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About Us

Welcome to the Brookston family blog. We'll post updates here on what's going on in our part of the world, and especially with our son, Porter, who has been diagnosed with some form of autism. Our hope is that this blog will help us deal with all the issues we'll be facing and keep our friends and family informed as well.

Jay B.


Sarah J.


Porter Brookston
born September 10, 2001


Alice Brookston
born July 7, 2004

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December 16, 2006

Here Comes Santa Claus

Categories: Events, Photos, Alice — J @ 4:16 pm

Santa Claus did finally find a parking space and greeted the kids with a bag full of presents, calling each child’s name to come up and get their gift.

Alice goes up up to get her present.

Then dashed back to me.

Everyone got a book. Here Porter’s friend Katie looks through hers. Porter talks about Katie all the time. If I didn’t know better, I’d say he has a crush on her.

Katie and Alice move closer to Santa.

For a group photo of all the kids with Santa Claus.

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Common Words, Uncommon Meanings

Categories: Humor — J @ 12:07 pm

I came across this list by accident searching for something unrelated and I thought it was pretty funny. So I thought I’d share. Apparently, the Washington Post published its winning submissions to a yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words:

coffee, n. the person upon whom one coughs.
flabbergasted, adj. appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.
abdicate, v. to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
esplanade, v. to attempt an explanation while drunk.
negligent, adj. absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.

lymph, v. to walk with a lisp.
gargoyle, n. olive-flavored mouthwash.
flatulence, n. emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.
balderdash, n. a rapidly receding hairline.
testicle, n. a humorous question on an exam.

rectitude, n. the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.
pokemon, n. a Rastafarian proctologist.
oyster, n. a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
Frisbeetarianism, n. the belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
circumvent, n. an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.

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December 15, 2006

Waiting for Santa

Categories: Events, Photos, Alice — J @ 1:46 pm

Today Alice’s Montessori got a vist from Santa Claus, but since I knew he was coming I was on hand to watch. Unfortunately, Santa had trouble finding a parking spot and was delayed. I remarked that he should have parked on the roof. One of the boys there informed me that the preschool had no fireplace and therefore he had to use the door. Hilarious. Anyway, Alice and I waited along with everyone else for Saint Nick to arrive.

C’mon Santa, I’m bored.

What was that nose? Is Santa here?

I’ll just keep making faces ’till he comes.

This is my cute face.

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December 8, 2006

Anchor Christmas Party 2006

Categories: Events, Photos, J, Sarah, Friends, Beer, Food — J @ 1:08 pm

Last night Anchor Brewery held their annual invitation only Christmas party. As usual, it was a great time with good friends, good food and, of course, great beer. While the potato wedges were the most welcome addition to the evening’s food, the best combination was an all-meat chili made with Anchor Steam beer to which I added crumbled Maytag Blue Cheese and paired with Old Foghorn Barleywine Style Ale.

The leading lights at Anchor: Fritz Maytag, John Dannerbeck and Mark Carpenter.

Guests at Anchor’s annual Christmas party.

A self-portrait with my good friend Bruce Joseph, who does the distilling at Anchor Distilling.

Former Publican Judy Ashworth and Christian Kazakoff, head brewer from Triple Rock.

Celebrator publisher Tom Dalldorf and beer writer Angie Wagner.

Staff and writers of the Celebrator Beer News.

The beautiful, supportive and tolerant Sarah and me.

The lovely Jen Garris looking even more lovely than usual.

The gleaming copper kettles.

Caught enjoying the yummy frittes.

R.J. Trent, former brewer, who just opened the newest BevMo on Van Ness Boulevard and Jeremy Cowan of He’Brew, whose newest beers lately have been wonderful, especially the 10 Monumental Jewbelation and Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. (a rye-based Imperial IPA).

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