Sunday, May 15, 2005

Chris and Margaret travel to Europe (and all sorts of wackiness ensues)

Click here to read part I of the chronicles of our trip.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

I've become irritated lately with wine ratings. My problem is this: they have this 100 point scale, but you never see anything lower than 70 -- and you rarely see anything lower than 80. So, I've taken it upon myself to design a new and improved Motel Magazine Wine Rating System. I'm expecting this to catch on like wildfire once we start using it in the Booze Reviews. First, however, I need our readers' feedback so we can make sure this new system is solid an covers every possible type of wine we might choose to taste. So, here's my first draft:

0 - 10: I'm sorry, you've actually given me vinegar. This won't do.
11 - 15: This is balsamic vinegar.
16 - 20: Grape juice
21 - 30: A bum gave me a half bottle. It's mostly back-wash, but it was free.
31 - 40: Holy Crap! Who brought the Kosher wine?
40 - 50: It has alcohol and doesn't taste like Mike & Ikes.
51 - 60: Good everyday wine for college students.
61 - 70: An everyday wine for winos with jobs.
71 - 80: A good everyday wine for people with good jobs and good taste.
81 - 90: A weekend wine or for when you have friends over who know something about wine.
91 - 95: You will have dreams about this wine.
96 - 99: The best wine ever! So good, you should probably just buy a bottle and save it until the moment before you get married or die.
100: Not only is this the best wine ever, it will also grant you 3 wishes.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

The edge of the world looks like broken images!

So, while browsing a map of San Francisco on Google Maps today, I decided to scroll west....and then keep on scrolling west. Eventually, I came to the edge of the world (according to Google).

Check it out!

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Oven Mitt Johnson, the blues guitarist whose guitar is so hot that he has to wear an oven mitt on his left hand, has released his first CD, Hot Guitar, on Crabid Records. The CD, produced by David and Chris Minnick, features performances by blues pianist Hot Glove Simms, Saxaphonists Gary Robertson and Mike Netski, and several other incredible musicians.

You can hear a sample track, read the Oven Mitt Johnson story, and buy the CD at

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