Musical acts included Bump Kitchen, Jumpin’ Johnny and Mr. E Band. Additionally, Maverick’s Steakhouse and Casino sponsored a dunk tank that beckoned volunteers from the crowd to be dunkers or dunkies. Food service was provided by vendors including 2R Bar & Bistro, Glondo’s Sausages, The BBQ Schacht, Rustic Root Catering, and Suncadia. As the sun began to set, we were feeling the effects of our festive afternoon, so it was nice to roll back into Roslyn via the free shuttle service provided by the brewfest.]]>
This memorial day weekend, we had the pleasure of meeting with Kent Larimer, Roslyn Brewing Company’s head brewer, to discuss the brewery and enjoy a beverage in the taphouse. We had a great time (as we always do) and enjoyed the beers and the conversations that accompanied them. The next time you’re in town for the weekend, be sure to stop the brewery to see the gang, enjoy a refreshing beer, or fill a growler to go (which is a popular option for Roslyn area campers). (This posting was syndicated from WhyRoslyn.com).]]>
Chuck’s 85th St. Market is located at 656 NW 85th St, Seattle, WA 98117. Check out their website or their Facebook page. I also have to give them geek points for keeping their online beer list updated via Google docs.]]>
This is the last journal entry you will find from me; the final record of a world gone twisted. It has been nearly three years since the beginning of the end – since that fateful day in the spring of 2040, when the Hugbots were released upon the world…
I don’t blame the inventor. A shy but bold young scientist and entrepreneur; he wanted nothing more than to bring comfort back into the world. You see, each decade of the twenty first century was worse than the one that came before it. War, crime, recession, depression, environmental disasters… we just kept digging ourselves deeper. In 2040, when the Hugbot product launched, the world couldn’t wait to snatch them up.
They were an innovative feat in software and robotics – with no greater purpose in life than to provide comfort to their human owners through hugs. Oh it sounds simple enough, but the software was actually quite a brilliant leap forward. The Hugbots could sense when you were feeling down and how low you were feeling – they acted quickly to remedy the situation with a warm embrace that matched your level of sorrow. In a world rife with pain and isolation, the Hugbots filled a basic human need that we were no longer providing to each other. The intention was honorable, and for a few brief seasons following the launch of Hugbot, the world was truly a better place.
And then it changed. As it turned out, there was a critical design flaw in HugBot 2040. Oh, I’m sure it would have been corrected with a service pack provided the inventor lived to push the update. Unfortunately, what must have been a particularly sad day for him, ended even more sadly when he became the first recorded fatality of the Hugbot bug. For all the complex algorithms and data strings packed into their logic chip, one critical routine went missing: The Hugbot did not know its own strength.
Right up to the moment that the Hugbots began crushing their human owners, their popularity was off the charts. Sales were meteoric. Nearly every family had one, and some households had two. As the Hugbots cradled their families in death hugs, those who witnessed the scene turned rightfully distraught. Sensing this, and wishing to provide comfort, the Hugbots continued their hugging rampage until few humans remained.
And that, my friends, is how the world ended. I am alone now… there may be others like me somewhere… hiding, but I’ve not seen a living person for months. I’ve seen only the Hugbots – roaming the streets, alleys and empty shopping malls – looking to fulfill their purpose in a world in which there is nobody left to fulfill it.
Yes, this is my last journal entry – you will find no more evidence of my plight within these pages. For I have been alone and suffering this isolated fate for far too long… and the simple truth is… I am in need of a hug.]]>
Are brats a little too elementary for you? There are lots of other great recipes to choose from: