from the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

The Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster cocktail©

  1. Take the juice from one bottle of that Ol’ Janx Spirit.
  2. Pour into it one measure of water from the seas of Santraginus V (Oh, that Santragian seawater! Oh, those Santragian fish!)
  3. Allow three cubes of Arcturian Mega-gin to melt into the mixture (it must be properly iced or the benzine is lost).
  4. Allow four liters of Fallian marsh gas to bubble through it, in honor of all those happy hikers who have died of pleasure in the Marshes of Fallia.
  5. Over the back of a silver spoon float a measure of Qalactin Hypermint extract, redolent of all the heavy odors of the dark Qalactin Zones, subtle, sweet, and mystic.
  6. Drop in the tooth of an Algolian Suntiger.  Watch it dissolve, spreading the fires of the Algolian Suns deep into the heart of the drink.
  7. Sprinkle Zamphuor.
  8. Add an olive.
  9. Drink…but…very carefully…

This effect of this drink have been described as “like having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon, wrapped ’round a large gold brick’.”

Another version of the recipe:
  • 1.5 shots 151 Proof Rum
  • 1/4 shot Tequila
  • 1/4 shot Gin
  • 2/3 shot of Triple Sec
  • 1 shot of Blue Curaçao
  • 1 dash Bitters
  • 1 dash Grenadine

Have I tried one?

No, I have not, quite frankly it sounds like a ‘scary’ combination of liquor.

Where I found the recipe

I got this cocktail out of my 1987 Leather Bound Edition of “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”.  One of my favorite and much loved books in my collection, a book that I treasure and that I hope will find an appreciative home after I have gone.

Glasses and Goblets

It would be difficult to  imagine any home with no glassware.  Glassware is one of the marvels of the modern world.  In olden times, Gold or Silver Goblets were the province of the upper classes.  But when it came to the “fancy” stuff, that is when the Crystalware was brought out by the royals.  It was much too expensive for the minor nobility, let alone the middle and lower classes.  The Venetians had a virtual monopoly of glassware dating from the 15th century.  It was only in the 17th century in England that saw the technology of high temperature ovens employed to produce large enough quantities of blown glass.  This was the beginning of modern low cost glassware that has brought it into the houses of the masses.

There are many styles of glassware.  One of the earliest is the Goblet, consisting of a bowl to hold the liquid and the bowl is supported by a stem with a foot on the bottom to steady the Goblet.  My favorite type of glassware is the Goblet, and I have a collection of Goblets.    I have a couple in plastic, and a couple in crystal, and several in glass.  I wanted to share with you some of more Unique Goblets.

My Plastic Butterbeer Glasses.  On the left is the mug style available from Hogsmeade Village.  While on the right is an elegant Goblet from Florian Fortesques over in Diagon Alley.
My Lord of the Rings / Fellowship of the Ring collection.  These are from a production promo of December 2001.
On the reverse side of the Goblets are 4 characters.  Gandalf the Wizard, Frodo the Hobbit, Arwen the Elf, and Strider the Ranger.
Here is one of the Goblets with the LED Footpad to light up the now Magick Fluid.  Sadly it is getting harder to get the batteries, but I do have some batteries to “magick” my drinks.
These are my two Pewter Glass with glass bottoms (so you can see if someone is sneaking up on you with a dagger while imbibing) from the Playboy Club.  Yes, I was a keyholding member in my salad years.  These might have some value since the Playboy Club sank into desuetude.
Pineapple Cut Crystal Whisky Set
Blue Crystal Tall Wine Goblets


Day One in Florida

Today has been a rough day.  There was that crazy snow storm that popped up out of nowhere.  There was not all that much snow, still I left the apartment at 0230 to allow for plenty of time to get to the airport.  I simply drove cautiously and carefully and arrived with plenty of time to get through the security with my TSA precheck status.

I arrived at Orlando International Airport at as per schedule.  However there was a wait of an hour and 10 minutes before the luggage showed up.  So I did not get to the resort until 1100.  There was no room available yet, so I gathered up my Electric Scooter and headed into the Volcano Bay Water Park.

I was impressed with the lush vegetation and the tiki theming of the park.  I took a number of pictures of the Volcano and the various attractions.  It is just too darn cold today to think about going into the water.  Although there are plenty of people here in the water to be sure!  But I am hoping that tomorrow afternoon will be warm enough to me to try out the milder water attractions.

I wanted to do a blog post but did not feel any real inspiration.  So I went to the Dancing Dragons Bar and had a Toasted Coconut Pineapple Rum Runner.  I had put the drink on a table, and tried to back the scooter out of the way, however, I took a wrong step and headed down to the ground bouncing off the scooter and into a planter.  I was terribly stunned, and it took 2 guys to get me to my feet since the ground I fell into was soft and I could not get a firm planting with my cane.  Luckily I was wearing my coat so I did not get all scraped up.  Still, I think it is time for me to go back to the checkin desk and see if my room is available, but to not try get out of the scooter until I get some rest,  I started this day at 0200 and it is getting to be a long active day.

My First Post

I have been given the advice to start a blog on my travel experiences.  I have recently retired, and wanted to start a new career in my retirement, a career in writing.  The question is how to get started?  An attempt to write my first book was a terrible failure.  The fact is that what I wrote is unfocused, and it was not structured.  It was more of a screed, part novel, part non-fiction.  It was a mess!  It is clear that I need a new approach!  This seems like to way to go and provide a “Method” to my ‘madness’.