Basement tapes

I don’t pretend I know how to play, but I do have fun. We hang, we drink, we play. Songs are live improv, lyrics are developed on the fly, jamming is long, sometimes magic happens, sometimes not. The Flying EP – All flight videos are for The […]

Dark Beer

Samuel Smiths Imperial Stout

Stout, Imperial Stout, Java Stout… Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout – Samuel Smith Old Brewery Founders Imperial Stout Bells Java Stout

Pale Ale – Top 10


Top 10 list of Pale Ales acquired through extensive testing at our back porch lab – includes American Pale Ale, India Pale Ale and  Imperial/Double Pale Ale. India Pale Ale: Pale Ale with more hops to help preserve the ale for the long trip to supply […]


Skyscraperman a.k.a. SpiderDan scales John Hancock Center with Spider-Man’s Stan Lee interview – YouTube. Watch as the head of Chicago’s Fire Department tries to kill Spider Dan in the name of showing kids that climbing buildings isn’t safe! Skyscraper, SpiderMan, Fire hose, Fire chief, police […]

Artisan Bread

Do you every buy or bake good bread, and then eat it all at once? I picked up two loaves today – one Semolina and the other Tuscan. Looks good, smells good, just know it’s gonna taste good. Expensive. Then we eat it almost […]


It was a sad day in Fisk family history today. Yes it’s true we retired the Frostline Kit hockey bag after 33 years of active & semi-active service. Frostline? My brother being a madman of sorts had decided for some reason to begin sewing […]

Hockey Net

Our last hockey net was of the $49 PVC variety. The net did itself proud for 4 years until we laid a small ice rink in the backyard and the kids performed an experiment destined for failure – real pucks, 12f temps and… cheap […]



Our three teenage boys Jacob, Adam and Ezra (no it was not a religious mission) passed through O’Hare International airport security at 2:20am on their way to three weeks in Guatemala. Two weeks to the day later we found ourselves passing through O’hare security […]

The High Wire

In one of my past careers I used to fly in helicopters fairly often to do architectural photography. I was an assistant to an excellent boss who had learned his trade in the military shooting images for maps in Alaska. We flew out of […]

DA Bears

One day away from SuperBowl XLI – Will Rex rock and Peyton plop. Or will the Colt of destiny come shinning through? I think DA Bears will run it. Their D will just barely hold on and Devin Hestor will hit the score that […]


Just when I think there’s nothing special about where I live… Our nice house in the suburbs lulls one into a false sense of blah. Big box grocery, shiny chain gas stations, drive here, drive there, no where in particular. Then you remember that […]

Honey doo

I have just blogged about blogging a honey-doo blog There’s a Hole in the Bucket Traditional (Boys) There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza, There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, a hole. (Girls) So fix it dear Henry, dear […]