Homebrewing and Vermont Beer

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My Vermont Brewery tours were delayed a bit due to spending most of our weekends doing home improvement projects and yard work. Also, during the last few months I did get a chance to launch http://www.vtbeer.org and develop a WordPress plug-in using RateBeer API. Finally, I got the chance to make another small batch (1 gallon) of beer. Continue reading

2010 Year in Review

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Another late year in review post.

Previous lists: 2009, 2008

Blogging in Review (2010)

Posts tallied from 2009-12-31 to 2010-12-31

Top 2010 Months (By Views)
  1. November (22,010)
  2. October (20,507)
  3. March (17,619)
  4. September (16,509)
  5. August (15,987)
Total Views

2010 (year) = 199,063

 

Life in Review (2010)

2010 continued my travels to a few cities that I’ve always wanted to visit and return to see sights that I missed the last time I visited the city.

* denotes a first time

(stopping at airports or just in town for business without sight seeing does not count towards list below)

US Destinations

Portland, Oregon *

  • Pittock Mansion *
  • Japanese Garden *
  • Multnomah Falls *
  • Washington Park *
  • Forest/Linnton Park *
  • Cannon Beach, Oregon *
  • Seaside, Oregon *

St. Petersburg, Florida *

  • Honeymoon Island State Park *
  • St. Petersburg Pier *
  • Historic Round Lake Park *
  • Straub Park *

Boston, Massachusetts *

  • Cape Cod (Eastham) *
  • Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (Cape Cod) *
  • Cape Cod National Seashore *
  • Provincetown *
  • Boston Commons *
  • Cheers Bar *
  • Beacon Hill’s Acorn Street *
  • Faneuil Hall *
  • Harvard (Cambridge) *

New York City, NY *

  • Times Square *
  • Two Broadway Plays (Chicago and Next to Normal) *
  • Rockefeller Center Plaza *
  • Penn Station *
  • Wall Street *
  • China Town *
  • Washington Square Park (NYU) *
  • New York City Public Library *

Washington, DC

  • Smithsonian Institute *
  • Iwo Jima Monument
  • National Gallery of Art *
  • Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum *
  • United States Botanic Garden *
  • United States Capitol (outside only) *
  • United States Supreme Court Building (outside only) *
  • Mt. Vernon Square *
  • US Navy Memorial *
  • Library of Congress, Jefferson Building *
  • Sully Park (near Dulles International Airport) *

San Juan, Puerto Rico *

  • San Juan National Historic Site (Castillo de San Cristobal) *

Las Vegas, Nevada

International Destinations
  • Grant Turk, Turk and Caicos *
  • Philipsburg, St. Maarten *
  • Half Moon Cay, Bahamas *
Local Events
  • Camping at Palomar Mountain *
  • Comic-Con 2010
  • Eastern Caribbean Cruise *
  • Jury Duty (as alternate Juror) *
  • The Avett Brothers and Brandi Carlile Concert (Los Angeles, CA) *
  • La Mesa Oktoberfest *

Why is the San Diego Padres’ mascot a Friar instead of a Padre?

While attending a Padres game this weekend I was asked “why do the Padres have a friar for their mascot and not a padre?” (paraphrased)

I really had no answer to this question. I hadn’t even thought much about it during my numerous years living in-and-around San Diego.

I attended my first Padre game back at Jack Murphy (“The Murph”) Stadium around 1996 just before Qualcomm purchased the naming rights in 1997.

As a young kid playing baseball very far east of southern California in the 80s, I was (still am) a huge fan of Tony Gwynn and so I watched the Padres from afar. (I’m still holding out hope that he’ll run for mayor and fix all of our city problems…)

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