Only a cynic would point out that hockey starts in a few days, of course.

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Last night, CBC management and the Canadian Media Guild finally came to an agreement in principle. There's still a ratification vote to be had, and the return to work still needs to be hammered out, but real CBC content should be back underway sometime within the next few weeks. There'll still be picketing for a little while, but the worst is pretty much over.

Since the last big ranty thing, content from the locked-out workers has become much more engaging from the perspective of the casual listener. Toronto's Metro Morning team took over community station CIUT's early AM slot for a while; the resultant shows were more engaging than Metro Morning itself had been in a long time. (They also had killer theme music, and I would die to find out what the song's called.) Shelagh Rogers drove across Canada with a small group, podcasting and blogging the whole way. (Grab the Jean Ghomeshi song and read the account of the Stephenville floods, if nothing else.) Journalists banded together to offer up as much news as possible via the CBC Unlocked service, which is a hell of a lot more useful than management's kitten photos.

If you're in as much Radio One withdrawl as I am, though, going through the archived CBC Unplugged podcasts (via iTunes or Odeo) might help. Mind, if you're in as much Radio One withdrawl as I am, you probably kept up with every single one of them, too, and have resorted to watching Frank Peretti's children's show.

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Call me a cynic then... Saturday night is only 6 days away (well, I guess closer to 5 now)... And its good that other great CBC content will be returning too (I almost said that with a straight face... :D ).

Oh, the other good thing is the return of Rick Mercer! Yay!

At least, since Mercer's show isn't entirely union-produced, they kept the Report's website up so that one could get fixen.

(Moved to Tuesdays and renamed, though. Bah.)

The move to Tuesday is good though, since then it no longer directly competes with the other great Canadian Comedy Show (being Corner Gas) on Mondays at 8. So thats good, now I can catch both without resorting to the internet. :)

Peretti has a children's show?

...scariest thing I've learned all year.

Oh, yes. I plan on writing about it once I've watched an episode more closely (I'm thinking I need to somehow streamcache everything from 4AM onwards this Saturday). Mr. Henry's Wild and Wacky World.

While it's not the best performed or written Christian kiddies' show on the market, it's not horrible as such things go, either. Peretti makes a surprisingly engaging Nutty Kids' Show Host, and he seems to merit a bit more of a budget than the other shows around him. Miss Charity's Diner is dull on its own, but this made it near-as-dammit unbearable by comparison (only near-as because Miss Charity herself bears a passing resemblance to decaffienated Lorelei Gilmore. One can easily imagine Faithville as a sort of mirror universe Stars Hollow where no one is capable of wit).

Jesus fish, I just compared the Faithville universe to Gilmore Girls. Someone get me a fifth of something absurd and peaty.

Jesus fish, I just compared the Faithville universe to Gilmore Girls. Someone get me a fifth of something absurd and peaty.

No, no! I knew exactly what you meant!

Someone get me a fifth of something absurd and peaty.

If it's any consolation, I read that as "absurd and perky".

Someone get me a fifth of something absurd and peaty.
I read that as "absurd and perky".

I tried to come up with a Schlock Mercenary pun.

My local tavern has Monty Python Holy Grail Ale. Is that absurd and peaty enough, Wednesday?

Miyaa -- "Peaty" usually refers to Scotch, for the record. (Maybe other whiskeys as well, but for God's sake why would you bother with other whiskeys?) A "smooth" Scotch has little bite, so the burn only settles in as it reaches your stomach, and the flavor is mild and subtle. A "peaty" scotch has a pronounced flavor, the burn hitting the mouth almost immediately as well, and the flavors are complex and should be savored -- the aftertaste of a peaty Scotch is half the point, really.

When you hear of "sipping" Scotches from connoisseurs, it's normally a peaty Scotch they're describing. Smooth Scotches can be sipped, of course, but when part of the point is they slide right in and then you feel all warm and tingly, hammering a shot back enhances that quality.

(For the record? Since the surgery I sip all Scotches I drink. Hammering a shot back would knock me into next Tuesday.)

My two favorite Scotches are Talisker -- which is on the smooth side of the equation, though its flavor is complex if one does sip it -- and Laiphroig, which is like being hit in the face with granite from the Isle of Skye. Laiphroig is a "peaty" Scotch.

I remember reading that Laphroaig were going to bring out a six-year whiskey, which is an interesting thought...

Me, I am in Radio Two withdrawl. Whose reputation as "You know, the other network" was firmly cemented by management's decision to play fricking elevator music 24-7 during the strike.

The withdrawl is severe.

Personally I'm in Radio Three withdrawl, sure the podcast is still out... but its not the same, not without Grant Lawrence. :)

My Radio One withdrawl has been exacerbated by the proportion of Radio Two content being rerun on Radio One for no good reason.

Can't help with Radio Three.

Miyaa -- "Peaty" usually refers to Scotch, for the record. (Maybe other whiskeys as well, but for God's sake why would you bother with other whiskeys?)

Because Irish Whiskey is the most perfect thing on this planet and proof that not only does god exist, but he has a soft spot for the Irish.

Cheap scotch isn't bad for mixing, but expensive scotch is a waste of money that could be otherwise spent on real whiskey.

His name's Sweeney, he's not an impartial judge.

Eric is an impartial judge, because Americans don't make whiskey. No they don't, I'm not listening, no they don't LA LA LA LA

Ummm... dude? What?

I miss bourbon. I really, really miss good bourbon. I go to the Safeway^WMorrisons and all there is is Knob Creek. Now, Wonkette maintains that Knob Creek's perfectly decent, but living here has poisoned me.

Also, Sean: dude? Aren't you under drinking age? I thought they didn't teach people over here whisk[e]y snobbery until about a year and a half after drinking age is attained.

His name's Sweeney, he's not an impartial judge.

Eric is an impartial judge, because Americans don't make whiskey.

Yeah, I'm Irish American, but Eric has admitted that he is Scotch American, so we are equally bias. I just happen to be right.

Whiskey snobbery is being willing to drop $100 on a bottle of Bushmills Millenium Malt (30 year old single malt Irish Whisky made one time for the millenium) They dropped the price to $80, but it would have been worth $200. That shit is heaven on earth. Only problem is I'm afraid the drink it, because when this bottle is done, its gone.

Also, since, to my knowledge, Scotch is the only whiskey that uses peat, so it would probably be the only one that can be described as 'peaty.'

I've found Burbon is a great whiskey to get started on. To learn how to drink whiskey straight or on the rocks. Cheap burbon is better and cheaper then cheap Irish and Scotch (never had Canadian so I can't say one way or the other). And most people, by the time they start thinking about drinking whiskey with out a mixer, have had enough burbon that the taste isn't a huge surprise and the cost is such that it is easy to experiment.

Old Irish Saying:

"I don't put whisky in my water, or water in my whisky"

Whiskey snobbery is being willing to drop $100 on a bottle of Bushmills Millenium Malt (30 year old single malt Irish Whisky made one time for the millenium) They dropped the price to $80, but it would have been worth $200. That shit is heaven on earth. Only problem is I'm afraid the drink it, because when this bottle is done, its gone.
Hmm, that came out a bit more snobby then I intended.

Apparently, I need a glass.

I'm allergic to Pepsi. Good thing I always preferred Coke ...

I recently bought my dad a bottle of Talisker, and he says I'm wasting my money because he can't tell the difference. I don't care because he's going to have to let me do taste testing. I've been building him a scotch stock every year. :)

I like a Canadian whisky (blended) called Tangle Ridge. Nice, smooth and spicy. Mmmm.
All the American whiskey tastes to me very much like American beer. Ptoo.

Hey, now. I like some of the micro-brewed American beers. But you're right about the big names. Budweiser = the yuck. Stuff smells (and tastes, from my one! experience with it) like watered-down pee.

Wednesday: my eighteenth birthday was a couple of months ago (almost to the day). I'm a quick learner?

Oh, sure. Correct the guy who hardly drink alcohol. (Lost a lot of friends due to alcohol related deaths. It's probably why I have a lot of problem handling the taste. I'm not saying I'd stop any of you from drinking; I have a lot of bad associations with beer, wine, and spirits and people I've known. I love going to bars, I just rarely drink.)

I don't think that we knew that (aaaaack...), miyaa. It's certainly not something I remembered knowing.

Mind, it wouldn't necessarily follow that someone who doesn't drink, for whatever reason, wouldn't also have a working knowledge of booze. I'm reminded of one of my best friends, who's both completely teetotal and a killer party bartender.

If there's a cheap drunk at the party, it's me. I love alcohol. I likes me the mixed drinks, and even (on a very rare occasion) a shot of tequila. I love the smell (but not the taste!) of Jaegermeister (sp?). Trouble is, I'm a cheap drunk. Though I love the taste, I hate being drunk, and it does NOT TAKE MUCH to get me there, darnit. That shot of tequila I mention up there? It'd better be accompanied by a bed, for sleeping, NOW!, and thus reserved only for sinus headaches nothing else can touch.

Alcohol, though I love it, makes me sleepy, and tends to kill a party for me, as I'm suddenly tired, and sleepy, and wanna go home (but don't WANT to go home cause I'm at a gathering o'friends!), and thus, unhappy. I tried, once upon a time, to build a tolerance for the stronger stuff. Those were some seriously fuzzy months, I tell you. Got nice sleep, though.

Nowadays, if I'm going to drink, and I'm out of the house, it's beer I'll stick with. For whatever reason, beer doesn't knock me out in nothing flat, and I can still have a good time. But.. I'm damn picky about beer. So usually, I'm the girl at the party who's having a Coke, or a (NOT Long Island) iced tea... because, well, I can't.

Doesn't mean I don't know anything about it though. 'tis good schtuff. (hic)

On the "cheap beer is teh bad" thread. Once in college I gave a guy in my dorm a $20 to buy me some beer (I was 19 at the time). he came back with a case of Coors. I looked at the case and dropped it in the trash unopened. I don't mind Miller, and I can stomach Bud if there's nothing else, but I can't stand Coors!

Oh and I like being drunk, I just don't care for the next morning. (someone had to make the joke) Smartest thing I've ever learned is how to equate the amount I drink with how I'll feel the next day. That, and how to cook spaghetti when completley shitfaced. A little food and a couple pints of water go along way towards heading off a hangover.

Oh, aye, that's one of the *other* reasons I don't drink much, actually... the dehydration. I spent too many years with a bottle of water almost velcroed to my hand, when I was studying voice, when dehydration was B-A-D. I swear my voice coach could tell how many glasses of water I'd had that day by the time I went "nyereetoomekyanyabellaaaaaa" the first time in our vocalise exercises.

So when I *do* drink, there's got to be, even now, at least one glass of water per glass of whatever, even beer. And if you're drinkin' beer... well, don'tcha think there's enough peeing goin' on without adding a bunch of water too? (and yes, I just had to be the one to talk about beer's tendency to just.. y'know.. visit a while).

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