Book Review: A Proper Drink

A Proper Drink: The Untold Story Of How A Band Of Bartenders Saved The Civilized Drinking World by Robert Simonson offers rare historical perspective on the joys of modern drinking. It is safe to say that many mixed drink fans don’t quite realize just how much the drinking experience has changed in recent years. Prepare to be enlightened.

For this book, Simonson interviewed dozens of bartenders, club owners, connoisseurs, and mixed drink artists. Their stories shed light on the philosophy and methodology behind many of today’s most prestigious and popular drinks. After each story are a couple recipes for readers to try at home.

My friends who I affectionately refer to as mixed drink “snobs” will eat this up while sipping a few drinks to be sure.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.



What Is The Problem With Political Action Committees?

What’s the problem with PAC’s (Political Action Committees) some may ask? Allow me to provide an example. The Summit Fire Department serves the majority of the area surrounding Flagstaff. Their governing board has asked the voters for a $3.5M Bond through Proposition 409. If you live or travel outside the city, you’ve seen signs like the one below that state “VOTE YES PROP 409 SUMMIT FIRE REDUCE RESPONSE TIMES”. Another version touts “Increase Medical and Fire Services”. Sounds great right? Who wouldn’t want to do both? Only problem is that passing the bond will do neither!

According to the OFFICIAL Summit Fire information, the bond will:

“The Fire Board for the Summit Fire and Medical District has called this special bond election and intends to use the bond authorization to retire existing indebtedness incurred for capital projects, to upgrade communications systems, to acquire safety equipment.”

I specifically asked a firefighter at last night’s neighborhood watch meeting if the bond would in fact accomplish what the signs promise. His answer. No.

So who is posting these signs with the deliberate misinformation? Turns out, a couple of local Summit firefighters formed a PAC (see attached for details) “Vote Yes for Prop 409”. The PAC lists itself as a “Firefighter Union/Union Organization”. This PAC is identified at the bottom of each sign as is legally required. So why would a PAC that is run by firefighter’s post signs with inaccurate information? You’d have to ask them that question but what we DO know is that the ONLY funding the PAC has received is from two Phoenix Commercial Construction Companies. That raises a new question, WHY would Phoenix construction companies donate thousands of dollars to a PAC in Northern Arizona? That is another question we can’t answer but a little further research shows both companies are involved in building what appear to be primarily municipal facilities, like fire stations….

Bottom line here for me, I believe we should vote for Prop 409, the due diligence has been completed by both the Fire Board and a Citizens Commission and it’s necessary to maintain our current level of service. Service I feel is exemplary. I think we can also agree that being lied to by a PAC that can’t be held accountable for their actions and is funded by questionable sources hurts more than it helps.

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–Rob Wilson



Book Review: Big Bad Breakfast

Touted as “The Most Important Book Of The Day”, Big Bad Breakfast by John Currence takes on the Southern breakfast with a wealth of delicious recipes and engaging stories guaranteed to inspire and entertain.

Using all of the ingredients your grandmother used to use, each recipe is saturated in delicious flavor. Every page is dripping with deliciousness and the photos that accompany the text keep you hungry and wanting more. This book could be quite dangerous for those with no self control.

With an overabundance of healthy cookbooks on the market, sometimes it is nice to take a moment to indulge yourself and break all the rules…including your diet. This is the perfect book to help you with this task.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.