Articles by " Adam"
1 Feb
2018

What’s Happening in February at Kards Unlimited!

 

It's February again, friends! Obviously, Valentine's Day is the biggie this month, but there are plenty of other fun times to be had in Fenruary.  Click READ MORE to find out what's up!

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16 Jan
2018

If The Count of Monte Cristo was in a book club, he’d be in the KU Book Club

You know something interesting? There are no swordfights in The Count of Monte Cristo. Except one that takes place in a flashback scene. And the Count isn't even a participant!

We had a lot of fun discussing The Count of Monte Cristo at Sunday's meeting!  In addition how hard it is to pronounce French names, taking revenge on a woman as opposed to a man, and the various ways in which the novel is different (i.e. better) than the 2002 film adaptaion, we also talked about how Brittany and I are secretly the same person, and how Alex may or may not (but definitely does) think that some book club in Lawrenceville is more charming than we are! It's ok, we still love her.

As always, I left the meeting with a million more things to add to my list of books to read, but the book we're reading for our next meeting is Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union.  I am so excited about this because people have been recommending Chabon to me for years and I've just never made the time to try him out.  So now I will and I'll (hopefully) see what all the fuss is about.  I hope I do, because it's high time I fall in love with another author who has a bunch of books out so I can go on a reading binge.

The next meeting will take place on February 25th at 6 p.m. here at Kards Unlimited! We hope to see everybody there!

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1 Jan
2018

Welcome to 2018! Here’s what’s happening in January at Kards Unlimited!

A Bayberry candle on New Year's Eve brings good luck!

 

Happy New Year from your friends at Kards Unlimited!  We're kicking off the year in true KU form, so without further ado, here's a list of the events of the coming month!

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1 Dec
2017

December Events!

...Or, the many and varied ways in which Kards Unlimited will observe, celebrate, and participate in jolliness, merriment, and all Holiday tom-foolery!

December is hands-down our favorite month here at KU.  We love the holidays, guys.  A lot.  Almost as much as we love our dogs!  ...Ok, not really that much.  That was a little crazy.  But seriously, we love them so much.  Take a look below the cut to find out all the crazy-awesome things we'll be celebrating this month!

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1 Nov
2017

The Events of November 2017!

Happy November, friends!  November is one of my very favorite months of the year!  It has Thanksgiving, which is a totally top drawer holiday, and it's usually when the weather starts getting well and truly chilly, which I always look forward to.  Sweater weather is the best weather!  November is also a month of all kinds of crazy awesome stuff at Kards Unlimited!  Find out more after the break!

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1 Oct
2017

October Events!

 

What up, y'all? Now, you may think that Halloween is the only thing to get excited about this month, but that's where you'd be wrong! October is absolutely chock full of fun, exciting events and I'm about to tell you what they are!

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5 Aug
2017

August 5th is National Disc Golf Day!

National Disc Golf Day was recognized by the National Day Calendar in July of 2016, which makes it one of the youngest holidays we've ever featured on the KU blog.  Disc golf itself is a lot older, with various individual accounts of a proto-disc golf-like game being played very early in the 20th century, long before the Frisbee was even invented (in 1966, more on that later), or the idea of a dedicated disc golf course, or even the term itself were even glints in proverbial eyes.

This is what disc golf looks like.

Have you ever looked something up on the internet and gotten completely sucked into a vortex of links and Wikipedia articles?  Of course you have.  Looking up National Disc Golf Day is a lot like that.  There are some really fascinating things to learn about disc golf, actually.  Like, first of all, the man who invented the Frisbee, "Steady Ed" Headrick, also invented the first ever disc golf basket, upon which all modern disc golf basket designs are based.  He also founded pretty much every disc golf organization, including the Professional Disc Golf Association and the Recreational Disc Golf Association.

Here's Steady Ed playing the sport that he basically made happen.

But let's back up a second. I can hear you all asking "What even IS disc golf, Adam?"  Ok.  So you know ball golf, right?  That weird, Scottish game where you hit a tiny ball with a super weird stick so it goes into a hole? Yeah, that's the one.  So disc golf is a lot like that, plus Frisbees, which are super fun, and minus all the snooty, country clubby BS which is super not fun.  Disc golf requires a lot less expensive equipment, there aren't any carts or groundskeepers or anything, and it's pretty much just superior in every way (unless you are snooty, then I guess it's worse.)

Interestingly, there are still drivers and putters and stuff, but instead of clubs, they're different types of discs! Here's a driver; it's kind of sharp and the weight is concentrated at the edge, to help it cut through the air and maintain its speed for a longer distance.

Cross section. So sharp!

The Boss. So bossy.

Versus a putter, which is much rounder and more evenly distributed, a lot like a disc that you'd play catch with, which makes it fly slow and straight, right to the hole.

Short game is important no matter what kind of golf you golf, guys.

One of the most popular putters in disc golf!

There are a bunch of other kinds of discs, too, but that's not terribly important right now.  What is important is that you get out and celebrate National Disc Golf Day!  Disc golf is a ton of fun, guys. There are a bunch of awesome courses in the Pittsburgh area, including several that were the sites of the Disc Golf World Championships in 2015! Don't worry if you don't feel up to playing the courses that the pros play, different tee placements adjust for all skill levels!

Here's a video of some pros playing on the course at Deer Lakes Park in Tarentum!

OH! Hey, before I forget.  Never, ever, ever say "frolf".  Ever.

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9 Jul
2017

July 10th is National Piña Colada Day!

Mmmmmmmmm, piñassssssssss.

The pineappleyest, coconuttiest, deliciousest day of the year!

I went to Key West for the first time this past January, and let me tell you, it was amazing.  There were lots of things about it that I loved, but one of the biggest was all the piña coladas I drank.  And they were a legion.  So much rum, you guys.  So much.  I loved them so much that I came home from my wedding trip to Key West and almost immediately bought an awesome Ninja blender so I could make them myself at home.  One of the best purchases I have made.

I need to go to there.

The piña colada was invented in Puerto Rico at the Caribe Hilton Hotel's Beachcomber Bar in San Juan in 1954.  It has been giving us all glorious, tropical, rum-filled brain freeze ever since.  In 1978 it was named the national drink of Puerto Rico.  All of which basically makes me want to move there.

Now.  Many people, who like to think of themselves as aficionados of alcohol consumption, tend to find the piña colada overly sweet.  These people are, if you'll pardon the expression, nincompoops.  First of all, pineapple juice is literally the King of Fruit Juices.  It is patently delectable.  If I could live on pineapple juice alone, I might.  Perhaps only augmenting my diet with cream of coconut, ice, and rum.  Maybe a maraschino cherry every now and then. If you know what I mean.

Secondly, cream of coconut is amazing.  Speaking as someone who is not particularly fond of coconut, cream of coconut is really one of the most delightful substances in the world.  It has all the wonderful, tropical goodness of coconut without the weird textural nightmare that is shredded coconut.

Finally, there's the rum.  Ah, rum.  You may like your margaritas.  You may like your cosmopolitans.  But tequila and vodka are to rum as your high school tennis coach is to Serena Williams.  Rum is one of the best spirits out there.  It's versatile, being delicious on its own and mixed into drinks.  It can have all the beautiful flavor complexity of good whisky and usually has very little of the accompanying bite.  It's liquor for people smart enough to realize that you don't have to pretend to like something that tastes like dirt (looking your way, tequila) in order to be cool.  Plus, it's the drink of pirates.  And, be honest with yourself, you want to be a pirate.

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas.

 

Basically, what I'm saying is that this July 10th, go out and get yourself a piña colada.  Or, better yet, make yourself some at home.  If you have a blender, you're pretty much all set.  Buy some good rum, some pineapple juice, cream of coconut, make sure your ice trays are full, and go to town!  My preferred recipe is equal parts white rum and pineapple juice, about half again as much cream of coconut, ice to fill my blender, and blend until smooth! Don't be afraid to let your blender go for a while.  Mine has a "frozen drink" setting (not to brag), and it definitely takes a minute or two.  It blends it up good.  Pour into a tall glass, finish with a dark rum floater and a couple maraschinos (if you want them).  Enjoy!

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