Front Porch Chats #71

Alpha Blonde ale in glass on table outside

Bend Brewing Co’s Alpha Blonde Ale has this great, dank nose. The kind I really dig on-little bit of pine, little forest.

Then the middle of it goes orange. That’s how it finishes, too. I have to admit, I’m impressed: making contrasting qualities like this work is as feat. And this beer kinda works. I can’t quite pin it down, but for some reason this beer feels like it’s 95% there. Maybe it’s just that for me, the contrast of pine and orange isn’t playing nice enough.

Really good, not perfect. I’d recommend it though, no question.

I went and saw The Green Knight today, by myself. I enjoyed the film but really wanted someone else to talk to afterwards.

Now I’m on the porch writing, by myself. I get to tell you about this beer but I can’t share it.

A friend of mine noted how these posts have felt different from my previous Monday themes, and as the longest running theme I’ve ever had….yeah. She’s right.

Jane McGonigal had a phrase “being alone together” to describe people doing tasks by themselves, but with lots of people around them. They could do what they wanted, but they didn’t have to feel isolated doing it.

It’s one of the things I’ve always loved about writing in pubs and bars; I can engage with people but I don’t have to. And I’m not by myself; there is a legitimate social element to being there.

It’s one I miss.

I don’t exactly know what to do. There is a legitimate risk to going into places, despite my vaccination status. (Again, please get your vaccination shot). I don’t want to get anyone else sick, just because I want a beer and some company.

I wish there was a bold vision right now: one that said that we’re going to do things right this time, shut everything down for two months, pay everyone $5K/month while we do it, and get through this.

That’d be something special to live through. To come through.

Now I have to balance my mental health with my physical health and I know I’m not the only one.

I’m just hoping we can make it through to the other side.

2 thoughts on “Front Porch Chats #71”

  1. “La soledad es muy hermosa… cuando se tiene junto alguien á quien decírselo.” (Solitude is very beautiful…when you are next to someone to whom you can say that to.) – Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer

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