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Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:10 am quote
I've had a long week so bought a little treat for this evening. The stuff is mazing and a great slow sipper.

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Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:18 am quote
Harbinger wrote:
I've had a long week so bought a little treat for this evening. The stuff is mazing and a great slow sipper.
Yeah, I guess someone has got to use up the old stuff.
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Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:32 am quote
Madison Sully wrote:
Harbinger wrote:
I've had a long week so bought a little treat for this evening. The stuff is mazing and a great slow sipper.
Yeah, I guess someone has got to use up the old stuff.
That one appears to be the creme de la creme of all port wines. We have the Portuguese to thank for that.
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Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:42 am quote
Max6200 wrote:
Madison Sully wrote:
Harbinger wrote:
I've had a long week so bought a little treat for this evening. The stuff is mazing and a great slow sipper.
Yeah, I guess someone has got to use up the old stuff.
That one appears to be the creme de la creme of all port wines. We have the Portuguese to thank for that.
Yes we do

Also a war between the British and French during the 17th and 18th centuries helped make it popular. The Brits needed to look elsewhere for wine and port being fortified can survive the time needed for a sea voyage.
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Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:00 am quote
It would cheer me up! I'm a lightweight, wine-wise, but had plenty of time and opportunity (worked for a small liquor distributor/retailer once upon a time). Never got past sherry, until we went to Portugal last year. Bought a small bottle to take home as a souvenir and really enjoyed it. Now we have to go back! Next time, more port and less bacalao!
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Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:38 pm quote
fledermaus wrote:
It would cheer me up! I'm a lightweight, wine-wise, but had plenty of time and opportunity (worked for a small liquor distributor/retailer once upon a time). Never got past sherry, until we went to Portugal last year. Bought a small bottle to take home as a souvenir and really enjoyed it. Now we have to go back! Next time, more port and less bacalao!
Lisbon is lovely. I am always thinking about going back. Any Portuguese has dual citizenship with Brazil and vice versa. However I have an American passport. But my legal name is so Brazilian. There must be two dozen pages under my last name on the phone book.
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Fri Jan 24, 2020 2:37 pm quote
Max6200 wrote:
But my legal name is so Brazilian. There must be two dozen pages under my last name on the phone book.
You mean "6200?

Lisbon is a great city. Lots to do and see, but not obviously crawling with tourists. Must have gained 5# with the nata though...
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Fri Jan 24, 2020 2:49 pm quote
Several of the VCdM gang attended a Port tasting at the Taylor winery in Gaia last year.

I have always enjoyed a good Port.

Only once did I slip up and drink an entire bottle in one sitting.

Man, that was a huge mistake.
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Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:30 pm quote
fledermaus wrote:
It would cheer me up! I'm a lightweight, wine-wise, but had plenty of time and opportunity (worked for a small liquor distributor/retailer once upon a time). Never got past sherry, until we went to Portugal last year. Bought a small bottle to take home as a souvenir and really enjoyed it. Now we have to go back! Next time, more port and less bacalao!
Bacalao is ambrosia! That and an ice cold Super Bock, you might as well be in paradise!
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Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:31 pm quote
fledermaus wrote:
It would cheer me up! I'm a lightweight, wine-wise, but had plenty of time and opportunity (worked for a small liquor distributor/retailer once upon a time). Never got past sherry, until we went to Portugal last year. Bought a small bottle to take home as a souvenir and really enjoyed it. Now we have to go back! Next time, more port and less bacalao!
Bacalao is ambrosia! That and an ice cold Super Bock, you might as well be in paradise!
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Fri Jan 24, 2020 4:16 pm quote
wmak wrote:
fledermaus wrote:
It would cheer me up! I'm a lightweight, wine-wise, but had plenty of time and opportunity (worked for a small liquor distributor/retailer once upon a time). Never got past sherry, until we went to Portugal last year. Bought a small bottle to take home as a souvenir and really enjoyed it. Now we have to go back! Next time, more port and less bacalao!
Bacalao is ambrosia! That and an ice cold Super Bock, you might as well be in paradise!
Bears repeating, eh?

I think I've been spoiled by Gabriela's Christmas bacalao. Can't say it was all that bad, but my expectations weren't entirely met.... but then again I failed to combine it with that (most Potuguese-sounding) Super Bock!
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Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:24 pm quote
Added to our beer glass collection last year on the Portugal trip.

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Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:27 pm quote
Sunshine and palm trees as usual.
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Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:17 pm quote
WLeuthold wrote:
Added to our beer glass collection last year on the Portugal trip.
I really like the dark Super Bock.
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Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:16 am quote
This is cheering me up. Who on Earth would have the gumption to take the muffler apart.

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Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:16 pm quote
We had 1.97" of rain Friday night and most of Sat morning. Salt is gone and riding the Vespa this week.
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Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:32 pm quote
The wife and I got to take a short ride on the bikes today. Lunch on quesadillas, burritos, and enchiladas. No wind and temps in the low 60’s.
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Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:39 pm quote
I have the Tall Vespa windscreen on the Sei Giorni, man does that thing block the wind.

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Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:35 pm quote
A lot of snow to play with. Here's the forecast. Brace ourselves, it's snowmageddon!

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Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:35 pm quote
Finally 100% moved in - nothing left to buy or put up. All in 11 days too
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Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:08 am quote
MV is MV.

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Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:13 am quote
Max6200 wrote:
MV is MV.
That was absolutely deserved!
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Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:26 am quote
znomit wrote:
Max6200 wrote:
MV is MV.
That was absolutely deserved!
Don't feel bad the feeling is mutual.

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Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:36 am quote
Max6200 wrote:
znomit wrote:
Max6200 wrote:
MV is MV.
That was absolutely deserved!
Don't feel bad the feeling is mutual.
Lets go have a beer to celebrate.

(actually I started without you).
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Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:17 am quote
Looks like I missed out on the fun on that thread! Funny how putting anything Chinese related in a thread around here usually results in a few of us getting booted... Maybe we need to add to the no politics/firearms policy and add China to the verboten list?

What's cheering me up? I guess my latest Italian acquisition... I know it's legit Italian as I came with a fancy authenticity certificate and other things printed on fancy paper with numbers etc..Ah well at least this mouse won't be getting in to any mufflers

*EDIT* I'm being very naughty the last week or so. Apparently I don't have enough Italian in my life so picked up this Amarone. I've been really good about not spending money on any of my bikes so...

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Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:25 pm quote
I spent the past couple days diagnosing and trying to resurrect a dead battery. This morning, the dealer replaced it no-fuss as a warranty issue.
I was expecting at least SOME hassle because...warranty. I’ve never made a warranty claim before. Making it even better, shop confirmed that there’s nothing wrong with the bike’s charging system, so it wasn’t an underlying issue, just a bad battery that became an ex-parrot at home. Didn’t even strand me somewhere.
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Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:54 pm quote
I received the goodies from Miguel this afternoon. I am very old. As you may very well know when I was in the hospital my apartment was burglarized and stole the special tools and all my decals and badges. so his offer was one that I could not have welcome more.💟

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Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:28 am quote
parked my scoot in front of an LA starbucks and had 2 Vietnamese gents ogling it like they were back in Hanoi (wishing they were still young and ridin' dirty?) LOVED IT.
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Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:33 am quote
Married over 18 years at last count. Early on, discussing furniture, and wanting to keep an antique dresser that my grandmother bought in her youth from money earned picking strawberries, I promised my bride I'd make her a bedroom set to blend with the dresser. She agreed, and we slept on a less-than-exciting metal frame with headboard bed temporarily. About 5 years later, I'd managed to finish the bedside tables. The bed plans languished, and changed shape several times. Maybe 5 years ago, settled on the final design, and started acquiring the wood needed from my dad's barn. It's actually out of elm, not the choicest wood to work with, but I love the varied grain, and the tree was an old giant living on the corner of our "other forty" marking the boundary line. My father was pretty obsessive about getting lumber from good trees as they came down (and used the rest for heating our farmhouse).

So, after moving along in fits and starts, I FINALLY have the footboard assembled (still needs some fitting and sanding, clearly). I'm actually impressed that I didn't just create a pile of firewood along the way.

Wife's birthday is in a month, and with my current momentum, who knows?

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Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:15 am quote
The weather forecast for this coming weekend.

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Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:20 am quote
fledermaus wrote:
Married over 18 years at last count. Early on, discussing furniture, and wanting to keep an antique dresser that my grandmother bought in her youth from money earned picking strawberries, I promised my bride I'd make her a bedroom set to blend with the dresser. She agreed, and we slept on a less-than-exciting metal frame with headboard bed temporarily. About 5 years later, I'd managed to finish the bedside tables. The bed plans languished, and changed shape several times. Maybe 5 years ago, settled on the final design, and started acquiring the wood needed from my dad's barn. It's actually out of elm, not the choicest wood to work with, but I love the varied grain, and the tree was an old giant living on the corner of our "other forty" marking the boundary line. My father was pretty obsessive about getting lumber from good trees as they came down (and used the rest for heating our farmhouse).

So, after moving along in fits and starts, I FINALLY have the footboard assembled (still needs some fitting and sanding, clearly). I'm actually impressed that I didn't just create a pile of firewood along the way.

Wife's birthday is in a month, and with my current momentum, who knows?
Are you going to keep the distressed finish or paint it a solid color?
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Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:53 am quote
Max6200 wrote:
fledermaus wrote:
Married over 18 years at last count. Early on, discussing furniture, and wanting to keep an antique dresser that my grandmother bought in her youth from money earned picking strawberries, I promised my bride I'd make her a bedroom set to blend with the dresser. She agreed, and we slept on a less-than-exciting metal frame with headboard bed temporarily. About 5 years later, I'd managed to finish the bedside tables. The bed plans languished, and changed shape several times. Maybe 5 years ago, settled on the final design, and started acquiring the wood needed from my dad's barn. It's actually out of elm, not the choicest wood to work with, but I love the varied grain, and the tree was an old giant living on the corner of our "other forty" marking the boundary line. My father was pretty obsessive about getting lumber from good trees as they came down (and used the rest for heating our farmhouse).

So, after moving along in fits and starts, I FINALLY have the footboard assembled (still needs some fitting and sanding, clearly). I'm actually impressed that I didn't just create a pile of firewood along the way.

Wife's birthday is in a month, and with my current momentum, who knows?
Are you going to keep the distressed finish or paint it a solid color?
Destined for staining.....want to keep the grain visible.
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Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:25 am quote
Great job on the footboard! I have to admit I'm jealous of anyone with the skill to make things. I'm pretty much all thumbs and my only talent outside out of what I do professionally is cooking and riding bikes.

My challenge tonight is to make one of my stocking stuffers from this Christmas.

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Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:04 pm quote
Harbinger wrote:
Great job on the footboard! I have to admit I'm jealous of anyone with the skill to make things. I'm pretty much all thumbs and my only talent outside out of what I do professionally is cooking and riding bikes.

My challenge tonight is to make one of my stocking stuffers from this Christmas.
Wait...a poutine kit?

As for being all thumbs, all I can say is that I still have mine!
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Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:08 pm quote
fledermaus wrote:
Married over 18 years at last count. Early on, discussing furniture, and wanting to keep an antique dresser that my grandmother bought in her youth from money earned picking strawberries, I promised my bride I'd make her a bedroom set to blend with the dresser. She agreed, and we slept on a less-than-exciting metal frame with headboard bed temporarily. About 5 years later, I'd managed to finish the bedside tables. The bed plans languished, and changed shape several times. Maybe 5 years ago, settled on the final design, and started acquiring the wood needed from my dad's barn. It's actually out of elm, not the choicest wood to work with, but I love the varied grain, and the tree was an old giant living on the corner of our "other forty" marking the boundary line. My father was pretty obsessive about getting lumber from good trees as they came down (and used the rest for heating our farmhouse).

So, after moving along in fits and starts, I FINALLY have the footboard assembled (still needs some fitting and sanding, clearly). I'm actually impressed that I didn't just create a pile of firewood along the way.

Wife's birthday is in a month, and with my current momentum, who knows?
As a sometime wood butcher I can really appreciate the fine work you are doing. it will look even better with a stain and a finish.
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Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:23 pm quote
fledermaus wrote:
Harbinger wrote:
Great job on the footboard! I have to admit I'm jealous of anyone with the skill to make things. I'm pretty much all thumbs and my only talent outside out of what I do professionally is cooking and riding bikes.

My challenge tonight is to make one of my stocking stuffers from this Christmas.
Wait...a poutine kit?

As for being all thumbs, all I can say is that I still have mine!
Yup!

It'll have to be this weekend though as I only bought 2 litres of homogenized milk and it calls for 4 and it takes a while to make the cheese as in hours. Should have read the instructions first... I make paneer all the time and thought it would be similar. Panner I can have ready in an hour or so if I'm making palak paneer etc but cheese curd is a little more scientific. I will say for being about as white as you get I do make some pretty good curries.

BTW paneer is super simple. Boil 2 litres of whole milk and bring to a boil then drop the temp down and add 1 litre of buttermilk and bring the temp back up. When curd starts to form stir for a while then strain in to a cheese cloth in a colander and when done you get this:

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Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:37 pm quote
fledermaus wrote:
So, after moving along in fits and starts, I FINALLY have the footboard assembled (still needs some fitting and sanding, clearly). I'm actually impressed that I didn't just create a pile of firewood along the way.

Wife's birthday is in a month, and with my current momentum, who knows?
Very nice. Wish I still had the ambition for projects.

Many years ago after we built our house I built all the kitchen cupboards, oak, and counter top along with a few other things like that. Kitchen cupboards are still in use. Kind of hated it when second wife decided she wanted to have a built in dishwasher and had to cut out a section of the cupboards to fit it in.

Glad you were able to salvage the Elm, have not seen an Elm tree around here in many years. We used to cut down some of the old dead trees for fire wood and that Elm was not fun to split even with a hydraulic splitter! Hear back in the day it was popular wood for barn floors as it would not split under the wagons.
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Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:59 pm quote
'What's cheering you up today'.

I'm on 6 different sorts of pills for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, rosacea, polymyalgia rheumatica, osteoporosis and rhinitis.

I am looking forward to Spring so that I can spend more time on my Honda Monkey bike and my Focus electric bike.

I rarely drink these days, watch my weight through diet and walk wherever and whenever I can.

I gave up smoking in August 2014 having smoked since I was about 11 years old.

It's my birthday today and I'm 67 years young. I went out for a birthday breakfast with my best friend of 60 years and over the next two days will be meeting up with other friends who I have known for as long.

I Love Life.

That's what's cheering me up today.

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Thu Jan 30, 2020 1:05 pm quote
Happy birthday! And many happy returns...
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Yay.

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