Re: Update: Trials & tribulations
The same to you and to all my good friends here. May you all have Happy Holidays and a Safe and Wonderful New Year.
Vino es Veritas,
Jim aka Waldo.
"A Distiller's Night Before Christmas"
'Twas after Christmas Eve Party and all through the house,
the bottles were all emptied, strewn about by some louse;
Our wet socks were well hung by the chimney to dry,
and the stench in the air caused me almost to cry.
Me good buddy sound asleep, passed out like a log,
drempt about visions of mornings' "hair of the dawg";
And I a sipping from a full glass which was near,
while distilling lots more of that new Christmas Cheer;
When out in the shed there rose such a clatter,
I jumped from the bench and broke my hydrometer;
Away to the shed, I crawled, stumbled, and ran,
Broke open the door, and saw a funny old man;
I threw on the switch and with lights all aglow,
gave the luster of copper to the pot-still below;
He had crawled through the window, knocked over me mash,
And I knew in that moment, he'd been into my damn stash!;
His eyes were so bloodshot, his clothes in a tatter,
His nose was all red, mumblin' just like the Mad Hatter;
The boots that he wore had some white fur for trim,
And the way he staggered, he was tanked to the brim;
He yelled, "Now Scotch! Now Bourbon!
We ain't got all night!
You too Gin and Vodka!
Let's all do it up right!"
With a look in his eye, seeming almost lively and quick,
He slurred,"You want Real Good shine? Well here, pake your tick.";
He broke open his bag, filled with rums, whiskeys and white brew,
And asked me to try a samplin'! -- "Take more then a few!";
I tasted and tasted and said "Old Man, Thats really great stuff",
He stuck middle finger up and said "Ya, yours is kinda rough.";
He spoke not a word, but got deep in his bag and had fun,
by givin' me another hydrometer, malt whisky and new PDA-1;
Then back out the window he crawled with a great haste,
and got into his Ford pickup, taking one last big taste.
But I heard him exclaim, as he hit the post of my light:
"HAPPY AHRISTMAS TO CALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-TIGHT."
(almost a real poem...)
> --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com <mailto:Distillers@yahoogroups.com ,
> "Harry" gnikomson2000@ wrote:
> > Got a few PM's from folks re no msgs here lately. Some are having
> > withdrawals. Everyone must be busy brewin' & stillin' fer Xmas.
> > Me, I've been REAL BUSY, restructuring & recovering 120 Gig of
> > & stillin' notes from two dead hard drives + building a new computer
> > (lightning strike!) :(
> > The computer build only took a few hrs. The rescue effort is still a
> > work-in-progress. The 80 Gig won't boot (yet). But that's what I'm
> > trained to do, so I'll just have to knock back a few malts & figure it
> > out.
> > Seasons Greetings to all (bit early, Hic!)
> > Slainte!
> > regards Harry
> Progress! at last. Got the 80 gig to boot up. Put it in the freezer
> overnight in a ziplock bag & freed up the heads. Now I've got recovery
> software pulling all the files to a 500gig USB external storage unit.
> Later I'll back 'em up to offsite media. It's slow progress, about 1gig
> every 3 hrs. I'm using the old computer, the one that I thought was
> dead from lightning. New power supply, hot-swapped the bios chip &
> re-flashed the sick one. Old workhorse runs as good as ever, heh heh.
> Ya just can't kill those old clunkers. I'ts been running 24/7 for 10
> years (except for power outs, about 3 or four days in all that time, and
> the recent 1 week it was down for the lightning strike).
> Gonna be a good Christmas after all.
> Scots Gaelic:
> Nollaig chridheil
> <http://www.omniglot.com/soundfiles/christmas/christmas_ga.mp3> agus
> bliadhna mhath ùr
> (soundbytes, mp3)
> Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
> regards Harry