Da Gizz Mulls Alternative Energy

September 28, 2011

Hey! Cisco the Harwich Spirits Shoppe here…

Da Gizz ran across the folks at 1bog, and he wanted to share a few thoughts about alternative energy… (And I’ll toss in my over-priced $1/50th too…)

It’s no great secret that Bruce is an alternative energy kind of  guy.

With that in mind, here’s his (and my) ‘energy input bullet points’:

  • This issue is important for mental frame of mind if for nothing else. Who doesn’t want to be eco-conscious. Who cares your political standpoint? We all know that that carbon-based fuel won’t go on forever. Fine… Drill in ANWR. Drill in the Gulf. Drill along the East Coast. Use coal and natural gasWhatever. We all know that that stuff won’t go on forever. Look, our Republic is 235 years old.  So let’s say we have another 200 years of conventional energy in front of us. If we don’t become eco- conscious/energy-efficient, pronto, we’re deep in the Land of Doo Doo. (Not to mention that some of the countries that supply our oil hate our guts.) But beyond all that, remember that guv’ment  started subsidizing mail service in 1918, but it really wasn’t until 1936 and the advent of  the DC3, that our country really figured out how to cost-effectively move 30 folk from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ — 18 years — an entire generation. Now… magnify that challenge to the screeching energy demands of 330 million people without completely wiping out the environment, and you get a hint at the scope of the issue. We’re looking at a four or five generation problem at best. We have to start now… asshats like Solyndra be damned.
  • Da Gizz also brought up another reason as to why we should be thinking about alternative energy: Screw the grid! Seriously… Wouldn’t it be cool to come from work, open your mailbox, and find a nice check from the power company? People actually do this — sell their excess electricity back to ‘Big Brother’.
  • Finally… Bruce wants to hear from anyone concerning ideas on how to eco-nomize, or screw the grid? Well, (Cisco the HSS cat talking) about 20 years ago I moved from incandescent to CFLs — saved me a pant load! Now, every new light that comes in the house will be LED-based… Watch Amazon… There are bargains extraordinaire if you do your homework.

And there you go… Da Gizz et al have spoken, and much more importantly, as always, we’re are listening…

Three 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.


Da Gizz Has Firewood!

September 26, 2011

Hey,

Cisco the blogging Harwich Spirits Shoppe cat here…

Betcha’ that you didn’t know that Bruce sells firewood. Trust us… He sells tons of it. No, he really does sell tons of it. Here’s some downed maple as proof. (Giboson has already taken away two trailer loads for ‘processing’.)

Truth be told, if you want a cord or more, Da Gizz can deliver and stack for you. (Prices vary depending on wood type and availability.) And if you want warmth just for a weekend, stop by and pick up a few of those bundles out front of the establishment for just $10, $15, and $20 each…

Let’s see… The weather is turning nippy, it’s getting dark earlier, the Harwich Spirits Shoppe is selling fine meats, beer, and wine, it’s football season, and rumor has it that there’s cheap firewood just waiting to be had at 574 Rt. 28 in Harwich Port…

Content by the racks,

Three 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.


Public Service Announcement Concerning Falling Dead Satellite

September 23, 2011

Hey!

Cisco the blogging HSS cat here…

Odds are that you’ve heard about the dead satellite hurtling towards earth as I type, and destined to arrive sometime this afternoon. No one knows for sure where or how the bus-sized beast will break up and land, but it looks like we in the good old U.S.of A. are in the clear. Still, a more detailed explanation of this sort of situation is called for, and the late John Belushi is just the man for the job.

This has been a Harwich Spirits Shoppe Public Service Announcement…

Just waiting by the racks…

Three 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.


Time to Stock Up

September 21, 2011

Did we or did we not warn you that this sort of headline was on the horizon? (Just consider a search of the Harwich Spirits Shoppe blog for the word “trillion“)

(Click on the pic above for full article.)

Let’s see… Aside from the headline above, China is sitting on a monstrous real estate bubble, Europe is in deep doo doo, and pay no attention to the CPI (Consumer Price Index) because that ultimately will have no effect on the cost of beer and wine. (NOT!) Oh, and we’re heading into Nor’ Easter season.

Please do this! Stop by the Spirits Shoppe and talk with Bruce about bulk buying of stuff like wine — the bulkier the better. The facts are that a.) you will drink the wine, and b.) the prices are not going to drop… This cat warned you that tropical storm Irene was going to be a problem… Well, he’s warning you again…

Stocking up by the racks…

Three cats blogging…

P.S. The market just dropped almost 300 points… As it stands now, all Wall Street and Broad is doing is playing chicken with time.


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.


Fall Wines… Let’s See What Da Gizz Says…

September 19, 2011

Hey!

Cisco the Harwich Spirits Shoppe blogging cat here… Thought I might poke Da Gizz with my list of of on-line lists of Fall wines… Let’s see what happens… Here we go…

There… That ought to keep Bruce busy for a while…

Thoughts? Anyone? Bueller?

By the racks… Three 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.


Yard Sale Today, Sunday 9_18_2011!

September 18, 2011

Hey!

Cisco the blogging Harwich Spirits Shoppe cat here…

Don’t miss our usual Sunday morning, fair-weather Yard Sale, 8:30-ish to noon-ish. You never know what you’ll find… (Hint! Rumor has it that there may be a truckload of new stuff may show up.) And, if you want to sell, just BYOT (Bring Your Own Table) and purchase a 4′ by 8′ space for $10…

And where are we? Why, right here:

That’s (508) 430-0000

By those thrifty racks…

Three cats blogging

P.S. Don’t forget to ask Bruce about ongoing contests, giveaways, and his world-famous Scavenged Sacks of Stuff!


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.


Economic Insanity…

September 17, 2011

Hey,

Cisco the blogging cat here… Gotta offer up some insane Guv’ment math and pray that someone will find fault with my numbers…

This has to do with the proposed new ‘American Job Act‘…

Let me see if I’ve got this straight using just round numbers. (Don’t jump ugly on me if these numbers aren’t precise — I’m just trying to ballpark this thing…) We’re going to spend roughly $500 billion dollars in the hope of what the White House guesstimates will generate 1.9 million jobs. If I’m right, that comes down to an outrageous $263,000/job. That’s nuts. Back in the day when I worked in the corporate world, we planned on spending $20,000 to find a good, general, productive, long-term employee. Now that number can go as high as $60,000, for a top-end, non-exec person. Spending a quarter of a million dollars/job is ludicrous…

But O.K… Let’s just go with those numbers… Let’s say that 1600 does find 1.9 million jobs. (Though the actuality of finding ‘shovel-ready‘ jobs has proven to be  bit more difficult than speeches portrayed it to be….) But let’s just say that we get our 1.9 million jobs. And let’s also say that each job pays $50,000/year, and is permanent. (We can dream, right?) Further, let’s pretend that the employee pays 30% in federal taxes. (I know that the odds are that someone making $50k isn’t going to pay fed taxes. Stop nit picking!) So, each year of labor equates to $16,000 paid back to Big Brother… At that rate, it will take 15 years for Joe Worker to pay back Uncle Sam’s ‘$250 large’ job finder’s fee. But even here there’s a problem…

The average job duration in America is four years. Read that, “We’ve spent 250,00 taxpayer’s dollars to find someone a job, and he’s paid us back $64 thou’ for our efforts.” Say, that reminds of a joke…

Two shirt makers (‘Gordon’ and ”Tommy Schmuck’) are talking and the conversation goes something like this:

Gordon: “You know Tommy, I’ve been watching your business, and you must be taking a beating… You’re spending $12 to make a shirt, but only selling it for $3…”

Tommy Schmuck: “That’s true, but I have a secret…”

Gordon: “So, what’s your secret?”

Tommy Schmuck:I deal in volume!

Three cats by the racks, and we’re all shaking our heads in disbelief…

P.S. (Somebody… Anybody… Please! Check the math and reasoning!!! I’ve got to be wrong somewhere!!!)


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.