Big changes here at RSpeen (dot) com just in time for winter which, as those of you who reside “Up North” know, means a massive reassignment of duties if you're on a ship that's unable to leave the harbor, ie, not an ice-breaker—though there are other ways to break the ice, and one of those is by adding a little imbibement to your espresso, and it is with great anticipation that we announce the launch of a new product, a small-batch, locally-sourced, ethically-distilled hard liquor christened with the affectionate brand-name: “Speenwine”—which is based on the Portuguese Aguardente Bagaceira, currently impossible to find in the States. We are still looking for a distribution, production, and financing partner for this venture, so more on this exciting development as it unfolds like a fermented flower.
Back to the docks, aboard the SS Speen, with the freezing-over harbor, where it becomes one crew-person's duty to merely agitate the water surrounding the hull to keep it from being crushed by the miracle of ice. Even with the nine month winter ahead, a second crew-person is kept busy with the monumental task of repairing sails that are damaged and buffeted by gale force winds and clueless blowhards, bullies, and insecure cowards who are ruled by Fear. A third crew-person (this is me), can then concentrate on pouring over the nautical charts and historical texts, making pour-over coffee, and other tasks less defined but more important—that will chart the course of this venture into the darkness, the void, the unknowable future, and with any luck, somewhere to get lingonberry pancakes in Door County.
Those with sharp math skills will note that that makes three, which is why I am using this opportunity to announce an addition to the RSpeen staff, a decision which was guided by an adherence to the “Golden Ratio”—which has helped us devise a corporate cocktail consisting of: three parts Yours Truly, two parts Randy Russell, and one part: the newest member of the teem, Richard Skiller, who has paid his debt to society and is therefore back in a brutal job market. So it is with this paragraph that we hereby “Welcome Aboard” Richard “Dick” Skiller, who will henceforth handle the site's new restaurant, food, and entertainment review categories, which will be found under the subheading LUNCH. Many of you may know him from his “Yelp” days, and some of you may wish you could forget him, but no matter—we needed something to stir the pot (see more about him in the updated “Contact” page). We anticipate, not smooth sailing—how boring is that?—but new adventures, discoveries, and much, much more heartbreaking, soul crushing, confusing indifference. Bon Voyage!
—R. Speen, November 2017