The Myth of the Functional Alcoholic

So what the heck is a “functioning alcoholic”? There is this almost epic lore about the person who can drink excessively and daily, and somehow magically keep a career, a family and a life together without getting arrested, losing their job or getting divorced. This “unicorn” of the booze-hound family tree seemingly has the best…

Zen And The Art Of Bicycle Repair

I like my bike.  It’s my mode of transportation – in many ways.  It gets me to and from work.  It also takes me out of my head or it gets me thinking about things that the D-Day din of my mind doesn’t normally allow me to ponder.  It whisks me away from the hot…

Sugarcoating The Truth

C6H12O6 +Zymase → 2 C2H5OH + 2 CO2 There it is in black and white – alcohol fermentation. For someone like me who fell asleep during chemistry classes, a simpler way of looking at it would be:  Sugar + Yeast = Ethanol + Carbon Dioxide (the bubbly stuff that makes those beer moustaches.) For someone like me…