As we say goodbye to 2016, I figure it’s time to honor some friends that I lost this year. One of my favorite quotes comes from a story that involves both friends that were lost to the world in 2016. I can’t begin to be the story teller that one of them was, but I can at least provide you with the story behind the quote:
Lincoln (who passed away this year from cancer) enters the house of Robbo (who passed away this year from complications with diabetes) and Lincoln is obviously very agitated, pacing back and forth across the living room deep in thought. After a few minutes, Lincoln stops in the middle of the room and loudly declares “I have decided!… listening to a book on tape and reading a book are the same thing!”. Apparently Lincoln’s brother had been picking on him because he kept saying “reading” when he was referring to listening to an audio book. In Lincoln’s mind this set off an internal philosophical debate on the nature of reading vs. listening to someone else read. The need to clear up the distinction in his own mind was the kind of Sheldon Cooper like antics that we all loved in Lincoln. The ability to tell a fantastic story about it later on was one of the superpowers that we all loved in Robbo.
The things that make me come to epiphany decisions are not quite as philosophical as the distinction between reading and listening to someone else read. However, I do love to shout “I have decided!” when I feel like I’ve finally figured something out that probably shouldn’t have been much of a mystery to begin with. Most recently, this moment came about across two back to back brewery visits. On one Saturday, Mrs. UsedHair and I had to travel to the other side of Orlando to pick something up. As we are prone to do, we figured we would find a brewery in the are to visit and found a new one called Deadly Sins.
The place looked quite unique and had interesting art hung all over the place.
I will supply a full brewery visit post about them very soon. What’s important to the current tale is that they were so new that they didn’t yet have any of their own beer on tap. As much as I love brewery visits, the prime directive in any situation is to get a bottle or can to add to the collection. So, I failed my mission on this trip. Please note that since the time I first visited Deadly Sins has had it’s official grand opening and is selling their own beer. Please don’t avoid the place because you think they aren’t open yet due to my story. That would make me and the owner (Tom) a sad panda.
The next week, Mrs. UsedHair and I ventured up to Jacksonville to check out the zoo. On the way back we found the brewery that would take us the least out of our way and stopped in. I don’t usually hang out in Jacksonville, so I had no way of knowing that Wicked Barley was also a super new brewery and also was not yet serving their own beer.
Wicked Barley has also started serving their own beer since this visit and will also have it’s own brewery visit post. The recurring problem here is that I had another brewery visit with a failed bottle/can mission. This can’t keep happening. Therefore… I have decided!… that I will always call an unknown brewery before driving there to double check that they have their own beer.