Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Democrats debate

If someone had predicted that a Sherlock and a Holmes would be asking questions of Democratic candidates in a debate moderated  by the chief of police, I would have said "you're crazy".

However, this did happen. Yes, Monday evening in Franklin. A power outage moved the event from the middle school to the Municipal Building but that only helped to spice up the event.

Rick Holmes, an opinion editor for the MetroWest Daily News, joined me in asking questions of the two candidates, Jeff Roy and Peter Padula. These two are facing off in the Democratic primary on Thursday, Sep 6th. One will go on to face the winner of the Republic primary held the same day. The Republicans have three candidates campaigning for this seat, C Stolle Singleton, John Jewell, and Rich Eustis

Questions I used came from this listing.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Lowell Folk Festival - recap via sherku - part 1

sherku: spirit 
words don't much
matter when
sent forth with
good music
Lowell Folk

sherku: black hat 
broad brimmed
black hat carried
waved, gestured
part of his dance

sherku: morning 
great day
in the morning
Claire Lynch Band
gets great start
with funky
bluegrass music

sherku: swing 
who knew that
could fiddle
a swing beat
so let's swing
lost in music

sherku: rhythm 
no need
no fancy
hands slap thighs
and steel toe shoes
find the rhythm

sherku: booming blues 
do you hear
Magic Slim
and the Teardrops
play the blues
keeping the
storms away

sherku: dancing 
in their chairs
in the aisles
on the dance floor
these blues got
everyone moving

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Lowell Folk Festival

My annual trip to Lowell for the wonderful event called the "Lowell Folk Festival" is on tap for today. 6 hours of good music across a variety of genres.

For more info on the Festival including the schedule and performers, visit their web page

These photos are from the Festival last year:

Thursday, July 26, 2012


Almost the end of July. Half way through the traditional summertime associated with the school calendar. I have taken some time off and have more planned.

Enjoy your summer!

I hope you have either taken sometime off or plan to do so as well.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

thoughts on the run - 7

You may not like clouds. Clouds can bring rain and storms.

Shrewsbury, MA sunset

On a day with no clouds, you don't see real good sunsets!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Deja Brew: Bottling night

As noted a couple of weeks ago, the Band of Brewers had put together 6 more kettles of beer to bring our total overall to 196. We returned on Friday night to bottle those kettles of beer to take home and enjoy (in moderation of course!).

DejaBrew - bottling station

For the record, there was a bottle cap mix up and what was previously posted for Stunner to have the S labeled cap ended up with the B.

Blueberry Ale = S

California Dreamin = C

Double Scotch Ale = D

Iron Man IPA  = I

Stunner = B

Worcester County Bitter = blank caps

Friday, July 20, 2012

thoughts on the run - 6

The recent heat spell seems to have left New England for now. It will be back, New England is know for changes in it's weather. Which also provides opportunities for frequent reminders on how to beat the heat!

running in the shade

One tip that works for my running is to run in the shade. Amazing to feel how cool it is as you move from direct sunlight into the shade! Too bad that I have yet to find a road completely shaded with stretches along each side of the road so you can switch from time to time.

Looking for such a shaded road also gives you a good excuse to go running!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Families are ...

Cousin Elaine sends this along that had been typed by her mother (Pauline) and that still hangs on her own refrigerator as a constant reminder.

Well said!

This was also posted to Jerry's Story

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

sweat mark

Dolores and I have a weekend routine of walking together. On Saturday, we walk together. On Sunday, she'll walk. I'll run and we'll time it to rendezvous somewhere near one of Franklin's coffee shops.

I arrived early one Sunday and sat to stretch. When I stood up I realized I left a sweat mark on the ground.

wet sweat spot

It didn't last long. It was so warm, the moisture quickly evaporated.

Monday, July 16, 2012

DejaBrew: July Brewsletter

As a frequent visitor to DejaBrew, if you'd like to know more about them, here is a copy of their recent newsletter.

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Deja Brew Brewsletter
July 2012

Thanks for taking the time to read and respond to my monthly brewsletter. It's greatly appreciated! I like hearing back from you all so please keep it up!

You can only drink thirty to forty beers a day, no matter how rich you are. - Adolphus A. Busch. 

If you'd like to forward the Brewsletter to a friend, just click on the "Forward to a Friend" button below.   

My apologies for missing a couple of Brewsletters.. Time has gotten away from me. 

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In this issue
:: Free Beer or Wine?
:: What's New @ Deja Brew?
:: Port Wines - Only once a year.
:: Winefest
:: Half Batch Variety Night

Free Beer or Wine?  You Bet!

As many of you know, I'm working as a mortgage consultant for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Westborough MA. If you're looking to purchase a home or refinance, give me a call @ 508-616-1019, or drop me an email @ Ray Schavone . I'll let you know what I can do to help you move forward. If we chose to work together, you'll get a free batch of beer or wine as a closing gift.   

Thanks to the folks who reached out to me regarding a refinance or purchase. It looks like we'll be giving away some closing gifts soon. WooHoo!

What's New at Deja Brew???

- Dave's got a new full time gig, work at Genzyme. This was a great move for him, and I'm happy for him. If you want to congratulate him, you'll have to stop by Monday's at Half Batch.

- Once again, it looks like the Deja Brew family is growing. Nick and M.B. have a beautiful baby girl. Soon another brewer unleashed!     

They're Back, They're Back! The Port Wines are back!

Place your Pre-order

The old Stand By; Chocolate Raspberry Port Wine:

Bursting with rich, intense flavors and aromas, this wine has a traditional Port character of warm, rounded cherry and plum, supported by a racy zing of bright raspberry, perfumed and gently tart, giving way to luscious liquid chocolate - beguiling with dark, bittersweet aromas of coffee and vanilla. Its like an entire chocolaterie in a glass! Toasty hints of oak guide the way to a long, rich finish.

I couldn't have said that better myself. I'm sorry but I had to share that description. ;^)

And a new addition this year; Chocolate Orange Port;

Rich with an intricate melange of lively flavors and rich aromas of dark chocolate with refreshing citrus and vanilla notes. A full bodied palate experience and a finely balanced combination of chocolate and hints of orange peel.

Melange. Don't you just love that word? It's fun just to say it.

Donna will be buying inventory for the store. And they'll be available first come, first served. If you'd like to ensure you have the opportunity to make these great wines that are available only once-a-year, you can pre-order.

To pre-order, call the store, and with a $50 deposit, we'll hold the wine until you are available to come and make it.

Deja Brew 508-616-1019  


Wednesday July 25th 2012 @ 6:00 P.M.   

It's a Fruit Fest!! 

 Glass of White Wine 
Nice, flavorful, fruity, light... Mmmmmm chill' em up and drink 'em down. Quite refreshing on these hot days. Luscious & lively. Ladies, these will make your men look good.

Kiwi Pear Sauvignon Blanc, White Cranberry Pinot Gris, Peach Apricot Chardonnay, Strawberry White Merlot, Raspberry White Zin, Exotic Fruit White Zin.

How's that for a great line up?!?!?!

$50 gets you 1 bottle each of 6 different types of wine, with your own label. This event fills up fast! Just give us a call to reserve your spot, 508.842.8991.

Half Batch Variety Night -

Monday July 30th, 2012 @ 6:PM

Summer Time!
I was discussing this with the almighty beer consultant, Dave. You know Dave, right? ACBBD?
And honestly, Dave came up with a good idea! Let's do some original recipes.  At the moment I was rather startled, realizing it was a good idea. And it was Dave's. And so, after some dart throwing and coin tossing, we came up with this selection;

Honey Porter, Jenny Cream Ale, Beaver Back Pale Ale, Award winning Kick Ass Pale Ale, Chestnut Brown, Red Head Ale. I can't wait for bottling night.

$70 gets you 6 bottles of each type of beer. Bottle price not included.  Give us a call at 508-842-8991 to get in on the action. It ought to be a fun night!

Thanks for reading this far. I hope you'll enjoy the future Brewsletters.  Please feel free to forward this Brewsletter to your friends, just click on this link, and type in their email;  Forward to a Friend Thanks again, and we hope to be brewing with you soon.

Be well,

Ray Schavone and the Deja Brew Crew; Donna, Nick, Keith, Joe, Greg and Dave

This email was sent to shersteve@gmail.com by ray@deja-brew.com |  

Deja Brew | 508-842-8991 | 510-B Boston Turnpike Rd. | Shrewsbury | MA | 01545

Sunday, July 15, 2012

soft frozen

Package labeling catches my eye from time to time, especially where there is a disconnect.

Soft frozen lemonade. How is soft like frozen?

Frozen by definition is hard, not soft!

"soft frozen" meaning it really isn't frozen? Not in this case, as it was delivered hard as a rock!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Video Friday

I live for collaboration. Musicians happen to be able to collaborate in a way that is more easily understood and appreciated than most other collaborators. It is easy to hear and see how well they collaborate or perform together. For sports team, project managers and other collaborations it sometimes take longer to appreciate the good work going on. Not with musicians!

If you were only listening to this, would you know each was playing one instrument?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Classical flash mob

Slickly produced classical 'flash mob' from Spain.


Hat tip to Lisa for sharing this!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Thoughts on the run - 5

Death is all around us. We are born and will die. We don't like to think about it but it will come when least expected.

tiger lily

So you can dwell on the morbid side or dwell on the positive side. Find signs of life around you. Find glorious color around you!

Celebrate the time you do have!

Celebrating the legacy of Nick Alfieri, Franklin Conservation Agent

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tuesday afternoon (video)

There is morning, followed by noon, followed by afternoon.

Tuesday afternoon by the Moody Blues and here

From the MondayMorningMemo a couple of weeks ago

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Fenway Park: ground crew handles the tarp

A couple of weeks ago, we took in a Red Sox game at Fenway. There was a rain delay and we got to see the ground crew do its thing with the tarp.


Saturday, July 07, 2012

Band of Brewers

The Band of Brewers gathered at DejaBrew as we did another 6 kettles to bring our total to 196.

In a golf type scoring, these are the top beers we have remade (hence our favorites)!

Place Beer Total
1 Stunner 13
2 Blueberry Ale 10
3 Hearty Christmas Ale 6
3 Lawnmower Lager 6
5 Downtown Brown 5
5 Llevar Porter 5
7 Hirschgarden Marzen 4
7 Wachusett Pale 4
9 Double Scotch Ale 3
9 Dunrovin Stout 3
9 Evil Santa's Ale 3
9 Killer Honey Ale 3
9 Light Irish Stout 3
9 Lobster Claw 3
9 McTartan’s Scotch Ale 3
9 Off Kilter Scotch 3
9 Pumpkin Ale 3
9 Rusty Anchor Lager 3
9 Sammy's Octoberfest 3
20 Bavarian Pilsner 2
20 Chocolate Cream Stout 2
20 Crazed & Confused 2
20 Dean Park Pilsner 2
20 Down Under Lager 2
20 Gnarly Barley Wine 2
20 Goibniu 2
20 Honey Summer Ale 2
20 Mile High Lager 2
20 Oktoberfest Beir 2
20 Piper Scottish Ale 2
20 Red Head Ale 2
20 Red Tail Ale 2
20 Scotch Ale 2
20 Steel Rail Pale Ale 2
20 Tim’s Dim Wit Bier 2
20 Worcester County Bitter 2

and yes, I realize as I copied this in the scoring count is off for the 10th position. Given the tie for 9th, the next position ranking should be 20th.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Thoughts on the run - 4

They say hindsight is 20/20. How good is foresight then?

Someone realizing that the curve of the road could create a dangerous situation put up a mirror. By looking into the mirror, one could then approach and enter the road safely in confidence that the way was clear.

As opposed to having entered the road, gotten into a dangerous situation and then said "I wish I had put a mirror up?"

Do you think ahead?

Thursday, July 05, 2012

St Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow, PA

Stopped in this cemetery on the way home from the Proulx family wedding to find Dad Proulx's sister's resting place.

The cemetery was easy enough to find. We were going to meet someone there who could help us find the spot but then we arrived during lunch time. I decided to take some pictures while waiting ans started exploring.

Took a photo of this statue and looking around realized there were ground markers for all the grave sites in this section. They were all marked with the names of sisters and appeared to be in date order of their passing.

Where I was standing was in the 1930's, so I started walking to find the 40's, then 50's and so forth. I recalled that Mom had mentioned that she remembered it being near a tree. As I walked, I stayed closer to the tree line and voila, there it was!

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Thoughts on the run - 3

Time has just slipped away. I think this is the longest time between posts ever. Oh well, it happened.

After a shower, the rain begins to evaporate. Some puddles remain. The puddles can provide a mirror view to the world around it.

In addition to being good (sometimes) to splash in, the puddles provide a good view.

Look at a puddle the next time, what do you see?