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Putting the beer away

January 2, 2011

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I’ve had my fun off the diet wagon, and now I’m putting away my remaining beer. And I’m not going to touch it until I reach my next weight benchmark of 196. It’ll be a while, seeing as how my pants are a lot tighter than they were back in October. But I’ll make it.


Redirecting my energies toward planning

January 2, 2011

It’s day two of being back on my diet, and I’ve had my small egg sandwich, a cup of tea, and a few nibbles on Gwyn’s fruitcake. Now I’m immersed in planning, not only for the sake of preparing to eat right, but as a means of redirecting my mind from all the food I’d love to be eating.

I just created a “Recipes” folder in my Yahoo mail and moved all the recipes I could find into it. Not only did I find some old family recipes that I’d sent myself over the years, I found some things I’d forgotten about. I’m very excited about one in particular: the Joy of Cooking refrigerator cookies that Grace made back in 2007. She made the butterscotch variant, and the cookies sent me into paroxysms of delight. So now I’ve got something to look forward to that will help me get through this week: making a batch of refrigerator cookies on my eat-whatever-I-want day next weekend.

Another recipe I found was for my mother’s “German Filled Cookies” that she made according to her mother’s recipe. I remember that the filling contains at least apples, pineapples, raisins and cherries; I need to suss out the details with my sister. Here is the recipe for the dough.

4 eggs
4 c sugar
1 c shortening
2 c sour cream
2 tsp baking soda
4 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
add flour to make a soft dough – 10 or 12 cups

…and then of course there’s the other old family recipe I’ve been wanting to make for years: suet pudding. Next time I’m at the family home, I’ll have to get the recipe from the old black three-ring binder in which my mother kept all her recipes. January is the ideal time for suet pudding.

Now, on to my plans for today. First, I need to get some exercise. Second, I need to get to the store and buy some broccoli, bananas, oranges and biscotti so that I can get back into the habit of strategic satiety via healthy snacking. Third, I need to get some more exercise.

Well. Here I go!

What’s missing from this picture?

November 5, 2010
Me and Don

Me and Don

Don and I began our evening with a discussion about history and historiography, and now we’re watching Teaching Company DVD lectures on the Peloponnesian Wars. It was lovely. But you know what would have made it perfect? Having glasses of beer in our hands. Shooting the shit is always better with beer.

And now I have another incentive to get down to my target weight. I love the idea of being able to spend a pleasant evening talking to Don over completely guilt-free beers. That’s a reward worth fighting for.

Acadia map!

September 8, 2010
Me with my new waterproof, tear-resistant National Geographic map of Acadia National Park

Me with my new waterproof, tear-resistant National Geographic map of Acadia National Park

Woo hoo! Grace just got home, and she brought with her a package from Amazon containing two things: a CD of Charlie Parker’s “Jazz at the Philharmonic 1949” album, and the map of Acadia that you see me holding with great delight.

This couldn’t have come at a better time. I have two days left at work, and in order to make sure that I don’t explode during those last two days, I need to focus on my post-Goldman-Sachs Maine getaway more than ever. Holding that map in my hot little hands helps me do just that.

Oooooh, I’m so excited. Looking back at my climb up Giant on Monday, remembering how easily I hefted that pack, and feeling my pride in all the conditioning I’ve done, I’m more thrilled than ever at the thought of two solid weeks of exploring all the trails of Acadia. I will climb enough mountains to burn off the beer and barbecue I plan to eat every day. You watch me!


September 6, 2010

I always wanted one of these things, especially at camp. There’s something terribly gratifying about walking over to the wall, sticking a long-necked Pepsi bottle or a beer bottle into the metal aperture, and giving the bottle a gentle downward tug to pop the cap.

Well, I finally saw them for sale when I was at Atlantic Brewing Company in July, so of course I bought one. I brought it with me to camp yesterday, but I left it sitting on the table when we locked up. This was partly because we were late leaving camp and we had to start the climb up Giant as soon as possible, but mainly because I like the idea of mounting the opener on the wall after I’ve reached my target weight.

In a few months I’ll be back at camp, and I’ll weigh a good fifteen pounds less than I do now. I’ll pick the right spot on the wall, and I’ll put that opener up, and I’ll pop the cap on a bottle of Tröegs Hopback Amber or Dogfish Head 90 or Dogfish Head World Wide Stout or who knows what. And the beer I drink will be all the more enjoyable for it.

Greater love hath no man…

September 5, 2010

It’s my eat-whatever-I-want day. Tomorrow is Labor Day. Tomorrow Grace and I will be on a mountain. Ater Labor Day, Raquette Lake General Store closes for the season.

And so my hot belly has led me with cold logic to this juncture: I set my alarm for 2:00 AM and now we’re about to hit the road.

Yes. The donuts and cookies *are* that good.

Deferring my eat-whatever-I-want day

August 21, 2010
Man with Carrot

Man with Carrot

Morgan is having her wisdom teeth taken out on Monday morning, so I offered to keep her company on Monday and Tuesday. Then, a few days ago, it hit me: I should save my eat-whatever-I-want day until Monday. That way I can have pizza from New York Pizzeria in Sherrill, ice cream from Zems in Canastota, and my rarest of all treats: a bear claw and some cookies at Provisions Bakery. I used to get goodies from Provisions when I worked right across the street in the late nineties. Since it’s not open on weekends, I’ve had the opportunity to get food there about three times in the ten years since I moved away!

So. Here I sit with my carrot. This will be the first time I’ve delayed my eat-whatever-I-want day this far. It won’t be fun, but come Monday I’ll be glad I did.

So… Damn… Psyched…

August 13, 2010

The other day I e-mailed Atlantic Brewing Company, telling them how much I loved their beer and the Mainely Meats barbecue, and pointing them to my post about it. I got response from Barbara at the brewery, thanking me and asking when they could expect me. I told her that I was thinking of coming up for a week or two ending on Columbus Day, and asking if they had any special events I should plan around. Today I got the following response.

Hello Hugh,

Columbus Day Weekend is a good one. Saturday is the Octoberfest in Southwest Harbor, and Mainely Meat BBQ participates in that too.

At noon on Sunday, there is a war canoe race on Long Pond to benefit the Muir Cancer Fund, which was started in honor of one of our former tour guides. They are always looking for more paddlers, if you would like to join in. After the race, all the canoeists come back to to the brewery for BBQ, and then at 3:00, weather permitting, we hold belt sander races in the courtyard (yes, the power tools; they race side by side in wooden tracks).

We look forward to seeing you.

Thank you,
Atlantic Brewing Company
15 Knox Road
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207-288-BEER (2337)

Are you KIDDING me?? Canoeing, beer and barbecue??? I’m not even certain I’m rated for such a surfeit of pleasure, much less deserving of it.

I found the following on a Bangor Daily News calendar of events.

Sunday, Oct. 10
At Bar Harbor, Long Pond, War Canoe Race, flat water, registration 10:30-11:30 a.m., $20 includes all-you-can-eat barbecue at Atlantic Brewing Company, noon start, call Tammy Kelly at 667-3947 or email

I sent Tammy an e-mail about the war canoe race. Then I found a site about last year’s Oktoberfest. It looks pretty sweet, yeah?

I dug around the Acadia website and quickly concluded that Blackwoods Campground was my best choice. I used the reservations site to find out that there are still around 200 sites at Blackwoods available for the weeks leading up to Columbus Day!

I looked at bus schedules and concluded that, although I’ll have to transfer from one bus route to another, getting from Acadia to the brewery and back should be fairly easy. However, the last bus back from near the brewery is at around 8:00 PM. That’s not late enough for an evening beer and barbecue outing. So I started thinking in terms of going out to the brewery in the middle of the day. This idea seemed better and better the more I thought of it, because I remembered that my eat-whatever-I-want days go best when I have strenuous exercise before and after my huge meal.

I found a calendar of sunrise and sunset times, and finally came up with my tentative plan: I’ll spend the two weeks ending with Columbus Day weekend hiking in Acadia, spending only $20 per night to camp right there in the park. I’ll get up at around 5:00 AM each day, grab a shower, load my pack, and hit the trail for three or four hours. I’ll hike north over Cadillac or Dorr or Champlain or whatever strikes my fancy. Then I’ll catch a bus, transfer to another bus, and hit the brewery for lunch. I’ll take buses back to Acadia in the afternoon, work off a good bit of lunch with more hiking, and then head back to camp at dusk.

This is what I needed: a reward to focus on that will get me through these last agonizing weeks at Goldman Sachs. I’m motivated now more than ever; in the next five or six weeks I’m going to condition, and be leaner and stronger when I hit those trails in late September.

Blind Tiger celebration tonight

August 11, 2010

I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to celebrating at Blind Tiger tonight. See, I was planning to celebrate on Monday night by getting together with Eric to drink some of the beer I brought back from Maine. Then, on Monday morning, I got this e-mail. Avery is one of my favorite breweries. I worship The Czar, so it would be worth going just for that. But look at this beer lineup! Oh, be still my heart!

Dear Tigerites,

Look, I know, we’ve been doing a bunch of things (a ton of events, and the big Oil Spill Fundraiser). But it’s not easy being a Tigerite. It’s not all about “oh, its Wednesday and I guess I should hit the Tiger for an event”. “Oh, let us stop buy and have some super rare beers with free cheese”… But it’s not that simple – not that simple at all. There are things called dedication, loyalty, having a very lenient boss, sick days…these are the true tools of a Tigerite. You have to put your time in. You have to want it. And this is where we decide the Tigers from the house cats (or the other word you would call a house cat).

Are you ready? I said are you, ready? I can’t hear you! To tell the truth, I hope you are not actually screaming this at your computer because this is an e-mail and I really can’t hear you, you know? Come to think of it, I seriously hope you didn’t need this explanation to start with. You know, I just worry about you.

Anyway… This Wednesday August 11th @ 4:00PM, I am finally doing an Avery Event (it’s been a few years). Now don’t get you hopes up, it’s just a light little event, nothing too strong. But just take a look at the list and think about maybe stopping by…okay?

Here is the list:
Avery Joe Pilsner (Imp. Pils Unkown)
Avery Ellies Brown (American Brown 5.8% ABV)
Avery ESB (last keg 5.13%)
Avery IPA (IPA 6.6% ABV)
Avery White Rascal (Belgian White 5.6% ABV)
Avery Karma (Belgian Pale 5.2% ABV)
Avery Salvation (Bel Strong 9.0% ABV)
Avery Collaboration (Strong Ale 8.7% ABV)
Avery Reverend (Quad 10.0%)
Avery Czar (Imp. Stout 11.3% ABV)
Avery Hog Heaven (Barley-wine 9.2% ABV)
Avery duganA (IPA 8.5% ABV)
Avery Maharaja ’08 (Imp. IPA 9.8% ABV)
Avery 15th Anniversary (American Wild 7.65% ABV) Avery 17th Anniversary (Double Dry Hopped BLack Lager 8.6% ABV) Avery Samaels (Oak English Barley 16.45% ABV)
Avery Beast (Grand Cru 14.0% ABV)
Avery Mephistopheles (Oak Imp Stout 15% ABV)
Yeah… With just a light easy drinking session beer event like this – you could last like 24 minutes or so… I would go with starting early and leaving early…. Or sick day for Thursday. I mean, how many Avery Events do I do?

The Devil

This message was sent by: Blind Tiger, 281 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10014

Wouldn’t it be great…

August 4, 2010

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Wouldn’t it be great to walk through Stop & Shop, see a new beer from Smuttynose, and just grab a sixer? Ah, to take it home and see if Smuttynose did a good job balancing the bready, yeasty characteristics of a hefeweizen with the sweet aspect, and how they tweaked it to fit their notion of a *summer* weizen… I’m curious because a few years back I tried a bottle of their saison and was impressed enough to send an e-mail of praise to the brewer.

Wouldn’t it be great to walk through Stop & Shop, see one of my favorite beers, and just grab a sixer? Troegs Hopback Amber is nothing short of world class. I discovered it around three years ago, when I’d been trying a lot of hoppy ales and none of them had anything new to say to me. This was the exception: a hoppy, malty amber that, if I wrote a textbook on balanced and unified flavor profiles, would be on the short list along with Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA and Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA. Oh, I’d love to grab a pack and take it home.

Wouldn’t it be great to walk through Stop & Shop, see a sale display of spaghetti and sauce, and just buy some, take it home and cook it? Wouldn’t it be great to have a head empty of all the things I’ve learned in the last ten years about carbohydrates and sugar and metabolism? Wouldn’t it be great to shovel all that simple starch and fat and sugar — with buttered Italian bread, of course — into my mouth? Ohhhh…

Well, I can’t do any of that. At least not right now. It would feel wonderful, but it would make me numb and unhappy. In a few months, when I’m down to my target weight and getting regular strenuous exercise, *then* I’ll be able to allow myself the occasional indulgence. That is what I’m fighting for.