Pumpkinpalooza

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George Washington Carver is well-known to history for coming up with about 100 products made from peanuts, and even more food recipes. I feel like he had to have had some sort of pumpkin-whisperer counterpart because, come October, the gamboge gourds…

Say her name!

Gourdyn Martell

Gourdyn Martell

So, people try to get clever with their pumpkins this time of year, and you inevitably see that one where the jack o’lantern is puking his own seeds and innards out. I started thinking of what other type of pumpkin carving might utilize the guts, and I had a flashback to the season 4 showdown between the Red Viper of Dorne and the Mountain that Rides on Game of Thrones. Tyrion’s story about his cousin Orson smashing beetles immediately evoked thoughts of series author George R.R. Martin, wantonly killing off everyone’s favorite characters on a whim.

Enter the Red Viper of Dorne, Oberyn Martell. Progressive, hedonistic, moral. And just when you think, finally, I’ll be rewarded for empathizing and cheering on a character – the Mountain quite literally squashes your dreams.

Happy Halloween.


Swamp Cabbage

Swamp Cabbage

921 Brookwood Dr, Columbia SC After the trek from campus down to the stadium and a flight at Conquest Brewing, we were less than keen to hike to the other side of the stadium to visit River Rat Brewing, the next…

Conquest Brewing

947 S Stadium Road, Bay 1, Columbia, SC The suggestions of “Stand By Me” were unmistakable. The abandoned and rusting metal structures, the wizened oaks and coastal boxelders, the chunks of coal strewn about among the ballast lining the railroad…

Flood Distribution

The streets of early 19th century London must have been quiet. No automobiles motoring by or lorries rumbling, no pedestrians chatting on cellphones or televisions blaring advertisements in shop windows. Citizens would have been traipsing home from work or heading…

Festa Italiana

Leave the gun, take the umbrella. With the Greek Festival (among others) last weekend, the Italian Festival this past weekend, and the Korean Festival this coming weekend, you could be forgiven for feeling a bit like Wedding Crashers. But while…

Prawn Stars

Houston’s weather sine curve is climbing again, but over the weekend we got a preview of the fall weather to come, as the mercury dipped with crisp autumn air and clear blue skies. It was pretty ideal festival weather, and while most…

Red Oktober

Even though the russet-hued lagers that come out this time of year are called Oktoberfest, on a proper beer calendar, they’re really a September beer. That’s because, when Crown Prince Ludwig, later King Ludwig I, married in October 1810, he…

Bloody Marvelous

For our annual football trip, in 2010 my college buddies and I found ourselves in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin. The weather could not have been more perfect, with the sun shining and a cool cross-breeze coming through, between Lakes Mendota and Monona. The brisk Autumn…