Friday, September 26, 2008


If you didn't know this past Wednesday was National Punctuation Day you weren't alone. However Jes does have a great punctuation post over at Running After My Hat that I highly recommend to anyone who claims to care about writing.

There's a new poem up on my website.

My musician friend Professor el Johno (blogs here or here) told me of his intention to compose a piece of music using atrocious sentence constructions that actually appeared in student writing. He described to me how all the layers of music would play together but I don't have a good enough music vocabulary to do a repeat description justice, so I'll just say that I'm terribly amused and I'm jotting down all the mind bogglingly bad sentences I find.

(BTW, I am totally amused to find that the adverb form of "boggle" is "bogglingly.")

Twenty-four hours ago I would have told you that I was not a fan of pumpkin beer. Then I picked up Ichabod at the store. I admit, the attraction was mostly to the label. Ichabod has since become one of my favorite beers, label, pumpkin and all.

I'm spending the weekend grading, reading and visiting my grandmother and assorted aunts and cousins. I shall tell the harrowing story of the fire alarm upon my return.


JES said...

Hey, thanks for the mention.

However, the ol' foot is tapping here, wondering where YOUR rumination about the lowly period might be.

Had my first pumpkin beer/ale last fall; haven't seen it here yet this year, but thanks for reminding me to keep my eyes open. (I don't think the one I had was Ichabod.) Like you, I was kinda skeptical -- and pleasantly surprised.

The Beer Advocate site lists Ichabod as a B- among (get this) 187 pumpkin brews.

Margosita said...

Is Ichabod seasonal?

Blue Moon has a good Pumpkin beer that is seasonal. I forget what it's called, but I've liked it in the past.

Eileen Wiedbrauk / Speak Coffee said...

I'm fairly certain all pumpkin beer is seasonal. Icahbod is by New Holland (Holland, MI) and might be regional as well, so you might not be able to find it outside of the Midwest -- but maybe you can!

I simply can't remember what I had last fall that was just truely awful pumpkin beer ... oh well. I think that pumpkin beer is much like any other kind of beer and the "better" ones really depend on your likes (once you move above Coors and Natural Lite that is).

Jes: my essay in defense of the full stop period is coming! And once it arrives I'll be looking for feedback, because I'm wondering if there isn't some wonderfully nerdy English academic press that would publish such a thing, period. :)

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