Now that 2014 is here, I’m going to try to exorcise 2013 from my memory as much as possible. Our tragedy took over our lives after July 31st, but several friends have faced life threats that have put things in perspective.
Too many bad things, so I’m going to take a page from Time magazine and the editors’ Person of the Year chosen for the impact/influence good or bad.
Scroll down for my choices for Person, Engineering & Physics & Chemistry & Biology Achievements, Operating System, Most Disturbing & Funniest websites, Misinformer & Political A**, Movie, Book review and last but not least…
…Beer of the Year!… Continue reading
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Tagged Apple, Beer, Belhaven's Scottish Ale, Big Sky Brewery, bionic leg, Boulevard Brewing Company, Breakfast Stout, cloning, Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero, Dark Truth Stout, Deschutes Brewery Obsidian Stout, embryonic stem cells, fat cells to liver cells, Founders Brewing Co., Froncois Englert, Frozen, Full Sail Amber, Goatman India Black Lager, Heavy Horse Scotch Ale, Higgs boson, IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory, iOS 7, Iron Man 3, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, JPL, Kings of Summer, Lakewood Brewing Company, Man of Steel, Michael Shermer, Monsters University, NASA, neutrinos, Now You See Me, Old Chub Scotch Ale, Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Oskar Blues Brewing Co., Peter Higgs, Physics Today, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, Sierra Nevada Tumbler, The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense, The Boys from Brazil, The Butler, The Temptress, Unibroue Trois Pistoles, Voyager 1, Voyager 2, Voyager program, World War Z
I don’t know how many times I’ve said it, but I still maintain there are only two food groups: chocolate….and that other stuff that keeps me from falling down.
Now, not all chocolate is good. The I’ve-never-heard-of-this-company Easter bunny maker? Not good. Whitman’s or Stover’s? Near bottom rung. Ghirardelli? Second tier. And the best somewhat commercially available chocolate is See’s candies. Yes… I’m a chocolate snob. Not a connoisseur, but a snob nonetheless. Quality local chocolate makers are a treat and one of our delightful finds is a boutique chocolatier here in the Dallas area. They make exotic combinations and I got one of my favorites this past weekend.
Oh…and I got beer. Good beer (snob, remember?) Which leaves me with two stories to share about my Fathers’s Day and the decision as to which is first…
Posted in Beers, Books, Food, Fun, Health
Tagged Albatross Fudge, Anchor Brewing Liberty Ale, Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero, Daniel Coyle, Dude Sweet Chocolate, Fitbit, Fitbit One, Hop Trapp, Katherine Clapner, La Dame du Lac, Lakewood Brewing Company, Matthew Hutson, Robert Anton Wilson, Scottish Butterscotch Squares, See's Candies, Soundhound, Stephen Hawking, The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking, The Talent Code, The Temptress, Till & Toil, World War Z
Our son Colin graduated from paramedic school this past Thursday. As valedictorian (shameless plug from a proud parent), he was asked to give a speech to his class. He quoted part of another speech by attorney – and paramedic – David Givot. You can read the text here if you’re interested. I highly recommend it – excellent observations from one who’s been there and how being a paramedic is the most significant job there is. I’d like to share one part of the speech:
Unlike even other EMS providers, it is the paramedic who willingly puts himself or herself smack in the middle of tragedy. It is the paramedic who willingly seeks out life’s worst moments and brings hope and comfort. It is the paramedic who willingly faces the absolute worst that human kind has to offer and takes control with a level head, a firm voice, and gentle hands.
Think about that for a minute. “…willingly seeks out life’s worst moments…” It takes a special person to do that. It takes a special person to want to do that. And our Colin is one of those special people.
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Tagged Arthur C. Clarke, Barry Bonds, brewing, Childhood's End, Imperial Milk Stout, Jostein Gaardner, Lakewood Brewing Company, Lance Armstrong, paramedic, performance enhancing drugs, Sophie's World, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Temptress