Wednesday, January 5, 2011

West of Eden

Sorry West Coasters, but the East has us beat in this department:
They also have us beat in the old-people-falling-down-on-the-ice-and-breaking-a-hip department, so it balances it out.
The Holiday Season, however, is not really known for restraint, as evidenced by my in-laws family dog, Jack, who has to endure this treatment every year. It seems not even our pets are spared a healthy dose of holiday shame.
Speaking of dogs, shame, and succombing to temptation (as I did with a lovely bottle of Lagavulin 16 presented on X-mas day by the lovely Mrs. HHG), this pair awaited me this morning outside my shop.
Why do I shape with non-matching footwear? Because my previous dog struggled with restraint.
Why do I no longer shape with non-matching footwear? Because my current dog, Ben, dances with the same demons.
I had a moment of nostalgia thinking about the 200 or so boards this pair helped me carve out (as I unceremoniously tossed them into the dumpster), but reminded myself that Ben is just passing on the New Year's message that it's time to move on. Auld Lang Syne asks if old aquaintances should be forgotten, then answers its own question: nope.
Instead, it asks its audience to grab a pint, join hands with a friend, and commemorate Old Times (the translation of the song's title) by downing the draught although, "seas between us broad have roared."
And speaking of roaring seas, word on the street is that the ocean's been smiling lately up here NotB. I'm not going to personally verify it's been good or bad.
But it ain't been bad.
Happy New Year.


Anonymous said...

That puppy looks soooo humiliated! Hope it got a big bone for the holidays!

Kirk said...

Lagavulin 16? Very nice indeed. I had no complaints about a 10 year old Laphroaig that came my way, possibly out of pity as I had been drinking Serbian brandy prior to that. Too much work and no surf due to foul water means one finds new but thankfully temporary hobbies....

HeadHighGlassy said...

The Laphroaig 10 is a classic. Serbian brandy not so much.
Glad you're still learning new tricks, Kirk. Next time you're up here there just may be a dram of Bruichladdich 15 with your name on it...

e. said...

Rumors, ah yes... rumors. Well, it was confirmed yesterday that a certain little reef somewhere up north was doing its thing.

HeadHighGlassy said...

Hmmm, perhaps the same little reef that graced your most recent blog post...?

e. said...

Yep, that would be the spot.