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...New Yearly Tradition!

Mar. 11th, 2012 | 03:31 am
mood: bouncybouncy
music: "Marry the Night" Lady Gagax

My city is known for its fabulous brews, and Michigan is one of the top beer states in the nation. Our main brewery, Founders, is ranked as the third best brewery in the entire world. It's really no surprise that this year's Beerfest Celebration sold 6,000 tickets at $40 a pop in just under two weeks.

At the time the tickets originally went on sale, I had no one to go with. Some friends said they didn't have money, some said they didn't have time, and most were using it as dates with their significant others. I could have gone by myself, I guess, but I decided not to go if I didn't have anyone to go with.

But four weeks ago I got a message from my college friend, Keith:

Eric bought 15 tickets a couple weeks ago and he's looking for devoted beer lovers to go with him. I told him you were the best recipient. Do you want to go?

Um, YES. And I'm surprised Eric didn't ask me earlier than that because we've known each other for a couple years, and he really helped me get into the microbrew game. Anywho, I told Keith I WAS IN, and I'd meet them in the parking lot that day.

The Michigan Beer Guild has four festivals a year. Spring is in the UP, Summer in Ann Arbor (easily known as the best beer festival in existence, according to several reports I've seen online and from friends), Fall is in Detroit, and Winter is in my city. It's held at the minor league baseball field's parking lot. Yes, Michigan, mid-February, in the open. Hats, parkas, boots, bonfires. I was stoked, even though I can't deal with the cold very well. Something just told me this was the best festival because you KNOW you're with beer die-hards if they're willing to spend HOURS in below freezing temperatures to drink beer.

It took me forever to get to the field because taxis were taking THREE HOURS to get to the park. They were so busy that all of the taxis in the city were running (from what I heard) and they still had that much traffic. I ended up hitching a ride with a guy who called a taxi at 9:30 in the morning....it arrived at 11:30.

Eric was enough of a diehard he got to the park earlier than almost anyone. Anyone who was apart of the Michigan Beer Guild (I MUST JOIN) got into the park an hour earlier than everyone else, but we were still up in the front. I tried to keep myself warm as I talked with everyone...but it wasn't that hard because I was literally jumping around in excitement. BEER. EVERYWHERE. PEOPLE WHO LOVE BEER. EVERYWHERE.

I was literally within the first ten people to enter the field once they finally opened to general admission. I skipped to the token tent (which is how you paid for your 4 oz samples; every person got 15 tokens).

I spent basically my entire day with Keith because...well...when everyone's getting that drunk it's hard to keep a group of any size. Eric was on his third sample before Keith and I finished our first (mine was a rather pine-tasting stout while his tasted like banana bread) and the group split suddenly. We chatted with men dressed like Hopsquashes (SEE THE PIC, HA), women close to freezing, people who enjoyed Michigan's hoppiest beers (my kind of people), and those who liked ketchup on their perogies.

Keith and I had a ton of fun trying beers neither of us had tried. A lot of fun. A lot of cold fun, perhaps, but a lot of fun. We each ran through 10 tokens before we were too tired/cold to care whether we used the last five. We went home at 5:30, 4.5 hours after the event started. That's pretty good for the 23 degree day in southern Michigan!

You gotta see the pictures of Beer Culture. They're fun people. Probably my Favorite People.Collapse )

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Fic: Things Never Change

Jun. 20th, 2010 | 10:47 am

Title: Things Never Change
Characters: Winona, Jim
Rating: G
Summary: Winona hears that her baby boy, her beautiful miracle, has become captain of the Enterprise. She also hears he didn't invite her to the ceremony. And oh, she's stubborn—she's going to the ceremony anyway.
Prompt for where_no_woman Ficathon: AOS 51. Winona Kirk at the ceremony when Jim takes command of the Enterprise. Does he tell her what Spock prime said about George being there in the other timeline?

They all wanted to extend their congratulations to the now youngest captain in Federation history. A record he stole from his father.Collapse )

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...I'm Making This Public Because I Need to Pound This Into More Heads.

May. 1st, 2010 | 03:12 am

Is there a film that you think is perfect in its original form and should never be remade?

THE GODFATHER. If anyone remakes that movie he or she deserves to be shot on spot.

You think I'm kidding about that. I'm totally not.

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"Want Your Revenge" - Spock/Uhura - R

Mar. 31st, 2010 | 04:24 am

Title: Want Your Revenge
Characters/Pairings: Spock/Uhura
Rating: R
Summary: The Commander has done something the Captain doesn't like. He sends his Communications Officer to do his bidding.
Author's Note: ALL HAIL THE EMPIRE. Okay, so this was truly influenced by the current goings-on of ontd_startrek and the newly released video of 30 Seconds to Mars doing a cover of Gaga's "Bad Romance," which was just too sexy to not write mirror!fic about. I HIGHLY ADVISE (or the agony booth for you!) you listen to the song while you're reading my fic; it really does set the tone. Please. Please. Please.

And as is now commonplace: big thanks to my beta, clarkoholic.

She smirked when he bore his gritted teeth.Collapse )

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"What Nero Stole" - Uhura, Spock/Uhura

Mar. 17th, 2010 | 12:06 am

Title: What Nero Stole
Characters/Pairings: Uhura, Spock, Kirk, Gaila; Spock/Uhura
Rating: PG-13 for death
Summary: It's been two days since she helped defeat the Narada, but the destruction caused by the crew of the Narada had yet to him home for Uhura. This is about to change as death sinks in for not just Uhura, but those she's closest to as well.

Author's Note: I've been working on this bad boy since early September; I got stuck on it for a long time. It only recently fell together for me (after persistent pleading!). I'm very happy to finish this one and proud of how it turned out.

And a big fat thanks to clarkoholic for being my beta. She also helped me clean out the problems as I tied everything together. Thanks for being there, sweetheart.

Why don't you listen when I try to make it through to you / Goodbye, goodbye, you never knowCollapse )

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...Sneak Peek Time!

Mar. 1st, 2010 | 07:59 pm

WIP MEME: Post a sentence (or two) from as many of your WIPs as you want, with no explanation attached.

  1. She went there on occasion with some other cadets as a getaway from all of the bars that catered to future Starfleet officers. The clientele at Ruddy's was generally obese, donned in leather, and smoked primitive cigarettes, usually rolled while intoxicated on cheap booze from the bar's well supply. She liked it there because no one knew her personally and therefore, no one could judge.

  2. Just then, the communicator at Spock's hip went off. "Spock here." "Commander, the teleport hall has just brought in a pod from the U.S.S. Endeavor-"

  3. She stopped for a second before suddenly lowering herself down to Kirk's ear. "You're right. It is the truth."

  4. Half-alien. The words that he heard did cut into his human side, as much as he hated to admit it. He did not understand it at first—

  5. McCoy's disgust was apparent by the fire in his eyes, the quick shake of his head, and the burst of air that came from his mouth.

  6. He jogged across an empty road, not looking both ways before he crossed it. His cell phone was now in between his fingers and he talked into it with hope in his voice: "Gaila."

  7. "That's what I'm talking about! Bones! Lemme fill yours up!" "Jim, I'm fine-" "No, no, I insist."

  8. She raised her head like she used to when she lived planet side. Look up to God, asking a question she couldn't say out loud. Why.

  9. Kirk had the right to be irritated. He was sitting belly-button deep in what smelled like swamp water. Methane and decay.

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Fic? Don't Mind if I Do!

Feb. 24th, 2010 | 12:42 am

Title: Jager and Anger
characters: Uhura, Gaila
Rating: PG-13/R for excessive swearing (I don't really know what this would be considered)
Summary: Uhura is pissed and needs to drink off her anger.
Prompt: "I wanna get in trouble, I wanna start a fight." So What by Pink for my list of 25 prompts on strong women.

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I Wrote Something? Wow...

Dec. 1st, 2009 | 09:47 pm

Title: Untitled
characters: Gaila, Uhura, mentions of Spock
Rating: light R (sexual situations, language)
Summary: When Uhura comes home floating, Gaila needs to know who is making her act like that.
Inspiration: prompt of "His eyes have made love to me all evening." for where_no_woman

She put both of her hands under her head and tried to hold back yet another sigh. Gaila sighed as well, but hers was out of pure irritation.Collapse )

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Batch 1 of 4 ZQ icons

Oct. 18th, 2009 | 02:39 pm

30 Zachary Quinto candid icons


05. 17. 25.

If I could write a song to lift your spirits...Collapse )

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Kirk, how in the hell did you go on—*beep*.

Oct. 13th, 2009 | 04:31 pm

20 Star Trek (2009) Gag Reel quote icons


09. 19. 20.

WARNING: Thar be uncensored icons underneath the cut. Lots of expletives. If you want an icon and want a "boxed over" censor (AKA: big white box covering most of the word) just tell me. I'd be happy to.

You will die. Your people will die. JJ Abrams will die.Collapse )

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