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Dear Paul,
I really enjoyed the mixtape and think your hard work really shows. The mixtape is of very high quality. Your beats were all from really good songs, but you were able to add your own flavor to them (no pun intended).

I do have some thoughts however that could make your future gangsta rap endeavors even more awesome than this one:

A. I was never mentioned or given a shout out. You should do this. One suggestion is to reference Mario and Luigi (you know why), and to talk about chicken nuggets filled with cheese.
2. You should put in some Spanish lyrics like we did in high school (Como lo quieres, como te sientes). Hov did do that, so hopefully you’ll consider going through that.
D. When a team wins more Super Bowls than any other franchise and has an illustrious history unlike any other, they are meant to be hated, so I will consider your Steelers lyric a compliment.

I was also gonna comment that there were no cuss words, which I like, but then you addressed it so I will let sleeping dogs lie.

I also still have Del. Donoghue’s campaign sticker on the back of my car.

Anyway, good show and I look forward to more quality material from Grif5th in the future.

The mixtape can be found here.

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One week ago, last Friday, I had what I think is the best beer I’ve ever had. It was a Dogfish Head 120 Minute Imperial IPA.

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Here’s the story:

The six pack shop that I frequent, Packs and Dogs, posted on Facebook on a Wednesday that they would be stocking this rare small batched brew on Thursday. I definitely wanted to partake. The next day, I got home from work, and was doing my business when I realized that I might have missed out. So I finished up my business and rushed out the door to go to Packs and Dogs, and they had two bottles left in stock (which is what I wanted anyway because they cost $12/bottle).

After I picked my two bottles, the cashier brought out two more four packs, but that is neither here nor there.

Anyway, I had heard that this beer was overrated, and that it was undrinkable because of it’s high alcohol content (18% ABV). The name means that the mash of the beer is continuously hopped for two hours, which obviously gives the beer a bold bitter quality.

I poured the beer into a snifter, and started sipping. I am not a good reviewer of beers, and I am not going to do that today. The beer was an amber color, and the taste was not what I expected. The high alcohol was tasty and warming, not in any way undesirable. I also expected a punch in the face from the hoppy bitterness. However, the hops were more citrusy, and most of the flavor was like brown sugar. The complexity of the citrus bitterness, the sugary sweetness, and the booziness together is what I loved the most.

I was almost finished with is excellent brew until a f&@king horsefly flew into my snifter. I damned that fly, and though I was angry, I was glad to see it drown in the highly alcoholic liquid that it thought it stole from me.

And that was the most tasty brew I have ever had.

As for my second bottle, well this beer was meant for aging, and that is just what I am going to do with it. I am at my parents house right now, and I put in the back of their refrigerator in the garage because I will be too tempted and will probably drink it if I have access to it. I think I will drink it at Thanksgiving.

This is not a beer for a casual beer drinker, but if you appreciate unique beers, pick this one up if you can find it.

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In this first post about my veterans in my family, I would like to talk about my great great grandfather, John Lynch.  He was born on May 7, 1839 in Fredericksburg, VA.

I am particularly interested in John Lynch since he is the second generation of my line of Lynches in America.  His father John Owen Lynch immigrated from Ireland (County Cavan) in the early 1800s and arrived in Philadelphia.  He then moved across the state and settled in Blair, then Cambria County.

John Lynch enlisted in the Union Army on April 15, 1861, in Company G, 10th Pennsylvania Volunteers.  On August 1, 1861, he re-enlisted as a 2nd sergeant in Company A, 55th Regiment of Pennsylvania.  On August 28, 1862, he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. 

He was wounded in his side at the Battle of Drury’s Bluff (Proctor’s Creek, Bermuda Hundred Campaign) on May 16, 1864.  He received a military pension as compensation for this injury.  To acknowledge his brave service, he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on February 24, 1865.  Despite his injury, he served until the close of the war, and was discharged on October 20, 1865.

After the war, he returned to eastern Cambria County, and worked in the lumber industry before retiring in 1877 as a result of his injury.  After this he engaged in public service in the Cresson area (school director, township supervisor, Summitville borough council member, and five terms of five years each as Justice of the Peace).  Not exactly a lightweight.

His first son James, my great grandfather was born on March 22, 1870.

Here is another picture of great great grandfather Lynch that I found in my basement.

He died in 1900.  Here is a picture of his gravesite at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Cemetery in Cresson, PA.

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