March 14th, 2003

The gentleman is always properly dressed

Honeyed Words

... the bee appeared on Earth shortly before those first hominids that scientists identify as our earliest ancestors. Thus, the human species and the bee have been companions from the beginning, and some writers speculate that the bee played an integral part in the development of our species. Many of our more ancient legends insist that poetry, sacred language, "the Word," came out of humankind’s relationship with the bee and its creation - honey. Honey itself has long been viewed as originating in the sacred realms in the form of dew on flowers that is then collected and stored by bees… bees, honey, and mead confer on humankind some of the immortality of the gods, giving them long life, health, and a deepening of consciousness and awareness.
Stephen Harrod Buhner, Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers

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The gentleman is always properly dressed

Oregon or bust?

BeerSummit is sponsoring their first annual event on the left coast in Eugene, Oregon at the end of May. When Josh mentioned it at the volunteer meeting last Sunday, I got this crazy idea that I should make the trip.

Yeah, I know you’re thinking that ‘the beer thing’ is now approaching obsession level, but I’ve got my head on straight about this. It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a real vacation, and even longer since I’ve done any significant travelling. I’m in desperate need of an adventure, and the event presents itself as a convenient jumping-off point. I know at the very least that I will be able to go and have a least one thing where I will connect with people on a real and positive level. It would make a great start to the week, and would do a lot to make me feel at home.

Like many others, I answered the siren call of Based on my choices (including very deliberately not selecting a preferred section of the country), Portland, Oregon came up as my top city. Honestly, I don’t know that I’m in a position to suddenly up and relocate to the other side of the country, but the result did help feed the fantasy about this trip. I could go to get a feel for the place, maybe get a better idea of what having a city matched to me really means. I want to go and explore, and that feeling hasn’t been with me for some time. I’m not sure I have the funds to make the trip, but I feel a little like I might need it.

I was talking to Pablo a little about this last night, and he thought he could see me in Portland, which he attributed to my being "laid back and liberal." He also said it was very green, which I have to say made me very happy.

I know very little else about the Pacific Northwest, so I must rely on you, gentle reader, to fill me in. What do you know, and how much will you share?
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