Portland Metro hits bigtime!

While not my local Home Depot, the one located in Clackamas may be becoming my regular stop for home maintenance bulk runs. And I’ll have to start doing the maintenance in the morning, around breakfast time. At least do the equiment and supplies runs then. That has nothing to do with the Krispy Kreme opening up in front of the store there. I’d been giving serious thought to changing Home Depots anyway. I like to drive extra distance, especially if it’s to Clackamas.

After all the Tolkien and Star Wars hoopla for their openings here in the Northwest, I can only hope that this event receives similar attention. I’d love to see people living out of tents alongside the contractors preparing the building, perhaps even lending a hand to be safe and sure that KK makes its date for its Portland debut. People dressed as giant doughnuts, dripping glaze…maybe a glowing yellow Homer Simpson coming to reclaim his soul doughnut. This would be a perfect time to pull out the Jar-Jar costumes too. Krispy Kreme opening their doors here will help to get Portland back on the map. Our economy may be in the shitter, and our schools may be closing, but at least we can keep the kids fed with the finest, and the elite may even get jobs at Krispy Kreme themselves. It’s good to know that a giant like Krispy Kreme has faith in Portland enough to invest in our future.

Full Sail Equinox 1

Emma at the Oregon Blog let me in that the County Cork has Equinox ESB on tap. I’d seen this one around here and there, but it was replaced as Full Sail’s spring seasonal. I’d been meaning to get there for a few days, seeing that the County Cork is in my neck of the woods and I hadn’t been there since I was a smoker, which turned me off to the place due to its clean atmosphere. We were turned away at the door. The place closes at 11:00, and we’d arrived at 11:15. But the sad look in my eyes wended its way into the heart of the wonderful bartender, and when I explained that we were on a mission for the Equinox the pagan in her opened up the door.

The fellow at the bar, Seamus, commended our selection of the beer. He was halfway out of a pint of Equinox himself. I pulled back a few swallows, admiring the spicy flavor, the deep hoppiness, and the full flavor. this is a tasty beer I thought to myself, as I said similar words to Seamus. I sqeezed myself into the church pew, and sat down to enjoy this ESB, promising to be a tasty experience. Sadly, as I got further into the glass, I noticed a funk about the beer. A strong skunkiness pervaded, the heavy aroma filling the growing empty portion of the English pint. Always resourceful, I started evacuating the fumes by nose-exhaling before taking my drink. Still, it was a scrumptious pint and I’ll be sampling it around, one skunked keg isn’t the end of the world, and this is a beer with obvious potential. And I’ll be back with tales of future encounters with it.

Old Dominion Lager

This is a light but complex lager, a lovely golden color with a hint of amber. Very easy drinking, which is nice, but I may finish the glass before I finish this review. The head persists as a thin film of fine bubbles, pervasive and fine. The flavor strikes me somewhere between a Pilsner Urquell and Dos Equis, but turned down a few clicks. A pleasant taste lingers slightly, urging one to take another swallow.

The Old Dominion Brewing Company is in Ashburn, VA, and was founded in 1989. They are currently at a 26,000 barrel annual capacity, with plans to expand to 100,000. This beer has received awards from some dubious sources, such as
Men’s Health, but I enjoy it so either my standards are a little low or this is a pretty tasty beer.

Overall, this one is quite easily enjoyable. It would be fantastic after a day out digging in the yard or after skiing, but like any decent beer, can be enjoyed anywhere and anytime.

Terror bill threat

Creates crime of terrorism. Punishes by life imprisonment. SB 742 is being sponsored by Senator Minnis. This bill is an insane and reactionary piece of legislature fueled by the paranoia and division inspired by out national leaders and the media, and will work to fan the flames of fear and mistrust on both sides.

Basically, SB 742 defines terrorism in a loose and broad terminology, which could just as easily apply to reckless driving as to pipe bombing city hall. Key points of the text are as follow:

SECTION 1. { + (1) A person commits the crime of terrorism if
the person knowingly plans, participates in or carries out any
act that is intended, by at least one of its participants, to
disrupt:
(a) The free and orderly assembly of the inhabitants of the
State of Oregon;
(b) Commerce or the transportation systems of the State of
Oregon; or
(c) The educational or governmental institutions of the State
of Oregon or its inhabitants.
(2) A person commits the crime of terrorism if the person
conspires to do any of the activities described in subsection (1)
of this section.

Seems pretty loose to me. The horrible infrigements on our rights being pushed right now are going to take their toll. Let terrorism be a federal crime. And define it well, not to gain leverage over people who piss you off.

Indignant Talkers

All around, people are becoming more and more indignant about this war. It’s astounding, the way in which war supporters are taking arms against people who question or questioned it. The animosity towards France is pretty severe, elevating far beyond Freedom Fries and returning the Statue of Liberty.

The positions that I find truly amazing are those that scorn the Iraqis as dirty cheating law-breaking fighters. What an arrogant, hypocritical stance this is. We are invading their country illegally, without the support of the UN, with a vastly superior fighting force, with weapons of mass destruction at our disposal, as well as uncountable quantities of weapons of significant destruction. We have gone into their home uninvited, and expect them to roll over and die, or hand over the deed. I don’t support chemical and biological weapons (obligatory I am not a terrorist clause), but how can we expect these people to play by our rules when they have absolutely no hope of winning and everything to lose.

It is so obvious that oil is playing a significant role in this war. Later on, the Bush people began citing reasons such as Saddam kills his own people, and linking him to 9/11, which as far as I can tell has zero basis in reality, and other issues of paranoia and morality. Now that the Iraqis are torching the oil wells, they cite the environmental damage of burning wells. That’s pretty funny, I suppose Bush wants to do something other than burn the oil. Well at least he can carry his prevent forest fires logic of cut down the trees over to the Middle East, since you can’t burn wells that have been pumped dry and used to fill the coffers of his constituents. But to hear the radio personalities speak, that this grave injustice of burning oil that is the bounty of these people is being perpetrated, I just wonder what motivations they have, and who controls those motivations.

On the local front, I see at rantavation that fire trucks have been ordered to remove American flags from their trucks. The reason sited is fear of peace activists. This is totally absurd. They are using the stature of firefighters in the eyes of the country (post-9/11) as a weapon, and that is wrong. Indignace, indeed! If I were a firefighter under this jurisdiction I would laugh and put up a larger one. Expect to see the concept of patriotism being used as a weapon more and more…no newsflash, the blade was honed a year-and-a-half ago, but the bounds of this are larger than thought possible.

Eel River Amber Ale

I have discovered a new store to buy beer at. Sadly, I don’t remember its name, but it’s out in Multnomah Village, and it’s a great enough place that visions of moving into the area have been dancing in my head. Other than the nondescript ‘we have a lot of beers’ sign, this place is pretty plain. Inside, it’s a mini-mart, with beef jerky and magazines and the works, but in the back there are over 900 (nine zero zero) different beers. I cancelled my beer of the month club subscription. While not my first purchase from said nameless uberstore, this is my first review of a beer from there.

The hoppy sweet aroma of this beer is pretty strong, which nicely melds and downplays the flavor of this organic amber, which is fairly strong alone. The combination is very pleasing. As is the norm, there is little head to speak of on a poured pint, and the carbonation takes a back seat to the texture of the liquid. These combinations yield a very full experience, quite different, and nicely so, from my defining Amber, the one from Full Sail. The hue of this ale is beautiful, deeper and redder than many others, enough that the glance evokes a subtle berry-fruitiness in the beer.

The brewery is in Fortuna, Ca, amidst the Redwoods in the northwest corner of the state. This particular brew is completely organic, something that I could really give two shits about when it comes to beer, but is probably important anyway. I am really quite enjoying this beer, a sentence that you will likely find pretty frequently in my reviews, but this one is different. This ale doesn’t carry with it the depth of flavor that a lot of the other beers have had, but it just tastes good. Really. Don’t go for this one when you’re feeling adventurous, it’s not wild and crazy, it’s a crowd pleaser, show up to the party with two six-packs of it and leave one in the car. cheers.

Troop Support

Wow, active day today. Well, my buddy Sean has started blogging also, so welcome aboard man. In one of his latest articles, he explores some controversial ideas about whether or not it is logically and morally consistent to support the troops and the war in this case, and I’m not speaking of the correct yet vaporous ‘Support our troops, bring ’em home’ slogans. He raises some valid but incomplete points on this. Of course, I say incomplete, because I don’t agree.

One point that I do believe that he misses is that the emphasis on supporting troops is purely a reaction to pro-war accusations and reminders of the atrocious behavior towards the drafted troops returning from Vietnam. In the first Gulf War, pro-war pundits scored big points with their audience by spewing this rhetoric, though there was never any doubt about general support. Now, anti-war messages nearly always qualify themselves that they support troops. This is reactionary pandering to the Hannity’s of the world. It needs to stop. Send your own message. The troops are there by choice, send a care package. The issue isn’t about supporting our troops, don’t play their game.