so we went to "The Gate" last night and I bought a drink for my James to cheer him. Nothing like the mixture of a boy and light alcohol to raise the spirits. The bartender was playing Irish tunes intermingled with Bjork, and we pretended we were in a different city. It's not hard at that place. I learned that I liked Speckled Hen Ale. I also learned about the different carbonations of beer, using either nitrogen or carbon dioxide. Creamy beers, made with nitrogen are tops on my list, unless they are too dark or too hoppy. I still rate Magic Hat #9 and Johnny Courage with many Stars. I might actually be getting over the "Bud-only" attitude! Holy manoly!