I’m sure there will be folks out there that question my motives. I thought I’d take this first post to be clear that I simply find this to be an interesting story. When I realized its dimension and difficulty, I decided to blog so others might follow along in real time.
The other edge of that noble sword is that there are blogs and media outlets all over the world that have really jumped on board in the last couple of days. My ugly mug was on the front page of the Des Moines Register on Sunday, and tonight at 6 p.m., I’ll be on KCCI-Channel 8 talking about the project. I’ve fielded a number of requests for interviews and just got off the phone with DRAFT Magazine a while ago.
So I’m out there. From a beer drinker’s perspective, that’s fun, and I’m glad that everyone seems as intrigued as I am.
But this project isn’t about me. It’s a historical study into the lives of these Christian monks centuries ago. I’m just the vessel. I want to be clear about that. I hope beer lovers’ learn something reasonable about Christianity, and I hope Christians learn something reasonable about beer.
As for Day 1 itself, it’s been good. I, of course, am not a monk. I loaded two kegs of Illuminator into the back of my Jeep, dropped my boys off at school and hit the office, where I tapped the first keg and had a little breakfast. My email has been stuffed with kind words on the project, as well as comments on the blog that needed approving and interview requests. I did two interviews and have more on the way. That’s not terribly monk-y.
I took a moment to officially weigh in at the Wellness Center a couple of blocks from my office: 160.5 pounds. As I type, it’s a little after 4 p.m., and I’m hungry and have a slight headache peeking through, just like the other day when I did a 36-hour test-drive.
I’m not sure which is better during this time: to be busy to keep my mind off bacon, or to be under-scheduled so I can really take time for contemplation but risk a mind that wanders toward pulled pork? Somewhere in the middle is the proper domain for a part-time monk, and I’ll find it.
I signed up a while back for a seven-day “Monk in the World” curriculum on Abbey of the Arts that I’m looking forward to navigating during this first week. It seems perfect for my role right now. I look forward to getting home this evening. Today has been fun, but crazy and I look forward to chilling out by myself and a few thoughts on what this all means.
Thanks for the support, all. I really appreciate it.
In a day or two, when I get some time, I’ll post a write-up on brewvana about the Illuminator release party, which took place last night at Rock Bottom in Des Moines. I met my goal: I had a great time and felt good this morning–moderation is both good and possible, even for a guy that just went to the release party of his first commercial beer.