The Real Start of 2008 and a Recap

Going to a university based on a semester systems does weird things to ones brain. I feel like for every common year I live through, it’s really two years (one for each semester). Thus the real start of 2008: Part One commenced this past Wednesday. The other interesting thing is that the time between semesters (i.e. Christmas break) feels like a black hole where time ceases to exist. And in fact my sleep schedule usually becomes wildly out of whack very quickly. I attribute this to the lack of daily structure afforded to me by class (during the school year) and work (during the summer).

So here’s a recap of my four week black hole:
Drove back to Seattle with Dunstan and Kit. Stopped in Grand Junction along the way to see Grandma and Grandpa.
Many dinner parties (more on that later).
Hanging out with good friends and meeting some new ones.
Christmas Eve dinner at Duke’s with the Boyd’s (had Fish and Chips, Chowder, and a Mac and Jack’s).
Christmas was exciting. It snowed. New 50mm f/1.8 prime lens.
New Years Eve Party at Staples.
Drove back to Denver via Jackson, Wy with Liz.

For those more picture inclined:
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Great American Beer Festival

After my birthday, I had a bit of a change in palette. I began enjoying beers and began to dislike mixed drinks. Over the summer, I discovered some amazing micro brews native to the Northwest (The Ram’s Buttface Amber Ale, Mac and Jack’s, Drop Top, and Alaskan Amber to name a few).

Unfortunately, I go to school in Coors Country and so I’m “stuck” with Blue Moon, Killians, and the wonderful selection from New Belgium Brewery (not a Coors product, but still native to Colorado).

However, the Great American Beer Festival is upon us here in Colorado and I will be joining my fellow twenty-one and over comrades in enjoying the fine brews of 1884 beers prepared by over 400 breweries from around the nation.

I’ll be going this Thursday (the 11th) with Mines (yes, our school sold tickets and is chartering a bus to the GABF). You’re welcome to join us if you’ll be in town, just give me a ring on the telly.

I hope to have a report on some great new beers when I return. Stay Tuned!