Saturday, February 1, 2014

Hanging Out At The Bar After Work

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Riding through Hillcrest in San Diego at night
Around 5:30pm, every day, my thoughts usually switch from website design work to hitting up the local bars and downing a few beers. I don't work in an office where I'm with several other people, I work in my home (or my temporary home), and am often alone or with Sash.

If I don't get out at night and belly up to a bar, then I lose all interaction with other human beings.

And Sash and I have a lot of fun hanging out at bars after work. We get to know some of the regulars and the employees. Sash gets to be her fabulous sashy self, hamming it up with the folks, while I get to sit quietly at the bar and try the newest craft brews. We'll often play a round of bar trivia too.

And if you really think about it, my life is pretty simple. I work all day on my laptop, and then go hang out at the bar at night.  It also affords me the opportunity to ride my motorcycle, even if it's just a few miles of city streets in the dark.

But I do get tired of the routine. In fact, I don't do well with routine. I find it too routine. After awhile, I feel as if my life is passing me by, and I need to do something different. That's when my mind turns to getting out of town and going on a road trip.

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Beer and chicken wings at Hillcrest Brewing
In fact, as you're reading this, we've gotten out of Dodge and headed to Yuma, AZ for a few nights.  Yuma is not really much of a destination. It's kind of a dumpy town in fact. But it's a few hours ride away from San Diego, and it's in another state. And that's seem to suit me well.

Meanwhile, the bar I often hang out at is Hillcrest Brewing. It's located in the Hillcrest community of San Diego. If you know San Diego, then you know Hillcrest as having the highest concentration of homosexuals in the city. But it's really a very happy place. I guess that's why they call them gays. Hillcrest Brewing bill's itself as the world's first LGBT brewery.  I'm not sure why I hang out there, I'm pretty content to just squeeze on Sash. But it's just a very friendly place.

But while the urban center of San Diego is very liberal, the outer suburbs is very conservative. And it's just a coincidence that in a few weeks, Sash and I will be moving to those conservative suburbs from our comfy digs in the urban center.  It just worked out that way due to a referral from a friend and cheaper rent. It'll be too far of a ride to hang out with my homosexual friends in Hillcrest, and I guess I'll have to tip glass with white collar conservatives instead.

But that's OK, because the libertarian in me tends to agree with lower taxes and fewer regulations while being free to suck anything you want.

Of course, it's all just bar chatter.  But that's what I love about hanging out at the bar after work.  Good beer, friendly people, and bullshit.

Certainly nothing wrong with wishful thinking. But there's a lot of them in Hillcrest

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Sash and I park our bikes by the back entrance to Hillcrest Brewing

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Sash riding her motorcycle at night


  1. Steve, enjoy your get away to Yuma...I know you'll enjoy being on the road again, if only for a short while.

    I'll have to say I think I threw-up a little in my mouth when I saw the "Hope" bumper sticker. Oh well, different strokes for different folks. Be safe.

    Live Free. Ride Hard. Be Happy

  2. I enjoy routine, but sometimes it can get a little mundane. Hubby and I both work with people all day so we enjoy our quiet evenings, maybe that has just become habit though and we need to get out more.

    Have fun in Yuma, it is always nice to get away for a few days.

  3. But that's OK, because the libertarian in me tends to agree with lower taxes and fewer regulations while being free to suck anything you want.

    Best comment ever.


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A vagabond who hauls a motorcycle around the country in a toy hauler, earning a living as a website developer. Can often be found where there's free Wi-Fi, craft beer, and/or public nudity. (Read more...)