Smuttyville IPA

Found this at Sumdat Market, whilst hunting up interesting brews so I could get my esoteric beer fix on. Smuttyville’s a pretty standard IPA, nice butterscotch color and familiar balanced hoppy flavor. Between the name and the two old farts on the label, I couldn’t pass it up. The packaging and the title make it … Read more

Old Dominion Ale

olddominion.comAny beer made with Willamette hops and describing itself as a bit like "a fresh Bass Ale" is going to be good. Old Dominion is brewed here in ol Virginny, and it’s caramelly taste balanced just right with some bitter notes. It was a fine beer to sip while lounging on my dad’s patio, to … Read more

Gimme Sumdat – downtown Roanoke, VA

I’ve always had a soft spot for downtown Roanoke’s market. The city actually has a pretty cool downtown, and anytime I’m in Roanoke, I always hit Sumdat Market for quite possibly the best beer selection in town. Sumdat also has an excellent wine selection, and both in the store and on the sidewalk outside you … Read more

2 great financial tips

I’m a bit of a tightwad, so anything about saving money and using it wisely appeals to me. Here are two tips I saw a while back, that caught my eye. You might find them useful, especially if you have kids. Even if they’re little, setting up some sort of long-term account like an IRA … Read more

Writers and outlining

Angela: "I used to be in the no-outline camp, until I realized that an effective outline helps you to write MORE and saves writing multiple drafts." Hmmm, that’s advice I just may have to take, as there’s a certain something I’m kicking around for later this year. Also, Mac writers/users check out this OmniOutliner program … Read more

Honda Rebel parts & maintenance

Is the Rebel too small to take a long trip? Honda Rebel Online, The Unofficial Web Site"First, I have a 1986 CMX450cc. I bought it last year with 4,500 miles on it. The 1987 450cc had larger jets in the carburetors, so I had them put into mine. This was the close thing to a … Read more

Mac Download of the Day: MenuCalendarClock

Just added this to Mango. One feature of Windows that I have always liked, is the calendar clickable from the time/date bit in the status bar, but there was no real Mac equivalent. This makes it so for me: MenuCalendarClock – instant calendar and clock Via: Download of the Day: MenuCalendarClock : Lifehacker.

Green Dolphin Blues – downtown Roanoke, VA

What? Open-mic bluesWhen? Tuesday nights from, I dunno, 8 or 9 onwardsWhere? Near the corner of Campbell Avenue and Williamson Road, downtown Roanoke, VABooze? Mixed and beer; I recommend the IPA, even though the staff thought a certain Oregon beer snob was nuts when he asked where it was fromWatch for… the electric organ player. … Read more