Welcome To The Jungle!

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Never before, not since the Air Force at least, have I been part of such a large, intricate, and instrumental machine. Once again being reduced down to being nothing more than a four digit number to an employer. That’s not a complaint, it’s a statement of fact. After my first real “work week” I would like to report how much I really am enjoying my new employment, but that just might be stretching the truth a fucking bit more than need be. But, and this is a fucking giant but, the money is decent, and that is the only thing I can really say I like about it. The hours suck, 3p to 3a Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The environment is very cold and dry, 26-32 degrees fahrenheit @ 15% humidity. I have developed chapped lips for the first time in my life, ever. Yes, I did choose the job, yes I knew the fucking conditions before signing up, and yes I knew I wouldn’t like it before it ever started. However, in defense of this very critical decision, I was doing it to fix my immediate cashflow situation, meaning there was zero flow. And, it gives me time during the regular work week to find an actual job that I can live around.

I have quickly realized that I’m too old and too out of shape to be competing with a bunch of 20 something year olds. I have found the cold working environment only aggravates my fucking knee. On the flip side, o don’t notice the pain until I’m in bed thawing out in the morning. This very well could be one of the biggest dumb ass moves I have ever made the choice to do. So, yes, I can and will accept my desperate decision making, only because I know it is temporary and the more temporary the better. I have received a handful of messages asking where I work and I’m still not sure I can legally say since I have and will make more than one negative comments. Let’s just say I work for a very, very large distribution center for a very, very large retailer, but only in the supply of the grocery store portion. For the best example, if you are at the grocery store side, look at everything that is cool, cold, or frozen, from fresh vegetables to your favorite cut of meat, and I’m part of the machine that keeps the bins full, the freezers full, and a fresh mountain of veggies at your fingertips. Yes, that is done by people like me, nationwide. Ok, enough clues.

Anyway, just know this simple fucking fact, I am still looking for a job. Y’all can take that shit straight to the bank. Don’t worry, I will keep y’all up to speed, the tides will hopefully turn very, very soon.

Beer Flavored Ice Cream

 
 
Being a bartender at heart doesn’t mean that I am a big drinker. For me, however, I like to use alcohol in different ways, like cooking. But, I still enjoy mixing, creating, and conjuring up new drinks in terms of being experimental, that will never change I am afraid. In the spirit of looking for new creations I was on-line looking to find out how to make the perfect beer ice cream float. You know, I was looking for what kind of beer yields the best results. Which for me is all new information since I do not drink beer, I only cook with it. So, this whole quest started out as an inquiry from friends of mine who thought just because I was a bartender that I automatically knew how to make a beer ice cream floats. I did find what I was looking for in the end. However, as y’all can see by the title of this post that this isn’t about beer ice cream floats, I will leave that for another day. Today, however, we will be discussing what I found that side-tracked me. I live in my own little world and was not aware that there was such a thing as beer flavored ice cream. This began to intrigue me since I dabble in making home made ice cream when the need arises, which is only about 3-4 times a year. I will share a web site called Yummly which has proven to be very useful in my quest to satisfy my new needs for something just different enough to make sense.
 
While I am on that topic, I would like to mention what doesn’t make sense in the form of the type of conflict of interests and concerns sales of a multitude of different brands which sell their beer flavored ice cream in the United States. Feel free to correct me if needed, but the information I have found about the sale of beer flavored ice cream in the United States is pretty limited to put it mildly. I know for me personally I have never seen a television commercial for beer flavored ice cream, nor have I ever seen any advertisements in magazines or newsprint, nor have I ever heard about it on the talk radio stations or the more mainstraem radio stations. I don’t lead a sheltered life by any means, but I also don’t follow the craft beer industry either. If you take the example I have used, Frozen Pints, I have found, according to their web site, that pretty much the only place to get ahold of their beer flavored ice cream is at select places in Atlanta Georgia. There is a whole slew of places that offer it to the general public, most of which are bars, pubs, liquer stores (package stores), and a few resturants. My search is real limited in the Houston Texas area, but then again I only made this discovery yesterday, so I will search it out because I want to try theirs versus the ones I attempt to make myself. I know, I have allot of spare time on my hands and all I can think to do with it is to find new ways to make my own life interesting. But don’t worry, because I am not, I am very sure that I will have people lining up to try my concoctions. 
 
I mentioned above that I found in certain areas there is quite an uproar about beer flavored ice cream being available to “underage” people. I will let y’all do some internet searches and see what you come up yourselves. Why bring it up then? It is simple, because I would like for y’all to form your own opinions based on your findings. From what I have seen, a person has to be of legal age per the state of residence to purchase it. The question that arrises in my mind is how do you stop a minor from getting anything it wants to get it’s hands on? We can’t. We can’t be with our children 24/7/365 and that is a proven fact. We end up have little control of their influences outside the realm of our own households. I can guarentee when I make my ice cream flavored beer that my 11 y/o son and my 17 y/o daughter will eventually get a taste, with or without my personal consent. Do I want them to seek it out on their own? Absolutely not. However, the “exploritory laws” present in my house are pretty lax. Meaning that I try to expose my children to things at home so when they are out and about in the world without us that there isn’t so much shock and awe. My children are not sheltered from much since we are open to discussions and questions of all sorts at home. I would rather talk to them about the things they have questions about so I might help them get the right answers instead of having to depend on friends gossip or even worse, the internet. Because we all know they can’t put anything on the internet that isn’t true……wink….wink.
 
So, I guess I will leave it all right there. If y’all are so inclined might I suggest y’all seek out beer flavored ice cream in you local areas. I know I have friends from the great state of Georgia who can hook me up….hint….hint. I am sure that I have overlooked allot of information and so forth, I assure y’all it wasn’t intentional. The links provided in this particular post belong to the respective owners and I only provided them as helpful examples. In no way am I being paid to post their links. I borrowed the picture from the website listed below it and I in no way claim ownership of it. Therefore, what I am trying to say is that I am borrowing the information, the links, and the picture for the sole purpose of illustration for this single post.