Saturday, September 8, 2012

For the Music...

For those of you who follow me on twitter, I sometimes have a Follow Friday post that starts off "For the Music".  Some of the mentions in that #FF are the forces behind The Next Music concert series.  Each concert gets better and better and now their efforts have a permanent home on this blog.

Please take a look at the Next Music Concert page for September - it's a great band, a great charity and a great venue!  I hope to see all of you there on the 21st!

If you can't make it - give a listen to My Pet Dragon and visit the website of Tuesday's Children!
There is a reason they were chosen for the September series.

Thank you.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Battle of the Frigidus, and The Frigid Hairy Virgin Cocktail

Per wiki:

394Battle of the Frigidus: The Christian Roman Emperor Theodosius I defeats and kills the pagan usurper Eugenius and his Frankish magister militum Arbogast.

When I read this entry, I thought it was really going to be something fun to write about. I mean - Frigidus, pagan usurpers and a Frankish magister militum (whatever the hell that is) all in the same story - that must be a sure hit. But this one is much like a movie with a really catchy title that leaves you a little disappointed when the end credits start to roll.


The skinny: Theodosius defeats Eugenius who represented the last vestige of the old roman pagan society who still worshiped the roman gods. The battle (also known as the Battle of the Frigid River) would once again reunite the Roman Empire under one ruler and pave the way for the spread of Christianity across Europe.

The Historical Inebriant: The Frigid Hairy Virgin

2 oz white rum
1 oz triple sec
2 oz pineapple juice

Pour the rum, triple sec and pineapple juice into a blender with one cup of crushed ice. Blend well. Pour into a highball glass, garnish with a maraschino cherry, and serve.


In what now seems like an eerie foretelling of events to come, on this day in 1970 , two passenger jets bound from Europe to New York are simultaneously hijacked by Palestinian terrorists and are flown to Jordan.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Great Fire of London, Tsarist and Beardless, and The Fuzzy Russian Cocktail

On this day in 1666, the Great Fire of London is finally put out.

In the 1660s, London had an estimated half million inhabitants, more than ten times that of the next largest city in England. Unfortunately, many of them lived within the confines of the old defensive city walls in wooden buildings which pretty much sat one on top of another along very narrow streets.

On Sunday, September 2nd, just after midnight, a fire broke out at Thomas Farriner's bakery. As the city's militia fought the fire (there was not a dedicated fire department in those days) the mayor was called in to approve demolition of the surrounding buildings to prevent the fire from spreading (since firefighting techniques were crude, often demolition of buildings was the most effective means to put out a fire). The mayor declared it unnecessary and left the scene. On Sunday morning the winds picked up and over 300 houses were consumed in flames.

By Sunday afternoon, all attempts to put out the fire had been forsaken, and the wind fueled the fire which spread throughout the city. Although a good portion of the city was now on fire, the city's inhabitants kept leaving their homes for safer places in the city, but still within the city's 18ft high defensive wall.

By Monday the fire was so widespread there was absolute panic in the city and the residents began to flee for one of the eight gates that opened out of the wall. London's most fashionable shops were now burned to the ground and King Charles II put his brother James, The Duke of York, in charge of firefighting operations.


Tuesday saw the most destruction as the fire crossed the firebreaks constructed by The Duke of York at the Fleet River and another firebreak to the north was breeched and the affluent section of Cheapside and St. Paul's Cathedral were lost to the flames. By late Tuesday, the winds had died down, the remaining firebreaks were able to hold and the fire ceased to spread.

On Wednesday morning, most of the city lay smoldering. The fire had consumed 13,200 houses. 70,000 people were left homeless, most with little or no possessions left.


On this day in 1698, after visiting the west, Tsar Peter I returns to Russia very impressed with western society and imposes a tax on beards for all men except the clergy and peasantry.

Certain members of the nobility (at whom the tax was pointed) wanted to keep their beards and would pay the pretty hefty tax.  To prove they had paid, they were issued this coin.

The Historical Inebriant: The Fuzzy Russian

2 oz. Peach Schnapps
1 oz. Absolut Mandarin Vodka
5 oz. Orange Juice
1 slice Kiwi
Place the vodka in small, chilled glass. Add half of orange juice. Then, add the peach schnapps and pour into larger glass with the rest of the orange juice. Garnish with one slice of kiwi.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Drinking Soundtrack of the Week - "Gin House" and The Gin & Sin Cocktail

Drinking Soundtrack of the Week features songs to drink by.  Hope you enjoy!


The Historical Inebriant: The Gin & Sin Cocktail


1 and 1/2 ozs of Gin
1 oz of lemon juice
1 oz of sugar syrup
1 tsp of Grenadine

Shake up with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into cocktail glass.

The First Edsel and The Golden Dragon Massacre

On this day in 1957, Ford Motor Company introduced the Edsel automobile. By November 19, 1959 Ford would announce the end of the Edsel program after losing $350 million dollars in the venture.


The over hyped vehicle (Whose launch date was dubbed "E Day") was advertised as an entirely new kind of car, however, when released it was obvious that the car shared much of its styling with its sister cars the Ford, Lincoln and Mercury. With a strange name, conventional styling and a list of reliability problems, the name Edsel was soon synonymous with a very bad marketing idea.


On this day in 1977, The Golden Dragon Massacre took place in San Francisco, California. Earlier that year Joe Boy Felix Huey was killed in a shootout with Wah Ching gang members. On September 4th, 1977 members of the Joe Boy gang would walk into the Golden Dragon restaurant and begin shooting. In the end, five were dead - including two tourists and 11 injured, none of whom were gang members.


Public outrage over the incident led to the establishment of the San Francisco Police Department's Asian Gang Task Force.

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