Contest for Carpenters, Craftsmen etc.

November 29, 2010

Hey, Cisco the HSS blogging cat here…

We still have a couple open contests (write a story and word search), but what the hay, why not another one? This one is right up the alley for all you shop mavens… Take a look at photo below… What is that thing (or what are those things) beside the penny?

The rules are as always, (see above contests) and the prize is a $25 gift certificate for beer or wine at HSS.

But seriously… What is that a pic of??? You’ll have to be specific to win…

So get chopping sawdust hounds… What the heck is that thing?

Two cats waiting by the racks…


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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New Tutorial… Ordering Wine in a Restaurant

November 25, 2010

Hey oenophile wannabe’s,

Got another video/tutorial for you… Ever wonder what the exact protocol is for ordering wine on that big night out? Wonder no more…

Once again, Da Gizz come through in his own peculiar way. Of course, this isn’t the first time… Just check the sidebar on the right.

It’s kind of neat really… Not only does Bruce conjure up ideas for these free tutorials, but he also asks for input from you the reader. So come on… Leave a comment and ask the questions that have been nagging for years… “Which wines should be aged?“; “What are good investment wines?“; “How do you know when a wine has gone ‘bad’?“; “How can I tell when ‘enough’ is actually too much for the roadway?“; “What’s the etiquette for explaining the consumption of a ‘plain wine’?

You get the idea… Come on, join in on the fun… Try to stump Da Gizz!

Two cats blogging by the racks…

P.S. And speaking of being stumped… Someone needs to solve our word search puzzle!


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.


How to Shop for Stuff

November 25, 2010

Mission for this Harwich Spirits Shoppe cat is to find the best and cheapest video cam for Da Gizz… (Though understand that the shopping techniques discussed below are appropriate for everything from aquariums to xylophones.) Take it from a cat who used to get paid to help others buy… step by step, here’s how it’s done:

  1. Know what you want and need for features… Meet the first train wreck in the buying process. Most people only think they know what they want, and fewer still understand what they need. Want that new GM Volt? Fine. Folks can hop up and down until they’re green, test drive it until they get a tickle up and down their leg, and then face having to replace the battery five years from now for untold thousands. You may want something because it’s hip, but what do you need? In Bruce’s case, he needs a quality 3rd-generation digital video recorder that has image stabilization, at least an hour recording time, and preferably will not go much beyond the $100 mark. “Want” should always follow “need”!
  2. Get a clue using the Web… Why more people don’t do this, I’ll never know. Google! Looking for headphones with a mic??? Without the quotes, make a series of googles on “headphones mic review”; “headphones mic comparison”; “headphones mic rate”. Write down the names that keep coming up… It doesn’t take long to see that the Plantronics .Audio 655 DSP bears consideration. Back to Da Gizz… Three names jumped out: Vivitar, Flip, and Kodak…
  3. Get a better clue using Amazon… Now we’re in the hunt. Look up each brand and model on Amazon.com. There are a number of things to be on the watch for:
  • How many “Customer Reviews” are there, and what kind of ratings lurk. Don’t just read the good ones, read the not-so-good as well. What do people like and dislike? It only takes a few minutes to find patterns that may appeal or turn you off. It’s crucial to look for a ton of reviews with a reasonable rating. The more and better, the better. In Bruce’s case, the Vivitar is toast.
  • Take a long look at the “What Do Customers Ultimately Buy After Viewing This Item?” section… As for Da Gizz, all systems are “Go!” for the Kodak. (Reviews say that the Flip is good, but not as good as the Eastman.)
  • Be sure to look for different models of the same product… In the case of the Kodak, there are two that are virtually identical – the Zi8 and the ZX3…
  1. Bounce your ideas off your like-minded friends… Odds are that your friends have a clue; listen to them.
  2. Hit Twitter, FaceBook, etc… See above.
  3. Wait for the sales… Why look, we’re on the verge of “Black Friday”.
  4. Buy from the reputable and then look back… Buying from someone who isn’t selling out of the trunk of a car just makes sense, but what’s that business about looking back? “Looking back” just refers to researching the product after you receive it. What did you do right and what did you do wrong? Did you forget a feature? What about shipping? Was the purchase a good experience? Learn as you go…

And there you go… How to buy stuff…

Two cats blogging by the virtual mall…

P.S. Happy Thanksgiving!

P.P.S. Contest!!!


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.


Thanksgiving

November 22, 2010

Hey, Cisco the HSS cat here…

Obviously, Thanksgiving looms…




And yes, we have a sale through the 28th. (Keep in mind that by law, we’re closed on “Turkey Day”! You’ve been warned.) But beyond the alcohol and lottery tickets (and especially the turkey), what’s it all about Alfie?


Here are Ponchita’s and my “Top Ten” things that we’re thankful for…

10.) We live in a place where life has meaning, and misogamy, racism, slavery, and caste are scorned.

9.) We live in a society that still clings to the concepts of objectivity and science.

8.) We have access to as much cheap/free education as our characters can absorb.

7.) We legally have the right to defend ourselves.

6.) We can trade freely.

5.) We can explore our own future ventures, for better or for worse.

4.) We are free to seek employment, no matter how menial or distant.

3.) We can worship as we choose (or not worship at all) without fear that someone with “knowledge of the Mind of God” will cut our heads off.

2.) We live in a country where we can say whatever we damn well please so long as we don’t scream “Fire!” in a crowded theater when there is no fire.

1.) We still own copies of the original U.S. Constitution.


A humble suggestion from just a couple of spirits shoppe cats… Make up your own ‘”Top Ten” things that we’re thankful for‘ list, and then look over each item and figure out why you have those wonderful sanctuaries…


Two grateful cats by the racks…


P.S. And then there’s that pesky contest


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 Sale and a Heart to Heart about Contests

November 20, 2010

First, the sale (valid through 11/28/10…)




Read it carefully… There’s “Mongo Info” in there!


Now, about our un-won “Tell a Story” and “Word Search” contests… Ponchita and I watch the stats on this blog, and we know that we get plenty of hits… So why you folks ain’t entering and winning? You’re not IQ challenged, because if you were, you wouldn’t be reading this. Do you not want $25 worth of beer or wine? Doubtful… So why you no enter? (OK, so I’ll quit with the “Mongo Speak”.) But seriously… Why don’t you enter? Our guess is that you’re afraid that we’re going to sell off your contact info to some human smuggling ring, or worse yet a traveling encyclopedia salesman. Well relax… We don’t work that way. Feel free to enter, hassle free.


And that’s it… A “can’t-miss sale” and a veiled challenge to get you to enter our contests… ‘Tis the season for savings and winnings… Can’t beat that with a stick…


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.


HSS Members Only, Thirsty Thursdays, Sol Spa, etc…‏

November 18, 2010

Wow!

Have we got a lot on our plate tonight or what? Well first, do you remember Thirsty Thursdays? Perhaps the image below will jog your memory…

Ok… So what are we thinking??? (Keep in mind that we’re only in the brainstorming stage right now!) Well… Obviously Harwich Spirits Shoppe is working with Sol Spa and vice versa… So far so good.

  • How about this… First we encourage you to participate in the Thirsty Thursday Wine Club (TTWC) on a “more-than-one-night-stand” basis. Say we offer discounts for multiple (though not necessarily contiguous) TTWC commitments. Ummm… $40.00 for 3 nights, $75.00/6 nights and $140.00/12 nights?
  • But aside from the benefits from both the the Sol Spa and the Harwich Spirits Shoppe that go with attending the TTWC, there will be one more. Sign up for the TTWC, and get six months of free HSS “Members Only” blog membership absolutely free. (And what will that entail? Who knows? Might be koozies, t-shirts, neon lights, food… There will be further discounts, contests… Who knows when Da Gizz goes on a roll!)
  • Oh… BTW… What’s the matter with you bipeds? Here we’ve got a nice simple word search contest and no one wants to get involved. It’s not like we’re going to sell your email address to spammers, because we won’t!!! Get together with some friends and solve the bustard!!! $25 – $30 of free beer and wine for a lunch break’s worth of fun???

Sooo… Send us your ideas about the above meanderings via a comment, or just talk with Bruce…

As always, two cats blogging by the racks…


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 Tutorial… Wine Labels!

November 15, 2010

Hey! Cisco the Spirits Shoppe blogging cat here,

Just when you thought that the teacher was out for the day and the sub would let you play jotto, Da Gizzz storms back with a most unusual tutorial – “Wine Labels”…

Not knowing much about wines, the 90+ “brand” sounds like a good idea. Then again, the icewine sounds truly compelling too. (Just imagine what wine must taste like when made from previously frozen grapes or berries.) If nothing else, the strawberry icewine has a stunningly beautiful hue to it, and would be fantastic as a decoration or accent piece… But I wax kitty poetic…

Two cats blogging by those well informed racks…

P.S. We haven’t forgotten that word search puzzle contest!


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.