Posts Tagged ‘holidays’

Sent From My iPhone

December 19, 2009

Air travel. It has shrunk our world, sped it up, spread us out and given an inexhaustible supply of material to comedians.

Sometimes when I see a plane in the sky I like to take a moment and remind myself that what I’m really seeing is a giant piece of metal giving gravity a 30,000 foot middle finger. It’s an amazing act of physics that is just part of our daily lives.

First time I flew I was 18 making my first trip to New York City to be part of one of those tourist groups I’d (unknowingly) someday need to step around on my lunch break. I loved takeoff and landing and I’m pretty sure I kept my barf bag as a souvenir*.

Now I fly two or three times a year on average. The traditional holiday travel which I’m enduring right now (seat 13F, to be exact), Dragon-con in Atlanta on Labor Day weekend, and usually another trip to Texas sometime during the year. The excitement of air travel faded somewhere over Tennessee in 2002 while I was wedged in the back right corner of a plane between a curved wall and an enormous snoring man who seemed to believe bathing was something that only happened to other people.

It’s all changing of course. I think part of Al Qaeda’s master plot was to slowly drive Americans mad with all the new regulations they knew would be implemented at airports. And because of the current price gouging economy, airlines charge more for luggage these days, but still lose it for free. Nice to see some things won’t ever change.

Happy travels, bloggers.

* they’re not called barf bags anymore. I think it’s something like Air Travel Discomfort Recepticals

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Whose Cider You On?

December 15, 2009

This is a recipe for spiked apple cider I had a hand in creating with Texan New Yorker a few years ago.  And by “creating” I mean she made it and I named it.  She might have let me stir a few times.  Either way, it’s made me very popular at holiday parties.

Damn Good Apple Cider

1 Gallon Apple Cider (the fresher the better.  Check your local farmer’s markets)
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tbsp whole cloves
3 shots of DeKuypers Hot Damn Cinnamon Schnapps
Sugar to taste

Bring it to a simmer but don’t let it boil.  Stir frequently and give it about 15 minutes to let all the flavors mix well.  Add sugar depending on how sweet you like your cider.  Serve in your favorite mug.  Best enjoyed during cheesy Christmas movies with friends and family.

My favorite thing about this is that the recipe is not set in stone.  If you prefer more of one thing than another then go for it.  I suggest heating up your cider and adding small amounts of the other flavors in a mug and sampling to see what you like more of.  Another big hint is to avoid the 100 proof Hot Damn at all costs.  It tastes less like cinnamon and more like cough syrup past its expiration date.

And the answer to your question is, “Yes. I did post this as an excuse to use that title.”

Happy Holidays!

– J

Blogging Around the Christmas Tree

December 9, 2008

Well gang, the holidays are upon us.  Time to dig up the old Christmas albums, bring foliage inside and put the lights on the outside, and of course it’s time to start checking the cable guides for all the 1960’s stop motion animation we can find.  Personally, I’m more a fan of How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the one animated by Chuck Jones and narrated by Boris Karloff).  And maybe we can spread a bit of peace on earth and goodwill toward men if we can find time.  Oops, I mean goodwill toward persons of indiscriminate sex.  Gotta be PC during the holidays you know.

I love the holidays.  I spent about an hour on iTunes Sunday tracking down all the old Christmas songs my family listened to when I was young .  And to be honest, I never really stopped listening to them.  The Hat I Got for Christmas is Too Beeg will always make me laugh.   And if you know who Yogi Yorgesson is, well you’re awesome in my book.  Also this weekend we got our tree and most of the decorating done. 

I’m really looking forward to some time off from work and to be back in Texas with my family for a while.  I miss them all a lot, but that’s easily remedied by my love of holidays here in the city.  There’s really nothing quite like it.  If you can deal with the throngs of crazed tourists, it’s definitely worth the trouble to take a late night stroll down 5th Ave and through Bryant Park.

I hope you’re enjoying the holiday season as much as I am so far.  Like we try to remind ourselves every year, don’t get too wrapped up in presents, schedules and parties.  Take a moment every now and again and remind yourself why you celebrate your holiday of choice (and be thankful that you have the right to do so).  It’s a bit cliche, but the best presents really can’t be bought. 

Now let’s party!!

– J