2020 Election Challenge: Governors

Gubernatorial elections never get the attention of Presidential elections, but the day-to-day life of most people is affected more by what goes on in state government than at the Federal level.  In recent decades, right-wing and corporate interests have targeted state governments to consolidate power for their agenda.

If you live in one of the 11 states where a gubernatorial election is taking place it is important that you vote for the Democratic candidate, mobilize your friends and families to vote, and volunteer and donate to their campaigns.  If you don’t live in one of these states, adopt one or more states to target with your donations and volunteering.

Likely Democratic Victories

Two Democratic governors are ahead in the polls for their reelection, but don’t rest on these laurels, VOTE!

Washington: Jay Inslee (incumbent)

Delaware: John Carney (incumbent)

Competitive Races

These elections are a toss-up.  If you are limited on time or money, target these races for volunteering and donations.

North Carolina:  Roy Cooper (incumbent)

Montana: Mike Cooney

Missouri: Nicole Galloway

New Hampshire: Dan Feltes


The Republican candidates are ahead in the polls in these states, but getting out the non-voters can still turn around these elections.  Especially in progressive Vermont, c’mon!  Even West Virginia has a progressive streak.

Vermont: David Zuckerman

Indiana: Woody Myers

North Dakota: Shelley Lenz

West Virginia: Ben Salango

Utah: Chris Peterson


Movie Review: The Trouble With Harry (1955)

Hitchcock ThursdaysFollowing up on my Classic Movie Project, I made a list of ten Alfred Hitchcock movies I wanted to watch or rewatch. I’ll be posting reviews on Thursdays throughout the summer.

Title: The Trouble With Harry
Release Date: September 30, 1955
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Production Company: Alfred Hitchcock Productions

I watched The Trouble with Harry several times in my teen years and found it uproariously hilarious with gorgeous scenery of autumnal Vermont.  I’d went so far as listing it as one of my favorite movies of all time. Granted, my recall isn’t perfect as I also remember a scene set at a barn dance that I must have conflated with some other movie.  Viewing the movie again after several decades, I found it not as laugh out loud funny as I remembered but, nevertheless, an entertaining, well-acted, and clever bit of movie-making.

The trouble with Harry is that he is dead.  With his body found laying supine in a hillside meadow, several people in the nearby town have reason to believe that they are responsible for his death.  Capt. Albert Wiles (Edmund Gwenn) fears he may have shot Harry while hunting, while Miss Ivy Gravely  (Mildred Natwick) thinks it the result of her hitting him on the head with her boot in self-defense after Harry stumbled upon her on a trail.  Bohemian artist Sam Marlowe (John Forsythe) takes a whimsical interest in the whole proceedings, while Harry’s estranged wife Jennifer Rogers (Shirley MacLaine) feels no regret at becoming a widow.  A very young of Jerry Mathers of Leave it to Beaver fame also appears as Jennifer’s curious son Arnie.

Rating: ****

Beer Review: Zero Gravity Conehead IPA

Beer:  Conehead IPA
Brewer: Zero Gravity Craft Brewery
Source: Draft
Rating: *** (7.3 of 10)

The Burlington, Vermont-brewed IPA is a nice bit of craft beer goodness.  The beer is golden and hazy with not much of a head when poured.  The aroma is grainy with hints of citrus.  As one would expect from an IPA, the hop flavor is strong, but not overpowering, and a fresh maltiness washes it away in the aftertaste.  The mouthfeel is medium, and the beer leaves light lacing behind on the glass.  All and all, this is a very easy beer to drink.

This is a palatable IPA for people who don’t like IPAs.

Photopost: Frosty Photos

Some recent photographs from Boston and Vermont of a land encased in snow and ice.  This time of year creates some interesting photo opportunities but with them the challenges of light and white balance.

Beer Review: Hermit Thrush Poo-Tee-Weet

Beer: Poo-Tee-Weet
BrewerHermit Thrush Brewery
Source: Draft
Rating: **** (8.3 of 10)

This is a unique beer with a cloudy orange appearance and a big bubbled head.  The scent offers hints of sweet citrus while the taste is a sour mash with malty, sweet biscuit aftertaste.  The mouthfeel is light and the beer leaves gorgeous Brussels laces on the glass. This is kind of like a shandy or a whiskey sour made into a beer.

Beer Review: Long Trail Unearthed Stout

BeerUnearthed Stout
BrewerLong Trail Brewing Co.
Source: Draft
Rating: **** (8.5  of 10)

Wow!  This is a terrific stout.  The beer is chocolate-brown with a buff head.  There are also notes of chocolate in the aroma.  No pun intended, but the taste is earthy and rich with a sweet aftertaste.  Lovely lacing on the glass.  This is a brilliant beer from a great brewery!

From the same brewer:

Beer Review: Long Trail Sick Day

Beer: Sick Day
Brewer: Long Trail Brewing Company
Source: Draft
Rating: **** (8.5 of 10)

A copper-colored beer with a solid head, Sick Day offers up a piney nose with a nicely balanced flavor of pine, nut, bread and citrus with a slight bitterness.  There’s a luscious lacing left behind on the glass.  Long Trail does it again!

From the same brewer:

Photopost: Harris Hill Ski Jump

If you’ve ever watched ski jumping on tv and thought it would be awesome to see in person, well I’m here to tell you that it is!

Yesterday, my family and I attended the Harris Hill Ski Jumping competition in Brattleboro, VT. Harris Hill has been home to ski jumping competitions since 1922 and is the only Olympic-size venue in New England. Despite this, it was easy to get up close to the action as we walked up the hill and watched several jumpers from right below the launching point of the inrun. The warm weather didn’t mar the competition and made it ideal for spectators although I should’ve used better judgment about leaving my boots at home. The ground was muddy and icy, but I had a fun time sliding down the hill accidentally on purpose.

Below is some news coverage, then my best photos of the day (most of them were skiers feet as they flew by too quickly), and then a couple of videos.

Beer Review: Magic Hat Single Chair

Beer: Single Chair Golden Ale

Brewer: Magic Hat Brewing Company 

Source: 12 oz. bottle 

Rating: ** (6.6 of 10)

Comments: This effervescent golden ale has scent of lemongrass, and the taste of lemon and honey with a grainy aftertaste. The flavor is not strong and the mouthfeel is light. Despite the ski lift on the label, this beer feels like it skips from winter right over spring to summer. 

Beer Review: Couch Surfer Oatmeal Stout 

Beer:  Couch Surfer Oatmeal Stout
Brewer: Otter Creek Brewing
Source: Draft
Rating: **** (8 of 10)
Comments:  A dark black beer with a buff head, this beer has a sweet and creamy aroma and flavor with chocolatey taste a hint of coffee bean in the aftertaste.  The head persists and coats that glass with some nice lacing.  This is some good stuff!