Podcast #27 – Just Bring It!

Weekly Flavor

Vermont Beer Week

“Presently home to over 40 breweries, the Vermont beer scene has been at the forefront of the craft beer boom over the last few years with the likes of the Alchemist and their Heady Topper, ranked the number 1 beer in the World from BeerAdvocate.com and Hill Farmstead Brewery, ranked the number 1 brewery in the World from RateBeer.com in 2013 and 2015. With the most breweries per capita in the entire Nation, 2015 is the year that Vermont joins the ranks of 70+ other States and Cities by offering a dedicated Beer Week.”

“While attention is already paid by devoted drinkers to Vermont’s breweries and beers, a Vermont Beer Week shall give a greater potential for additional drinkers and non-drinkers alike to be able to try our offerings in the State at both traditional and non-traditional beer venues. ( –vermontbeerweek.com/)

Quick Follow Ups

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Burning Man…yes, again

  • Tycho Burning Man Sunrise Set

    Tycho sunrise dj set from the Dusty Rhino at Burning Man on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015.

  • They hired a house sitter when they went to Burning Man — and he rented their place on Airbnb

    “A San Francisco couple got an unpleasant surprise on their way to Burning Man this year. As they were on their way to the annual arts festival in the Nevada desert, they received an email from one of their friends, thanking the couple for renting their apartment on Airbnb, The Guardian reports.

    But the couple hadn’t put their apartment on the home-sharing site.
    Instead, they had hired a professional house sitter they’d found on the site TrustedHousesitters.com, who had then listed the apartment on Airbnb himself — for a price of $2,000 for five days.

    “I feel violated, and pretty upset that somebody I thought I could trust has done this to me,” one of the apartment owners told The Guardian’s Jemima Kiss. “He told our friends that there was a ‘misunderstanding’ between us, but there’s no way I told him he could go ahead and make $2,000 for himself.”

    Trusted Housesitters removed the offending house sitter’s profile from the site, and Airbnb banned that person’s profile as well. The couple is also pursuing a civil lawsuit against the house sitter.” –(finance.yahoo.com)

Ski News

  • Nevada Snowpack is Much Worse than Thought: 500 Year Low

    “Now researchers say this year’s record-low snowpack may be far more historic — and ominous — than previously realized.

    In a paper published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, scientists estimate that the amount of snow in the Sierra Nevada was the lowest in more than 500 years.

    “We were expecting that 2015 would be extreme, but not like this,” said senior study author Valerie Trouet, a paleoclimatologist at the University of Arizona.

    The report is the latest in a series of studies that have sought to characterize the depth of California’s four-year drought and place it in a broader historic context. It joins a growing body of research warning that global warming will reduce the amount of snow blanketing California mountains — a development that will reduce the state’s available water, even as its population continues to grow.” – (latimes.com)


  • It Snowed 16″ at Big Sky Today (powder.com)

    “Big Sky Resort is still open for summer activities through September 27, but the summit of Lone Peak, sitting at 11,166 ft., got a serious dose of winter on September 18. Located just south of Bozeman, Montana, the resort is reporting over 16 inches of fresh snow at the top of Lone Peak and 12 inches of snow in the bowl at mid mountain. Annual snowfall average at Big Sky is 400+ inches.” –(powder.com)


  • Largest indoor snow centre to go ahead (planetski.eu)

    “It will be 500m long, 100m wide and will have 36,000 square meters of snow surfaces. So, where is it going to be built? Norway. The Lorensburg Winter Park will be a 6-storey hotel and leisure complex just outside Oslo.
    Plans have been given the go ahead this month by the developers.

    The slope will have five ski lifts, three main runs and will be able to have 5,000 skiers an hour on its slopes. There will also be an indoor cross-country skiing track that can take up to 1,000 people at a time. Building work is expected to start before the end of the year.” – (planetski.eu)


  • Whistler Gets New Tech (ski.curbed.com)

    “Just in time for the British Columbia resort’s 50th anniversary, Whistler Blackcomb is set to take better advantage of the radio-frequency identification passes it rolled out last year. As RFID technology in ski passes opens up new possibilities for resort operators, Whistler Blackcomb is debuting WB+, an online platform that allows guests to view stats about their days on the mountain. Setting up a WB+ profile will allow skiers and riders at Whistler Blackcomb to access the data that’s being logged every time they hop on a lift with their RFID pass. Almost like Strava for Whistler, the profile will display stats such as days skied and total vertical as well as being sharable with friends and family to spark some competition.” – (powder.com)


  • Pitztal Adds Solar Power Farm (inthesnow.com)

    “Austria’s Pitztal glacier, the country’s highest ski area, has built a solar farm 3,000m up which will begin operation in the next few weeks.

    The system, which was tested with a smaller facility last winter, will generate approximately 1,450,000kWh of power annually, energy equivalent to the needs of 380 to 420 households per year and representing around a third of the ski centre’s energy requirements.

    The farm covers 5800m² and has solar panels suspended on a steel construction on 7 rows that are 1,500m long in total, tilted to maximise exposure to sunlight and automatically tip off snowfall. It also works much more effectively than solar farms closer to sea level.

    “I hope more skiing areas will produce their energy themselves,” said Florian Jamschek of the Ehoch2 company behind the new solar farm.

    The Pitztal Glacier also has one of Austria’s longest ski seasons and is also scheduled to open this weekend.” –(inthesnow.com)


Just Bring It!

The snow is starting to fall out west? Already? You bet it is, friends. Once the white stuff starts to fall, you don’t want to waste time remembering to get your skis tuned, clothes tech-washed and goggles replaced, you want to ski! Extra contacts? The bums are back and we want to help you get ready before the pretty white stuff hits the ground so when it does, you’re ready for it.

Gear Checklist (from snow.com)

  • Skis / Snowboard
  • Ski boots / Snowboard Boots
  • Ski poles
  • Boot heaters (batteries charged up!)
  • Ski/snowboard lock
  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Boot bag/pack
  • Hydration pack
  • Ski pass
  • Ski- or snowboard–carrying pack (if you plan to hike to ski)
  • Disposable hand warmers
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • Cell phone
  • Walkie-talkies
  • Altimeter watch
  • GoPro camera
  • Packable screwdriver (for adjusting snowboard bindings)
  • Sunglasses (for après ski)
  • Hat or Skull Cap (for après ski)

Clothes checklist

  • Warm hat
  • Gloves/mittens
  • Neck gaiter/balaclava
  • Snow jacket
  • Snow pants
  • Ski socks
  • Next-to-skin layer bottoms
  • Next to skin layer tops
  • Fleece top
  • Fleece or down vest
  • Apres snow boots (to and from the mountain)


Miscellaneous checklist

  • Medicine (inhalers, epi-pens, Benadryl…)
  • Snacks or picnic lunch
  • Extra contact lenses (if corrective eyewear is required)
  • Cough drops
  • Power adapter (if traveling internationally)


Around the Horn

  • The Scratch & Sniff Guide to be a Whiskey Know-It-All (uncrate.com)

    “If you remember the Scratch & Sniff books and stickers of your youth, you’ll be happy to know that they still exist, but have matured, just like you. The Scratch & Sniff Guide To Becoming A Whiskey Know-It-All is funny, informative, and will help you know where to start as you dive into the expanding world of whiskey. In just 20 pages, this book will help simplify whiskey for you, allowing you to learn some personal preferences just by following your nose.” – (uncrate.com)


  • SABMiller Gets Takeover Approach From Anheuser-Busch InBev (wsj.com)

    “Anheuser-Busch InBev NV launched an effort to take overSABMiller PLC, a bold move that, if successful, would create a brewing giant that would dominate much of the global beer market.

    A deal would allow the new beer behemoth to take big mainstream brands like Budweiser and Stella Artois, which have been languishing in key markets, into new corners of the globe. It would help the two brewers resist the growing popularity of craft beers.

    SABMiller said AB InBev had informed it that AB InBev intended to make an acquisition proposal, but cautioned that no deal was certain. No terms were disclosed, but it is likely that any bid would be well in excess of SABMiller’s Tuesday market capitalization of $75 billion.” – (wsj.com)


  • Colorado Raised More Tax Revenue From Marijuana Than From Alcohol (time.com)

    “It clocked in at $70 million last fiscal year alone.

    Pot is a boon for tax revenues in Colorado, outpacing revenue from alcohol taxes in the fiscal year ending on June 30.

    Colorado collected almost $70 million in marijuana taxes during that time, nearly double the $42 million collected from alcohol taxes. The state had a tax holiday for marijuana on Wednesday, an event that was welcomed by consumers and producers alike.

    The sales tax holiday underscores the sheer productivity of marijuana taxes, Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, told the Colorado Spring Business Journal.

    “Marijuana taxes have been incredibly productive over the past year, so this tax holiday is a much-deserved day off,” Tvert said. “This will be the one day out of the year when the state won’t generate significant revenue. Over the other 364 days, it will bring in tens of millions of dollars that will be reinvested in our state.”

    Tvert’s prediction isn’t an exaggeration, as Colorado’s data indicated that the 10% retail tax on marijuana and 15% excise tax for large wholesale weed has been fruitful.

    On the state’s one-day tax holiday, shoppers saved about $20 an ounce on Wednesday, but distributors saved roughly $300 a pound, with one grower telling ABC he “probably saved $45,000 before lunch.” – (time.com)


  • Concorde May Fly Again by the End of the Decade (theverge.com)

    “Concorde, one of only two commercial supersonic jets ever created, may take to the skies again if an ambitious and dedicated crew of enthusiasts is successful in bringing it back from the dead. Club Concorde, as the group is called, is comprised of former pilots and frequent Concorde fliers and charterers that have kept the spirit of the plane alive over the years. The group now thinks it has enough cash in the bank from private investment to both open a Concorde tourist attraction in London and restore another Concorde for use in air shows and for private charters, according to a report in The Telegraph today.

    Concorde, constructed by French aerospace company Aérospatiale and British Aircraft Corporation, was retired after 27 years of commercial service in 2003 due to a number of factors. Those included the plane’s only crash in 2000 and Airbus, the successor to Aérospatiale, ultimately deciding to stop maintenance on the aircraft. A handful of the planes have since become idle displays at airports in the United Kingdom and France. Concorde Club, with around £160 million, wants to purchase two planes located in Paris airports. The first would be turned into a £16-a-person tourist attraction near the London Eye ferris wheel on the waterfront of the River Thames. The proposed attraction would include a restaurant featuring meals originally served on Concorde flights.

    The more ambitious initiative is to purchase the second plane, have it restored, and get it in the air once more. Concorde Club president Paul James is aiming to resume flights by 2019, while the tourist attraction would be opened around 2017 if all goes according to plan. British Airways and Air France have no plans to resume commercial Concorde flights, meaning it would likely cost quite a lot of money to grab a private ticket if and when the plane gets off the ground again.

    There are a good number of near-flight-ready Concorde aircraft out there, making a Concorde revival more realistic than it sounds. Granted, groups in the past have tried and failed to revive Concorde. Helping the cause this time around are a number of other aviation companies that have begun toying with the idea of supersonic flights. Airbus is looking into a “Concorde Mark 2″ supersonic jet that would ferry passengers between New York and London in an hour. Meanwhile, Boston-based Spike Aerospace’s S-512 supersonic jet project, which would encase the interior of a $80 million jet with curved displays, is supposed to enter the manufacturing phase by 2018.” –” (theverge.com)


  • Olympic Runner Suzy Favor Hamilton, Vegas Call Girl, Charged $600/Hour (2paragraphs.com)

    “Three-time Olympic runner Suzy Favor Hamilton (1992, 1996, 2000) is now revealing her past, double life as a Las Vegas call girl. The 47-year-old is being interviewed on TV shows including Good Morning America and 20/20 and promoting her memoir, Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running from Madness.

    Hamilton explains how she staged her fall at the 2000 Sydney Games and then after a threesome with an escort in Vegas, Suzy had a “light bulb moment.” She thought, “Wow, why shouldn’t I get paid for sex?” Hamilton joined an escort service in Vegas and charged $600 per hour. She was later diagnosed as bipolar which she says is a cause of the risky behavior.” – (2paragraphs.com)


  • Salmonella outbreak linked to Chipotle (morningticker.com)

    “Chipotle restaurants are under the microscope as Minnesota health officials report that 45 people have been sickened by a salmonella outbreak that links back to them.

    Out of the total number, five of them were hospitalized. The Minnesota Department of Health noted that all of the infected people are recovering.

    The outbreak that is pointing back to a possible source from the Chipotle restaurants is not connected to the recent salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers. A group of 34 people that were sickened were interviewed with 32 of them having reported eating at one of the 17 different Chipotle restaurants located in Minnesota.” – (morningticker.com)

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