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From Bird to Dog: Bluebird Records

Bluebird in Buff

78 Record Project series: Bluebird Records

A look at the label history of Bluebird Records up to 1945. With special mention of Glenn Miller as he first recorded In the Mood on Bluebird!

From Bird to Dog: Bluebird Records

Glen Miller in the Mood

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Crawlspace: 5 Important Considerations

My wife and I purchased a property here in Virginia that came with a crawlspace. Now, for those of you who are not from Virginia, houses here rarely come with basements. The houses are either built on a slab (a concrete pad that serves as the foundation with the frame built off of it) or a crawlspace (a space beneath the house that one must crawl under). Crawlspaces exist because the house has been elevated off the ground through the use of concrete blocks (thus creating a space beneath the house).

Crawlspace (taken from
Slab (taken from How Stuff Works)

Following our purchase my wife and I had to do a lot of work in the crawlspace and from all of our work and research here is what we learned:


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For the Love of Olive Oil

Olive Oil

Coming from an Italian background, I’ve always had a soft-spot for Olive Oil. For the longest time I would buy the cheap, store brand such as “Great Value Olive Oil”:

That was until I read an OUTSTANDING book by Tom Mueller called Extra Virgin: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil .

Among many facts learned was this (and it probably goes without saying but who knew?):

Not all olive oil is the same and the lack of a regulatory body (in the US OR Europe) for olive oil means that labels such as 100% Extra Virgin in the US don’t carry much meaning. Suggesting the olive oil you are buying may have been “cut” with anything but to make it cheaper.

On his website Truth in Olive Oil, Tom gives a couple suggestions of quality “real olive oil” brands and that real olive oil when drunk (yes, as in a shot-glass just like you might whiskey) should give you a slight burning sensation in the back of the throat.

Taking his advice, my wife and I have found a good brand that, while costs about 2x more (10 dollars a bottle), is pretty good stuff. You can find it at Wal-Mart, Harris-Teeter and other fine grocery purveyors.

We like Lucini Estate Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil

We typically go through a bottle of the stuff a week! As such I am often reminded of this short clip from the Simpsons:


However, good Olive Oil is worth it.