THANKS for the input


I just thought I’d let everyone know that the wine label decision ended in a tie. Actually, Pompous Beeatch won by about 4-5 votes over Minnehaha Whiney which had about 3 votes and everything else had either one or two votes; but I made the executive decision to use the Whiney name on the Shiraz and the Pompous name on the bottles that I trade (I’m hoping to get 5 each cab, merlot and white zin). My ‘running-winemaking’ friend sent me these for the labels.


Who is G.K. Chesterton and do I win the $10?

A Hymn: O God of Earth and Altar

  • God of earth and altar,
    Bow down and hear our cry,
    Our earthly rulers falter,
    Our people drift and die;
    The walls of gold entomb us,
    The swords of scorn divide,
    Take not thy thunder from us,
    But take away our pride.
  • From all that terror teaches,
    From lies of tongue and pen,
    From all the easy speeches
    That comfort cruel men,
    From sale and profanation
    Of honour and the sword,
    From sleep and from damnation,
    Deliver us, good Lord.
  • Tie in a living tether
    The prince and priest and thrall,
    Bind all our lives together,
    Smite us and save us all;
    In ire and exultation
    Aflame with faith, and free,
    Lift up a living nation,
    A single sword to thee.
  • – G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

    A Lyrics Challenge from Al

    Al’s recent comments:

    I am not certain where to put (or perhaps “putt”) things that I write. What if I want to vote for Minehaha Whinery AND discuss another important issue as well? (Such as the mouse in my home that unfortuneately/unfortunatley/unfortuneatley/regrettably/regretabley/sadly is NOT “taking a dirt nap.”) What if I also would like to make some contributions to the “Quote of the Day?” (Didn’t these start as song lyrics and then digres?? to idiotic comments from morons?)

    Here is a song lyric challenge: Name the group: “God of earth and altar, bow down and hear our cry. Our earthly rulers falter, our people drift and die. Walls of gold entomb us, swords of scorn divide. Take not thy thunder from us, but take away our pride.”–(did I get all that in the right order, ed)?


    Editors note: Put your darn comments anywhere you want to put them. Or I’ll tell you where to put them!

    Another editors note: I believe that would be “unfortunately, regrettably and digress” I’ll teach you how to use spell check in msword one of these days, it’s a pretty advanced computer skill though– so for now just practice cutting (control x), copying (control c) and pasting (control v).

    Final editors note: I’ll bet it is a heavy metal group from the 80’s–White Snake? I could probably google it and figure it out.

    Bielschowsky Shiraz


    Another idea would be Bielschowsky Shiraz. Named after a silver stain we use to look for neurofibrillary tangles in order to make an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. I could use the tag-line:


    Don Omar thought this would be cute. It would be distinctive, but also obscure, so I am still sort of leaning toward Minnehaha Whiney Shiraz.

    Minnehaha Whiney Shiraz and Pompous Beeatch Shiraz


    Potential photo for Minnehaha Whiney Syrah

    This weekend is probably the latest I can wait for a name for my wine. Haus Frau and Al–what do you think? You are both pretty creative. Toby and Tiger haven’t commented yet either. I would be happy for a suggestion from random blog surfers as well.




    How about this photo for the label if I use Pompous Beeatch.  Maybe I could put a beret on his head.


    PLEASE HELP–I need a name by the end of the month for my wine labels.

    I need help naming the Shiraz that I am making in my wine making class. I am told that the grape can also be called a Syrah so I think it would be reasonable to put this on the label instead. Eventually I need to design the whole label– but first I need a name. I don’t really need a name for the ‘winery’ since I am only making a single batch of 30 bottles, but I had a few ideas for winery names as well so I will probably include one. Please comment on my proposals below and/or submit a new proposal if you’re feeling creative. Input regarding the label graphic/design would also be appreciated, but I suppose I need to choose the wine name first. It will be a sweet fruity wine. My ideas are ranked roughly in my order of preference.


    Verklempt (winery)

    Winey (Whiney?) marathoner shiraz


    Baroque winery

    Salacious shiraz


    Endangered Neuron winery

    Lethonomia syrah

    (the inability to recall the names of people)


    Minnecentric winery

    Minnehaha syrah


    Schadenfreude (Schadenfreudah) syrah


    Pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. Failing to discreetly conceal this pleasure constitutes a schadenfreudian slip.

    Boolah moolah syrah

    Just becaws shiraz

    Not in Oz shiraz

    Happy paws shiraz

    Hurrah Syrah

    Soigne (Swan-ya) Syrah

    SWAN-ya (French)

    an adjective meaning very well groomed.

    Sesquipedalian shiraz


    using excessively long words (such as sesquipedalian); any such word. Literally “one-and-a-half feet”

    Dysania syrah


    the state of finding it hard to get out of bed

    Logorrhoea syrah

    Logorrhoea excessive talking



    Hopping, Bouncing and ‘Putter-Togethering’

    Dear me, I’m afraid I’ve almost been shamed into writing something about Christmas!

    As to the Christmas-time pool playing, I was smart enough to not show my skills. I believe I am more of the “hop and bounce” school of play. However, I do seem to remember that someone almost broke the game room glass door!!
    Christmas was a lot of fun. We were all sorry that Kitty couldn’t make it….she ALMOST did. There was a short window of opportunity between the time the Albuquerque airport was open and the Denver airport was closed. I do believe she enjoyed the time off from work in Denver.
    Karrie did not mention her new skill. She is the champion jig saw puzzle “putter together”!!! (editors note: wouldn’t that be puter together-er–as long as you’re making up words, you may as well go all out) I think the final total was 5 puzzles plus another half (the Eiffel tower was quite a challenge). All that and numerous walks (and trips to the kitchen!). The only problem was that she was so busy with puzzles, I never got any game playing in. Oh well, there is always the next time. Except I have some REALLY challenging puzzles for her then.
    I’m not sure that this is exactly what the editor wanted from me but it is a new year and I’m another year older and not much wiser. HAPPY NEW YEAR to Karrie’s family and friends!




    I can’t believe I didn’t mention the Albuquerque snow!!! Everyone knows about Denver but the national news doesn’t bother with poor little Albuquerque! We had over 14 inches….we just don’t get any respect. It is the most snow we’ve had in the 31 years we’ve lived here. Tiger hasn’t shoveled snow since we left Minnesota!! Our snow usually melts in 24 hours….not this stuff! Our roads are still a mess. Interstate 40 and 25 were both closed. Our governor told us to stay home New Year’s Eve….we complied!!

    Editors note: I believe the hopping and bouncing was the q-ball and not Toby herself– although there may have been some of that as well, as she says …this was not a skill she was showing off while we were in ABQ. And yes, I do believe Salvatore was responisble for the most impressive of the hop and bounces, which luckily did not break the cue ball or the sliding glass door.