30 Days of Music Roundup


Here are all my answers to the 30 Days of Music meme published over the past month on my Tumblr blog Portals of Discovery.  Enjoy!

Intro

Day 01 – Your favorite song at the moment

Day 02 – Your least favorite song

Day 03 – A song that makes you happy

Day 04 – A song that makes you sad

Day 05 – A song that reminds you of someone

Day 06 – A song that reminds of you of somewhere

Day 07 – A song that reminds you of a certain event

Day 08 – A song that you know all the words to

Day 09 – A song that you can dance to

Day 10 – A song that makes you fall asleep

Day 11 – A song from your favorite band

Day 12 – A song from a band you hate

Day 13 – A song that is a guilty pleasure

Day 14 – A song that no one would expect you to love

Day 15 – A song that describes you

Day 16 – A song that you used to love but now hate

Day 17 – A song that you hear often on the radio

Day 18 – A song that you wish you heard on the radio

Day 19 – A song from your favorite album

Day 20 – A song that you listen to when you’re angry

Day 21 – A song that you listen to when you’re happy

Day 22 – A song that you listen to when you’re sad

Day 23 – A song that you want to play at your wedding

Day 24 – A song that you want to play at your funeral

Day 25 – A song that makes you laugh

Day 26 – A song that you can play on an instrument

Day 27 – A song that you wish you could play

Day 28 – A song that you are obsessed with

Day 29 – A song from your childhood

Day 30 – Your favorite song at this time last year

Retropost: Happy Halloween


I don’t have anything new to say about Halloween, but I was looking back and saw this post I wrote 3 years ago. The funny thing is that after finishing this post, I went to bed and a couple of hours later my wife told me she was going into labor. And so my son was born the day after Halloween, meaning that these are very sugar-filled days with trick-or-treating and birthday cake all coming together.

Also, this is as good as place as any to post a photo of the magnificent monster jack-o-lantern carved by my talented wife.

 

Happy Halloween Trick or Treat! I promise not to give out Mary Jane’s or Necco wafers, or worse. Healthy snacks. I’m quite overwhelmed by seeing the sidewalks of Centre Street in Jamaica Plain crowded with children aged 0 to 16 in costume, trick-or-treating at the local businesses. Our own street is crawling with children as well. This is great to see. There was never this much Halloween activity in Somerville. Of course we’re here with the lights out because we … Read More

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Beer Review: Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale


Beer: Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale
Brewer: Shipyard Brewing Company
Source:
Draft
Rating:
***(7.8 of 10)

Comments: Another fine pumpkin ale from a New England brewery.  Basically it’s like pumpkin pie in a glass with sweet & spice scents and tastes.  It goes down smooth and is a nice brew for the season.

Beer Review: Harpoon Leviathan Imperial IPA


Beer: Harpoon Leviathan Imperial IPA
Brewer:
Harpoon Brewery
Source:
Draft
Rating:
****(8.5 of 10)

Comments: Served in a small glass, this beer has an orangish tint and a thick head.  Aromas are floral and citrusy.  There’s a fruity & hoppy flavor that has as a quality that reminds me more of a liquor than a beer.  Really nice, well done beer from one of my favorite breweries.

End of Summer Soccer


Major League Soccer played their final regular season games the past week spelling the end of summer soccer.  The playoffs have begun but for the first time in a decade the New England Revolution will not be participating in them.  What a year to start following the Revs after all those years of post-season success (albeit without a MLS Cup trophy to show for it).

Summer soccer is one of the idiosyncrasies that set America apart from the major European leagues that play from August to May.   It’s not obstinacy on the part of United States soccer, but the fact that parts of the United States have far more severe winters  than much of Europe.  Teams playing in Massachusetts, Colorado, and New Jersey just could not host home games in the winter, or at least draw a devoted crowd in the midst of a blizzard.

In my ongoing effort to learn more about football worldwide, I decided to see if anyone else plays in the winter.  I figured that Russia is a cold, cold place so they  must play in the summer.  And I was right.  Except not for long because Russia will be switching to an autumn-to-spring calendar in 2012-13.  Good luck to fans of FC Zenit Saint Petersburg in February.  Brrr.  Scandinavian nations also play on a summer schedule and, oddly enough, the League of Ireland switched to a summer schedule in 2003 (I haven’t figured out why).  The Australian A-League also plays a summer schedule although their summer is our winter.

Anyhow, here’s the matches I’ve watched in the past week and a half.

AFC Ajax 2:1 Auxerre (19 Oct 2010) –  This match saw Ajax win their first match of the Champions League this season to go with a loss & a tie.  The first half was all Ajax as the Amsterdammers went up 2-0.  The second goal in particular was a brilliant example of team passing and running setting up the goal for El Hamdaoui.  The second half got a little crazy after André Ooijer’s professional foul earned him a red card and forced Ajax to defend their lead with 10 men.  But then the French side went down to 10 men on a handball attempt on the goal. Then in the waning minutes of the game an Auxerre sub was sent off before he even made it on the field!  Comical, to say the least.  Match report.

FC Barcelona 2:0 FC Copenhagen (20 Oct 2010) – Lionel Messi scored both goals for Barça moving them to the top of Group D in the Champions League.  The Danish side had some moments where they seemed to be in control but never really threatened.  Really, Barcelona should have taken advantage of their offensive superiority and score more.  Match report.

New York Red Bulls 2:0 New England Revolution (21 Oct 2010) – The Revs finished off their 2010 campaign with a road game versus the Eastern Conference champions.  It ended as one would expect as a loss, the first time the Red Bulls have defeated the Revs since 2005 breaking a 16-game undefeated streak.  New England looked the better side in the second half but failed to score and then gave up a stoppage time goal.  Wait ’till next year.  Match report.

Tottenham Hotspur 1:1 Everton FC (23 Oct 2010) – One thing I love about European football is the names and there is no better combination than Tottenham and Hotspur who play at the romantically named White Hart Lane.  There also a Premier League power nipping at the heels of the big three so it was something for Everton to earn a point and extend their unbeaten streak to four games.  Everton scored on a fantastic first half free kick by Leighton Baines.  Alas, a rare error by goalkeeper Tim Howard contributed to the Spurs’ equalizer a few minutes later.  Match report.

West Bromwich Albion 2:1 Fulham FC (23 Oct 2010) – Speaking of great names, here is West Brom and their home grounds The Hawthorns.  Things started well for Fulham with a Zoltan Gera strike (scored as an own goal against West Brom) but in the pouring rain the Baggies (lovely nickname too) were able to equalize and then go ahead before the break.  Match report.

Real Zaragoza 0:2 FC Barcelona (23 Oct 2010) – It was all Messi again as Barça earned another easy victory against the La Liga cellar dwellars.  I confess I didn’t watch the whole game as I went to the yard to play soccer with my son, but I did see both of Messi’s goals.  Match report.

AFC Ajax 3:1 Heerenveen (27 Oct 2010) – El Hamdaoui was the hero again with 2 of the goals  in what was a pretty easy victory for Ajax.  Luis Suarez had several chances that were either just stopped by the keeper or bounced off the cross-bar (including two in a matter of seconds) so the score could have been much higher for Ajax.  Match report.

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Book Review: The Story of the Madman by Mongo Beti


Around the World for a Good Book selection for: Cameroon

Author: Mongo Beti
Title: The Story of the Madman
Publication Info: Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, c2001.
ISBN: 0813920485

Summary/Review: A familiar story of post-colonial Africa where a newly independent nation suffers tyrannical and wasteful governments, the nation is divided by civil war, and the former colonial power lurks in the shadows looking to profit.  Mongo Beti examines a fictional nation similar to Cameroon in this satirical tale.   The heart of the story of Chief Zoaételeu the patriarch of a large tribal family who speaks his mind to readily before government soldiers and is arrested and put on display in a show trial.  Other characters include his conniving favorite sons and a lawyer who often bursts out in Latin and considers himself a speaker of truth who like Cassandra can’t be believed.  Since the characters serve a satirical purpose they often seem more like caricatures and it’s hard to develop a true sympathy to them.  In fact, a lot of the time the satire seems laid on too thick to make this an illuminating or entertaining novel.

Recommended books: Beneath the Lion’s Gaze: A Novel by Maaza Mengiste and Snakepit by Moses Isegawa
Rating: **1/2

Beer Reviews: Old Chub


Beer: Old Chub Scottish Style Ale
Brewer:
Oskar Blues Brewery
Source:
12 fl. oz can
Rating:
**** (8.6 of 10)

Comments: Having enjoyed Dale’s Pale Ale on tap, I figured it was worth it to buy the expensive beer in a can.  Oh my is it worth it.  The thing about Scottish Ales is that they taste like they have liquor in them, and they pack a bunch.  This one is no exception.  It pours dark with a thick head like a porter.  The taste is malty and sweet with hints of chocolate, caramel, and smoke.  Divine!

Footy Report


Another fine weekend of European football.  The Revolution won too but I didn’t watch due to the MLB playoffs.  It was a very sport-filled week.

Fulham FC 1:2 Tottenham Hotspur (16 Oct 2010) – I tuned into this London Derby live from Craven Cottage but alas the feed cut out for several minutes, including the minute in which each side scored their first goal.  Fulham opened the scoring with a great run by USA’s Clint Dempsey who fed the ball to Diomansy Kamara to tap in the goal.  The Spurs equalized with a Roman Pavlyuchenko tap-in a few moments later.  In the second half, which I was able to view live, the Spurs would controversially take the lead with a beautiful long-range goal by Tom Huddlestone.  The assistant referrer flagged Tottenham’s William Gallas offside by the referee overruled him and allowed the goal to stand.  Fulham put some pressure on the Spurs goal at the end of the match but were unable to finish and thus earned their first loss of the season (to go with one win and six draws).  Match report.

AFC Ajax 3:0 NAC Breda (16 Oct 2010) –  Ajax hosted the football club with the longest name in the world: Nooit opgeven altijd doorgaan, Aangenaam door vermaak en nuttig door ontspanning, Combinatie (I love little bits of trivia like that).  While long on name, NAC was short on goals and were easily dispatched by Ajax.  Jan Vertonghen, Mounir El Hamdaoui  &
Luis Suárez scored the goals.  Suárez had a particularly beautiful goal on a free kick.  Match report.

FC Barcelona 2:1 Valencia (16 Oct 2010) – A big game for Barcelona as they faced the team at the top of table, playing at Camp Nou where they have lost to Hercules and drawn with Mallorca.  Granted it wasn’t that big a deal because Barcelona has won every other game they’ve played this season and well, they’re Barcelona.  Valencia dominated play in the first half and scored a well-earned goal in the 37th minute.  A rejuvenated Barça squad came out after half-time and equalized within 90 seconds on a great finish by Iniesta.  Barça went ahead with good on a Puyol header in the 69th minute.  They had to make things interesting after all.  Match report.

Everton FC 2:0 Liverpool FC (17 Oct 2010) – The biggest match of the weekend for me was the Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park where Liverpool visited Everton in their first game since being acquired by the Boston-based NESV group.  The new owners haven’t had a chance to fix the Reds yet and the Toffemen took the opportunity to kick them while they are down.  Tim Cahill put Everton ahead in the 33rd minute but Mikel Arteta’s long-range blast in the 49th minute was a thing of beauty.  All in all a satisfying match and a great second consecutive win for Everton .   Match report.

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Beer Review: Southern Tier Pumking


Beer: pumking Imperial Pumpking Ale
Brewer:
Southern Tier Brewing Co.
Source:
Draft
Rating:
No stars (3.2 of 10)

Comments: I could say something about the attractive color of this beer served in a special tear-drop glass but OMFG it tastes like cough syrup!!!  Sweet and nasty and I just couldn’t finish it.  I’m seriously wondering if there was something wrong with the keg because they can’t really unleash something that tastes this bad on an unsuspecting public.

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Beer Review: Long Trail Harvest


Beer: Long Trail Harvest
Brewer:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Source:
Draft
Rating:
* (5.9 of 10)

Comments: This is an attractive copper brown ale with a thick head, but I was a disappointed by the taste.  It was weak and flat with a few hints of chocolate.  I expect something heartier from a beer of this type.  Oddly enough, I’ve tried this beer before from a bottle, and I liked it a lot better.

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Beer Review: Dale’s Pale Ale


Beer: Dale’s Pale Ale
Brewer: Oskar Blues Grill & Brewery
Source:
Draft
Rating:
** (6.7 of 10)

Comments: Here’s a beer I’ve been avoiding because it comes in can yet is really expensive.   I found a place serving it on-tap and gave it  a try.  The beer has a nice malt/hops balance and leaves good lacing on the glass.  I’m not sure if I’ll get it in a can, but it’s nice to know that a decent beer can come in aluminum.

International Draws


The past week has been dominated by international team games, including Euro 2012 qualifying and both the US men’s and women’s teams hosting friendlies in Philadelphia.

USA 1:1 China (6 Oct 2010) – The second of two games versus the People’s Republic as the US women tune up for the World Cup 2011 qualifiers (the USA won the first game in Georgia 2:1).  The team looked to be outplayed by a young Chinese side, falling behind on a gorgeous goal by Ma Jun at 37′.  The substitution of 21-year-old Alex Morgan in the second half gave the US a much needed spark (or “fresh young legs” as Julie Foudy kept saying) and Morgan scored her first ever international goal in the waning minutes of the match.  Obviously the lackluster performance of the team overall must take into account players returning from injury as well as formations being tested out in this friendly match. Match report.

Slovakia 1:1 Ireland (12 Oct 2010) – When last we saw Ireland’s Euro 2012 qualifying efforts they had opened with convincing wins against Armenia and Andorra.  This week they lost at home to Russia (in a game I didn’t watch) and drew with Slovakia in a game of wasted opportunities.  Ireland took the early lead but then all-time leading scorer Robbie Keane missed a golden opportunity from the field and more stunningly had a penalty shot blocked.  Ireland had to accept the tie and hold onto second place in Group B with the next match in March. Match report.

USA 0:0 Colombia (12 Oct 2010) – In the most sluggish and disappointing match of all I watched this week, the USA and Colombia slogged about with poor passing and poor finishing being the keys of the game.   The USA didn’t get a shot on a goal until nearly an hour into the game.  Again friendlies are a time to try out new players and strategies, so this isn’t the end of the world, but still, how can you go through a friendly without figuring out some way to score?  Match report.

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Book Review: Beneath the Lion’s Gaze by Maaza Mengiste


Around The World For a Good Book selection for: Ethiopia

Author: Maaza Mengiste
Title: Beneath the Lion’s Gaze
Publication Info: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2010.
ISBN: 9780393071764

Summary/Review:

This is a beautifully written yet difficult to read book about Ethiopia in the 1970s.  Difficult to read mainly due to the violence and oppression that is all to characteristic of African novels I’ve read but to a lesser extent due to the large cast of characters.  I learned many things from this novel including that although Haile Selassie was respected as a world leader (and revered by Rastafarians) he was thought cruel in Ethiopia.  I learned that there was a major famine in 1972-74 and a revolution that overthrew the emperor and in his place reigned the Derg who imprisoned and executed tens of thousands of people.  This novel tells the story of these troubled times through one family all facing difficult choices amid the horrors of war and oppression.   It took me a long time to finish this book, but I’m glad I did.  Thomas Jefferson wrote “Travel makes a person wiser, if less happy.”  I think reading around the world has the same effect.

Recommended books: Gate of the Sun by Elias Khoury, The Trial of Robert Mugabe by Chielo Zona Eze, and Snakepit by Moses Isegawa.
Rating: ***1/2

Photopost: Topsfield Fair


Today we went to the last day of the 2010 Topsfield Fair, America’s oldest fair dating to 1818.  Our time was limited and we were guided by a toddler, but I think we got a good sense of the fair and had a great time.  The Kiddie Land area had a lot of rides my nearly three-year old son enjoyed including little cars, a fire-fighter themed climbing structure, a Crazy Bus, a Berry Go Round, and a jungle bounce (I want one of these for my back yard).  In the agricultural area we feed miniature horses and brushed a calf as well as saw rabbits, llamas, guinea pigs, sheep, and goats.  There were other things I would have enjoyed such as the history exhibit in the Grange Hall and the rides in the Midway (not to mention the racing pigs), but I think we all had a fun and fulfilling day at the fair.

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Support Sharon and Team McGraw


I have an awesome friend name Sharon.  Today is her birthday but that’s not what this post is about.  I’m writing because in exactly one month Sharon will be running in the New York City Marathon.  Sharon’s story is inspiring in that just the past two years she’s lost a lot of weight, got in shape, and built up her strength and ability to run many, many miles.

But it gets better than that.  Sharon is running as a member of Team McGraw to support the Tug McGraw Foundation.  If you’re not aware, Tug McGraw is a major league baseball relief pitcher who helped the New York Mets win their first World Series in 1969.  When the Mets were contending for the pennant again in 1973, Tug coined the team’s famous rallying cry “Ya Gotta Believe!”  Later in his career, McGraw pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies and was on the mound when that team won its first World Series in 1980.  As a result, Tug is a rare player who is beloved in both New York and Philadelphia.

Tug McGraw died in 2004 as a result of a brain tumor.  Which brings us back to Sharon who is running to support the Tug McGraw Foundation and enhance the quality of life of people living with brain tumors, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.  Sharon has been working hard to raise a lot of money, so if you read this, please consider taking a moment to donate to Sharon’s fundraising efforts and wish her well in the New York City Marathon.

Retropost: Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa


In tribute to Mario Vargas Llosa, the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature winner,  here is my review of his great novel Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter that I first published here on 25 July 2008:

Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (1977) by Mario Vargas Llosa represents Peru in my ongoing effort to read a work of fiction by an author from every nation on the Earth called Around the World for a Good Book. The supposedly autobiographical novel is told from the point of view of Marito a law student who also works producing news updates for Lima’s high-brow station, but dreams of becoming a writer.  When Marito is 18, two people come into his life and it turns his life upside down.  The first is Aunt Julia, the ex-wife of Marito’s uncle, with whom he falls in love with despite being half her age.  The other is Pedro Comacho, a work-a-holic writer of radio serials who gains great acclaim creating lurid soap operas for the more popular low-brow radio station.

Chapters of the book alternate between Marito narrating how he woos and eventually tries to marry Aunt Julia in a absurdly complex series of events (and still refers to her as “Aunt” the whole time).  If that doesn’t seem soap operish enough, the chapters in-between are the plots of Comacho’s radio serials which come across as well-constructed, gripping short stories.  Yet, as the character Comacho works his way to a nervous breakdown, the stories become more confusing with characters showing up from other stories.  Is it a masterpiece of expiremental literature or is he just going insane?

Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter is funny, sexy, and satirical.  Writers in particular are shown up for their pretension while at the same time Vargas Llosa shows the skill and effor that goes into their craft.  The novel also a nice flavor of Lima in the 1950’s.  This is an enjoyable, fun but not dumb novel that I recommend highly.

Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (Picador Books) by Mario Vargas Llosa. Pan Books Ltd (1984), Paperback, 374 pages

Sister City’s Soccer


I discovered this week that Barcelona is a sister city of my hometown of Boston, MA.  This gives me a good reason to support FC Barcelona for what better way to foster goodwill and cultural exchange than through sport?  It also means I don’t have to feel like a heel of a frontrunner picking one of the best football clubs in the world to follow.

I thought it would be fun to look through the list of Boston Sister Cities and see what other soccer teams I could potentially support (in my admittedly dwindling free time):

Kyoto, JapanKyoto Sanga F.C. plays in the J. League Division 1, finishing in 12th place last season.

Strasbourg, France – The historic Racing Club de Strasbourg has fallen on hard times in recent years and play in France’s third division Championnat National after being relegated from Ligue 2 last season.

Hangzou, China – Hangzhou Nabel Greentown F.C. finished 15th in the most recently completed season of the Chinese Super League.

Padua, Italy – Calcio Padova finished 19th in Serie B and managed to avoid relegation in the play-outs.

Melbourne, Australia – Home to two teams in the A-League, 2-time champions Melbourne Victory FC who finished 2nd last season and expansion club Melbourne Heart FC playing their inaugural season.

Tapei, Tawain, Republic of China – I think the closest I can find to a premier club team in this city is Tatung F.C. of  the Intercity Football League.

Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana – This Ghanaian city has two football clubs, both of whom were relegated from the Glo Premier League to the Poly Tank Division One League at the end of last season: Sekondi Eleven Wise and Sekondi Hasaacs F.C.

Haifa, Israel – Haifa has two clubs as well both playing in the Israeli Premier League: Maccabi Haifa F.C. (2nd) and Hapoel Haifa F.C. (11th)

Boston, England – The original Boston has a club on the 7th level of the English football pyramid, Boston United F.C., charmingly nicknamed The Pilgrims.   I think the Revolution could take them.

I think some of these clubs should be invited to an off-season tournament in Boston, MA, perhaps the next Fenway Football Challenge.   Of course there’s one world class football club that may soon have a strong connection to Boston and that is Liverpool!  As an Everton supporter, I’m not sure how I feel about that.

Here are the games I’ve watched the past week:

AFC Ajax 1:1 AC Milan (28 Sep 2010) – An exciting Champions League match saw my Amsterdam side host Berlusconi’s Bandits from Milan.  At least two of Milan’s players once played for Ajax, including their goal scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was assisted by form Ajax player Clarence Seedorf.  Mounir El Hamdaoui continued his impressive first season with Ajax by providing the opening goal of the match.  Match report.

Rubin Kazan 1:1 FC Barcelona (29 Sep 2010) – On paper, Barcelona outmatched Rubin Kazan but this match ended in a disappointing draw.  The Russian side tied Barcelona in last season’s Champions League match at home and even more surprisingly won the match at Nou Camp.  Rubin Kazan’s continued success against is the type of thing that will make sports commentators say “they’ve got Barcelona’s number” (and they did say so in the post-game) .  Match report.

Birmingham City FC 0:2 Everton FC (2 Oct 2010) – The Blues wore their hot pink kits to their away match St. Andrews in Birmingham.  To confuse things further Birmingham wore blue and are also known as The Blues.   Everton seemed to have better control of the ball but the two sides went to half-time scoreless.  In the 54th minute the Everton attack paid off with an own goal by Birmingham’s Roger Johnson.  Late in the game, Everton appeared  to drop back into defense allowing Birmingham to attack, attack, attack with Everton just clearing.  To my novice eyes this seemed a poor strategy, and perhaps because I’ve been watching too many Revolution games, I expected the equalizing goal at any minute. I was happy to be proved wrong as Everton not only held the lead but Tim Cahill added another goal in the third minute of stoppage time for Everton’s first win of the season!   Match report.

FC Barcelona 1:1 RCD Mallorca (3 Oct 2010) – I only saw the first half of this game but caught all the scoring.  It looked like the Barcelona Globetrotters against the Mallorca Generals as Barcelona dominated possession and toyed with their lesser opponent.  And yet, Mallorca managed to equalize near the end of the first half and hold on for the draw.  Quiet a shocking disapointment for Barcelona.  Match report.

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30 Days of Music


If you follow me on my Tumblog “Portals of Discovery” you’ll  know that I’m participating in a meme about music by answering a question about a song every day in October.  If you don’t this post will help you keep up with this fun project.  My first song went up today.  I’m going to consolidate all of my 30 Days of Music posts with links from this post.  You’ll also find that they appear in the sidebar to the right.

Intro

Day 01 – Your favorite song at the moment

Day 02 – Your least favorite song

Day 03 – A song that makes you happy

Day 04 – A song that makes you sad

Day 05 – A song that reminds you of someone

Day 06 – A song that reminds of you of somewhere

Day 07 – A song that reminds you of a certain event

Day 08 – A song that you know all the words to

Day 09 – A song that you can dance to

Day 10 – A song that makes you fall asleep

Day 11 – A song from your favorite band

Day 12 – A song from a band you hate

Day 13 – A song that is a guilty pleasure

Day 14 – A song that no one would expect you to love

Day 15 – A song that describes you

Day 16 – A song that you used to love but now hate

Day 17 – A song that you hear often on the radio

Day 18 – A song that you wish you heard on the radio

Day 19 – A song from your favorite album

Day 20 – A song that you listen to when you’re angry

Day 21 – A song that you listen to when you’re happy

Day 22 – A song that you listen to when you’re sad

Day 23 – A song that you want to play at your wedding

Day 24 – A song that you want to play at your funeral

Day 25 – A song that makes you laugh

Day 26 – A song that you can play on an instrument

Day 27 – A song that you wish you could play

Day 28 – A song that you are obsessed with

Day 29 – A song from your childhood

Day 30 – Your favorite song at this time last year

Beer Review: Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale


Beer: Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale
Brewer: Smuttynose Brewing Co.
Source: 12 oz. bottle
Rating: *** (7.1 of 10)

Comments: This beer has a thick, respectable head and a cloudy, pumpkin orange color.  The spices are apparent in the aroma but there’s also an acidic scent there too.  The pumpkin flavor is there but also more of a bitter, hoppy taste as well.  It seemed to get a bit more weak and watery as I swirled it across my tongue.  All-in-all a good pumpkin ale and a great way to start October.

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