Morning Free Association: Preseason Has Begun!

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The Boston Bruins started their preseason slate last night. How did they look? I have no idea because not only was the game not televised around here, it also wasn’t broadcast on the radio. No worries, it’s just a preseason game. But it was a preseason game in which Jake DeBrusk was not only the longest tenured Bruins player, he was also the hero.

The game featured the debut of 2021 first round pick Fabian Lysell and last year’s standout goalie Jeremy Swayman in net for half the game.

Jake DeBrusk scored in the first.

New Bruin Erik Haula scored in the second.

In the end, it took a shootout goal from Jake DeBrusk to win it, 3-2.

I hope that he keeps it up.

Bruins next play in New York against the Rangers on Tuesday. That game will be telecast on NHL Network.

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Morning all. Had a nice time out to dinner with a couple of folks Saturday night. Good food is good for the soul.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Good food is good for the soul!!! Ain’t it the truth! Neighbor stopped by Friday with a huge Hen of the Woods mushroom, mushrooms(?). Jo made a mushroom beef stew and this morning a wild mushroom omelet that was WOW!

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Hen of the Woods mushroom

I’ve seen tons of these in the woods and never knew you could eat them. Learn something new every day!

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This has been a very rainy year, and the quantity & variety of mushrooms in the area has been stunning. Some very colorful, others brown or white. Some look like smurf homes, some like err… “man parts”, some bracket fungi, some clusters, some puffballs, plenty of toadstools.
But I have no idea which ‘shrooms are tasty vs poisonous, and don’t trust just reading on the internet to teach me – I’m sure I’d get it right 95% of the time, but that 5% I’d end up in the hospital. And that would ruin it for me. “Is this the time I screw up?” I’d be thinking all the time.

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Haha – yeah I’m with you! Although I do think I’ve been overly conditioned into buying things from supermarkets. Sonia thinks nothing of foraging from fields & woodland, and obviously Stripes is the same.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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I stay with the easily identifiable, safe foodstuffs out there. I do often wonder who was the first to say, “hey, doesn’t that look delicious? Let’s eat it!” I feel the same way about lobster, squid, and lots of other foods. I guess hunger will make you try things

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Delicious! Core it like you would a cauliflower, then cook all little “ears”. They grow on old oak and have no look a likes. Great sauteed with a bit of onion or garlic…… or both.

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That’s always good stuff. Our town had an Oktoberfest this past weekend. It was a small affair – 3 local microbreweries and a German-friendly pub with a band and a couple of vendors, but it was nice to get out for a couple of hours, meet some friends, drink some beer, enjoy some shaded sunlight. I had one too many and had to nap. I’m sure I was a bad influence on our friends’ elder child. lol

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Our town had an Oktoberfest this past weekend

Prost!

We had our own household Oktoberfest last night! I ordered an Oktoberfest bundle from an online shop – a litre of Oktoberfest brew from five of the six breweries plus a stein – to go with the one borrowed from the Hofbrauhaus in Munich 16 years ago (I must get round to returning that some time!)

We had them with sausage and saurkraut and some Munich beer hall videos on YouTube.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Our Oktoberfest was cancelled along with Riverfest as it was scheduled indoors. Hoping an outdoor venue can do something before winter

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Morning.

Hopefully JDB has turned over a new leaf.

According to the snippet of commentary I heard during the highlights the game was on NHL Network. I couldn’t sign in to NHLtv for some reason. Not sure my automatic renewal has gone through. Can’t remember when my renewal date even is! I need to get in touch with them …

Normality is slowly but surely returning. The girls went to the theatre yesterday (Wicked), tomorrow I have to go to London for a meeting with the darts league about starting the new season. I’ve got to make a few trips to London in the next few weeks. Feels weird having things on my calendar again!

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Life in Monroe never changed much. A lot of the contact with other people here is outdoors. I am feeling like i can be around some people again. We will need to find human contact during our long winter. I can see us meeting B2Bers at minor league hockey games. That would be awesome!

The London Bear
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Yeah, I’m not sure I’m looking forward much to winter. Will be a step into the unknown. We’ve got a leavers drink next month for three people – who left the company more than a year ago! But I’ve been in a few situations where there were more people than I’d have liked and I haven’t caught it yet. I’m sure we’ll all get used to another new normal!

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I have always enjoyed people. It’s not in my nature to avoid them….. looking forward to trying to be normal ( never had much success at the normal thing ) grin

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Good morning!
Good for Jake! Let’s hope that’s how his season goes. Who knows what he was battling through last year, or what any players went through in the weirdest sports year ever. … Eric Haula may be the sleeper signing of the year. Multi tool guy. Nosek is another player who i can’t wait to see… getting excited!
Great boating weekend! Drove to CT on Saturday to paddle an old favorite with a buddy. A noisy little creek in the woods. Just a tunnel through green and gold leaves, backlit by the sun. Sunday our local river with Jo. I spent almost 8 hours in my boat between the two days! I am the good kind of tired, now.