Well, I've taken some time off from Scoop, to get a perspective on things, and I'm going to try to delve again tonight. Of course, we have no hot water (and thus no heat either), so it's *freezing* in here right now, so I might not so as not to damage my icy cold hands.
In other news, Chris has pointed out my dissing of Guinness, so before someone hunts me down and bombs me, I thought I should explain. My point was really just that Guinness is what Americans think of as "stout," and, also, generally, as "the best stout there is" and it is neither. Well, ok, it is stout, and air-pulled by someone who knows what they're doing, it's a damn fine stout. I would choose Guiness over 98% of other beers in a heartbeat. But most of the people who think Guinness == stout are suffering the same delusion as those who think Vie De France serves a fine croissant. Sure, they're not bad croissants, but go to any little village bakery in France, and you'll see the true wonder and glory that is the *real* croissant. I feel the same way about Guinness stout vs. Murphy's stout. Guinness seems fine, until you've had yourself a Murphy's. Then, suddenly Guinness seems kind of watery and weak, and you find yourself yearning for a beer with a little body and muscle to it. That's all. And I believe this fulfills the have an opinion about beer portion of the interview, as well. :-)
And now for something completely different. I was amused to find that my parents attended my online St. Pat's party. Will wonders never cease.