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If You Pay a Virginia ticket, Will You Get Points?

Author: marketing From http://www.andrewflusche.com • Oct 30th, 2014
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Find out what happens if you pay your VA traffic ticket. Are you admitting guilt and will you get points? Contact me today to see what options you may have.


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Will an Out of State Ticket Give You Points in Virginia?

Author: marketing From http://www.andrewflusche.com • Oct 29th, 2014
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This is a question I get every week. Find out how out of state DMVs and courts communicate with the VA DMV and how your out of state charge can put points on your VA license. If you have a case in VA, contact me today for a free case strategy session. If I’m not able to help you, I can refer you to someone in your local area who can.


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Oktoberfest Beer Tally

Author: David From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Oct 29th, 2014
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Oktoberfest officially ended a few weeks ago, but that didn't stop our enjoyment of Oktoberfest-style beers. I decided this year I would concentrate on trying as many Oktoberfests as I could. I didn't drink them exclusively, but I did look for them when I was at a pub, and also picked up a selection to stock the beer fridge.
  • Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen
  • Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest (draft)
  • Legend Oktoberfest (draft)
  • Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest Märzen (draft)
  • Bell’s Octoberfest (draft)
  • Weihenstephaner Festbier (draft)
  • Sam Adams Octoberfest
  • Blue & Gray Baron von Stueben Oktoberfest (draft)
  • Great Lakes Oktoberfest
  • Sly Fox Oktoberfest
  • Harpoon Octoberfest
  • Shiner Oktoberfest
  • Schlafly Oktoberfest 
  • Wild Wolf Folktoberfest (draft)
  • Brooklyn Oktoberfest
  • Flying Dog Dogtoberfest
  • Dominion Octoberfest
The American brewers do a great job with the style, even when they apply their own interpretations. As much as I look forward to the Oktoberfest beers each year, and enjoy them very much, I admit now that I've grown tired of them. For a while anyway. It's time for some IPAs!


Low-Point Spicy Fish Soup

Author: Ken Yagelski From http://www.pointsinmylife.com/ • Oct 28th, 2014
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Great flavor with a little kick! This spicy fish soup can be as hot and spicy as your taste buds will allow. Something that will warm you up during these chilly fall days.

Low-Point Spicy Fish Soup

Ingredients:

- 1 lb. Swai fish (You can use tilapia, mahi-mahi, or any white fish you desire)
- 1 Tbs plus 2 tsp. olive oil, divided
- salt and pepper
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 3 green onions, chopped
- 1/4 cup red pepper, chopped
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1, 14.5 oz. can dice tomatoes, undrained
- 1/4 cup asparagus, chopped small
- 1/2 tsp. yellow curry
- 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, depending on your desired spice level
- 6 large green olives or 12 small, chopped
- Fresh basil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat fish with 2 tsp. olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake for 15 min. (or until fish flakes with a fork). 

While the fish is baking, in a large sauce pan heat 1 Tbs olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onion, and red pepper. Sauté for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add chicken broth, dice tomatoes, asparagus, curry, cayenne pepper, and olives. Stir frequently until asparagus has softened a little. When fish is done baking, remove from oven, cut into pieces, and add to soup base. Garnish with fresh basil. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

Total servings - 8 cups
Serving size - 1 cup
Points per serving - 2
Points plus per serving - 2.5

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just like a glow stick." - Anonymous




Virginia Moving Violation…What should you do?

Author: marketing From http://www.andrewflusche.com • Oct 28th, 2014
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If you have a moving violation in VA, contact me today for a free case strategy session. I’ll get all the facts of your case and let know what we can do to best the best possible outcome.


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Clueless Shooters Shorten Another Range Trip

Author: David From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Oct 28th, 2014
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Regular readers are aware I shoot at a semi-unsupervised range conservation organization. There are RO's that pop in regularly to enforced the latest iterations of the range rules, and I've been told numerous times the rules are to keep the "less safe" shooters under control. My response has always been, if they can't be safe and can't follow the rules, kick them out!

Sunday afternoon my friend Greg and I were at the range getting in some practice. We were having a fun time and enjoying the beautiful fall afternoon. At one point we turned back up range from pasting targets to see three new arrivals setting their gear on the bench, AND handling and setting out firearms while we were down range. I look at Greg and asked, "You done?" to which he replied in the affirmative. We proceeded to police our brass and pack the gear, but as we were loading our gear into our cars the new arrivals began shooting — without a warning. We were caught off guard when as we had taken off our ear protection.



After getting our ear protection on quickly, we watched them for a short time. I remarked to Greg that I was glad to find he was as anti-social as I was when it comes to shooting with people I don't know. I prefer unsupervised ranges, but only when it's just me and folks I know. We watched as they continually swept each other with firearms. I get really nervous when I see someone unholster a firearm while standing directly behind another person at the line. Apparently maintaining muzzle awareness is difficult with a cigarette in your hand.

Over the years, I've found that shooting enthusiasts are by far the most friendly, safety conscience, and courteous folks I've met. That's why incidents like this are so exasperating. There's been chatter lately about limiting or even ceasing the range use at the club. In fact the hours they are open have already been reduced. It's because of people like this. When I take new shooters to the range, I make sure they understand they have a dangerous weapon in their hands. Unfortunately even some long-time shooters seem to forget that when they head out to the range. Just because it's fun doesn't you can ignore the safety rules.

And unlike the time we were admonished for shooting at three targets instead of just two, there wasn't an RO to be seen.


Low-Point Cream Cheese Spaghetti Salad

Author: Ken Yagelski From http://www.pointsinmylife.com/ • Oct 27th, 2014
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

Something new and different to take to your next family/friend get-together. Served cold, this spaghetti salad, with fresh veggies and herbs, makes a great side dish or entree' for everyone to enjoy!

Low-Point Cream Cheese Spaghetti Salad

Ingredients:

- 3 Roma tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 cup celery, chopped
- 3 green onions, chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, chopped
- 1, 8 oz. 1/3 less-fat cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup vinegar
- 1 Tbs vegetable oil
- 1 Tbs Splenda 
- 1/2 tsp. kosher or sea salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 of a 13.25 oz. box whole grain spaghetti
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- basil or parsley to garnish
- paprika (optional)

In a mixing bowl, combine first 10 ingredients. Set aside.

In a large pan, boil spaghetti according to cooking instructions. Drain and let cool. Combine spaghetti with cream cheese mixture and place in a serving dish. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and basil or parsley. Sprinkle on a little bit of paprika for color if desired. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

Total servings - 5 cups
Serving size - 1 cup
Total points per serving - 7
Total points plus per serving - 7.5

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Take a deep breath and try again." - Anonymous


Four year anniversary of a fruitful late October chase

Author: Chris White From http://stormsrus.blogspot.com/ • Oct 27th, 2014
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
Four years ago today a strong cold front triggered severe storms across the Mid-Atlantic that resulted in the SPC issuing this probabilistic outlook graphic:
This, in turn, led to the following storm reports from that day:

Having followed the progress of this system across the country with its accompanying eastward march of severe weather I was primed to chase. With my chase gear in the vehicle I attended a meeting in southern Maryland that day, departing (fortunately) just as severe weather warnings were first posted for the region. Following a quick stop at a WiFi spot to check radar - not having mobile WiFi at that time - I rolled westward along VA Route 3 toward Fredericksburg.

Spying this approaching storm I stopped to observe and photograph the obviously rotating cell:
Zooming in to the area circled in red I saw this funnel:

I stayed east of this storm for a while as it cycled down and then back up but never witnessed another funnel. It was a very productive chase as the season was reaching its conclusion that year!


Virginia Counterfeit Inspection Defense

Author: marketing From http://www.andrewflusche.com • Oct 27th, 2014
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If you have been charged with a counterfeit inspection contact me today for a free case strategy session. I’ll go over all your options and explain how we can get the best possible outcome.


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Flying Dog Hoppy American Wheat

Author: David From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Oct 27th, 2014
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A few weeks ago we received a couple sample bottles from Flying Dog, which were promptly stuck in the beer fridge, and life went on. This weekend I remembered getting that package, but couldn't recall what beers were included. I dug around and pulled out this bottle of Brewhouse Rarities: Hoppy American Wheat Ale.

The small batch American Wheat Ale pours a very cloudy deep gold color. The quickly building white head is think and creamy, though it pretty quickly drops to quarter inch thick and persistent layer. The aroma is that of tropical fruit like pineapple and mango. I might get a hint of bready wheat, but the tropical fruit dominates.

The flavor of this beer is an interesting blend of a bitter IPA and a wheat beer. The "hoppy" side definitely predominates the flavor profile though. The tropical fruit and citrus is topped with bitter rind and hint of grassiness. The "wheat" background comes through in the medium bodied mouthfeel and tingling carbonation. The finish is a lingering zesty bitterness.

Flying Dog Hoppy American Wheat Ale is a refreshing late Summer release, that might be better described as a low ABV "session" IPA than a wheat beer. But that's just fine with me.

Coincidently, or perhaps by design, the other bottle in the sample package was Galaxy Single Hop Imperial IPA. Since Galaxy is also the dominant hop in the Hoppy American Wheat Ale, I'll try to get to the IPA real soon, while the flavor of this one is still fresh in my mind.

The beer reviewed here was a promotional sample from the brewery. My impressions are provided of my own free will.