We never expected to live through a pandemic. Some people took up reading or exercising. Some of us took up drinking more and crying.

The long term effects of what happened over the last couple years will reveal itself in time.  But one thing I know is...I Need People.

I love my family.  I couldn't have gotten through this without them.  But I need other people to hang with to keep my mental state above water.  So we reached out on social media and did some live streams where the kids could answer questions and talk about their day.

We got drunk on Zoom with friends.  One session in particular was memorable albeit super blurry.  It ended with a buddy finishing off his bottle of Jack Daniels and throwing up.  His girlfriend grabbed the phone to make sure the rest of us could watch. lol

Like I said....Frayed Ends of Sanity were showing their ugly selves.

A wife in San Francisco saw the same in her husband and encouraged him to see other people.  Like around 75 of them.

According to Today:

“San Francisco is in a bad way. Vibes are all effed up. I can’t do much to solve the problems here, but I can make pancakes,” he tweeted. “So I hung up fliers all over the neighborhood and made pancakes. Over 75 people came and over 125 pancakes were eaten.”

This means each person got 1 and 1/4 pancake.  A far cry from making friends, that's just a great way to tick me off!  Give me a full stack or at least some bacon and I'll call you "brother!"

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.

Craft Breweries in the Quad Cities Area

We're very lucky to live in an area with such an amazing, thriving "craft beer scene". You'll be able to find everything you could want.

Not sure what you want? That's ok. The bartenders at these establishments are very well versed and can guide you through a wonderland of Ales and Lagers.

From "coffee infused" to "riff infused".

From "pale ales" to "peanut butter porters".

Fruity, Sour, Hoppy, Malty, Crisp, Crushable beers in all shapes and sizes.

Crowlers, Growlers, Cans & Kegs...the Quad Cities Craft Beer scene has it all.

And of course...a great beer isn't complete unless it's paired with some amazing food. Whether it's made in the breweries kitchen or in the food truck in the parking lot...brewers know that people love food with their beer. 

Take a look at the 19 Quad Cities Area craft breweries!