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  1. Ah, 15 year olds! All hormones and pimples and sweat... And you were so sweet, Dude, when you were only 10!
  2. We made both apple mead and straight out honey mead at home when I was a kid. At age 12 I learned not to snatch a bottle in mid-ferment for my own, hide it in my room, and CAP IT to hide the smell.
  3. Beware apple juice reconstituted from concentrate. If it isn't shelved in the refrigerated section of your market I'd really worry about it. Of course, thanks to Colin, I'm now going to worry about all of it. Better to stick to beer.
  4. Nope. That's just plain ole apple juice.
  5. Here, Cole. This from "Drink of the Week" FOG CUTTER FOR FORGETFUL FOGEYS The Fog Cutter Cocktail or Fogcutter Cocktail is a classic TIki drink. It was created by Tony Ramos a bartender at Don the Beachcomber in Hollywood sometime in the 1930s. Not for the faint of heart, they say if you are a bit foggy headed, this one will cut right through. Ingredients 1 ½ oz light rum ½ oz brandy ½ oz gin 1 ½ oz orange juice 1 oz lime juice 1 tsp orgeat syrup 1 tsp sherry Instructions Mix everything except the sherry in shaker with ice. Strain into a collins glass filled with ice. Float the sherry on top.
  6. Hi, Bruin. I was all set to wax wordy to give you a recipe for our "colonial cider" but, as usual, I discovered Wikipedia had beat me to the punch (er, cider, not punch): Apple cider (also called sweet cider or soft cider or simply cider) is the name used in the United States and parts of Canada for an unfiltered, unsweetened, non-alcoholic beverage made from apples. Though typically referred to simply as "cider" in those areas, it is not to be confused with the alcoholic beverage known as cider throughout most of the world, called hard cider in the US. Hope that helps. Drink on. James
  7. You got me with the shape-shifting slugs.
  8. Alan, I’m impressed by the care that has gone into writing this very complex story. The story of Billy was in itself a heart-breaker to read and I’m sure, to write. The long road back from that terrible experience was so filled with lows and occasional highs that, reading it chapter by chapter, each week I had no real confidence that Tyler was going to make it. Even the eventual outcome seemed a torturous, drawn-out experience, filled with important self-discoveries gained at the cost of time and postponed commitment. The story, for me, actually ends at the moment of insight and decision that occurs a week into Tyler’s first semester at college, for he has finally come to terms with himself and with the life path that lies ahead. Thanks for writing it.
  9. Oh, right, we'll all stop reading after Part One. Coleitus Interruptus indeed. As though we have not all been there before. Like Oliver Twist himself, we shall always come forward trembling, bowl in hand, and beg Mr. Parker: "Please, sir, I want some more". 😇
  10. At the risk of saying something really stupid, I’m on the side of the helpless lady depicted above. I believe technology should be designed to accommodate to the most inept among us, with warnings and prompts galore built in to guide, counsel, and complete our efforts to make it work. I confess I started out with pen on lined paper, and only later graduated with reluctance to the typewriter, carbon paper, and White-Out. I never felt that I was obliged to become a typewriter technician but I did learn how to clean the letter-face strikers, and that was all I needed to master in order to use the damn machine. Now, in this modern era, the computer is both my best friend and my worse enemy. I am expected to understand processes that are hidden from me and to know stuff that ranks along with clearing a kitchen drain or changing an automobile tire in my level of interest and devotion. I think every Help Desk should be free or supported out of our tax dollars, should be manned by fluent English speakers, and everyone who are recruited to sit at the end of those telephones to answer my ridiculous questions should be required to take a life-vow to protect and defend their helpless clients.
  11. These are two great sets of comment on writing, and taken together they are almost a complete manual on how to move a manuscript from start to finish. For me, these suggestions boil down to attitude and persistence: a writer has got to believe in what he is writing about, and he has to try many routes to get to the end he has had in sight from the start. Thanks, Jason and Cole, for taking the time and making the effort to explain how the process works for you.
  12. When I come up for reincarnation, if I get a choice I'm going to ask for Walnut Creek, CA. I think I'd really enjoy it's lovely scenery, amenities, and gay-friendly atmosphere, even if I come back as a bug next time around. If I can afford it, that is. Jeesh! You guys pay more for a pound of coffee than I spent on my coffee maker 20 years ago. Although I quite agree--grinding the whole pound at one time at home only to store it makes no sense. Other than that, the Mathews parents seem to know what they are doing and I think Chris lucked-out big time. ( P.S. Colin, I hope the twins will soon be the heroes of a story of their own!)
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    Lovely poem. (Adding 'by' clears it up for me, Camy. Thanks)
  14. Cole wraps up this lovely story and, as usual, it begs for a sequel. Sigh. Little chance of that, right Cole? I'll have to be content with this one. I so like to read about thoughtful boys. This story could be a handbook for young gay guys on how to set standards for oneself and then work it out.
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