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kill trees and party

Driftwood Singularity and Tree Double Hophead IPA
Posted Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 by Pols

I don't blog about beer releases, but these 2 have me excited. First up, Driftwood Brewing out of Victoria has made a bourbon barrel aged RIS called "Singularity". Eskimodave tells me it's really good. Lots of bourbon in it. All of Driftwood's beers are good, so this comes as no surprise. If you talk nicely to teh eskimo he might set up a trade for this. here's a link to their site: Tree Brewing released their Double Hophead IPA this past week. Last year it was an english style IPA. They've changed the bottle this year, and I'm interested to see if they changed the recipe as well. I really enjoyed the 2009 batch. The 2010 batch left a litte to be desired, so I'm hopig they come back in 2011 and kick me in the face with a boot full of hops. Back to the grind... These trees won't kill themselves.


Biggity Baaaaaaaamfield
Posted Saturday, August 28th, 2010 by Pols

Anticipation is a motherfucker.  It's one of those things that, as you get older, comes less frequently.  It's really hard for me to get that "kid at christmas" feeling, but last night/this morning is one of those rare times where I couldn't sleep because I was boiling over with excitement.  

I love to fish.  I've posted my catches in the Fishing thread and thrown out a couple videos of my good buddy Adam reeling in a 25 lb salmon.  Today, Adam and I are heading to Bamfield on Vancouver Island for an ocean fishing trip that has been a year in the making.  I haven't been to Vancouver Island since '99 when I went to visit my sister in college.  It's been way too long, so I'm super excited to get out there and catch some chinookcohosockeye, halibut, and cod.  


So at 8 am this morning I'll start my 5 hour drive to Horseshoe Bay, jump on a ferry for 3 hours and cross the Straight of Georgia to Nanaimo, an hour to Port Alberni and then take a gravel road for 50 miles into Bamfield.  It's an adventure, "but only for those with true grit, and we are chock full of that, man."



NYC or Bust
Posted Friday, July 16th, 2010 by Pols

So I'm on my way to NYC for a mini honeymoon and then heading up to Albany and Saratoga Springs to be the best man at a friends wedding on July 23rd. I have no speech written, our first flight has been delayed 50 minutes, and forgot my wedding ring on the counter. Not a bad start to the trip. I'm looking forward to NYC. Rattle 'N Hum and the Ginger Man are within a few blocks of our hotel. We have a tour booked with on Saturday morning and tickets to the Yankees/Rays game on Sunday afternoon. Monday and Tuesday are pretty wide open, if you want to PM me any suggestions. Wedesday we catch the Amtrak from Penn Station to Albany. Wedesday afternoon/evening is a cornhole with Bakes @ The Pump Station and Brown's Brewing. Friday is the wedding and Sunday we fly home. I'll post more as the trip progresses Cheers!


A picture's worth a thousand words
Posted Friday, May 7th, 2010 by Pols


As you can see by the above picture, I didn't stand a chance.  I was born into my profession.  Being a lumberjack isn't something that a high school guidance counsellor advises you to become when you graduate, or something many kids aspire to do.  But, looking at the look of pure joy on my face, it's something I was destined for.  

I've been running around in the mountains and forest for as long as I can remember.  Hell, the first thing I learned how to drive was a bulldozer.  Weekends were spent being hauled around by Pops up logging roads or out at our small sawmill.  The days are long, and the work is dirty.  Sitting in the back of a crewcab snuggled between 2 guys who are easily 300+ lbs for 2 hours to and from work will make anyone claustrophobic.  Waist deep snow in the winter, mud up to your knees in the spring. Fires and ridiculously large bugs in the summer.  Meeting a loaded logging truck on a snowy road that's only wide enough for 1 vehicle and has a bank on one side, and a cliff on the other, will pucker your asshole faster than Furley can chug a Mt. Dew.  Not paying attention to what you're doing?  Well, you could easily lose a finger (just ask my old man about that), and that's if you're lucky.  I can count on one hand the number of "sick days" I've had the luxury of taking in the last 10 years.  


But, when this is the view from your "office", it's tough to want it any other way.  



So... Uhh... How's it goin', eh?
Posted Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 by Pols

"I gotta talk... I gotta tell what I feel... I gotta talk about my life, as I see it."


Well, I've finally gotten around to starting this piece of shit that I will refer to as my "blog". Hopefully, it will eventually morph into something that's borderline respectable. But until then, just sit back and watch the train wreck that occurs when a lumber jack tries to use the creative writing skills he learnt 11 years ago. :deadbanana: