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A little less than a happy high
Crossposted to homebrewing...

My housemate lacks all sense of situational awareness, and while in most cases this has little effect on me, recently it has caused me pain.

A couple of weeks ago, I brewed a Belgian tripel and set it to work in our pantry. This was all well and good until I came home one particularly sunny afternoon to find the pantry door swung wide open. Hoping for the best, I shut the door and blocked it with some empty bottles. The next day, also a peculiarly sunny one, I came home to find that the bottles had been kicked aside and the door swung wide open again.

I left him a note that said that if the beer was lightstruck, I would lose my shyte.

I finally got around to racking the beer on Tuesday. It smells great, with something of a citrusy-apple going on, but it tastes like pennies.

The three things I've learned since I started doing this are: 1) 'splodey bottles are a drag; 2) while cheese is often quite good with beer, under no circumstances should beer smell like cheese; and 3) skunked beer tastes like pennies.
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Let’s suppose for an instant that I was thinking of getting a puppet with which to torment my housemate give voice to my frustrations. What sort of beastie do you think would make the best (angry) alter-ego for me? Should it be a mythic creature? A character from story or song? A cute animal? A dirty sock? You decide...

Poll #261025 Another voice

Describe the significance of the puppet you would choose for me.

What kind of puppet are you envisioning?

marionette
1(4.2%)
hand puppet
11(45.8%)
sock puppet
7(29.2%)
something drawn in sharpie on a body part
2(8.3%)
other
3(12.5%)

Have I gone mad?

We are all mad here.
14(58.3%)
No, of course not, dear. Now take your meds and rest.
3(12.5%)
BLEEARGH!
7(29.2%)
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A brief exerpt from a recent salon article by Pentagon insider, Karen Kwiatkowski:
"War is generally crafted and pursued for political reasons, but the reasons given to the Congress and to the American people for this one were inaccurate and so misleading as to be false. Moreover, they were false by design. Certainly, the neoconservatives never bothered to sell the rest of the country on the real reasons for occupation of Iraq -- more bases from which to flex U.S. muscle with Syria and Iran, and better positioning for the inevitable fall of the regional ruling sheikdoms. Maintaining OPEC on a dollar track and not a euro and fulfilling a half-baked imperial vision also played a role. These more accurate reasons for invading and occupying could have been argued on their merits -- an angry and aggressive U.S. population might indeed have supported the war and occupation for those reasons. But Americans didn't get the chance for an honest debate."

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