Archive for December, 2015

Learning to Fly

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Hi Friends,

My father is 93 years old. He is in excellent health, has his own teeth, ties his own shoelaces, still drives and enjoys a gin and tonic before supper…even when he doesn’t eat supper.

My father was a crew chief on B24‘s during WWII and earned his pilot license shortly after the war. He has flown off and on for enjoyment for most of his life. However during the past 20 years he has flown very little.

Recently my father’s grandson (my son Jay) has gotten involved with aviation and earned his private pilot license. This has rekindled my father’s interest in aviation.

Did you know that once you earn your pilot’s license you are licensed forever? A pilot has to prove his current competency and good health but once a licensed pilot always a licensed pilot.

In order to be current Dad is required to take: a physical, a refresher course in ground school and a check ride with an instructor. Yesterday we went to the flight surgeon for Dad’s physical.

The doctor is 85 years old and seemed very suspicious of a 93 year old that wants to fly. The doctor has a little bit of a German accent and seemed reminiscent of a character that Mel Brooks might play in a movie.

The doctor asks my father why he wants to fly at such an advanced age. My Dad tells him he does not plan on ever flying solo but wants to fly as his grandson’s a co-pilot. My Dad says, “It is fun to fly. You don’t stop wanting to have a good time just because you get old. I’m 93 and I still want to do enjoyable things.” The doctor shakes his head a little  but accepts my Dad’s response and after the exam hands him a medical certificate stamped,  “Approved”.

Do you find time to do something enjoyable everyday?

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If I don’t talk to you before the end of the year I want to thank you for your business and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Beer

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Hi Friends,

Do you like “craft beer”? The earliest beer served in America was an English Ale. This kind of beer was thick and syrupy and had to be consumed within a day or so because it would spoil. The popularity of this drink was due to nothing else being available. It’s nick name “bitters” tells the whole story.

When the Germans began to migrate to America they brought the recipe for Lager style beer. Lager had a clean and refreshing taste compared to ale and as long as it was kept chilled it needed no preservative. The Germans make good stuff.

When lager was introduced production couldn’t keep up with consumption. Because of the need for refrigeration (lager was stored underground or in caves with big chunks of ice that has been harvested in the winter months) all lagers were local and every town had it’s own brewery or several breweries if it was any more than a village.

Early on beer was not considered an intoxicant. Whiskey was America’s favorite intoxicant. The average American was consuming 7 to 8 gallons of whiskey per year. Some drank whiskey for medicinal reasons and some drank whiskey because there were insufficient medicinals at the time. Either way 7 to 8 gallons is a lot of whiskey.

All beer whether ale or lager consists of a grain (usually barley or corn), hops, yeast and water. The type of hops and the type of yeast determines the finished product.

In recent years there is a great resurgence in the production of local (or craft) beers. These craft beers often contain an extra ingredient: pumpkin or raspberry or wheat for example. I don’t think that pumpkin or raspberries or wheat are great addition to beer. The beer isn’t better but the names are more amusing. The names Old Milwaukee, Budweiser and Lone Star are ok….but better names are Pumpkinator, Fermentation Without Representation and Punkuccino. Isn’t craft beer fun?

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