Thebeerchaser’s April Acknowledgements….

Find out why this guy should imbue you with optimism – see below!

In these days of both national and international turmoil, divisiveness and lack of civility along with ominous global phenomena, it’s a real challenge to remain optimistic.   So with an initial digression from bar and brewery forays, Thebeerchaser will provide some evidence in this post – perhaps one small step in encouraging you about tomorrow.

We all know the foils of much social media, but at the same time, it opens opportunities for expansive education, exploration and new relationships all over the world.   

I  have seen this in the ten years of Thebeerchasing.com where I’ve developed ongoing dialogue with bloggers ranging from Rich Carbonara  – Beerwanderers.com – a guy whose written several books and gives beer tours in Bavaria, to Theresa, who lives in New Jersey and authors a wonderful blog – the National Parks with T. (Photos below of Acadia and Badlands National Parks)

And they’re diverse!  For example, I get to read compelling narrative and see stunning photos of the Colorado wilderness and  varied sites throughout the world in “Handstands Around the World”  the adventures of Diana, a former gymnast, current college nutrition professor, and “perpetual vacation planner” in Denver. 

She and her fiancé have spent most of the past 4 years exploring the never-ending beauty of Colorado and the surrounding states. She’s also working on summitting as many US state high points as possible (currently at 12/50).  Her blog posts always include a photo of her incredible handstand as her unique trademark.

A few more also deserve recognition and my ongoing appreciation – Sandra J, a talented professional photographer authors a blog – “Into the Light Adventures” – she and her husband are retired and travel the country documenting the beauty of nature.

Then there’s Kelly MacKay’s blog  Maritime Mac.com – Kelly is a fascinating lady from Canada with an incredible background – twenty years in the thoroughbred racing industry – seven as an exercise rider and thirteen as a successful jockey, ultimately incurring an injury which caused her to change careers.

Besides enhancing her education, she then worked as a trail guide on horseback tours in Ontario, labored in the financial industry and even as a cellphone sales person.  She’s now in her dream job as a Fitness Leader to a Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in Oromocto, New Brunswick, Canada.  Kelly has backpacked around Europe and has been to every US State but Hawaii and Oregon.   Her travelogues are fascinating.

Another – no less interesting  – Color My World where sixty-six year old Charly Holganza, born in then rustic Tagbilaran, in the island of Bohol, Philippines, entered the Philippine Military Academy – he joined the military at 17.  Charly retired in 2012, after spending 37 plus years of devoted service.

Charly authors several blogs which embody his theme “Living, loving, learning, leaving a legacy.”   The one I enjoy the most is his cogent and detailed analysis of the NBA – that’s right – an expert across the world with considerable insight.

And Finally, Jadi Campbell grew up in little New England/upstate NY villages, spent summers in a cabin in the woods, and attended a state university on the West coast. She decided at the age of 6 to be a writer, and earned a B.A. in English Literature and worked in corporate America until she became a Licensed Massage Therapist.

Living in Europe since 1992, she  published her first of several awarding-winning books Broken In: A Novel in Storiein 2012. Her second novel Tsunami Cowboys followed in December 2014 and Grounded appeared in May 2016. In 2020 Jadi, published a collection of short stories, The Trail Back Out.  Her blog covers everything from natural beauty to science.

But What About Kevin Frazier?

Biking in the Bay City

So how does Kevin Frazier work into this scenario? In November last year, I came across a blog – The Oregon Way – in which Kevin, the Editor, wrote a very compelling piece on a transportation policy issue.  It also caught my interest because he referenced a dive bar! 

I reached out by e-mail to compliment him – not just on his article, but his excellent on-line publication and we discovered some mutual background and acquaintances.  My follow-up research revealed that we will be witnessing some great things from this young man in the future. 

Through Linked-in I discovered that Keven was first in his Southridge High School class of 495 students in 2012.   In the ten years since, his volunteer and leadership activities, internships in the public and non-profit sector and higher educational achievements are profound.  

After graduation from the University of Oregon where he gave the Honors College commencement speech, he earned his Masters in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School while serving as a research intern and graduate teaching assistant.   

He graduates this spring from University of California Berkley School of Law where he was a

ter passing the bar exam, he’ll head for Helena, Montana and spend the next two years gaining experience with two prestigious and competitive clerkships –

2022 – Chief Justice Mike McGrath on the Montana Supreme Court
 
2023 – Judge Michael McShane of the US District Court for the District of Oregon
 
And to reinforce the good news, he and his girlfriend, Dalton just got engaged.
 
Kevin and I decided that since COVID would preclude getting together to raise a mug in a dive bar, that we’d have a ZOOM Happy Hour – a great 90-minute conversation we had in January.   
 
We still have not met in person because of travel complications.   A meeting scheduled in San Francisco when my wife and I had planned to road-trip to the Bay City is now canceled because of Thebeerchaser’s herniated disk – that’s another story.
 
With his clerkships, Kevin has handed his editorial responsibilities to colleagues and I will miss his incisive commentary on subjects ranging from the lottery, to wages and living conditions of wilderness firefighters to selecting the judiciary. 
 
I’ll still actively follow The Oregon Way’s piercing commentary on issues ranging from political analysis, tax policy, public health and issues all of us need be informed.  So check it out below:
 

The Oregon Way is a nonpartisan blog that features contributors from around the state and across the political spectrum. You can .visit it here: https://theoregonway.substack.com/

Run by a volunteer team, the Way has no agenda other than reminding Oregonians of our capacity to get stuff done. That’s why the blog welcomes submissions from any and all folks who share a commitment to putting good policy before partisan goals. On this blog, nuance, complexity, and humility are respected and shared. Consider joining the Oregon Way volunteer team or submitting a piece for publication by reaching out to theway@or360.org

But Wait – There’s More….
Kevin and I discussed me making a written contribution to The Way and the result demonstrates that he not only has analytical, but creative skills.  Oregon’s Gubernatorial race has an unbelievable number of candidates – nineteen Republicans, fourteen Democrats and an Independent. 
 
He proposed that I suggest  the perfect bar or brewery for the major candidates to visit during their campaigns – where they could have meaningful dialogue with the regulars based on the history and circumstances of the watering hole.  This was a great idea and watch for the next posts of Thebeerchaser to see the result – something that was quite fun to write.
 
Cheers
 

External Photo Attribution

*1  Facebook page Harvard Kennedy School (https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=299945832166112&set=a.299945792166116)  

*2  Wikimedia Commons (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Taubman_Building.JPG) Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.  Author: Bostonian13  12 June 2013.

*3  Facebook Page – University of California at Berkley Law School (https://www.facebook.com/UCBerkeleyLaw/photos/a.477083278124/1016173790)

  *4  Wikimedia Commons (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Boaltsouthside.jpg) Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Subject to disclaimers.  Author:  Donutmonger at English Wikipedia  14 July 2006.

4 thoughts on “Thebeerchaser’s April Acknowledgements….

  1. Nice tributes, Don, and a fascinating collection of folks in your life. But I really have to slow down when I read. I saw “Kennedy School” and, since this is a beer blog, I immediately thought of Kennedy School in Portland, long these many years a home for McMenamin’s brews and happenings (and where I one summer taught writing workshops)… Life is pretty darned grand!

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  2. Greetings from Fort Lauderdale, Don. We’re here visiting my Dad for a couple weeks. I’ll have a closer look when I get home but thanks for the plug. Btw, my name is misspelled. Carbonara, just like the pasta. Speak soon

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  3. Don, this was a fun read and a nice way to see how you are spending your time . . . getting to know others. Hope you feeling better soon too.

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