Man that was a LONG day. Most of it was just running around like a Chicken with my head cut off with half a dozen things on my plate, with recruitment occurring just as I thought I could sit down and have a cup of tea.
I’ll spare the mundane details, but I will share this story. We got a supply of chemicals that for reasons of extreme paranoia were packed in several pounds of Vermiculite. Once the chemicals were removed I wanted to dispose of the box before a horrible mess could occur. Well at the time there was a Gas Tank dolly in the lab that I also needed to move, so I elected to haul the box on the dolly even tho they weren’t a good fit. Hey I just needed to get the box to the end of the haul where the tape gun was and I could seal all the mess inside. If I was careful…. You all see where this is going? Yep Several pounds of Vermiculite on the lab floor when I have lots of other things to do, and people tracking me down to ask me to do yet more things.
LOOOOONG day. Not a terribly bad day…just LOOOOOOOONG.
So I come home and the folks call me, had a nice conversation, including Dad bringing up some interesting political discussions…until he decided to play Schrödinger’s “Progressive” and change the subject when the truth got too inconvenient. Things got a bit ugly from there, and I’m sure nobody enjoyed it.
A drink of my own invention, I call it the Cobalt Martini. It goes as such:
1/2 Measure of Lillet Blanc
1 Measure of Blue Curacao
and 3 Measures of Gin. Use Good gin, but there are a lot of flavors at work here, so you don’t need your best gin, Beefeater is 100% acceptable.
Garnish with Preserved Lemon
Damn good, if I do say so myself! Its very citrus heavy, and the gin and brined lemon give it a nice savory edge to offset the sweet. For those not in the know I neither shake nor Stir my Martini, but rather fill the glass and shaker with large ice cubes. I fill the glass with water to speed up the chilling, and I pour the martini over the ice cubes.
Then I wait, time makes it good. You want to wait until the Ice JUST starts to melt, then dump out the ice in the Glass and wipe the bowl dry, and strain the shaker into the glass from as high a height as you can safely pour, and the ingredients will mix in the glass.
Remember, James Bond had as poor a taste in martinis as he did in guns (Beretta Jetfire, and a .32 Walther PPK) if you shake a martini your drink will cloud and have ice chunks floating in it, so handle your shaker as gently as you can.