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Thursday, October 07, 2021

I was pretty pumped up for today’s commencement of the 2010-11 National Hockey League season. I still am, despite not being able to tear away to watch the noontime season opener from Helsinki, between Carolina and Minnesota.

But that fervor is being tempered tonight, as I try to watch the evening’s back-to-back games on Versus. “Try”, because my local Time Warner Cable provider is seriously flaking out on the transmission. The signal has been pixelating, breaking up, and de-audible-izing all night, through two NHL contests. Only now, toward midnight, am I seeing it stabilize to a watchable state. And no, this near-outage is not limited to just my domicile.

What are the odds that the one night I make appointment television for myself, the cable sputters out? Here’s hoping I don’t have to put up with this sub-standard TV service throughout the NHL season…

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 10/07/2021 11:31pm
Category: Hockey, TV
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Somehow, Esquire Magazine and I are in accord this month when it comes to whiskey:

A few days ago, I was browsing the liquor store shelves when I came upon a bottle of Paddy Old Irish Whiskey. I’d never heard of it, but I bought it on a hunch, given my affinity for Emerald Isle firewater. Plus it was on sale, with a fifth selling for twenty bucks. It’s turned out to be a pleasant surprise — silky smooth with just enough of an alcoholic kick.

Little did I know that Esquire was featuring the same obscure brand in its monthly liquor roundup:

Take Paddy’s ($30), for example, which blends not two kinds of whiskey but three: grain whiskey, malt whiskey, and a pot-stilled whiskey made from mixed grains. It’s grassy with angel-food-cake barley sweetness. You could sip it all day long.

It’s rare that I’m ahead of the curve when it comes to trendiness in fashion or food. So I’ll take this minor coup to heart.

As for a repeat purchase of Paddy: I stopped by the liquor store again today, and see that they’ve jacked up the price of a bottle to $35. They must have gotten wind of the Esquire endorsement. I may or may not validate the increased price-point, once my current bottle gets emptied out…

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 10/07/2021 09:21pm
Category: Food, Publishing
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