Sunday, October 26, 2008

Surly 1, Braincells 0

I had the good fortune to be able to volunteer at another Surly event yesterday, this time for their Darkness Day. I hadn't made it to any prior Darkness releases and I wasn't able to get to this one as early as I would have liked on account of some edumacational classes I'm taking on Saturday mornings. Nonetheless, by the time I got there with Kat and Sharon, things were still hopping, but I think the apex of the day was behind us. But it was still a madhouse. Cool shit. It was a great event, although I wish Surly had been able to bottle more Darkness for the event. I talked to quite a few disappointed folks yesterday. Cest la vie, I guess. As a volunteer, I was guaranteed 6 bottles of the good-stuff without having to brave the long lines, and I took full advantage of that. Since I'm a huge proponent of all things bulleted...
  • The Surly volunteers are a great group of people. They are a lot of fun to hang out with and I look forward to more opportunities to belly-up to a bar with them.
  • As is always the case with beer events, I met a few new folks yesterday. And as is always the case with beer events, I'm sure I'll remember the faces but forget the names the next time I see them. Please accept my pre-emptive apologies.
  • After yesterday, I realize I would be a horrible bar tender. It's not that I couldn't do the job, but rather that any bar that employed me would likely go under in a matter of weeks and I'd end up in personal bankruptcy. I absolutely enjoy giving away beer. I know how giddy I get when someone gives me a free beer. I find it a wonderful, generous gesture. But we're not supposed to give away beer at these events, and rightfully so. It's a business and not a charity. So, what I did was buy a bunch of drinkin' tokens so that when friends, members of the bands, etc. stopped by, I could hand them a "free" beer. Christ, I'm such a sucker! I burned through those tokens in a matter of minutes. Oh well. It was fun.
  • Thanks, Angie (or was it Angela?), for the bacon-flavored caramels! You'd better have some bacon flavored something-or-other the next time I see you, otherwise I'm not gonna give your drunk brother any more rides!!!
  • I found my evil twin yesterday. He was taller, better looking, and a personal trainer that is moving to California soon. Good bye and good riddance!
Out. Cheers.


  1. It's Angie. Glad you enjoyed the bacon caramels. Next - bacon ice cream!

  2. Mag - you look awfully familiar. Did you happen to go to St. John's (freshman in '94)? I lived on Tommy 3, and I believe you were roommates with either Micah or Joboo (can't remember which at the moment).

    Anyways, I was also at D-Day yesterday, and had a great time. Can't wait to crack open my first bottle of Darkness!

    Hope all is well - take it easy.

    Joe Heiland

  3. OK - I was wrong on the roommate. You with with Christian Bryczinski, right (unless I'm totally wrong about who I think you are)? I roomed with Ches Gessner at the end of the hall (across the hall from the Kath boys).

    If I'm totally off the mark here, just move along and pretend like none of this had happened.

  4. Hey Mag - had a great time hanging out with you and Kat and meeting a lot of great new people. Beautiful day, great friends and Surly brew...what could be better. cya soon!

  5. Angie - that sounds like a promise. Big chunks of salty bacon in mine, please!

    Joe - indeed, we do know one another! I'll drop you a line. Glad to hear you got your hands on some Darkness.

    Steve - yeah, it was great chatting. And, yes, we will see you around...probably with a beer in each of our hands...probably slurring a bit...probably