Yes, I have been hiding from my vast internet audience. The pressure of enlightening and entertaining all of my readers becomes too much for me sometimes. Here's what's been going on:
I participated in the Bike Tour at the Long Beach Marathon this last weekend. [I'll edit in a picture or link later.] I slept in my truck in downtown Long Beach Saturday night so I could roll out of bed and ride straight to the starting line. I finished in the time I wanted to and was drinking beer (well, a sort of synthesized beer product by Anheiser-Busch) by 8:30 a.m. My friend, Shayna did the half marathon (not on a bike) and exceeded her goal by coming in under three hours -- much more impressive than riding your bike along the beach for a couple hours.
This weekend I will be headed to Yosemite for a trip up El Capitan -- Tangerine Trip to be more precise -- with a couple pals. If all goes well we will be on the wall for about five days, plus a couple of days getting us and our gear to and from the route. If things don't go well we will be home either much earlier or much later. One thing is certain: there will be some very tight man-man-man sleeping arrangements to look forward to. There will also be some gourmet wall cuisine being consumed, i.e. cold canned chili and week-old bagels.
In the mean time, there is a batch of IPA in the fermenter looking to be ready for consumption mid November; and there is a book "What's So Great About Christianity" that I got from the editor to review. Dinesh D'Souza wants to give us some answers besides the obvious "not much." It smells like a steaming pile, and so far tastes like one too.