Christmas party

Cheesy Christmas Sweaters

When I think about it, the concept of cheesy Christmas sweaters always seemed to be set against the backdrop of a 60’s or 70’s sitcom; or perhaps a Family Circle cartoon in the Sunday funnies, I did not really give any thought to the fact that this might be a real thing. Well, I have had my eyes opened. Saturday, Tanya and I joined some friends at their 3rd Annual Cheesy Christmas Sweater Party. Since I do not think I have really noticed a cheesy sweater before, I was not entirely sure what to expect in the way of cheesy Christmas sweaters. I will not have that problem anymore, the guests that attended and participated by wearing cheesy Christmas sweaters have burnt “cheesy” into my memory for life.

In addition to the cheesy sweaters there was fun people, good food and really good beer. Our host mixed up a batch of some amazing eggnog, so all of our bases were covered for a very fun Christmas party. Thank you to our hosts and congrats to the winner of the cheesiest Christmas sweater contest. Merry Christmas. Continue reading

Photos from the 2012 Strand Brewers Club Holiday Party

These photos were taken at the annual Strand Brewers Club holiday party which was held Saturday evening up in Rolling Hills. The Strand Brewers Club is a local group of home brewers dedicated to the art and science of homebrewing and beer education. I was somewhat familiar with the group as I have seen them at a couple of the beer festivals I attended this year and I have met some of their members through Business & Beer. Once we arrived at the party I recognized a few faces from visits to some of my favorite microbreweries.

The Strand Brewers Club put their 11 tap serving bar to use with 11 different brews provided by club members as well as a homebrewed soda which was pretty tasty. There were also bottled versions of home brews provided and they had a competition to determine with home brew would be submitted by the club to the January American Homebrewers Association (AHA) Club only Competition. Everyone that provided entries to the competition were eager to have everyone sample their brews, and most seemed willing to do just that. They also awarded their “Most Prolific Brewer” with a certificate and a credit at a local bottle shop. It was a fun time with a nice group of people. Thanks to those that sent me an invitation, thanks to everyone that provided their home brews and thanks to our hosts for opening their home to us. Happy holidays. Continue reading

Photos of Mooneyes Xmas Party, Show & Drag, 2012

Saturday, December 8, 2012 was the annual Mooneyes Christmas Party, Car show and Drag Races at Irwindale Dragstrip. I am not really sure how long they have been having this event; but I have been photographing it since 2010. It is a fun event. The car show is limited to pre-1965 model years; and the drag races are limited to pre-1969 model years. In addition, there was a Pinup Girl contest, tons of vendors selling everything you could want to customize your hot rod or fuzzy dice for your lowrider as well as food and drink. Live music was provided by Gambler’s Mark, Dead Beat Daddy, Hot Rod Trio and Dynotones.

The weather was great and the crowd all seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely; I know I did and I look forward to next year’s event. Continue reading

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