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Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017
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Yards, Feet, and Cubic Yards
RobertLove

Sunday was spent building and setting up some raised beds. I am going to see how the raised bed that I built fares over the year, not expecting it to last more than a few years, but that will be a good start. The bed that we set up is a round pop up style bed. It's made of a plastic-y fabric that you just unfold and fill with dirt and BOOM raised bed. Right now we have some peas, onion, and garlic in the pop up bed, but will be adding more to it later. I'm looking forward to the whole thing. Ready to get some veggies again. Also, make sure that you know what you're getting yourself into when you start building raised beds. A 4'x8' bed will run you 32 cubic feet of dirt. And
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Feb 07, 2017
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Pew Pew Pew 1.5
RobertLove

If you all follow all of the blogs that I write, you will have seen that I recently acquired a laser engraver. Was worried about a couple of things for getting it going, but seems many of my fears were a little unfounded. Spent some time before quiz getting the finishing touches on it and it fired right up. I was worried about things like aiming and laser beam alignment, but also, after some checking, all of that was good. So, what to do now? I already have plans to replace the laser bed with a better one, as the one it came with is a piece of garbage. Got the old one out, now just need to find a proper replacement. With the old bed, I was able to do a quick test cut that turned
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017
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Doin' Work!
RobertLove

My friends and I have been putting tile in at my girlfriend's house. It's been a good learning experience and hopefully will be adding some real value to the house. It's taking longer than expected, but most projects tend to. That's okay, it'll get finished and will look damn good. I highly recommend you try and install some tile sometime. It's great fun. I think that's enough of that for now, so let's move onto the quiz. Many teams did very well on the bonus questions tonight, but we only have so many pint cards to give out. Those teams who got to take home some of those pint cards were: Turkish Delight; Betamax and Chill; We
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017
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Eye Opening
RobertLove

Lately we have had a really big and great crowd. This crowd has included new teams, regular teams, and travellers, in for a good beer and a good time. I think this goes without saying, but I really enjoy beer. I have had many different styles from many different breweries. However, my list pales in comparison to some others that I know. They trade. They travel. They ship. They get the beers. I am often slightly envious, but with the collaborative environment surrounding beer, there is always someone willing to share some brews with. At quiz I got to try a beer that I didn't think I'd ever get. Barrel Aged Bible Belt by Prairie Artisan Ales. Thank you
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017
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The Times, They are a Changin'
RobertLove

I have been thinking about what to write for a bit and have been coming up short, so I think I will just talk on something that I have been considering in my life otherwise. I think I have come to the conclusion about something in my life that it is time to move on from. I have been holding onto it for a while, but the other day I realized that it wasn't worth holding onto any longer. So, here's to changes. See you all soon! Tonight's quiz was a good time. We had some tough competition for the pint cards tonight, but as always, each one can only go to one team. Those teams winning the pint cards tonight were: The Betty White Supremacists; Dr. Dre's
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017
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Clutter, Clutter, Clutter
RobertLove

Have you gone through your stuff recently? Checked the clothes hanging in your closet or in storage? Looked in those boxes from the last time you moved? Evaluated what should and should not be kept? These are all things that we should all try to do on a regular basis. Often the "Spring Cleaning" is meant to provide this, but just once a year can sometime get overwhelming. I have recently started going through my collection of things. Three old computers that no longer work... Why? "Oh, I'll do something with them in the future." No, I won't. No one likely will. They are non-functional and at some point, you have to say goodbye to everything. But wouldn't it really be better to not
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Jan 03, 2017
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End of the Holiday Season
RobertLove

We had our third annual Christmas tree burning last week. It's a lot of fun, but reaffirms how dangerous those trees can be. If you are using a real tree, make sure that you keep that bad boy watered very well. The burning of the tree is generally the way that we light a bonfire to burn off any collected fallen trees or piles of brush that have built up over time. There's always a lot of that as one of my friends has 7.5 acres that has pretty densly forested areas. This year the bonfire was in the pond, which is unfortunately dry right now, but that's okay. We ended up burning for about 7 hours one day last week. Lots of work, but definitely helpful. We're focusing right now on clearing
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Dec 27, 2016
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A Fiery Quiz!
RobertLove

Tonight's quiz was a great one. Lots of people showed up and we had some strong competition. But first, let's talk about some fiery topics. Today (Wednesday) I and some friends spent a good amount of time working on cleaning up around his new property. This included burning about a ton of wood. Lots of work, but very rewarding. I'm tired now, but totally worth it. The property, specifically the pond, will be much more useable than it has been previously. Now just to figure out how to have it hold water. I guess that's an important part of a pond. We'll see. At the very least, it will be a nice stargazing place. Let's move on to the quiz! Tonight's quiz was packed. A
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016
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A Holiday Quiz!
RobertLove

The teams that were able to secure some pint cards for the night were: Wrooong!; Fantastic 4; Turner and Cooch; Los Tigres; and Don't Choke on Your Aspirations. I recommend you spend those bad boys on some of the beers that are up there now. I mean, Hibernation by Great Divide, Christmas Bomb! by Prairie, Big Jamoke by Marshall, etc. Lot's of good things to try and, I mean, it's free, so why the heck not? After all of the dust settled tonight, we had three clear winners. Taking home the $10 McNellie's gift card was
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016
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8 Days Until Birthday Shenanigans (or is it 12?)
RobertLove

Everyone loves some good birthday shenanigans, and since mine is coming up, I figure we should celebrate. I want you all to wear your special holiday sweaters at our next quiz. This is to celebrate the upcoming holiday (which one is it again?) and to celebrate my birthday. We all know which one is more important, right? Well, tonight's quiz was a good, yet tough one. Lot's of lead changes throughout the night, but as we all know, there can only be a few winners. The teams who were able to score a McNellie's free draft pint card were: From Texas with Hale (Joining us all the way from Houston, Texas. How nice of them!); Rogue One Hype Train;
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016
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Cats and Ties
RobertLove

There has been a little black cat that has been hanging out around my house for the past few months. I believe that the cat my have an owner, but am completely unsure. Tuesday, after coming home from work I noticed the cat had a couple of big gashes on its back. It had begun to look infected, so I made a decision to take it over to the vet. They shaved, cleaned the cuts, and gave it an antibiotic shot. Hopefully this will keep it going for a bit. I hope that if it has a home, that it heads there soon and its owner makes sure to take care of it. We will see. Maybe I will acquire a new cat. Tonight's McNellie's pint card winners were: These Bitches Ain't Snitches;
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016
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Season's Greetings
RobertLove

The weather is finally starting to get chilly here. I am a little disappointed though, as the light jacket weather time was way too short. I have a pretty good collection of such outerwear and really enjoy wearing them, but I have been denied my light jacket weather. I suppose I will survive. It will come back in a few months. Or weeks, perhaps. Or maybe only days, we will see. With the cooler weather comes my favorite styles of beer though: big and dark. They can be stouts. They can be porters. They can be barley wines (I know, they aren't really dark but still tasty). I am really looking forward to all of these things. They are great. They pair well with food, especially the food
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Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016
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Turkey Day is Just Around the Corner
RobertLove

I will be having some friends over this Saturday and was super excited to get everything ready on my kegerator that I have been trying to build, but effed it up last week. I have since gone and gotten a new chest freezer to act as my kegerator, but being that it is brand new, I am a little hesitant to drill into it. You know, nice new paint. Everything functioning properly. But I think I will adopt the mentality of the oil and gas business. Drill Baby Drill! So I should have a functioning 2 tap kegerator before this weekend and will likely make a collar for it in the future so I can expand it to 4 taps (I think that's as many kegs as will fit inside of the chest freezer). I am really
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016
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Holiday Season is Around the Corner
RobertLove

While there are many holidays throughout the year, it seem that the winter months have a higher concentration of widely-celebrated holidays. I look forward to this season when the weather starts to get colder (unless you're in Oklahoma where it is 80F still) and we start thinking about the food to come. Let's be real, I enjoy spending the time with family and all of that, but these holidays for me are really about the food. What would Thanksgiving be without turkey, stuffing (inside the bird, thank you very much), mashed potatoes, etc.? It would be a time when we all get together, spend time with some of our family that may really irk us, and drink heavily. The dinner table conversation
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Nov 08, 2016
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Well, I Done Effed Up
RobertLove

So, I have recently been collecting things to better serve my brewing process. On Monday I went up to the homebrew shop to get the final pieces needed to build my kegerator. All is well. I get home with it and decide it will have to wait until tomorrow, as pint night is beginning soon. So, work Tuesday, home, begin building kegerator. Things are going extremely well. Screwed up a bolt, but that's an easy fix. Just replace it. Not a big deal. I have been very careful to be mindful of where the important things are inside the fridge. Last hole that I am drilling through the side of the fridge. Drill stops and I hear a hissing. I think, "Hmm... That's strange that my drill is
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Nov 01, 2016
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Hypotheticals
RobertLove

What will happen next week? We will have elected a new president; resolved many state questions; and selected many other state positions. I am not going to go into politics, other than to say that everyone that is able should go out and vote. There are a number of important state questions on the ballot this year. Read the questions ahead of time. Know how you plan to vote before going to the ballots. You can find a sample ballot and polling location here. We will end up seeing what happens next week, but I feel that the results of the national and state elections will be contentious no matter which way
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