May 2009 Blog Posts (42)

Day 1: My Five Values

1. Love
2. Contentedness
3. Excellence
4. Empathy
5. Mindfulness

Added by Jason Hreha on May 31, 2009 at 11:23pm — No Comments

Don't Piss Off the Wife

Lest my title mislead you, I did not in this case piss off my wife. I simply believe that if the following story could unfold while she is not angry, woe to the man that pisses off my wife. :)

The last couple of weeks have been really crazy. Lots of blog fodder, yet no time to actually blog. As we have been running back and forth between our home near the beach and my parents house near the desert, it has been hard to keep track of a number of things. This sets the background for my… Continue

Added by Jared Padgett on May 29, 2009 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

The Mike Monsoor Memorial. A Soldiers' Story.

I received this news account (containing a YouTube video) from a friend, via email. (I had heard something about this back when it first hit the news, and made the rounds; but I hit the "play" button anyway.) After a tearful viewing, I decided to share it with the rest of you guys. It is a dramatic depiction, edited into an emotional tribute. Your heartstrings will be pulled, and in fact, stretched completely out of shape. It made… Continue

Added by thehuhman on May 29, 2009 at 8:29am — 1 Comment


I love the outdoors, have been on several camping trips and survival trips, but what me and a friend have been dreaming about is building a cabin in Alaska.

The Land: We would purchase a cheap 5-10 acres of land up in alaska. Just enough so we can have privacy and so it will be in our budget. We are currently looking at a piece of land of 5 acres. We are not yet ready to commit to this but already are getting happy feet.

The Plan: We would build a cheap log cabin with a couple friends… Continue

Added by Matt Sheldon on May 28, 2009 at 7:56pm — No Comments

Round 3: Nut Brown Ale

So, No posts the past few days, because I've no time to drink past few nights. Sorry bout that, but life catches up to you some times, and I don't always feel like downing a beer (or half a beer, whatever) right before bed.

In any case, I debated a bit between trying the Nut Brown ale, or the Pilsner. I'd never had a Nut Brown ale, or any kind of Brown ale for that matter (to my knowledge). I've no idea what a Brown Ale is. I have had pilsners tho, So I decided on the Nut Brown Ale… Continue

Added by James Milholen on May 25, 2009 at 9:46pm — 2 Comments

Holiday Grilling

Should be fun and low stress. I cooked in a bbq joint in Lubbock and have cooked professionally here and there. The average home cook stresses too much due to lack of preparation. Not spread sheet complex, just a weekly schedule of what you will do when to prepare for the big day. When to shop, chop, apply rub , light the grill and so on. The schedule helps reduce stress and gives you a little focus and purpose . And we could all use a little of both right? Enjoy..

Added by Charles Who on May 25, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

The spam has started...

I suppose it was too much to hope that this oasis of courteous, thoughtful maturity would remain untarnished for long.

Added by Mungo Hossenfeffer on May 25, 2009 at 5:00am — 5 Comments

Straight or Safety Razors?

I'd like to say thank you to the folks at the website for the following. I found it funny, yet somewhat true. It's reminiscent of a Foxworthy skit...but if you follow it, you'll see two distinctly different types outlined here. One's a Straight Razor guy, one's a Safety Razor guy. Just 'tween you and I, folks...I'm saving up to purchase a straight razor, and really looking forward to it.

If you would rather wind your watch than stand in line at the drugstore for a… Continue

Added by Joseph L. Rogers on May 24, 2009 at 9:34am — No Comments

Memorial Day Weekend Hiking and Camping

This is my Sunday and Monday on Memorial day weekend 2009. I would love to hear what you guys think of it, any suggestions for next time, or just comments. Thanks!

At 7:30 pm, My best friend, Peter, and i left Portland Oregon for Hoodriver which is an hour drive. We left so late because Petey is a lifegaurd at a pool and he didn't get off until late. Well anyway we arrived at Wyeth campsite about 15 minutes from hoodriver at 8:20 PM. The ranger walked up to us, almost scaring us half… Continue

Added by Matt Sheldon on May 23, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Round 2: Spring Lager

So, the second beer i tried from the St. Georges Brewery was the Spring Lager.

I've had simmilar "spring" drinks. THey all tend to try to be lighter then the winter ones (usually stouts), and I've noticed that summer drinks tend to be "ales". This Spring lager tho, was nice. I liked it.

First off, the color. It has this nice golden red. Not quite the red of Killians Irish, but, IMO, comprable. (see below for a crappy picture… Continue

Added by James Milholen on May 22, 2009 at 9:41pm — No Comments

My birthday presents

I celebrated a birthday this month.

When I did, and my wife was going with me to Red Lobster, I thought about how my life has become.

It's ordinary. I have a wife and a baby boy. There's little drama in it. We don't fight like cats and dogs (or any other way, for that matter.) My concerns these days are home maintenance, taking care of baby boy and romancing wife, a few other projects.

I like "ordinary."

I once thought that to stand out of the crowd,… Continue

Added by Sir on May 22, 2009 at 9:54am — 3 Comments


Your website has shed more light on and a greater understanding and appreciation of men than 50 years of living has. I am once again in love with the male species. Please, keep up the excellent work!

Most sincerely,
Cristine Perry

Added by Cris Perry on May 22, 2009 at 9:10am — No Comments

Round One: Porter

The first of the St. George's beers that I tried was the Porter, since I tend to be a fan of Porters and Stouts.

Porters are at the dark end of beers. Tend to be smooth, and have less of a bite then most beers (at least in my experience). Often, like Stouts, Porters are made with some chocolate or coffee or similar ingredient. Least I think so anyways.

At first glance, this beer was pretty darn dark. Night on black. The head… Continue

Added by James Milholen on May 21, 2009 at 9:24pm — 2 Comments

A First Time for Everything, or A Quest for St. George's Beer

*Dusts off the cobwebs*

Right, so I've yet to do a blog here. Might as well do one with some "style". I could ramble on about how I just Graduated, or some insights on my family, but I'm a college man (or well, now a College-Graduate man), and I'd rather do something a little more close to home: Beer, and my quest to find St. George.

Some background:

This past semester at Virgina Tech, I took a class called World Regions. Very fun class. The teacher is an eccentric… Continue

Added by James Milholen on May 20, 2009 at 10:24pm — No Comments

Introducing Jake Fehr

Hey everyone, just thought I'd follow a recent trend on AoM and introduce myself to the community. I have been married for almost a year now, no kids yet but hopefully in the next few years. My wife and I are in the middle of buying our first house. I'm pumped about this for two reasons, I want to own my own place and because the basement is unfinished, which means I get to do it myself. I grew up on a dairy farm in Illinois and we did everything ourselves so I have a lot of basic skills and… Continue

Added by Jacob Fehr on May 20, 2009 at 12:22pm — 3 Comments

Are We Ever Too Old to Get All Our Merit Badges?

When I was a kid, I was in Cub Scouts and later Boy Scouts. Like a lot of my friends, I joined because I wanted to have fun and learn some skills that seemed cool. And as a Cub Scout, I did just that (with the help of my dad, who was my Webelos Den Leader).

But as a Boy Scout, it seemed that the troop was happy to simply make it out for a camping trip once in a while, and that was it. And while this sounds fine and good, that was something my family did on a regular basis anyway. I… Continue

Added by Jamie Fellrath on May 18, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Gear Up: A Man’s Guide to Camping Gear

It’s just two weeks from the “official” first weekend of summer, and that means a few solid months of baseball, BBQ, swimming, and camping trips. Nothing says "summer" quite like sitting around a campfire with friends, heading back to the tent and finishing a good book, and cooking your own meals over a camp stove.

This year, I plan to take my oldest son camping for his first time, and I knew that my usual suitcase of rations for my business travel wasn’t going to cut it. So I pulled… Continue

Added by Michael Halbrook on May 16, 2009 at 11:29pm — 1 Comment

The Most Interesting Man in the World

As this is my first post I don't know if this should be in another section, if anyone is likely to read this, or if this has been posted before. But for anyone browsing you may be interested in this article from our antipodean chums:

Added by Tom Anderson on May 14, 2009 at 6:56am — 6 Comments

Shaving Like My Grandpa

So after years of shaving using the cartridge razors, I have decided I want something more from my shaving experience. So now that I have a job and make money, I thought it was time for an investment in my face. I went to amazon and bought this set:

It has a safety razor, a badger hair brush, a stand and lather bowl and some soap.

I… Continue

Added by John Clanton on May 12, 2009 at 10:51am — 9 Comments

Portola Redwoods Again

nature and I both give you the finger...

Let's see what's down there...

oh, a cliff...

hanging out...

the trail..

newt season...…


Added by Dr. Dane C. Barca on May 12, 2009 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

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