Friends of Padre Steve’s World,
The past two days have been different from my typical Thanksgiving weekend. The first thing that was different that for the first time I went out on Black Friday with the intention of buying something. Now for those who have read my articles of the years know that I have pretty much been a critic of the culture of Black Friday, but something came along this year that allowed me to get a good deal and stand outside in the cold with friends, mostly my age or older, having great conversations and fun while waiting for our local bar, The Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant in Virginia Beach to open.
Most of us had been there Wednesday afternoon and evening, otherwise known as Thanksgiving Eve, for the tapping of this years Winter Bock, a wonderful beer that is very nice. But what drew us out was a chance to purchase a book of coupons for $50 which gives the purchaser a coupon for 52 growler (a 64 to 72 ounce jug) fills of locally brewed craft beer. Since the normally with tax come in at just under $14 dollars each the cost of those 52 growlers is about $725. So for the approximately 150 who were able to get a coupon book it was a great deal. Not only that they were selling 16 ounce beers for a dollar, with a limit of two. The atmosphere outside and inside the restaurant was like a gathering of friends and a party, so unlike the rush to grab one of a limited number of HDTVs at a big box store.
For me it was like getting the Golden Ticket.
Today we began preparing the house for Christmas, lots of work but we’re managing to enjoy it because we are both in a much better place emotionally than we have been in years.
So anyway, until tomorrow when I will be substitute preaching at my chapel, have a great night.