Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Keurig Khristmas

This year we flirted with disaster and decided to mess with one of the most sacred and coveted processes; the making of the mighty cup of COFFEE. It began with an instant double volley. Debbie bought me a Keurig Mini B30 one cupper, and I got her the larger B60 model. Dualing Christmas presents if you will. I was skeptical, since we're both sort of Coffee-Snobs. While we don't (yet) roast our own, but we DO grind our own beans. The price of the individual K-cups is not cheap, but there are deals to be had, and the clincher for me was when I discovered the My K-Cup reusable filter, meaning no more total reliance on those oft-pricey K-Cups. It's only been 5 days so I'm not sure if it's a novelty thing, but we sure love these things. I had both coffee and English Breakfast tea this morning. Yes there are Tea K-Cups, as well as Cocoa / Hot Chocolate. The cost is in the 40 cents per cup range; not cheap but with our regular pot, I notice we throw lots of coffee down the drain so I'm not sure we were getting off much cheaper. One thing I can say though, these things make a consistent cup of coffee at 192 F. The larger model can adjust the temperature, as well as cup size (no bra jokes please). Anyway, drop by for a cup...
The B60 for the Kitchen
The B30, for my office :)
How a K-Cup does it
The reusable filter
I haven't tried the Kahlua yet...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Banjo Dad :)

This is kind of neat; I found an old Diploma that my Father got in 1935...in Tenor Banjo no less...
(click on the picture for a larger version)
I wondered how he came across such an institution, and a Google search turned up the following ad from a 1926 Popular Mechanics magazine..I'm thinking this is where he found it, as Popular Mechanics was the 2nd gospel in our home :) apparently the Siegel-Myers School of Music in Chicago was quite the place...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Another sign of winter

The Grand Vitara now has some new slippers. 4 new GT Champiro ICEPRO SUV winter tires on "Genuine" Suzuki steel rims. I tried to re-use the winter alloys from the old SX4, but the mechanic said they rubbed on the brake caliper. Always fun going from 17" to 16" wheels. I guess they will go to Kijiji in an effort to minimize the financial bleed. I haven't seen Debbie since  :)

Decent tread...should have some "bite"
I kind of like the rims. Clean and basic but not like the normal ugly black steelies

Winter Reprieve

Over the last 12 months, I've taken off in an airplane 50 times, from 16 different airports. From normal sounding names like Toronto an...

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