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I Woulda Come Up With A Funny Title If I Wasn't Ill
NyCap -- a winter time drink for the parents of small children
  • 1 oz tequila
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz 151 proof rum
  • Black Coffee
  • 2 tbls. NyQuil (cherry flavored)
  • Whipped cream
  • Coarse Sugar
Moisten rim of glass. Dip rim into coarse sugar to coat heavily. Pour tequila and coffee liquor into glass. Gently float 151 proof rum on top. Carefully ignite rum and swirl glass to lightly melt sugar with flame. Immediately pour in coffee to extinguish flames. Fill glass with whipped cream, top with 2 tbsp. of cherry-flavored NyQuil multi-symptom formula. Bolt in single swallow. The alcohol will numb you to the realizion that you will be spending the next three months confined to the house with a small child, the NyQuil will address the symptoms of whatever pestilence du jour your twerp brought home from the daycare yesterday, and the coffee and sugar will give you a burst of energy sufficient to clean exactly two of the scores of dishes that have accumulated in the sink while you've been grappling with the plague. Bottoms up!
Today I am sick, so that's as funny as I get, folks. Here's some links instead:
  • List of the 100 best board games of all time as voted on by a bunch of nerds. Apparently I was one of them, although I don't recall participating. And if I did participate, why the hell didn't Bermuda Triangle make the list -- that game was awesome!
  • I wonder how many Ralph Wiggum quotations are registered domain names. mefailenglish.com - check! thatsunpossible.com - check! ibentmywookie.com - check! tastelikeburning.com - check. mycatsbreathsmellslikecatfood.com - check! supernintendochalmers.com - check! Jesus, the list just goes on and on. imidaho.com still available, though.
  • Clever idea, cool video, good way to get yourself shot by security.
  • I guess the second one didn't actually have any links in it. Or the fourth one, for that matter. I'm sick.

Posted on December 07, 2005 to Links


Never underestimate the power of Mucinex. I've had a perpetual cold since I moved to Colorado a month ago, and only my Mucinex and humidifier have gotten me through.

Drink OJ, sleep lots and get well soon amigo!!

Posted by: Jennifer on December 7, 2005 9:51 PM

FYI...if you are a college student...this drink works great...and when I say 'this drink', i mean 'go get drunk at a bar then have nyquil when you get home'.


Posted by: John on December 8, 2005 12:17 AM

Note: somebody has now registered imidaho.com :)

Posted by: Ryan Waddell on December 8, 2005 2:11 AM

Just for the hell of it, i tried your 'mixed drink'. Not half bad.

Posted by: Allison on December 8, 2005 3:16 AM

You forgot to add just a sprinkling of Theraflu mix on top of the whipped cream. It really wakes up the diesel undertones of the cough syrup.

From one toddler parent with a cold to another, I hope you, uh, feel, uh, what was I saying?

Posted by: Elizabeth on December 8, 2005 6:12 AM

I feel your pain. We have two heavy-duty colds, two cases of pink eye (one's mine), and a stomach virus.

And only two children.

Posted by: AJ on December 8, 2005 8:50 AM

So this begs the question, is it considered bad form to boil your child upon it's return from the Infectious Disease Ward (i.e. School)?

As a future father and big fan of not being sick I'd like to know.

I don't want to be one of those people that follows around my little Typhod Toddler with a can Lysol.

Maybe someone could invite child size Ziplock baggies with little arms and feets. It could also serve to keep really large gingerbread cookies nice and fresh.

Posted by: Ryan on December 8, 2005 9:04 AM

ibentmywookiee.com - check!

Posted by: Larry Hosken on December 8, 2005 9:27 AM

Man... shot by security indeed. I can think of about 1 thing that involves sticking a large metal case to the side of a subway car and even after watching that movie, it doesn't involve a projector being inside.

Posted by: Ari on December 8, 2005 9:39 AM

The real question isn't about being shot by security or whether they had permits, but who gets cell phone reception in the subway?!? I call bullship.

Posted by: Edward on December 8, 2005 11:24 AM

Me fail English? that's unpossible is a quote by Homer.

Posted by: will on December 8, 2005 11:47 AM

Sometime, I miss having small children. Then I remember the kinder-cruds and I feel better.

Commenter #1, -it sounds like you have asthma. Go see a proper Pulmonologist.

Posted by: Bob on December 8, 2005 12:11 PM

Well...he is.

Posted by: Will's Wrong on December 8, 2005 7:03 PM

151 is banned in my part of the country, but I managed to smuggle in one from Aussie once.

Mother of God, now each time I pump petrol, I feel like taking 1 oz of it for myself.

Posted by: vlad on December 8, 2005 7:54 PM

The caffeine plus the alcohol. Yes. I find it goes great with an antibiotic chaser. Pair it with some horseradish or tabasco just to get the fluids flowing...sprinkled over the mac 'n cheese (ORGANIC mac 'n cheese, people!) that my child didn't finish.


Posted by: ozma on December 8, 2005 10:35 PM

I believe that title should read:

"I woulda come up with a funny title if I *weren't* ill"

but maybe we can chalk up the lapse in grammar as being another symptom. kudos on the recipe.

Posted by: Tom on December 9, 2005 8:35 AM

I thought you would find it interesting that this exact recipe was posted today (Friday, the 9th) at http://mysecretfantasy.blogspot.com/2005/12/friday-time-for-nightcap-or-nycap.html

Posted by: Baldy on December 9, 2005 11:59 AM

There has been a discussion of the Top 100 list you link to over at MetaFilter. Unfortunately, unpaid members can't comment there, so I'll comment here instead. Horray!

Maybe a MetaFilter member can post my thoughts under their name...

>> "The Official & Completely Authoritative 100 Best Games of All Time Ever Without Question"

In case it isn't immediately obvious, that title is tongue in cheek. Obviously it isn't really that. The list is targetted at those in the hobby, who know the person who posted the list and so won't take what he says seriously. Its meant to make you smile people. ;-)

If you read the rest of the original blog entry (not Baldwin's, the source blog) you can see the history of how the voting was carried out. I am not saying I agree with the list (there are quite I few I would move around), but that is different to saying I think Monopoly or Risk should be on it.

Note that this list was designed to be read by those in the hobby. It isn't targetted at non hobby gamers. It is targetted at hobby gamers (if you know of at least half the games in the top 10, you can safely say you are a hobby gamer).

>> Monopoly is a great family game that everyone can understand and enjoy. I don't know how you can knock it.

To be blunt, because there are far better games available. Boardgames is my hobby, and I would be very reluctant to play Monopoly with anyone when there are such great alternatives. Ticket to Ride or Settlers of Catan are shorter, have more meaningful decisions, encourage communication (particularly Settlers) and are lots of fun.

>> Risk does take a long time, but this is hardly a negative. I've spent many a happy night engaged in Risk strategising and scheming - being forced to plan and adapt to the marathon duration gives it a special edge.

Imagine much the same feeling, in a far shorter playing time with a lower level of randomness and more depth of decision making. You've just described the style of most of the games in that list.

And if you want a long game, play a GOOD long game. Die Macher. Power Grid. Anything else. ;-)

>> They just made the names on this list up, right? Who the heck ever sat down for a rousing game of Funkenschlag?

Most good games made nowadays originate from German. The English version of Funkenschlag is called Power Grid (well, actually Power Grid is more like Funkenschlag 2, but we won't go into that for now). The designer of Funkenschlag is a unique German who names all his games with the letter F.

>> what this list needs to be called is, "The Inbred & Completely Obscurantist 100 Games Which Make Me and My Pals Feel Like Superior Hardcore Board Gamers."

In any hobby area there are likely to be 'better products' that those not in the hobby haven't been exposed to. Most of my friends and family know how to play Chess and Checkers. Does that mean I would like to play Chess more than half the games in that list? No.

Remember people, this list is targetted at hobby gamers.

>> My friends and I have been getting into board games lately and our major criteria for a "good" game is how much social interaction it prompts. We're roleplayers at heart and enjoy games that encourage chat/acting/improv/etc. If we end up playing a game in total or near-silence, it gets banished to the closet shelf, regardless of how good the mechanics might be.

Check out Settlers of Catan, Bohnanza, Game of Thrones, Werewolf and Duel of Ages. Just to get you started. ;-)
And obviously, login to www.boardgamegeek.com

>> The game (Settlers of Catan) is that compelling to the new player.

About half the people I play Settlers with have purchased a copy for themselves within a week. And this is a game you can't buy at Target or Toys R Us.

>> it's an acknowldged (and for the most part, cribbed) bad list offered up as the 100 best.

Actually, your link refers to something completely different. You can verify this easily enough by reading the whole wiki page. The wiki page you refer to is about an older voting system for something completely different - a more up to date version of that kind of voting would be more akin to http://www.boardgamegeek.com/top10.htm .

Just in case I was unclear, your link is nothing to do with this discussion. It is referring to a completely different, non-related thing that happens to have a similar sounding name. Thanks Google. ;-)

>> i don't find it plausible that there was some momentous development in the last ten years that revolutionized board games

Wow. I am guessing you may not be in the boardgaming hobby then. Settlers of Catan was in 1995 I believe. And momentous would be a slight understatement of the effect it has had.

Posted by: Anon on December 9, 2005 1:49 PM

Sound like someone could pre mix this drink and sell it ready to go, assuming the mixing of the N yquil with the other alcohol does not have too bad of a reaction.

New from Vicks in the liquour store.......

Posted by: shoelover on December 11, 2005 6:22 AM

The 'Quil is mightier than the sword.

Posted by: bricoleursdaughter on December 11, 2005 7:10 PM

So, what are we doing to do about the plagiarizing?

Posted by: Tinabug on December 12, 2005 11:46 AM

Wow, that metafilter thread is pretty wild. I didn't know Monopoly had such defenders. I wonder if there's a lot of overlap with Bush voters.

Posted by: Steve Dupree on December 12, 2005 12:58 PM

Greetings everyone, and Mr. Yeti.
Here are some posts from my blog, on what was apparently your recipe, That I received via E-mail on the 7th of Dec, and posted on my blog on the 9th. I included it only because I too have children, and it also fits my theme of ocaasional drunken debauchery. I did not read it here, in fact, if it had not been for the flamers, I would not have made the journey to you wonderful blog. I do enjoy it, and will endeavor to return. In the meanwhile, to appease your more loyal readers, I will make this formal apology an actual post on my blog.


Why do you copy stuff from Defective Yeti without attribution?
Chris | 12.13.05 - 10:02 am | #


Charlotte | 12.13.05 - 9:32 pm | #


My deepest Apologies to to the Yeti, but I received this in a E-mail several days before I reprinted it here.
Oarah | 12.16.05 - 9:21 am | #


Posted by: Oarah on December 16, 2005 6:32 AM

sounds good except the slam on the kids that should go directly to the parents: "your twerp brought home from the daycare yesterday".

Posted by: double_G on December 16, 2005 6:33 AM