The Thirsty Beagle went on a camping trip over the weekend. I managed to dodge the remnants of Hurricane Ike and have a good time, and got the chance to reflect on a couple of things we sometimes take for granted. One is a cooler with ice. Where would we be without it? The other is the grill. I can’t say enough about the inherent satisfaction of enjoying a cold beer (a little Sam Adams Light this time) and tending to a nice piece of meat on the grill. And that brings me to a point of beer etiquette that shouldn’t go unmentioned. A man should not be forced to drink beer and tend the grill alone. I’ll even go as far as to label this a beer commandment. This might not be as much of a problem while camping, where the natural tendency is to gather around the grill or fire pit. But it can definitely pop up in domestic situations, say, like when you invite friends over to watch football on a Saturday. If everyone’s inside watching a game, the host should not be shunned outside while he tends the grill. I believe it’s a guest’s obligation to take up a beer and join the host in the backyard. It’s exactly the kind of camaraderie the moment calls for. Do your duty friends, don’t let a man grill alone!
Speaking of watching football, let me step over to the world of sports for a side note here. The Monday night football game was a thriller, and will be remembered for one of the bonehead plays of all time, when Eagles rookie receiver DeSean Jackson casually flipped the ball behind him to celebrate a touchdown. One problem: Jackson had not yet crossed the goal line when said flip occurred. Truly a classically dumb move. Unless, like me, you had Eagles running back Brian Westbrook on your fantasy team. Then it was a great move. The refs blew the play dead, and after a review, gave Philly the ball on the 1-yard line. Immediately I thought, “cue the touchdown machine Westbrook.” Needless to say, I am a fantasy football winner this week!