No meeting reports
since we haven’t had a meeting since the last one. There was a
snow storm, and then it was Christmas Eve, and then it was New
There will be a meeting as usual tomorrow
night, January 7, at 7:45pm but my furnace isn’t working, so it
will be at Stuart’s. He lives at 1328 Broadway, Unit #2, in
Somerville, and his phone number is (617) 776-0065.
Although we just had a party, we’ve decided it’s time for
another one. Barney Gage will be in town for the weekend, so
anyone who wants to is welcome to come over to my place on Sunday
evening, January 12. Some of us will be at West Gallery in Newton
Highlands until 5, so the party can’t get started until 6 or so.
We will do some combination of eating, drinking, playing,
singing, and telling war stories. Let me know if you want to come
and whether you’re bringing food.
I’ve been counting votes in Cambridge instead of putting out
meeting reports, so here are several.
Meeting report, November 26
Loeillet, Sonata in A minor
Hymn tune warmups
Byrd, O Lord my God
Palestrina, Vestiva i Colli
Adieu mes amours, Des Prez, Moutons
Guerrero, Adios me amor
Cavendish, Come, gentle swains
Meeting report, December 3
Lots of Susato
Des Pres, Mille regrets
Susato, Les miens aussi
Lassus, Bonjours mon coeur
Certon, Chantons Noël
Praetorius, Lo how a rose
Star in the east
Meeting report, December 10
Deloach, A Baroque Christmas
Quem Pastores Laudavere
Arbeau, Bransle Officiele
Praetorius, Psallite, Von Himmel Hoch, In dulci jubilo, Puer
Josquin, Adieu mes amours, Mille regrets, O Venus bant
We will meet as usual on December 17.
We will not meet on December 24.
I’m easy about meeting on December 31, but I would expect most
poeple to feel that they had something either more exciting or
less exciting that they’d prefer to do that evening, given we’re
having the party on January 1. Let me know by the December 17
meeting if you would like to come over on December 31. And
consider it a commitment – I’ll be annoyed if I turn down
invitations or don’t go to First Night and then nobody
shows up. I’ll schedule a meeting if at least two people want one.
The Christmas party is on January 1 at 4 PM. Please invite all
your friends, especially people you feel might be interested in
joining us on Tuesdays some of the time.
After that, we will resume meeting as usual on Tuesdays at 7:45 PM at my place.
When I had my kitchen redone in 1996, I put in a cabinet with glass
doors and interior lighting for displaying my glassware. The
problem with the incandescent light bars my contractor used was
that they burned out after a year or two, and I had to go to Home
Depot to replace them, and so it was frequently not lit at
So I decided that in this day and age, one should use LED’s for
that kind of application, and they wouldn’t burn out for a long
They had just run out of the first thing I picked off of
their list (this time of year it’s really heavy on pumpkin
beers, which I don’t see any need for), so I had the cask. It
was their ESB, which is a good session beer, dry-hopped with
Chinook, and the people sitting next to me recommended it
highly, and after I recommended it highly one of the other worts
had one and also really liked it. I had joined earlier than I
said I would because it felt like lunch time, so I also had the
biscuits and gravy. They’ve changed it since the last time I
had it — it used to be two large biscuits and an enormous
amount of gravy on a plate, and I ended up taking about half of
both the biscuits and the gravy home. Now they give you a board with
three smaller biscuits and a bowl of gravy. So I ate all the
biscuits and ended up taking about half the gravy home. I also
bought two growlers. I live pretty close to between here and
the next stop, so I dropped them off at home. I joined 4 people
who had already had lunch at Meadhall.
I had the Trillium Valley buckwheat. At first I thought it
was a little sweet, but I got used to it pretty fast and really
enjoyed it. Several people ordered food, so I
took a donut someone offered me. I was also offered fritters
and corn cakes, but didn’t have anywhere to put them after the
biscuits and gravy and the donut and the beer.
I had the Milk Stout Nitro. People had had it at both Lord
Hobo and the Meadhall, and enjoyed it a lot, so I ordered one
here. Again, I had to get used to how sweet it was, but once I
was, I was sorry to see the end of it.
The Jack’s Abbey Kiwi Rising Double IPL. A nice dose (some
would say overdose) of hops to cut the sweetness of the last two
beers. We lost a several people after this stop, but were
joined by a new person.
The beer list here was a lot less stellar than the other
places. I had a Leffe Brown Ale. The new person from the last
stop was joined by his wife here.
I came here because they promised me good onion rings. I
had a Sierra Nevada Torpedo and a Black and Blue Burger with
onion rings. The onion rings were OK, but I like the ones at
Doyles better. The burger was outstanding, but I had to take
almost half of it home. Sammy agrees that it was good, but he
doesn’t seem to like blue cheese.
Apologies to Sloan for cutting some of his head off. The
camera on my phone is much better than the display, so I really
couldn’t see the composition of the picture at all when I took it.
I know this blog isn’t where you usually go for pretty pictures, but this NASA page has some really wonderful pictures of Saturn taken by the Cassini spacecraft. Be sure and watch the slideshow if you want more pictures.
I had been surprised
by the way they pronounced it in the production I saw. If you
care, the New York Times has a long article on the
subject. The short version is that both pronounciations have
history behind them.