Monday, November 16, 2009

Loup Garous Soccer Team Ends Season

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The Loup Garous played a great playoff game on a swampy field to end their season tonight. We fell behind 4-2, and came back to tie the game. The other team, the Spartans, went ahead, 5-4, and we came back to tie it. The Spartans had a goal right at the end to win the game. It was a hard loss for many of our players. About half of our team shed tears just after the final whistle blew. It was a great game, very hard fought, and a great way to end the season. I'm so proud of all of our players.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Beer Four for Christmas

Since my re-entry into home brewing, I've made an ESB, a nutbrown ale, a satsuma witbier, and today I'm making a chocolate cherry stout for Christmas. It's to celebrate three things: Kalypso came in first place in her final cross-country meet of the season, Gilgamesh's soccer team won their second game, and today the Saints are going to move up to 9-0.

Grains: .5 chocolate, .25 roast barley, .25 victory (Steep 30 minutes at 150 degrees)
Hops: 1 oz Columbus (14.2%) full 60 minute boil, 1 oz K Goldings (4.9%) last 15 minutes
Malt: 2 lbs Briess Dried Malt Extract traditional dark, 3 lbs muntons dark malt
1/2 pound unsweetened chocolate
2 lbs Sweet Cherry puree in primary fermentation, 1 lb in secondary fermentation (Oregon fruit products)
Safale US-05 dry yeast

Monday, November 09, 2009

Fleur de Crash



Video by Howie.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Woo Hoo! Loup Garous!

The Loup Garous soccer team just won their first game of the season by a score of 6-1. Previously we had lost all six of our games, often by a large margin. As their coach, and as a competitive person, I was so terrified that we'd go all season without a win. Tonight Gilgamesh gets to choose the restaurant, and we're going out to eat to celebrate. We have one regular season game left and then we're in the playoffs. Great job team!
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Friday, November 06, 2009

Cheese Eating Who Dats Say "Viva Las Vegas"

I just read that Vegas oddsmakers pick the Saints as favorites to win the Superbowl. The odds are 3-1, and at 3-2, the odds are even better to win the NFC championship. This Sunday we'll be biking to the Super Dome with Chef Who Dat and the mustache krewe. The Saints' run defense is going to have their hands full. Kalypso will be joining me in section 327, and the Dome will be rocking, especially if my voice can finally heal from the screaming last Monday night. Yes, it is good to be a Saints fan these days.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

The Answer is C

A. Should I be more worried about this hurricane:
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Or,

B. Should I be more worried about this gun violence last night near Xavier:
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Or,

C. I should be worried about both.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

SBS Death Makes No Sense At All

I'm proud to work at Xavier University of Louisiana, a school founded by St. Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. I've been very inspired by the work of the Sisters over the past 8 years that I've been at Xavier. This past weekend, for the first time in the history of their order, one of the sisters, Marguerite Bartz, was murdered in Gallup, New Mexico. My friend and colleague Sr. Mary Ann mentioned today that the order has a 118 year history of taking their important mission to some very violent neighborhoods in America, but nothing like this has ever happened. There are very few details about the crime at this moment. I shake my head in disbelief at this senseless tragedy.

Ed Blakely Uncovers Secret Plot of White People

Amazingly, former New Orleans Recovery Czar Ed Blakely, who is not a Caucasian, has uncovered the secret ambition laid out in this city by me and my fellow pasty-skinned crackers. Says Blakely: "Now, the white community, there's blood in the water, and they can recapture the political apparatus and kind of put their foot back on black people's throats." That was clearly my motivation when I voted against Nagin and Jindal in recent elections, aspirations of ruining the lives of my students, friends, and neighbors. Blakely also announced that there is an upcoming race war to be waged in this city. Blakely hasn't discovered the details yet, but to all of my Caucasian readers: it's going to start Mardi Gras morning and will be led by the King of Rex, with the first strike to take out Zulu. The key will be to disarm the krewe of coconuts. I'd give you more details about the exact time of the race war, but as all Caucasians know, Zulu's parade is often late. And of course, please don't share this information with anyone who is non-Caucasian, the rule still being that 1/8 non-white equals non-Caucasian.

Two more things: Blakely said the city of New Orleans won't be around in 100 years. Speaking for all white people, as is my custom, I can assure you that's not a Caucasian plot. It might have something to do with the masons and/or Hubig's pies. Finally, when me and my multi-racial neighbors rebuilt our city block by block, house by house, and fought so hard to make the city a better place, Blakely summarizes our herculean efforts thusly: “New Orleanians expected someone else to do it [rebuild city] all along…. They never expected to do it themselves.” He took our money, a lot of it, and then says he never believed in our recovery. Can't such megalomaniacs just fade away to Ayer's Rock and keep their mouths shut? A dingo ate my blakely. I wish.