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Tis a sad day

I said goodbye to an old friend tonight.  It was a spectacularly glorious evening for my old friend to disappear into the night forever.  I can tell you this, my life with never be the same.  It is with a heavy heart that I share this news.

He’d been on this earth since 1971.  Damn, compared to me he was but a youngster.

He’d been on the shelf since 1997.  What a lucky catch he was.

Tonight as we sat together and shared his last moments I remembered something I had read years ago:

“a small quantity of the best casks are set aside to slumber even longer in the mellowing oak; until the contents are released, as here, to offer you one of life’s few genuinely incomparable experiences.”

And what a genuinely incomparable experience I did have with my old friend.  

What a time was had by all.  What memories we’ll share. 

Good bye old friend, your spirit will live long with me.

One day we will meet again and a new adventure or two we will share.

Good bye old friend, you will always make my heart warm and I shall know you as simply –

The Macallan
39 year old Anniversary Malt

Cheers

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Shhhh, I got a secret.

Somewhere deep in the recesses of my mind – did I say deep, I meant really, really deep –  an alarm went off and I sat up in bed, wide awake, with an overwhelming urge to drive over to Gobblers Knob.  Oh yeah, it was 4am.

Gobblers knob, sounds like a bad title for a Porn Movie.  Nope, not a movie,  it is the home of that damn weather predicting ground-hog.  Yep, the same one that saw his damn shadow today, meaning that there will be 6 more weeks of winter.

HELLO ground-hog dude.  It is 6 more weeks til spring, hence 6 more weeks of winter.  You didn’t need to come out of some damn burrow to figure that one out.

Ah, the Vernal equinox.  March 20, 2010 at precisely 1:32 pm.  What the hell is an equinox?  It is when day and night are equal in length.  As the Pagans would say, “light equals darkness.”  The Vernal equinox is a significant date for many folks – Pagan and Christian.  For example Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal equinox. 

Huh?  Yep – Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal equinox.  Ouch, my brain hurts.

The Pagan’s associate the Vernal equinox with the goddess of dawn and the festival of new growth.  The goddess is Eostre and often appears with a basket of eggs and a rabbit.  In the Pagan world the Vernal equinox is a day that symbolizes rebirth, rejuvenation, dawn and new growth.

Scrrrrrrreeeeeachhhhhhhh.  That was me slamming my brakes on.

I feel like an ignorant fool.  It took me to this moment to understand what I was typing about the Vernal equinox and the link between Pagan and Christian celebrations around the equinox.

Is it my imagination or does the name of the Pagan Goddess, Eostre, seem way to similar to the name of the Christian celebration called Easter. 

Eostre is typically pictured with a basket of eggs and a rabbit.  That’s a bit of a stumper, I’ve never seen a basket of eggs and a rabbit together, especially around Easter.  Damn, it’s all making sense to me.  I told you I was slow.

Now to figure out where those baby jeebus, chocolate eggs come from.  Hmmmmmm?

Happy GHD folks.  The good news is the length of our day here in the northern hemisphere continues to get longer (sorry our Southern Hemisphere friends) as we slowly march towards spring.  We’ll be out in the garden very soon.

Happy Bday bro a little jingle to make us smile:  http://popup.lala.com/popup/576742231816205383

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