The beatniks understood a simple truth. To have carefree time and genuine freedom, a person has three options: Get a lot money, reduce desires to a minimum, do a little of both. If I were single, I’d opt for the third approach. But whenever I think about using my (very) small bucket of wealth to semi-retire, to work 20 hours a week and use the rest of my time to wander and enjoy every sunny day, I look at my children and trudge back to the office. That kind of detached life simply doesn’t fit me. Do I wish I could be like Jack Kerouac or, much better, St. Francis? Sure, but I can’t be like Jack or Francis unless I want to be like the Enlightenment philosopher Rousseau, who put his five children in an orphanage to preserve his intellectual leisure.__________ Brews You Can Use Be careful if you buy a blood-alcohol monitor. They're often unreliable. Link. __________ I don't drink distilled spirits, but I found this interesting:
Brown-Forman Corp. has put a new twist on its premium Woodford Reserve bourbon with a limited edition variation distinct for spending a few months aging in the company’s Sonoma-Cutrer wine barrels. The experiment blends California chardonnay with Kentucky whiskey culture.Link. _________ The Michigan House of Representatives has adopted a resolution officially designating July 2007 as Michigan Craft Beer Month. Good for my state. Brewing is a little art, like gardening, small talk, cooking, and crocheting (and blogging, since it doesn't quite rise to the level of the great art of literature?). It ought to be encouraged. __________ Hats off to this clever fellow who tried to beat an overbearing system: The landlord of The Wellington Arms in Southampton tried to get around Britain's anti-smoking law by turning his pub into the embassy for a tiny Caribbean island called "Redonda" and citing diplomatic immunity. The plan didn't work. Though conceptually sound, officials decided that Redonda is not classified as a country. __________ Ten beers that changed America. __________ For tomorrow morning:
1 2-pound package Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix 4 to 6 12-ounce cans Olympia beer 1/4 cup vegetable oil or bacon grease While the grill is heating to medium, pour pancake mix into a large bowl. Add beer, one can at a time, until the batter reaches a smooth consistency. When a few drops of water dance and sizzle on the grill, it's ready. Wipe the grill with a thin coating of oil or grease on a paper towel, then drop batter onto the grill, about a half-cup per pancake. Cook about 2 minutes, and flip each cake when the top is covered with air bubbles. Cook another minute then serve. Makes 40-50 4-inch pancakes.The author says you must use Olympia beer. I find that hard to believe, but that's each cook's decision.