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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Strutin' His Sunday Best

   This is an unusual sight on Duval Street, a Heron just out there strutin' his Sunday best with all the rest of the tourists.   It never ceases to amaze me what you can see as you sit in front of the Rum Bar at the Speakeasy Inn and look out on to Duval Street.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Holiday Party "Hangover"

     The fun of a holiday party can end in serious problems if they are not carefully monitored.  You will usually find too much drinking and carousing  before the party is over, followed by too many people headed out in their cars when they shouldn't be driving.  This is a formula for disaster, and a formula that too often is self fulfilling. 

      I read an article in Law 360 that make some good points on how to reduce the chances for post party problems this year.

     Gathering workers together for holiday merriment is a beloved tradition for many employers, but holiday parties can open the door to discrimination and harassment claims, as well as other potential legal problems.  

     A festive setting can build team cohesiveness, but it can also magnify employees' natural human tendency to do silly or even offensive things, particularly if alcohol is involved. That can give potentially litigious workers a stand-alone justification for a legal claim or add ammunition to the arsenal of someone alleging a broader pattern of unlawful conduct.     

     "Bad behavior happens at work a lot, but parties and after-hours events tend to bring out out the worst in a lot of folks," Fisher & Phillips LLP partner Andria Ryan said.  

     Of course, companies can completely stave off potential holiday party-related legal liability by declining to hold any celebration at all. But for the droves of employers that don't want to be lumped in with the Grinch, here are some steps that can mitigate risks. 
You don't need this guy to happen

     Limit Alcohol Intake 

     At the top of the list of smart moves for employers holding holiday parties is limiting how much alcohol workers drink. Drinking is the main culprit when it comes to employee misbehavior at office parties, lawyers warn. 

     "Having an open bar and no rules regarding consumption can be a recipe for disaster," Ford & Harrison LLP partner Aaron Zandy said. "Unfortunately, alcohol can cause employees to act unprofessionally and to do things they wouldn't otherwise do." 

     There are a variety of steps employers can take to keep alcohol consumption down, the most obvious of which would be having a party that's entirely free of any alcoholic beverages. Most of Ryan's clients don't go that far, she said, but noted that some companies hold family events where the presence of spouses and children can stymie rowdy behavior. 

     If a dry party isn't in the cards, encouraging moderation in advance is a good idea, as is avoiding an open bar. Using drink tickets to allot each worker a reasonable amount of holiday cheer can work, though workers may hand those drink tickets off to one another. 

    Serving food also makes sense - it won't limit the amount of alcohol consumed but can curb intoxication. Keeping hard liquor off the menu can also be a sound decision. Even someone who's determined to get drunk on the employer's dime will have to work harder at achieving intoxication if less concentrated drinks are the only options.  

     "It's a lot harder to pound beer and get smashed," Kelley Drye & Warren LLP partner Mark Konkel said. 

     Konkel also noted that bringing in a professional bartender to serve workers can be a smart move, because a veteran barkeep will be trained to notice when a patron has had too much. Regardless of whether a pro is behind the bar or a worker volunteers for bartender duty, they should know it's OK to cut someone off. 

     "Whoever is serving should be instructed by the employer to be willing to pour shorter drinks or take other steps to mediate consumption of alcohol," Konkel said. "It's a work-related party, it's not a frat-house party." 


If you keep the points of this article in mind this year you will more likely to have all of your employees back for the start of 2015.   Have yourself a fun and joyful party, but keep things to a level where the "hangover" made the party not worth having.    ;o)


Friday, December 19, 2014

Last Bottles of 18th Century Rum Sell at Auction

     The last of the Harewood Estate rums were sold last week at the Christie Auction House in
London.  This is the last of the bottles found tucked away in the wine cellar of the Harewood Estate last year.  These rums were produced in Barbados on a plantation not too far from the Foursquare Distillery.

The final 16 bottles of the Harewood Rum Collection – the oldest rum ever to be sold at auction – have been bought for more than £135,000.

     The last bottles in the ancient collection of Harewood rum have been sold at auction.   The collection of light and dark expressions dating back to the 1780s was discovered in the cellar of Leeds stately home Harewood House last year.   Hidden beneath thick cobwebs, the bottles were uncovered by wine trade professionals Mark Lascelles and Andy Langshaw as they conducted an inventory of the cellar.   An initial collection of 12 bottles was sold for six times its estimate at Christie’s in December 2013, fetching £78,255.  Another auction took place in London last Thursday (11 December), when a 16-strong collection of Harewood rum sold for £135,713, bringing the combined total of Harewood rum sales to £213,972.  

      Chris Munro, head of Christie’s wine department, said that bottles of the Harewood dark rum achieved “world record prices”, selling for £11,162 each.   All bottlings were distilled in Barbados, shipped in barrels to the UK, and bottled at Harewood House.   They were sold as part of Christie’s Finest and Rarest Wines and Spirits auction, which also saw a rare bottle of The Macallan 1955 to 1986 smash its pre-sale estimate of £15,00-£20,000 to fetch £30,550.

     Proceeds from the auction will go towards the Geraldine Connor Foundation to help disenfranchised young people in the performing arts.

     This was an amazing discovery, and one that will most likely never come around again.  The bottles will long be treasured by those who were able to get one.  I know that Ian Burrell treasures the one he bought at the first auction.  ;o)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Diplomatic Relations are to be Resumed with Cuba.

     Yesterday, President Obama announce that there will be a resumption of normal diplomatic relations with the Island Nation of Cuba.  The resumption of diplomatic relations opens the way for Americans to enjoy unrestricted travel to Cuba and bring back the rums and cigars that have been banned from American shores for more than fifty years.   This is a big step for the people of Cuba and a first step for those of us that enjoy the fine Cuban Rums produced by the Island that lies just 90 miles to our south.

     It is my belief that the Cuban Rum Industry will be looking at the opportunities to export their spirits to the United States as soon as possible.  The US was one of the biggest importers of Cuban cigars, sugar and rum during the pre-embargo years.    This is an opportunity for many Americans to not only visit Cuba, but to experience a marvelous culture that only a few of us have enjoyed in the past 50 plus years.

   From the people at Bacardi, "We hope for meaningful improvements in the lives of the Cuban people and will follow any changes with great interest," Bacardi said in an e-mailed statement. "In the meantime, we continue to support the restoration of fundamental human rights in Cuba."  Bacardi says it's taking a wait-and-see approach on Cuba after the United States on Wednesday said it would open an embassy on the island nation following the release of a U.S. government subcontractor from prison. It marked the most significant change in the U.S.-Cuba relationship in decades.
     This is an important first step and I look forward to the day I'll be able to step on a ferry here in Key west and an hour or two later be arriving in Havana for all the fun and culture that Cuba has to offer.  ;o)


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tuesday Afternoon Hangin'

    I finally got caught up on the maintenance work on the boats and I choose to just hang in the boat and do some writing.  I'm at the dock in Key West Harbour Yacht Club, taking some pictures and doing some writing.   This is the perfect atmosphere for stimulation and the creative juices are flowing and the words are just flowing.

     The Pelicans are back in town and they are here sleeping on the pilings, giving the marina a very calm and peaceful feeling.   The winds are down and the boats are coming and going as I just sit here listening the some great songs from the 60's and 70's.  

     The serenity of the of the day reminds me why I live here especially in the winter, yea there are some cooler and windy days, but for the most part the days are in the mid 70's and light breezes that keep you really comfortable,allowing all the fun activities wearing only shorts and t shirts.  

      Here's to another sweet Key West afternoon with mother nature at all of her beauty and calmness.   She has been a bit cranky over the past week, but today she is at her best behavior and giving us a super December day to be.   ;o)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Those Christmas Parties are Upon Us

     That time of year is back again and here is an idea for another fun Christmas Cocktail.   I'm kind of a Caribbean Cocktail nut, so here is an idea for a cocktail that combines Christmas with the Caribbean.   The idea of a creamy egg nog like cocktail with the fruitiness of the Caribbean.

Bahama Bob's Caribbean Christmas Cocktail
  • 1 1/2 oz. Rum Chata
  • 1 oz. Siesta Key Spiced Rum
  • 1 oz. Brinley's Shipwreck Mango Rum
  • 1/2 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Half and Half
  • 1/2 oz. Amaretto
  • 1/2 oz. White Crème de Cocoa
Place all ingredients into a blender with 1 cup of ice and blend until smooth and creamy like soft serve.   Pour into a 16 oz. glass swirled with choclate and garnished with grated fresh nutmeg, cinnamon and hard chocolate.  Top with whipped cream and a cherry.

     I hope that you enjoy the cocktail and the holiday season, but remember to drink responsibly this holiday season, I want to have all of you back for 2105.  ;o)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Drunk Pix Posting: Oops

     Don't you just hate it when you drunk Facebook pictures of yourself or your friends post picture of
you when you are drunk and doing something stupid?   Well, hark, Facebook is making an attempt to prevent this.
     Yann LeCun, a professor at New York University, who oversees Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Research lab, wants to build a “digital assistant” that will recognize if you have been drinking and intervene if you are about to upload a potentially embarrassing snap.
     Speaking to Wired, LeCrun explained that the digital assistant would be there to essentially tap you on the shoulder to ask, “are you sure you want your boss and your mother to see this?”
“Imagine that you had an intelligent digital assistant which would mediate your interaction with your friends, and also with content on Facebook,” Mr LeCrun said.
     Facebook is already able to recognise your face and your friends in order to easily tag them. But LeCrun’s digital assistant would take the so-called “deep learning” technology even further making it possible for the social media site to decipher between your drunken self and sober self.
     The assistant could also protect users from their friends, warning users if a friend is about to upload a potentially embarrassing image of you.
     Launching the AI lab last year, LeCrun said: “Facebook has created a new research laboratory with the ambitious, long-term goal of bringing about major advances in Artificial Intelligence.”
     LeCrun’s digital assistant is currently in the early development stages, but its introduction onto the social networking site could one day become a reality.
This is one of the really positive things that Facebook has been working on and something that will help keep a lot of people out of trouble, especially during the holiday season.