Saturday, December 27, 2008

Dogfish Head Red and White


'Tis the season...to taste big bottles of beer, I guess. Stopped by my neighbor's for a holiday open house tonight and got a chance to try Dogfish Head's Red and White. Once again, let me go out on a limb and give you some tasting notes BEFORE I check out the pros...

First thing was the head -- very Belgian-like -- tight bubbles, almost creamy. Color was nearly cherry lambic. Slightly cloudy. First taste had a lot of fruit in it as well, but then the sweetness of some serious alcohol hits the tastebuds and you know this puppy is not fooling around. I check the bottle -- 10% ABV... Oh yeah. No hops, no malt, no spice. All fruit and very Belgian sweetness to the nose and palate.

Okay, what do others say?

From Dogfish Head:
A big, belgian-style Wit brewed with coriander and orange peel and fermented with Pinot Noir juice. After fermentation a fraction of the batch is aged in Oregon Pinot Noir barrels, and another fraction is aged on oak staves. The beer is blended together before packaging.

This has been one of our most popular Limited Edition beers at both our Rehoboth Beach, DE brewpub and at festivals. It successfully marries the refreshing citrusy qualities of a Belgian-style white beer with the robust complexity of a bold red wine.


From "gusler" at Beer Advocate:
The beer leaves the 750ml bottle a fuzzy incarnadine color with a reddish pink head that crowns the body, lacing provides a tight skirt to surround the glass. Nose has a tart oak like aroma, combined with coriander & orange peel, also hints of red wine and amazingly only very little of the 10 percent ABV shows through. Start is vinous, with a nice bit of toasted grain sweetness, top is light to medium in feel. The finish has a unrelenting acidity, the wine like traits along with the oak make the end sweet and somewhat sour with the parched aftertaste long lasting, another amazing brew tis’ true.


From JustBeer:
This beer is much more mild than I expected it to be. I was thinking it would be one of those that reaches out of the bottle and lets you know it has arrived, but not the case here. The color and head really aren’t red… more amberish orange, but that is ok. The nose is clean and crisp and the overall first tastes confirms the noted orange peel. The body definitely has hints of the Pinot and serves the mellowing purpose, I believe. As we continued to take it through, the alcohol levels hit us a bit and Dave and I had a great evening… :) By the last glass, this beer looked as unfiltered as it tasted… almost made you want to chew the last bite… I mean drink. :) But still, good stuff that is highly recommended.


I'm not as impressed as others with this beer -- a little too much alcohol for me. And it's a little too sweet. That doesn't mean it's not good, it just means it doesn't fit my taste profile. I do like Dogfish's Chicory Stout, if that counts...

Happy New Year!

Anchor Christmas Ale 2008

I never got the chance to post a review of this beer, which was one of the highlights of this year's Christmas Party at Gibby's Pub.

I got a magnum of this at Binny's. That was impressive enough...

I cracked it open a little late in the party, so I'm not completely clear on the taste, although I remember it was nice. After splitting the magnum 10 ways, we all got a little taste.

I remember it as medium to dark reddish ale, a slight taste of spices, with a nice malt finish. I don't remember any specific spice. Now, let's read other people's tasting notes:

From Sevenpack.net:
Ginger, allspice, cinnamon, caramel, liquorice and orange peel all make an appearance. All the smells mix well together, though some are a little harder to distinguish then others.

In the mouth the beer is surprisingly light, and a hint watery. The beer goes down quick and smooth. There is a nice toasted malt presence mid-tongue, with a spice bouquet finish. Much like the aroma, the spice finish is well mixed and not overpowering. If anything I notice a hint more ginger then any other aspect.


From TheBrewClub.com:
This Anchor beer is a smooth drinker, and to me has medium body. It was a little bitter, but no hop-action until the finish where there’s a bit that comes through. Overall, this beer tastes very malty, and just a touch of whatever spices are in the secret mix come through so it isn’t like ‘mulled beer’ or anything over the top like that. If I had to guess, it might be a little bit of ginger (or something similar) in there that sort of prickles the tongue for awhile after. It has a slightly bitter aftertaste, and left my mouth feeling a little dry and a bit sticky. Not bad though.


And back at Gibby's, the reviews were generally positive -- Nice! Drinkable! Got more?

Congratulations Anchor -- 34 years of Christmas Ale and counting!

Nuclear Reactor Operator



That's a picture of the Navy Nuclear Reactor Training Facility outside of Idaho Falls, ID in 2006. It looks like a bunch of buildings, but some of those buildings used to house operating nuclear reactors. When I was in the Navy from 1973 until 1975, I was stationed for 6 months in Idaho training on the S1W nuclear reactor prototype at this site. It's the building in the right center of the picture. Here's a closeup on the right.

Idaho Falls in the mid-70s was a weird place. I remember it as a combination of Native Americans, Sheep herders, Mormon women, cowboys and sailors. Kind of like the back lot at Universal Studios while they were filming It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Life for the sailors training on the reactors was tough.

If you were doing well in school, you worked one of three shifts -- that rotated -- for 8 hours per day. You took a bus to work that took about an hour and a half to make it to the reactor site. It was through the desert, so your lips would chap by the time you got to the lab.

At the lab, you went to class and worked on the reactors and continually went through testing. Written tests, practical tests (you had to actually do something) and boards. The boards ran the gamut from tough to bizarre. I remember one question being "Where is the purple valve and what is it for?" Turns out, the purple valve was a remnant of some early fire protection system that had no use currently, but some goofy instructor had painted it purple and they used it as a way to see if you were paying attention.

Other board questions could be "How many bolts are there on the Condenser cover?" or even "Who was FDR's vice president?" No kidding.

If you fell behind on your studies, you'd get stuck pulling 12s instead of 8 hour shifts. That meant you stayed out at the site, since by the time you got home, you wouldn't have enough time to sleep. For the single guys, that sucked because it deprived you of the chance to hang out at the clubs in town, or go dirt bike riding, or rafting. For the married guys, it could doom a marriage. The Navy wives could get very lonely out there in the middle of nowhere.

A few notes about where I lived. I lived on 1st St. if I remember correctly, next to one of the irrigation canals. You can see it in the center of this map (you'll see "100" right by it):

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In the summer time, people used to float down the canal in inner tubes with 6 packs of beer. Great fun! Of course, in other times of the year, people would fall into the canals and drown due to the amount of water running through them. Not so much fun.

...to be continued.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Clutch Cargo

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Backroads Ephemera



Click on the video clip above for a special inside joke and personal memory... "Backroads" was the name of the band Bob, Don, Greg Ray and I had just after high school. We practiced in Don's basement and garage. We had a few other band members -- including the world famous Neil Diamond/Elvis impersonator Gary Pointer on lead guitar and vocals, and Keith Moon's doppelganger Danny Thelin on drums.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Gibby's Christmas Card

A special Christmas wish from all the gang at Gibby's Pub to all of you! If you weren't here this year, we hope you will be next year!

Steve Gibson

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From Gibby's Christmas 08

Sunday, November 16, 2008

He's makin' a list!


Poodwaddle.com

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Gibby's Pub Blog Updates

I've added a couple new things to the blog... You'll notice at the top of the screen something called "AnswerTips". This is simply a way for you to get more information on anything you see in my blog posts. Just put your cursor on any word and double-click. It's pretty cool, but remember, I didn't write the tip - I only provided the link.

I've also added Google AdSense to my blog and you'll see some more ads popping up now. If you see something you're interested in, by all means click on it -- I make money that way! Yeah! Righteous! I'm retiring soon , you know -- I need the money!

And finally, down at the bottom of the blog, you'll see something called my ZuneCard. As if it wasn't enough to tell you what I'm drinking, and thinking, and where I'm eating -- now I'm telling you what I'm listening to. I really do suffer delusions of self-importance, don't I?

By the way, if you have a Zune account, let me know and I'll add you as a Zune friend...

lol - thanks for reading.

Michelob Winters Bourbon Cask Ale


Here's how Michelob describes it: "During even the coldest of weather, warm up to the smooth, robust taste of our Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale. Full of rich aromas that you find in the winter months, hints of vanilla and flavorful hops, this is a beer that is great for pouring into a large tulip glass and enjoying with friends around a fireplace."
I'd say it was more of a standard Budweiser product with a little more caramel color, a bit more artificial malted and vanilla taste, no real mouthfeel, no head, and really nothing special about it. As usual, Anheuser-Busch has taken a good idea and diluted it down in an attempt to get mass appeal. Am I the only one who thinks that's a silly thing to do with a small batch (relatively speaking), seasonal beer?
Now, if they dropped the words "Cask" and "Ale" from the name, maybe...

Monday, September 1, 2008

What I Did On My Summer Vacation


I've posted a few hundred photos up on Phanfare.com of my European vacation... Access to the albums is limited to invited friends, so if you'd like an invite, drop me an email.

I'll be adding captions "soon".

Thursday, July 10, 2008

With creative stunts like this, maybe there's hope...

It's stuff like this that restores my faith in mankind...

Monday, July 7, 2008

Miller Chill


Most people who know me probably wouldn't peg me as a Miller Chill drinker. But I've got to tell you, I think this is a pretty good beer -- especially for a flavored beer. According to the Miller folks, it's a "chelada-style" beer, which means they've added lime and salt flavoring. I don't taste the salt, but the hint of lime makes this a great summer brew. Add in the fact that it's Miller Lite-based, and you've got a winner... A lite-weight winner (pun intended) in terms of taste, but refreshing none the less.

After reading up on chelada, I think I'll try this beer in a salted glass on ice. Why not?

Stay tuned.

I'm back... I think I'm over Miller Chill. The ice may have been the corker. Truth is, I realized how little taste there was to this "beer" other than the chemical lime taste... I think I'll try something like a Negra Modelo the same way -- over ice, with a slated rim and a dash of fresh jalapenos...

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Special Report: Top 100 Independents - 4/15/2008 - Restaurants & Institutions

Special Report: Top 100 Independents - 4/15/2008 - Restaurants & Institutions

No, there's no sign of Gibby's on the R&I Top 100 list of independent restaurants for 2008, but I thought I'd share this anyway... I'm kind of surprised at the sheer number of Vegas restaurants on the list, but it's been so long since I've been to Vegas I probably don't have a clue how busy those restaurants are... The last time I was there, I got mad that there were 30 people in line at Caesar's Palace's buffet line, so I went back and lost even more money so they'd comp me for dinner and I'd get to jump the line.

How many of these have you been to? Not just Vegas, anywhere?

Monday, June 23, 2008

George Carlin - RIP

Just so you know exactly how to mourn George, here's his riff on marking the deaths of others...

He could be irritating -- and was the only time I saw him decades ago at the Golf Mill Theater in Niles, IL -- but he did make you think.

So give the man his due, watch the following video (careful, it's full of George's no holds barred language) and

THINK.



Grilling the perfect steak

Here at Gibby's, like every other suburban household in America (I'm guessing), we continue the quest for the perfect home-cooked steak. And now that restaurant prices are headed for the sky, and gas is more expensive than bottled water (?!?), I thought I'd share my recent experience with cooking the perfect steak.


Historically, we've used either a 22" Weber grill, or a gas grill to cook our steaks. I like the taste of charcoal cooked meat, but honestly, I'm too lazy to fire it up, wait and cook on charcoal, so the Weber is now mostly for "special occasions". Instead I use my gas grill.


Recently, while watching America's Test Kitchen (ATK) on TV, they went through the process of making something they called "Bistro NY Strip Steak". The steak looked very good, so I thought I'd give it a try.


Essentially, the method they used is the opposite of what we home cooks usually use. If you are like me, you crank the grill to high, get the temperature somewhere north of 500 degrees, oil the grill (or the meat), and toss it on. The searing creates that delicious burnt beef taste we crave, and when the steak gets to medium-rare (about 130 deg.), you take if off and let it rest.


On ATK, they kind of reversed the process. Instead of cooking the steak from the outside in, they heated up the oven to 275 degrees, patted the steak dry, seasoned it, and put it on a rack on a cookie sheet in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until the steak got to 95 degrees internal temperature. Then they heated up a skillet with a bit of oil in it, until the oil was smoking, and they seared the steak in the pan - bringing the internal temperature up to 130 or medium rare.


The beauty of this process is that you avoid getting that little ring of greyish meat between the tasty seared portion and the reddish juicy portion. By the way, that great taste in the seared portion is the result of something called, the "Maillard reaction". Read more about how that adds flavor to everything from beef to cookies to bread to beer here.


That grey meat ring is what spoils most of our home cooked steaks. And it's caused because basically the meat boils instead of sears or roasts. That's why you pat the steak dry before you cook it...


So back to how to make Gibby's Perfect Grilled Steak.


It's a 4 step process:


  1. Dry the surface of the meat thoroughly, season it with fresh ground pepper and salt or other favorite seasoning.

  2. Bring the internal temperature of the steak up to 95 - 98 degrees by roasting the meat in a 275 deg. oven on a small rack on a cookie sheet for about 20 minutes (use an instant read thermometer to measure the temperature, or a remote thermometer).

  3. Pre-heat your grill (gas or charcoal) to the highest heat you can -- the closer to 500 degrees, the better. Oil the grill and drop the warmed steaks on the grill. Cook them to 130 degrees for rare, 140 for medium rare, and 150 for medium. Flip them when they get to about 118. A remote thermometer works great for this part of the process.

  4. Take the steaks out and let them rest for at least 5 minutes after they finish.


Note: It's a myth that searing seals the juices in. Alton Brown dispelled that on his Good Eats show a long time ago. Searing is all about caramelizing the sugars in the outer layer of the beef and giving it that great beef taste.


By cooking the meat to 95 degrees internally, you will make sure that the surface of the meat is dry as can be before you put it on the grill. And since the meat will be dry, the heat that hits the outer layer of the meat will only sear it -- not boil it.


Give it a try and let me know how it works for you...

Friday, May 30, 2008

Green fairy beer?


I'm starting to really like these New Belgium folks. This microbrewery from Fort Collins, CO has been on my short list ever since I tried their Fat Tire on draft at the Embassy Suites near the Denver Airport. It was good enough to make me leave the free happy hour Miller products and go to their bar to buy my beverages...

And with their recent expansion into the Chicago market, I've learned there's lots more to love about NB. Their 1554 is a great, dark ale with a a fantastic mouthfeel and very low levels of smoke on the malt. The Mothership Wit is a great Belgian-style White beer in a Wheat beer style. Pay attention to the pouring directions on the bottle for the full effect!

But this post is about their latest (or at least the newest to me) beer on their menu -- the Springboard. This is a great summer beer with some exotic herbals in it. In fact, don't tell anyone, but it's got Wormwood -- the fun mythical ingredient in Absinthe! I can't wait to pair this up with a few shots of Mezcal and a hot day... I'll be channeling Carlos Castenada in no time!

Tough times for restaurants

It's been a rough couple of months for Fox Valley restaurants. Two relatively new restaurants, Fahrenheit and Hunter's, have closed their doors in the last two months.

Fahrenheit was the highly anticipated, and highly-hyped gourmet restaurant opened way out west at 64 and Randall. Even Chicago magazine and Phil Vettel hopped on this bandwagon, but their glowing reviews couldn't overcome the high prices and meager portions of food plated there. Not that it didn't have potential -- it just wasn't the right fit. Maybe we'll see something like it in the new 1st street development.

Hunter's was quite another story. We only visited there once, but the service was not very good, the place was tiny, and the food was not that memorable. When I saw the "Friday Fish Fry" signs go up, I knew it was history. Let's keep our fingers crossed neither one of these places opens as an Italian place. How about some great Southwestern Seafood or something?

Speaking of that, if you haven't been to Bien Trucha in Geneva yet, you really should try it out. Find it on Yelp.com, get there early, the place is tiny -- and beware -- the portions are on the small size there, too. But prices are not very big either, which means you can try lots of different things. Avoid the "guacamole of the day" -- we haven't really liked any we've tried yet -- but definitely try the Ceviche. And get a margarita -- fantastic!

Monday, May 19, 2008

New Gibby's Logo



What do you think?

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Gibby's Diner

Just when you thought it was safe to go out and eat! Here it is -- Gibby's Diner in NY state. Check out the link in the title above for a review...

Gibby's Second Annual Tiki Party

Tiki Party invitations are going out via email... Mark your calendar - June 14th!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Lowland Single Malt - Glenkinchie


Another one minute review. This time, it's Glenkinchie, a Lowland Single Malt, now being served at Gibby's. Had some on Saturday, in fact, to toast Eight Belles' tragic death at the Derby.

But I digress...

It's hard enough to find a lowland single malt, but Glenkinchie is worth the look. I found this at Binny's.

It's a complex enough whisky. Much more so than a comparable 10 year-old highland, like a Glenlivet. There's a hint of citrus, and more than a little peat. Nowhere near an Islay level of peat, but more noticeable than the Glenmorangie I normally quaff.

Surprisingly, Michael Jackson gave it a 76. I think it's much better than that score would seem to indicate.

More on Glenkinchie: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenkinchie

I need a vacation

I found these photos while stumbling around the net... (click on the title of this post to see the rest of the story)
Kind of reminds me I haven't had a vacation in a while. And of course, I still miss my pool in Florida.
Exactly why was it I moved out of Florida?

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Samuel Smith - Taddy Porter



A quick review of Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter...

Those of you who know me know that I prefer the stouts and porters. Except on the hottest days, I find a nice ale to be my beer of choice -- and the more color, generally the more I like it.

So it should come as no surprise that I like the Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith.





This beer sets the standard for me for porters. It's got a ton of flavor, but it's neither too sweet (malty) or too bitter. There's none of the mouth-coating feel of a cream porter or oatmeal stout, yet it has a great smooth finish. A hint of tang when you first sip it gives way to great deep toasted taste.



If you haven't had a porter, I highly recommend this one as a great benchmark.

I agree with the late, dearly missed Michael Jackson, who called this "one of the five greatest beers in the world". Believe me, Mr. Jackson had a much bigger perspective than me when he said that!





I give it a rating of 5 on my 1 - bad to 5 - outstanding scale.

Video-holic - St Pat's videos new and improved!

Alright, I admit it, I've got a real problem when it comes to messing with these St. Paddy's Day videos. It seems the more I mess with them, the more I want to keep messing with them. I hope that doesn't get in the way of your enjoying them (too much)....

If you haven't checkd them out yet, please do and let me know what you think.

sg

Gibby's St Patrick's Day - 2008

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Gibby's - Aurora, CO


Now this place looks like fun -- maybe too much fun for a geezer like me...

But they do have a poker tournament.

Gibby's Bar and Grill - Columbus, OH


Another in the series on other Gibby's pubs or restaurants around the world...

This time we're in Columbus -- in the "Arena District"... Looks like it might be a fun place to stop next time I'm in Columbus, which would be the first time I'm in Columbus.

Do you know about a Gibby's somewhere? Send me the info -- and a link or a photo, and maybe a review, and I'll be glad to post it.

Gibby's Restaurant


In case you think "Gibby's" is a novel name for a pub/restaurant/whatever, here's the first in what will hopefully be a continuing thread of other Gibby's past and present.

To kick this off, here's a classic Gibby's right here in Chicago. Not much to find about this place, but the postcard sure makes it look like this place was happening, eh?

Rick's Joke

You asked, I deliver... Here's the joke Rick told on St. Paddy's Day.

Shamus and Murphy fancied a pint or two but didn't have a lot of money. Between them, they could only raise the staggering sum of one Euro.

Murphy said 'Hang on, I have an idea.'

He went next door to the butcher's shop and came out with one large sausage.

Shamus said 'Are you crazy? Now we don't have any money left at all!'

Murphy replied, 'Don't worry - just follow me.'

He went into the pub where he immediately ordered two pints of Guinness and two glasses of Jameson Whiskey.

Shamus said 'Now you've lost it. Do you know how much trouble we will be in? We haven't got any money!!'

Murphy replied, with a smile. 'Don't worry, I have a plan, Cheers!'

They downed their drinks. Murphy said, 'OK, I'll stick the sausage through my zipper and you go on your knees and put it in your mouth.'

The barman noticed them, went berserk, and threw them out.

They continued this, pub after pub, getting more and more drunk, all for free.

At the tenth pub Shamus said 'Murphy - I don't think I can do any more of this. I'm drunk and me knees are killin' me!

Murphy said, 'How do you think I feel? I lost the sausage in the third pub!'

Saturday, April 12, 2008

"The blog of unnecessary quotation marks"


I'm not sure, but I'm certainly hoping that the quotation marks in the title of this posting are unnecessary. That would be so, oh, "ironic", wouldn't it?

In any event -- if you have pet peeves that other folks find weird, you might enjoy the mighty way this blogger has embraced her peeve. for the record, blogger Bethany Keeley denies this is a peeve - she says she just finds the inappropriate use of quotation marks "funny."

Hey, when it comes to pet peeves, there are only a few legal ways to deal with your peeves. Laughing at people who commit the acts that peeve you is probably the safest...

You go girl!

You know what's making me laugh a lot these days?

People in the left lane of North Avenue west of the intersection at Randall who still haven't noticed that it's the LEFT lane that goes away (sorry, this makes sense to the local folks, honest) since they widened the intersection. Wake up people -- there are two signs posted there!

Friday, April 11, 2008

St. Patrick's Day - 2008

From Gibby's St Pa...




Well that went by fast, didn't it? After weeks of preparation, the night whizzed by almost as fast as my wedding night. I won't go into too much detail about THAT night here - at least yet.


Now about St. Patty's Day here at Gibby's...


Last year, those of you with more omega 3 oils in your diet will remember that we ran out of food before we ran out of hungry people. Now, generally, I believe in the old adage -- "you snooze, you lose" -- but in Ann's mind, that was a no-no.


So this year, we were peeling spuds, and cooking off beef, and frosting cupcakes, and...


...did I say we?


Oops. I helped a little, but anyone who's spent time with Ann in the kitchen will tell you it's better to let her be.


But I digress... About the party.


What a great time! Folks showed up fairly early and that helped lower my anxiety. We'd decided to have an "Open Mic Competition" instead of our Trivia Quiz since I had gotten so much grief over the answers last time. Geez, the questions are supposed to be hard!


My brother Alex (Buddy) and I decided we'd put together a few songs and so we spent some time practicing in the weeks before the party. That was a lot of fun and a great excuse to spend more time with my brother... So the night of the party, I was itching to get going.


About 7pm, Ann had the food out. As you'll see in the photos linked below, there was plenty. Shepherd's Pie, Guinness Beef Stew, Irish Sausage Rolls, cupcakes, soda bread, corned beef, cabbage -- even colcannon!


The crowd hit the food hard, and it survived (we had a ton of Shepherd's Pie left - yum!).


About 9pm, we kicked off the Open Mic Competition. Buddy and I tuned up and hit the stage. We had a carefully choreographed set list and even some special sound effects for our first number -- Wish You Were Here. I took the standard Pink Floyd opening -- you know the sound of a radio dial being changed from station to station -- and added some local flavor to it. I added in a bunch of cuts, mostly from TV, including Bozo, Twilight Zone, David Letterman, etc. It came out pretty good, if I don't say so myself.


Ann was in charge of the sound effects. I hit the lights, she hit the button, and off we went. For a couple of rank amateurs, we did pretty good (links to the video here somewhere), or at least the crowd was drunk enough to make us think so. Ann kind of missed her cue at the end of WYWH -- you know, the wind blowing noise -- but eventually we got through it. Then it was off to the next song - Margaritaville. I thought the harmonies were better than it sounded on the video, but hey, I manage computers for a living!

Buddy did a great job on Good Riddance ("Hope You Had The Time of Your Life") and we finished with one of my favorites -- I Wish I Were Back Home In Derry. The Bobby Sands song.

After that, the other contestants hit the stage. Next came Mike Cattrell. He did "The Jolly Tinker" kind of Karaoke style, and nailed it. Of course, it helps he's 100% Irish...


Next came Rick Brown, doing a bit of stand-up and relating the story of the two drunken Irishmen, and the sausage trick for free beer. I'll take the time to post it one of these days.

Then came Tom and Naomi. Naomi acted as Ed McMahon for Tom's Karnak the Magnificent -- huge turban and all. I've got to say Naomi is a natural onstage... Tom's not bad either. The Karnac jokes were great and the crowd had a great laugh.


Finally, we finished with Betsey and Tom Simpson. They started with a great version of Mother by good old Pink Floyd (a trend?), did a wicked rendition of Willin' (I understand one of Betsey's all-time faves), and finished with Brown-Eyed Girl.


I couldn't help myself for jumping in at the end and doing my own impersonation of aging chubby Van Morrison. The crowd chimed in and everyone had a great time.


Then it was time to vote for the best -- and Mike came out the crowd favorite. No arguments there, he did great. He won the first ever Gibby's Cup.

Besides the cast of regulars, my sister Pixie and her husband Buzz came out. They did a great job videotaping the whole shebang as well.

Here's a picture of Pixie standing with Ann behind the bar.


And Buzz talking with Rick (aka Green Monstah) Brown...

Well we had a blast, and I hope you did, too. We're already planning the next get together, so stay tuned!




I can't help myself

I really don't think you have an oberwhelming urge to eat the same places I do, listen to the same music I do, look at the pictures I've taken and so on and so on.

Really.

But I just can't help sharing.

Really.

So, if you find something here that's interesting, cool.

If you find something you want to argue about, cool.

If everything you see here irritates the hell out of you, cool.