In my life, there are a lot of beer drinkers. A greeting when we visit someone, or they visit our house, is, “Ya wann’ beer?” Our second fridge in the garage has a few kinds of beer in it. Some of the new exotic stuff for my daughter and good old-fashioned Budweiser for my husband. My son has just switched to Miller, and to do away with gluten I have switched to hard cider. There’s nothing better on a hot steamy day, than a cold refreshing long neck. (For you non beer drinkers, that term refers to the neck on the bottle.)
When my husband and I first started dating, he and his co-workers went our for Friday happy hour without fail. Sometimes there were just six of us, other times there would be close to twenty. I would start watching the clock at my job, waiting for the phone call to tell me where everyone was meeting. That was fifteen years ago and I can still tell you some of the exact conversations that took place and what we laughed about. The crowd dwindled when one of the young ladies got pregnant, a couple guys decided to loose weight, and others changed jobs. We miss those days, and the closeness of that group. We have a reunion twice a year just to stay in touch.
We have some very close friends and relatives that have had the opportunity to travel Europe and parts of Asia. The young men involved rate the countries according to how well they like the beer. I haven’t heard much about food except the meals in Germany.
My grade school chum and I get together for lunch about every three weeks. We don’t sit in a chain restaurant with a cup of coffee, we sit in a bar, eat chicken wings or burgers and drink beer. Yes, there is now gluten-free beer. We have a lot of laughs, we tell each other our secrets, new and old (which no one else can hear over the music) and we forget our responsibilities for awhile. We talk about current events and the family members we have buried. We’ve known each other a long time, she’s my best friend.
And don’t forget it’s football season. Who in their right mind would watch a football game without a cold beer to go along with the snacks. I know, a lot of people would, but generally not in my realm. Go Bills! (We never lose hope!)
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