Tag Archive | beer

More beer-related evidence of a summer gone by

I have to admit that I’m a little taken aback by the remarkably temperate weather currently favoring us here in eastern midwest, or whatever largely inaccurate geographic designation is current in use for the Ohio valley.  Regardless, it’s like, cool, you know?  As if maybe fall this year isn’t only going to be this 10-day […]

The top 5 OTHER benefits of working out

I saw a link this morning to a NY Times Wellness blog post that talks about a study on the long-term benefits on aging of starting the kind of middle-aged running program I’ve foolishly enthusiastically committed myself to.  Well, I guess it’s not specific to running, but rather any kind of aerobic fitness in general […]

A commercial works my dander up into a foamy, frothy head

As a rule, I try to keep my keel pretty even.  You know, because not only is having a “warped keel” not a particularly fun way to go through life, it always sounds like something they’d have to amputate.  Thus, I don’t generally get irked up about stuff unless you a) suggest I haven’t got […]

Earning a little misbehavior

It’s Thursday here on Earth, or at least in the American part of it.  I suppose it’s probably Friday already is some other places, but we don’t like those places with their snooty, Ooooo, I get my Friday’s before you attitude, so let’s just assume it’s Thursday everywhere for now. Being Thursday, I’m conditioned to […]

Running on Empty

Let me be absolutely, positively, crystal clear before I go any further: I loathe running.  I hate it with a fiery revulsion typically witnessed only by four year-olds staring down a bowl full of peas, or Republicans confronted with a full case of “Yes We Can” bumper stickers. To be fair, running doesn’t much like […]

School supply season and the Great Cycle of Beer

We got the kids’ classroom/teacher assignments for school last weekend, and the house is temporarily stocked with shiny, new-smelling school supplies that everyone seems to be mooning over.  Speaking of which, seriously, what is it that makes everyone get all gooey over new office/school supplies? It’s like the moment someone sees an unopened, shrink-wrapped pack […]

Bottles and cans and just clap your hands

So, it’s Thursday, which is both the day I tend to write beer-related posts for Hoperatives and recycling day. How could these things possibly be related, you ask?  Well, as I was grumbling to myself last night in contemplation of dragging our bin of recyclables to the curb, it occurred to me that half the reason […]

The fancy dreams of our youth are all eventually waylaid by, um, beer

In the halcyon days of my youth, when I used to dream Great Dreams of someday becoming a writer, I had some…strange…ideas.  I always pictured “Puddin’ the Writer” as having a pipe and a tweed jacket with those elbow patches, and spending his evenings calmly before a roaring fire, hound at his feet.  He’d either […]

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Surprisingly, even after putting that title up there, I’m not going to go on and on about a bar today.  I am, however, going to talk about beer.  Because it’s Thursday, right?  And I talk about beer on Thursday.  Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure that Thursday is beer day…or something.  In fact, […]

Open mindedness means not being a snob, too

Recently, I got to thinking a little bit about what it means to really be open-minded.  Woah, woah, woah.  Take a breath.  If that statement made you clench up like a 5  year-old staring down the business end of a booster syringe, please relax.  I’m not about to go all deep, profound, or philosphical on […]