Oct 052016
 

Alright, you patient and faithful motherfuckers.  I’m back.  Apologies for the long absence and the sporadic postings up ’til then.  I landed back home a week ago today.  It’s been an awful lot of recovering and quality time with the family ever since.  The recovering was not of the post-hangover sort, but of the…errrr…’immediate repairs required’ kind.  While away I caught a hell of a cold, sprained a wrist, broke my phone, lost some luggage, broke up a heavyweight dual and solved world hunger.  Well…all but the last one, anyway.

I’ll be diving in headlong in the coming days.  Starting almost immediately after I hit ‘publish’ on this post.

And, yeah…I think it was Skeptic who called it correctly.  My hopes were not for nil.  That little surprise I was hoping for did indeed come to fruition.  A mate of mine from around the globe managed to extricate himself from all pressures domestic and work-related in order to join us for the middle leg of our journey.  Tabarek, who many of you may know as the Malt Activist, met us on Islay and ran headlong into some unforgettable experiences with us.  We’ll be doing some shared blogging and such in the very near future.  Including notes on one surreal dramming experience.  This guy truly is the yin to my yang.

More to come, friends.  Thanks for sticking ’round.

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 – Curt

 Posted by at 8:27 pm
Apr 302016
 

Apologies for the infrequency of updates in recent days.  Bit of a challenging time.  Lost someone dear to me this morning after a lengthy struggle.  I’d be lying if I said this hasn’t occupied much of my mind space over the past couple months.  An upcoming surgery has kept me preoccupied, and as of last week I find myself in career transition mode.  A lot of stress and uncertainty leading up to this have been a greater distraction than I care to admit.

In short…head hasn’t been in the game.  But we’ll fix that.  Ever onwards.

Thanks for support and many warm comments.

More soon.

 

– Curt

 Posted by at 9:12 am
Sep 162015
 

I was going to post another review today, but it seems…trivial and unimportant right now. Instead let’s give thought to this today…

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Rest in peace, Terry and Hailey

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Our hearts and thoughts are with the friends and families affected.  This one hits a little too close to home.

“Don’t let your heart get broken by this world” – Dan Bern

 – Curt

 Posted by at 7:26 am
Dec 242014
 

merry-christmasJust thought we’d take a moment to wish a happy holidays to all of you. 

It’s Christmas eve.  4:30 pm.  Just about to bundle up the family and take Loki (our Golden Retriever) for a quick trip to the off leash.  Think we’ll come home for dinner after that, before heading out to see the nativity play.  Ironic, I know, being an atheistic family and all.  Tradition.  And the kids love the animals in the play. 

The gifts are all wrapped.  The evening’s drams are picked out.  Think we’re ready for the big guy to make an appearance.  (Santa, that is…not Maltmonster.  Though he’s always welcome too). 

Anyway…thanks for bearing with me as we work our way through the whisky advent calendar.  Been a fun ride.  Maybe not so much fun from an outsider’s point of view, but hey…gotta mix it up sometimes, right?  One more malt to go and then we’ll be back to knocking out the more readily available fair.  I think we’ll also revisit a few favorites from throughout 2014 in a quick recap post (no…not a ‘best of’…more like the ‘most memorable’ as I’ve done previously). 

Enough rambling.  I’m writing just to say thank you to all of you who visit the site, share your insight and thoughts…and drop me the occasional email.  Appreciate the dialogue and ongoing support.  That’s what keeps it interesting.  To you…and all of yours…all the best for a great Christmas season.  If Christmas isn’t your thing, all the best for a happy holiday of any choosing. 

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night. 

Sweet drams,

 

– Curt 

 Posted by at 4:38 pm
Dec 172013
 

Sometimes you just gotta share a little bit of ‘awesome’.

A couple weeks back a few of my mates and I braved a whole lot of nasty weather in order to go see one of the world’s greatest rock bands, Pearl Jam. 

The show was killer.  Great setlist…great seats…and some hijinks on the part of yours truly that made it a little memorable (some things we’ll just keep secret).  One of the highlights, though, was another opportunity to see just how well this band connects with its fans.  Just before launching into ‘Go’, from possibly-their-best-album Vs., Eddie gave a shout out to a little man from Calgary named Jaxon Smith.  The gents from PJ had seen a youtube clip of Jaxon beating the hell out of his drumkit with his own rendtion of ‘Mind Your Manners’ from the new album. 

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The crowd, in a great display of solidarity with their little hometown rockstar, went mad with applause.  Awesome stuff.

Check out a clip here of Jaxon playing along to ‘Go’, the tune PJ dedicated to him, and here to see him rocking ‘Mind Your Manners’, the tune that initially brought him to the band’s attention.

…And here, finally, is a clip of the actual dedication itself. 

Way to go, Jaxon.  You’re awesome. 

Eddie, Jeff, Stone, Mike, Matt (and Boom)…you are gentlemen of the highest calibre.  Cheers.  Can’t wait to see you back here.

We’ll raise a glass (of Kool-Aid) to Jaxon!  Slainte!

 

– CR

– Photo:  Yahoo OMG

 Posted by at 12:26 pm
Jun 202013
 

My city is drowning and a lot of people are hurting right now.  Keep them in your thoughts and, where you can, please offer help.

Nature makes us all small, and the small need to stick together to be big.

Kevan Yaets crawls out the back window of his pick up truck with his cat Momo as flood waters sweep him downstream and submerge the cab in High River, Alberta on June 20, 2013 after the Highwood River overflowed its banks. Hundreds of people have been evacuated with volunteers and emergency crews helping to aid stranded residents.

– Curt

– Photo:  JORDAN VERLAGE/THE CANADIAN PRESS

 Posted by at 11:38 pm