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To Whom Are You Drinking Right Now?

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The Clifford Brown Max Roach Quintet was one of the most important music group of all time! The number of young musicians who got their start with MR is mind boggling (I think Art Blakey also was a stand out in this resect). I remember hearing Mr Roach at Chicago's Jazz showcase. His drumming was powerful, estatic, emotional and moving.

One of the true greats! Not a time to be sad, but a time to remeber all the joy he brang and to celebrate having a great one like that in our midsts for so long. As I always lament, that Jazz Band in the Sky just keep on getting better and better!

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Michael Jackson, the Beer Hunter, passed away yesterday morning in London. Long a legendary figure at the GABF, Jackson was also an expert on whisk(e)ys, and a prolific author and enthusiastic guest speaker on those topics. Locally, he made occasional appearances at Bob Tupper's beer tasting series at the Brickskeller, often smuggling in various rarities from Europe. His compact guides to the world's single-malts are indispensible, even if they do (unfortunately) contribute to the what's-my-point-score mentality.

I happen to be in Bardstown, Kentucky today, and will raise a glass tonight in his memory.

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Farewell Mr. Jackson. The world of spirits and beer just got a bit less interesting. I'll be drinking a Signatory 25 in your honor tonight.

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James Barber, TV chef (The Urban Peasant) and cookbook author, has died.

His wife, Christina Burridge, says "As far as we can tell, James was sitting at the dining room table, he was reading a cookbook, and he had a pot of soup simmering on the stove. So he definitely left this world in a way that he would have wanted to, but I think he would have been pretty upset about the timing," she told CBC News.
Okay - the flavors will surely have had sufficient time to meld. Do you adjust the seasonings before or after calling 911? Or, do you wait and offer a bowl to EMS?

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It is not to whom, but to what that I will be drinking tonight. And the what is Repeal Day. So throw away the bathtub gin and grab something civilized to toast the 21st.

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Henry Hudson is presumed to have died in 1611, after he was set adrift, along with his son and eight others, by greedy crewmen.

Yes... I can identify. It's been one of those weeks. :(

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To my mom, from whom I just got two care packages full of enough holiday decorations to brighten up what would have otherwise been a rather dreary Saharan Christmas. :(

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To my girl Glendora-where ever you are. A year ago this weekend it all started for the two of us. Tonight we will finish off the miniatures I bought when you left. You would have yelled at me for drinking but would have loved my hot chocolate that we are using as a chaser.

Miss you G.

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I'm drinking to Damon. God bless you, my dear. We miss you so much, and we haven't figured out what to do without you. Help us; our sadness persists.

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I am drinking to 2008!, and all that it has to offer.

I am also drinking to everyone one I lost in 2007. They will not be mentioned here again, unless I change my mind:

Uncle Monroe

Damon

Mama Haz

Brent

Aunt Grace

God bless you, and thank you for everything.

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I'm drinking (cafe Americano) thinking that in one year from now, we will have picked a new President and he/she will probably be drinking coffee, too. And W will be on his way...

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To the memory of my great-uncle. Scientist, educator, scholar and citizen-statesman all, and always with a twinkle in his eye.

His grandson, my second cousin, graduates CIA at Hyde Park next month. Good luck C.; we know you're gonna make it big.

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