December 29th, 2007

London

Hic Heil!

I engaged in a discussion with a friend this evening via email in which I was lamenting the sorry story of the reaction I received from "other household members" to my desire to attend La Tomatina in Buñol, Spain, again in 2008. The logic of my intent was compared by my household members to the same logic employed by suicide bombers who murder innocent civilians. "It makes exactly the same sense," I was told, rather harshly I thought, "to spend three-thousand dollars to go throw tomatoes for an hour" as it does to strap on a bomb and assassinate civilians. Indeed, it was intimated that attending La Tomatina was on par with the senseless murder of Bobby Kennedy or Martin Luther King.

Needless to say, I've since been in somewhat somber spirits. My friend's response to the situation: "there's nothing you can do about it... except have a beer."

Good advice, that. As I sat sipping my Samuel Adams Brown Ale I found myself wondering, if attending La Tomatina is as purely evil as blowing up civilians in Iraq or Pakistan or London or Afghanistan, then since I'm drinking beer, I should be drinking a seriously evil beer. Sure, Arrogant Bastard uses an evil-ish marketing theme, and the Rogue Dead Guy brand features a dead guy on their label, but when it comes to truly evil beer the ultimate question has to be: what would Hitler drink?

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