Those weekends usually bring about a weight gain, and this would be no exception. That started out a couple hours after arriving, with the Fish Fry Friday at the Golden Mast....
....a restaurant where Patricia had been a waitress during her high school days, and where we had our pre-wedding dinner back in mid-December of 1976....we have dined there on a dozen or more occasions since that day nearly 36 years ago, and for the past few years during our annual before Thanksgiving mini vacations, it has been our first activity. The setting and the fish fry Friday meals have always been outstanding, and in no way lead themselves to losing any weight, or even in the hope of keeping off what you lost in the recent past.
There you are, Friday Night Fish Fry, then sitting around, watching football, drinking beer and some Winter Ale, snacking, sitting, and sleeping in....and bang! 4 pounds gained since Friday....lol! So here I am back and back on track to lose the additional 20 pounds...my goal is 175, which would mark the same weight as I was when I returned from Vietnam as a 21 year old Air Force Sky Cop in 1970....I made it down to 183 at one point in 2010, right now I stand at 195...thus the 20 pounds.
The four days, despite the weight gain, got me away from the stupidity of politics and comments on same, so it was well worth it...Patricia, Anissa, and I got back to Celina yesterday afternoon, just in time for me to head off to Dartball, where, after being stomped at Mendon 13-0 in the first game, we won the last 2 by close scores of 4-3 in 12 innings, and 5-2...I ended up going 6 for 15 with a RBI to hold down the team leadership or share in both, despite not having a great early season...batting just .349 and tied in team leadership with 5 RBIs. As a team, we stand at 4 wins and 5 loses....frankly, that is better than we should be.
In addition to my favorite brews, the dark stouts, I have become, over the past few cold weather months and years, a big fan of Harvest Ale and especially Winter Ales, and have been on a constant search for new brews...Wisconsin offers a large selection of both, and despite being a high tax state to the Nth degree, the beer prices are among the lowest anywhere I have found in my travels.
Photos-The "House" Winter Ale at the Golden Mast.....The View from our table on Friday Night last....Basketball begins tonight, at least on the scrimmage level....Snow Day is a good quality Winter Ale, but not quite as good, or does it pack as much "punch" at 12 Dogs of Christmas....but both are drinkable Winter Ale fare...