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doesn’t mix well with polite company; his two favorite topics being politics and religion. When he isn’t out cycling, swimming, running, or camping he can often be found behind his computer working on some creative project or in his garden trying to coax out a few more vegetables. Mr. Howard misspent his youth reading genre-fiction; today, he is making up for it by consuming and reviewing large quantities of non-fiction literature. The fact that truth, in every way, is more fascinating than fiction still tickles him. His ramblings can be found at falselogic.net; his own work at fictivefunk.wordpress.com. He works for the state of California as a legislative consultant. The job is even more glamorous than it sounds…

Let’s Play the Secret of Monkey Island, Part 19

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

LOOK! A three headed monkey! I swear it was right behind you. Anyway, we left Guybrush on a mesa launching rocks at the beach, remember? We had just hit the banana tree. Threepwood heads that way to inspect the damage, but on the way stops at the chasm:

With those oars we’d be able to use the row boat and get back to our ship. Not that getting to the ship would do us any good… It would also allow us to explore the rest of Monkey Island. How do we get down there? Continue reading

Let’s Play the Secret of Monkey Island, Part 18

Monkey Island

It’s been awhile hasn’t it? But, I think now things are back enough to “normal” that I can finish this Let’s Play. *knocks on wood*

So, last time, we left Guybrush Threepwood, intrepid soon-to-be-pirate, on Monkey Island where he had just arrived via cannon and met Herman Toothrot whose name he recognized from the journal he found on his ship the Sea Monkey. Why is Guybrush here? To find the love of his life, and Governor of Melee Island, Elaine Marley who has been kidnapped by the notorious ghost pirate, LeChuck.

All caught up? Good! let’s do this Threepwood! Into the jungle! (sorry about the windowed border. But yeah, getting back into things here.)

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Here we see the lower expanse of the island, there happens to be a monkey here and a chasm, both of which we will be seeing more of later! But, for now North!

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This is the middle of the island. Guybrush can’t walk over the mountains or through the pass created by the river. If we go west:

Secret of Monkey Island

Seems to be an extinct volcano, here. I know I’m supposed to find Herman… But, I can’t seem to remember where he is. Back to the center of the island:

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Cocktail of the Week: Whiskey Sour

Whiskey Sour

I’ve never been much for sours. This might be because I’ve never found a reason to order one? Or maybe I have and the bartender wasn’t any good at making it? I don’t know. The drink is a classic though and quite simple to make. Apparently, there is a method to making sours (see tip two) that I was unaware of. I was also unaware that margaritas are considered sours. The more you know… Anyway, the big decision to make with a Whiskey Sour is what type of whiskey to use? bourbons, ryes, Irish or Scotchs all have their own unique flavor profiles and alter the taste of the cocktail considerably!

Whiskey Sour

The ingredients

Whiskey Sour

  • 2 oz. Whiskey
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice and shake. Strain into a chilled, ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry. I didn’t have one so I used a raspberry.

Whiskey Sour

I made two whiskey sours, one with Jameson and the other with Bulleit rye. They were surprisingly different from each other! The rye was so sweet that it almost overpowered the lemon juice, the Jameson had hints of vanilla and spice. I enjoyed both but preferred the one with Jameson on this night.