Just a quick aside, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was totally awesome. If you like musicals and/or you’re a fan of ABBA, you have GOT to go see it. Trust me on this one.

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Song Lyric Sunday 7/29/18 – Always in the Past

Song Lyric Sunday is once again upon us and our theme is “street.” Well, my default selection for this theme I have already used (namely “Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day) so I had to think of something else.

So that’s when I stumbled across this mostly forgotten gem of a song. Though not about streets, one verse makes reference to streets paved with gold so it will have to do for this week.

With that, here is the song “Always in the Past,” a 1989 song off of the album The Seeds of Love – an album title which should give most of you a very important clue to the band behind this song.
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Uhhh…ahem…yeah…them AGAIN! Sorry :-/

(Written by Roland Orzabal and Ian Stanley)

Money can’t change the way you feel
Smoke stains on your fingertips
Made for life is no big deal
When there’s something behind you that just doesn’t fit

And I can’t stop thinking
Always in the past
No, no, I just can’t stop thinking
Always in the past
It was always in

Smoke screens up at the break of day
Boy you must had a lonely night
And did your dreams reveal God’s plan?
Did heaven say you’re gonna make it alright

And I can’t stop thinking
Always in the past
No, no, I just can’t stop thinking
Always in the past
It was always in

Walk those streets
Paved with gold
You and I we are one and the same
We’ve got a whole lot of soul
Dance those steps
Of the ancient plague
You could sharpen knives on the famous lives
That were never saved

And I can’t stop thinking
Always in the past
No, no, I just can’t stop thinking
Always in the past
It was always in

And I can’t stop thinking
Always in the past
No, no, I just can’t stop thinking
Always in the past
It was always in
Source: Google Search

Sorry, best I could do this week. Maybe I’ll do better next week.

Facebook Jail…

Well they say Facebook can be quite a bad thing at times and I just got the short end of that stick.

Got into it with someone over the merits of existence and/or the right to die on the Libertarian Party’s page and I guess it was determined that I was actively promoting suicide/euthanasia (note: I was not, I was merely defending the right of people to carry the action out) so I got slapped with a 24 hour ban. Go figure right?

Oh well. There are worse things in life. If you are my friend on FB and have tried to message me in the past several hours just know I’m not ignoring you. I can’t reply until I’m out of jail apparently (which is stupid – I can understand restricting posting but not messenger).

Cigar Review: Primos Estate Selection Habano Criollo Rosado

This offering from Blanco Cigars features a Nicaraguan Habano Rosado wrapper over Honduran binder and Nicaraguan, Honduran and Peruvian long fillers.

This is what I will call a “price point” stick – it’s not super budget like the Primos Classic line but not as expensive as Blanco’s higher end offerings. This blend ranges from about $6.45-$7.20/stick** depending on vitola. The size reviewed here is a 7″ x 52RG Double Corona.

The first light revealed a perfect draw producing thick plumes of thick medium bodied smoke. Flavors consisted of a sweet cream and raisin on the draw with a hint of pepper and aromatic cedar on the retrohale.

Getting into the first third we see much more of the same but with an added note of nuts on the draw and a milk chocolate on the finish. Very complex yet smooth flavors holding at a medium body with everything blended together perfectly. Into the 2nd third we see a substantial transition with the nuts taking on more of a leather on the draw while retaining the other flavors. The last third sees a big shift with the leather really becoming the star of the show while the other flavors take a back seat. The smoke started going too warm for my taste at 1 hour 40 minutes for an excellent burn time while the nicotine strength came up to match the body at a medium.

As with every Blanco I’ve ever had this cigar exhibited flawless construction with a razor sharp burn line and an ash that holds on a third at a time. A small touch up was required at the start of the final third but I’ll attribute that to the elevated humidity level at the time I smoked this cigar for review.

This would make a great mid-day cigar – middle of the road in body and strength but still having a great deal of complexity. I would say it smokes above its price point so I’m giving it a very favorable rating: 4.5/5.

Pair with a nice cup of coffee, a Jamaican rum or a Pinot Noir for best results.

**Price direct from Blanco Cigars.

Beer Review: Barrel Runner

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a beer review here so I figured it was time. With that, let’s get into today’s topic: Barrel Runner.

This is an American Double IPA aged in Rum barrels hailing from Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It weighs in at 11.1% ABV, 55 IBUs and an unspecified gravity rating.

Pours a hazy goldenrod/orange color with about 1″ of frothy cream colored head that sticks around and laces the glass like crazy. Rum smell is up front and center, supported by tones of orange zest, grapefruit and rose petal. Rum is once again the star of the show on the palate, hitting you with that characteristic brown sugar/fruity sweetness straight away. Undertones of banana, pineapple and yeasty bread toward the center of the palate and finishing out with a substantial but not overpowering grapefruit hop zing. Thick body with medium carbonation, this drinks way too easily for its weight.

If you like rum, double IPA or both, you have got to try this. Complex blend of flavors without being too hoppy to put off non-IPA people. Drink alone or paired with vanilla ice cream on a hot day – this is almost a dessert beer. Rating: 4.5/5.

Welcome to Sunday Social

Let’s all go mingle at Rachel’s for Sunday Social. It’s been awhile!

Rachel McKee~Illuminated Literation

Sunday Social is a place to mingle, collaborate, and share our blogs. Sunday Social is one more place where you can share a post that maybe didn’t get as much feedback as you were hoping for. Sunday Social is a place to meet new bloggers.

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Song Lyric Sunday 7/22/18 – The Name of the Game

Song Lyric Sunday is once again upon us, and our theme this week is “speak.” Well, I’ve had a particular band on my mind the past few days so songs by this band are all I could think of and I arrived at this one.

With the release of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again this week, ABBA has been front and center in my musical choices this week. No, I’ve not yet seen it but I hope to soon; I’ve just not found a lady friend to go see it with yet. A guy seeing a chick flick by himself? Yeah, that would look weird as hell. Luckily the bartender at my watering hole wants to see it and her husband has no interest so we’ll probably go see it together sometime this week.

Anyway, I digress. As ABBA is all I could think of this week and they’re probably my second favorite band behind TFF (weird I know, totally different style and totally different lyrical content!), I figured I’d make one of their songs fit and I think I did. Though the word “speak” never appears in the lyrics, the word “talk” does as does the phrase “the sound of your voice” so that’s close enough isn’t it? Well I hope so.

With that, here is the song “The Name of the Game” by ABBA (written by Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson):

I’ve seen you twice, in a short time
Only a week since we started
It seems to me, for every time
I’m getting more open-hearted

I was an impossible case
No-one ever could reach me
But I think I can see in your face
There’s a lot you can teach me
So I wanna know..

What’s the name of the game?
Does it mean anything to you?
What’s the name of the game?
Can you feel it the way I do?
Tell me please, ’cause I have to know
I’m a bashful child, beginning to grow

And you make me talk
And you make me feel
And you make me show
What I’m trying to conceal
If I trust in you, would you let me down?
Would you laugh at me, if I said I care for you?
Could you feel the same way too?
I wanna know..

The name of the game

I have no friends, no-one to see
And I am never invited
Now I am here, talking to you
No wonder I get excited

Your smile, and the sound of your voice
And the way you see through me
Got a feeling, you give me no choice
But it means a lot to me
So I wanna know..

What’s the name of the game?
(Your smile and the sound of your voice)
Does it mean anything to you?
(Got a feeling you give me no choice)
But it means a lot, what’s the name of the game?
(Your smile and the sound of your voice)
Can you feel it the way I do?
Tell me please, ’cause I have to know
I’m a bashful child, beginning to grow

And you make me talk
And you make me feel
And you make me show
What I’m trying to conceal
If I trust in you, would you let me down?
Would you laugh at me, if I said I care for you?
Could you feel the same way too?
I wanna know..
Oh yes I wanna know..

The name of the game
(I was an impossible case)
Does it mean anything to you?
(But I think I can see in your face)
That it means a lot
What’s the name of the game?
(Your smile and the sound of your voice)
Can you feel it the way I do?
(Got a feeling you give me no choice)
But it means a lot, what’s the name of the game?
(I was an impossible case)
Does it mean anything to you?
(But I think I can see in your face)
That it means a lot
Source: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/abba/thenameofthegame.html

That’s all for this week. Hope you enjoyed and see you next week!