in the store at a time, so I was in the third group allowed inside. Before my group was admitted, they had already sold out of two bourbons - neither of which I wanted. Well, not technically true. I wanted the Four Roses 50th Anniversary edition, but I wasn't going to pay the $180 price tag it had. (I don't think. I'm kinda glad they sold out, because I really didn't need that temptation. $180 is a lot of money for a bottle of bourbon and I'm not sure how I'd explain that to the wife.) Anyway, the two bottles I wanted most were the 12-year-old Weller and the Stagg Jr. The four or five people ahead of me all went for the Weller and there was what looked like a few cases of Stagg left, so I figure I'll buy the Weller and hope there's a bottle of Stagg left when I go through the line a second time. Didn't work out that way and the Stagg ran out before I was all that close to getting back in. But, I did get a bottle of Col. E.H. Taylor small batch, which was the third bourbon I was interested in. It was just interesting being the middle of the whole bourbon craze. It's so insanely popular right now. I've always just bought what I like and never really gotten *that* into the whole bourbon "culture" of things. It was fun seeing everyone else's excitement at being there for the event though.
  6. This is probably the one show I have never seen, but most feel like I should, because I would probably really enjoy it. I've been waiting for years for some online streaming service to pick it up so I can watch, but it still hasn't been. Does anyone know if there's a reason for that? Seems like between Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, etc., someone would pick it up and offer it for streaming.
  7. So, I just watched this whole series over the course of the last 4-5 days. Wow. That was really some great storytelling. It totally captured that "I'm so horrified, but I can't look away" feeling for me. Poor June. And Moira. And Luke. And so many, many others. I can't wait for Season 2 already. I'm glad that's going to be a thing. But, I'm really surprised there isn't more to this thread. I guess, like others have said, it's because it was a show on Hulu. That's a shame. More people should watch this.
  8. Talk about surreal. For those of you who don't know (and most people on here don't), I'm the editor of a small community newspaper. I just got John's obit in my email to be included in our next newspaper. It's a pretty great obituary, so I'll share it here. span data-node-flag="true">a John Benedict Kenady, 42, of Louisville, died peacefully on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at Baptist East Hospital, with his loving mother and family by his side. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on February 8, 1975. After living in Trumbull, Connecticut for several years, John and his family moved to California in 1982, where he graduated from Los Gatos High School in 1993. He served his country in the United States Navy from 1993 to 1999, and was a Gulf War veteran. He was stationed on the Destroyers USS Fife and later, the USS Cushing. He was an ET3 and served in Japan, the Persian Gulf, the China Sea and the Philippines. He later worked as a civilian for Harris Corporation in Sunnyvale, California. John is survived by his mother, Ruth Rogers Haley (Barron) of Pagosa Springs, Colorado; father, Kerry M. Kenady of Russellville, Kentucky; sister Kathy Kenady of Boise, Idaho; half sister Kary Leann Leigh (Norman) of Louisville; half brother Michael Kenady of Louisville; niece Kyla Kenady of Louisville; stepsister Sabrina Haley of Oakland, California; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Gerald and Helen Rogers, paternal grandparents, Harold and Lillian Kenady, uncle Don Kenady, cousin Joe Rogers, and nephew Michael Hardin. John had a brilliant mind and a razor sharp wit. He was fiercely loyal to his many friends, and he lived an uncensored and unapologetic life. He was a sensitive and loving soul who will be deeply missed. Cremation was chosen. A Celebration of Life was held for John on May 29, 2017, in Louisville with his family. If desired, donations in John’s name can be made to any veterans’ charity. Please honor and remember John in your own meaningful way. Read a copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Cheer for the Giants, Sharks, or Warriors. Take your own small personal action toward social justice. Fair winds and following seas, John. We love you.
  9. Well, shit. This is the first I've seen this thread. John's dad lives in the same small town in southern Kentucky as me. Had some minor dealings with him at one point through work. For a while, John was living here with his dad and we messaged back and forth a bit about how we should get together. But we never did. And now, that makes me sad.
  10. I think the "plot" of the season was just how spent Phillip is at this point. And Elizabeth too, to a lesser degree. Phillip is just worn completely thin. I felt terribly for him at the end of the episode last night. But overall, it was mostly a penultimate season. It's just set the stage for all the plot threads to come together next season.
  11. I'm glad I read that. I'm not sure how I feel about it... but I'm glad I read it. Real life is messy and hard and sometimes, there's no good choices. I have a hard time blaming the author and his siblings too much. Yes, they could have probably done more to help Lola. But they are themselves victims of their upbringing. They were conditioned from birth to believe that the Lola's situation was okay. Because of outside influences, they did break the conditioning of their parents somewhat... but not completely. I'd like to think I would have done more or done better if I were placed in their shoes, but I'm not sure I would.
  12. After doing some side-by-side taste tests at home, I have come to the realization that if you know what you're doing, you can find some bottom shelf (at least according to price) bourbons that are every bit as good as bottles that cost 3-4 times as much. Heaven Hill White Label is a bourbon that costs $11 at my local liquor store and I would put it up against any bourbon in the $30-$40 price range. It's plenty good enough to sip either neat or on the rocks, but at the price; if I'm in the mood for a bourbon and Coke or an old fashioned, then I don't feel bad about mixing it either. It really is the perfect everyday bourbon, IMO. The bad news is that you can't really buy it outside of Kentucky. The Heaven Hill Green Label is distributed more widely, and is essentially the same thing but just at a lower proof. (White label is 100 proof, while green label is 90.) They're both aged a minimum of 6 years, so at that price - you just can't beat them. Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond has become my other daily drinker. Since it's a wheated bourbon, I'll have it every once in a while instead of Heaven Hill. It costs a couple bucks more than the White Label, but at $13 it's still a steal. Makers Mark is the most popular wheated bourbon (and maybe the most popular bourbon in world) but Old Fitz BiB is every bit as good as Makers in my book. It's also bottled at 100 proof, and there is Old Fitzgerald Prime, which is bottled at 80 proof and a little cheaper. Unlike the White and Green labels of Heaven Hill, there's a big difference between these two Old Fitz varieties though. I don't like the Old Fitz Prime nearly as much. I really wouldn't recommend it.
  13. I'm sorry to see American Crime go. It was pretty good for a network drama. Actually, it was damn good for a network drama. Which is probably why it didn't catch on, I guess.
  14. Something I've always wondered in the 4-5 years I've been watching English soccer... why do they announce the team of the year with a month still to go in the season?
  15. Same. I thought the first season was great, but just didn't care for the second at all.