Posts Tagged ‘Charles the Bald’

Lipstick, Gambling, & Charles the Bald!

September 27, 2013

Things that make you go hmmmm;

–          Today in 1822, Jean-Francois Champollion announced he had deciphered the Rosetta Stone. According to Monsieur Jean-Francois, it read; “D R I N K Y O U R O V A L T I N E.” ….not really…

–          Lancaster, Pennsylvania was the capital of the United States today (and only today) in 1777. I guess one day is all it took!

–          Today in 1954 featured the nationwide debut of the television show “Tonight” (later “The Tonight Show”) hosted by Steve Allen on NBC. No, I was not his first guest. This leads us, however, to our;

Quote of the Day (#1)

It’s from the very bright Steve Allen. He explains; “I used to be a gambler. But now I just make mental bets. That’s how I lost my mind.”

Quote of the day (#2)

The definitively lovely Gwyneth Paltrow was born today in 1972. She offers this personal definition; “Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.”

Words to ponder.

And things that make you go ZZZZZZZZ;

On this day in 1905, the physics journal “Annalen der Physik” published Albert Einstein’s paper; “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?” introducing the equation; E=mc squared. Some light reading for the airplane…yes? Oh wait. They didn’t have airplanes then.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

I know you thought I missed the key event of this date, but no, I was saving it for today’s drink recommendation.

Ermentrude of Orleans, consort of Charles the Bald, was born this day in 823. I know you think I make these things up, but you’d be wrong about that…most of the time. Let’s toast them with a glass of Bald Peak Cabernet Sauvignon. It was just too good to pass up.

Who loves ya baby?

Cheers!

Roger

9/27/13.

Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmm!

September 27, 2012

Today in 1822, Jean-Francois Champollion announced he had deciphered the Rosetta Stone. According to Jean-Francois, it reads as follows; “D R I N K Y O U R O V A L T I N E.”

Lancaster, Pennsylvania was the capital of the United States today (and only today) in 1777. I guess one day is all it took!

Today in 1954 featured the nationwide debut of the television show “Tonight” (later “The Tonight Show”) hosted by Steve Allen on NBC. No, I was not his first guest.

And things that make you go ZZZZZZZZ;

On this day in 1905, the physics journal “”Annalen der Physik” published Albert Einstein’s paper; “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?” introducing the equation; E=mc squared. Some light reading for the airplane…yes?

Drink 4cast 4 2day

I know you thought I missed the key event of this date, but no, I was saving it for today’s drink recommendation.

Ermentrude of Orleans, consort of Charles the Bald, was born this day in 823. I know you think I make these things up, but you’d be wrong about that. Let’s toast them with a glass of Bald Peak Cabernet Sauvignon. It was just too good to pass up.

Who loves ya baby?

Cheers!

Roger

9/27/12.

Swearing on Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2012

I am appalled!

But it seems that’s what happened today in the year 842 – in two languages no less!

Charles the Bald (love the name) and Louis the German (sounds like a professional wrasslin’ match) swore the oaths of Strasbourg in the French and German languages.

What’s that?

It’s not that kind of swearing? …….…never mind.

There are other events to celebrate anyway.

–          Character actor Thelma Ritter was born today in 1905. My favorite of Ms. Ritter’s many performances was her role in the original Hitchcock film “Rear Window”. She was all spunk and common sense, and certainly not above getting involved in the action.

–          Oscar Wilde’s final play, “The Importance of Being Earnest” opened at the St. James Theatre in London today in 1895.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Actually I have two cocktail recipes for today.

The valentine in my life is Janie and she makes a mean Cosmo.

Janie’s Cosmo

1 ½ oz Grays Peak Vodka

½ oz. Cointreau

½ oz. Lime Juice

1 ½ oz. Cranberry Juice

Add the ingredients to a shaker with crushed ice.

Shake, strain and serve.

(Her note: “Sometimes I add extra cranberry juice to make it pretty”)

For the rest of you unfortunate souls whose valentine isn’t Janie, you can still have a;

Valentine Martini

4 oz. Champagne

1 oz. Absolut Kurant Vodka

1 oz. Raspberry Schnapps

1 oz. Lime Juice

A few edible Rose Petals

Ice

Crystallized Sugar

Rim your martini glass with sugar.

Into a cocktail shaker, add the vodka, champagne, and ice.

Shake.

Add in schnapps and lime juice.

Shake well.

Strain and pour into the martini glass.

Float the edible rose petals on top of your “Valentini” as garnish.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Cheers!

Roger

2/14/12.

Kentucky’s Newest Winemaker!

September 27, 2011

First, I’d like to suggest that we celebrate the arrival of Kentucky’s newest winemaker at what is probably Kentucky’s newest winery. Lisa Wicker has come on board as winemaker at Alex Ackermann’s Green Acres Winery in Lebanon. Ladies, we are expecting great things!

What else can we celebrate today?

Well there are things that make you go hmmmm;

Today in 1822, Jean-Francois Champollion announced he had deciphered the Rosetta Stone. According to Jean-Francois, it read; “Drink your Ovaltine.”

Lancaster, Pennsylvania was the capital of the United States today (and only today) in 1777. Do you suppose it a case of buyer’s remorse?

Today in 1954 featured the nationwide debut of the television show “Tonight” (later “The Tonight Show”) hosted by Steve Allen on NBC. I was not his first guest. Go figure.

And things that make you go ZZZZZZZZ;

On this day in 1905, the physics journal “”Annalen der Physik” published Albert Einstein’s paper; “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?” introducing the equation; E=mc squared. Catchy title, no? It was later turned into a musical.

It’s World Tourism Day!

Several birthdays of interest;

–         Actors Wilfrid Brimley (1934) and Gwyneth Paltrow (1972) were born today.

–         Jazz pianist Bud Powell (1924) could accompany rocker Meat Loaf (1947) in a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday to You”.

–         Noir writer Jim Thompson (1906) shares this birthday with magician Harry Blackstone, Sr.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

I know you thought I missed the key birthday of this date, but no, I was saving it for today’s drink recommendation.

Ermentrude of Orleans, consort of Charles the Bald, was born this day in 823. I know you think I make these things up, but you’d be wrong about that. Let’s toast them with a glass of Bald Peak Cabernet Sauvignon. It was just too good to pass up.

Who loves ya baby?

Cheers!

Roger

9/27/11.