Stargazing Right Here on Cape Cod…

June 28, 2011

Hey,

Cisco the blogging Harwich Spirits Shoppe Cat here… Just ran across some interesting info relative to Stargazing on the Cape and stargazing in general…

The following is from SUSAN MILTON, Cape Cod Times

“(Tom) Leach, the Harwich harbormaster as well as president of the Cape Cod Astronomical Society (CCAS), now has a new venue and new equipment to lead local residents and families on one of his tours of the constellations, star clusters and the double star that the Romans used as an eye test for new soldiers. (If they could see both stars, they passed.)”

While this feline prefers to study the math behind astronomy, the above contact should make for an interesting hands-on family adventure right here on the Cape.

What’s that? Rather start exploring on your own? Well here’s a handy video we just stumbled upon…

But you know what? IMHO, I’d say even if you want to stargaze on your own terms, I’d still suggest checking out CCAS… Looks like a high-quality operation…

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.


Cats Spot Cape Cod UFO

June 26, 2011

Hey,

We’ do a lot of kidding on this blog, but the following is for real… We know that people want to here about UFOs, so here’s a real story from a skeptic and a rational explanation as to why there were no “Little Green Men” involved…

Many years ago I saw a UFO; prepare to be bored.

Around 1977, I was with two of my buddies (I’ll just call them “R” and “P”.) R and I were fresh out of high school. If we weren’t working, sleeping, eating, or going to college, we were down on the Bank St. cranberry bogs. We grew up exploring and playing Frisbee there, and by the mid to late ’70s were spending spare nights knocking back “soda pops”, talking about girls, music, and politics. (Did I mention that we talked a lot about girls?) But I digress… Occasionally, a friend would accompany us, and that night the friend was P.

Before I go further, the cast of characters needs to be fleshed out. At the time, we were just students. We didn’t buy into the trend of “disco”, (or any other trend for that matter). Over the years, both P and I would become engineers, and R now works as a network administrator for a major hospital. In short, in spite of our proclivity for nighttime forays into the woods and bogs armed only with yet-to-be opened six packs, we were (and are), on the larger scale, remarkably sober and introspective.

Now back to the story…

On that night (probably around 9 – 10 pm), we likely followed the usual path from Long Rd., through the old swamp we called “Paradise” to Meadowbrook Ln., across Gorham Rd., and started up what was an unlit, single-lane, unpaved, rutted bog access pathway. That pathway is now Bog’s End Rd. (See pics below… Credits go out to both Google Earth and MapQuest.)

About half way up Bog’s End Rd. P froze whilst uttering some expletive. I looked up to see it next, and R saw it last. There at the elbow of the end of the dirt road was a brilliant white orb or disk. It was roughly 50 to 75 meters away and at tree-top level. If I had a dime, I probably could have extended my hand and covered the light with the coin and had room to spare. At the time, I thought it was about the size of a soccer ball or a basketball. (I just checked the math, and that seems about right…) Anyway, the light sat absolutely still for a few seconds, darted to the right about 5 feet, paused again, then scooted out of sight further to the right. It wasn’t a spotlight. It wasn’t a star or a planet. And it certainly wasn’t a streetlight or a porch light. (At the time, the bogs were simply dark abysses.) It was just a silent, lonely luminescent object sitting 30′ up at the end of a desolate old bog access road.

When all is said and done, all I saw was a light that hovered, then moved to the right, and then boogied starboard pronto at a roughly 30 degree angle of ascent. That’s all… Maybe 10 or 15 seconds max… No little green men… No glowing ectoplasm… No alien proctologists probing parts unknown… Just a restless light object…

So what was it? My guess is that it was simple ball lightning caused by the swamp gases from a 75 year old old cranberry bog. (Thankfully, that bog is now a conservation trust and a haven for birds, butterflies, and flora of all types…) I know for a fact that years ago ball lightning was spotted up close less than a mile a way. (Mothers don’t lie on serious subjects.) And then there was the one spotted in North Harwich by one of my high school teachers…. In each case, all were located above or near old bogs…

So… Sorry all you area 51 types… Not all things unidentified and flying are from planet X…

See you by those rational 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.


When Jazz/Blues Met Country/Folk

June 24, 2011

Hey!

Cisco the blogging HSS cat here…

From time to time, we have to bring a little class to you heathen bipeds…  If you study early 20th century music long enough, you’ll find convergent points… Here’s one of them…

Bet you haven’t seen that before… I tell ya, you need to stay tuned here…

By the racks…

Two cats blogging by those soulful 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.


It’s Summer!!! Here’s the Ideal Theme Song?

June 21, 2011

And what would summer be without a great (adult) summer classic?

There… Play that at your next party and you’ll be a star!

We’re just saying…

Two cats blogging.. Getting down with our bad selves 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.


It’s Summertime, are You Prepared???

June 20, 2011

Hey, Cisco the blogging Harwich Spirits Shoppe cat here…

This is just a quick reminder (like you need it) that Summer is upon us. On Cape Cod, that’s serious business. As you’re reading this, I’ll make a prediction just for you… Like everybody else, you’re going to assume that your wine supply is ample (at least until tomorrow…) But one of these hot nights, you’re going to be having a little weekend get together and your best friend will driving in late from Boston. Little will you know that your old college roommate will in fact be bringing in a “newly significant other” along with a few long-lost chums. Bang! It’s 12:30 in the morning and the party is just getting started… There will be lots of people, lots of cold food, lots of music, and the wine closet will be forlornly dry. You’ll look like a bigger wiener than Weiner. Might as well raid the kids’ juice boxes, cook some liver, and watch an infomercial… How sad… We cats here at HSS hear this pathetic story all the time… Lesson to be learned? If you want to be cool like Nat King Cole below, you need to set aside a few cases of vino in a nice cool, dark place and expect the unexpected.

We’re tellin’ ya’… Stop by and stock up… You’ve been warned…

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.


Weiner, the Ex-Porn Star, and the Irony of it All

June 16, 2011

Hey,

Cisco the Harwich Spirits Shoppe cat here. You know, there are times when life’s irony simply can’t escape this cat… Take a look at shamed Rep. Weiner below…

In case you haven’t been following the circus, Weiner was using a social network to “sext” (Sex Texting) various women complete with nasty, self-shot pics. (One woman didn’t even want the photos.) And in a moment of profound stupidity (as if the sexting wasn’t enough), congressman Weiner sent out a photo of his bad self to a bunch of people instead of just one. By the time he figured out what he’d done, the cat was out of the bag… So… At first he claimed that he’d been hacked and refused to directly answer whether the shots were actually of him or not. But as pressure mounted, he admitted that he’d been lying, and the images were indeed of him and that he was the one who sent them.  The upshot of it all was that he resigned today. I doubt that his pregnant wife of one year was amused.

But there’s an interesting adjunct to the story… It turns out that one of the women he was trying to sext was none other than Ginger Lee, a stripper and former full-blown porn star (pun intended). But here’s the ironic part… Ms. Lee wanted no part of the naughtiness, but instead tried to discuss political issues that were serious to her such as planned parenthood… From Fox News:

The New York Times reported that Lee said she wanted to “speak the truth” about her relationship with Weiner and “correct misconceptions about their communication.”

She said that they had communicated electronically “on a fairly regular basis” and exchanged about 100 emails. She claimed, however, that she had not sent sexual messages to Weiner and they had not exchanged photos.

Allred said Lee was interested in politics but Weiner instead turned the conversation to his “package” and its “wardrobe demands.”

Sooo… Here’s the irony… Who’s word do you take? The word of a young woman with an extraordinarily “colorful” background in an industry legend for seediness, or that of a sitting Representative in the Congress of the United States of America? I know who I trust…

Disgusted by the racks…

Cisco

P.S. Did you know that Nancy Pelosi’s income rose 62% to $35.2 million last year. This from a woman who supposedly made great stock gains and wise investments, and yet twice complained, “every month that we do not have an economic recovery package 500 million Americans lose their jobs.” (The United States only has ~300 million citizens.) Gee, she must be smarter than Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, and Donald Trump! (Does anyone want to buy a bridge?)

P.P.S… This just in… Weiner still gets his pension! So break out your wallet Joe Six Pack…

 


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.


Yard Sales Finds and Harwich Spirits Shoppe Yard Sales

June 15, 2011

Hey!

Cisco and Ponchita the blogging cats here… Take a look at the photo below…

You see those two circled speakers? They make up the Proton 300/301 system… One of the best speaker systems of the ’80s… (We think they’re better than the Bose system they replaced… And, they work with our iPod and other MP3 playes ‘easy breezy’!) And where did we get them? From a yard sale/estate sale. And the cost? $15… And their eBay value? Apx. $250. These are really high-end speakers…

My point? There are tremendous values to be had at yard sales including the one held right here at good old HSS every Sunday. You have to know your stuff, but if you do, the pickings are easy…

Just a couple of cats passing along words to the wise…


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.