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Some friends recently recruited me to help make beer from absolute scratch. It’s no easy task, requires a major investment of time and equipment and certainly qualifies as a serious hobby. But if you love beer enough to put in the effort, or love the people enough who asked you to make it with them, then it’s a whole lotta fun to do as a group – maybe even start a club?

I guess that’s kind of what we did by accident, hanging out on Saturdays cooking hops, bringing out the rich golds and reds of an IPA and brown ale. I hardly like beer, barely drink it even, but wow! it smells fantastic when it’s cooking on the stove top. Beer soup anyone?

First step to get started spending your weekends brewing the next best beer is to look out for local courses in beer making. Local enthusiasts can teach you the basics and either sell you directly or lead you to the right spots to buy equipment. Keep motivated by teaming up with fellow graduates from the course and start brewing on your own.

Alternatively, join people that already know what they are doing and learn from them.

As a last resort, Google will do the trick as well with tons of resources out there to get you started. Find a few buddies and work it out together.

brewersbooks.com
homebrewers.com
tastybrew.com

Having tasted the final product of many of these gatherings, it’s worth the trouble. The beers have a very natural flavoring that commercial beers could never achieve. They come out surprisingly very good, no matter how amateur the brewers may be. The love and labor that went into that bottle of your homemade beer probably doesn’t hurt either.

So bottle those beers and start your own local brew. Have a bottling party, supply your own beer to small parties or to a friend’s wedding. What better way to pass a weekend internet-free!

Best part is naming the beer.

Good luck!

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Ah, the teeny tiny plastic pie pieces, the impossible entertainment trivia questions… can’t top playing a round of the classic board game, Trivial Pursuit. Thank you Canada for this fantastic timeless export.

By now of course they’ve got digital versions of this old-school trivia challenge. The game has its own iPhone ap and there is even a Wii version – how exactly Trivial Pursuit becomes some kind of remotely controlled video game, who knows.

Apparently the Wii game is (not surprisingly) a bust; “The lack of online multiplayer and the overabundance of geographic questions means there is little reason to play this version over any of the cardboard originals…” (Gamespot review). Amen. Or in other words, Trivial Pursuit for one person pretty much deceives the point of it all, no? Proving to everyone how smart you are.

Wii Trivial Pursuit game. No thanks.

So think about pulling out that dusty navy blue and gold box from the bottom of the cupboard. It won’t hurt either that you’ve probably got about 10 more years of knowledge stacked up since the last time you played.

And now for some quick Trivial Pursuit questions to entice you even more… and think 1984 on this… the questions are fantastically dated in the older editions.

Q1. In what city was Bobby Kennedy assassinated?
Q2. What’s the capital of West-Germany? (Love this one!)
Q3. What is the biggest satellite orbiting the earth?
Q4. Where is Yogi Bear from?

Bringing Trivial Pursuit back into my life in recent months has not only improved my knowledge of what were once current facts in 1984, but brought a little geekiness and fun into Saturday’s at the in-laws where cross-generational teams has made it a successful after lunch tradition.

So dig up the ol’ Trivial Pursuit from out of the woodwork (and some people over 30) or just get a new one and bring the tradition alive again!

For those stuck with the answers to the above questions just at the tip of their tongues:
A1. Los Angeles
A2. Bonn
A3. The Moon
A4. Jellystone National Park

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For years now I’ve opted out of the so-called Soduko craze (or is it no longer a craze and so very five years ago?).

People on the train or plane are always sketching out numbers and filling in those neat little squares to make what? I never really knew. Maybe it’s my fear of math.

In an effort to take on more internet-free activities I started working on the newspaper’s daily Soduko puzzles… meaning just the beginning of the week for those beginner folks that still struggle on the “easy” level.

I found a decent web site among many out there where you can download and print them out by level to get more practice: www.sudoku-puzzles.net. Plenty of people out there post daily puzzles: www.dailysudoku.com and tips too: www.sudokuessentials.com

Seems a legitimate internet-free hobby for life with many, many variations (calculated at 6,670,903,752,021,072,936,960 possible grids for a 9×9 square) and certainly plenty of levels that I and many of us mere mortals will never get too.

There is something extremely satisfying about coming around that final stretch and realizing you’ve worked it out – all the numbers are in their place. There IS order in the world.

So no need to worry, there will always be Sudoku puzzles and weekends waiting for you to sit down and do them.

Get your fine selves offline and soduko’ing!

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I was home all day yesterday with the spouse at work on the weekend, twiddling my thumbs searching for bad romantic comedies on television when the book I am currently reading (a real book made of paper) started glaring at me and so did the computer screen.

So, do I break my internet-free Saturday rule to send a few e-mails or aimlessly cruise the Web? Or, do I work on finishing up a book that isn’t that good but not bad enough to give up on? I thought of this blog and thought of my poor ol’ brain and picked up the book. Went outside, grabbed a chair and sat in the shade – a nice sunny 75F day didn’t hurt.

It was definitely the right idea. I think I started the work week more refreshed and less apprehensive about flipping on the hard drive yet again to start a day of work.

Don’t give up on books my friends!

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