That beer made me awesome

Just like many of you — well, except you — we rung in the new year with a bang, not a whimper.

We chose to stay in and avoid the public watering hole chaos.

There were six of us, plus Talulah. See above. That’s Bill on the left, me, Tina, Steve, Keith and Colleen. Keith and Colleen are prego, so, you know, we had to sneak vodka in Colleen’s drinks.

Honk.

Bill’s the guy we’ve partnered up with for photography. And Steve is the lead singer in Bill’s band, the Passing. Bill’s girlfriend is out of town until tomorrow.

I made six of the best pizzas I’ve ever made. They were:

  1. BBQ Chicken — the sauce was BBQ sauce. SOOOO good. FYI, Bull’s Eye brand BBQ sauce is one of the best out there, and it’s free of corn syrup, which most sauces cannot tout.
  2. Bacon, spinach and mushrooms — really good and nitrate free bacon.
  3. Asparagus and artichoke hearts with caramelized onions and garlic (always a hit, but I don’t like it).
  4. A completely vegan with rice cheese, sautéed broccoli, peppers and mushrooms
  5. A pepperoni
  6. And a nitrate free sausage that was ah-mazing.

Keith made excellent appetizers and Bill and Steve brought over cupcakes and authentic Absinthe from Poland. I had a little. Tina had a little too, but it did something special to her. Her drink high was one of the giddiest I have ever seen.

We had a great time. You should have been there.

One of the conversations involved Keith asking Bill and I about atheism and beliefs. Unfortunately we really didn’t talk much about it. We were playing dominos, and every time Keith started to ask a question, his turn came up and he had to concentrate on laying down the right bone, aka domino.

I think he was trying to ask about beliefs, surely we must have some. He wasn’t taking the idea we had no beliefs as an answer.

The question of morality came up, and we said that there are secular, humanistic morals that we all agree on that we subscribe to. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand that the golden rule is quite something. You don’t go around telling people they are fools, to know that it’s not welcome behavior in public.

Social behaviors are key to all relationships. And if you have no normalized social etiquette, no one is going to want to be around you.

The way I see it is, everyone has to act like an atheist if they want to hangout in the same room without conflict.

I hope everyone had a beautiful night last night and is enjoying a relaxing day today. I know we did. And I think it was all thanks to the beer and my t-shirt … that made me awesome.