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It is the Friday after Thanksgiving and you are now free to commence your celebration of the Christmas and Hanukkah holidays.
Traditionally, here at Casa de las Rocas Grandes, we open for business with a raucous, upbeat, boogie version of a very familiar Chuck Berry classic. The odds are high that unless you're a long time Gentle Reader, you've not heard it, though it is the best rendition of the tune. Ever. Hands Down.
Today there are a few videos of Lynyrd Skynyrd's cover available, but some years back there weren't any at all, so I made my own. This is it. Yes, those are my kids.
Done up right by one of the later incarnations of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the vocals are by Johnny Van Zant, Slick Rick (Rickey Medlocke), and HT (Hughie Thomasson). I love Billy Powell on keyboards, ain't nobody does piano boogie better, except maybe The Killer in his prime. Can Skynyrd replace Billy Powell? I dunno, maybe not.
First popularized fifty four years ago, the song has been covered by everyone from Keith Richards.....
Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote in Oldtown Folksthat the king and high priest of all festivals was the autumn Thanksgiving. When the apples were all gathered and the cider was all made, and the yellow pumpkins were rolled in from many a hill in billows of gold, and the corn was husked, and the labours of the season were done, and the warm, late days of Indian summer came in, dreamy and calm and still, with just frost enough to crisp the ground of a morning, but with warm trances of benignant, sunny hours at noon, there came over the community a sort of genial repose of spirit—a sense of something accomplished, and of a new golden mark made in advance on the calendar of life—and the deacon began to say to the minister, of a Sunday, I suppose it's about time for the Thanksgiving proclamation.....
The beauty of Thanksgiving is its unpretentious simplicity.
A single day dedicated to the celebration of life, the change of the season,
and the appreciation of family, friendship, God, and the many blessings that
have crossed our myriad paths
As we break our bread and toast our loved ones we would do
well to remember that it is a mere accident of birth that finds us in a land of
material well being and relative freedom. Be grateful that your family won't
hear air raid sirens tonight. Give thanks that home isn't a squalid refugee
camp in Pakistan or a mud-walled, tin roofed shack in Addis Ababa.
On a personal note, I am grateful to my clients because I
earn my living in an agreeable way. I am grateful, also, to friends and family
for your friendship, your love, and your kindness. And to you, Gentle Readers,
who take time out of your busy day to drop by every so often
Picked me a mess of these this morning. Note to self: prune tree so I can reach the fruit next year.
No need to be intimidated by the thought of getting juice from a messy pomegranate. The task isn't much more difficult than making orange juice if you use one of these. The juice is thick and a bit tart, which I prefer, but it can easily be sweetened or lightened with an ounce or two of water.
Pomegranate juice contains three times the anti-oxidants of red wine and green tea. As painful as that is to say out loud, please remember that red wine has resvaritrol. Best of all pomegranate juice has a remarkable ability to reduce unhealthy cholesterol levels in the blood while boosting the good cholesterol.
Unfortunately, like orange juice, the down side is that pomegranate juice is loaded with carbohydrates and sugars. It also contains Vitamin K, folate, Vitamin E and pantothenic acid. Dietary minerals within the juice include potassium, manganese, magnesium, and calcium.
Grenadine syrup, which is made from pomegranate juice, drizzled into the finished drink is what puts the sunrise in a Tequila Sunrise and also defines a good Singapore Sling.
Most commercial grenadine syrup is no longer made from pomegranate juice (I'm looking at you, Rose). It is icky old high fructose corn syrup and red dye number 40. The good nukes? We can still find real grenadine syrup and it often isn't any more expensive than the fake stuff.
King Solomon made spiced pomegranate wine.
The Jewish culture holds that the 613 seeds found in a pomegranate represent the 613 commandments of the Torah.
Eve didn't eat the apple in the Garden of Eden, it was a pomegranate from the Tree of Life. Scoff if you will, but apples need at least 700 hours of winter chill to thrive, something you won't find in Mediterranean climates.
This is one of my favorite wines in the entire known world. It is an awesome wine, a stunning wine, and it compares well to any wine from any region in the world.
This was TWC's last bottle of 2002 Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot, and nothing much has changed over the last few years except it has gotten more better, a technical term I learned from The House Blond and her brother when they was knee high to my knee.
The Lapostolle is dry farmed in Chile on sixty year old vines. It is bone dry, earthy, and rich with black fruit and hints of dark chocolate. On the palate, it is liquid velvet~~This is no thin, watery, weak-sister Merlot, it is a substantial wine that could easily stand in for a well aged Cabernet or Bordeaux.
The wine drinks as if you forked over a Franklin, but you can pick up a 2009 for around twenty bucks, U.S.
I've had many wines costing four times as much that weren't as good. This is a wine that comes with regrets. You'll regret it when you've gotten to the dregs.
The Armistice that ended the Great War was signed at the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day, of the eleventh month
of nineteen hundred and eighteen, Anno Domini.
Today there will be ceremonies and parades honoring our military veterans. Some missing. Some dead. Others served in wars and skirmishes that were sometimes popular, sometimes
not. Still others were drafted without their consent. Many were willing volunteers. Each gave up
some or all of their lives in service to the US. As we think of those
who served, let us remember that the War to End All Wars did not.
I am a reluctant warrior, but if you must go to war, or if you're in a bar fight, these boys is who you want to have your back. Or maybe the IDF. But it ain't their birthday.
Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery
Resolution of the Continental Congress on 10 November 1775.....
Resolved, that two Battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one Colonel, two Lieutenant Colonels, two Majors & Officers as usual in other regiments, that they consist of an equal number of privates with other battalions; that particular care be taken that no persons be appointed to office or inlisted into said Battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve to advantage by sea, when required. That they be inlisted and commissioned for and during the present war with Great Britain and the colonies, unless dismissed by Congress. That they be distinguished by the names of the first & second battalions of American Marines, and that they be considered a part of the number, which the continental Army before Boston is ordered to consist of.
Note the archaic spelling of inlisted.
Wonder if they'll be serving any of this at the Marine Corps Ball:
Please note: The wine is a red wine, a manly wine, as all wine would be if it could choose its destiny.