November 23, 2009

Life at Meadhouse.

Morning.

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Evening.

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77 comments:

Irene said...

It looks like you are settling in for an evening of researching delusions with some delirium nocturnum.

Jason (the commenter) said...

I wonder how many hours Althouse spends doing the chicken dance each morning.

$9,000,000,000 Write Off said...

Drinking an import from Belgium instead of leinenkugels? Ivory tower, limousine, elitist.

Like good husbands, good beers are mostly brewed in America now a days. If you like sweet Belgian stuff, you can get Anderson Valley (100% Solar Powered!) Brother David’s Abbey Style Ale, Double or Triple. Nice place to visit, too,

Joey B. said...

Chicken dance?!

It's all about the breasts. It always is with Althouse.

Jason (the commenter) said...

I always thought Althouse liked rhhardin's dog pictures, but now we now the truth!

t-man said...

Nice carpet.

t-man said...

BTW, that stack of papers doesn't look level. Be careful.

Meade said...

Irene said...
It looks like you are settling in for an evening of researching delusions with some delirium nocturnum.

Ha ha! Good reminder, Irene. In her state of delirium, she conveniently "forgot" about her research project.

Not that I would call that... "lying."

MadisonMan said...

How is it good for Palin's book to sit on a radiator?

Buford Gooch said...

You have a very interesting kitchen counter. I'm wondering which types of knives you have in that block. Looks eclectic.

WV: Herighad--Cant hear you. I don't have my herighad turned up.

jeff said...

morning the place appears like the villains lair in the old batman series.

Paddy O. said...

Great choice.

One glass of that leads quickly to a relaxed evening.

Lem said...

Remember that Nixon line... 'you wont have Nixon to kick around anymore'?

Boy its fun to kick Sullivan around.

I think we should do it more often ;)

Bissage said...

That tape measure is made so it will extend 8 feet before it buckles.

It’ll be more fun to find out for yourselves after you finish your beer.

Just trust me on that one.

edutcher said...

Gee, Ann, your desk is almost as messy as mine.

I feel a little better now.

WV "drepe" Curtain from the same place the beer came from (accent aigu).

Irene said...

Speaking of delusional deliriums, I think people should stop referring to Sullivan as "Sully." It is a disservice to Captain Sully.

Lem said...

That tape measure is on the level.

I just want to lay that out there.

Meade said...

I just want to say I take full responsibility for the mess of papers and things on the table. And the drops of spilled ale - my goof. I promise I'll have them all cleaned up by the time the next photo op arises.

By the same token... the smile on her face right now?

Yeah, that's me again.

former law student said...

You two should look into going to Belgium. The flemish part, at least, is very friendly to travelers. Delirium tremens is brewed in Ghent. I figure you're good for several more honey moons. Meade would pass for a local, so he might want to learn a few Dutch phrases.

One of my favorites makes Easter Bunny (Boskeun) beer:

http://www.dedollebrouwers.be/en/index.html

Ron said...

You might think that Herr Meade...but you don't know how many of us out here are not wearing pants!

Meade said...

Ha ha ha! Alright. Now Ron just put a smile on my face!

Chip Ahoy said...
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Lem said...

I think I missed the post about the laptop hinge getting fixed..
its all good.

vbspurs said...

I've got that faucet!

OldGrouchy Doug Wright said...

Life is good!

wv: arders must be obeyed!

vbspurs said...

Jason (the commenter) wrote:

I wonder how many hours Althouse spends doing the chicken dance each morning.

LOL!!

Chip Ahoy said...

Gasp. Even your ale is Republican!

It is engrained in my personal sense of American history by the trips my dad took us on to Valley Forge, Philadelphia, Boston, New York, etc., the tours of historic forts, the homes and libraries of presidents along with his own military career and the subsequent military careers of my family among among my own generation and now by the military careers and the sense of what it means to be American of the next generation within my own family -- the obvious and overt affection these people display for this country, some of whom I hardly know at all, coupled with the knowledge of the terrible sacrifices made by Americans historically to separate ourselves from the arbitrariness and the ridiculous unfairness of royalty, peerage, and dictatorships that it seems to me something of a requirement or at least a natural inate American impulse to not just reject royalty but to ridicule it. Certainly not be impressed by it. Especially that of Europe, and doubly especially that of Japan. It offends me gravely for our elected leadership to bow to it.

This causes me to poke fun of Obama meeting the Japanese emperor.

[Sorry, bolloxed the link up there↑]

Lem said...

I was looking for a quote (or so i thought it was a quote) about long knives..

I got an education. .. wait I think I just lied ;)

Palladian said...

I'm drinking chartreuse, the "Vieillissement Exceptionnellement Prolongé" aged in oak barrels, drunk out of one of my 18th century glasses that I found walled up in a house in Maine. An amazing flavor! And I always forget how quickly it makes one drunk. 54% alcohol! And I have a class to teach tomorrow, and a turkey and a goose to pick up for Thanksgiving...

Lem said...

LOL Chip.

Get up!

is that other line in Japanese?

Michael Hasenstab said...

Just for fun, I tried diagramming the first sentence in Chip's comment above.

I ran out of table and there were still words remaining.

The diagram itself was quite interesting in form. It resembled Michael Schumacher in an F1 Ferrari coming around the turn at the casino in the Monaco Grand Prix.

He was two car lengths ahead of Jarno Trulli. Trulli was wearing a green, flame-retardant racing suit.

I'll finish the diagram tomorrow. I think there may be boats in the harbor.

Ron said...

for you, Vic!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvAlSuqo174

Pogo said...

To Meadhouse,

One of the Greatest Love Songs Evar!

The Book of Love
by
The Magnetic Fields.

Lem said...

BTW - i streamed The Counterfeiters (2007) the other night - Excellent film about the Germans using concentration camps prisoners to counterfeit the pound and the dollar and the moral struggle of 'aiding' the Germans so they could live another day.

edutcher said...

Meade said...

I just want to say I take full responsibility for the mess of papers and things on the table. And the drops of spilled ale - my goof. I promise I'll have them all cleaned up by the time the next photo op arises.

By the same token... the smile on her face right now?

Yeah, that's me again.


A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.

Lem said...

I was looking for a quote (or so i thought it was a quote) about long knives..

I got an education. .. wait I think I just lied ;)


Life is like that.

Lindsey said...

I love the peacock rug.

Palladian said...

Wow, Pogo, a Magnetic Fields fan! You've stimulated me to listen to that album again after all these years. So many memories come flooding back, of great loves lost.

And so to bed, with lamentations for the unrecoverable past...

Nomilk said...

Meadhouse? Looks more like mead hall.

Pogo said...

Palladian, great photo, great song, great group.

I've watched a ton of covers of the Book of Love; it's beautiful even when badly done. It captures the joy and pain and humor that is every great love. The heart expands.

Memories?
You said it, man.

Ron said...

Pogo: favorite lyrics, from "Meaningless"

And if some dim bulb should say,
We were in love in some way,
Kick all his teeth in for me,
And if you feel like keeping on kicking,
Feel free

AJ Lynch said...

Chip, Stop it peez - you are rilling me!

Fred4Pres said...

The Belgium looks very good.

I just bottled last night some ESB I made. Pretty darn good I must say. A couple of weeks in a cool garage resting in a glass carboy after fermentation and racking made it much better.

I have to bottle a part chestnut part all grain brew on Wednesday. It came out kinda Heffenwiesen style in look and taste (the chestnuts gave it a cloudy look), a little richer and darker.

garage mahal said...

Delirium Nocturnum is an absolute must try, the anti macro brown ale. *Very* complex brew of plum, raisins, dates, figs, (pine?) on par with Tremens I think. Lots of yeast sediment, best served poured in a glass.

vbspurs said...

Aww, thanks Ron! I stopped watching after I saw Joan being lifted by the white-haired actor. I want to be surprised by the plotline. ;)

Cheers,
Victoria

Ron said...

Nuts Vic, I thought I'd get you to around 1:20... :)

Kirk Parker said...

edutcher,

What alternative universe are you from??? That desk has a few things on it, here and there, but it in no way qualifies as messy!

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edutcher said...

Kirk Parker said...

edutcher,

What alternative universe are you from??? That desk has a few things on it, here and there, but it in no way qualifies as messy!


What I assume is Meade's side is pristine, but I would have expected neat piles in In/Out boxes on Ann's side and some little organizers. As it is, it's pretty cluttered.

That's what a good man around the house will do for a woman :)

WV "taildfin" What a '57 Buick looks like after it has been rear-ended.

vbspurs said...

"Oho good dear" is my new catchphrase.

MadisonMan said...

I don't think that's a desk at all. It looks like a dining room table to me.

vbspurs said...

OT:

Remember when I commented that liberals do not trust Americans to make the right choice -- and this feeds their obsessive hatred of Sarah Palin, because they fear she could be elected President?

Today's WaPo piece by Matthew Dowd is about that point.

He gives her five pieces of advice:

While today I would not support a Palin candidacy, here are five suggestions that would go a long way toward winning her more converts:

-- Quality over quantity.

-- Hope and fear.

-- Reagan is the past.

-- Use humor.

-- Think accountability.


I can't believe this guy was ever a real Republican, because there is no way that any Republican would advise a politician to ignore the Reagan message, and to consider it "the past". It is very much the present.

Cheers,
Victoria

Jamie said...

Fred4Pres, nice to meet another brewer! We're just about done drinking a terrific batch of brown ale (thought it'd last longer...), and I was hoping to get a rather over-hopped American pale into bottles tomorrow so I have full kitchen-counter usage on Thanksgiving, but I don't think it's going to happen. Your chestnut beer sounds veddy interesting.

I confess that we've never done all-grain in almost twenty years of brewing... I keep waiting for our kids to be old enough. (For what? I don't know. To entertain themselves for six hours or so while we get it going?)

I too love the peacock rug.

k*thy said...

Meade, your side of the desk looks like my guy's - tools and bank statements. The only thing I see missing are some trail books...

section9 said...

Well, Sarah Palin can now officially retire from Public Life.

Her life's work only rates a spot on the Althouse Radiator.

Jesus, Ann, how could you do that to Teh Sarah!!!!

Fred4Pres said...

When I mentioned the chestnuts at the brew shop, the owner recommended all grain with a fairly netural American malt, mixed with a few pounds of Vienna and Crystal (so has not to overpower the nuts). It went well. The biggest problem was fitting it all in the stock pot (and I have one of those six gallon pots). I could have sparged it better, but it worked fine.

Pogo said...

Is Sarah the Lady in the Radiator?



At Meadhouse, everything is fine.
You've got your good things,
and I've got mine.

Pogo said...

Sorry, she's just on the radiator.

Pastafarian said...

Wow. Ikea much?

1jpb said...

Palladian,

I have a group of friends who have an extreme fear of Chartreuse. Two folks in that group have had extremely bad experiences w/ the stuff. We've concluded (half jokingly) that there's much more to Chartreuse than just alcohol. The claim is that there are non-alcohol ingredients that result in a so-called altered state. That stuff (we call it 'devil's juice') is trouble, folks may want to proceed w/ caution.

Also, speaking of glassware; the Meadehouse glasses look a lot like the Riedel scotch glasses. I can't tell if they are the Sommeliers (which would be awesome) or the Vinum (which still work just as well).

Mumpsimus said...

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Reason magazine yet.

With Ayn Rand on the cover, no less.

Big Mike said...

Love your carpet. The desk doesn't look like something I'd buy, but then I'm addicted to dark wood and to lots of drawers.

John Lynch said...

It should be called "Meade Hall."

Watch out for Grendel.

Jenniferwhatnot said...

Let them talk you into visiting Belgium, O inhabitants of Meadhouse. You will never be sorry, especially if you confine yourselves to Bruges. What a wonderful city for eating and drinking, walking and exploring, photography and people-watching. I might go right now.

Bye!

vbspurs said...

Meade, what kind of a digital watch do you have? It's a Casio, yes? I'm guessing because of the 3-holes in the strap.

Ann, you should get your hubby a watch he can wear on more formal occasions. Like a Planet Ocean by Omega. Rrrr. Very macho, yet classy.

Cheers,
Victoria

Ann Althouse said...

"Wow. Ikea much?"

Wow. Good eye. Not.

I've never bought anything from Ikea.

Ann Althouse said...

Re watches. Why does anyone with an iPhone even want a watch?

Kirk Parker said...

edutcher,

Dude, I repeat my previous remark. Neither side of that desk/table has more than a few things on it.

I'd love to post a picture of my desk so you could see what actual messy looks like, but alas all the free services like Flickr have rules against that sort of content.

1jpb said...
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1jpb said...

"Ann, you should get your hubby a watch he can wear on more formal occasions. Like a Planet Ocean by Omega."

Or not (to quote Althouse). I have a different model in the Omega Seamaster line, and I've had issues w/ it. It is true that my Omega Constellation has been trouble free.

Even so, if you're only going to have one watch (in addition to the plastic one in the Meadehouse picture) I'd go a little higher end than Omega w/ a Patek Phillippe or Breguet. It is possible to get into these brands w/o spending a ton of dough, and I think that some of the (relatively) less expensive models from these watchmakers could still be satisfying options.

Ironically, although I own bunch of quality watches, I haven't worn any watch for more than five years. For me a cell phone (not just an iphone, which I do use) makes a watch (even a beautifully crafted work of art) obsolete.

Speaking of potential upgrades for Meade; maybe Althouse could stick a better quality tape measure and torpedo level under the x-mas tree for Meade.

Meade said...

Excuse me but I must respectfully request everyone to respect my Timex Ironman authori-TAY.

My other self-retracting pocket tape measure is also a Stanley 25' Leverlock (MADE IN THE U.S.A.) so I can - duh - measure twice, cut once.

Beaverdam said...

Tissot Touch, the official time piece of NASCAR. Thread dead.

vbspurs said...

Re watches. Why does anyone with an iPhone even want a watch?

Ann, are you kidding me? If I have a bicycle, should I have a car? If I have a microwave, should I have an oven?

I am a watch collector, and I wear them because I am knowledgeable about the movements, which are things of beauty and of skill.

And of course, I can afford them.

Cheers,
Victoria

vbspurs said...

Meade, I love your Ironman! I have always wanted to buy one, but they're too masculine. :)

JAL said...

Reagan is the past.

Reading / listening / watching assignment.

Got to youtube and/or library and read / listen and watch.

Wow.

Palladian said...

"I have a group of friends who have an extreme fear of Chartreuse. Two folks in that group have had extremely bad experiences w/ the stuff. We've concluded (half jokingly) that there's much more to Chartreuse than just alcohol. The claim is that there are non-alcohol ingredients that result in a so-called altered state."

God (and a couple of his monk friends) knows what's in the stuff. There are something like 130 different plants and "other materials" used to make the concoction. I find the feeling upon drinking Chartreuse to be divine, and I'd have to agree that it's not simply from the alcohol. People used to make the same claims of "altered consciousness" and hallucinogenic effects from drinking absinthe but it's been conclusively proven that there's so little thujone (one of the bad-making materials in wormwood extract) that you'd die from alcohol poisoning long before you'd get enough thujone to do anything. This is why absinthe is back on the market. I happen to think that absinthe tastes like children's minty fluoride mouth-rinse, so I'll stick with the Chartreuse, whose flavor is so complicated as to be indescribable.

"That stuff (we call it 'devil's juice') is trouble, folks may want to proceed w/ caution."

Interesting, I've never encountered such feelings about Chartreuse.

jpr9954 said...

I grew up with steam heat. I kinda miss the clank and hiss that they made as they warmed up.

As to watches, iPhones can die.

My watch suggestion is a good self-winding automatic like a Rolex Air King. It is solid and reliable without being gaudy. Kinda like Meade. My Air King came from my father-in-law who got it as a present in the mid-50s.

Jason said...

And of course, I can afford them.

"If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up."