To you… (a poem)

To you…

Maybe it wasn’t destined in this life.

Maybe the stars were never aligned.

Maybe defying the power of numerology was impossible.

Maybe the road not taken will lead somewhere else.

And… Thank you.

For a moment, you were everything.

For a moment, you were dazzling.

For a moment, our roads crossed paths.

For a moment, fate took pity on us.

And… In that moment, everything was magical.

Ritual Coffee Roaster

October’s Trade Coffee (referral link) comes from Ritual Coffee Roaster. These beans come from Colombia. Colombian beans have been fairly rare so not only am I excited to try the beans but I am actually pretty excited to try this roaster again. For some context, before I started down the path of monthly and then semimonthly coffee deliveries from various roasters, I was gifted a short term subscription to Ritual Coffee as a birthday gift years ago. I’m not sure if the current version of this blog will contain my reviews from the subscription period. But I may have bought and reviewed beans from Ritual whenever I went up to the SF Bay Area.

I smell hints of berries and citruses with subtle hints of toffee. The subtleness of these aromas makes me want to just smell the beans forever. Making my latte, I taste berries, fruits and a subtle milk chocolate after taste. What I find interesting is that with each subsequent sip the flavors are changing to a more fruity/peach flavor. In addition the milk chocolate after taste also begins to take on this more nutty flavor that just sits at the back of the throat. I’m always disappointed that I finish my latte so fast. It just goes to say how delicious these beans are.

First 2020 Presidential Debate

Did anyone watch the shit show 2020 Presidential debate last night? That was one of the worst 90 minutes I have EVER sat through. I honestly thought the candidates would be civil and inform the TV audience the stances on the various topics of discussion.

Ya… NOT HAPPENING….

The biggest issue was the constant interruptions by the interrupter-in-chief. Every interruption had him spew either personal attacks, lies, or half-truths about all the “issues” that he’s been saying for literally the past 6 years… election fraud, bringing manufacturing back, coronavirus deaths and lying about the COVID-19 severity to Woodward in February and even blaming Biden for Biden’s lack of action. I mean seriously… Trump is the President and has ALL THE POWER to prevent the spread and he blames Biden’s lack of action? Are you fucking serious man?

TRUMP IS THE PRESIDENT and has ALL THE POWER to prevent the spread!!

And he’s blaming Biden? How childish can he be? Re: the Woodward tapes, I understand that as president, making the people feel safe is appropriate. Playing down the coronavirus to the public is one thing, but to not make plans to minimize the spread behind the public is a total irresponsible and un-presidential action. How many of the 200,000 deaths could have been prevented if the president took immediate hard action? How many of the deaths could have been minimized if he listened to his scientific advisors instead of going off his “instincts”? How many people would still be employed if Trump made the decision to do a hard border closure in early Jan/Feb? What about endorsing the simple act of wearing a mask as a presidential statement to everyone? His instincts pretty much bankrupted his companies a number of times. That alone should be a warning sign of his aptitude… but his supporters still think that his facade “business acumen” is still the real deal? My god….

Cafe Kreyol Coffee Hunter Project

September’s Angels Cup comes from Cafe Kreyol. The beans come from the Ramirez Estate Microlot in Dominican Republic. I haven’t had too many beans from the Dominican Republic. I’m not sure what it means to be “Red Honey Processed.”

Opening the bag, I am initially greeted with a wonderful sweet and fruity aromas. As I prepare to grind, the aroma morphs into a pleasant chocolate, earthy, nutty aroma. This mix of sweet, fruity, chocolate and nutty aroma is such a great aroma every time I go make my latte. After grinding and making my latte, the first sip has a very subtle sweet and fruity flavor. There is a pleasant chocolate after taste that lingers at the back of the tongue after every sip. The smoothness of the latte is pretty amazing.

Challenger: The Final Flight

Netflix recently released a 4 episode documentary called Challenger: The Final Flight about the Challenger disaster and the stories around the seven astronauts, the decision makers behind Launch/No Launch decision, a brief history into the infamous O-ring and then a very brief intro on the role of the Rogers Commission.

Overall, I think the video editing is fantastic and very slick. The producers leave you at “cliff hangers” between episodes. I say “cliff hangers” because everyone knows what happened to the shuttle. The way the first episode ended was amazing. It leaves you momentarily silenced with the shuttle exploding mentally but I’m seeing the credits roll. I literally went “whoa, what just happened there” because I didn’t expect the sudden fade to black and fade to credits as someone was talking about the Challenger launch and seeing it go up into the clouds. The other fascinating part of this show were about the stories behind the decision makers to continue with the launch as well as the emotions of the family members who literally watched their loved ones die in the explosion. Some of the decision makers didn’t seem to show any remorse on the show when talking about the launch. Although I wonder if they kept up the appearance as a matter of principle, I don’t know how one could not show any emotion or remorse after 40 years. I felt a bit of disdain and anger towards the two NASA engineers Mulloy and Lucas with their actions around the decision to launch and their subsequent attempt to justify the launch.

If there’s a lesson to be learned… the value of human lives is more important hitting some artificial timeline and budgets

Ruth Bader Ginsberg has died

 

Oh man…. many media outlets are reporting the death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg (RBG). This is an election year. The last time something similar happened, the Republicans considered the election as a “referendum” for the voters to decide on who to be president and thus the power to nominate the replacement. Remember Merrick Garland? Ya… he was nominated by Obama but the McConnell’s Senate cock block rule all but eliminated any chance of confirming a new judge. To say this tactic it’s not political is a total farce since McConnell has admitted the rule was for political expediency.

With RBG’s death, the Dems HAVE TO take the same stance as the Reps did. The Dems need to remind the American public of the past and the political expediency the Reps did. And depending on the response, tie it to the fact that the Reps don’t care about the people or principles… just political expediency. I don’t think McConnell’s Senate will sit aside though. If anything, McConnell will try to force the issue to nominate and confirm a judge. The American people need to start holding these Senators responsible for their (lack of) convictions. “If you stand for nothing, what’ll you fall for

Oh… apparently the political wheels are moving already according to this article. How will this play out…

Broadsheet Coffee Roasters

September’s Trade Coffee (referral link) comes from Broadsheet Coffee Roasters. The beans come from El Salvador in Central America. I haven’t had too many beans from this region especially from El Salvador so this will be a nice treat.

Opening the bag, I’m greeted with aromas of honey, sugar, and fruity aromas. A subtle nutty aroma also lingers at the end with each sniff. Making my latte, the initial sip brings an explosion of citrus flavors mixed with a subtle brown sugar taste. A few sips later, a wonderful rich chocolate flavor emerges coating my tongue. The subtlety of the flavors are pretty amazing. Every time I’ve made my latte, I always end up sipping and enjoying the flavors as they dance on my tongue.

Bobcat Fire

The Bobcat Fire started deep within the Angeles National Forest (LA Times) in the San Gabriel Mountains. It has since exploded and have become a major concern to the cities at the foothills (Arcadia, Duarte, Monrovia, Sierra Madre) while also now threatening Mt Wilson Observatory (LAist). What does this immediately mean? Based on the Arcadia news, Chantry Flats and the Big Santa Anita Canyon hike to Sturtevant Falls and Hermit Falls are probably burned. It looks like the Monrovia Falls hike is also burned as well.

The biggest concern will be Mt Wilson Observatory and the residential communities at the base of the mountains. Evacuation orders and warnings have been issued at least in Arcadia. Stay safe

Ironclad Coffee Roasters

The August’s Angels Cup offering comes from Ironclad Coffee Roasters. The beans are from Ethiopia’s Kochere region in the Gedeo Zone. These beans are apparently roasted two ways (light and medium).

Opening the bag, I smell strong aromas of berries, oats and yogurt. Grinding the beans, I also start smelling this subtle nutty aroma mingling with the oats and berries. Making my latte, the first sip brings an explosion of berry, peach and honey flavors. As the coffee coats my tongue, I realize that there’s a subtle milk chocolate after taste. The nutty flavor also comes out with each taste. I think this is an interesting blend of two types of roasted beans. This is the first time a roaster sent beans in this fashion. It’d be interesting to see something similar from other roasters in the future.

Netflix’s Battle of the Real Estate Reality TV Shows

A new Netflix series series called Million Dollar Beach house recently got categorized under “something I may be interested in.” The show follows around real estate agents around selling multi-million dollar houses in New York’s The Hamptons. Million dollar houses… why does that sound familiar!? Oh… is it because I recently finished watching the new season of another Netflix series Selling Sunset?

I finished the first episode and I have to say… I’m not really liking the show. My biggest complaint is actually about the agents of the show. I don’t like any of them. One has this “bro” aura that I suspect is being carefully curated through editing magic. Another has the “down on my luck” kind of guy where at best you know he’s going to succeed because he’s a white male. Then you have an ambitious black guy who wants to succeed. And to round out the cast, there’s a high-spirited opinionated female agent. Second, I’m not familiar with The Hamptons so hearing the agents talk about how rich, expensive, and selective their clientele are really means nothing. In Selling Sunset’s Hollywood, you have similarly rich, expensive, and selective clientele that the Selling Sunset agents work with. If anything, the Selling Sunset’s expansion into San Fernando Valley gives small glimpse into the more “affordable” price point offerings as well too. Third, I will admit… the catfights on Selling Sunset are much more interesting than the “bro fights” that were displayed in the first episode and hinted at in subsequent.