Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Photos wanted

Good morning all~

I am in need of good, crisp, high resolution photos for the following bottles; Barnett #77,78,81,82. All four are clear tool tops. The photos will be part of a feature article that we've been working on for the past several weeks. Please forward them to me via email in .jpeg format. If duplicates are received, I'll pick out the highest quality photo to post. I will make the neccesary corrections in terms of cropping, sizing etc. but will not digitally alter anything else.

We are also in need of photos depicting Braunschweiger & Co. go-withs, shots, paper, letterheads etc. etc. etc.

Let me know whether you'd like credit for your photos in the footnotes of the article or not; and if so, prefer just initials, or would like your name published.

Thanks in advance!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Monday, January 9, 2012

Dues paid as requested

I got an invoice a couple of days ago. It wasn't much by modern standards. Still, with the economy being what it is, I watch every personal out of pocket expenditure. The invoice was for the renewal fee on this website.

Starting as a firefighter, and ultimately leaving the fire service many, many years later as a chief officer; proactive vs. reactive behavior is ingrained in me. Try as I do, there are times when I just can't find the drive or creative juices to write something that I think will be good enough to interest my fellow collectors. 

I refuse to crank out a couple of lines and attach a couple of crappy pictures just to make it seem like I made the effort. Although this site started out gangbusters, with lots of positive comments, and no negatives, and a hit count in the hundreds (and then thousands) per month, it seems to have settled into the doldrums. Frankly, there have been times when I have consider tossing in the towel.

And yet, this site now has amassed over thirty thousand hits since I installed the counter in the spring of 2011. I know, not much compared to Peachridge or some of the other "big dogs". But still; it appears that there is some sort of loyal following.

The proactive part of me says to keep with it. Guess I will. Hell, it's not like I'm the Incident Commander (IC) on a three alarm fire in the historic core... But, as an "IC", I knew when to ask for an extra hand. I'm asking now. I'm not the only one on the west coast with decent whiskies, memories, or writing skills.

And so today, I'm "requesting dispatch" for another alarm. I need backup.

Send me your photos and memoirs via email. Send me a writeup on a dig or a memory. I'll proof read, spell check, have you approve them and post them with your name or your nick name or alias.

Help Mr. Wizard. Let's keep this site fresh and fun!


Happy New Year

Here we are; 2012. A new year. I don't make resolutions though. Heck, I'd just break them so what's the use. I figure it's best just to give things your best shot as the opportunities arise rather than come up with some silly list of stuff that you know you're not going to stick to...

One of the things that I'd like to accomplish is to add to my collection again this year. Nothing big in the way of numbers though. I've got too much in the way of quantity already. No, I'd rather just pick up a few key pieces this year. I'd sure like to reacquire a Dr. Millers Ratafia Damiana. Or better yet, track down the one I used to have. Like that's gonna happen.

Seems though, like the harder I try to make things happen, the more frustrated I get. You know the story, no bottles when you've got a few bucks / no bucks when the bottles are available. Face it, you just can't force good luck. Nope, better just to be ready when opportunity knocks.

A while ago the phone rang. Hmm, odd area code; 802. "Yep, this is he. Yep, I know a "little" about western whiskies. Oh, you dug some? Congratulations! That's no small feat these days. So tell me what you dug". And so the caller related his and his partners dig to me. Turn stuff. The standard menu of tooled Crown Distilleries, Louis Taussig's, Roth's; yawn, zzzz...

Turns out they had dug a bomber of an outer behind what had been a railroad depot. These bottles had obviously made the trip with someone returning to the east coast and been discarded at the end of the line, in Vermont. Vermont from S.F.; now that's really the end of the line. Neat story anyway. But not quite the end of the story~

Oh, and had I ever heard of a Crown Cocktails, he asked?  Sir, you have my attention! "Yep, neat bottle, amber fifth, both applied and tool top; also, it says "ready to drink". It's always been a favorite of mine. They're a tough bottle".

What he said next really woke me back up. No, it's clear, and it's got a picture of a crown and some other stuff on it. And, no, it's not a fifth, it's a little bitty thing.

After a short discussion, I was the proud owner of a "new" western picture mini. Talk about good things coming in a small package. C'mon opportunity! I'm ready for ya in 2012.
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