Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Being There - Seriously, I talk About Beer....eventually.


So i was trying to bring things back to the briefly recurring theme, the secrecy that has probably now been forgotten that was heavy in some past posts, the games, the puzzlement and it all came around at the same time. The picture is from the film Being There, i'm reading the book right now as is my pal The Yeoman. We both give early approval and the film has been bumped to the top of my Netflix queue.

The Yeoman and i have a long history getting jobs for each other. When one's been in need, the other has been able to come through with a referral of some sort whether it be guarding the gates of Pottstown's famed and extinct Gruber Pool* or making the United States a safer place to use your telephone directory, we've always had each other's back.

One such place that seems to have produced the best stories and memories is Video Update. They've since been bought by Movie Gallery, i'm sure you remember the merger, the buyout, the holdout, the controversy, and the day video store rentals changed forever.

As far as a job to transition out of high school and into time in between college semesters, it was a the stuff dreams are made of. Hardly any supervision, many hours spent being the sole employee on duty, free movies, it was wonderful. Conveniently situated between Domino's Pizza and Peking Gourmet, Video Update had a few quirks of its own that may not have been visible to the naked eye.


There was a time that they rented video game consoles, so naturally these were hooked up to the security monitor in the back room and played. Many books were read behind the counter and i remember feeling a bit guilty about my lack of exercise at one point and would walk up and down the aisles reading Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail. I also rigged up my disc man so i could play CDs while i worked and if that didn’t suit my needs i’d just pop in a movie. I had a pretty good roster of go-to flicks which included: The Sandlot, The Apartment, 12 Angry Men, The Last Waltz, and Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. If i was feeling extra specially adventurous i’d bring in a bootleg video of The Grateful Dead or Bob Marley or Phish, much to the delight of my customers.

Dealing with the hundreds of movies stocked in Video Update, it was inevitable that a list of movies i wanted to see would be drafted and would eventually grow far beyond what i could borrow from the store during my time under their employ. Somewhere on that list was the film Being There (also the title of my favorite Wilco album) starring Peter Sellers and Shirley MacClaine.

So that’s how we got to where we are today. June 25th, 2008 – Page 69, the start of Chapter 5. If you’re actually still reading this, click the link to read even more.



So what does this all have to do with anything anyway?

The picture at the top of this post is kind of how i feel right now. A lot is and has been going on lately, my feet are not on the ground.

I got a new job.

A few weeks ago i traveled to Holland, Michigan to interview with the folks at New Holland Brewing Company and i found out last week that i will be the next Beer Ambassador to join their team. I start on Monday and i couldn't be more excited. I don't think i've ever been this excited about a job. It's a great opportunity for me and i really like the folks at the brewery and brew pub that i've met already.

They make a host of really nice beers, the likes of which i’m sure you’ve heard of: Mad Hatter, The Poet, Dragon’s Milk. What’s more is that they make a lot of beer. They’re the second biggest brewery in Michigan.

So what does that mean for the blog exactly? At this point i don’t know specifically. There’ll still be a lot of tasting notes and pictures i’m sure, adventures will need chronicling, and i’ll be doing some traveling, so the amount of beer and beer things i’m around will increase, and that will warrant coverage.

What i’m saying here is hang with me while it all figures itself out. Viva la Grain Bill.


*Story i'll tell you over a pint sometime #3: How we almost electrocuted a couple hundred people, i jumped in, and lived to tell the tale.

13 comments:

AStoutYeoman said...

Story #4 - A stack of questionable content + a three-quarter wall + one convex mirror = hours of enjoyment.

Congrats on this thing, man. The Mid-Atlantic region doesn't know what's about to hit them.

Now, do you think they need representation in Cali...

Dr Joel said...

Better than bowling, that's for sure.

Scott said...

Congratulations on the new gig, Joel. You will be great at it!

OK. So, Jerzy Kosinski, "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail", huh? Two of my favorites from long ago. What comes next in this sequence? "Gravity's Rainbow"? "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"?

Dr Joel said...

The next time i turn to Douglass Adams it will be for Restuarant At The End of The Universe, but i feel like i am due for some Vonnegut. I have a couple of his still unread, so maybe Cat's Cradle will be next in line.

Scott said...

Good choice. I strongly recommend that you skip "Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons".

And then on to P.G. Wodehouse, right?

Oh, sorry, this is a beer blog, isn't it? I hope Todd from BA does not lock this thread down...

Johsonator said...

Congrats Buddy! welcome to the fun world of selling beer! Its the best job in the world, all you do is drink beer all day long... or is it.... I guess you will find out shortly... see you on the streets

Dr Joel said...

Us being the burly guys we are it'll be a tight fit, but i think the streets are big enough for the both of us.

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Kevin said...

Perhaps you can get the people at New Holland to make a German beer perhaps call it Eis Neun and just stare at people and when they open it just stop moving.

roan22 said...

congrats dr.J!!! I found out from Brew Lounge

vickie said...

Way to go! I know you will be a great enabler!!!!

Dan Bengel said...

Well done my good man! I knew for a couple of days, but I wanted you to have all the fun of telling it. Now if you can only find some good bars around here to do some promos. :>)

Anonymous said...

Congrats Joel. See you over sushi sometime again soon.