I took up brewing beer at home back in 2012. This Spring marks my 5th year, and to date I have brewed a little over 50 two-gallon batches. I have toyed with the idea of starting a micro-brewery, but I doubt that will ever happen. I am not sure I have the patience for the process of starting something like that. But it's fun to think about, and for the time being I play with the "branding" of my home brew. I have recently decided to write a book about homebrewing, based on my own experience getting started with the hobby. It's going to take a while, but I'll work on it. One of my annual projects is a Biere de Mars (Beer of March). I brew it right around New Years so it is ready when Spring arrives. This year's edition was quite good, if I do say so myself.
One week in, 207 weeks to go.
So far we have had a crazy dispute with the press over the size of the crowd at the inauguration, "alternative facts" from Kellyanne Conway, friction with the President of Mexico, and a judicial injunction of an executive order on immigration. All in less than 10 days!
It's going to be a L O N G four years with this guy in the White House.
The College Football National Title Game just ended. A gritty performance and last second win by the Clemson Tigers. I thought Alabama would win this game. The Crimson Tide had the best defense I have ever seen in a college football program. Got to love College Football. I like it better than the pro game.
2017 is upon us, with as much uncertainty as I can remember for an upcoming year. The incoming US President is a wild card at best. I firmly believe our nation can withstand (another) bad president. We have had so many in recent decades. The stock market has already posted a noteworthy post-election rally. But somehow I feel like this year, and maybe the next 2 or 3 could be a bumpy ride.
A stunning end this evening to a long, bitter and nasty Presidential campaign. I really don't care to see another campaign like this again. It has left the nation obviously and deeply divided, with me square in the middle. I didn't vote for either candidate, because I didn't think either deserved the office. I know folks who didn't like the outgoing President Obama, and I know some who loathe the President-Elect Trump. I can understand both points of view. For me, I have to accept the vote, and believe our Constitutional Republic is strong enough to withstand a bad President. It's done it before. The next presidential election can't come soon enough. Let's hope for better choices and a more civilized and issues oriented campaign in 2020.
For the last 4 years or so I had a personal web site hosted in my personal Dropbox folder. It was simple and allowed me to just write HTML and CSS using a simple editor. Well, about a month ago Dropbox notified me that HTML in public folders would no longer render in web browsers. Not sure why. So for the last month I have been looking for a new host for my personal web site. And the winner is... Weebly.com. I'll be migrating the content from old site in the next few weeks, and hopefully introduce some improvements and new content ideas this winter. This is what the old site looked like.
We spent last week touring southeastern British Columbia, in RV parks, pubs and what not. Many stories and adventures to be told. Lovely people the Canadians, and keenly interested in our Presidential Election. When they said "American aye. What do you think of your election?" I would reply "I came to Canada so I wouldn't have to think about it." They seemed OK with that answer. Tim Horton's is seriously overrated.
The citizens of the United Kingdom, on Thursday June 23rd, had a significant election on the question of leaving the European Union. The outcome was to leave. By most accounts such an outcome would cause uncertainty in world financial markets. The US stock markets lost around 3.5% on the day, Friday June 24th. I actually though the losses could be more in the 5-6% range. Of course that could still happen next week. I see this turn of events as less of a financial concern and more of a national security concern. The UK never adopted the Euro as their currency, so leaving the European Union does not require then to revive a bye gone legal tender. They have always had, and will continue to have the British Pound Sterling. This election, in my opinion was more about national security, specifically admitting refugees from Middle Eastern countries to Europe. There have been terrorist attacks recently in Paris, Brussels and the US, all conducted by Islamic sympathizers. England already has a substantial Muslim population, and I think they see immigration as a further risk. I expect the financial markets to stabilize, and exit from the EU to be a non-issue in the months ahead.
Time will tell. My dad listened to a financial radio host named Bob Brinker http://www.bobbrinker.com/ for years. I listen to him as well, but he only has one show a week these days, on Sunday. We'll hear what Bob has to say tomorrow.