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Sammy's Birthday

We had family out for Samantha's birthday. It was pretty basic with us, both sets of grandparents out and my brother Doug. It started out with ice cream etc over at Melissa's parents. We were then supposed to go bowling. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned. We did not call ahead and both places we tried were booked. I cannot say that was a shining moment. Lesson learned, call ahead and reserve a spot no matter what.

Mary Poppins Broadway Touring Show

Melissa's ten year anniversary at Saint Mary's was this year. This means that we get invited to some sort of an event to celebrate with other staff reaching similar milestones. This year it was Mary Poppins through Broadway Grand Rapids. Overall we enjoyed it. It was a nice mix of stuff from the books so it was not just a stage version of the movie. However, the one downside is that like many of these productions it is a musical and we are not huge fans of musicals. Still it was fun and the songs were good so most people will enjoy it.

Radeberger Pilsner

I tried another new beer called Radeberger Pilsner from Radeberger of Germany. I have no idea who these guys are but this screams mass market beer. However, I do not mean that in a bad way. The label on the bottle was a fairly traditional looking label. The taste was good, clean and completely unoffensive. It is the type of beer most anyone could drink and enjoy. Compared to the other similar beers that I have had, the flavor is less one dimensional. However, at the end of the day there's nothing that would make me come back.


Today was Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery in the UK. The bottle describes it as a Dark English Ale. The packaging is quite entertaining and the company as a whole seems to take its theme to hard across its product line, website etc. It seemed to avoid being silly for the most part. The taste was better than average. I was still enjoying it at the end of the bottle which is more than I can say for most things I've tried. The flavors came across as vaguely chocolatey, malty or sweet as I drank it. I would probably get it again if I see it in the store.

They're back!

SCO may not actually exist anymore but they are back in court. It seems now that the Novell/Unix copyrights situation has been settled and they've sold off their non-lawsuit assets and oh yeah, filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation they can finally resolve the SCO v. IBM lawsuit. The real question I have is not what is left to settle. The real question is, who's paying the lawyers at this point? Is there really any money left to them? Although a fun runner up question is, who owned stock in SCO? What were they thinking when the company ran itself off the cliff? If you're as interested in zombie corporations like I am than start at the Arstechnica article and follow the links.

Family Dance

Wyoming Public Schools had a family dance that we went to and I have to say that it was very entertaining. The kids are young enough that they are not so worried about what people thing. Samantha took to it immediately and was dancing up a storm. Henry was a little more hesitant but once he settled down he was his usual self. Unfortunately, the adults are a little more boring. Melissa was one of the few adults out there but she had a blast.

Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale

The next beer out of the fridge was Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale. I honestly did not go in expecting much. I always seem to have bad luck with licensed properties of any kind. I figured beer would be no different. The bottle had a Fun Monty Python style label. The beer itself was an English Pale Ale. The taste was not overwhelming and seemed to taste a bit fruity or maybe like certain types of good bread. Although, there was more going than that. In the end there was no real after taste to mention and it came across as a perfectly serviceable beer. I am not sure that I would get it again. I would have to judge it on price and availability of other beers to try. It did not feel like it stood out from the crowd.