St. Patrick’s Day and Bose Mountain

Hey, Cisco here! (I’m half of the team that creates this blog – Two Cats Blogging.)

Don’t forget! We’ve got that St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza coming up just a few days from now. (If the sign below were facing our Web cam, it would say something to the effect: “Wednesday, March 17, 6PM, right here in the Harwich Spirits Shoppe… Pot luck and free crap!“)

Wow! Look at that green hat!

Anyhoo… We’ll be celebrating both the wearing of the green and an end to these miserable rain storms!

And speaking of which… It’s pretty ugly weather right now (as for much of this weekend.) Hope you fared well. That reminds me of a foul-weather story… (This is where your screen should go all swirly like in them thar movies.) Many years ago, Ponchita and I bought a parafoil kite from Dr. Gravity’s Kite Shop. The merchant, Peter H. told us that we were buying way too much kite, but we were still wet-behind-the-ears kittens and knew everything. (Let me stop the storytelling {factual depiction of events} for just a sec and insist that you visit Dr. Gravity… That store is “Alice in Wonderland” meets Sam Drucker. No joke… Dr. Gravity rules!) Alrighty then… Where were we? Ah yes… Ponchita and I bought a honking big parafoil kite and in our infinite wisdom headed for, of all places, Bose Mountain in Framingham, MA. Yeah, we cruised down Rt. 9 and wound our way to the top of the very big hill… … … Ya know… There are times in life when that little voice in the back of your mind says in that “sing songy” little voice, “You’re gonna be sorry…“. Except, when we got out of the car, the wind was at least 30MPH to the west and that “little voice” was from none other than Ethel Merman. The situation was a pastel of pain framed in an ignoble and desolate frame. Sooo… We launched the kite anyway and were unceremoniously dragged off the top of the mountain and sent airborne… Not good… Two cats perched upon the handle of a spool of stout kite string with both trying to control the amount of string released and at the same time trying to steer the multi-colored nylon bastard. (The only parallel image that comes to mind is that of John Belushi and Lucile Ball in a log rolling contest all the while trying to pull the same piece of taffy.) And I’ll tell you the truth, we almost dumped the ‘foil right in that damned Quabbin Reservoir… But with a little bit of cooperation (screeching) we finally got the hang of controlling the beast… We decided to follow Rt. 9 and look for a good landing spot… We went past the car dealerships, the railroad tracks, all the food joints, and just cruised at about 200’ altitude. This went on for some time until it dawned on me that the only reasonable place to land (they’d at least recognize our bodies) was on top of that old landmark, “Spag’s” in Shrewsbury… And that is what we did… We back peddled out enough line to get us down towards the rooftop, and then we pushed the kite into a stall at just the right time… And there we were… Sitting on top of Spag’s James Bond style. We made a few purchases (at that time Spag’s had no bags), and then bundled everything up in what was left of the kite, and dew clawed (thumbed) our way back to Framingham and the car…

Yeah, go ahead and mock us Bucko… Everyone has their off days, and yours is coming… Let’s see if you look like James Bond when all is said and done.

Two Cats Blogging,

Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


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