If We Were Having Coffee on the 8th of December, 2018

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in out of the cold!  Shut the door quickly!  Brrrr.  It’s cold out there.  OK, smarty, I know, I keep the house pretty cool, what with over 45 inefficient windows and such I can’t afford to heat the entire world.  But I will get you a large mug of steaming hot, ultra-strong French Roast (yeah, I’m back to that for now) or a cuppa tea of hot cocoa.  You’ll need it!  It has been cold here all week, just peaking above freezing for a few hours a day before plunging down again.  Today it will not reach freezing.  This is January weather.  At least there was no snow.  And where are are we that we are freezing so?  Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as coming from New Hampshire.

What did I do besides freeze?  I worked.  I walked and played with the dogs.  For some reason they just wanted to play and not walk this week.  I went running a few times.  I bundle up with many layers.  I got a hair cut.

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Before (last Friday)

 

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After (Thursday).  What do you think?

 

Besides doing bad selfies, what did I do?  I did some writing.  I also reformatted The Halley Branch from front to end.  And, oh yeah, I released Embers.  (See here)

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And that was about it.  Of course I did a lot of other things, but off of the top of my head…

Thanks for visiting and having coffee (or whatever) with me!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  If you have a coffee share I will try to stop by.  (I have read about zero blogs in the last two days…)

The original Coffee Share kind of died out, but it has been revived!  Eclectic Alli is hosting a coffee share.  This week’s share is here. and the link up is here. Come on and join in!  Hopefully we can bring it back to its former glory!  (Note – it is coming back!  A lot of people have rejoined and there are plenty of new faces :) ).

 

59 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee on the 8th of December, 2018

  1. Rowena

    Hi Trent. Thank you for another virtual coffee, which is all I’m having atm as the real stuff wreaks havoc with my stomach.
    No doubt December is the season of having haircuts with Christmas coming up and all the pre-Christmas concerts and parties. The pre-cut styling had that Heathcliff, untamed wilderness look to it, which is quite apt for a writer. You’ve probably recall that I went to a piano recital at the Sydney Conservatorium a few months ago where pianist Gerard Williams was performing. He had a shock of white hair which looked quite dramatic when he went for the big moves. Yet, it also had a mad professor feel to it as well. The post-cut version still retains a bit of length which is good. They haven’t knocked all the stuffing out of you and made you too conservative.
    I also had my haircut last Friday, which I didn’t mention in my post what with all the concert and elf business to address, I’d forgotten all about it. I also replaced the strings on my violin two weeks before the concert. I figured good hair and new strings might help if the playing is a bit off.
    Best wishes,
    Ro

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      New strings and a new haircut are needed for a concert… Do new strings hold the tuning better? I know that the most painful part of listening to a community orchestra is as the violins begin to go out of tune, each at a slightly different pace, and pretty soon it is “pick your note” from the dozens available…

      When I am playing piano it is the Beethoven look, but since I am writing something that has a nod to the Gothic, is set on a moor and mentions Heathcliff, I guess I should say that it is letting out my inner Heathcliff ;)
      Hope you are well and have a good week ahead :)

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      1. Rowena

        Hi Trent,
        The new strings actually take a bit of time to settle in and go out of tune easily. However, I think that sounded better and the others were getting a bit rough.
        I haven’t listened to too many community orchestras and have been spared the effect of the violins going out of tune like that, which sounds a bit painful. Do you have perfect pitch? It’s sounds like you might with being able to pick those variations of pitch up.
        Yesterday, I was visiting a friend in hospital and they had some jazz students playing in the foyer, which is such a wonderful idea, especially this time of year. I’m sure many of the people passing through are dealing with bad news and heavy hearts and the music is so therapeutic.
        Best wishes,
        Ro

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Having a small jazz band playing at the hospital sounds like a good idea. Music makes people happy, and live music does even more.

          Yeah, we discussed perfect pitch a few weeks ago. I do not have it. I have very good relative pitch and better than average pitch memory, but if you tuned a quarter tone low from a perfect 440 A and played a solo, I would not notice. If, on the other hand, you have six people each tuned slightly different playing in “unison”, I may notice ;) Actually, part of the reason a huge string section sounds so rich is that none of the players are exactly 100% in tune down to the hundredth of a hertz, on every note with every other player. There are also differences in the sound of the instrument, the vibrato, etc. of course. But I have heard where one player was almost a quarter tone off, and it created a jarring sound. Of course I was spoiled since I was attending The Boston Symphony on a regular basis back then…

          Have a great week!

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  2. Prior...

    Ahhh – did you know I was coming by offering the French roast? After 60 cups of tea this week and nkt nearly enough java –
    French roast sounds real good.
    Haircut is also good and glad you were able to still get all that outdoors in spite of cold

    We have snow coming to Richmond this weekend –
    Brrrrr

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Funny that the south is getting more snow than the north!
      I have switched mostly to Sumatra Roast, but they were out. i forgot how good French Roast was :) I think I should start mixing them again.
      Yeah, I’m a northern boy, so although I am sick of all of the cold we’ve had this January, I mean November and December, I do still try to spend as much time as possible outside.

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      1. Prior...

        Yes – cold does not bother me too much – makes me appreciate other seasons –
        And Sumatra and French roast sound like a nice combo –
        Been drinking Folgers at mother n laws house –
        Not too bad at all-
        But one cup is plenty!
        Ha

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Actually, for a while I was doing a s Starbucks French Roast/Folgers French Roast (not sure why the call it that, not very dark) blend to stay on the less expensive side of things…

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          1. Prior...

            Ah-
            That makes sense –
            She drinks the F just cos she likes it – not a cost saver for her
            But my brother drinks it but isn’t it weird that it tastes different at his house ? Think ihe makes it stronger

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                1. Frankie

                  Indeed! the water makes a difference just as with tea. With coffee you can add spices in it too. In the tent of a nomad I once tasted very strong coffee with cardamom pods in it. A special smell and taste that I really enjoy.

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                  1. Prior...

                    Hi Frankie – thanks for this info! I have been having cardamom in my warm almond milk all this year. It has a woodsie taste with nice notes but I am still not that much into it. I have it because deepak chopra suggested it – and it also comes up in culture coffees (like Turkish coffee)
                    Anyhow – how cool that you had some in the tent of a nomad! What a rich experience – did they sweeten it?

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                  1. Prior...

                    Some of the best coffee I have had was grandma Louise’s percolated java.
                    And then the Italian espresso maker.
                    Earlier today my son let me try some of his nitro coffee.
                    Yuk
                    Comes in a can and says it was brewed 19 hours and was nitro infused? Way to heavy for moi –
                    Have you ever tried it?

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                    1. trentpmcd Post author

                      I have not had nitro coffee. For a very short time I used to make espresso, but it was too work intensive for me, and I was never able to get it as good as at a good coffee shop. At a “cowboy camp” in Wyoming I had coffee that was put into a sock and simmered in the water all day. It was actually pretty good…. French Press? OK, but not as good as percked.

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                    2. trentpmcd Post author

                      I like strong coffee… ;) If you are ever in Jackson Hole, you should check them out – Bar J Chuckwagon. I think the performers actually work the ranch, but in a odd twist, all of their meat is sold back east and then they have to re-buy it and have it shipped! It was a great dinner and great entertainment.

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                    3. Prior...

                      How interesting that they buy it back like that! One time (12/2001) my spouse drove to California from East Coasg and when he got to the California border they asked if he any produce to declare – he dug in his cooler and had a few oranges – all from California – it was funny – they were Californian oranges bought in Cali -bought in FL and brought back to Cali

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                    4. trentpmcd Post author

                      Yes. My wife had a conference there in 2003 and 2003. We visited Yellowstone first each time and then I played in the mountains while she worked :)

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                    5. Prior...

                      Oh what a nice way to explore any area – combine it with work and it is win win (or can be)
                      There used to be a small eatery/sports club chain (in the Denver area )called Jackson’s hole and that is why I asked if it was Wyoming.

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                    6. Prior...

                      Yes – me too –
                      A shot of espresso without milk and with a slice of lemon peel (had that in Ontario and they said it is an Italy specialty)
                      And I will also take dark roast (French roast – ya)
                      And cappcinno for you

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  3. Master of Something Yet

    I will always admire your commitment to run in that weather. I have become a wuss and ran on the treadmill last winter and we don’t even get that cold. We had 40C last Friday. Just a by the by…
    Thanks for the catch up. Sorry I haven’t popped by for a while. Now I think I’ll go make an espresso.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I would melt in 40C weather! Too hot for me… With cold, I do wear several layers and after I get moving I always think I should have worn one fewer… My runs are about 4 miles, so not super long.

      Hope you are doing well :) Thanks for stopping by.

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          1. Miriam Hurdle

            I saw my husband pictures back in those days, yes, it fit right into the crowd. It was thicker so looked better. Now his hair is thinner, it doesn’t look as good when it gets long, yes, it poofs out everywhere. :-)

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  4. Corina

    It really is crazy weather all over. At my daughter’s house (not far from my own), the temperature dipped down below freezing over night every night this past week. It stayed that way long into the morning on Tuesday! It was 25 degrees when I was supposed to walk the boys to the bus stop and there was ice! Instead, I put them in the car and drove one block to the bus stop with ice all over my windows because I couldn’t get it off! The rear windows were frozen shut but I had to drive with the front windows open so I could see where I was going! Her house is on the shady side of the street (hey isn’t that a great title for a short story?) so the ice didn’t melt until after noon.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I think I read about your icy drive on FB. And The Shady Side of the Street does sound like a great story, though I’m sure none of the younger people have heard the sunny side song.

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  5. Frankie

    yeah yeah we shall bring it back to its former glory! pardon me for being a French pest (terribly romantic of course) and not saying amen to everything you say. hm why don’t you smile on those photos up top? do you only smile on that smiling day of yours? and… well… long hair looks more sexy to me. :-)

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