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drinks of summer (so far):
3 Floyd’s Apocalypse Cow (on tap at Boiler Room, for the Chicago folks). It’s 11% abv but does not taste like it at all. Be careful, this one can get you into trouble.
White wine spritzers with frozen fruit and/or ice cubes.
Rosemary infused vodka (above) with sparkling pink lemonade. Squeezing in an extra slice or two of lemon makes it even better. 
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drinks of summer (so far):

  • 3 Floyd’s Apocalypse Cow (on tap at Boiler Room, for the Chicago folks). It’s 11% abv but does not taste like it at all. Be careful, this one can get you into trouble.
  • White wine spritzers with frozen fruit and/or ice cubes.
  • Rosemary infused vodka (above) with sparkling pink lemonade. Squeezing in an extra slice or two of lemon makes it even better.

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Some notes on my week in Seattle:
Seattle is green. Literally. There are so many plants. Everywhere. The plant life is so hardcore. It’s like, oh you want to put a sidewalk there, you think that’s gonna stop us? Bam. Covered with moss. You can’t beat us, so you might as well stop trying.
I think there may be some kind of city ordinance requiring everyone to have rosemary bushes in their front yards.
Hills. 
It is incredibly inspiring (and also fun) to be surrounded by so many people who want to geek out about the same things as you do.
We created a “geography bingo” game in which you had to spot things like cargo pants (so easy), to more difficult things like meeting and then having a shot with David Harvey. (Photo documentation was required. We eventually decided that if anyone achieved it they would automatically win. Everything.)
A few nights we hung out with some fellows from Seattle and they were kind enough to not laugh (just some eye rolling) when we toasted to Tobler’s Law.
So much good beer. Some of my favorites were Elysian's Mens Room Red and Ninkasi's Total Domination IPA and Spring Reign Ale. 
And lastly, I’d like to inform Seattle, WA, you have just been added to the very exclusive places I’d consider living list.

Some notes on my week in Seattle:

  • Seattle is green. Literally. There are so many plants. Everywhere. The plant life is so hardcore. It’s like, oh you want to put a sidewalk there, you think that’s gonna stop us? Bam. Covered with moss. You can’t beat us, so you might as well stop trying.
  • I think there may be some kind of city ordinance requiring everyone to have rosemary bushes in their front yards.
  • Hills.
  • It is incredibly inspiring (and also fun) to be surrounded by so many people who want to geek out about the same things as you do.
  • We created a “geography bingo” game in which you had to spot things like cargo pants (so easy), to more difficult things like meeting and then having a shot with David Harvey. (Photo documentation was required. We eventually decided that if anyone achieved it they would automatically win. Everything.)
  • A few nights we hung out with some fellows from Seattle and they were kind enough to not laugh (just some eye rolling) when we toasted to Tobler’s Law.
  • So much good beer. Some of my favorites were Elysian's Mens Room Red and Ninkasi's Total Domination IPA and Spring Reign Ale.
  • And lastly, I’d like to inform Seattle, WA, you have just been added to the very exclusive places I’d consider living list.
Pre-presentation jitters/post session celebratory* beer.
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*Because my session was packed (standing room only) and I kicked a little bit of ass (as did my fellow presenters).

Unrelated - geographers are a very attractive crowd. If you’re ever around a geography conference you should crash that party. In addition to all the pretty people, they also talk about fascinating stuff. It’s win-win.

Pre-presentation jitters/post session celebratory* beer.

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*Because my session was packed (standing room only) and I kicked a little bit of ass (as did my fellow presenters).

Unrelated - geographers are a very attractive crowd. If you’re ever around a geography conference you should crash that party. In addition to all the pretty people, they also talk about fascinating stuff. It’s win-win.

Seattle, WA
Day one of drinking local(ish) and attending the giant geographer nerdfest.Pumped.

Seattle, WA

Day one of drinking local(ish) and attending the giant geographer nerdfest.
Pumped.

excellent weekend, pt. 2
-Started reading Mapplethorpe.-Sunday breakfast = toast + eggs + banana coffee smoothie.-Trip to Brew & Grow, then beer bottling- Big Chicks free bbq.- Sidetracks show tunes.

excellent weekend, pt. 2

-Started reading Mapplethorpe.
-Sunday breakfast = toast + eggs + banana coffee smoothie.
-Trip to Brew & Grow, then beer bottling
- Big Chicks free bbq.
- Sidetracks show tunes.

Yesterday afternoon this guy was all, “I want to go to lunch. I want meat and vegetables.” So we checked out Pork Shoppe in Avondale. About twenty minutes after we finished eating I was seriously considering going back for dinner.
The food is great. I was super excited to try their coleslaw, which has pineapples in it - whoa, yum! I tried all three of their sauces and, no surprise, the spicy was my favorite. They also have a nice selection of bourbon and beers from Ska Brewing Company (lately I can’t get enough of Modus Hoperandi). Plus the employees are the nicest dudes ever.
So what I’m trying to say is, who wants to go grab lunch with me at Pork Shoppe?

Yesterday afternoon this guy was all, “I want to go to lunch. I want meat and vegetables.” So we checked out Pork Shoppe in Avondale. About twenty minutes after we finished eating I was seriously considering going back for dinner.

The food is great. I was super excited to try their coleslaw, which has pineapples in it - whoa, yum! I tried all three of their sauces and, no surprise, the spicy was my favorite. They also have a nice selection of bourbon and beers from Ska Brewing Company (lately I can’t get enough of Modus Hoperandi). Plus the employees are the nicest dudes ever.

So what I’m trying to say is, who wants to go grab lunch with me at Pork Shoppe?

This week for ‘Do Nothing Sunday’ we broke all the rules and did some somethings.
Beer brewing, bottling, and imbibing.

This week for ‘Do Nothing Sunday’ we broke all the rules and did some somethings.

Beer brewing, bottling, and imbibing.

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