Election Ennui

In a perfect world media coverage of the 2016 United States of America’s Presidential Election should have ceased on October 7th around 6PM EST with the exception of short 30 second non-partisan ads featuring inspirational reasons and reminders to vote.

The Nail in the Coffin

I could not even muster the energy to watch last night’s debate.  I am sure it was a friggin’ train wreck.  It is a shame that Jill Stein and Gary Johnson were not allowed to participate once again

I want to give you some free advice.  Going forward it will be better for your mental well-being if you ignore it.  Tune it out!  I can already feel my anxiety levels decreasing and it has been all of three days.

The constant mental bombardment we subject ourselves to in an election year in this country is completely unnecessary and likely extremely harmful to our overall well being as individuals and as a society.

Who I Am Voting For

In case you were curious.

 

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It’s Been Awhile

To the few who follow my blog I apologize for the absence!  I have been writing almost every day in the morning and then I went on vacation sans computer and internet connection.

For anyone who has never unplugged in this fashion before I highly recommend it.  And by unplug I mean only get on social media like once every other day when you happened to be somewhere that got 4G or had free WiFi.

My family and I went on our yearly 4th of July trip to Mazanita, Oregon!  It was a much needed vacation and tons of fun as always.  We did things a bit differently this year where the rest of the family and friends left after the holiday and it was just me, the wife, and the kids for Monday through yesterday.  We enjoyed plenty of beach time, meals out, and a trip up North to Astoria, Oregon.

While I would love to plug all of the delicious restaurants we dined at, this is primarily a craft beer and social justice blog.  I realize lately those types of posts have been few and far between, but I will remedy that today on the craft beer front, at least.

Whilst in Astoria I managed to drag the family to Buoy Beer Co. located in an old cannery building right up on that old Columbia River.  It was not an easy job because while Astoria is undergoing a bit of a Renaissance, it is still fairly run-down in many places and we visited on a dreary day. But inside the building was gorgeous! Fully renovated. Industrial aesthetic. Lots of reclaimed wood in true Portlandia fashion. Three features that set this brewery + restaurant apart from the rest in order of pretty cool to fucking rad:

1) The design of the taps and the sample tray. Small metal buoys with Buoy Beer Co. on the top. I will attach a picture below.

2) The four or five tables up close to the rivers edge had humongous sliding glass windows! If you were lucky enough to sit at those tables you would feel spray from the water and get an unobstructed view of the busy Columbia River mouth area.

3) In the floor is a huge glass window looking down at the underbelly of the dockside/pier complete with tide water slashing against the rocks! I would not be surprised to see some sea lions chilling out down there on any given day!

In case it is unclear, I was really excited about everything this building had to offer with the exception of the trucker cap I wanted to buy not fitting my large noggin.

Without further ado, I’ll get to the damned beers! Prior to visiting the brewery I had enjoyed Buoy IPA on tap, Cream Ale on NITRO, Kettle Demon Imperial IPA on tap, and the IPA in a 22 oz. bottle.
Needless to say I wanted try that new ish as well as the Cream Ale from just a regular tap.

Sample uno was called The Walk-In and it was a delicious Imperial Brown Ale. Smooth, subtly hopped, and clean finishing enough that even the wife enjoyed a couple of sips – I really liked this one.

My second choice their India Red Rye Ale. The flavor combination was impeccable. It was super piney on the nose which I did not except, but seeing as the rye was not overpowering I guess I can get there.

Third on deck was a NW Red. Super duper smooth, but not all that original for the style. I still gave it four of five stars on Untappd.

The fourth selection of the day was Buoy’s take on the Czech Pilsner. It was pretty strong and I would not be sad about it being sold in cans in some sort of 12 pack container.

Fifth choice was the Cream Ale. The wife loved this one too! It was very smooth and I have to say it was better from a regular tap than on Nitro. It was still very smooth, but it did not go too far as I felt the nitro did.

Last but not least, I tried Spirit Session. This was a collaboration beer with Base Camp Brewing from Portland. Collaborations seem to be all the rage of the last couple of years and I ain’t mad about it.
This one was an India Style Red Lager and it was just fine. I was honestly expecting more given the two brewing champs involved, but I guess that was just my own out of proportion expectations. A solid three of five.

Welp, that’s all I’ve got for now. Now for the photo! Love, peace, and chicken grease!

buoy beer co sampler

Those That Have Come Before Me

Lately I have been having a lot of deep thoughts and strong feels.

I have been extremely frustrated because I have not had the energy to wake up early and write and after a long day of stressful work I have been too tired to sit down and write after making dinner, doing dishes, and the other normal tasks that take up an evening when you are a husband, father, and 21st century global citizen.

This “situation” has caused me to ponder how the writers that have come before me who have had to work a day job and/or have been parents have overcome these obstacles.

I’m guessing I just don’t have the drive that they did.

Or maybe it has been too much pints and not enough protest.

I have to laugh as I downed the last bit of a pint after I typed that sentence.

Struggling with how fucked shit it is makes me glad for a well crafted pint…that and being able to listen to Das Racist go in on the Ghostface Nutmeg beat for over 5 minutes.

Sad feels that those dudes broke up, but at least Heemy Heems gave me Eat Pray Thug in 2015.

Indiana Done Fucked Up

I have not even reviewed the law.

All I know is that when George Takei pens an Op-Ed and entire states sever ties with you…

YA DONE FUCKED UP.

Even stupider, I see that Mike Pence is trying to defend the language in the law.

Bro…seriously…you just need to surrender at this point.

In no way, shape, or form does this end well for you.

Apologize. Closet your bigotry. Keep your job.

Or don’t. Whatever. Moron.

Reality TV Show Confessional Style

Honesty feels good.

Lately a small part of me secretly hopes that shit continues to hit the fan.

Bearing witness to the suffering hurts my heart.

I cannot imagine what it would be like to live in Occupied Palestine.

I cannot fathom the emotions felt by the families of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and far too many others.

To my knowledge I have never been threatened for my written words, let alone murdered by an AK-47.

My belly has never known true hunger.

I have to assume that were my circumstances different, I would not feel (at least a little bit) that as tragic as all of these events and phenomena are, they might be necessary to wake up all of the earthlings that should know better and could do something about it.

Love your neighbor. Be conscious of the effects of your actions. Why is that so fucking hard?

To Be King

I was thinking about my ten steps to save the nation post last week and then I got to thinking some more and…

Another solution to the problems our nation faces would be for me to become King…

I would be a good king.  I promise.  I think we would be better off if I just made all of the decisions from here on out.  You understand, right?

Don’t worry.  I promise not to board any of my soldiers in your homes without your permission.  I also promise not to charge too high of a tax on tea.

I’m only doing this because our current form of government has become ineffective and it’s time for a change.

If nothing else you can be happy because my first act as King will be to bring back fancy hats for all!

Sound good?  Excellent!  Let’s get to it, then!