Page 123

Colin, over at Blog Like You Give a Damn, tagged me in the Page 123 meme.

Here are the instructions I was told to follow.

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

I got a copy of Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota at a pre-birthday party the other night. Here’s what I found on page 123, which happens to be the start of Chapter 6: New Jobs, New Containers, New Rules: Minnesota Beer Returns.

For new president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the return of beer was not so much a return to cultural tradition as a way to increase tax revenue and to eliminate the drain on the public purse from the cost of the ineffectual enforcement of Prohibition. While total repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment was in the uncertain future, the first steps to return legal beer were taken quickly. The Cullen Bill, passed almost immediately after Roosevelt’s inauguration, modified the Volstead Act to define beer of 3.2 percent alcohol by weight as nonintoxicating and allowed its sale in any state that did not have conflicting prohibition laws.

It goes on to explain that 3.2 became legal in Minnesota on April 7, 1933, and that before WWI the alcohol content level for “nonintoxicating” beer was 2.75 percent.

Time to do some tagging of others: Katie at Camacho Watcho, Erica @ Swirlspice, Mike at Jackalope Ranch, Nathan at Life by the Falls, and Maven at Maven Haven.

Eight Stupid Things About Me

Bex tagged me with a narcissist meme, so I better hold up my end of things.

Here goes:

1. I can’t read books on business or entrepreneurship before going to bed. That crap makes my head spin.

2. However, I can drool on the average work of fiction to book warping proportions.

3. I actually like Target. I guess you could say I’m into tough love for my local big box retailer. Sure, they had to be sued into cutting back on slave labor, but they smile in their ads. What’s not to like? Okay, I admit it. I’m buying more and more household stuff on Amazon.

4. My two favorite forms of exercise on cold winter days are riding my bike trainer while watching a movie, or rollerblading in the Metrodome.

5. I don’t take personality tests very often because Carly takes them for me. Basically, she takes them for herself while also jotting down what she thinks I’d answer for each question. Convenient, eh? Oh, and no, she’s not personality test obsessed. It’s part of her job.

6. I don’t really like running, but I’ve run 6 marathons with a 7th on the calendar for this spring.

7. After beer and caffeine, the toughest thing for me to cut out of my diet would be cheese.

8. While I’ll sit in any airplane seat without too much fuss, my absolute favorite seats are window seats on the right side of the plane because I’m a right-leaner sleeper. The one exception to this is flying East during the day. Then I’d prefer the non-sunny side of the plane where it’s less hot and better for sleeping.

Okay, your turn. I’d like to see responses from Jeremy, Taylor, Kidder, and Hannah.

The Minnesota Meme

Paul Jahn tagged me with a Minnesota meme a while back where I’m supposed to post three things about Minnesota. It looks like he got it from the source, Aaron Weiche, who breaks it down like this:

Minnesota Meme: Trip around the state

So I’m talking matters into my own hands and starting a Minnesota Blog Meme. Requirements are simple, fill us in on three things about MN ….anything … what you love, what you hate, where you visit, where you party, where you blog from, just keep it Minne-sooo-tan. Then tag three other MN bloggers.

Progressive people: Minnesota – at least MY Minnesota – has people who care about each other and try to make life better for people beyond themselves. Yet you don’t find yourself struggling over which ribbon you need to wear before leaving the house like SFO.

Seasons: Brings variety to outdoor sports where I can play ultimate and broomball. It’s important to have variety in pre-beer sports.

Trails: You can get just about anywhere on a bike in Minnesota. The big cities have plenty of trails, and everywhere else has so little traffic you can bike without too many problems.

Okay, moving on. Now it’s time to do some tagging. Here are three great local bloggers who are in need of a nudge. Here’s their excuse for a fresh post:

Life by the Falls – Nathan
TV Snacks – Anne
Jackalope Ranch – Mike