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Damnation Golden Ale by Russian River Brewing is “Good”

Posted by bunchgrasser on September 4, 2008

I purchased several bottles of beer for a tasting last weekend. Among them was Russian River Brewing Company’s Damnation, which is a Belgian-style golden ale. Although I do brew my own beer on occasion, and consume my fair share – I wouldn’t call myself a connoisseur. I humbly prefer to keep my opinions and comments simple. To me, either the beer was good, or it wasn’t. I suppose there is room for some kind of descriptor in the middle of those two extremes, like “average” or “acceptable”. But come on…who’s going to go buy a brew that has been described that way.

Anyway, the point of this post is simply to provide yet another opinion on whether a beer tasted good or not. In this case, Damnation was indeed good. In fact, I’ll be back in the store buying a few more bottles for myself as soon as possible. I hear this particular brew has been tough to find here in Portland. I’m not sure if that is true, or simply someone trying to artificially create demand by spreading false rumors about limited supply.

Cheers

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THUSC Sodium to start Fall league on Sunday

Posted by bunchgrasser on September 4, 2008

After a nice extended holiday weekend, my daughter Jadyn and the other Lady Warriors are back on the field and ready to start Fall league. This Sunday they open with a game against Keizer Hotshots. As the weather cools, the rivalries begin to heat up. It should be a great match up and I look forward to seeing the clash of these fine athletes.

Check out the Sodium blog for more details about the upcoming schedule.

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Bunchgrasser’s quote of the day

Posted by bunchgrasser on September 4, 2008

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in determination.”
-Tommy Lasorda

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Metal detecting – My new favorite park produces another ring

Posted by bunchgrasser on September 4, 2008

On Friday our office let out a couple of hours early going into the long holiday weekend. Naturally I had my detector and gear in my truck (since I went detecting before work), so I headed back to the park that produced 3 rings last week. My wife thinks I’m obsessed with this hobby. I wonder why she thinks that?

Anyway, I meandered around in the center of the field for while and found the usual pulltabs and clad coins. I got a strong signal on my MXT and dug this ring. It was really dirty so it took a few seconds to see what it was. As soon as I saw the silverish color and multiple clear stones I was ready to do the happy dance. I was thinking either white gold or platinum, but then I noticed the plating coming off on one side of the ring. The stamp is unreadable (maybe intentially so).

I really thought this was a good one, but it looks like I’ll need to wait a little longer. This makes ring number 19 for me. I’ve got a few 10k and 14k gold rings, even more 92.5 silver rings, and lots of junk rings.

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Metal detecting – found a musket ball

Posted by bunchgrasser on September 4, 2008

I was detecting at my parent’s farm awhile back and recovered what appears to be an unfired musket ball.

I’ve found a number of lead slugs and other relics of yesteryear on their farm, but this is the first musket ball that I’ve found. I don’t have a caliper, but it measures about 9/16″ across. I think that equates to roughly .56 caliber.

It would be difficult to date a musket ball, but generally the industry stopped making round-shaped ammunition in the mid 1800’s when the minie ball (invented in the 1840’s) and other conical-shaped lead rounds became favored.

I’ve also heard that lead musket balls develop a white patina after being in the earth for, say a 100 years or so. This musket ball does have a nice white patina.

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