Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hero WOD: Togi

Jason Togi (DERECHO 36)
KIA 26 AUG 2013
Collage by Samoa News
Hero Workout of the Day: Togi

400 meter run (warm-up)

36 Russian kettle-bell swings
9 24-inch box-jumps
100 meter sprint

27 Russian kettle-bell swings
18 24-inch box-jumps
100 meter sprint

18 Russian kettle-bell swings
27 24-inch box-jumps
100 meter sprint

9 Russian kettle-bell swings
36 24-inch box-jumps
500 meter rowing machine

Crossfit Kandahar created this workout challenge for everyone at Kandahar Airfield as a memorial a few days after he was killed. It's a good way for those who knew him to remember his sacrifice. RIP

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Pi Day and Amish Four Grain

Despite what some crabby people will tell you, it's Pi day. And since it only comes every hundred years, we decided to celebrate a bit.

Pillsbury cheery-blueberry filling recipe
I was not successful centering my Pi symbol
Pizza Pie from Rollo's
Eleanor smelling our Pi Pie
She's too young to partake in either pie, but at least she can tease her future brother/sister about being there for a 5-digit Pi day.

Amish Four Grain

This Pennsylvania pale ale pours reddish amber with a thin head. What are the 4 grains? I assume there was wheat and rye in there, but they balance each other out too well. A little sweet, not bad, but I was expecting more flavor from the multitude of grains. 5.6% ABV. I wonder what the Amish community would think of the name, though. Maybe the grain were purchased from Amish farms?

Friday, March 13, 2015

Red Nose Day and Leute Bokbier

Red Nose Day is a charity telethon done every two years to raise money for children's medical research. It's produced by British charity Comic Relief and broadcast by the BBC and commonwealth affiliates, but hasn't had much traction here in the United States. I only know of it thanks to the Flight of the Concords song which I'm compelled to share with you:

Leute Bokbier

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This is another Van Steenberge product, but one I failed to capture on film. I tried it in my Chimay chalice, not the goblet pictured. It pours a rich mahogany with towering rocky head. Flavor is sweet, malty, and a little sour, but not as harsh as Monk's Cafe. 7.5% AVB. Not my favorite of the group, but an interesting inclusion in the sampler pack.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Ranger Museum and Ranger IPA

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Eleanor's official first museum visit (of many, no doubt) is the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco.

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I'm not going to recount the illustrious history of the Rangers here. Go to the museum or wikipedia for that. But I'll tell you some things that stuck with me:

The organization is older than you think (1823).
The early Rangers were also surveyors documenting the Republic for settlement.
The 7.62mm AR-15-style carbine was created for the Texas Rangers.
Individual Rangers have A LOT more autonomy over their personal equipment than other law enforcement officers. Some of them like to look flashy. Lots of personalized etching.

Eleanor and Grandy
New Belgium Ranger IPA

This is a prime example of the American IPA style that I don't much care for. Hops just because they can. This was part of a New Belgium sampler, so it was fortunate for me there were only 2. It pours golden with a half-finger of head that dissipated to lacing. Floral hops, if that's your thing.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Kabul and Krombacher Alkoholfrie

Back in November 2013 I had a layover of a few days in Kabul and realized how poorly I had documented the deployment. I tried to take a bunch of photos to capture the atmosphere of the area before I left the country, but I am not very good at it.

Before our flight to Kyrgyzstan
Krombacher Non-Alcoholic Pils

It's not good compared to real beer, but surprisingly competent as an imitation beer. Krombacher is a German brewery and as such strives for a continental Pilsner with this brew. It looks like prop beer from a theater production with its bright golden hue and 2 fingers of foamy head.  Taste is a bit bready or hay-like with clean hops finish when drank properly chilled. Don't let it get warm, as the inadequacies of the non-alcoholic recipe become more intrusive.