Nantucket Sound Wind Farm is a “Go!”

April 29, 2010

Hey!

Cisco the HSS cat here… This just in… The Nantucket Sound wind farm is officially a “go”. The following is from the BBC:

US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has approved controversial plans for the country’s first offshore wind farm to operate off Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

“This project fits with the tradition of sustainable development in the area,” he told reporters in Boston.

State Governor Deval Patrick has argued the farm is key to local efforts to increase the use of renewable energy.

But the late Senator Edward Kennedy strongly opposed the idea, which some fear would spoil the seascape.

The plan would see 130 wind-powered turbines erected in the shallow waters of the sound, visible from the Kennedy family compound in Hyannisport and other Cape Cod estates.

Native Americans in Massachusetts have argued the turbine blades would desecrate the view of the sunrise that is essential to their prayer ceremonies.

Cape Wind says it can generate power by 2012 and aims to eventually supply three-quarters of the power on Cape Cod, which has about 225,000 residents.

That’s a huge deal, and whether we like it or not, that news will no doubt influence how we look at the proposed windmills for Harwich. See the “Bruce Gibson for Selectman” sidebar at right for Bruce’s stance on this issue.

Comments are more than welcome!

Two cats blogging

P.S. Don’t forget our anagram contest… There’s $20 bucks worth of good merchandise just sitting there for the taking!


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “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”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.

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Red Sox Blood Donor of the Game

April 29, 2010

Well, we have a lot of fun on this blog, but here is one time when we can have some fun, do some good, and maybe even win a pair of Boston Red Sox tickets and be honored on the field as the Blood Donor of the Game! Click here to see the poster for all the details…

So go ahead and donate a bit of the noble red stuff… Hey, you never know… The life you save may even be your own…

See you by the racks, and hope you’re drinking orange juice and sporting a band aid…

Two cats blogging


P.S. Don’t forget our anagram contest… There’s $20 bucks worth of good merchandise just sitting there for the taking!


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “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”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Beers to Try Before You Die

April 28, 2010

Hey, Da Gizz!


Here ya go you wine-sipping snob… Here’s the link to GQ’s list of the 50 beers that real hop aficionados might just want to consume before walking the Streets of Glory. (Please forgive the occasional ad.)


Now, before everyone goes and mobs Bruce’s store, understand that some of these beers are designer or cult beers. In fact, some may not even be available on Cape Cod… But at least they’re out there. And if Da Gizz doesn’t have the beer, maybe he can get it for you or suggest a replacement. (I’ll betcha that HSS can even get you one of those $150 Samuel Adams Utopias beers if you ask nice. Sure would make for a nice collector’s item…)


Granted, some of these brews have a high enough alcohol content and an aging process to make them distant cousins of wine… So be it.


The only two additions I’d place on the list are a) home brew – carefully crafted home brew will give virtually any commercial beer a run for its money, and b) Tsingtao – a wonderfully delicate beer that compliments (without overpowering) something like a Colby Jack cheese. Besides, just think of the possible uses for cooking using any or all of these beers! Enjoy…


As always, see you by the racks…


Two cats blogging


P.S. Don’t forget our anagram contest… There’s $20 bucks worth of good merchandise just sitting there for the taking!


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “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”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


New Blog Contest! Wine Anagram…

April 26, 2010

Hey!

Here’s a new contest sure to stir the soul and challenge the mind… (Besides, the prize is a wine service gift pack consisting of a waiter’s double-clutch cork screw and a rabbit bottle topper… We’re talking a $20 value!)

The rules are painfully simple:

  • Be the first to solve the following anagram… What two word winery name when scrambled is “arcaneeggsmile”? (As an example, if the contest involved birds, the solution to  “arcprowsrow” would be “crow sparrow”.)
  • The first correct answer submitted as a comment on this blog wins.
  • The winner has to stop by the store to pick up her or his prize. Don’t dally Ms./Mr. Winner, because the prize is only available for one week.
  • And as always, Da Gizz’s decision is final.

Best to all, and to all a goodnight!

See you by those wine racks…

Two cats blogging…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “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”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Contribute to the Gibson for Selectman Campaign

April 23, 2010

Should you care to help Bruce William Gibson become a Selectman once again:

Checks should be made out to ‘Comm. to Elect Bruce Wm. Gibson’ mailed to 574 RT 28, Harwich Port, Ma, 02646

-or-

you could call 508-430-0000 for a credit card donation.  A 5% bank fee deduction on all credit cards.

And remember, you can read Bruce’s white paper for Selectman here!

Thanks for your consideration.

See you by the racks and the town meeting and maybe even come election day…

Bruce and two cats blogging,


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “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”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Free Video of Argentina Wine Tutorial (Part Two)

April 20, 2010

Hey,

Well… Here’s the followup tutorial… Enjoy!


As the saying goes, see you by the racks!


Two Cats Blogging


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “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”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Follow Up to Windmill Comment

April 18, 2010

Hey, Cisco here…

One of the beauties of a blog is the immediacy of the thing… The ability to comment on the fly, take comments from the readers on the fly, and so forth. Thankfully, Mark E. sent us the following thoughts concerning the proposed Harwich windmills… My (our) reply follows Mark’s entry…

Dear Mr. Gibson,

So from what I can gather, your position is that if the physical, emotional and financial well-being of a small number of citizens and taxpayers needs to be sacrificed in order to save everyone else a few hundred dollars apiece, then so be it. Your article does nothing but poo-poo the reported negative effects of the industrial-size turbines, and focuses entirely on the cost-savings. Why don’t you ask Mr. Merriam to share with you the letter he received from Dr. Nina Pierpont on the health effects of having such turbines with 2kms of residential homes. Or would that present too much of an inconvenience to your ignorant, self-serving position. I agree with you that energy isn’t free and that taxes will likely go up, and that’s the appropriate outcome. One community should not be expected to be so egregiously compromised to save everyone else a few bucks. I pray someone with such poor judgment and lack of concern for ALL citizens is not elected.

Bruce’s and Cisco’s response:
Hi Mark E.,

Some thoughts…

* First of all, it’s only fair that you know who’s writing what… My name is Alan Speakman, and I blog under the name “Cisco” (from the Harwich Spirits Shoppe “Two Cats Blogging” fame). I also am a syndicated writer for eBirdseed.com under the auspices of Amazon.com and their Kindle device. I write for Bruce William Gibson, and nothing that appears on the HSST blog is there without Bruce William Gibson’s O.K. There… Now you know me and you certainly know Bruce Gibson. Should you care to meet face to face, just call the Harwich Spirits Shoppe {(508) 430-0000} and Bruce will either be there, or he’ll make himself available to you at your time and place of convenience. Just say the word, and I’ll be there too. The rest of what follows (except where clearly noted) is from the voice of Bruce Gibson…

* Next, thank you for your blog comment and contribution to the public debate. I’m of the opinion that the only thing better than free speech is more free speech.

* While we may not agree, I truly want to hear your opinion and the reasoning behind it. If possible, I’d like to see the letter from Dr. Pierpont outlining the health effects of having such turbines within 2kms of residential homes.

* I do not consider my position ignorant. I’ve been a fan of wind power for more than two decades. I wrote earlier of concerns about problems like “neurological heath effects of wind turbines”, “Wind Turbine Syndrome”, and “wind energy noise impacts”… I am not oblivious to those concerns. However, I’ve spent a ton of time considering power generation, and I believe wind power is the most benign way we can bring “green” energy to Harwich.

* Self serving??? We live in the very heart of Kennedy Camelot. (A bastion of “No Windmills Near Cape Cod”.) Politically, I know I’m dealing with a third rail. Still… In my heart of hearts I believe wind power needs to play a critical role in Harwich’s energy future, Cape Cod’s energy future, the state’s energy future, and ultimately the country’s energy future. It’s no great secret that Europe has made wind energy a reality… Why can’t we? Why can’t we?

* Kudos to the agreement on the issue of raising taxes… I’m just scrambling to find ways to stop or reverse the seemingly inevitable… Money is just way too tight.

* “Egregiously compromised?” (NOTE: Alan talking now!) I’ll tell you about communities being “egregiously compromised!” Try living on or near Loring AFB and hearing B52s take off and land every 30 minutes 24/7/365! Try living on 25 French Ave. in Braintree MA. with the “T” Red Line rumbling at all hours and just an “underhand pitch” away from your bedroom. (Hell… For that matter, try living within half a mile of the “Braintree Transfer Station”; you’ll love the smell in August. Were there noise, health, and property values involved? You bet. But the communities of Caribou Maine and Braintree Massachusetts understood the importance of the issues at hand and made the sacrifices. And those sacrifices make two windmills look pathetic in comparison… Suppose a group builds a church in my back yard and insists on ringing their bells every day. Annoying? You bet! Suppose the community decides that we need another firehouse next door – I guess I’d better get used to the sound of sirens and heavy equipment… And so it goes… (BTW… I question the issue of property values… I’d pay to have one of those windmills in my back yard. But then again, I’m just a crazy engineer.) Also keep in mind that I was born in Hyannis in 1958, my mother was born on Bank Street in 1920, and Freeman Street was named after my great-great grandfather Gideon Freeman – I was none too happy to see Headwaters developed in the first place, but I bowed to progress. (NOTE: END of Alan talking now!)

* I don’t know about you, but for me “a few hundred dollars apiece” ain’t chump change, especially when you start adding it up on a decade by decade basis. If you disagree, please stop by the Spirits Shoppe and toss me a little chump change. (And while you’re at it, Alan could use some chump change too.)

* It is my concern for ALL citizens of this town that I’m running for the Selectman’s position again. In case you haven’t been by the store lately, I’m no “Spring Chicken”. I did not before, and do not now, consider the Selectman’s position some sort of springboard to wealth and power. Truth be told, for the most part, being a Selectman is a tough row to hoe. No matter what policies I deem best there will be people (sometimes strangers and sometimes close friends) who will question not just my judgment but my sanity as well. So be it. I’ll simply say that I’m doing my damnedest for the town and let the cards fall where they may. For me, the nature of being a Selectman is little more than answering the call for Jury Duty – you just do the right thing.

So Mark, I hope you stop by and we get a chance to talk. I’ve never professed to being the sharpest knife in the drawer, and if you’ve got a compelling argument, I certainly want to hear it. (There’s only so much we can do with blogs and blog comments – there’s nothing like the old face to face and press the flesh.)

The very best to you and yours, and I look forward to meeting you…

Bruce William Gibson


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “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”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.