Archive for July, 2011

July 27, 2011

Try not to get too excited… be easy

I can’t contain myself… I feel like Hammy from Over the Hedge. Did I just read that the NY Giants may be in talks with Plaxico Burress about a return? They really know the way to a girl’s heart.

First the NFL Lock Out ends… YAY.

Then this!!!

I might just name my Fantasy Football team the Midnight Marauders in hopes that A Tribe Called Quest gets back together. Mom always said that things come in 3s. [fingers still crossed]

Signing Off…ETT!

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July 26, 2011

Never underestimate your FRIENDS…

…and BEER FESTIVALS

Especially FRIENDS who invite you to BEER FESTIVALS!

Separately, the two are forces to be reckoned with. Together, on one of the hottest muggiest days in Beijing… they made for one of the best experiences I’ve had in China to date. This past Saturday, we attended The Beijinger Beer Festival 2011 at Villa Castanea in Fragrant Hills.

Although the weather provided no relief for festival goers, organizers were prepared for the worst. As patrons entered the Villa they were handed fans, fedoras, steins, and cold beer. What more could anyone ask for (other than an ‘A/C to molest’ as my friend J put it)?

Featured tents were repping everything from local breweries like Great Leap and DXcel… to world renowned names like Heineken and Vandergeeten… to the house brew, Villa Castanea. They even had drinking contests (two liters, one straw, no hands… GO).

In a moment of national pride I cheered on one gentleman who, hailing from Northern California, drank the competition into submission… TWICE. His talents were so overwhelming, he was kindly asked not to enter any of the upcoming competitions. As the famous Tupac song goes… “California… know’s how to party

We munched on bratwurst with sauerkraut, beer battered fish, and German pretzels while enjoying the entertainment. DJs Patrick Yu, Usami, Nassdak, and Bitesize Buddha held down the 1s & 2s. Then beer guzzlers were in for a real treat when Bluegrass band Randy Abel Stable sang classics tunes while accepting free beer from their fans. My absolute fave was Mongolian band Ajinai who after joining Randy Abel Stable for a few songs took to the stage and got me ready to do my war dance. Thankfully, my friends were too busy being mesmerized by the Mongolian throat singing that they didn’t snap a picture of me doing said dance.

Ajinai

After spending 19 hours awake (and downing 6 7 steins of Strongbow)… the following day I was in true EarthToTrish mode. BUT like any respectable Bierleichen, I did find time to make myself some grub…

ETT's Evening After Meal

All in all, this was a wonderful excursion thanks to The Beijinger and my crazy, but amazing cohorts. We can’t wait to be there next year!

Did you attend? If so, what did you think about it? How was your weekend?

Signing Off… ETT!

July 19, 2011

The Sun is a Star

…yellow dwarf or G2V to be exact. I lost my mind for just a minute and asked the following question to a friend of mine:

MN: What’s the name of that book again?
Buddy: The Warmth of Other Suns… by Isabel Wilkerson
MN: Is that son the noun or Sun the planet?
Buddy: PAUSE
MN: Hello……….?
Buddy: Wait, what did you just say?
MN: [Checks Wikipedia] Ohhhh, right… the Sun ‘is a star at the center of the Solar System’

Thanks, Wiki God! Don’t know what I would have done to break that awkward silence.

I will be checking out Ms. Wilkerson’s book… maybe you should give it a read as well!

Signing off… ETT!

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July 17, 2011

Start a blog…follow through

Please allow me to WELCOME you…to the world of… EarthToTrish! There is a recommended height requirement for this ride, but I’ll wave that to allow EVERYONE a chance to share my experiences. 

Sit back! Relax! And ENJOY!

Signing off…ETT 

=)