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More New Year's Stuff - The Road
Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Juan
Date: 2007-01-08 09:55
Subject: More New Year's Stuff
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So brief update of what I’ve been up to. The weekend before last I had a good friend visiting, so I showed her around Houston a bit.
We went to the Wall of Water, and the Galleria. We also went to Sam Houston Race Park to watch the horses race Friday and Saturday nights.
Although I didn’t win any money, they were pretty nights and it was nice to watch the horses run around a bit. Saturday we ate good steaks, and took a tour of the Saint Arnold’s Brewery. It’s a pretty small place in a warehouse looking building with a bunch of big steel tanks. Apparently, they just let people in on Saturday and it becomes more like a tiny bar with a bunch of wooden tables. You do have to pay a tour fee, but apparently the beer tokens you get are a good value, because tons of people come and bring lunches and boardgames and stuff to sit around and drink. It’s kinda of a picnic-like Octoberfesty atmosphere. They also give you tokens if you bring back boxes and cardboard beer containers, so recycling pays beer. New Year’s Eve we played some boardgames with some friends. We played Bohnanza, a german bean growing trading game, RoboRally, a robotic death race type game. I pushed some bots into the pit with my bot, I was quite the death machine in that game.

The short week passed pretty quickly, as I just played a bit of Guitar Hero and went to bed early most nights. I was feeling a bit tired last week and went to sleep pretty early. I’m still feeling sleepy this week as well. I don’t know if I’ve been fighting off a cold or just having low level sinus problems.

Last weekend I went to a holiday party on Saturday, watched the cowboys with the accompanying emotions relating from their performance, and then did some gaming with the guys on Sunday. I apparently need to get a coffee maker. Any recommendations on a simple 4-5 cup drip machine relatively cheap?
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fantasygeek
User: fantasygeek
Date: 2007-01-08 21:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, I'm not a coffee drinker, but I bet you could find something at Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart is indeed a corporate monarch, but I am indeed a loyal subject, if not indentured servant. ;)
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Neal
User: parc
Date: 2007-01-09 22:13 (UTC)
Subject: Coffee Maker
Any grocery store will have a passable coffee maker.

DON'T BUY a machine that takes pre-made packets. Get a standard drip machine and a brass filter for it -- paper filters kill the flavor of any coffee you use.

Buy a small bag of vacuum-packed coffee. Put it in the freezer. Leave it there until you need it. After it's opened, put it in a ziploc bag BACK IN THE FREEZER as far toward the top and back as possible. If it sits there more than 6 months, toss it out and repeat the purchase. Buy good stuff -- not flavored, not folgers, and not "store brand." Since you don't drink it, view this as an investment -- it's $10, but it'll pay for itself if you impress an important coffee-drinking guest.

If you can, get fair trade coffee. In theory all of Starbucks' stuff is fair trade, but I don't think they sell anything vacuum-packed. You could also hunt around the local coffee shops for something, but that seems like a little more effort than it's worth.

I say this not as a coffee snob (although I play one on TV), but as someone that could possibly have to have coffee at your place.
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