Hobby is defined "as an activity done regularly in one's leisure time for pleasure."  I'm not sure I have many of those.
"Leisure time".  What exactly does that mean?  Is that the time between work and running kids to games that they do regularly "for pleasure"?
I play guitar for pleasure...but it's not during "leisure time".  It's usually when I'm waiting for my family to get ready to leave and if I don't keep my hands busy I'll drive them and myself crazy with the pacing and the clock glancing.
Most of my "leisure time" is spent clicking through Netflix, Hulu & Prime to find something remotely interesting to watch before I end up just turing on Cozi TV & watching Rosanne for the 40th time.
So, I've been thinking about consciously adding a hobby.  It would have to be something that I can do alone and no one in my family would be interested in doing with me or hearing me talk about.  So that when I DO talk about it they can be super annoyed with me.
Maybe annoying my family is my hobby.
This Saturday, November 6, 2021 you have a chance to learn what it takes to brew your own beer with Learn To Homebrew Day at The Blue Cat.
In 1999, Learn To Homebrew Day was established by the American Homebrewers Association to promote the most rewarding, and delicious activity of all time — homebrewing.
On the first Saturday in November, thousands of people celebrate Learn to Homebrew Day. Homebrewers worldwide brew beer and learn about the hobby of homebrewing.
Join our Blue Cat Brewing Company's head brewer, Charlie Cole, who as a homebrewer won over 20 awards in one year. He’ll teach the basics of the brewing process and required equipment for you to start brewing at home, while demonstrating a live brew day on homebrew size basic equipment.
This is a free event and open to the public!

Quad Cities Live Music Venues That Aren't Live Music Venues Anymore

Nostalgia Alert!.

We've compiled a quick list (by no means comprehensive) of venues in the Quad Cities that are no longer music venues but to us will ALWAYS hold a special place were we saw some great shows and made some incredible memories.

To many of us the live music scene wasn't just a concert here & there. It was an every weekend affair. And it didn't matter if it was a touring band or your buddy's band. We were going to be there with a beer in hand and scream along with guitars that were way too loud in a room that was improperly treated acoustically and make some bad decisions.


Everyone is rejoicing that the McRib is back! You can hear the chanting from down the block. Everyone is washing their hands a little bit more due to the bbq sauce residue and it's wonderful.

All is right with the world.

But it isn't always like this. The McRib will leave soon and we'll have to settle for a McChicken or a Double Quarter Pounder like a peasant. Life isn't fair. We know this.

However, my cousin Steve has figured out a way to beat the system.

He's gotten his hands dirty and experimented so we don't have to. He has perfected the DIY McRib!

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