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11-15-2003, 23:02
Tonight was one of the best nights we have all had in a while. Stacy and I got together with Chris and Kristin (kgiammarco), Bob and Nancy (Bob) and Cliff (Barrel_Proof) at my place for dinner, great talk and some good ol' bourbon drinking. A good time was had by all! Consider this part 1 of a continuing saga... Here's to doing it again. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif

11-16-2003, 01:13
Half of the bottles we got to drink from tonight...

11-16-2003, 01:14
And the rest

11-16-2003, 12:09
For those of you not familiar with the New York StraightBourbon.com Crew,

Mark is the one drinking the VVOF,
Chris is the one drinking the Kentucky Legend,
Bob is the one drinking the Hirsch 16, and
Cliff is the one drinking the Woodside Partners' Reserve.

11-16-2003, 12:54
You guys really know how to live. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

One question: Is the Four Roses as light in color as it appears in the photo? It hardly looks like bourbon.

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

11-16-2003, 14:50
Yep, that is actual Four Roses, but don't let that light color fool ya'. When I am in the mood for somthing very light and soft 4Roses is the way to go. And the export only Super Premium variant... Superb.

11-16-2003, 18:29
Toto...I have the feeling we are not in Kansas anymore http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif...

Hmmmmmm..Toto it ain't Kentucky either...

Ohhhhhhhhhh Yeahhhhhhhhh http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif Toto...It's my good friends from New York living it up "Kentucky Style" http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Good to see all of ya again...Wish I could have been there http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif Bettye Jo http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

11-16-2003, 18:35
We all missed you, too, Bettye Jo. You would have enjoyed our retelling of more than a few tales of festival highlights! We may just have to get you in a plane headed north!

11-16-2003, 18:40
You were definately missed Bettye Jo, we all wish you could have been here as well. Heck, we all wish we could visit KY more often as well. I say this right after every festival each year but I cannot wait for next September already! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif

11-16-2003, 18:43
It appears that the New York Crew did us proud! Were all those bottles full to begin with? http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif

<font color="blue"> Good God Give Yo Yo Ma Some </font>

11-16-2003, 18:48
Were all those bottles full to begin with?

Not all but some http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drinking.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif Actually one bottle we didn't talk much about but we all were taken back by it, in a good way that is, was a bottle of 1986 Vintage EWSB. It was much different than any other vintage I have tried to date and it was different in a very nice way. It is hard for me to describe it w/o having some more http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif, but it had a nice smooth finish with very little bite.

11-16-2003, 18:51
Hey Bobby,

Take note http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif---They had your elusive, 1986 vintage, Evan Williams Single Barrel on the table...

OK Mark http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif...Tell me about it http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

For those of you not familiar withe the EWSB...

1986, is the first year they started doing the single barrel bottling (EWSB)...

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Nevermind...I see we were all posting about the same time about the same thing http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif...

11-16-2003, 18:52
For those of you who may be wondering, that EWSB in the picture and which we enjoyed last night was the 1986, the very first bottling of the EWSBs. I found the bottle last week in St. Thomas and brought it back to share with the crew! We all enjoyed the 86 a lot and plan to do a comparison with another of the EWSB releases at our next get together.

11-16-2003, 18:54
Let me tell you Bettye Jo... After trying the 1986 and being so happily suprised it really makes me want to search around and do another complete set of all the vintages to open and see how this ourbon has evolved from year to year up to now. As I remember it, we were all pleasantly suprised by the 86 vintage. 87' next time anyone? http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif

11-17-2003, 01:34
That is a very impressive lineup, I am quite jealous. I can see that you guys had a good time!


11-17-2003, 07:26
Thanks to Cliff, we all got to try the first Evan Williams. We all liked it very much. I've only had the vintages from the last 2 years, and the 1986 was a lot different. Pretty mellow, very smooth, totally enjoyable.

<font color="blue"> </font> Good God Give Us All Some More! <font color="blue"> </font>

11-17-2003, 09:15
I'd have to say another of the many highlights of the evening was having an opportunity to see Mark's collection in person. It is quite a sight, and not just for the number of bottles, but the variety and unique bottlings as well! It's especially impressive with the special "back lighting" turned on, and other lights off. Looked like a "Bourbon Christmas". Very coooool! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gifhttp://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif


11-17-2003, 13:26
I bet that was beautiful. Glad you all had a good time, I wish every one could see each other more than once a year too. We have a few of the KY/IND Gang get togethers every once in a while. Hey maybe next year Bobby, ME,&amp; Bettye Jo will join you all in New York. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/yum.gif

11-17-2003, 21:23
Amelia, I know I speak for the entire NY crew when I say that we'd roll out the welcome mat big time for all a y'all. Now just gas up that rig and get going! We may not have a bunker like Bobby's, but we've got at least a few bourbons worth driving for! And we're way friendly, too!

11-17-2003, 23:28
We really need to do that again to keep ourseleves busy until next september... I was thinking what bourbons we could try next time, but honestly we wouldn't be doing too bad to just taste the same things again http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif I still have about half a bottle left of the BP kentucky legend... http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif


11-18-2003, 06:54
I agree, we should do that again. It was a lot of fun. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif We had a nice variety of bottlings, and I know for myself that there were a few that I would have liked to have savored a bit more. OK Chris, hold onto that bottle of Kentucky Legend for us for next time! That was a real treat! thanks again. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif


11-18-2003, 22:21
Finally, we get to see Bob in focus. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif

Looks like you all had some fun! Too bad we all couldn't have been there!

06-06-2004, 17:10
Today was quite a day! Omar (bourbonmed) came up to NY from Miami this weekend and because of the hospitality of Tonya and Ben (tlsmothers) we (Cliff-&lt;BarrelProof&gt;, me and Stacy, Bob and Nancy-&lt;Bob&gt; and Omar's friend Katia) had a place in Brooklyn to get together and meet. Unfortunately due to a family incident, Tonya was not able to be there but her boyfriend Ben was a most gracious host and kept up with her down-home southern hospitality. He still cooked up the most delicious brunch with all the items that Tonya had promised us when we got there.

We had several nice bottles of bourbon available to taste from as well as some very good beer brought by Bob; some of which were his own home brews! Here are some pics from the day. The quality didn't come out as good as I would have liked, but they are still enough to make for great memories.

Again, Thank you Tonya and Ben for opening up your home to us all, as well as feeding our bellies! We really hope you guys can make it down to the festival this year or sometime in the future and we all anticipate getting together again sometime soon. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif

Here's a pic of 'The NY Crew' excluding me... From left to right - Omar, Cliff, Stacy, Bob, Ben, Katia and Nancy. (Oh and the cat half cut-off on the bottom of the pic is Tonya's and Ben's; Her name is Whiskey, how appropriate!)

06-06-2004, 17:13
The Brew Master himself, Bob! Holding a bottle of 'Slopbucket Ale' http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif It amazingly was not anywhere near as bad as the name implies.

06-06-2004, 17:15
The bourbon's, and ryes, that we had available for our 'disposal' during the afternoon: (Missing are 3 Old Charter variants and a Weller 10yo Centennial)

06-06-2004, 17:19
Thanks to Bob, we were able to have an 'Old Charter Shootout'! The results were interesting as some chose the Proprietor's Reserve over the 12 yo 'Classic', some chose it the other way around, and Stacy preferred the 10 yo to them all.

06-06-2004, 17:24
And Finally, Stacy would like to thank everyone for helping in making her birthday a very memorable one; She only wishes that Tonya could have been there as well to celebrate. Trust me guys and gals, she was very suprised by the cake, as was I! Cake never tasted so good with bourbon and beer! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/yum.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif

06-06-2004, 17:39
I second the thanks to Tonya and Ben. It was a wonderful day, and we all wished Tonya could have been with us! Lots of good bourbon, beer, food, and best of all, being with friends! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif


06-06-2004, 17:55
Great to see everyone this afternoon and many thanks to Ben and Tonya for their gracious hospitality. We all wished that Tonya could have been there to join us. To those of you who received some crazy cell phone calls . . . ah, well, not much to say about those! Thanks to all! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif

06-06-2004, 18:26
Looks like you had a great time. I note a couple of things from the bottles pic:
1)Wow! That's an '86 EWSB! If I recall correctly, even Bettye Jo didn't have one of those until recently. I haven't even tried to put together a year set of EWSB because of what I assumed was the impossibility of finding that first-year bottle; and
2)I note the OC Proprietor's Reserve is the Louisville variant. I have a local store that has both the Louisville and Frankfort bottlings. How do any of you feel about relative quality? Or should I just get one (or more) of each?
And, then, there was that 20yo Hirsch...Well, if looks like a lot of great drink.

06-06-2004, 19:12
To those of you who received some crazy cell phone calls


Sounded like someone was having a good time!

06-06-2004, 19:13
Looks like everyone had a great time. Wish we could have been there. See you all in September! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif

06-06-2004, 19:14
Hey Bob, how abour a little info on your beer? I just finished bottling a stout myself, and I'm always interested in beers by other homebrewers.

06-06-2004, 19:21
Sounded like someone was having a good time!

Sure sounded like a good time to me...I talked to a man with a Scotland accent http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif for awhile...He sounded alot like http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif Bob http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif and of course got to talk with "our Stacy"...We sang Happy Birthday to her on the phone http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif...

http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif Bettye Jo http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

06-06-2004, 19:24
Cliff brought the 86' EWSB Tim. I'm not sure if he got it in or near Japan, I know that's where I had to get mine as well as Chris' to complete out sets. That 86' was a great start to a great line of bourbons!

We were talking about the Louisville and Frankfort bottlings this afternoon and it seemed the general concensus was if you could still find the older Louisville bottlings, grab them!

Yep, there was the Hirsch! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif Not much left when it got there, but happily the rest of the bottle was shared amongst friends who could really appreciate it! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif We wish so many others could have been there as well.

06-06-2004, 19:52
Just last night I was looking at this thread and here it is reappearing today. Cliff had a bottle of '86 EWSB last year. Is this the same bottle or is he traveling around the world to acquire this whiskey? We're all very jealous.

Also was the Weller 10 also a Louisville bottling or did it come from Frankfort.

Just a reminder that Maryland is only a short drive down the NJ turnpike.

06-06-2004, 20:02
If I'm not mistaken, that's the same 86' EWSB that he popped open during the last get together here at my place... Tell me about it, I wish I had gotten more of it while I had the chance, a very fine whiskey indeed and a special one too!

I am not too sure about the Weller Centennial bottling, I really don;t remember. I 'think' it was a Frankfort but Bob has the bottle, maybe he can 'enlighten us'. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif

Are you anywhere near rte 13 in Maryland? Just asking, whenever I go to VA Beach I travel Rte 13 south after crossing the Deleware Memorial Bridge.

06-07-2004, 04:27
Just last night I was looking at this thread and here it is reappearing today. Cliff had a bottle of '86 EWSB last year. Is this the same bottle or is he traveling around the world to acquire this whiskey?

It was the same bottle of '86 that we sampled at Mark's this past winter. I found it last November in the Caribbean.

06-07-2004, 04:36
I note the OC Proprietor's Reserve is the Louisville variant. I have a local store that has both the Louisville and Frankfort bottlings. How do any of you feel about relative quality? Or should I just get one (or more) of each?

The Louisville OCPR, bottled by UD, is history. The new product, bottled by BT, is now widely available and at a new lower ($23-24) price point in Kentucky. If you can bunker some of the original UD OCPR, by all means do so. It is a refined, well-balanced bourbon -- one you'll be glad to have around for years to come. I've yet to compare it to the new BT OCPR, however, but I expect the new bourbon to be louder and woodier, though less complex (as is the new BT-bottled 12yo OC Classic).

06-07-2004, 06:16
Wanted to thank everyone who came by on Sunday. Had a great time seeing all of you folks. Thanks for all of the goodies you folks left on the table. We should definitely do it again so Tonya can meet the rest of the crew.
Hopefully we'll be able to get to the point where we can get away from the store for a couple of days so we can make it down this year and meet everyone else.

06-07-2004, 06:21
Maybe during the summer, we can have another meet at my place and cook up some bbq for dinner. It'd be great to do it again and this time have Tonya there! As for leaving the 'goodies' on the table it literally is the least we could do for the hospitality you showed us all! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif

06-07-2004, 06:25
ah, well, not much to say about those!

Oh yes there is!

So here I am in the middle of a baseball game, and the cel phone in my pocket rings. Who is on the other end but some drunken assholes who are apparently enjoying themselves, but have no understanding of how critical my situation is. One of my coaches asked who it was, and I said that I had no idea, but they were clearly three sheets to the wind. They must not have had much signal, as the connection was cutting out so bad it was almost impossible to understand them. Thirty MPH wind gusts on my end exacerbated the situation. A brief transcript of the conversation follows.

&lt;jim&gt; Hello?
&lt;other end&gt; click BLEEEEEEE click EEEEEEEEE!!!! ha ha ha F**k you!!! HA click HA HA!
&lt;jim&gt; Hey can I call you back, I'm in the middle of a baseball game.
&lt;other end&gt; HA HA click HA!!! A F*CK click ING BASE click BALL GAME??? HA HA HA!!!!! BLEEE click EEEEE!
&lt;jim&gt; F*ck you too. hangs up

After the game, I checked the incoming number. Then it all made sense.

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06-07-2004, 06:30
http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smilielol.gif, you should have seen the silence that filled the room once you hung up on us! We were using the speakerphone built in the cell phone Jim, so that probably attributed to much of the clicks and voices canceling out... I called Bettye Jo before you and she wasn't home and neither was Bobby when he got a call, so you were the first 'lucky one' to answer a phone and hear our 'jubilation' http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif

06-07-2004, 06:31
Are you anywhere near rte 13 in Maryland? Just asking, whenever I go to VA Beach I travel Rte 13 south after crossing the Deleware Memorial Bridge.


No, you would have to hook up to Rte. 95 and cross into Maryland a few miles to Fallston, Md.

However your travels take you straight through Salisbury, Md where my son Dave,Jr attends college ( Salisbury University )and I frequently visit him. Just let me know when you pass by and perhaps we can get together.

In regards to the Weller 10, I have a bottle that was distilled and bottled in Frankfort but it still retains the " Bourbon Heritage Collection " wrapper around the neck. Do the current bottlings refer to BHC?

06-07-2004, 06:35
Oh yeah, I am familiar with the College there in Salisbury... There used to be a Pizza Hut we'd stop in all the time around there! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif I'll KIT next time I know I'm heading down that way and if you are ever coming up near the city, drop me a line if you're near Staten Island.

In the past I had thought taht once the BHC was done away with, they stopped using the logo for it around the wrappers on the necks, as with HH's Very Special Old Fitzgerald 12yo. On those bottles they replaced the BHC logo with capital letters VSOF, but I think on the 'new' centennial and OCPR from BT they are still using the logo on the wrappers.

06-07-2004, 06:49
It's too bad I wasnt at home at the time Mark. I no doubt would have poured a few and joined in!

We got the crap kicked out of us. The opposing coach was real uptight that we had won the first meeting between our teams, so he intentionally ran up the score. In the aftermath of the first game, this same guy told me and my head coach that we didnt deserve to win and would be made to pay.

It's just my $.02, but a 23 year old isn't far enough removed from being 14 to coach kids that age. Kicking an opponent that's already down is a classless act.

OK, I'm off my soapbox http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif

06-07-2004, 06:54
There's a college in that town? I was in Salisbury to attend my uncle's funeral last June, but really, I thought it must only have a population of about 5000. I wish that I'd had the time to look around (or been in the mood for it for that matter http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif )

06-07-2004, 06:57
[/QUOTE] I talked to a man with a Scotland accent http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif for awhile...He sounded alot like http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif Bob

It was certainly nice to be able to chat with Bettye Jo and Bobby for awhile...made it seem like our KY friends were with us as well. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif As far as the Scotish accent, I guess I was transformed there for awhile http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif but at least I didn't have any Tourette's at the time! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smilielol.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smilielol.gif It will be great when we're all able to see one another in KY, but in the meantime, this NY contingent hasn't done too bad! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif


06-07-2004, 07:05
I just listened to the voice mail you people left on my work line. It had me laughing so damn hard my eyes are still watering http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smilielol.gif

In particular Cliff's line about "Teaching those *&amp;&amp;@^## adolescents how to ..."

06-07-2004, 07:10
I just listened to the voice mail you people left on my work line.

Oh yeah, we did call your work line as well, didn't we... http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smilielol.gif!

06-07-2004, 08:56
Oh yeah, we did call your work line as well, didn't we... !

Gawd I love this forum!! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smilielol.gif
Makes me really, really sorry I missed the whole thing.
How cool!

06-07-2004, 09:34
I know I saw the EW '86 Single Barrel - yes the '86 - in New York City two weeks ago. There are two large, discount-style liquor stores across from each next to Cooper Union (or Square, i.e. at about 7th and Broadway) and I am almost sure it was at one of those. Saw lots of odd items like that on that trip, e.g. Park Avenue Liquors on Madison had Green Spot, three bottles in a corner of the interior window display (straight on as you walk in), looking almost as if left by afterthought. I had a bottle of that two years ago and thought it was about the best whiskey I ever had in my life. At 100 dollars, it is worth the price, IMO. Green Spot bottlings, a true Irish pot still, can vary in taste, but all of it is very good and some bottles are sensational.


06-07-2004, 15:31
I don't think behavior like that has any place in any kid's sport. I would report it to the league officials and, if no action was taken against the jerk, I don't believe I or my kids would be back.

Intense competition is fine. Lousy sportsmanship is the exact opposite of what the kids should be learning.


06-07-2004, 15:51
No, Ben Thank You is more like it. Your hospitality was so generous and welcomed. We all felt it and the breakfast you had made was by far one of the best meals I have had in a long while. I have to get some recipes--> http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/yum.gif !! I had a great time with some friends who made this birthday by far the best in a long time. The entire day was one I shall treasure for a while. Might I add, Whisk(e)y was a welcomed addition to our crew. ((I mean the cat shown in Mark's photo.)) SO, here is great BIG thanks to Ben, (I will savour every sip of wine that you &amp; Tonya gave me) Nancy and Bob (who lovingly have enriched my 'other' beverage consumption http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif,) Cliff(who surprised me with some Four Roses), Omar and Katia and of course Mark.
PS: One other thanks go to my Southern sweeties who wished me a happy day-->Bettye Jo, Terese &amp; Erica.. I had tears in my eyes from the emotion.
http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif Here's hoping that this kicks one of the best festivals yet!

06-07-2004, 17:13
There's a college in that town? I was in Salisbury to attend my uncle's funeral last June, but really, I thought it must only have a population of about 5000.

Actually the population is around 25,000. Click below for an article pertaining to the school.

about Salisbury (http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/visitor/college/bal-hl-salisbury.story)

They recently won the Division III Lacrosse championship held in Baltimore. The students also spend their weekends
at Ocean City, Md....not bad http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif

The rest of the year its http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif

06-09-2004, 12:16
I just returned from my trip down to Alabama for my grandmother's funeral. I sure hated to miss out on all the fun. You should have seen me Saturday before my flight making up gravy and laying everything out for Ben as much as I could so the show could go on. I wouldn't have canceled this get together for the world. It was so nice to come home and hear the stories from Ben and see your note and gifts on the table.

A smile was brought to my face when my uncle told me that my teetotaler grandmother was bragging to all the nurses at the hospital that her granddaughter was one of the 50 best bootleggers in the country. But I didn't laugh no where near as much at that as I did when I come back and read through this thread about all the crazy cell phone calls. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smilielol.gif REMINDER: When imbibing, have a close friend take your car keys AND your cell phones. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif

We sure hope to get down to the Festival.

06-09-2004, 12:29

Our condolences on your Grandma's passing. You were certainly missed on Sunday, but Ben did a hell of a job! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/bowdown.gif As I'm sure it is obvious, we had a great time. We'll see you at the next NYSB.com Crew gathering, and ya gotta come to KY!!!

Bob and Nancy