Thursday, February 28, 2013

10 Lessons About Love That I Learned from the Film "High Fidelity"

From the moment I saw the nerdy, awkward teenaged John Cusack in 1984’s Sixteen Candles, I instantly liked him. As an awkward kid myself, I have connected with  many of Cusack’s characters, including the heartbroken sap in Better Off Dead and the obsessive teenager in Say Anything.

However, my favorite John Cusack character is Rob Gordon from the 2000 film High Fidelity. Not only did Cusack bring justice to Nicky Hornby's 1995 novel, but he did it in a way that was both passionate and humorous. In one word he was: human. 

Rob didn't claim to be the perfect boyfriend. He was obsessive, he slept with other people, he was often selfish and over-the-top with his reactions. But what I liked about him was that he knew he was flawed and tried to understand why. That, and he had great taste in music and was obsessed with making mixtapes, something that I continue to do to this day.

I learned a lot of things from Cusack's portrayal of Rob in High Fidelity, like not to stand outside of an ex's window in the pouring rain, but most importantly, I learned a lot about love.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

A Few Reasons Why You Should Homebrew Beer

Who doesn't like drinking a nice cold beer after a long day at work? I don't know about you, but I do, and I do it on a daily basis. As I've gotten older my affinity for beer has grown, and I realized that I love all different types of beer, from Hoegaarden Belgium White to New Belgium's Fat Tire.

According to Beer Serves America, a site sponsored by The Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA), the beer brewing industry is an important part of the American economy, employing about 1.8 million Americans and paying them over $71 billion in wages and benefits. And because many of its ingredients include barley, malt, rice, corn, wheat, sorghum, and other grains, beer makers purchase more than $850 million in raw materials from farmers across the country.