Hold onto your hats, it is almost time for the 3rd annual Bike, Bonfire, and Beer Exchange ("Beer Exchange" for short).
The Beer Exchange is our answer to the ladies' annual cookie exchange where (reportedly) they sip wine and eggnog while listening to christmas carols and swapping Christmas tree ornaments and home baked confections. Now don't get me wrong, I am not complaining about the cookie angle (I personally benefit from that), but the whole thing left some of us wondering if Lyndenwood was becoming, well, a little "light in the loafers." So we instituted the Beer Exchange - a physically demanding (barely), low-brow (totally), utterly unsophisticated counterpoint to the cookie thing and an opportunity for our fellowship of bikers (and biker wannabees) to celebrate the holidays in a manner befitting our sport.
The 2008 Beer Exchange will be on Friday 12/26. Our low-brow format will be pretty basic:
- Bike. It's a night ride, short format.
- Bonfire. It's a big one, behind Carl's house.
- Beer. Bring your own.
The evening will also feature a repeat of last year's big hit - the contest for best beer presentation. Steve ran away with first place last year with an assortment of beers and low-brow reading material presented in a magnificent Longaberger basket (which was promptly incinerated in the bonfire). Top that and you may win an entire year of bragging rights.
And in case there is an impromptu trivia contest, you may want a refresher on the sordid history of the Beer Exchange:
More information will be forthcoming during the run up to the 26th - precise time, review of open action items from last year (yes, we had action items), weather details, etc. Mark it on your calendar with a big black X, charge up your light, and notify the wife and children that you will be MIA on the 26th. Note: A few loaner lights are available for those that may need them, let me know ahead of time so I can coordinate.
17 days - but who's counting?