As the new year rolled around, I made a commitment to better document aspects of my life, not because I’m arrogant enough that think that my life is all that interesting, but because I want to intentionally leave behind a trail of my existence that gives my kids (and their kids) a narrative and understanding into who I was and more importantly, what was important to me. To see my original post on this, click here.
On another note, I’ve taken vows with a few others who are a part of The Symbol Collective, to create as a regular rhythm of life.Â Last week, I had the opportunity to spend a good amount of time creating things and wanted to post them all here:
Monk Rawk Custom Taphandles:
Monk Rawk Business Cards:
4 Homebrewed beers (a wheat, an IPA, a Pale Ale, and our PHX BrewParty-winning Whiskey-barrel porter)
First Friday Exhibition at fractal (in living…. we have ceased to be alive)
This past saturday, we hosted the 1st Annual PHX BrewParty. Having gotten into brewing my own beer over the past year as a way to combine two of my interests, creativity & beer, we discovered that a lots of our friends were into the idea as well.Â Never wanting to miss a chance to spur the creativity of others (or to take advantage of a perfect creative party idea) we decided to throw a party that would showcase how good homebrewed beer can be, spur a little friendly competition between friends who brew, and spread a little community spirit along the way.
Well, now that the party is behind us, here’s some of the observations:
– it was good
– we had a really good and diverse mix of people (neighbors, friends, friends of neighbors, etc)
– we had some good music. My friend, Dee, and some of his DJ friends, brough it and it kept the party lively and fun.
– the beers were good – the Cream Ale took the prizes, but every beer was different, good, and consumed (we ran out of beer early)
– the labels were great – (having designers brew beer keeps the aestetic high)
– having a front yard party is the way to go – something about it being out IN the neighborhood breaks down the barriers of who IS and who ISN’T invited
– parties should be judged on their ability to unite people who don’t normally rub shoulders and by how well they capture a spirit of hospitality and community. (This is why we LOVE the throw parties)
– We love our neighborhood and the people we share life and proximity with.
– Everyone REALLY seemed to have a good time.Â People hung around for a long time.Â it was really good.
For those who missed it, here are some photos and videos to give you an idea of what it all looked/felt like: