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nov 26, 2011 #novemberblogfest

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I’m wondering if I can start saying really controversial things here now that most of November has gone by with so many fewer people participating. It’s funny, I’ve watched the page views on this literally go down as the days of the month have passed. I’m trying not to take it personally ;). I do have a nasty habit of posting the days’ blog post at like two in the morning, which I’m sure isolates this from coming up in most people’s facebook/twitter feed. So here’s to freedom of speech:

Lowering taxes on millionaires, and for that matter refusing to cut spending, are no longer defensible positions. The economy is just that bad.

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November 27, 2011 at 2:12 am

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nov 25, 2011 #novemberblogfest

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It’s getting harder and harder to have interesting ideas to write about this month. Is this what happens when you become “domesticated?” Do the mundane necessities just take over waking thoughts? Am I so focused on paying attention to my baby’s cues for food and sleep and what I can get done between one nap and the next that there’s no room for anything else to bloom? Am I getting better at writing rhetorical questions?

At least my sense of humor’s still pretty sharp.

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November 26, 2011 at 1:38 am

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nov 24, 2011 #novemberblogfest

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Things I’m thankful for (sincere, but brief, edition).

– My amazing beautiful wife
– My first born child
– That both are healthy after a very scary few minutes in the birthing process
– That we finally got a second car
– That we found where we live when we did
– That I get to play music as a job
– For how hard my wife works to keep our family going
– The generosity of friends
– Our church

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November 25, 2011 at 1:20 am

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nov 22, 2011 #novemberblogfest

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Things I’m thankful for (non-serious edition)

– Corsendonk Pater Dubbel Ale
– Corsendonk Christmas Ale
– St. Bernardus ABT 12
– Trappist Rochefort 10
– Val-Dieu Grand Cru
– Ommegang Three Philosophers
– Ommegang Abbey Ale
– Lost Abbey Angel’s Share Ale
– Lost Abbey Lost and Found Ale
– Sam Adams Winter Lager
– St. Peters Cream Stout
– Kostritzer Schwartzbier
– Hanger 24 Chocolate Porter
– Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper
– North Coast Brewing Brother Thelonius

Kidding aside, all of these make wonderful gifts 😉

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November 24, 2011 at 1:43 am

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nov 22, 2011 #novemberblogfest

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I wrote a lot tonight, but I’m not proud of any of it. So much so, in fact, that I’m going to post this excuse/justification/cop out instead. I’m not terribly proud of anything I’ve written this month if I’m honest. I realize the point of this challenge is to be disciplined at writing as opposed to make every post an example of a writer’s awesomeness, but I think the Novemberblogfest community as a whole may just be to the point where we can forgive posts like for the sake of being honest.

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November 23, 2011 at 3:19 am

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nov 21, 2011 #novemberblogfest

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I didn’t post yesterday. #Novemberblogfestfail.

Anyway, for the past hour I’ve been looking at this. That is a chart, a very large one, that basically breaks down all the money everywhere. Seriously, all of it. It is absolutely fascinating. It’s fascinating to see how much money is currently tied up just in student loans (almost a trillion dollars), how the federal budget is broken down, how much World War 2 cost in 2011 dollars (about $4 trillion), or what the annual cost of rabbit ownership comes out to. Oddly enough, it costs about $35 more to own a rabbit than a dog per year.

I’ve been really trying to avoid any political discussion whatsoever, but one of the most shocking things displayed on this chart is the amount of money that gets donated to political candidates and also what the average net worth of a Senator or Representative is worth, especially when you compare it to the median US household income. It just makes me wonder how much they could really represent you or I, the non-multimillionaire.

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November 22, 2011 at 12:30 am

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nov 19, 2011 #novemberblogfest

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I just finished a bottle of my favorite Belgian beer, so I figured this would be the perfect time to start writing a post. I really didn’t have a topic of any kind planned out, but once again I’ve found inspiration by simply starting to type.

If you knew me a few years ago, you might wonder at the fact that I was drinking any alcoholic beverage. Oddly enough, I’ve even become a bit of a connoisseur as far as beer goes. Growing up, I had always had a fear of alcohol. Not caution, not wariness, just fear. It was wrong and led to horrible things and that’s how you end up in an “after school special” kind of scenario. Then when I was 17 my dad died due to drinking himself to death. That really didn’t help my fear of said beverages. Some years later when I was well above the legal age I decided to get over my fear and try some stuff. I immediately came to the conclusion that I didn’t like the taste of alcohol. The thing about that is when you tell your friends that you don’t really like stuff or it’s the first time you’re trying something, they start you out with the lighter stuff. Turns out that lighter beers taste really sharp, like an attack on the front of your tongue. I thought I didn’t like beer, but I just don’t like “light” anything. One of my friends finally put a dark Belgian beer in my hand and it completely opened my eyes. It had so much flavor and tasted like nothing else I’d had before.

So the lesson here for me was that while there are many good reasons to not try something, fear is never a good one.

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November 20, 2011 at 1:35 am

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