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Old 08-01-2011, 02:34 AM   #1
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Default Been gone awhile!

I've been gone a long time! Almost a full year.
Had a lot happen in that year too.
Last year, I was working a ton of hours, so I had no time to brew or do anything else for that matter. It was work, eat dinner, sleep, rinse, repeat.

Last summer, I lost one of my dogs after 13 years of loyalty and great friendship. This was Cali:


Not wanting to leave our 6 year old lab without a friend, we decided to get her a friend: This is Tofu


We got her this little dude. Here he was at 6 weeks old, dumb as a box of rocks, but SO cute. His name? Oberon. aka Obie Very appropriate name for my household.


This was Obie this past April as I redid the floors in my house.
Great supervisor, isn't he?


And Tofu with her new buddy


Then this past winter, I took my wife to a Lions/Jets game (rare that my Jets come to town, so I take advantage of it). She hates football, but I took her at her request. I think she wanted to tailgate more than anything.
When we got inside and took our seats, I was sizing up the crowd of Lions fans, realizing I was the ONLY Jets fan in our section, when my wife hit me with this:


That led to this:


Then on 6/14/2011 at 2:11am, we had a little girl. "Lily Marie"
This was about 5am. That's me working on about 35 hours wide awake.


It was the greatest fathers day ever, as I sat on my couch 6 days later, watching the Masters with my daughter.



I've been a dad for almost 7 weeks now.
We waited 15 years for this gift. While it would have been great 15 years ago, I can't help but thing it was totally worth the wait.

But, now i'm itching to brew again. I think it's because I know i'll have an assistant soon

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Old 08-01-2011, 02:35 AM   #2
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And just for good measure, here's another...

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Old 08-01-2011, 02:36 AM   #3
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congrats, and welcome back!

I saw you post in another thread earlier today and thought, wow, I hadn't seen your name in awhile!

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That's great news! I'm so happy for you. She's beautiful. Congrats!

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Wow. Congrats!

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That's awesome cap. congrats on the little girl and welcome back. Any thoughts on your first brew back?

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congrats, and welcome back!

I saw you post in another thread earlier today and thought, wow, I hadn't seen your name in awhile!
It's nice to be remembered! haha

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Thanks Yoop!
Any chance you're going to venture down to Traverse for the beer fest next month?

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Wow. Congrats!
Certainly changes things a bit!
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That's awesome cap. congrats on the little girl and welcome back. Any thoughts on your first brew back?
Thanks!
Brewing my creme ale tomorrow. Baptism is coming up soon and I need to have at least 1 of my brews for it!
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Well, good for you! I can tell you will be a great father. Just enjoy your time with them. Before you know it, they will be gone.

I haven't heard about a beer festival in TC next month, but I'll look it up. Don't know if the wife will allow me to go or not, but if both of us are going, let's meet up.

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OH SHT! Euforquestra is going to be playing there!!! Saw then 2 years ago at the Winter beer festival and they were awesome! (Kind of a Reggae/Afro/Ska sound). Some very talented musicians and I think my wife might eve want to go just to see them!

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