Thirsting for Thursday and Yuengling

The latest fascination to come to Ohio is not what one would normally expect.  No celebrity made a special visit here.  No politician came through on a train waving to the crowds.  No steel plant began making a Jetson-type flying automobile.  But one thing came to Ohio and caused a big stir (or froth, if you will) and that was Pennsylvania’s own Yuengling Lager.

Now I know that a beer making its way into Ohio may not seem like a big deal, but this was epic.  The arrival of this beer had major news coverage – TV, internet, newspapers and basically lit up Facebook and Twitter as if the President was giving everyone all of their income tax back.  The beer of beers was finally to be released in Ohio.  Buckeye epic.

When something as extraordinary as this happens, people begin to brag.  One guy I know told everyone that the craze would fizzle out right after it started.  He went on to boast that there are other micro brews that are bigger, stronger and tougher.  Whatever, dude.  Go have another Coors Light.

For many years before this amazing arrival, my husband and I have always picked up a case of this special brew in Pennsylvania.  It was always nice to have it in the fridge, and nice to know that on our next visit there we would do the same again. Which leaves me to my point:  Gone were the days when we would grab a case on our way back to Ohio, but hello to the days of running (driving) only two short miles to get the amazing micro brew.  Now, I don’t have to spend any extra money on gas driving to Pittsburgh because Giant Eagle has my Yuengling.

But, is all of the hype really worth it?  Was it really necessary to skip the important news and completely ramp up the arrival a beer that has been available in 14 other states for quite a while?  I am reminded of George Orwell’s novel 1984.  In the book, the “government” was all about distracting the public from their mundane lives with sports, pornography, gambling and alcohol.  Well, welcome to Ohio!  The arrival of Yuengling has done just that.  Who cares that the Browns are a horrible team because, hey, we’ve got Yuengling.  Who cares who is running for President because, yes, we’ve got Yuengling.  Who cares that Ohio’s businesses are leaving the state because, dude, we’ve got Yuengling.  Who cares that the economy is in the toilet because, sweet, we’ve got Yuengling.

Welcome home, Yuengling.  Ohio loves you.  Now, to getting some legalized gambling here and we will be all set.  Epic.

Here is an epic link to an article about the arrival of Yuengling.

Tonight, I've got my Yuengling.

The Have to Versus Want to

This weekend has been all about what I “have to” do.  I have to de-Christmas, which is just painful.  I have to grade a ton of papers, which is time-consuming.  I have to clean the house because of the de-Christmasing.  I have to organize holiday gifts and put them all away.  I have to find places for the umpteen Lego sets that Kris Kringle brought.  And, according to Real Simple and Oprah magazines, I have to declutter and “take charge of the things in my life.” Now, it is getting depressing.

As I turn up the iPod and blast some Bare Naked Ladies tunes from their album digital download Born on a Pirate Ship (which is almost a flashback to my early twenties when I had a Charlie Brown Christmas tree with one ornament on it and it took like five seconds to take down Christmas), I begin thinking about all of the things I want to be doing instead of the task – or tasks – at hand.

Here are things I want to do today:

I want to read the second book in the Hunger Games series.

I want to play some mindless game on my iPad.

I want to hang with my little guys and rock at Super Mario on the Wii.

I want to “pin” everything cute that I could ever want to own on Pinterest.

I want to return rejected Christmas gifts and shop for fun stuff.

I want to edit and post some pictures I took over the holidays.

I want to take a nap.

I want to take a nice long walk outside with a good friend.

I want to watch my secret guilty pleasure waiting for me on my DVR,  The Vampire Diaries.

I want to peruse Facebook and like all of my friend’s posts that are worth liking.

I want to watch one of my gifts – The King’s Speech, The Walking Dead, The Tudor’s Final Season, The Smurf’s Movie.

I want to bake.  Well, scratch that.  I really don’t want to bake but it does sound more fun than taking down two trees and cleaning.  But the more I think about it, I would have to clean the kitchen so totally scratch this last one.

Does the “have to” list have to take over?  Today it has.  I am going to stop whining, though, and just have a Yuengling and keep working.  Then maybe tomorrow I can start on my “want to” list.

As Mary Poppin’s said, “With every job that has to be done, there is an element of fun.”  Cheers and bottoms up.

A "have to" to help with the "have to" list.