Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Flu

Hey bloggies~

It's happened, my awesome immune system finally went down and I've been hit with the flu! Within the last 48 hours I've probably slept 40 hours and have only been able to hold down saltine crackers, veggie broth, ginger ale, and some jelly beans (random I know, but I wanted something sweet). This morning I woke with a fierce grumble in my tummy and my appetite returned so I scrambled some eggs along with toast, hopefully light enough that it doesn't cause me harm.

The entire thing came so abruptly! As of Thursday night I was feeling a bit achy, but I attributed the pains to lunges from the prior day and or the run/spin class I had taken earlier in the day. By 4:30 Friday morning, my head was throbbing and I was nauseous. A few hours later the thought of any food had me sick and a fever had the hairs on my arm standing up.

At the moment my back is still pretty achy but hopefully I can get out for a short walk to get some fresh air.

While laying in bed yesterday I came across the documentary "Beer Wars" directed by Anat Baron who became involved in the brewing industry after a few years of managing Mike's Hard Lemonade. Although I did find Anat's voice to be a bit iritationg at times, the overall documentary was pretty interesting, for if nothing else, bringing the scale of corporate domination of beer to light.

I was shocked to find out that the US had more than 1,400 microbreweries, more than any other country; however, they struggle to get their product to the consumers who have been entrained to drink the cheaper, lighter, beers produced by Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors. These larger companies have thought about nearly every mean to keep small breweries out of the market from shelf space allotment to the 3 tier delivery method put in place after prohibition.

If you enjoy the true craftsmanship of beer this movie is worth checking out.


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