Poem: Comfortless

By Edgar A. Guest As found in Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book I found him underneath a tree“And what is wrong,” quoth I,“That you so solemn seem to beUnder this summer sky?” “The birds above you gayly sing,The wildflowers brightly bloom,What is this awful, horrid thingWhich seeks to seal your doom?” Round the children romp and play,The gentle breezes blow,Sad stranger, tell to me I prayThe burden of your woe. “I do not see the sunbeams dance,Nor hear the birds,” said he.“There’s something faulty with my stance,I can’t get off the tee.” “All day I’ve shanked my mashie shot,My putts … Continue reading Poem: Comfortless

Branch on Fire: Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition

I’ve been watching Peaky Blinders of late, so it seemed like a good time to kill of my bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey Caskmates, Stout Edition. Yeah, I know, lengthy freaking name. This was a bottle given to me a while back, purchased by someone who liked the IPA version but did not love them. I agree. the IPA version was better with it’s hopped up profile. Still, there is nothing wrong with this bottle for it’s $30 price profile (or $50.90 if you live in Fairfield). The Stout portion comes from aging Jameson whiskey in barrels previously used by … Continue reading Branch on Fire: Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition

Book Nook: Legacy of Ashes, The History of the CIA

I’ve been plugging along with my reading, but it has been a while since I wrote up a quick review of anything I have read. I wanted to do that for this book, because it has been one of the more interesting reads of the year for me, even if it is about 13 years after it came out. Legacy of Ashes was written by Tim Weiner, a veteran reporter for the New York Times. It was published in 2008 and covers the history of the agency, from formation in post WWII through the second Bush administration. This is one … Continue reading Book Nook: Legacy of Ashes, The History of the CIA

Branch on Fire: Hercules Mulligan Rum & Rye

I’m mostly a whiskey guy when it comes to my firewater, but I’m an equal opportunity guy. So I was intrigued when I saw the Hercules Mulligan Rum & Rye blend on Flaviar, the spirit subscription service I use for delivery. Named after the tailor turned spy of the Revolutionary War, HMRR is a new take on an old recipe, lifted from the times of the man himself. This is part spirt, part heavy-hitting cocktail. The recipe: Here is what makes up this blended drink:50 percent rum (3 different Caribbean rums from Jamaica and Guyana)50 percent rye (3 different Ryes, … Continue reading Branch on Fire: Hercules Mulligan Rum & Rye

Branch On Fire: Glenfiddich Fire & Cane

Glenfiddich is one of the most established makers of Scotch out there. They have been doing single malts for a long, long time and are the biggest seller of single malts out there. They are known for the sweeter side of scotch, from the Speyside. Fire & Cane, however, is one of their new offerings, an experimental whiskey. Fire & Cane takes their rare peated single malt and combines the fruit-forward Speyside, making it “half-peated”. Peated Glenfiddich was previously hard to find, mostly in duty-free stores. Both are aged in ex bourbon barrels. The “Cane” comes from the cask finishing … Continue reading Branch On Fire: Glenfiddich Fire & Cane

TV: Barry

HBO’s Barry apparently was not about this guy: So that was disappointing. No, Barry is a Bill Hader vehicle in which the SNL alum plays it straight as a (possibly) psychotic hitman, struggling with the morality of his profession. It is still called a comedy, but a dark one, and by the end of season two, a very dark one. There have been two seasons so far, 16 total episodes. The show follows Barry (Hader) on his journey from efficient hitman to wannabe actor in a troupe of wannabes. Stephen Root plays the mentor, and walks around doing Stephen Rooty … Continue reading TV: Barry

National Title Odds and Returning Production

The calendar turns to July, which just brings us one month closer to the return of college football. I know, I know. I’ll wait for you to wipe away the tears of anticipation. Betting odds are up for the national title, with all the usual suspects. Top 10, via Draftkings Team Odds 1 Alabama +225 2 Clemson +300 3 Ohio St +400 4 Oklahoma +650 5 Georgia +700 6 Iowa St +2800 7 LSU +4000 7 Texas A&M +4000 7 Florida +4000 10 Texas +5000 One of the first things I look at when looking at preseason futures (usually win … Continue reading National Title Odds and Returning Production