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Entry: Amicus & Ascensio
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From Pete DeWolf
Website: http://www.peterdewolf.com
Soooo, you are going to be serving brandy in here now?
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Official Comment From Jessica
Like you people need brandy. But, if you were a guest at my house, I would offer you some. Actually, more like, The Grizz would offer you some Wild Turkey. (True story.)

What is brandy, anyway? Is that what you sip from a snifter right after checking your pocket watch?

PS: I dominate at all parlor games.

From Pete
Website: http://www.peterdewolf.com
I like the word snifter. But, I am really not sure what brandy is. If the Grizz and I threw some back I'd want to be wearing a dinner jacket with the elbow patch dealies on it.

I (or any team I am on) cannot be beaten at Cranium.
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Official Comment From Jessica
Regarding Cranium...

From Pete
Website: http://www.peterdewolf.com
You did strike me as one in which the Cranium would be strong.

Just FYI Cranium Hoopla sucks on a level which is rarely seen.
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From Curt Sawyer
Website: http://home.nyc.rr.com/csawyer
There is a formality in books of that type that we could use in society today. I good read (long, however) is Little Dorrit (Dickens). There is a way that people communicate and relate to one another that is lost today. I'm not expressing it very well, but I think I understand your point. Difficult to put into words.
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From Pete
Website: http://www.peterdewolf.com
Dickens sucked at Cranium.

(But dude was money at Scene-It.)
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From Chris
Website: http://www.savagechef.com
Allow me to interject.

Brandy is distilled champagne, or rather, sparkling white wine more often. So, you say, is Cognac. Yes, quite so, but cognac must come from the Cognac region of France (like real champagne must come from the Champagne region). To sum up, brandy comes from anywhere, cognac comes from.. er.. Cognac, and both come from Champagne or sparkling white wine.

If this is too technical of an explanation, or if you already know this, allow me give my opinion regarding matters alcoholic.

I say; Save up, buy cognac, don't waste money on Country Club Malt Liquor. If the government had a heart, it would let me use foodstamps to buy port.

Signed,

One Poor-Ass Chap
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From TOS
Website: http://wandertos.blogspot.com
I never read Anna Karennina, Russian Lit was soooooooooo long and wordy (though I hear it is superb) and I was too ADD to sit that long. One of these days I need to read it and Brothers Karamazof.

Anyhoo I know what you mean. I love Hemingway, he's my favourite author and in a lot of his books and short stories he is just having dinner with welcoming strangers. It's so cavalier and friendly and the style he wrote in just makes you wish you could hit the road without a care for money, go fishing, drink wine and debate life all with a new world of friends just waiting out there to greet you!
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From Morgant
Website: http://telaranrhiod.com
I know I'm a little slow on the commenting draw here, but I really am curious. I thought about this earlier in the year when I read The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. There are some characters in the (modernly set) book that invite strangers to dinner and make an evening out of it. It works really well for them.

While it sounds nice in theory, I have my doubts that it would be well received if I just started inviting strangers (even my neighbors) to dinner. I'm thinking I'd get a lot of rain checks.

I'm basing that on a combination of factors: 1) I'm a guy, 2) I'm very tall (6'3), and 3) I live in an apartment of moderate size. It seems like guys would think I'm gay and girls would think I'm up to something. Maybe I'm just cynical...

Seriously, if you were my neighbor and, in order to get to know each other, I invited you over for dinner, would you accept?
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Official Comment From Jessica
Well, supposing that I didnít sense anything that advised me not to accept, sure.

My two guy neighbors invited me over for dinner and cards when they first moved in. Now, we cook steaks at their place nearly every other Friday and have also expanded to dominoes.

Itís friendly hobbit-type stuff; not terribly formal.

People probably arenít too frightened of small dinner parties, even though many may have lost their appreciation for them. So, perhaps inviting a small group is the best way?

From Morgant
Website: http://telaranrhiod.com
That's pretty interesting. I asked around where I work and got some skeptical responses, but I sort of got the feeling they weren't taking it all that seriously. I guess there's only one way to find out: I'll ask some neighbors to dinner and see what happens. I'll let you know what happens.
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