May 2020


Whatchamacallit 8: Longboard Beer

Longboard beer

This is a six-pack carrier for Longboard Beer – which I drank when I visited Hawaii in 2014.

I’ve not really treated this with much respect: it sits on top of a bookcase in my living room collecting dust. But I look at it from across the room and it brings back memories of visiting Hawaii, my 49th United States of America state.

The first time I drank the beer was at the condo that we’d rented – my sister and I had bought it, along with other stuff, to eat in a rush. The beer was genuinely good and we ended up buying it several more times. I think the beer has a fan base – because on a subsequent trip to Japan, I found it for sale – the only Hawaiian beer for sale in the shop.

What it reminds me of is looking out over the ocean, going to the southern most point of the 50 states, and going up to the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station.

The time in Kona was fantastic. Longboard Beer was part of the magic.

During the Covid-19 crisis, I am going to try and make a point of writing a blog post about an object in my home.

We’ll see how long this lasts.

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