Tweets in the Sidebar

Posted by Jim on Nov 17th, 2009
Nov 17

I spend more time on Twitter than I do posting to this blog.  Ever since I integrated my Twitter stream to this blog, there have been fewer and fewer blog posts and more and more collections of tweets showing up as blog posts.  I’ve decided to disable the tweets as blog posts feature; they will no longer show up in the blog feed.  My five most recent tweets will still be visible in the sidebar.  If you do want to keep tabs on my twitter thoughts, you can subscribe to them via RSS, but the best thing to do would be to sign up for a twitter account and follow me!

Novare Anniversary

Posted by Jim on May 21st, 2009
May 21

Today marks one year that Novare Res has been open, and what a year it’s been!  I was there on opening day and have been in nearly every week since.  I’ve certainly learned a lot about beer there, and made a few new friends.  I thought I’d share with you some number from the past year based on my Movie + a Beer notes:

  • 90 visits
  • 328 beers ordered
  • 1.73 visits/week
  • 3.64 beers/visit
  • I went to Novare, on average, once every 4 days
  • I drank a beer there every 0.9 days
  • With a conservative estimate of $7 per beer, I spent $2296 there

Since I finished the Uprising Chalice, I’ve been going less regularly (economic factos are partially responsible for this), but I still stop in at least once every two weeks.  A statistic I wish I could clculate would be how many ounces of beer I’ve consumered there, as the numbers don’t really reflect my consumption.  The chalice is about 24oz I believe, and I know I had a liter of beer during the Ocktoberfest celebration that only counted as one beer ordered.

Any way you look at it, I’ve had a lot of fun at Novare this past year.  I hope the next year is evern better!

In other beer news, I’ve started posting reviews of most of the beers I try.  You can find them all on Beer Advocate. I hope to review some Black Albert and Primus Tumultus tonight.

Summer Fashion

Posted by Jim on Apr 7th, 2009
Apr 7

On Saturday, I found a nice white linen jacket at the Portland Salvation Army. I’ve always wanted a linen jacket, and this one fit perfectly!  So, despite a stain on one cuff, I bought it.  Hopefully dry cleaning will remove the stain.

I’m not sure what I’ll wear to go along with the new jacket.  I have a nice pair of bright blue pants from LL Bean that I think will go well, but they aren’t very fancy.  LL Bean and Land’s End both have some nice dress pants I’m thinking about purchasing, either in a darker blue or green.  For a top, I am leaning towards a pale yellow Oxford shirt.  I want pink silk pocket square; nothing says classy like a silk pocket square.  Lastly, I want to get this bow tie.  I like bow ties much mroe than regular neck ties.  Although, I’m of the opinion that a white linen jacket is the second best garment to wear with an ascot (a red velvet smoking jacket is the best), so perhaps I’ll need to invest in one of those as well…

2008 Wrap-Up

Posted by Jim on Jan 2nd, 2009
Jan 2

All year I have been keeping track of how many beers I’ve drank and movies I’ve watched.  The final totals are 148 movies and 611 beers.  About one third of those drinks came as part of Novare Res’ Uprising challenge.

For 2009, I’ll be keeping track of movies and beers, as well as the books I read.  To view this list there is a Movie + a Beer link at the top of every page.

Drunky McJim

Posted by Jim on Nov 17th, 2008
Nov 17

I finished Novare’s Uprising challenge tonight.  Eric gave me a recomendation for my final beer, which followed, it was quite excellent.  Overall, it was a rewarding and fun experience to fullfill the Uprising.  If you are a beer fan I recommend you take a shot at it.  It may be expensive, but it’s worth your while.

In other news, this is my 300th Post.

Beer Party

Posted by Jim on Nov 16th, 2008
Nov 16

Tomorrow evening, at about 5:30pm, I’ll finish Novare Res’ Uprising challenge.  I have two beers left.  Unfortunately, neither are the actual beers that are on the list, just substitutions (I haven’t had a beer that is actually listed on the card for about 6 or 7 beers).  Join me at Novare tomorrow if you want to see the festivities associated with an Uprising completion.  Apprently, I get to go behind the bar to pour my final beer.  Eric (the owner) told me he’d make sure to be there when I finish.  It’s apparently quite a big deal.  I’m excited for it.  I hope to see you there!

WMPG Record Sale 2008

Posted by Jim on Nov 8th, 2008
Nov 8

Here are the eight albums I purchased at this year’s WMPG records sale (for $2 each!):

  • Robert Palmer – Pressure Drop
  • The Doobie Brothers – Minute By Minute
  • Yaz – Upstairs at Eric’s
  • Laura Nyro – Eli and the 13th Confessional
  • Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac (1975)
  • The Waterboys – Fisherman’s Blues
  • David Bromberg – Demon in Disguise
  • David Bromberg – Sideman Serenade

There were a few albums I decided not to purchase, like some Tom Rush, Kenny Loggins and live Genesis.  I did not find any Randy Newman lp’s I didn’t alreadyown, which was disappointing, but I was very excited to find two David Bromberg albums I didn’t own.  Overall, a sucessful record sale.

On the bike ride home, I stopped in to Novare Res and had a few more bottles.  I’m now at 184 out of 200 for the Uprising.  There are two people (that I know of) ahead of me (in addition to the four who have already finished).  I estimate that I’ll be done by Thanksgiving.  I’m really excited!  It has been a very elightening and rewarding journey thourgh all sorts of new beers.

Also: good news regarding the Trappist event at Novare this Tuesday.  Even if you can’t pony up the $60 to take part in the Trappist beer tasting that night, you can still go and enjoy a few fine bottles of beer.  The tasting will be taking place in the side room (sorry fans of darts and leather couches); the main room will be open to the public.  Perhaps I’ll see you there!

Plate Pals

Posted by Jim on Oct 7th, 2008
Oct 7

There’s a little game I play while driving: I am constantly on the lookout for license plates that are numerically similar to mine.  Whenever I find one that is within a few digits of my plates, I get unnecessarily excited.  Yesterday afternoon I found a plate that is closer to mine than I’ve ever seen before (and will make it very hard to ever find a more similar plate).  I drive a car tagged 3305 PC.  As I pulled up to a stoplight yesterday, in front of me was 3307 PC!  I bet the two of us had similarly close numbers that day we both registered our cards at the BMV.  I think it’s going to be a long while before I find 3309 PC or 3304 PC.

In other news: It’s my brithday.  I’m celebrating at Novare Res tonight.  I’ll pass 150 beers in the uprising.

Still Not a Gamer

Posted by Jim on Jul 21st, 2008
Jul 21

Nissa and I bought ourselves a Wii yesterday.  No games other than Wii Sports so far, but expect Mario Kart and Smash Brothers to be purchased soon.

Here’s my friend code, if you’d like to add it: 0422-1149-0233-5405

Race Results

Posted by Jim on Jun 26th, 2008
Jun 26

Just in case you are wondering, here are mine and Nissa’s results from the Smuttynose 5K we ran this past Sunday.

I ran the course in 30:36, which put me at 420th palce overall.  I was 41 out of 48 for my division, with a pace of 9:53/mile.

Nissa came in at 567 with a time of 36:42.  She was 50 out of 61 in her division and had a pace of 11:51.

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