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I mowed today, and itโ€™s sunny โ˜€๏ธ, you all welcome to come and hangout โ€” please bring beer tho! ๐Ÿ˜…

Beer rates best when itโ€™s over a hundred degrees outside. (sips beer ๐Ÿบ)

A picture of beertter times…

Simpler times

Yesterday I had posted this picture on my Instagram as a tbt, as kids call it. Then I started thinking a lot about this picture, about those times. This had to be back in 2002-03 , somewhere around there, in Aibonito Puerto Rico. This was my second year of college I think. A simple kind of men (or kids rather) back then, different and much simpler times those were. I even remember I had just broken up with my girlfriend of three years at the time, or was it two years? Eh, it doesn’t matter. Ugh we were drinking Budweiser and smoking cigarettes ๐Ÿšฌ

I cannot remember the reason for the “party” though there was a lot of beer and strong alcohol and even a “punk-rock” band. I remember we all, well most of us had a good time. I remember I met a nice girl too, don’t remember her name though.

I miss my friends, haven’t seen any of them in years. Certainly, don’t miss the Budweiser neither the cigarettes ๐Ÿ˜…

Bonus Points if you can tell which one is me. ๐Ÿ˜œ

๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ sheโ€™s only one ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

That being said, if we can get her potty trained before 2yo thatโ€™d be sweet! Less money on diapers and more money for beer! ๐Ÿ˜‰

On the other hand, this can also be a one off ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

A day in the life

Today was my, both my last day working from home and a day off. Like I had said before, I had an itch that need it to be scratched. This morning I took the girls to the grandparents, as always and head out to downtown Boise. In my mind I was going to spent like 3 hours snapping pictures. It was actually about 40 mins or so. It was very strange, Downtown Boise looked like a ghost town of sorts. But I had a good walk and manage to capture some pictures. It is always interesting how I snap so many pictures and only 10 of them, I am happy with.

Here are a few,

I think some of them are okay.

Having scratched that itch, then it was time to head back home. Once I got home, some self care. Had coffee and breakfast. After breakfast, it was time for a workout. Kept it simple and yet effective, did 10 double handed swings and 10 push-ups, alternating between them until I had completed a hundred of each. Then some extra one handed swings, just for good cardio.

Next on the list was yard work. Spent a little over and hour working on the yard. Usually just mowing takes me about 30 to 40 minutes max. Also while still keeping an eye on my work email. A few things that were due today and even thought other people could take care of them, I still felt compelled to be around for. Finished with the yard, cleaned the girlโ€™s kiddy pool and made it ready for them for when they got home.

Next, I knew my car needed some care. Itโ€™s been a mess on the interior for months now and it was starting to grows me out in a way. Guess thatโ€™s what happens when youโ€™ve got two little ones riding with you. Went to the local car wash, mainly for their “free” vacuums rather than the actual โ€œcar-washโ€. Now I wonโ€™t be ashamed if someone asks me for a ride.

I feel accomplished, not too shabby, if I say so meself.

Now it’s time to relax, beer and pizza โ€” and Trolls. That’s the new hotness around here, Trolls World Tour.

I had visited the dentist today, as you do. I was nervous about going out into the wilderness but everything went fine. Now my teeth are a little sore โ€” need a beer.

When I drink

There is something that happens quite often when I have a few beers in the evening. I get nostalgic, specifically about music. Last night for example I had a few beers, as you do, the girls went to bed and I was left alone. I put on a movie, Angel has Fallen, to me more specific, when then I picked up my phone and started browsing for music. When I do this I usually go down memory lane and into a rabbit hole.

This morning I woke up and after some coffee and time with the ladies, I decided to go out for my usual walk/sprinting thing I have been doing lately. Usually I would be walking and or running while listening to an audiobook, today though, I just wanted music. I open the music app, look for my downloads, songs and press shuffle. The first few songs that came on were the usual ones in my phone, or at least the ones I knew for sure I had intentionally downloaded. It’s about .30 miles from my house to the track. Once I got to the track, well, one of the random songs I had downloaded kicked it, X Gon’ Give it to Ya by DMX, which it got me all pumped up and took of sprinting. Next was Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nothing Ta Fuck Wit, and I’m like “all right”! The next song, Girlfriend (feat. Nelly) by NSYNC.

What?

Right now, my local library is a mess! el-oh-el! I have everything from Wu-Tang Clan to Hilary Duff, to Britney Spears and or course, my favorite latin music!

New beer cooler thingy. Powered by YETI and Micro.blog ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜

Mother Earth Brew Co. Big Mother

Name: Big Mother
Style: American Imperial IPA
Brewer: Mother Earth Brew Co. - California
ABV: 10.5
IBU: -
Rating: 5/5
Notes: This is pretty smooth and semi-floral for a triple IPA.

๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿบ Me fui โœŒ๏ธ

The problem with drinking beer whilst hot, is that you (or at least me) tend to drink maybe a wee to fast. ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿป

๐ŸŽถ ITโ€™S FRIDAY THEN, THEN SATURDAY SUNDAY!!

New Belgium Brewing Company Voodoo Ranger 1985 IPA

Name: Voodoo Ranger 1985 IPA
Style: New England IPA
Brewer: New Belgium Brewing Company - Colorado
ABV: 6.7
IBU: -
Rating: 5/5
Notes: Slightly sweet juicy mango that fades to moderate bitterness and lingers slightly. This is good!

Sockeye Grill & Brewery Black Betty

Name: Black Betty
Style: American Black Ale
Brewer: Sockeye Grill & Brewery - Idaho
ABV: 6.2
IBU: -
Rating: 4/5
Notes:

A Beer Scratch Book.

Every once in a while I will by or come across with a beer that has a very cool (to me) label. And some of them can be easily removed without spoiling them and I stick them to a piece of paper. So I had this idea of keeping them and maybe make some kind of beer-scratch-book. Hereโ€™s the first, and I am almost sure I have another one somewhere around the house. I donโ€™t know, seems like itโ€™d be a fun little project.

Eel River Brewing Co. Hazy by Nature: Down with IPA

Name: Hazy by Nature: Down with IPA
Style: New England IPA
Brewer: Eel River Brewing Co. - California
ABV: 6.3
IBU:
Rating: 5/5
Notes: never heard of this brewery before. It’s really good stuff!

๐Ÿบ 10 Barrel Brewing Co. Profuse Juice Hazy IPA

Name: Profuse Juice Hazy IPA
Style: New England IPA
Brewer: 10 Barrel Brewing Co. - Oregon/Idaho
ABV: 6.5
IBU:
Rating: 5/5
Notes: floral, juicy and thick! GOOD!

Belching Beaver Brewery Melty Hops

Name: Melty Hops
Style: American Imperial IPA
Brewer: Belching Beaver Brewery - California
ABV: 8.8
IBU: 70 Rating: 5/5
Notes: Collaboration with Revision Brewing Company

We are proud to collaborate with our good friends from who happen to be some of the best hoppy beer brewers in the world. This beer is loaded with Citra, Simcoe, Cashmere, and Azacca to create a bouquet of tropical fruit, pine, mandarin orange, and tangerine.

70 IBU

First tap beer, in months.

Beer Tracking

As most of you may know โ€” and if you didn't know, you will now โ€” I am a pretty big craft beer enthusiast. Although I am into IPAs and Stouts mostly, I still like to try different styles from deferent breweries. Every time I travel I make it a point to visit โ€” if possible โ€” as many of the local breweries as I can or at least buy local beer if I happen to stop at a local restaurant or market.

I have used different methods in the past to keep a record of what I have tried and any notes about them. The first app I ever used was Untappd, the problem I have with this particular app is that with time it kinda became the Facebook of beer tracking and there a lot of features and things I neither care nor need. Then I had discovered, probably the best beer tracking app ever made, TapCellar and god knows how much I miss it! Sadly this app was retired. Later, Mr. Drafts himself, Tim Nahumck created a Drafts action to try to mimic what TapCellar would do and it was perfect! The only problem was (or is) that I never see Draft as the final place for notes thus I always had a problem deciding where to send them after. I did try DevonThink, tried Bear Notes, Apple Notes, and even Ulysses. But for whatever reason, they never stick with me.

Another app that was made and that it was also a beautiful simple app was BeerTap. It had more scoring components than TapCellar but it was simple and beautiful. This app is dead (in my best Olaf's voice). Sad.

So, what have I been doing? I have been logging them into my second brain -- my blog. It's great, it works, I have this fancy Shortcut that was made by @sku_b in the Micro.blogs that lets me document and format it in a manner where I can then just sent it to my blog via Drafts. The problem comes when, maybe I forget to tag the post so it goes to my beer category or if I need to search. It is not as easy as if I had a dedicated app for beer tracking.

The ideal would be to have a place to store all this information that it's not just my blog. Someone needs to get into making one of these apps again and take my rupees !!!

In the meantime, well, let us see what I can come up with.

IN OTHER NEWS

I did not fix my Joy-Con drift issue, I am sad.

Sockeye Grill & Brewery Old Devil's Tooth Barleywine

Name: Old Devil’s Tooth Barleywine
Style: American Barleywine
Brewer: Sockeye Grill & Brewery - Idaho
ABV: 10.3
IBU: 100+
Rating: 5/5
Notes: it has been a while since I’ve had a Barleywine, they can be a hit or miss. This one it’s pretty good though.

Crooked Fence Brewing Sins Of Our Fathers Imperial Stout

Name: Sins Of Our Fathers Imperial Stout
Style: American Imperial Stout
Brewer: Crooked Fence Brewing - Idaho, United States
ABV: 10
IBU: 20
Rating: 5/5
Notes:

It has been a few years since I’ve had it and the weather definitely calls for it.

Refreshments

My second brain.

I cannot remember exactly where I read this, it must have been recently but it was a blog post about blogging. How your blogs can be considered our second brain. And I had been thinking about this for the past few days. Some use Wikis for this I think, although for whatever reason, I have had a hard time wrapping my head around what or how a wiki should be or work. But that’s not here nor there.

Many of the things I post about in my blog-space, besides mumblings like this, are things I like, a small story or whatever is on my mind really. But there’s also a lot of posts about music (a song or album) I liked, movies I am watching, something I’m reading, a beer I tried or something I’m playing. I add categories to these, sometimes small posts, in case they need to be searchable later. Everything and anything of importance (to me) goes here, in my blog. For me to reference later and for others to maybe enjoy something new?

And it had happened where I am talking with someone about, I think it was about a specific beer and yes I could probably have used Untappd to search it but I tend to document my beers here more than on the app. Anyway I quickly searched in my blog and there it was and all the information relevant to me about that beer.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Still playing Streets of Rage 4 on the Nintendo Switch, I have probably beaten the game with at least every main character now. Good stuff!

Hop Valley Brewing Company Bubble Stash

Name: Bubble Stash
Style: American IPA
Brewer: Hop Valley Brewing Company - Oregon
ABV: 6.2
IBU:
Rating: 4/5
Notes: Not piney and not too bitter, perfect for a hot summer day.

Our brewers reached into their secret stash of Mosaic cyro hop resin to create a tropical dankness in this new age IPA. Take a hit of these bright sweet fruit notes in this easy drinkin bubbler. You won’t want to pass this one!

Anyone else misses tap-beer ? Remember those?

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