Since last Wednesday, I stopped at a few breweries for a couple of Growler fills and to try something new.
First we stopped at Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company for a fill of a blonde and grabbed a couple of bombers.
Before making it to my mother’s, we stopped at Gladstone and got a fill of a Cream Ale.
The next day we stopped at Shelter Point Distillery. I shared that adventure here. Followed by a stop at Beach Fire Brewing Company for a flight and a fill of a Raspberry Beer.
We headed to Powell River the following day and stopped at Townsite Brewing. I was here in the spring and enjoyed a flight. We picked up a fill of a Blackberry beer since Powell River was celebrating Blackberry Days Festival.
My wife and I enjoyed the brews we sampled and have some remaining to enjoy at home.
Big news today! The sun is getting blocked out and everything will go dark. I’m excited- like a true nerd should be.
However, I didn’t buy into the commercial hype. Or the kooky glasses. I’m not planning on staring at the sun. Up north here it’ll be a partial eclipse. Still exciting and retina damaging. But I will watch the live feed on NASA.
Just remember to wear the right kind of glasses. No need to kill your eyesight. So be safe out here. Even in the partial zones. This is the scientific event of 2017. Pretty cool.
Yesterday evening, my 14 year old nephew and my 11 year old son wanted to go out before dinner. They asked everyone in the house to give them a ride. Each person kept sending them away and told them to ask someone else. Including myself. Finally I asked where it was they wanted to go.
My nephew talked about a place just up the road called Eagle River. He mentioned pools of water and cliff diving. I decided that it sounded kind of neat, and I really didn’t know what kind of cliffs a young boy would imagine. Next thing I knew, I was driving four children for a quick dip before dinner. I’m glad my wife came along as well to help look after the kids.
My nephew directed me towards the location that we could take the vehicle to. The river run directly under Highway 101 on the outskirts of Powell River. As you walk down, you can see the water running off and forming a large pool. The cutouts in the rocks almost made it look like old Aztec ruins. Then you round the corner and the views continue to be amazing.
There was only a few guys on the far end. I went over and took a look. One guy was doing backflips off the waterfall into a pool of water below. I was most impressed. These were definitely cliffs and it was definitely not something I was about to attempt or let the children who were with me attempt. That was a young man’s adventure. I’ve been cliff diving before, but didn’t want to encourage the small ones to try it.
So we stayed in the first pool of water. By one edge it was fairly deep, so the two oldest did their version of cliff jumping about ten feet up from the water. Even though it wasn’t nearly as high up, the kids still had a bit of fear in them as they teetered before the first jump.
If we return next summer, this is going to be a place we hit for longer than an hour. It was secluded and essentially empty. The water was clear with a jade hue, but clean nonetheless. Sometimes taking the time to listen to a kid can lead us on a great adventure. Eagle River was exactly that.
I am doing a night shift tonight followed by 18 days away from work. Nearly 3 weeks. I’m looking forward to just chilling out for the end of the summer. It’s been years since I’ve had so much time off. The last time I can remember having a block like this was when I was laid off. At least this time, I’ll be getting paid vacation.
As much as I am looking forward to my time away, I still need to remain focused overnight. My work is not a forgiving environment when mistakes are involved. Statistically most accidents or incidents occur when it is right before a weekend or vacation. People’s heads aren’t always in the game.
I want to safely finish my day (night) and enjoy some time away from work. A little rest and relaxation are in order. My wife is looking forward to spending time as a family as well. I’m looking for to enjoying a couple of adult beverages and a tour of Shelter Point Distillery this week.
Holy balls. I completely forgot what I was going to write about today. I had this thing in my mind. I created an outline in my head and put the pieces of my ideas into thoughts. But I didn’t write it down.
I know I had a thing to write about. And it was going to be such a great literary piece. But I didn’t finish -let alone start- today’s blog when the thoughts were current. I came home from a night shift and promptly crawled into bed. Ugh. All those thoughts as I drove home, gone in a nap.
So now, I have forgotten my epic story. My masterpiece is lost forever in the deluges of the dream world. Dreams which I have also since lost clarity of as each waking moment passes. Today, I underachieved- and that’s ok.
Yup. Today's post is about passing gas.
I think farts are amusing.
They feel good too. Everyone has a good fart story to share. And we all laugh. Sometimes we laugh so hard we fart. And that's funny too.
There's no reason to deny that we fart. Just pass the gas and giggle.
Enjoy a video:
If I could share one of my farts here, I would. Maybe next time we hang out, I will share one. A fart that is.
This is about nothing. A bunch of nothing filling a screen about nothing. Essentially it is the epitome of nothingness. Just a bunch of words creating sentences. No stories about things or activities. Just nothing.
But it's my nothing. A nothing that has turned into something. A little something I needed to write. Something I wanted to write. A something about writing nothing.
Nothing about something. Something about nothing.
We haven't had cable tv for years. It came to a point where there were too many channels and not enough quality programming. The cost was getting higher and the frustration of trying to enjoy it was too. So we cut the cord.
At first it was tough. But it became easier to just download shows and binge watch. Then came Netflix! (Love that service.) Binge through five seasons of Star Trek:TNG in one sitting? Why not?! Then I discovered Kodi and streaming anything we could find. Of course there are drawbacks to it. But it only costs the price of internet service. Which really is the way to go.
Tonight I used an app called "Modbro". I was hoping to stream Sharknado 5. Because, why not? Alas, I was late in turning it on because I don't adhere to the set norms! So I decided to catch the end of last week's episode of Rick and Morty before this week's episode started. After the episode was done, I tried to channel surf like a normal person. And it sucked.
Usually we watch tv when we are out on vacation. The tv in the hotel room goes on as a way to zone out at the end of a long road trip. Some bad tv is watched. But tonight, even the kids told me to just turn it off so they could watch Netflix instead.
We have been a household of tv show watchers without watching network television. It seems strange. But it works for us. Not glued to the tube. A bit of freedom and the urge to watch tv isn't always there. I don't need to set an alarm to switch on a channel. Even getting schwifty can be done when I want.
Today's post is short. I've been rather busy picking up some of the chores my wife usually does. I don't usually do laundry, but today was an exception.
We both have certain things that we do to keep the household running smooth. We have a good understanding of the shared responsibilities. Tonight I also prepared a dinner for some friends coming over. We went to meet our friends up the road at the Krause Berry Farm for a glass of wine before coming to our home for some brisket and mashed potatoes.
The kids helped to take down and fold most of the laundry. They also helped make dinner and set the table for our guests. It is nice that our kids are helpful without any fights.
We ate dinner outside with our friends and… I forgot to take my underwear off the laundry line. So now our friends know my brand of underwear…