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Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day 2015

     Memorial Day is the one holiday that we take some time to remember all of those that gave their lives so that we can enjoy our freedoms.  It is a long three day weekend to  spend time with family and friends.  It is also a day for those who have lost some one close to them during a conflict to honor their memory.

     I hope that your get to spend this day enjoying yourself as most of us do, but take a little bit of time to remember why we have a three day weekend this year and say thank you to the people who safeguard these freedoms and protect our shores every day.   ;o)

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Drifting Back to Granada

     In 2013, I had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful island of Granada.   I really get a warm feeling when I think back on the pleasure that that island brought me.   See for yourself if you get the opportunity.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

How Alcohol Makes you Friendlier and Nastier, Depending on Who You Make Contact With

    Social Drinking is one of the things that people believe makes them friendlier, but not toward everyone.   I find that if I drink Tequila, it really doesn't make me friendlier toward anyone, but even rum can't make me feel warm and fuzzy toward some people.  There is a story that I ran across this morning that seems to shed some light on this subject.

     Drinking alcohol is associated with aggressive behavior, accidents and ill health. Yet many of us choose to drink socially. This may reflect alcohol's actions on specific brain circuits which make us feel euphoric and less anxious. Alcohol may also make us more empathic and cause us to see other people as more attractive. But why do these reactions occur and are the positive effects of alcohol expressed towards everybody we interact with? 

     Alcohol is a drug, one of the three most commonly used in the world, along with nicotine and caffeine. When we drink, the alcohol binds to a specific type of receptor in the brain and boosts the activity of a natural brain chemical called GABA. The effect the alcohol has on us depends in large part on the dose, and the location of these GABA receptors within the brain. 

     Early on in a drinking session, the alcohol acts on GABA systems to boost the levels of dopamine, the brain's reward chemical. This gives a sense of well-being and a sense of mild euphoria. Alcohol also acts on GABA receptors to impair the activity of the brain circuits that make us feel anxious and, at higher doses, alcohol inactivates a second set of brain circuits that control fear. So threatening stimuli no longer seem quite so scary. Alcohol also compromises our ability to compute risk so that situations we would normally shy away from may now seem quite inviting. 

     All of this points to alcohol as a facilitator of social interactions. As well as making us more empathic, laboratory studies have also shown that drinking alcohol can make us trust others more and make us temporarily more generous.
   I agree with the fact that alcohol is a facilitator, because I know it takes a couple of drinks before many people will get up and sing karaoke, or ask someone to dance.  It gives the user a euphoric feelings to some people and pick fights with others, and the reasoning of this study is very interesting.  ;o)   

Friday, May 22, 2015

Change the Name of a Pub Because it Upsets the "Sensitivity" of Chickens

     I think that the naming of a team, bar or building being changed because it was degrading to some group just reached an all-time low.   It seems the PETA has demanded that the "Fighting Cock Pun in the UK to change its name because it is demeaning to chickens.   You know, the birds that eat their young and poop only to be slaughtered to feed the world's masses.  I think you will get a kick out of this.
Ye Old Fighting Cocks Pub in St Albans, UK
     Peta (People for the ethical treatment of animals) launched a campaign against the pub in St Albans urging its owners to rename it Ye Olde Clever Cocks, which they believe would recognise society’s “growing compassion for animals” and celebrate “intelligent, sensitive chickens”.
     In an open letter sent to the chief executive of Mitchells and Butlers, which owns the pub, and its landlord Christo Tofalli, Peta requested that the pub end its association with the sport of cockfighting, which was banned in the UK in the 1800s. The pub was founded in the eighth century and has been called the Ye Olde Fighting Cocks since 1872 because of its history of cockfighting.
     Peta said the name change would “encourage people to rethink the way that we treat chickens and grant these birds the respect and kindness that they deserve”.
     Making its case, Peta compared the pub’s associations to cockfighting with slavery adding: “We understand that the pub has long been called Ye Olde Fighting Cocks and that there may be some resistance to making a name change, but just as many pubs with names tied to slavery changed their names to match modern sensibilities, so it’s high time for The Cocks to change.”
     Today Tofalli told the St Albans Review that it would not be changing its name


     When are these groups going to pull their heads out of the proverbial ground and realize that the world doesn't rotate around the feeling of chickens?  This is utterly ridiculous.   ;o)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Crossing Cuba for the First Time in 2000

Marta and Our Plane Ready to Head Out for Cuba and Grand Cayman

     This week there was a Hobie Cat Sailboat race from South Beach in Key West to Havana.  This is
the first of its kind in 50 years.   It makes me think about all of my mental images of Cuba  over the years and my amazement when I first set eyes on Cuba in 2000.  

Our Approach to Cuba on the GPS
   We flew out of Key West enroute to Georgetown, Grand Cayman directly over Cuba.  We first met Cuba at a town called  the Matanzas just northeast of Havana.   We proceeded south across Cuba to Parque Nacional Cienaga de Zapata.   From there it was direct to Georgetown, Grand Cayman.
     The northern portion is mostly farms and undeveloped lands, but when you reach the southern side of the island,  you will see the largest of Cuba's National Parks.  Parque Nacional Ciénaga de Zapata, the largest of Cuba's six national parks and biosphere reserves.   Bird-watching platforms on the way out to Las Salinas offer a chance to see 18 of Cuba's 22 endemic species, including the red, white, and blue tocororo—Cuba's national birdiaddition to the  siju platanero (Cuban pygmy owl).    All of the reports that I have read about this park say that it in one of the best natural parks anywhere.

Central Cuban Farm Lands

    Our 2000 flight and first views of Cuba still leave me with a lot of warm memories of this extremely interesting island with all of its wonderful people and exciting culture that I find to be really fun to share.

Leaving the National Park on the South Coast of Cuba headed for Grand Cayman

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Lord Clive Shipwreck may Yield Large Cache of Rum


Harewood Rums
     Plans to raise a the Lord Clive, a warship sunk on January 6, 1763 could possibly yield a large cache of rum according to Rubin Collado, Argentine treasure hunter who first discovered the ship in 2013.   This cache of rum could bring a huge bounty based on the prices gotten for the Harewood Rums sold a few years ago. 
     The wreck of the Lord Clive – which was destroyed by Spanish cannon fire during a botched attack on the city of Colonia del Sacramento.    The Lord Clive received unexpected strong resistance from the city gun battery. After three hours of fire exchange, a fire declared on the Lord Clive, it quickly spread and the ship blew up and sunk immediately . There were 272 fatalities on board, including the expedition's commander Captain Robert McNamara.
     Long buried under rocks at the bottom of the River Plate, the contents of the ship are unknown, but tales of treasure chests and vast stocks of rum have prompted a frenzy of interest, according to the veteran Argentinian explorer who found the ship and is now raising funds for the recovery.
     “Many people want to stake money, since they enjoy this kind of thing. It’s like gambling, you put in $1,000 and you could make $5,000 or $1m, depending on what shows up,” Rubén Collado told the Guardian.
     I will be interested in following the outcome of the exploration and the recovery to see what exactly that this ship really yields and if any of the rum has remained drinkable after being submerged for some 252 years.   If it is still good it will help the cause for submerged aging of rum again.   ;o)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

How About a Rum Sour This Evening?

     Nothing fancy, but that's what the appeal is  for a Rum Sour.    Sometimes you don't feel like challenging your palate, or even thinking about it very much, all you just want a nice, easy drink.
You have just gotten off of work and it is time for a Rum Sour, a very simple cocktail that just eases the tensions of the day away.

The Rum Sour

  • 2 1/2 oz. Flor de Cana 7 Year Old Rum
  • Juice of a Half Lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of Agave Nectar
Place all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake until really chilled.  Strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice and garnish with an orange twist and a cherry.

Now you can move out on the patio of aft deck and let the evening roll away into the sunset.  ;o)