Family, Memoirs, Sports-Hobbies.

Home brewing: Yeast is your friend

After many years on home brew hiatus, my son Jon and I have begun brewing beer together, now that he has finished his arduous post-grad studies and has time for something other than work.  We have managed to brew two batches of beer so far, and a third is nearly finished conditioning.  We have made all of the mistakes one can make starting out, but thankfully all of the beers are drinkable.
Memoirs, Sports-Hobbies.

Would you let your child play football?

I played high school football, in a manner of speaking. My friends and I often played tackle football without pads on the weekends, usually on muddy fields, which served to reduce the force of the tackles. As a junior at Jackson High School in Portland, at 5 foot 2 inches tall and weighing in at 115 pounds, I lingered at the third position on the varsity football depth chart as a cornerback, and played only near the end of lopsided games, simply too small to be taken seriously.

Growing up, football and basketball were my favorite sports.  I played lots of touch football with my friends and family.  Yet as parents, when our boys played high school sports, my wife and I did not allow them to play tackle football:  We felt  that with the amount and severity of injuries in football, the risk was too high.  Given the recent revelations of long-term injuries in football, the question can be asked anew: Would we have let our children play football today, or more urgently, would we want our grandchildren to play football today?

Films, Reviews, Sports-Hobbies.

Bicycle dreams?

Pocket Review, Title Bicycle Dreams, Studio , Rating 3.0,

Bicycle Dreams (2009)

Director: Stephen Auerbach

Pocket Review

Bicycle Dreams is a documentary about the Race Across America (RAAM), an annual beyond-insane bicycle race across the U.S. Few ride it, those who finish do it in less than two weeks, and ride almost the entire time. It is only a matter of time before all participants begin to hallucinate, and some have been injured and killed because of it.