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Withdrawal

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Billy and Scott.

Subject: Withdrawal

Recap:  Tabitha and Billy are Unplugged, spending a week without computers.


I think I’m going through withdrawal.” Tabitha says, eyeing Sara checking her email on her phone at dinner with Billy, Scott and Ann.


Not surprised.  I checked your Farmville earlier, all your watermelons are rotting away.”  Sara teases.


I miss the cellphone, but I’m doing well.  I’ve read a couple of books I wanted to, and haven’t missed doing all those silly things you do on computers that take up time.  Following random links people send you that rarely end up being funny, reading webcomics that aren’t funny but are in your feed reader so you feel obligated to clear it out..”  Billy notes.


You _can_ clear out your feed reader of junk you know.  I do an audit every couple of months to try to keep the clutter down.” Sara explains.


I just accumulate everything and have hundreds of unread posts.  I add a lot of New York blogs that I want to read and possibility exchange links with, and many of them just suck.”  Ann says.


Delete them!  You’d be better off working on the blog site, or the blog itself, than trying to get more links anyway.” Sara says.


What? Actually write regularly?  What kind of writer does that?” Ann replies, sarcastically.


Why do I always order this?  It always sounds good on the menu, and then I taste it and regret it.” Sara complains, pushing her meatloaf around the plate.

From Pictures


It’s because they say they cook it with beer.  Gets you every time.  It’s one of the buzzwords that they use to try to sell food.”  Scott explains.


What really gets me is my memory.  We eat here at least once a week, you’d think I’d remember that the meatloaf sucks.” Sara says.


Cindy: “You’re going to hurt the meatloaf’s feelings, insulting it like that.”  Cindy says, clearing away some empty plates.

Another please Cindy.” Scott says, holding up his empty beer glass.


Cindy: “Certainly.  You’re going to hurt the meatloaf’s feelings, insulting it like that.”  Cindy repeats.

Scott sighs and clarifies.  “Another beer for me.”


Cindy: “Coming right up.  Are you done with that one?”  Cindy asks.

Scott looks down at his empty glass.  “No, I think I’ll try to lick the last drops out of this one.”

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Cindy: “Okay.” Cindy says, walking away.

I think she’s getting worse.”  Scott notes.

Try working with her.” Ann says, shuddering.

January 12th, 2010 by Ann in 6th Floor, Beer, food, life
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Giving In to Autumn

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy

Subject: Maybe It’s Fall After All

I give in. It’s fall.” Frank says.

What made you give in? The couple of cold days we’ve had?” Tabitha asks.

It’s hasn’t really been that cold.” Billy says.

Well, it’s fall, not winter. It certainly hasn’t been summer weather.” Tabitha says.

I know what convinced him.” Sara, who is sitting on the couch next to Frank watching tv, says. “Sam Adams has a new harvest mix out.

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Have we really decided to tell the seasons by beer?” Ann asks.

That sounds like us.” Billy says.

Does Sam Adams have a spring ale, or are we going to be stuck in Winter until they release the summer pack?” Tabitha asks.

I don’t think they do.” Sara says.

I vaguely remember a spring ale, but no spring variety pack.” Frank says.

They’re releasing lots of packs lately. Maybe this year will be a first.” Sara says.

Or winter can last longer. I really like Old Fezziwig Ale anyway.” Ann says.

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Fezziwig is a slang term used throughout America’s heartland meaning ‘man who gets very drunk at Christmas’. The term is believed to have originated in Wichita, Kansas.” Sara recites from her laptop.

Wikipedia?” Tabitha asks.

Yeah. Apparently Old Fezziwig is a Dickens character from A Christmas Carol. He’s a jolly fat man basically the opposite of Scrooge.” Sara says.

Seems fitting.” Frank says.

Lets compromise. It’s not officially fall until Frank brings home one of these harvest variety packs.” Billy says.

Sounds fair. I want to try to Dunkelweizen.” Sara says.

I’ve always enjoyed the Octoberfest myself.” Billy says.

I like the Cherry Wheat.” Tabitha says, looking over Sara’s shoulder to see which beers it contains.

It’s settled then.” Frank says, grabbing his keys and wallet and heading for the door. “I’ll be back in a bit.”

We’re not going anywhere.” Ann answers.

Nope. Hurry back though. Now I’m thirsty.” Sara says.

September 14th, 2009 by Ann in 6th Floor, Beer, Drinking
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Craft Beer Week in NYC

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy.

Subject: Craft Beer Week

Where’s Scott? I feel like I haven’t seen him in a couple of days.” Frank asks.

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Scott’s been in California for an old high school friend’s wedding since Wednesday. He’ll be back Thursday. Which you’d know if you were ever awake during normal hours.” Tabitha replies.

It’s 2:30! How is that not a normal hour?” Frank asks.

He does have a point.” Sara says.

I play poker, just assume I’m on pacific time. Like Vegas.” Frank explains.

Couldn’t you be on Atlantic City time? Match us a little better?” Tabitha asks.

Stop knocking my sleep patterns. Anyway, Scott’s gonna miss Craft Beer Week.” Frank says.

I’d forgotten about that. I’m in.” Sara says.

Is it that pay one price drink all evening thing we did last year?” Ann asks.

Actually, that’s not until June. This is different. There are a bunch of different events, but the one I’m excited about is 60 different cask ales across three bars this weekend.” Frank says.

Actually, we missed one Labor Day weekend. I don’t know what’s wrong with us.” Sara says.

We did? Doh.. Anyway, There are some walking tours and food pairings during the week, but I think the cask beer is the best event. Who wants to come?” Frank says.

I’ll do it. Cask beers are always so interesting.” Sara says, raising her hand.

Nah, too expensive for me. I don’t appreciate beer the way you guys do. Give me a simple Corona and I’m happy.” Tabitha declines.

I’ll come. I had plans tomorrow but they fell through. Might as well do something.” Ann says.

Billy?” Frank asks.

Billy, who’d been half dozing on the couch the entire time looks up at Frank. “That’s fine. Buy me a ticket and I’ll pay you tomorrow.” Billy says, closing his eyes again.

What’s with Rip Van Winkle over there?” Frank asks.

He worked a really early shift this morning. Just got home a little while ago but didn’t want to nap before we get dinner. We’re going out to that Mexican place remember?” Tabitha explains.

Oh. Right.” Frank says.

What would you do without me to explain things to you?” Tabitha asks.

I’d probably just order Chinese.” Frank retorts.

Mexican is better than Chinese-American food any day.” Ann says.

Billy gives a silent thumbs up from the couch.


September 11th, 2009 by Ann in 6th Floor, Beer, Drinking
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Death of Summer

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, and Scott.

Subject: Is Summer Over?

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Why is everyone suddenly panicking and talking about summer being over and last chance to do this or that? It’s only August 21st!” Frank exclaims.

Colleges start, Kids go back to school soon. Labor day is always considered the unofficial end to summer.” Ann says.

Summer is just summer. If you’re not a kid I don’t get what the big deal is. Not like you get more time off. I suppose leaving work and it being light out is preferable for most than January when it’s dark early..” Sara muses.

Everything is about families and kids. You know that. People don’t get any more vacation time, but they’ll often save it for a family trip in the summer when their kids are off. That’s why Disney is crazy..crazier..during the summer.” Tabatha explains.

The weather does start to get a little cooler in September too.” Ann says.

There are always weekends for much of this stuff. It’s not like you can’t drive to the shore or the Hamptons after school on Friday and spend all weekend there. The weather is still warm in early September many times. It’s certainly not cold until well into October most years.” Frank rants.

I don’t think anyone has ever been irreparably harmed by missing a week of school to go to Disney or somewhere else in October. Especially grade school. Are people that boring that they all have to take the same vacations during the same time of year and have the same experiences?” Billy asks.

Yeah. Pretty much.” Ann replies.

People might say the same about your desire to drink heavily every weekend.” Tabitha says.

Weekend? When has it being Wednesday stopped us?” Frank asks.

Besides, we don’t drink and avoid doing other things. We’re all open to new ideas. I agree with Frank though, people treat this time of year like it’s the death of fun until next June.” Scott says.

Me and Frank had a blast with our spontaneous trip down to Atlantic City last weekend. It’s not like it’s impossible to have fun.” Sara says.

If you’ve got a kid or two, maybe a dog, these things become harder. Can I get a sitter? Do I take the kids with me? Will little Johnny next door walk Rover for me? Does anyone have a basketball game that we’d miss or piano lessons?” Tabitha says.

So you shouldn’t try to have some fun just because it might be a little harder?” Frank asks.

No, you can have fun whenever you want. It just tends to be more planned when you have more to worry about. It’s a sacrifice, but many parents find plenty of enjoyment with their kids or less spontaneous ways to have fun.” Tabitha explains.

That’s why I’m not sure I even want kids. Loosey Goosey.” Sara says.

I think we should have a summer’s not over party.” Scott muses.

Excellent idea. We’ll pick up a case of Sam Adams Summer Ale, make frozen drinks with little umbrellas…” Frank says.

From Pictures

Any excuse for a party right?” Tabitha asks.

Knowing their luck, it’ll drop to 50 degrees when they decide to have it and everyone will be cold.” Sara says.

That just means more cuddling to keep warm.” Scott says, moving close to Sara.

Sara rolls her eyes and walks away.

August 25th, 2009 by 6th Floor Blog in 6th Floor, Beer, Drinking, weather
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Summer’s Scent

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Tabitha, Frank, and Scott.

Subject: Smells like Summer

Tabitha, Ann, Scott and Frank are in Starbucks at lunch time.

At least it’s finally warm.”

Summer has finally arrived, yes.”

Still raining though. Still raining..”

*Jun 20 - 00:05*

I’d rather go back to winter. You can always tell it’s summer by the way the city smells.”

The rain is only making that worse. It smells like a swamp.”

Soon the sunlight will start warming that stagnant water, that’s full of cigerette butts and garbage, stewing it to a beautiful New York City scent.”

They should make candles. Like those vomit flavored Jelly Bellys. NYC Summer candles.”

What I wouldn’t give for a whiff of that syrup smell from Jersey right now.”

I had an apartment once, third floor, directly above the dumpsters. We couldn’t open the window in the summer at all, or the whole apartment would reek of trash. We couldn’t have an air conditioner, just four fans that we kept constantly running.”

That sounds rather miserable. I can’t imagine you spent much time there during the day.”

Weekends mostly. We kept ourselves well stocked in beer. Any day we spent there we pretty much ended up drunk. I remember one day when I got stuck waiting for the cable guy during the week, and he showed up at the end of his 10-2 window. He must’ve thought I was a degenerate alcoholic or something. I must have downed 10 cold ones while waiting for him.”

I’m confused Scott, how is that different from your drinking habits nowadays?”

Frank snickers.

Now I wouldn’t be as obviously drunk with 10 beers.”

So all you’ve gained over these years is a bit of alcohol tolerance?”

And a bit of a beer belly.” Tabitha says, poking Scott’s tummy.

Hey now!” Scott says, mock insulted, “I’m not the one panicking about fitting into a dress for my cousin’s wedding!”

That’s only because my cousin thinks you’re a creep, and didn’t invite you to the wedding.”

Aww, I’m sorry Scott. I know how much you like to wear a nice dress.”

Frank starts laughing uncontrollably, drawing weird looks from some of the other customers.

July 1st, 2009 by 6th Floor Blog in 6th Floor, Beer, Drinking, life, rain, weather
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Citi Field

 

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Sara, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: Citi Field

 

St. Johns played Georgetown in baseball on Sunday at the Mets new home, Citi Field. It was a soft opening for the stadium, to work out some glitches before the two exhibition games against the Red Sox, before the real opening on April 13th. Sara had tickets and was in attendance. She recounted her experience with the guys when she got back.

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It was awesome. I can’t wait to go back.”

 

Wow. That good?”

 

Better. Expensive, but better.”

 

Beer hit $10?”

 

No, actually it was ‘reasonable’. Slightly cheaper than last year. The Shake Shack stuff was only slightly marked up.”

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I can get Shake Shack here in Manhattan anyway.”

 

They got beer in that new stadium?”

 

That’s a stupid question. But you’ll appreciate this, they’ve got some unique Brooklyn Brewery beverages.”

 

They brought over the Shackmeister Ale from Shake Shack? Blue Smoke had one too right?”

 

Yeah. Blue Smoke Blend or something. The Box Frites and the taco place each had their own too, which I think might be Citi Field exclusives.”

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Now that’s cool. I hope the Yankees have world class beer.”

 

Everywhere should have awesome beer.”

 

Wasn’t it a crappy day yesterday? How’d your stadium hold up?”

 

Oh, it was cold. It’s more open, which seems like it means it’ll be colder. I didn’t care about the game though, so I left before it was over. I think Georgetown won.”

 

Sightlines good and all?”

 

A couple of spots have some issues, but nothing too major. A couple of overhangs, some outfield seats understandably have problems seeing some of the corners.”

 

Guess the biggest drawback is that the Mets play there then huh?”

 

Sara punches Frank in the shoulder.

 

Can it. You know the Mets will do better this year than your silly Yankees in their House That Ruth Didn’t Build.”

 

Is that a wager I smell?”

 

No, that’s Scott.”

 

I was on my way to the shower, but I wanted to hear Sara’s review.” Scott departs.

 

You’re on Frank. The Mets will do better than the Yankees. What’s the prize?”

 

I win, you buy us Yankees playoff tickets, and vice versa.”

 

What if neither make the playoffs?”

 

If neither make the playoffs, we take the money we would’ve spent, and buy enough beer to keep us drunk through the World Series.”

 

There isn’t enough beer in New York for that If the Mets blow it again.”

March 30th, 2009 by Sara in 6th Floor, baseball
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Green Guinness

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: Green Guinness

 

The following takes place Saturday, March 21st. Sara forgot to get beer on her way home on St. Patricks Day, so Frank decided they would ‘be Irish’ on Saturday as well.

 

There she is! Finally!” Frank exclaims, as Sara walks in.

 

Did you get the goods?”

 

I certainly did. The question becomes..can you drink them all?” Sara places a case of Guinness on the counter. Ann follows from the hallway, placing a second case on the counter.

 

Billy breaks out into a huge grin. “48 Guinnesses..guinnies? no.. Beers! I think we can do this. That’s what…like eight each?”

 

More like 12 each, since Ann and Sara don’t like Guinness. No way I’m drinking 12.”

 

Actually, since I’ve become overly addicted to coffee, Guinness has grown on me. Can we make it green though?”

 

Yeah!”

 

Guinness is black..No way you can dye it.”

 

They dye chocolate red for red velvet cakes, why not beer?”

 

Just pump some green food coloring in there. I’m sure it’ll dye the bubbles at least.”

 

Tabitha grabs a bottle, opens it, and adds some green food coloring. She then pours it out into a glass.

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Wow..that actually looks kind of cool. Happy St. Patricks Day!” Tabitha takes a big gulp.

 

Everyone mixes up their own Green Guinness, even Ann has one, and the night degenerates from there.

March 24th, 2009 by Sara in Beer, Drinking
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Spring

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: Springtime

Frank wakes up around 7:15pm and walks into the living room stretching.

Good morning Frank. Or evening. Do you even know?”

No idea. It appears to be dark out though, so I’m going to go with evening. It’s not still dark at 7:15 in the morning right?”

Can I smack him for not knowing the answer to that question?” Tabitha calls from the kitchen.

So baseball huh? This the first Spring Training game?”

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Second actually, but this is my ‘first sign of spring’ moment. The first televised baseball game of the year. Makes me feel all warm and tingly inside.”

That’s probably just the gallon of coffee you’ve drinken today.” Tabitha chides from the kitchen.

I’m balancing it out with a beer now, it’s okay!” Sara calls, raising her beer towards the kitchen.

Can’t watch the first game of the year without a beer. I’ll go get myself one and join you.”

You’ve been awake for like..20 seconds, and you’re going to have a beer?”

Yeah..so?”

You’re a weird one, Mr. Frank.”

February 26th, 2009 by Sara in baseball
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TiVo Logjam: 24

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: 24

24 Premier tonight. Two hours worth!”

And two hours worth tomorrow. That’s 1/6th the season already. Isn’t that crazy?”

I just caught up! Well almost..I need to watch that movie, Redemption.”

Go watch it now. Then we can watch the episodes tonight.”

But I..”

Go!” Frank picks up the remote and turns on the tv and goes to the TiVo menu.

Here, You’ve got three hours. More than enough time. Tabitha will bring your dinner into the living room.”

I will?”

Me too, while you’re at it. I meant to watch it last Sunday, but I forgot.” Scott says, joining Sara on the couch.

Oh, fine. Not like I don’t have better things to do.”

Do you?”

Truthfully..No. Sad life isn’t it?”

And while you’re in there Tab, could you..”

Bring you a beer? Sure, why not.”

Tabitha mutters ‘very healthy‘ under her breath and gets a beer

I’m surprised we have any left at the rate you guys drink them.”

January 15th, 2009 by Sara in Beer, tv
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Bounty

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: All We Got For Christmas

Featuring everyone’s favorite Christmas gifts!

Frank: Bioshock

Excellent game. I’m really enjoying the storyline, and the game play is pretty smooth.”


Sara: Sam Adams Chocolate Bock

Probably my favorite beer. One of the few that actually has chocolate instead of just the chocolate flavor from the grains. Limited edition unfortunately.”

Billy: Wine Fridge

Probably similar to Sara, but I really like the wine fridge, and now I don’t have to worry about one of you remove the wine I wanted to drink from the refrigerator for space.”


Ann: 8GB Flash Drive

Perfect for transporting stories I’ve half written elsewhere, or being able to access my notes on any computer.”


Scott: Giants playoff tickets

What needs to be said? Giants. Playoffs. I’ll be there.”


Tabitha: Picture clock.

I love our new clock. I can’t wait to pick out pictures for the hours.”

What was your favorite gift?

January 5th, 2009 by Ann in Beer
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