Friday, May 21, 2010

MMmmm. Beer

Over the past 3 years I've developed a real fondness for beer. For the most part beer makes me think accomplishment. My usually consumption is 1 can after mowing the lawn or 1-2 after a day of frisbee or hardwork. A case lasts me about 1 month.

Probably one step beyond just accomplishment is the celebration of the accomplishment. I'm not very likely to receive grand adulation for my lawn mowing prowess; and my frisbee skills have plateaued where I am content to leave them be. (sshh, I'm too lazy to do the conditioning to push to the next level). Beer is my toast to something done at the end of the day. I celebrate by nursing this 12 oz can for 1/2 hr. The bubbles applauding in my ear.

For how much I truly like beer, I'm not a beer snob. I buy cases of cans because I'm cheap. I used to imbibe IC Light until it just recently moved from Pittsburgh to Wisconsin. I used to like Rolling Rock until a co-worker told me it tasted like corn; I had one shortly there after and he was right. Yuengling still holds a place in my heart. I lean towards the lagers. I like the taste of some stouts & such but feel bloated for a long time after.

I like the concept of the microbrews and local breweries. Besides supporting your local shops, it is also accomplishment wrapped up in a nice 12 or 16 oz package. GK Chesterton (get used to the name if you keep reading my blog) once said "you don't grow a beard on a whim". Good brewing is an investment of time, resources and labor. It is art. Honor the artist. I'm sure wine & cheese can fall under the same craft label, but c'mon it's beer.

My caveat of ppl getting silly or stupid on drink will also be summed up by GK Chesterton. "The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog." Actions have consequences.

I can probably go much deeper but my Yuengling is about empty and I will keep this light so as to not get bloated or make any reader bloated.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

What's it all about?

I've thought about blogging for a long time now. time's up.

I don't know the final endpoint, but I want to get started.

I'm pretty sure this will end up being social commentary, political commentary, theology, witty remarks, word play & puns; book, music, movie & TV reviews. Basically it'll end up being whatever is on my gourd at the time. It'll move from my gourd to my plate & eventually be forked onto you. It may be Doogie Howser one day (minus the creepy kid sneaking in bedroom windows) that being a log of the day & thoughts; it may be an op-ed column the next; and a review column or theological paper at other times yet.

My background:
I was born at a young age....
Grew up in a small town, 1 brother who's become a lifelong friend; HS geek who was okay at soccer (I could think the game better than play it) went to PITT, met a great gal, became a MechE, married said gal, and bounced around jobs until my current running stretch of 3 years. Along the way we grew into an incredible family (see pic) and have been blessed with great friends.

Things I like:
church, my incredible family, ultimate frisbee, Andrew Peterson, Andy Gullahorn, GK Chesterton, George Macdonald, CS Lewis, The Princess Bride, woodworking, Engineering work.

I'll expand on these throughout.

I'll wrap up with a title explanation - Sundry Dan K. It was almost Sundried Dank. Incase you can't see into my head or haven't had enough coffee yet.
1. Sundry Dan K - miscellany stuff about me.
2. Sun dry dank - umm.. dried by the sun AND dark & gloomy. To a further extend, 2 opposite ideas held in tension without mixing.
3. it's a pun.