Gone Fishin'

HEY!

I'm not actively blogging here anymore. But if you got here because you were searching for something about bikes, you might want to check out my latest project, Vermont Goldsprints. In summer of 2014, I bought a used goldsprints racing setup and have made it a mission to get more bikes in more people's faces by putting on fun races in unexpected places. Come join me!

9.24.2013

In Summary

I've been thinking lately about where I've ended up and the relative infrequency of my activity on this blog. When I started re-turn in 2005, I was newly married and about to move out of my in-law's Cape Cod basement, where I had hunkered down for an agonizing summer of temp work and deciding not to go back to Vermont Law in the fall.

I had no presence on any social network and Kate and I were about to strike out across the country to a place we had never been, to start a whole new life together with no idea of what we would do for work, how we would make out new home together, or where we might end up. There was a point in Missoula early on where I took out a new credit card just so we could put one more month's rent on it, just to see if that would buy us enough time to find jobs. I can't even fathom that sort of instability today.

This blog has seen me through that cross-country move and back again, through the birth of a son and the death of old friends. I've journeyed into the world of my in-through-the-trapdoor career of land use planning and I have evolved  from bicycle owner to bicycle commuter to bicycle/pedestrian advocate. I've lost 50 pounds and bought a house.  I've started side projects for bicycles and poetry. I don't have to write paragraphs and import photos here for people to find me if they want to. My Google Analytics account tells me that almost everybody who comes here is looking to find out more about one of my bikes or if that Whole Foods is ever coming to South Burlington, anyway. Anybody who was trying to find me has certainly done so by now.

And my life, as it is now, has not become something worth writing long-form posts about. That doesn't mean it isn't wonderful and surprising and fulfilling- it certainly is-to me. But this business of navel-gazing and obsessing and documenting gets in the way of living, and that's why I've done so much less of it over the last couple of years.

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9.04.2013

Brewing Journal: Batch #15 Pumpkin Ale

Catching up. I brewed my last batch, a Wee Heavy (#14) in February of 2012 and haven’t brewed since. The Wee heavy was OK but not great, and I’d say we dumped about half of it. It just never really fermented out properly.  Then, other priorities including exercise, fitness, and a toddler took over. I got a beautiful Blichman burner for Christmas in 2012 and picked up a tank of gas for it as well. I just got a (#15) Northern Brewer Pumpkin Ale kit at the end of August 2013 and just brewed it, on gas, in the driveway this weekend. outdoor brewing was excellent and the Blichman performed admirably. I got a better hot break than I have ever seen before and chilling with the chiller was also nice and fast. Fermentation took off within hours and has been vigorous in the last few hours. I started with about 6 gallons of water and boiled off to an even 5 after a one hour boil. Probably I would start with 7.5 gallons in the future.