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Keg and Barrel Home Brew Supply gets a New Location

Posted in Brewing, Daily Pictures with tags , , on March 12, 2014 by Verge

While I was away at the Super Bowl, the owners of the store I work in, Keg and Barrel Home Brew Supply,  decided it was finally time to move out of the Berlin Mart and into a bigger and better location.  It’s only a mile or so away, and it’s going to be a lot nicer.  I wasn’t gone for very long, but sometimes things seem huge when you’re not around to see them change slowly.

Here are pictures from last week while the new location was still under construction, and a bunch from Monday, when we moved the bulk of the merchandise out of the old and into the new.  You should be able to tell which one is which, I hope!

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The Twenty-Ninth of November, Two Thousand and Twelve

Posted in Reflections with tags , , on November 29, 2012 by Verge

This morning, for the first time in a week, I woke up in my bed.  Monika and I have not slept in our actual bed, but instead on our new couch for the last week for varying reasons.  Mostly, because we’re both so fucking busy that the pile of clean clothes stacked in the middle of our bed went unfolded, and I refuse to sweep it onto the floor to crawl in because the carpet is covered in cat hair.

It doesn’t matter where we sleep, for the most part, the cats find us and sleep with us.  Guest room, couch, real bedroom, they find us, and sleep there.  They don’t bother us, for the most part, because when they were young and would piss me off, they were expelled, and ignored.  They learned to behave.

The other reason is that I’ve been having a ton of allergic reactions, and I’m trying to narrow down the cause of my itchy fits.  I think it’s the clothing detergent.  Seems likely, right.  Washed all my clothes;  have not had a chance to wash all my bedding…until yesterday.

Didn’t really have a long holiday weekend to catch up on that kind of stuff.  Show on Wednesday night, home at 3:30 AM.  Thanksgiving out on City Line Ave with family, but also a late night.  Black Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the good old Mart.  Back at Films on Monday.

So yeah, busy.  Cats, not so much.  Eno has become basically an outside cat (almost).  These two barely use a litter box anymore.  They prefer the outside.  Probably smells better, too.

Monika at Hebrew school tonight.  We’re still sorting through all our personal belongings to see what we’ll re-incorporate into our re-designed home, pack away in the attic, or donate to goodwill, or just plain trash.  It’s hard to throw away things that remind us of our past.

It’s like a memory, and once that specific, quirky, ugly, non-useful object is gone, so is the reminder of the part of our past that we’d like to hold onto.  So, we hold onto things, in boxes and tubs, indefinitely, because we’d never throw away our past, and don’t want to lose any memories.

The Fifth of November, Two Thousand and Ten

Posted in Daily Pictures with tags on November 6, 2010 by Verge

Had lunch with Kreg at the local bar. others may disagree, but we've decided it's actually a pretty damn nice place. Brand new, good drink specials, craft brews on tap, and 4 dollar forties on Sunday for football. And they have a deck...really, what's not to like.

Technically, I work at the arcade at the Mart also. I just need to find a way to play for free. Pinball is one of the greatest games ever...the better you are at the game, the longer you get to play.

Back Home

Posted in Daily Pictures, Good Times with tags , , on October 26, 2010 by Verge

I have been running around, cleaning up all the loose ends from vacation.  Had to sanitize all the clothes just in case we got some bed bugs along the way, but I’m pretty sure we’re clean because I checked all the rooms before we slept in them.  Perhaps the bedbug problem isn’t as bad as it’s made out to be.  I stayed in average hotels, 7 different ones in 7 nights, and found no trace of bedbugs at any of them.

I’m sick, also.  Not sure how it happened.  Traveling can do that to you.  Ten hours on a plane back from Italy can do that to you for sure.  And, perhaps, the jolt of being on a care free vacation and suddenly having to work the next day can certainly contribute to a weakened immune system.  Not so funny thing is, because I had not started this year expecting to go to Italy for a week, I’m not sure I even have any days off left to take a sick day anymore.  Gotta check with the boss today.

I am working on a small collection of photos to post from our trip.  I easily took over a thousand.  We were in 9 different cities over the course of a week.  I was in more churches in 7 days than probably the last ten years combined.  But, vacation was over, and we were back to reality in no time.  So…back in the Berlin Mart…

Originally wanting to call his new store "Mother fuckin' Spices, Nigga'," and then the tamer "Spices 'n Shit," Bob finally settled on the more PC name of "Spices and Stuff."

I organize and label like a fiend. I think the store had to up its budget on labeling tape since I've landed there.

For the Eagles game, I made individual tin foil bowls of nachos for everyone. Worked out pretty good. I considered making a whole blog about how to do it, but the picture should pretty much explain everything you need to know.

The Ninth of October, Two Thousand and Ten

Posted in Daily Pictures with tags on October 10, 2010 by Verge

This is about the best thing you can wish to win at the Berlin Mart. Seriously, you can try those damn scratch offs, but seriously, you chances are better right here.

perhaps Bill's TV repair shop might want to stop by Bob's Custom signs. I hope Bill is a little steadier with his hand when his fixin' the televisions.

The Second of October, Two Thousand and Ten

Posted in Daily Pictures with tags on October 3, 2010 by Verge

it was a pretty boring day. at work all day. cleaning. needing a beer.

I originally thought this said "Welcome Fail," and I was like, wtf is that supposed to mean. Turns out, it was my reading fail, probably due to a lack of beer.

My friend Eva makes and sells awesome glass jewelry. For the next week, hit up Marla if you want to see any of it and get some for yourself or as a gift. This is just a portion of what's available.

The First of October, Two Thousand and Ten

Posted in Daily Pictures with tags on October 2, 2010 by Verge

I'm trying this whole minimalist thing. I was using a point and shoot, sooo, you get the idea. Maybe I'll have time to actually shoot this like I want it to look. And, probably black and white.

another fine example of the luxurious clothing you can find at the Berlin Mall (pssst, it's just like, it's just like, a Mini....Mall)

then I hung out with friends and watched the original "Let the Right One In." Pretty damn good I must say. Watch it.

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