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    [31 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]
    Located in walkable downtown Chattanooga it is close to some great restaurants.

    This is another Children’s Museum that we got to visit. Now remember these reviews are from being with a shy 2-year-old and are not so much to be used as a review, but just to point out its existence. And just whether or not it is worth visiting.
    This museum has the usual playground activities, water-based activities, and crafts all based around learning. While not quite as large as some of the ones located in big cities, this is still a good-sized and nice museum. We recommend this place, and if …

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    [27 Dec 2011 | One Comment | ]
    This is the front of Devil's Backbone Brewing Company. Part of the Brew Ridge Trail. THE BREW RIDGE TRAIL - MORE BREWERIES THAN STOP LIGHTS. The Brew Ridge Trail celebrates the craft beer industry in Nelson and Albemarle Counties. The five breweries and two cideries that comprise the Trail offer award winning beer in unique and scenic settings.

    After off the mountain from Wintergreen Ski Resort in Virginia we stumbled upon quite a little treat. A Brewpub in what seemed the middle of nowhere that was reminiscent of a mountain lodge. It was the Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company. A great establishment that had over 9 on-site brewed offerings. We sampled them all. Sadly I did them so qucik and did not take notes, but my favorites were the Cru Noir, a Black Belgian, and the Vienna Lager (Octoberfest-style). We only had soup so I cannot fully comment on …

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    [27 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

    I took the title from a line in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. If you have ever seen the movie, which I cannot imagine anyone that has not, you probably recognize that quote from when the mother, Ellen Griswold, and daughter, Audrey, were fighting about the Grandparents sleeping in her room, and that she would have to share a room with her brother Rusty. The reason I used that for the title of this blog is because half the time, we really feel like the Griswolds. But sadly, this season we …

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    [22 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

    Sharon’s aunt’s partner’s son’s wedding was to be held outside Bowling Green, Kentucky in conjunction with their annual hoedown and we were invited to attend. Also going was Sharon’s sisters, Cookie and Rachie. The Frog Farm Hoedown was going on its 20-something anniversary and has a history of being a lot of fun so we were excited to hit the road. The only accommodations there was a large field in which everyone was to camp in. Luckily the Ark is perfectly suited for “roughing it.”
    We did the usual and got …

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    [14 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]
    The outside of BJ's in Culver City, CA

    Fresh of the plane in L.A. Kevin, Amy, Trish and I decided to stop for lunch at BJs Brewpub in, just a few miles from our hotel in Marina Del Ray.
    The restaurant combined my 2 of my favorite things. Fish Tacos and on-site fresh brewed beer. First the tacos.
    While I assume I could have asked for them to be grilled, the fish in the tacos comes fried. I prefer grilled, but pretty much only for the health factor.
    These tacos were really good. The tortillas were very fresh and they were …

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    [17 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]
    Found while participating in the "Santa Monica Road Rally", more like the daily rat race in L.A. And wouldn't you know it, a cop stopped and wanted to know what I was doing. Of all the crime going on in L.A., they take the time to stop and harass someone just taking a photo of a shoe.

    Many times when some of the Gang gets together we like to reminisce about the old times, we retell stories from our past of adventures and sometimes-stupid exploits. We always ended up laughing until our faces hurt. But rarely do we all get together in one place, and even more rarely do we get to create new stories to be retold. This past August we got to do both.
    It was Sean’s wedding and Skippy, Jason, Mark, Gary, Scooter, Dink, Trish, Kevin, Jeff and I all went out to L.A. for …

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    [18 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]
    This is a shot from Spring Break 1988. From top left to right: Scooter, Me, Sean, Mark, Jason, Jeff, Chris, Gary and Skippy at far bottom left.

    This is a story I have wanted to write for some time now. It is the story about how my friendship with Jim, a.k.a. Skippy, and most of all The Gang all began. It is weird though as I do not remember life without Skippy, he just seemed to have always been there.
    I must add, Jim did not get the name Skippy until he was 17-18 years old but that is a story for another time.
    I guess the earliest memory of us belongs to Skippy. He claims that he remembers …

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    [1 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]
    I just love the bar with exposed brick. (Not my photo)

    After checking out the Baltimore Aquarium we made the short walk up Pratt St. to visit the Pratt St. Ale House for lunch. First off I was impressed with the ambiance of the place. But then again I am into older buildings who take advantage of exposed interior brick walls and tall, open beam ceilings.
    The Ale House is home to Oliver Brewery who makes some great brews. I only tried a couple, and looking back not sure why I didnt try more.
    Cherry Blossom Ale: A fantastic wheat ale with pureed …

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    [25 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]

    This is a place we had been wanting to get to but seemed we never had enough time. BUt even if we had it sure would not be as fun as it was being there with Nora.
    The National Aquarium at Baltimore is a fantastic aquarium, it ranks in the top on my list. Not quite the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, but it is a great place nonetheless. It has a really nice layout where you wander up ramps to the numerous levels of exhibits.
    The highlights are the large shark …

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    [22 Jul 2011 | One Comment | ]
    They may use paper plates, but they do use glass for their pints at least!

    After visiting Baltimore many times and living in Florida I have tried quite a few crab cakes, but none have come close to the ones at Koko’s pub.
    Koko’s is somewhat of a hole-in-the-wall kinda place. The food is served on paper plates and only recently have they changed over to actual silverware instead of plastic. It is away from the beaten path of downtown and pretty much only locals know of it. The funny thing about this place is if you want to eat dinner there you better make reservations.
    Sharon’s …

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