opossum trouble

Last night when I let the dog out, she sprinted down the porch steps. I heard a rustling in the grass and thought it was just a late night squirrel that would scamper through the chain link fence before Nadia could catch it, just like the squirrels always do. It’s a fun race to watch. I am never sure what Nadia would do if she ever were to catch a squirrel. Well. This was not a squirrel. I saw the dog stop halfway to the fence with something held in her mouth. Something that was clearly furry. There was no struggle. The critter was either dispatched, or playing possum. It was an opossum. I ran out into the muddy snow melty yard in my nice warm and dry socks and told Nadia to drop it. The entire time, the opossum didn’t move. I couldn’t see any blood or mess. The dog dropped the opossum, which still didn’t move. I got her inside and cautiously went back outside with shoes on to inspect the possum situation. Still no movement. I considered poking it with a stick, but didn’t want to reset the possum timer (every time a possum gets scared and plays possum, it has to stay still for a certain amount of time, or at least I assume that’s how it works). I took a picture, brought the dog out front away from the opossum to do her business, and came inside to eat dinner. After checking on the opossum situation every hour or so, it eventually must have cleared its possum clock and ran out of the yard to continue doing opossum things. Weird night.

The dog’s rabies shot is good until next February.

still alive.

Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go was released on 2016-07-06. For 4-6 weeks after that, Erin and I played it almost every single day. We took the dog to random parks for hours and explored and met people. Yesterday I finally broke the 100 mile mark playing it. That’s 100 miles that I would not have walked and run without a video game. That is something that I never thought would happen because of a game.

This game is everything that I wanted from Pokémon in 2001. It’s so exciting to have functional augmented reality. It’d be nice to have more functionality like trading and battling friends, but capturing Pokémon and battling gyms is fun. It’s really cool to see dozens of people out in parks playing a game and interacting with people who they never would have ever met. It’s fun to explore local towns and parks that I have never been to.

I’m only at level 21 and haven’t been playing much the past few weeks. I also have only 91 out of the possible 142 Pokémon available in North America. It takes a lot of time to get better, and I unfortunately do not have that right now. It’s just a fun game for me ^_^

Current highest level Pokémon
Current highest level Pokémon

yard sports

Erin designed and sewed some unique corn hole bags for our friends’ co-ed baby shower (“BabyQ” instead of BBQ) yesterday. They were received well. I painted a set of boards to match. It was a fun & busy & long day full of friends and family and children running around playing.

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Also since it was only 95° out, I decided to take my chainsaw out at 1300 to cut up a large branch that fell at my mother-in-law’s house. That was fun.

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drink local

This post was written on 2015-10-12 and revised, updated, and published on 2016-08-12. It’s sort of disjointed even though I already split it up into two separate posts, but I just wanted to be done with it, so I clicked publish.

Drinking local beverages, whether that be coffee, tea, soda, beer, wine, or liquors, is an extension of the recently popularized “eat local” movement. To people just a few generations ago, this idea would have been common sense, but capitalism and some wars and insane advertising happened and for several decades Americans have had options limited by just a few major producers with limited offerings and mediocre quality. Many local producers had to close up shop because they couldn’t match the prices of mass producers or meet the crazy regulations placed on them by the government.

The eating and drinking local movement has become popular again recently because, in my opinion, it is a way to support local artisans, businesses, and chefs. Supporting local shops has become a more normal thing to do and people have started to understand that it helps everyone involved and cycles money back into their own families and businesses, encourages diversity, strengthens the community, and is more sustainable (see this Time article or this Huffington Post article to learn more). People enjoy creating something unique and doing it for their own community and sharing it with their friends and neighbors. These products combine local ingredients, history, and names, are often higher quality than mass produced products, and are a reason to be proud of your local community.

Local craft breweries have been opening up all over the area and it’s really exciting to me. Within 10-15 miles there are several establishments that I can drive to for a good meal with delicious food and fresh beer. I can bring home a growler or stay a few hours to see local original music. It’s one of my favorite things. There are also local distilleries and meaderies and wineries and cideries and coffee roasters that are passionate about what they produce and are eager to share what they do with anyone who is interested.

Recently someone in my life asked what I was doing that weekend and I responded that I was attending a craft beer festival (Cheesetoberfest). That person then asked me what craft beer was. I did not know how to respond. It took me by surprise and it’s something that I thought every adult who isn’t living under an actual rock knows about.

One of the hardest things that I have learned about becoming an adult is realizing that not everyone in my life has had the same privileges or experiences. It’s weird to say, but craft beer and purchasing/drinking local is something that I am excited about. Not everyone understands this or understands how to brew beer or taste beer, but everyone can enjoy beer. It just takes time to communicate with people who may have a completely different perception of what beer is. Once someone can understand that and taste a style of beer that they enjoy, I feel like they get it. There is more out there than just American adjunct light lager.

The craft beer industry is complicated. I’ll eventually follow this up with a post about my thoughts on macro beer monopolies and craft beer ownership, but for now I’ll just say that you should know who makes the beer that you drink. Many local breweries make great beer, and we should be proud of that. Here is a map to show you where the closest brewery to your location in the USA.

Also, here is a photo of me and my wife at Cheesetoberfest, an excellent event run by Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company in Dover, DE: