Techgating with AT&T

AT&T Fan Zone Tour Truck

Football season is underway and with early fall weather it’s a perfect time to enjoy tailgating before watching your favorite team.

With new technologies, the whole tailgating experience can be enhanced in many ways. AT&T refers to this as “techgating.” Techgating is the intersection of technology and tailgating regardless of whether you’re at home, on the go or at the game. Use the latest apps, handy-dandy gadgets and lighting fast connections to enhance your tailgate experience and stay up-to-date on all things College Football.

This year, AT&T is giving College Football fans the ultimate #Techgating experience by highlighting innovative ways AT&T technology is helping connect fans all over the nation through their AT&T Fan Zone Tour! Fans will be able to visit the AT&T Fan Zone Tour trucks during AT&T sponsored games and participate in a Fight Song Mashup, Social T-Shirt Cannon, Social Heat Map, use Solar Charging Stations and watch games via U-Verse Live Stream projections.

Throughout the College Football season, AT&T is encouraging fans to share their best #Techgating tips for a chance to win a trip to the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship! Go here [http://techgating.att.com] for more information to share how good you are at techgating. You can tweet your pic, video or tip with #techgating for a chance to win a trip to the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship!

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The Millennial Challenge: Homeownership

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It has been said that “the ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”

Where in the name of Jay Electronica does that leave the Millennials among us? You know; the overly analyzed champions of legalized marijuana, delayed marriage, and social liberalism. 18-34 year olds make up a scrum of perpetual renters and childhood home dwellers that probably couldn’t qualify for a traditional home loan if it fell out of Ariana Grande’s auto tune machine and landed directly in their collective laps. It’s hard to blame Generation Y; after all, we grew up during the dotcom 90’s and then graduated into the worst recession the country had experienced since the 1930s. A childhood defined by economic prosperity leading to a bourgeoning adulthood where a net worth of $10,400 makes you wealthier than half of your fresh faced 18-34 year old peers; that’s irony only a Generation Xer could appreciate.

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Does Your Inner-Child Crave New Toys?

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Inside every man is an inner-child – sometimes the little tyke is buried deep, deep down inside. You may have outgrown the whining, crying for mama, and peeing your pants, but it’s doubtful you’ve outgrown the allure of toys.

Even the seemingly mature among us have passions that harken back to a childhood obsession with toys.

Do you drool when you pass by a car dealership, with a new Ferrari or Camaro, on display? Then, perhaps you collected matchbox cars, or RC Racers, as a kid.

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Drink of the Week: The Blinker (Dr. Cocktail’s Version)

Dr. Cocktail's Blinker.If there is a more confusing matter in the world of cocktails than the naming of beverages, I haven’t come across it. It’s hard enough that the proportions of such basic drinks as the Martini and the Manhattan are so highly variable depending on which book or bartender you consult. It also doesn’t help that we cocktail writers can’t stop ourselves from continually messing with recipes to the point where two drinks with the exact same name and ancestry may have little in common, give or take an ingredient. At the same time, you might have two drinks with completely different names but which differ in only the slightest way. (Mr. Martini, meet Mr. Gibson.)

So, last week I brought you the original version of the Blinker, or something close to it, and I mentioned that famed cocktail historian Ted Haigh had unearthed this drink. Despite being a true revivalist, Haigh felt the drink needed an improvement, if not an actual update.

For starters, while the original version appears to have called for either bourbon or rye. (I limited myself to bourbon last week.) Haigh’s version is strictly rye. The original also had grenadine as its sweetener. Haigh’s version, which he has since christened “Dr. Cocktail’s Blinker,” contained not just raspberry syrup, but a very particular species of it. This is the stuff that tastes rather like jam, only without any trace of actual fruit, and which some people pour over ice cream. Apparently, it was an old school substitute for grenadine, and it certainly sounded like it was worth a try.

The Blinker, aka Dr. Cocktail’s Blinker

2 ounces rye whiskey
1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
1 teaspoon raspberry syrup
1 lemon peel (garnish)

No surprises in terms of preparation. Combine the rye, juice, and syrup in cocktail shaker. You might want to stir it a bit before adding the ice to make sure the syrup dissolves, especially if it’s been kept in the refrigerator. Then add about a ton of ice and, well, you know the rest. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass, throw in the lemon twist. Toast Dr. Cocktail/Ted Haigh, if only because he is the creator of by far the most popular modern day version of the Blinker.

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All in all, I have to agree with Ted Haigh that his tweaked version of the Blinker is superior. Rye is just a hair less sweet than bourbon and noticeably more peppery, and it makes a bracing contrast with the bittersweet grapefruit juice and the just-plain sweet raspberry syrup. For the sake of experimentation, I tried the Dr. Cocktail Blinker drink with bourbon, and it was a no go. Not awful, just not so good. My ryes produced nice but highly varying results. I used Old Overholt (Haigh’s preference), Rittenhouse  (my 100 proof default rye), and slightly more upscale/moderne Redemption rye.

Even more interesting is his choice of the jam-like raspberry syrup over grenadine. I used Smucker’s brand because it was the only choice the supermarket I happened to be in had, and it was fine. It’s a simpler kind of sweetness than a decent grenadine, and I think it really does make a better choice in a drink that’s already buzzing with the contrasting flavors of rye and grapefruit.

  

Cruising the Mediterranean Sea

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Long ago, the Mediterranean Sea was the lifeblood among ancient civilizations, providing routes for trade and war and also supplying food for its peoples throughout time. Today, the Mediterranean Sea is still a thriving waterway that provides a living for the people in the communities that border it. Sailing or cruising the Mediterranean is quite an adventure. Several cruise ship companies offer itineraries that include ports in Italy, Spain, France and many others.

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