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Re: Winter festivities

Post by DGA » Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:47 pm

Queequeg wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:16 pm
DGA wrote:
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I'm a year-round drinker but no one asked about spring, summer, or fall

winter is time for bourbon and rye. Or well-aged, fruity reds. I like the booze that gives teenagers the worst hangovers
I'm partial to the ryes - year round. These days my go to is Michters. I don't even need to go out of my way to buy it anymore - my amazing wife restocks when I run low! What's your whisk(e)y of choice?
I will try Michters on your recommendation.

I usually go with the cheap stuff and drink it neat, at room temperature, out of a sake bowl or coffee mug. My drinking list is a catalogue of old-man heteronormativity:

Old Crow
Old Granddad
Old Overholt
Ezra Brooks
Evan Williams

I once got some High West Rye as a gift and that was real treat. Similar for Buffalo Trace, but High West was superior to my palate at least. Bulleit is overrated in my opinion.

Booze is good but I try not to drink every day because I start looking like my drunk uncles, and that's unacceptable

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Re: Winter festivities

Post by Queequeg » Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:54 pm

The Michters is a little pricey. I guess its mid-shelf.

I agree Bulleitt is overrated. Its a little too refined. A lot of bars have it, though, so...

Jim Beam Rye is a nice one, too, on the economic end of the spectrum. If I'm buying, that's the one I pick up. My wife, though, I guess likes my reaction when I see the Michters. I don't think she realizes my reaction would be similar regardless of what she brought me. Evan Williams is good. The Old Grandad - haven't had that one in a while! I'll check those others.

Another one is Wild Turkey, good, solid standby.

Neat and room temperature is the only way to drink whiskey. In moderation, of course, unless its a special occasion. Cheers!
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Warning about to make you thirsty

Post by Minobu » Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:49 pm

i rarely drink but if i do it's glenlivet..very smooth even their cheapest one...


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for wine with red meat this is really good and not to expensive.


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now they went and turned this into a screw off cap..yikes..but with cheese this one is of choice


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as for beer, i never drink Canadian swill..the whole labbatt's 50 and molsons , which was bought out by" and how's your Busch "
is just swill.
this is the one for me...try having a cob of corn salted and buttered with one of these..don't ask me why , but the Alchemy of it is amazing. And does not work the same with any other beer..


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Winter is my favourite time of the year...along with Fall coming a close second..summer has turned into hell..humid with pollution sticking to your skin..although the complete destruction of coal fired energy plants has turned Toronto from this ;

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smoggy city

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not as smoggy anymore

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Re: Winter festivities

Post by TharpaChodron » Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:58 pm

Ayu wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:35 pm
I don't find it really offensive, but I have to add: one of the most saddening things about Christmas time are the many lonely drunken people in town.
Where do you see these lonely drunks, are they sitting alone in bars? I fear that's my future someday...no kids, distant family spread across the country. Maybe I should move to Germany. :|

Speaking of, my Dharma center which is two hours away celebrates Thanksgiving together with a big feast and I really want to start going there to avoid ever having a future such as what you mention.

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Re: Winter festivities

Post by Ayu » Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:45 pm

TharpaChodron wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:58 pm
Ayu wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:35 pm
I don't find it really offensive, but I have to add: one of the most saddening things about Christmas time are the many lonely drunken people in town.
Where do you see these lonely drunks, are they sitting alone in bars? I fear that's my future someday...no kids, distant family spread across the country. Maybe I should move to Germany. :|
In December you see them everywhere in the streets, the subway. They try to have a good time. They try to stand christmas. :shrug:
Speaking of, my Dharma center which is two hours away celebrates Thanksgiving together with a big feast and I really want to start going there to avoid ever having a future such as what you mention.
I think you'll be able to warm them up with your inner light. Won't you? :smile:
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Hate is too great a burden to bear.
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Re: Winter festivities

Post by TharpaChodron » Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:21 am

I hope so. This got me thinking and coming up with some ideas. I worked for years at a homeless shelter for young adults, age 18-21, and we would always have volunteers come and celebrate with the kids during the holidays. So, it's probably time to start doing some volunteering of my own. :smile:

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Re: Winter festivities

Post by tiagolps » Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:52 am

TharpaChodron wrote:
Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:21 am
I hope so. This got me thinking and coming up with some ideas. I worked for years at a homeless shelter for young adults, age 18-21, and we would always have volunteers come and celebrate with the kids during the holidays. So, it's probably time to start doing some volunteering of my own. :smile:
That's the spirit of the season after all.

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Homage to you, blissful, virtuous and peaceful,
Enjoy the domain of the tranquil nirvana.
Fully possessing the om and the soha,
You overcome even the greatest of evils.

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Re: Winter festivities

Post by Queequeg » Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:40 pm

I forgot about Thanksgiving. Wonderful holiday.

The good will of the first one was undermined by the subsequent genocide of Native Americans. Along with the gratitude that is celebrated that day, we try to also remember the cruelty and moral failures that are inextricable factors in almost everything we consider "good."

http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiv ... anksgiving
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Re: Winter festivities

Post by DGA » Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:13 am

DGA wrote:
Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:47 pm
Queequeg wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:16 pm
DGA wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:44 pm
I'm a year-round drinker but no one asked about spring, summer, or fall

winter is time for bourbon and rye. Or well-aged, fruity reds. I like the booze that gives teenagers the worst hangovers
I'm partial to the ryes - year round. These days my go to is Michters. I don't even need to go out of my way to buy it anymore - my amazing wife restocks when I run low! What's your whisk(e)y of choice?
I will try Michters on your recommendation.
I did. It was good! I liked it a lot.

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Re: Winter festivities

Post by Simon E. » Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:41 am

tiagolps wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:33 pm
So, what/how do you all celebrate on the winter time? Christmas with christian family? More pagan roots with Yule/saturnalia type feast? Or nothing at all?

How do you connect this festive season with dharma? I like the idea of celebrating the winter solstice. Any practice associated with this particular date in, for example the tibetan calendar?
We celebrate with family. Traditional British Christmas roast..although the older tradition, beef not turkey. Christmas pudding, mince pies, a glass of something nice from Bordeaux. We'll visit a Crib in one of the big London churches. Watch 'A Christmas Carol' on TV. Go to Sadlers Wells to the ballet to see their Christmas production.
We are not Tibetan. We are not conflicted about the fact. :smile:
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Any minor world that breaks apart
Can fall together again.
Any major dude will tell you."

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Re: Winter festivities

Post by jkarlins » Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:28 am

cool! My family used to watch a TV version of "A Child's Christmas in Wales," that's about as English as we got

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Re: Winter festivities

Post by Simon E. » Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:33 am

Welsh people would of course protest that they aren't English! :smile:
But yes it's lovely. My daughter used to read Dyan Thomas's original story every Christmas when she was a girl.
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Re: Winter festivities

Post by Kim O'Hara » Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:25 pm

The Christmas - New Year week is as near as we get to an extended national holiday.
Christmas lunch is usually a matter of seafood or barbeques - or both - and is usually followed by an ice-cream plum pudding and a siesta. Every family with young children spends the rest of the week at the beach, camping if they can find a spot for the van or the tent. New Year's Eve is an outdoor event, unless we can't get to one of the fireworks shows like the Sydney Harbour Bridge one http://www.sydneyhappydeals.com.au/wp-c ... papers.jpg and choose to watch it on TV instead.
Oh, and the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race http://cdn.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-co ... age006.jpg starts on Boxing Day, and there's the cricket - sorry, the Cricket. And Beer.

:smile:
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Re: Winter festivities

Post by jkarlins » Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:00 pm

Simon E. wrote:
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:33 am
Welsh people would of course protest that they aren't English! :smile:
But yes it's lovely. My daughter used to read Dyan Thomas's original story every Christmas when she was a girl.
Yes, maybe I’ll read it this year.ithink there’s also a good version of him reading it out loud. What a voice.

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Re: Winter festivities

Post by jkarlins » Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:02 pm

Kim O'Hara wrote:
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:25 pm
The Christmas - New Year week is as near as we get to an extended national holiday.
Christmas lunch is usually a matter of seafood or barbeques - or both - and is usually followed by an ice-cream plum pudding and a siesta. Every family with young children spends the rest of the week at the beach, camping if they can find a spot for the van or the tent. New Year's Eve is an outdoor event, unless we can't get to one of the fireworks shows like the Sydney Harbour Bridge one http://www.sydneyhappydeals.com.au/wp-c ... papers.jpg and choose to watch it on TV instead.
Oh, and the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race http://cdn.sailingscuttlebutt.com/wp-co ... age006.jpg starts on Boxing Day, and there's the cricket - sorry, the Cricket. And Beer.

:smile:
Kim
Nice, yeah seafood and barbecue are not mutually exclusive

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Re: Winter festivities

Post by Fortyeightvows » Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:22 am

Thus have I heard, at one time the lord was staying at the north pole together with a great assembly of elves and a great assembly of reindeer. With the divine eye he saw which beings had been naughty and which beings had been nice. Then followed the discourse on the merits which lead to presents and the transgressions which bring coal. A holy tree arose from the ground. Then the great being, holding bell and candy cane pronounced the mantra: HO! HO! HO! the mantra that illuminates and brings cheer. Then Lord Santa enters through one's chimney and abides together with his secret consort Mrs Clause and fills the devotee with spirit and cheer. How does one who wishes to abide in this teaching practice this great mantra?
On the 24th night of the 12th month: the devotee who wishes to practice this sutra of the Father of Christmas, should make offering of milk and cookies before resting. Thus was spoken the great sutra of the Father of Christmas.

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