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Entries from September 2007

Oktoberfest Beer Tasting & Brewery

Sunday, September 30th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Big thanks to Renée and Jason for hosting a great Oktoberfest beer tasting at their place in Troy yesterday (yes, I’m blogging about a current event!). Jen, Patricia, and I cruised to riverfront Troy with 6-packs chilling in our cooler. Jen and I brought Mendocino Brewing Company Oktoberfest (brewed at our very own Olde Saratoga […]

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Tags: food · photos 2007

Blog Master G “Oozes Positivity”

Saturday, September 29th, 2007 · 1 Comment

It’s fun being a bit of an Internet celebrity. I really miss that part of having my blog be more public and findable by search engines. This week I’ve gotten to relive that exhilarating feeling all over again, thanks to the Chez Sophie saga, which I posted to my blog on Wednesday. On Thursday, Times […]

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Tags: blogging · saratoga springs

Chez Sophie Reply Letter

Thursday, September 27th, 2007 · 4 Comments

Wow, yesterday’s blog entry about our terrible Chez Sophie experience really struck a chord with all of you! I haven’t gotten that much feedback on any blog post in ages. I guess that tells me what’s important to people — that being treated well in dining is universally important, and that the controversy is fun. […]

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Tags: food · saratoga springs

Chez Sophie Anniversary Dinner

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007 · 32 Comments

The night of our 4th anniversary (2 months ago today!), Jen and I celebrated by treating ourselves to dinner at the highly overrated French restaurant, Chez Sophie, inside The Saratoga hotel. We’d heard nothing but good things about Chez Sophie, so our expectations were high — as they should be when you’re paying upwards of […]

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Tags: food · saratoga springs

$65 Million Unfinished SF Mansion

Monday, September 24th, 2007 · 1 Comment

I enjoy watching the real estate market of my old city, San Francisco. I last wrote about how you pretty much need a million dollars to buy a house in San Francisco. Today the Chronicle has a story on an unfinished mansion in Gold Coast (near the beautiful Presidio, which overlooks the Golden Gate Bridge, […]

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Tags: real estate · san francisco

Grandpa Elmer & the USS Prairie

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007 · 2 Comments

Though he passed away when I was away at Vassar and I never really got to know him in my adult life, my Grandpa Elmer (my Dad’s Dad) was a great, admirable man. He was quiet and caring, and had a deep, booming voice. He had lots of grandchildren, but he had a way of […]

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Tags: anecdotes · photos

Wine Club #2

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007 · No Comments

Wine Club #2 was hosted by Mara and Vinnie on July 24, 2007. Jen and I redeemed our last place finish at Wine Club #1 by bringing the winning wine — the most excellent New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc known as Giesen. Even though Giesen was the clear victor, everyone thought it tasted vaguely of weed, […]

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Tags: photos 2007

Sarah’s Birthday Party / Wine Club #3

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007 · 2 Comments

Wednesday night we celebrated Sarah’s birthday — happy birthday, Sarah (and Johnny, who was with us in spirit)! — and hosted Wine Club #3. Jen did an amazing job cooking up some delicious eggplant parm and lasagna, along with a cheesecake for dessert (all homemade, including the tomato sauce). To complement the Italian theme of […]

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Tags: photos 2007

Mayor Keehn Wins the Primary

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007 · No Comments

Big congrats to Mayor Valerie Keehn on her crushing victory in yesterday’s primary elections here in Saratoga Springs! “The People’s Mayor” earned her self-proclaimed title Tuesday with a commanding victory over challenger Gordon Boyd in the Democratic primary. Mayor Valerie Keehn was pumping her arms, thumbs up, after only a few elections districts reported in […]

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Tags: politics · saratoga springs

Saratoga Stabbing

Saturday, September 15th, 2007 · No Comments

Overall, Saratoga Springs is an incredibly safe little city — one of the many reasons we love it here so much. From time to time, though, there’s the occasional minor violence — bar fights, bank robbery, home burglaries, and stabbings. Typically the stabbings occur weekend nights on Caroline Street outside the bars that line the […]

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