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[ profile] nynomi, this one's for you! Are you familiar with the microbrew Saranac? They are in Utica, NY. That's just 135 miles from you according to Mapquest. I will warn you that I have been screwed over by Mapquest twice before. I am enjoying a black ale called "Black Forest." It is malty and sweet, but I like them that way. They have all kinds of brews...

One of my new favorites is MacTarnahan's Highlander Pale Ale. The brewery is in Portland, but it is just what you want in a pale ale. Refreshing and complex...

Finally, Vergina is the only beer from Greece I have ever seen. I had to try it. The beer is just a lager and nothing special, except that is from Greece!

Today I eventually motivated myself to go biking. I did my Lakeview Lake run and saw a vulture in the road nibbling on a HUGE fish. How did the fish get in the road? I have no idea, it was way too big for the vulture to have fished out of there.
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Change is stressful. Even supposedly "good" change brings about a certain degree of stress. I have been mostly stress-free all summer long, and tomorrow I go back to teaching. We will have the usual 3 days of in-service, meetings, and time to prepare the rooms (and ourselves) before classes start on Tuesday.

Truth be told, I am looking forward to it. I have been getting quite restless here lately and it will be good to be able to occupy my mind with daily minutiae. (I haven't used that word in a while!) The main difference the change brings is the daily need to get up early, leave at 6:15 or so in order to arrive in Kansas City by 7:00ish. I can do it; I have been for years. It is funny how quickly I forget what it is like and what I do all day...

I have been having the school dreams again. There is the one where I can't find my classroom and I am wandering the hallways lost until the class is practically over! Or the one where I show up in the morning with absolutely nothing prepared and a room full of teenagers are looking at me like, "If you can't occupy us, we will think of something!" (I can, and have adlibbed a lesson before, but that can only happen well into the school year when a rhythm and a routine have been established. The day can run itself if the pattern has been set.)

Anyway, back to today. It seems too hot and humid to ride my bike. There is aikido class tonight, and I have been sitting on my butt reading. I guess that is an OK way to spend my last day of summer. I think there will be more beer involved.

Scotch Ales

Aug. 8th, 2005 11:02 pm
pamelonian: (Karina)
**Originally a reply to a comment, but I thought to post it in my journal.

I purchased three this evening, but I suspect that tonight I will only get to two of them.

McEwan's Scotch Ale: 8% alcohol. It really kicked my ass. A dark amber color with a healthy head. Scotch Ales have a "complex" flavor. It is sweet. It is also bitter. The words chocolaty and nutty get thrown around a lot. I like this beer, but [ profile] shrijani might find it a bit sweet. The alcohol content is a nice reward, though.

Belhaven Scottish Ale: Alcohol content not specified. Same color. I think Shri would like this better than the other. It is more malty. Not as sweet.

Both of these beers cost $9.75 for a six-pack. They are not at all cheap. They don't have the "spark" that Trois Pistoles has, but at the same time they are more gentle and complex. It's a mood thing. Damn! I love beer! I can choose a beer for any occasion.
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I am having a really hard time doing anything today. I read a dumb paperback novel that I started yesterday, mostly to compare it to my own. I do think my story is better. That is not to say that I think what I have written is pure genius, but I hope it will be an entertaining read with occasional thought-provoking bits. I really wanted to write characters that were interesting and had mostly good intentions, like the rest of us! I am going to finish editing that manuscript and work on getting it published. I think folks will like it. There is enough crap that DOES get published, so why wouldn't mine be accepted?

My second novel has potential. I am actually writing it with a plan in mind, what a concept!

I was bored enough to do some cleaning today. Ecch!

I don't feel like riding my bike. Blah...

I need to run some errands, but that's dull. Maybe it is time to open the beer.

I go back to teaching Thursday, August 11. Faculty breakfast, work day in our classrooms, Friday In-service about using music in teaching foreign language. (I think I will bring a book, and my guitar.) Monday is another work day and Tuesday is the First Day of School. It is perhaps a symptom of some illness, but I look forward to seeing the other teachers and meeting my 150-or-so new students.

Meanwhile, I have New Belgium Trippel and some Scotch Ale to work on...


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