Friday, October 30, 2015
The Relocation Edition (The following are a few random good
things about St. Louis, which we will soon leave, and our
1. My wife's relocation to the Baltimore-Washington area will make it easier for me to enjoy Yuengling, one of the few lagers I actually like. The first review (as of writing) at Beer Advocate comes pretty close to my evaluation:
Rich and caramel-malty, both smooth and easy to drink. This amber lager is infinitely better than all the American adjunct "junk" lagers... Maybe not a completely perfect brew, but one that certainly pleases for the price point.It was a pleasant surprise to find this on offer at our hotel as we house-hunted last week. That said, I'll miss Craft Beer Cellar.
2. Until I lived in Missouri, I had never been favorably impressed by the general courtesy of the drivers anywhere. Merges are a revelation here: People default to "zippering" when freeway lanes are closed. And on numerous occasions, I have found myself getting ready to ask another driver for help when changing lanes on a backed-up city street, only to find the other driver already signaling me to go ahead. On the other hand, I will probably be able to use rail to cut down on road time in our new area. In fact, I did this last week, since we combined house-hunting with a professional conference I wanted to attend.
3. I look forward to living in a much larger, more modern house, but I will miss the ten-minute walk to the Delmar Loop. I particularly enjoyed Cicero's, when I could go there. Our very young kids -- and Mrs. Van Horn's long hours -- greatly limited my ability to explore or socialize, so having lots of bang for the buck nearby was a boon. And Cicero's, being kid-friendly, turned out to be a good place to meet with family and friends.
4. I'll miss taking the kids to the Magic House, probably Pumpkin's favorite place on earth, so far. That said, they seemed to enjoy Port Discovery, and our immediate area seems to have lots of other good things for family trips.