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A friend I met while living in Las Vegas would say something is “Life Changing” when it’s better than good. It’s the best thing you’ve ever experienced in that realm. So much that it would cause you to mend your life, and alter your ways.
It can apply to anything. Caribou Coffee’s hot chocolate is good, but you can get life-changing hot chocolate at Angelina’s in Paris near the Louvre.
Since the 2017 WGI season is kicking off, it’s fitting I share a story about a drumline show that for me was life changing. It all coincides with my first trip to WGI. I’ve loved winter guard and winter drumline since I first saw them both in 1993. But strangely, my first pilgrimage to Dayton for WGI finals was in 2016 for percussion and winds finals.
Sure, most people that year will probably talk about RCC’s timing penalty during semi-finals. It put them in 14th (out of 15 that make it to Saturday night), when they should have been near the top. They jumped from 14th to 2nd. Could they have taken the championship if they were seated higher? Maybe.
I liked RCC’s show but the performance that changed my life was the 3rd place finisher. Broken City from Orange County moved me with their 2016 production titled “Cage.”
They didn’t have a huge array of props. Yes they had some Czech Hedgehog looking structures that they moved, but they weren’t flashy or extravagant. They were rather abstract. They required some imagination to even figure out what they were or what they symbolized. Also intriguing was the single Edison bulb, standing lonely within the front ensemble.
More than a drumline I felt like it was a metal band with battery-percussion ensemble playing backup. They had two great set drummers and an electric guitarist. They used a vocal track from one of their founders, Adam Watts, not to tell a story, but to set a tone. The raw emotion combined with their fantastic playing is what got me. They reached out and grabbed me. I had pretty cheap tickets, so it was a long reach – but they brought everyone there with them.
I came across this essay by Alexander Lee about Cage. His musings about this show validate why I like it so much. At its heart, it is drumline. But it is also so much more. It is life-changing.
If you saw it in person, you know what I’m talking about. Video doesn’t do it justice, but it will give you an idea:
I told Jessi that I think her spirit animal is a grandmother. I mean that in an endearing way because her grandma Nancy was the best. Recently, Jessi’s favorite drink has been a cocktail from yesteryear: the Old Fashioned.
I’m not thrilled about the Old Fashioned mixes you get at the liquor store, mostly because you never really know what they put in them. So I decided to make my own.
The Traditional Old Fashioned
A traditional Old Fashioned involves putting some granulated sugar in a glass with some bitters such as Angostura. Add a cherry and a slice of citrus fruit (orange/lemon), and muddle it in the glass. Add whiskey or brandy and a splash of water or club soda.
When I make an old fashioned like this, I use Korbel Brandy. Their brandy is aged in oak barrels, which gives it a whiskey-like flavor I think plays great with this drink. It’s also great in Egg Nog 🙂 Otherwise I like to use Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock and Rye Whiskey.
Homemade Rock & Rye
When I do my own, I follow this Bottled Rock & Rye recipe. I do a couple of things differently from this recipe that I thought are worth mentioning.
I used Old Overholt straight rye whiskey to test this recipe, and it wasn’t bad so I’m sticking with it. If you can find it at Total Wine, it’s less than $15.
To find horehound, you can look at a brewing supply store. I go to Magus Books & Herbs by the U of M – if only for the experience. You don’t have to be studying Wiccan to go into this store, but it also wouldn’t hurt. They have every herb you can think of, sometimes in both regular and organic varieties. It’s a great resource if you want to brew real root beer from sassafras.
The recipe calls for 3oz. of sugar by weight. When I stop at Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store I get a couple of rock candy sticks to really put the “Rock” in Rock and Rye. I rarely have a full 3 ounces of rock candy, so I add real maple syrup, or just granulated sugar if I’m out of syrup. I put the rock candy in the final container (a decanter) with a little bit of the whiskey because otherwise the crystals will get filtered out.
The rest of the whiskey goes with the sliced fruit & herbs in a steeping container per the recipe. When I fish out the orange and lemon slices, I don’t throw them away. I put them in a tupperware box and into the freezer. Then when I’m making Old Fashioneds, I add a slice of each of these booze-infused fruit slices to the drink. I filter the fruit and herb infused booze on its way to into the decanter, otherwise you’ll wind up with tons of fruit pulp in there. Filtering is just for clarity and can be skipped otherwise.
Since Rock & Rye is sort of like an Old Fashioned in a bottle, so you don’t have to do any muddling. I do a shot of Rock & Rye, add some bitters, a cherry, some citrus slices from the brew, and club soda. If you like a sweeter drink, add some cherry juice and/or use sprite instead of club soda.
I can’t say enough about pascallanger and others who have worked to put together the open source 4-in-1 multiprotocol module. It’s a collection of all of the transmitter protocols that are open source, or have been reverse engineered, compiled into one. Combined with the 4-in-1 module hardware, you can control a huge variety of models with different receivers and protocols with the same transmitter.
With my 9x and the 4-in-1 I’ve been able to fly:
- Inductrix (Tiny Whoop) bind-and-fly (DSM Protocol)
- Assault 100 (HiSky HT-8 Protocol)
- FT Flyer with FlySky receiver
- FT Snowball with FlySky receiver
- FT Tiny Trainer with HobbyKing HK-T6A-V2 receiver (FlySky protocol)
- XK K110 bind-and-fly micro-heli (Futaba SFHSS Protocol)
It will work with several other protocols including SLT for AnyLink models and RealFlight simulator.