Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Diwali, Voting, and Basketball

I signed up for a lot of the clubs at work. They seem to be taking it well considering I'm none of the minorities nor a woman. Anyway, the Asian club had a fun Diwali celebration at work. One of the best parts was first learning what the heck Diwali is. It is the Hindu festival of light, which seems to in part be about the solstice? Anyway there's oil lamps, fancy clothes, and eating. Sold!

This was the best food I think I've ever had in the building.

Kirin is Japanese but was apparently Asian enough for the festival. On tap there was also a beer that I briefly helped to brew at the Star Shop.

After work Lydia and I became two tiny drops in the blue wave that washed President* Trump's dreams away. I look forward to mailing disparaging letters in envelopes full of glitter to the prison they put him in.

Later we took a couple of friends to a SLU basketball game. The tickets were from AB. Why not?

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Oyster Festing

After a long hiatus we are back working RFT events. This time they are more flagship type parties rather than setting up a little table at every piddly fair in St. Louis. I like this situation better.

Our first event was the Shuck Yeah oyster festival at Molly's in Soulard. Not only do we get to go to the events and get paid for it, we get to do a little sampling of samples as well.

We were the ticket takers and the bracelet appliers.

We had oysters for days.

Friday, November 02, 2018

First Week at New Job

My first Friday on my new software development team at Anheuser-Busch was eventful. First we all went to lunch at McGurk's.

One of the guys whipped out this multiple years old package of chocolate covered scorpions he wanted me to eat as some sort of hazing ritual.

Thank you sir may I have another?

Around 3 o'clock multiple beer fridges are all unlocked throughout the building. The guys scurry between the different beer cases looking for the new and exotic before it's all drunk up. This Dust is Dead from Elysian was new and exciting.

Every Friday there's a big department wide meeting. They pick a beer to have then talk a bit about it, do announcements, stuff like that.

Matt Iseman, host of American Ninja Warrior came to the meeting. I can only assume he was there to congratulate me on my new job.

After the big meeting they all go to a little break room that I didn't know about and play pool and stuff. I could get used to this.

Afterwards we went to a dive bar. There was a strange dog on the counter.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Joe Biden, Claire McCaskill, and the Colonel

Election day was approaching so we went to a Senator Claire McCaskill rall at a local union hall. The last time I came here Billy Clinton was the big draw, and this time it was Joe Biden.

Colonel Sanders was inexplicably in attendance.

After the speeches were all spoke Biden was nice enough to mingle and take pictures with the common folk. Obviously getting a picture with Biden was now my sole mission. He moved a little towards the door with each picture, and there were a ton of people all smashed together trying to get to him, so I put myself where he was going to be rather than trying to beeline at him. It worked and I was proud of myself.

Luckily Joey B's iPhone selfie skills are on point. Not too shabby. I'm still confused how I managed to reach over 20 people to hand him the phone.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Halloween at Grant's Farm

We visited Grant's Farm for a little taste of Halloween Nights 2018. 

Things got real spooky.

This weird birdcage heat lamp setup reminded me of a giant rotisserie.

You get two free beers for visiting Grant's Farm. They put two of the grumpiest old men on beer sample duty, which made getting my two O'Doul's Ambers even less pleasant.