Sunday, June 20, 2010

American Beer

So I had a beer last night, and I started thinking (rare, I know) "why are there both imported and domestic beers on the menu?" No, I was not intoxicated, I promise. Then I wondered "do other countries import American beer?" I believe the answer is a big fat NO.

Now here's my reasoning: if we import beers from other countries, then there must be something extra special about them, something that separates them from our own beers - otherwise, why would we spend the extra money to have them brought over here? But, I ask, why don't we (or why can't we) replicate it in our own brews? [caveat: I am referring to the popular American pale lagers, such as Budweiser, Miller, and Coors. I consider microbreweries and home brews as part of a different category altogether] Why doe we like the watered-down taste of these cheap and popular brands? And why do we have to import beer?

We export Coke, pop music, movies, fashion, McDonalds - but why not beer? Feedback?

This is an article on the general subject:

I prefer darker beers for their rich and substantial taste - stouts and the like. I also like Yuengling Traditional Lager, Labatt Blue, and Guinness. I'm not a big fan of pale ales.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

I lost a toenail

Well, I just lost a toenail.

I knew it was coming - ever since it turned purple, I knew it was going to happen. And today was the big day. One moment, it was there, and the next, it was hanging on for dear life. I'm glad it's over with - I'm not a big fan of losing body parts, however small.

Just thought I'd fill you in with that tidbit of information - something to spice up your life and take the edge off of this harsh world.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Some things

Greetings my "followers,"

I have some news for you:
- I got a PA driver's license after waiting in a very long line at the DMV.
- We had friends over at the apartment for the past two weekends - how I love spending time and sharing with others.
- I was NOT carded for the first time a few weeks ago (am I getting old, or did they recognize me from before?).
- Slightly related to the above comment, I am growing out my chin hair again. Call it a goatee, a soul patch, whatever, I'm really just trying to fit in with my fellow western Pennsylvanians. Considering that I am one of them, I don't think it will hurt to look a little more like them too.
- Why am I blogging and not just updating my facebook status more frequently? Because blogs are more substantial in nature, and do not impose a character limit for every wall post. How much can you really say in just a few lines? Well, you can say a lot, but we rarely if ever do. How substantial is this blog post? You tell me.
- Aldi sells macaroni and cheese for 35 cents per box!! How is it that cheap? And how is oatmeal so cheap? And rice! And why is meat so expensive! Needless to say, I am paying close attention to food prices for the first time in my life, and I am making some discoveries.
- Apparently I look good in a tie. Good to know.
- I love getting free leftovers from motherly friends from church!
- Tim Keller sermons are amazing. Extremely engaging, gospel-centered, theologically rich, and profound. You should listen to them online at Give me more.
- There is much more to say, but I need to finish dinner.

Yours truly,

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Greetings folks,

There's a lot to talk about, and I don't have time to detail everything here, but suffice it to say that I've done some exciting new things this past month.

1) I graduated from college
2) I got a job (which I have been working at)
3) I got a car (which I have briefly posted about)
4) I just moved into an apartment (with my friend Senor).

Yes, I will eventually get to filling all of this out, but I don't have internet in the apartment yet (I've been working on other more essential utilities, such as gas and electric).

So I'm still alive, and for all of my faithful followers, this is a reminder that I will get back to blogging when I can - hopefully soon.