Siciliano's Market News, November 12 Edition

This week's list of new and returning products follow a hello from a popular author and a few words about a job I could never do

Preamble by Steve Siciliano

John Palmer

A few days ago I received a nice email from John Palmer. Some readers will recall that we hosted the popular home brewing author back in August 2017 while he was crisscrossing the country promoting the fourth edition of How to Brew. John wrote that he diligently reads Siciliano's Market News, that he just wanted to say hello and that he has fond memories of his three day visit to Beer City USA. It was nice hearing from our good home brewing buddy again and even nicer to hear that he reads these blogs.

I have a terrible fear of heights so I was totally blown away by the high wire act that Barb and I had a front row seat to the other day. Our neighbors at the cottage hired a tree removal company to take down a big oak in their yard and after going as far as they could with their 65 foot aerial boom bucket the crew called it a day. "How you gonna get the rest down?" I asked the bucket operator. "A climber," he replied.

The climber

The next day a rail thin dude donned spurs and a harness and was deposited onto the top third of the tree. Barb and I watched while he shimmied up and down the trunk. He attached ropes to big sections then lopped them off with a chain saw.

When the climber was back on terra firma I sidled over and asked him how long it took to acquire his skills.