What's In The Basket - 2015

Here's what's in the basket:

So far, our basket has:

From Team Quizzy Gillespe:
1 bottle (750 mL) - NV Quinta Nova Cla Port 
1 bottle - B. Nektar Episode 13 - B. Nektar Strikes Back mead

From Team Shiny:
1 game - Scruble Cube
1 game - World Series Tournament Poker Set & Collectible Tin
1 game - Boggle – Game Folio Edition
1 carrier - Handmade Bespoke Reclaimed Artisanal Wood 6 pack Carrier with attached antique retro metal bottle opener
1 plethora - A mass quantity of Tupperware!

Team I Quized Myself:
contributed cash, which I supplementend to provide:

1 bottle - Piehole! brand pecan-pie flavoured Canadian Whiskey
1 bottle (750 ml) - Stirrings Ginger Liqueur
1 X-Box 360 Game - Max Payne 3

1 bottle (2.5 oz) - HULK Perfume SMELL LIKE HULK!!
10 Packages - Crayola Magic Markers


1 bottle (750 mL) - NV Quinta Nova Cla Port 
Tasting Notes:
"With a strong red color and dark orange hints, this wine presents an intense and mature red fruit aroma, with vanilla and balsamic notes. It shows some volume in mouth, smoothness and good fresh flavors, specially from the red and black jammy fruits. The finish is long and very elegant."
From the label:
"A long time ago, in a basement not far from Detroit...
It is a dark time for the rebel army. The evil empire has tightened its grip and has silenced the rebels' voice. In an effort to strengthen their cause, the rebels sent out thousands of bottles across the galaxy. But the Imperial troops are hot on their trail. The revolution begins today. Help us B. Nektar fans...you're our only hope.
May the Pours B. With You."

From Team Shiny:

1 game - Scruble Cube
From a review on Forbes:
"Scruble Cube combines two classic toys, Hasbro’s Scrabble and Mattel’s Rubik’s Cube. It’s a 3D word puzzle that’s fun for solo play and a good portable family game. The maker boasts you can twist the cube into 7,401 septillion configurations, though I’d get bored after the first septillion."


1 game - World Series Tournament Poker Set & Collectible Tin
From a similar Ebay listing:
Everything you need to start your own exciting Texas Hold 'Em tournament, right in your very own house!
 Felt Playing Surface ~ Two Poker Chip 
Racks with 200 chips in Four Colors
One Deck of Premium WSOP Playing Cards
Delaer Button ~ Easy to Learn Instructions


From  an Amazon Review:
This version is Awesome and nicely improved over the original version.
NEW DOME AND GRID: The dome and grid are made of a new material that makes it QUIETER when you shake the letter dice. No more waking everyone up late at night!
BUILT-IN TIMER: It comes with an electronic timer (batteries are included) that beeps softly and changes color from green to amber, then to red when times almost up. This eliminates the need to bob up your head every 10 seconds to see if the sand timer ran out. Great!
PLAYING MATERIALS: Four pads and pencils are included, plus the instructions obviously.
COMES IN A FOLIO: Stores everything easily. The folio has pockets for the pads and pencils (extra space for more). You can carry it around comfortably and is great if you have to travel or wait for a long time in one place.
This version is so nice it should be called Boggle Deluxe Ed
1 - Handmade Bespoke Reclaimed Artisanal Wood 6 pack Carrier with attached antique retro metal bottle opener 

Bob of Team Shiny makes these awesome 6 pack carriers himself.   I exaggerated the description above, but it's actually really amazing.  You've probably seen some mass-produced pine versions (or the occasional fairly sturdy one) in your local boozery.  This is the real deal.  Bob takes a lot of pride in tweaking his design, and makes sure to use only great wood and excellent materials.  If you want to tote 6 bottles after the apocalypse, this is for you.  
 A Metric Dirt-Tonne of Tupperware 
I hope that Kendra can send me a list of the myriad Tupperware pieces she donated, but if not, please know that it's stuff that retails for more that $ 50.00.  Excellent stuff.  Check out her wares here:

Team I Quizzed Myself donated CASH, which went toward the following:

1 bottle (750 ml) of  Stirrings Ginger Liqueur
from Proof 66:
"Very nice liqueur on it's own or in a mixed drink. Straight up it's quite sweet and "smells like Christmas." In a side by side comparison with better known and more expensive Ginger liqueurs Stirrings held its own quite well."

HULK European American Design For Men Eau De Toilette Spray 2.5 fl. Oz

Max Payne 3 (Xbox 360)

For Max Payne, the tragedies that took his loved ones years ago are wounds that refuse to heal. No longer a cop, close to washed up and addicted to pain killers, Max takes a job in Sao Paulo, Brazil, protecting the family of wealthy real estate mogul Rodrigo Branco, in an effort to finally escape his troubled past. But as events spiral out of his control, Max Payne finds himself alone on the streets of an unfamiliar city, desperately searching for the truth and fighting for a way out. Featuring cutting edge shooting mechanics for precision gunplay, advanced new Bullet Time and Shootdodge effects, full integration of Natural Motion's Euphoria Character Behavior system for lifelike movement and a dark and twisted story, Max Payne 3 is a seamless, highly detailed, cinematic experience from Rockstar Games. In addition to an expansive single-player campaign, Max Payne 3 will also be the first entry in the series to introduce a thorough and engrossing multiplayer experience. Max Payne 3 multiplayer brings the same cinematic feel, fluid gunplay and sense of movement of the single-player game into the realm of online multiplayer. Using the fiction and signature gameplay elements of the Max Payne universe, Max Payne 3 features a wide range of new and traditional multiplayer modes that play on the themes of paranoia, betrayal and heroism, all delivered with the same epic visual style of the single player game.








Frank’s supports a bunch of local charities, and one of their big efforts is their auction in December for Project Saint Nicholas Returns.

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