Category Archives: Not-Always-So-Popular Culture

Grand Opening! Shadow Puppet Brewing Company in Livermore, California!

Just in time for San Francisco Beer Week, I am proud to announce the grand opening of Shadow Puppet Brewing Company in Livermore, California, happening TODAY from 11 am to 11 pm. Shadow Puppet is currently one of four craft breweries in the city of Livermore, which is well on its way to becoming a destination for beer drinkers as well as for wine tasters. Shadow Puppet features an amazing variety of beers, and a beautiful, family-friendly tasting room.

The brewery is family-owned and operated by founder Brian Blackburn and by Brewmaster and Master Builder Craig Danielson. Ordinarily I would say you can recognize Craig by the big beard, but since it’s a brewery, half the guys in there will have one ;) Here’s a picture instead:

Shadow Puppet Brewing Co. Livermore

Shadow Puppet Brewing Co. brewmaster Craig Danielson, left, and owner Brian Blackburn, right, pose for a photograph at their brewery in Livermore, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group -East Bay Times, February 2, 2017. )

Craig loves to talk beer, so feel free to accost him with your questions and comments.

The Grand Opening event promises to be a great time, with the ribbon-cutting taking place at 11:30, a live band from 3:30 to 6:30, and a massive selection of 14 beers on tap, including a just-released Golden Sour Ale. If you can’t make the opening, don’t worry – the taproom is open Thursday through Sunday; visit the brewery’s website for the current menu and hours:

Hope to see you there!



Farewell to Carrie Fisher, One of the True Icons of My Generation

“I was street smart, but unfortunately the street was Rodeo Drive.”

On her father’s gossipy 1999 autobiography: “I’m going to have my DNA fumigated.”

“I always wanted to do what my mother did – get all dressed up, shoot people, fall in the mud. I never considered anything else.”

“You can’t find true affection in Hollywood because everyone does the fake affection so well.”

“Females get hired along procreative lines. After 40, we’re kind of cooked.”

On merchandising for Star Wars: “I signed my likeness away. Every time I look in the mirror, I have to send Lucas a couple of bucks.”

“My father (Eddie Fisher) was a short Jewish man. My husband (Paul Simon) was a short Jewish man. Go figure.”

Describing working with Harrison Ford on the original Star Wars, Episode IV – A New Hope (1977): “Mark was 24, I was 19 and he [Harrison] was 33. He was like the big man on campus. You looked at him and you said to yourself, ‘He’s going to be a star.’ “

Explaining why gaffer’s tape was sometimes used under her Princess Leia costume in Star Wars, Episode IV – A New Hope (1977): “As we all know, there is no underwear in space.”

“Acting engenders and harbors qualities that are best left way behind in adolescence. People-pleasing, going on those interviews and jamming your whole personality into getting the job, ingratiating yourself to people you wouldn’t f***ing spit on if they were on fire.”

 Describing the filming of Star Wars, Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980): “Mark [Hamill] was off on Dagobah while Harrison [Ford] and I were getting drunk in Cloud City.”

“I think of my body as a side effect of my mind.”

On success: “There is no point at which you can say, ‘Well, I’m successful now. I might as well take a nap.’ “

On time: “Instant gratification takes too long.”

On experience: “Maturity: A stoic response to endless reality.”

[When asked if the character Princess Leia was the dark side of the force in her professional career] “Oh, no. It was fun! I was young. People want it to be a problem for me. No. Those are great movies. Why shouldn’t I be proud of being in that? The dark side? You ever see Hollywood Vice Squad (1986) or The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)? How about Under the Rainbow (1981)? Was Star Wars the dark side? There’s so much competition for that one.”

[About what her father, Eddie Fisher, did to help Elizabeth Taylor after her husband Michael Todd’s death] “He rushed to her side, gradually moving to her front… He consoled her with flowers and, ultimately, he consoled her with his penis.”

[on the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney] “I’m now a Disney Princess!”


Quotes courtesy of Photo from the 1995 video release of Return of the Jedi.

Before You Throw My Heart Back on the Floor…

I guess “Last Christmas” would be more appropriate, but this was my favorite George Michael tune.