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Captain Jack

You are Captain Jack - handsome, charming and always in the right place. The girls (and boys!) just can't seem to get enough of you. The Doctor can't get enough of you either, as you always seem to turn up just when the time is right. You've taken and dished a few beatings, stayed until the bitter end, and always manage to get out of trouble when it suits you. It's almost like you have a knack for being in the right place at the right time.

Still, you've made some stupid decisions in your time, and The Doctor isn't likely to let you forget them. In fact, despite your worldliness and age, you still can't seem to keep up with The Doctor as fast as some of his other companions. Maybe it just wasn't meant to be.

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I wasn't always into cocktails. In fact only 5 years ago, I was primarily into wine and microbrew beers. Aside from that, I would occasionally order a gin and tonic, but that was about it.

Then I moved to San Francisco (after more than 10 years of living down in San Jose), and started going to a Burmese restaurant in The Castro called Nirvana. They have a variety of specialty cocktails — including various froofy tropical drinks — and at some point I started ordering them there and elsewhere on a regular basis.

But cocktails ain't cheap. So I originally tried making cocktails at home to see if I could save money compared to the cost at bars and restaurants, while still having an enjoyable drink. How hard could it be?  After all, many of the cocktail menus list the ingredients: "A delightful blend of…" I just had to figure out the proportions.

I didn't count on it becoming a hobby. But I found mixing drinks to be a lot of fun. Building a drink can be a lot like cooking, but with less clean-up required afterwards. I was amazed by how the character of a drink can change by using a different vodka, gin, etc. And how finding just the right "accent" mixer can totally make a drink.

My initial attempt at mixology was to duplicate some of my favorite drinks from Nirvana: a couple of sweet, flavored "martini" drinks. Actually, I rarely drink them these days, as my tastes have changed and I usually find them a bit too sweet. But I still get a hankerin' for one every now and then, and they've been very popular with guests, too.

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So, a friend came over last night and said:
Somebody gave me some chocolate liqueur recently. I'd heard that you can make chocolate martinis with it, but none of the ones I've tried turned out any good. Do you have any ideas?
I couldn't resist a challenge like that. I love to experiment with cocktail recipes. Of course, I could've looked some up, but I wanted to see what I could come up with on my own. That's the fun of mixology.

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After lurking for who knows how long, I finally decided to create a LiveJournal account. Don't expect regular updates from me, though. I've never been all that great at keeping journals like this up to date. And I'm typically swamped with work, which doesn't leave much time for blogging.

I've been a member of the various online gainer communities for quite a while. I go by the nickname Ncourage on BellyBuilders and BeefyFrat, though lately I've been using the nick StuffTilUPop for most chats. I'm also known as makeugain on Yahoo. Yes, I'm an encourager/feeder. For more about me, check my user info.


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