This is the HOTV Brewsletter
VOLUME XXII, NUMBER 7
THIS MONTH'S MEETING
The Heart of the Valley Homebrew Club meets on the third Wednesday of
each month, alternating between Corvallis and Albany. Our next meeting
will be Wednesday, July 18, at 7:00 p.m. at the home of birthday boy Ron
Directions to the home of Ron Hall and Jenny Miller: From Corvallis,
take Highway 99W north to Tampico Road (about 1/4 mile past Adair
Village). Turn left on Tampico and go 3 miles to Trillium Lane. Turn
right on Trillium Lane. It's the first driveway on the right, 38945
Trillium Lane. Call 745-7062 if you get lost.
LAST MONTH'S MEETING
by Kendall Staggs
Last month we had a delightful time at the home of Lee and Helen
Smith. Helen's cooking, their fine home in the hills overlooking
Albany, the great weather, and lots of great leftover homebrews were
among the many attractions. The turnout was good, and I enjoyed meeting
and visiting with many of the newer members of our club. Thanks again,
Lee and Helen.
JUNE LITTER PICK-UP
by Lee Smith
Saturday, June 23rd, turned out to be a nice day, just right for picking
up trash! Even though they could have been doing other fun things,
Ron Hall, new member Ryan Jameson, Dave Benson, Doug and Mare Goeger and
Lee Smith suited up and, armed with some pretty dinged-up tongs, went
forth to net
21 bags of litter. This is about ten less than we usually pick up. It
would be nice to
think that Oregonians are becoming more conscious of litter, but let's
wait and see
what September brings. Speaking of which, that date will be the 22nd
and, as always,
we'll be needing volunteers. Thanks to all who came out to help.
WHAT A WAY TO GO
from Dianna Fisher
DUBLIN, Ireland. Workers laid off when a Guinness packaging plant
closes in July will be able to drown their sorrows in beer, thanks to a
severance package that includes up to 10 years' free supply of the
famous Stout. "It is a tradition within the [brewing] industry that
employees get a beer allowance, amounting to about two bottles a day,"
said Pat Barry, director of corporate affairs for Guinness Ireland.
The number of years workers receive the beer allowance will depend on
years of service, he said, adding that the size of the payment also will
depend on length of employment, with workers receiving an average payout
of about $70,000.
THE MEANING OF LIFE
from my old friend Steve Bucklin
(I know, versions of this story have been making the rounds on email
lately, so if you have heard this one, please bear with me.)
A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in
front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a large
empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, each about
2 inches in diameter. He then asked the students, "Is the jar full?"
They agreed that it was.
So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into
the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into
the open areas between the rocks. He asked the students again, "Is the
jar full?" They agreed that it was.
The students laughed. The professor next picked up a box of sand and
poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled the remaining spaces
in the jar. "Now," said the professor, "I want you to recognize that
this jar is your life. The rocks are the important things: your family,
your partner, your health, and your children. If everything else were
lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
"The pebbles are the other things that matter such as your job, your
house, and your car. The sand is everything else, the small stuff. If
you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or
the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and
energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that
are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to
your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical
checkups. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go
to work, clean the house, give a dinner party, and fix the disposal.
Take care of the rocks first÷the things that really matter. Set your
priorities. The rest is just sand."
But then a student got up and took the jar, which the other students and
the professor had agreed was full, and proceeded to pour a glass of beer
into it. Of course, the beer filled the remaining spaces within the jar
making the jar truly full.
The moral of this story is obvious: No matter how full your life is,
there is always room for beer.