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

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

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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)

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Lime in a Bottle Saturday, Jun 14 2008 

11 June 2008
Sometimes I get behind on my posting because I’m just too busy to write. Othertimes, like this one, I fall behind because the solo photo of the day is of such poor quality that I am nearly embarassed to post it. However, as I learned during our first year doing this photo-a-day thing, it doesn’t really matter how good the photo is; the challenge lies in taking & posting a photo EVERY day. I’ve missed a few days, sadly, this year. I don’t want to do it again. So, even though there is nothing artistic or quality about this photo, here it is.
Lime in a Bottle
It’s a lime wedge shoved into the top of a bottle of Corona Light that my wife was drinking.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 14 June 2008 )

Watching
Euro 2008
Sweden v Spain
0 – 1 at 15:00 minutes

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My TCU Girl Thursday, Mar 13 2008 

9 March 2008
I’m behind again, but the reason is valid…it’s not just laziness. 🙂
A recent change to either Flickr or IE7 has rendered Flickr so slow, that it’s practically useless to me. I have now migrated my Flickr meanderings to Firefox (which I use from time to time, but don’t really care for overmuch). At least the pages load in Firefox and the images display. So, I can play catchup again.

My wife got a wild hair on the 9th after returning from a day at the Faire and decided that, by goodness, this was going to be the year that her website was updated. I wrote the code nearly 3 years ago, but one thing or another always prevented her (us|me) from actually getting it loaded. So, we went down to NFG for dinner and took advantage of their free Wi-Fi and got it done. Her website is now live, if not complete (she’s still got some content management to work on). This is her putting some finishing touches on a sentence or two:
My TCU Girl
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 13 March 2008)

Listening to:
Congress by Slainte Mhath
from Slainte Mhath

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The Golden Cross & The Three Lions Monday, Oct 29 2007 

17 October 2007
The day broke for me with the knowledge that that evening I was going to experience something I’ve wanted to experience for 20 years and never had been able. I was going to watch the England International Squad play in a do-or-die match while in an English Pub surrounded by a people who live and die by their football heroes. The day was interminably long. Once again, we couldn’t get our work done because of the network traffic, so after training a precious few folk, we headed back to the hotel so we could buy a ridiculously expensive, but blessedly fast, internet connection. Now, we could get some reports done and emails answered and generally catch up to where we should have been. We finished out the day there and waited for one of the folks at the office to come get us. We actually watched kick-off of this incredibly important match in the hotel lobby. A few minutes later, our ride got there and we headed off into the small village where we were to watch the match. We arrived at Ye Olde George to find that they weren’t showing the match (WHAT!?), but hell, it’d be rude not to, so we all had a pint each and a bag of crisps. Someone bought me a pint of Bombadier. Oh my, what a tasty bitter that was. We finished up, got in our vehicles and headed to another pub, the Golden Cross. We arrived at half-time. It seemed to be my lot…that is, to only see the second half of these games. Here, they were out of all the beers I’d never had, so the wonderful ol’ standby, Guinness came to the rescue. There I stood in The Golden Cross in England with an Irish Stout in my hands watching the Three Lions of England play the Bears of Russia.
The Golden Cross and Football
What an experience. It was, to me, exhilarating and worth the wait. Sadly, on the day, the boys didn’t do so well, and Russia came away the winners in a droll 2-1 match. Miracles must happen for England to qualify now for the Euro 2008. After this wonderful event, Terrill & I were hungry and it was only 6:45pm or so. So, our ride kindly dropped us off at the (again) King William IV where we had a snack and a pint. We then walked over to the Crown (again) because Terrill really wanted me to meet this wonderful Indian lady that had treated him so well his previous trip. While there she treated us to a small tour of her facilities, including a trip downstairs to the tap room. She also drove home to us just how damaging the Third Runway for London Heathrow Airport was going to be to this community. If the Third Runway is approved (it is almost assured), then all of these little pubs and houses are going to be demolished for the sake of progress. I see both sides of the story, but it’s heartbreaking nonetheless. This wonderful person will have her dreams, her savings and her livelihood smashed into tiny shards. For what? To ease the congestion of the world’s busiest airport? That’s exactly what will happen. There will be no more Crown, there will be no more King William IV, there will be no more Holiday Inn (the latter, I must admit to not being overly upset about). They will all be part of a tax and revenue-yielding conglomerate that will make London even more cosmopolitan than it already is. From this rending story, we left and got some more food. This time, I yielded to Terrill’s overwhelming need for a curry. Never again. I ate some sort of shrimp thing that caused me an immense amount of heartburn and other discomfort all night and into the next day. I’ve tried Indian food again and again over the years. Never again. My hair stunk, my clothes stunk and I hurt. Indian food and I just don’t get along. That’s okay. There’s plenty of food out there I do like, and can eat without inordinate pain or discomfort. That’s important. After that meal, I was done. Back to the hotel and to sleep.
Cheers.

~KR (17 October 2007)

Listening to:
Stand on the Rock by Fleetwood Mac
on Behind The Mask

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