Health Update: I had a CT Scan done a few weeks ago and today I was able to talk to my Surgeon. The Anurism/Disection has grown slightly, but it is not a real concern. It went from 37mm to 39mm, but I would not need an operation unless it got as large as 60mm. He said there is no chance it will ever shrink. I will get another CT done in 6 months instead of waiting a year for one and they can re-evaluate my condition then. The good news is I can start to increase my exercise a little bit. He mentioned light jogging and light Biking, so as long as I avoid the major heavy climbs and technical rough downhills that will bounce me around I can get back on my bike again!!!!!!!
Aortic DissectionI doubt anyone noticed, but I have not been contributing to the threads in the last 2.5 weeks. That is because I was in the Hospital. On Saturday July 21st My lower Aorta had a Dissection that sent me to the ER and gave me over 2 weeks in the ICU. The dissection is different from an Anurism, essentially due to genetics I have weak connective tissue, and apparently I also had high blood pressure. This caused the walls of my Aorta to begin separating from each other similar to how an onion skin can peal away under pressure. This caused me some pretty intense pain in my chest at first and then my lower back.
Lucky for me the doctors decided I could heal without surgery. Surgery would of meant cutting our about 6 inches of my lower Aorta and replacing it, a very dangerous surgery.
I was put on major blood pressure medication, and am still on quite a few pills to keep my blood pressure low. As long as I can control it though meds and diet the lower pressure should allow my Aorta to heal on its own.
After the doctors were able to control my Blood Pressure with meds for more than 24 hours they gave me the clear to go home. I was released yesterday and slept in my own bed last night. I still have a long way to go, but I am feeling much better than when I first went into the Hospital. I owe my life to the ER crew at the Scripps Encinitas Hospital, and my recovery to the Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla.
Beer tour FridayLiving in San Diego I have access to many tasting rooms around the county.
So Friday I took my Ballast Point growler with me to work(I rode my motorcycle so it was in the back pack). Stopped over at the San Diego tasting room, had a few tasters and filled the growler with "Victory at Sea", possibly my all time favorite porter. We had plans to head up to the mountains to hang out with friends at their cabin and they both like porters too.
Earlier in the day a good friend of mine who has 2 touring companies, one a beer tour company and the other for wine tours posted on facebook that he had a cancellation and thus only had 2 people scheduled for his afternoon tour. Not wanting his only 2 customers to be bored in the trip he asked for some peoples to volunteer to help fill the truck at his cost.
Naturally me and a Buddy decided to cut work short and help our friend out. He has a good thing going, 3 Breweries, tastings and food included.
Around 3:30 we head out of Carlsbad in the back of his Pinzgauer that is modified to seat up to 12 people in the back. We introduced ourselves to a nice couple from Iowa that were out in California on vacation, he is a homebrewer and enjoys good craft beer and was excited to try out beer he cannot get back home.
It was a bit overcast as we headed down the coast before turning inland toward our first stop:
About 15 min later we arrived at Iron Fist in Vista:
He has a pretty good deal going, we each get 5 tastings of anything on the menu using his custom 5oz Taster glasses. There was a gourmet food truck parked outside and we enjoyed some hush puppies and pulled pork fries as we sampled beer. 25oz of 9-12% beer later we shoved off and headed to Mother Earth Brewing which is only 5 min down the road from Iron Fist, still in Vista. Mother Earth is another home brew mart that turned into a nano-brewery, and they do not bottle, so you will have to visit in person to try something. We each got 3 tastings here.
I took a quick min to snap a few shots of the ride before it started getting too dark.
Last Stop, Lost Abbey / Port Brewing
We were dropped off as he headed out to pick us up dinner. We all decided upon BBQ Tri-Tip Sandwiches from Phil's BBQ. This time we were given a wristband with 5 tags on it, plus our first tasting was on the house from Lost Abbey. After my 3rd tasting I heard one of the bar tenders talking about something called "Track #2". It is part of a special drink on site beer program Lost Abbey is doing this year. Track #2 is 60% Bourbon Barrel Aged Angels Share, and the rest of the Blend includes ale with Peaches and Sour Cherries. One 12.7oz bottle is $16.00, and you have to drink it onsite and are only given the bottle after you finish your drinks, you are also put in a drawing to be eligible to purchase all the "Track" beers after they are all released. I figured it would be a good way to end the night and a nice treat for our new friends from Iowa, so I bought a bottle and requested 4 glasses. It was fantastic, hints of port on the nose, hard to describe but I would def buy another bottle and I hope I have a chance at buying the entire series.
I was mostly irritated that they rinsed the bottle before they gave it back to me, I was hoping to savor some more of the smell out of the bottle.
And finally a blurry shot of my buddy Matt sleeping on the spare tire as we cruised the freeway home.
If you ever find yourself in San Diego and want to have a fun time visiting some breweries check out Scavengers Beer Tours!
Grammy Album of the year??Please only Comment if you own both albums and have listened to every song on both more than once. Did Adele's 21 deserve to win over Mumford and Son's The Cave? I think Adele has an amazing voice, but her album has a few dud's on it. I do not agree that she should of won "Album" of the year. I agreed with her other wins, just not that one. And Mad Props to Dave Grohl for calling out all the "Perfect" produced music out there and calling it like it is. If you can't write your own music or play an instrument, you are not a true musician! (personally I cannot do either, but I agree with him.)