The Brightest Day, The Darkest Night

The past few days have been full of bright times and dark, and even the dark has been bright too! This past weekend, Pomona got a lot of rain, which made for some both dark days and nights.

Rain for the Plants

On one night I was walking through the neighborhood with a jacket on with a hood over my head, the rain coming down all around me as I was walking home. I often harvest herbs from around my neighborhood, and in a neighbor’s yard an abundant California native plant that I use a lot of (I have alternatives when it is out of season in the landscape) which has been dormant for the past few months, but with the rains coming down on them, I know that they were happily soaking up the rain and I could hear them singing in their brightness as the showers fell upon and all around them. Anyway, it made me feel so happy that the seasons are changing to bring the seasonal brightness of the winter.

I was actually talking with the Enchantress of Alvarado the other day and we can hardly wait for winter and we’re hoping for snow. While visiting hir, I called it in, so prepare for a good dusting Pomona. Let there be snowfall in Pomona, piled upon the ground this winter! We won’t have it for Christmas or New Years, sometime after that. That sounds soooo wonderful and bright to me.

A Dark Night at Funny Business

This weekend, I also dropped into Funny Business after dark on Friday night and picked up the latest Superman. Superman continues to make hir walk across the United States trying to wake people up to know that they are super too. In this edition, it was simply brilliant and so stirring; the author continues to paint this amazing picture of the dire situation for many contemporarily in the political left who cannot think to stand up and defend themselves and others when they see the need. The story reveals how very afraid they are of anyone wielding any kind of weapon, and yet are so pitifully weak and fearful, that they simply leave situations of violence and oppression in place hoping that others will step up and do something instead of them doing anything. Actually, it’s pretty funny in a certain respect. And from the perpective of Ion, well, one might say that those who are raped or abused, that that is simply what they desire to experience – that is why it is occurring. There are a lot of approaches that one might take to this. This edition is simply brillant. I love it when comics mull over contemporary issues.

Have no fear Pomona. We have nothing to fear any longer.

A Bright Night of Beer Tasting on a Dark Weekend

Last night I wandered over to the Enchantress’s and I told hir of how wonderful Tibbi’s beer tasting was on Sunday night. The Enchantress is not a religious person at all and pretty much knows nothing about the Bible, but there are a lot of Bible scriptures glorying in the drinking of alcohol! Particularly I told hir about the story of Jesus turning water into wine, and also there are even verses about Jesus being a “winebibber” (a.k.a. someone who drinks a lot of wine).

   The Son of man [Jesus] came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. (Matthew 11:19)
 
   And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
   And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
   And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
   Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
   His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
   And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
   Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
   And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
   When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
   And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
   This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory. (John 2:2-11)

Alcohol is biblically approved! Jesus was a both a hearty drinker, and performed miracles to turn water into wine!

So, with a couple of other Pomona bloggers hyping the Sunday night beer tasting, I really thought I ought to make my way downtown to enjoy the beer tasting and report to the clamouring blog readers about this event. And it was so great! I learned so much stuff that I had no idea about.

Our beer tasting instructor was Tibbi and ze is so incredibly knowledgeable about all things beer! Pretty much whatever question I could throw at hir, ze knew precisely the answer, so that is pretty dang cool. As it had been raining most of the weekend, Tibbi decided to complement that weekend theme of darkness with an array of dark beers for us to enjoy. We learned that of dark beers, the darkest are stouts, next darkest are porters and next darkest are brown. We learned that the thing that actually makes a beer darker or lighter is how deeply the barley is roasted and then how long that roasted barley is left to permeate into the brew. Tibbi said that one of the very lightest of beers is Budweiser, whose barley is not roasted at all.

Tibbi picked a delightful variety of four different brews for us to savor, first a brown ale, then two porters, then a stout. The first one we tasted was a brown ale by the name of Moose Drool by the Big Sky Brewing Co. of Blue Lake, California. Of the two porters, the first was Steelhead Scotish Style Porter by Mad River Brewing Co., Missoula, Montana. Scotish style means that instead of the barley being roasted with wood, it’s roasted with peat. The second porter was Riverdiver Hazelnut, by Sea Dog Brewing Co. of Portland, Maine. Interestingly, Tibbi said that the when they put in a flavor extract, in this case hazelnut, a lot may boil off in the brewing process, so the addition might only be in the flavor or scent, and may only be barely perceptable – which may be the brewer’s intent. In this case, I could just barely make out the scent of hazelnut, but I didn’t really perceive it in the flavor of the beer. The last beer we tried was Fuel Cafe, a stout brewed with coffee! It’s by Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Quite an array, each with their own uniquenesses. I could go on, but experience it for yourself by coming on out to one of the beer tastings, plus if you are rather inexperienced with beer, you’ll get to learn lots of interesting things about all the varieties out there, the different processes by which they are made, what different aromas and flavors mean, how beers differ from other varieties of alcohols, etc. It’s pretty fascinating stuff, all available right here in Pomona!

As some of you know, Tibbi, the beer tasting instructor, actually has a less than often updated Pomona blog that you can check out too. At the tasting, we got to hear lots of tales of hir drinking exploits, maybe ze’ll update it soon with some others!

From Ninin Ga Shinobuden, v.1, p.35.

A Sunday Morning Rainbow

And one of the best things to happen this gloomy and stormy weekend was to wake up Sunday morning and as I walked outside and looked to the northwest there was a beautiful full rainbow to greet me! It reminded me of the full rainbow video on Youtube. “That is a full rainbow, all the way! What does this mean!?” lolololol! It was a weekend of darkest nights and brightest days, and all the mixes in between.

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