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Paine's line, "these are the times that try men's souls" has certainly applied to me the past two weeks.

First, Paul disappears. His friends finally admit he bought a one-way ticket to London to try to make it on the music scene. He changes his mind when he arrives and books a flight back, but before his return he gets mugged and loses his life's savings. We drive to Philly to welcome home the prodigal son.

Second, after a year of planning and two months of fighting our insurance company, Carolyn finally gets the surgery she needed in Allentown.

Now, how do you make silk purses out of those sows' ears?

Special beer stops, of course.

On the way down to Philly, we stopped at Kunda Beverage in King of Prussia. Carolyn did some research after the State College microbrew exposition and found that Kunda carried my two favorite beers from the show, Three Philosophers and Prophecy Ale. We picked up a case of EKU, too, while we were at it. What the hell--why not?

Yesterday after I sent Carolyn off to pre-op, I drove a short distance from St. Luke's to Shangy's in Emmaus. The main target for this trip was a sampler case from Smuttynose Brewery, whose beer I discovered on Block Island last year. Shangy's is the only PA distributor to carry this New Hampshire-based beer. But while I was there, I could not help but pick up a case of Westmalle Tripel, the beer I fell in love with back in 1990, the year I spent in Germany.

So, amidst the pain, there is a palliative. Quite a bit of palliative, actually.


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Aug. 10th, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC)
Paul's 18. Other than the expected post-surgery pain, Carolyn is fine. Thanks for your concern.
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Nov. 1st, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC)
Yes, I discovered this AFTER my road trip, and this led to mixed feelings. On the one hand I felt somewhat crestfallen because it made the special ales I procured on a special trip--well, less special. On the other hand, it also meant that I can easily restock when my supplies have been depleted.

If I were using my brain at all, I could have assumed that Pletchers, as one of the sponsers of the festival, would have some of these brews in stock. Duh.
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