Company O. paid me a bonus today. The bulk of it is going to be placed in a high yield savings account for future use. I couldn't help treating myself to a few shiny new toys. Hopefully, Mrs. Geek won't mind either... seeing as how she just signed up for that Scrapbooking convention a couple weeks ago and the registration fee just went through.
I got two digital discs. One is the Warner Bros. re-master of Casablanca. I'm a rather late convert to this film; I don't think I saw it all the way through until a few years ago. Once I did, I was taken with the rapid fire peppery dialogue and wry humor. Like the other great Warner Bros. re-mastersI have purchased, this one is pretty much flawless. I don't know exactly what they did to make the black and white images look so crisp and new... but I wish all classic films could look that good.
I also got a CD copy of the new Norah Jones side project The Little Willies. It's basically a mix of laid back honky tonk country classics (by the likes of Fred Rose, Kris Kristofferson, Townes Van Zandt, and Willie Nelson) with a few originals thrown in for good measure. Country purists will probably find some fault with it... but I find the fun the band is obviously having to be infectious. Personally, I have to think that Willie Nelson (the band's namesake) would love The Little Willies rockabilly groove. That's good enough for me.
Finally, I got some whiskey. I got a bottle of 16 year old Black Maple Hill handmade sour mash Kentucky Straight Bourbon. It's smooth, very smooth, with a backbone of vanilla flavors and some interesting smokey accents. I also got a bottle of A.H. Hirsch 21 year old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey. Rumor on the web that this is actually a single barrel version of Rip Van Winkle Rye. I don't know about that... but this is a good stiff drink that any Scotch drinker ought to love (at least one who likes peat-y concoctions like Laphroaig like me.) The rough accent is more rye bread (as the name suggests) than smokey peat, but who cares.
on 2006-03-31 at 9:56 p.m.
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