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Grand Rapids is one hell of a cool city. It reminds me so much of Austin TX circa 1992 it isn't funny. It's also this weird mix of super-Christian stuff (due to so many Christian universities/seminaries) and beer hippies. Makes perfect sense for Mars Hill church to be there. BTW this is the "hippie granola bar Mars Hill", not the "ultra-conservative Dominionist Mars Hill" from the west coast. I only wish Mars Hill had a planting out here, we could really do that. Plus they chose to keep teaching through Acts like it's any other Sunday than go all Political Pastor Piss Off The IRS Day.

Having visited several of the GR breweries with highly-touted beers, I have concluded that something is really wrong with my taste buds. Founders' beers honestly did not impress me at all (though the service was great), nor did Hopcat. I really like Guinness and Chimay (the blue bottle), I find Molson and Shiner Bock and Killians Red OK, and I can tolerate commercial lights like Budweiser/MGD/Dos Equis/Corona/etc. But the microbrew IPAs and stouts I just can't get into, they leave this gross aftertaste everywhere. On the liquors, whiskey and tequila are right out, rum and bourbon are OK when mixed with colas, but vodka and flavored liquors like Kahlua and Baileys about the only thing I like anymore. My alternative hypothesis is that the microbrews just aren't as good as people want to believe.

I'm thinking that career #2 (what I'm doing now) will be good for another 5-10 years but after that I think we're going to be done with living in the little exurbs and the manufacturing facilities no one wants in their backyards. I know we're affected by the Traveler's Curse, but seriously why can't we live in a real city? (BTW shout out to Portland OR, it tied with San Francisco as our AirBNB's most desired city to live in.) Career #3 I want to be portable, where I can really live and work out of home and can do 4-6 hours a day on average. Thinking either engineering consultant or direct programmer; by then maybe even oDesk prices will have risen where I can get $20/hr on the right projects.
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