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Sunday, May 20, 2007


Insomnia and putting-things-off has got the best of me again. The Preakness has come and gone, without me posting this simple yet absolutely delightful drink recipe given to me by a friend from another board (thanks, wayper, my lone friend in Lynchburg, Virginia, who apparently (proximity, maybe?) knows much about Maryland potables). I've modified his drink so that you enjoy it one-at-a-time, while retaining it's crazy-delicious qualities.

Hopefully you're in possession of ice, a basic bar set-up, some fruit, and a DVR. Mix this cocktail, and watch the Preakness all over again, on a lazy Sunday.

The Black-Eyed Susan

1 oz Vodka
1 oz Light Rum (Bacardi vs. Myers Dark, for the non-Rummers in the house)
1/2 oz Triple Sec
Splash of Orange Juice
Splash of Pineapple Juice

Build on ice, shake vigorously with bar tin, and garnish with modified flag (lime and cherry)

As an aside, horse racing still fascinates me, but it's not as big as it was when I was a kid. Was there just nothing else going on, those late spring Saturdays of my early childhood? Horses used to make the cover of Time Magazine and shit. Steve Cauthen was bigger than Paris Hilton (and every bit as "troubled.")Now, it seems, horseracing just isn't a big deal anymore. I still get excited about the Triple Crown (the most elusive title in all of sport) when nobody else seems to, but then again, I'm giddy whenever I come across Breyer model horses at the flea market.

At any rate, a belated toast to Curlin, 2007 Preakness Winner and Triple Crown Spoiler - 29 years and counting.

Beat-up little seagull on a marble stair
Tryin’ to find the ocean, lookin’ everywhere
Hard times in the city, in a hard town by the sea
Ain’t nowhere to run to, there ain’t nothin’ here for free
Hooker on the corner waitin’ for a train
Drunk lyin’ on the sidewalk sleepin’ in the rain
And they hide their faces
And they hide their eyes
’Cause the city’s dyin’ and they don’t know why
Oh, Baltimore
Man, it’s hard just to live
Oh, Baltimore
Man, it’s hard just to live, just to live

- Randy Newman (Nina Simone!), "Baltimore"

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Drinking Liberally

Hey Cincinnatians!

The good, good people at the local Drinking Liberally chapter are holding their first Cincinnati Straw Poll for the 2008 Democratic Presidential Nomination next Tuesday, May 8th at 8:00 at their usual digs, The Comet in Northside! Head on over for some straw polling, followed by some drinking of cocktails through straws, I imagine.

Now, I happen to think Drinking Liberally is one of the great all-time concepts. Just folks getting together weekly, meeting others of similar political tastes, chatting about current events and getting boozy. Who couldn't love that? If you're not in Cincinnati, be sure to find your own local meetup at the national Drinking Liberally website:


Have a great time tonight, and may the best straw win! Heh.

When the president talks to God
Are the consonants all hard or soft?
Is he resolute all down the line?
Is every issue black or white?
Does what God say ever change his mind
When the president talks to God?

- Bright Eyes, "When The President Talks To God"