Goose’s Acre Taps Thursday, Nov 5 2009 

Goose's Acre Taps

29 October 2009

The birthday celebration continues.  We left today for TRF, rather than waiting until Friday.  Kyle had heard about this little pub in The Woodlands, and had informed me opening weekend of faire, that he wanted to visit the place on his birthday weekend.  So, I put it on the calendar, we made plans to take friends along with us, and we made it happen.

Kyle and I got to faire, unloaded the stuff and then loaded up three beautiful women:  Roxy, Damaris and Kelly.  That’s when the rain really got intense.  It had been raining most of the day (most of the week, too, I think) and we knew it was supposed to quit before the weekend.  But, I, at least, didn’t realize it was to get so much more violent before it ran its course!  Kyle drove us from faire to The Woodlands in some awful rain and strong, high wind.  We got there safely, and while there, the rain did finally peter out.

The place is very nice, if a little off the beaten path.  It is in a modern setting—not what I’d expected, but that’s okay—and it is designed and decorated within to recreate a little pub in the UK that was demolished to make way for a motorway expansion.  Apparently, a couple of Americans with money had fallen in love with the place, and when they found out it was closing and being torn down, they made a deal to buy the contents of the pub. We are unclear as to just how much of the interior of this Texas place is original to the British pub, but we know for sure the bar and barback are from across the pond.   

My photo is of the amazing array of taps on the front of the bar—very British in style.  We had a wonderful time—good food, good beer and great company in a delightful setting.  And the drive back to faire was smooth and quick in comparison with the first leg of the trip.  So, birthday celebration day #2 was a wonderful success.

~MB

Pub Guys Recording Session Thursday, Nov 5 2009 

PubGuys Recording Session

27 October 2009

My day was spent with an eye on the clock, ’cause once again, I was going to be sure to attend the PubGuys recording session, and this time, I didn’t want to be late! I got my wish—in fact, I got chauffeur service! Kyle was able to stop and pick me up on his way on down Hwy 287 to the Firehouse Grill where today’s recording was to take place.

This is a great place, by the way . . . and a little too off-the-beaten path to be as well-patronized as it deserves.  It’s in Mansfield, in the same shopping center with the Home Goods and Marshalls store . . . right along Hwy 287.  Awesome food, huge selection of beers, (Rahr Octoberfest is on tap!) full bar, and great people!  Check it out.

It was a good session . . . made a little more special when the pub/restaurant owner came over to join the guys at the mics!

~MB

Rose Drinks a Beer on Friday Wednesday, Dec 3 2008 

28 November 2008
I put this together for the challenge, but it appears I’m a couple of hours too late. Oh well, here’s a second faire mosaic.
Rose Drinks a Beer
This is my dear friend, Rose, of Iris & Rose (Wild & Thorny). During their shows folk often buy them beers…sometimes with the challenge to "chug them." This was one of those times. 🙂
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 3 December 2008 )

Listening to:
It’s Showtime by David Lee Roth
from A Little Ain’t Enough

Pizza Perspective Monday, Sep 22 2008 

20 September 2008
I watched some football this morning, then Marita Beth & went errand running. In the course of the errands, I managed to convince her that beer & pizza are a lovely combination and that we should have some. 🙂
This is that pizza
Pizza Perspective
which we acquired at BJ’s Brew Pub in Arlington. The pizza was quite tasty and I’ve always been fond of their Jeremiah Red. MB had a hefeweissen of some sort, then we shared their Oktoberfest lager. I told you beer & pizza was a good combination.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 22 September 2008 )

Listening to:
Stars Over Cloughanover by Saw Doctors
from The Cure

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.8 sec (4/5)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
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Flash: Flash did not fire

Foosball Thursday, Sep 18 2008 

11 September 2008
The Game of Foosball
The game of Foosball. Recently, friends of mine that I normally play pool with, have started playing foosball instead. I don’t get it. Perhaps my hand-eye coordination isn’t great enough. Perhaps it’s just too different from real football that I can’t wrap my head around it. Either way, I don’t like foosball, never have. I’ve played it with these friends just to make sure I wasn’t being stubborn. But, the reality is…I just don’t like foosball.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 17 September 2008 )

Listening to:
With Portfolio by Mogwai
from Young Team

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
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Flash: Flash did not fire

Fiery Phoenix Tuesday, Sep 16 2008 

9 September 2008
Back in Miami for another station visit. This time it was for a much needed software upgrade to the handheld scanning devices in use at the station level. I, our application vendor, and a contractor descended on Miami from three different ports of call, and knocked out the upgrade in a few hours. We then spent some time walking about, seeing it in action, making sure there were no issues, and placating station management. All in all, a good business trip.
Needless to say, after the day was done, a tall drink and a meal was on order. We went next door to the Catch of the Day, walking through a trailing arm of Hurricane Ike to get there. The walk is only about 70 yards, but by the time I got there I was wet to the core. Sore from the previous nights soccer game, I was unable to run, so I was considerably more wet than my colleagues who ran, smartly, on ahead of me. After an excellent meal (Argentinian Churrasco) and a mojito, we retired back to the hotel bar for a nightcap.
The Crowne Plaza in Miami has this "What’s in the Stars" campaign and have drink talkers about the place in the form of a recipe wheel. This photo is of the Scorpio (my sign) drink, which if memory serves is called a "Fiery Phoenix"
The Scorpio or Flaming Phoenix
Tasty, although the bartender admitted to this being his first one to make. I think once he learns the proper portions, it will be excellent. So, if you find yourself in Miami, visit the Crowne Plaza and have yourself a drink corresponding to your sign.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 16 September 2008 )

Listening to:
Holiday in the Sun by Sex Pistols
D.O.A.: A Rite of Passage

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.2 sec (1/5)
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Darts at Rob’s Sunday, Aug 3 2008 

29 July 2008
When O’Dwyer’s shut down, my primary motivation in finding a new watering hole, was darts & Guinness. I found the Darts at Rob’s, my regular, based on this sign painted on an exterior window.
Painted Dart Sign
But, oddly, I’ve never tossed a single dart in the joint. My game is pool, now, and I’m happy with that.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 3 August 2008 )

Listening to:
Warm Wet Circles by Marillion
from Clutching at Straws

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/3.5
Focal Length: 10 mm
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode

A Croxley’s Ale Saturday, Jun 21 2008 

19 June 2008
After a very long, immensely frustrating day of software and hardware conversion, Lou & I went to celebrate a job done & over. We were going to meet a co-worker, but she backed out at the last minute being knackered beyond; and living in the area – thus, close to her bed – she went home. Lou & I continued with our plans, we just changed locations. We wound up at Croxley’s Fine Ale House in Rockville Centre, some 20-25 minutes East of JFK.
An Ale at Croxley's
A meal and a couple of drinks later, back to the hotel we went.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 21 June 2008)

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.25 sec (1/4)
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Seeing Marcus Wednesday, Apr 9 2008 

3 April 2008
We forgot to take passes with us when we went out for final clean-up at Scarborough. Therefore, we had to get Marcus his pass some other way. What else, but No Frills Grill, right?
This is Marcus through the back-end of a Shiner Bock.
Marcus Through a Glass
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 7 April 2008)

Listening to:
This Time It’s Real by Little Texas
from Little Texas – Big Time

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.25 sec (1/4)
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Flash: Flash did not fire

Tullamore at the Plaza Pub Tuesday, Feb 5 2008 

1 February 2008
There are few thing I like more than music. And live music is especially dear to me. Live music as being performed by friends who live far away but are in town for a gig: that can't be beat. Marita Beth, Ronnie & I went to the Plaza Pub in Arlington to watch Tullamore play. We've known 2 of the band members for many, many years and have followed their career paths with joy. Thankfully, their paths and ours do, on occasion, cross.
Tullamore - Live!
This is Mary & Mark (the two we know). Mary is playing the dulicmer and lends her voice to the group on occasion. Mark plays guitar and sings every so often. The third, non-visible (in this photo) is Rachael. She plays the fiddle and joins in on the singing as well. If you ever get to see them, do so. It's worth the time.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on: 4 February 2008)

Listening to:
Have a Drink on Me by AC/DC
from Back in Black

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.125 sec (1/8)
Aperture: f/3.5
Focal Length: 10 mm
ISO Speed: 800
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Flash: Flash did not fire

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