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Two Months

August 21, 2017

Panic. Don’t panic. Panic again.

I think this describes a lot of America these days. It’s a terrible cycle. Especially when the panic is combined with eating. Right now, I’m trying to reduce my panic eating. It’s the worst kind of eating. It’s joyless. It tends to happen late at night, when I’m not hungry. And then I’m bloated and still panicked.

Right now I’m in a little bit of panic mode. Mostly because I realized that my son’s bar mitzvah is going to be in two months. And even though one of the things I do for my job is throw events, it’s another thing entirely when it’s a lifecycle event for your first kid and you have friends and family coming into town from around the country.

The bar mitzvah will be fine. Everything will work out fine. But when I look at all the things that are going on in the next two months, I get a bit fluttery.

For starters, I need to write up this past weekend’s Tour de Hard Ice Cream. The results were very close, with one place having just the slightest edge. But more on that soon.

Really, the Tour de Cider Donut should happen before November, but maybe, just maybe I can squeeze it into the end of October once all the family leaves. Part of me wonders if the Tournament of Champions Edition of the annual tour will have to be postponed. We’ll have to see.

This week, I’m going to buckle down and get a lot of bar mitzvah stuff off my plate. Which means I’ll totally be ready to judge that whiskey sour contests on Friday night at Savoy Taproom. Seriously, that’s the light at the end of my tunnel. It’s the thing that will keep me going. And when the whiskey sour thing is done, I’m going to take my first Lyft/Uber ride since it’s arrived in the Capital Region.

Next week, I get to pick hops at Indian Ladder Farm with some of the Yelp crew. And there will be donuts and deep fried cheese curds. That is going to be awesome. And it’s going to be a little bit of needed fun, since I’ll be making two day trips to Pennsylvania.

School has to start for the kiddos sometime in September, but I haven’t really quite checked on when that will be. Presumably the kids will need stuff. There will be a September Yelp Event, which needs to get finalized. I’m wondering if Young Master Fussy will need a small birthday gathering too. Hopefully not.

Egads, what do I call Young Master Fussy now that he’s not going to be young enough to be called Master? He’ll be aging out of that honorific.

September 7 is the Capital Region Wingfest in Troy, which I’ll be judging for the Boys and Girls Club. I just found out that the kru coffee Thursday Night Throwdown latte art competition will be that same night. It’s a bummer that I can’t judge coffee and wings concurrently. I’d be up for the challenge if the events weren’t happening in different cities. But what can you do.

Troy Beer Week is returning in September too, but that week I’ll be focused more on fairies, pirates, and steampunk, because The Enchanted City is returning to Troy and the big event is on September 16. Once again, I’m going to be involved, but that means also trying to figure out some kind of costume. But I’m kind of digging this pirate angle.

Oh, and did I mention the High Holy Days? That’s Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. One involves a feast, the other a fast. Guess which one I like better. I haven’t started thinking about this yet either, even though last year I think we tried to get Raf and his family up from Westchester for the holiday.

Have I written about my sister having a baby? She did. It was a boy. And I’m dying to meet the little squirt. So somehow I need to squeeze a trip down to Manhattan.

When October rolls around, I’m going to start the month off with a bang, and have a Yelp event at IL FARO! It’s going to be Monday, October 2 if you want to mark your calendars. And if the last Yelp experience we had at the restaurant was any indicator, this tasting of the restaurant’s happy hour menu is going to be fantastic.

Apparently, I’m also scheduled for a physical that week. That’s going to have to be rescheduled. Somehow I fell off the moderation train, but I’m back on it now. I’m feeling better than I have in some time.

The Food Pantries for the Capital District annual Harvest Celebration is October 5, and once again, I’ll be judging that too. It’s one of the favorite things I do all year. Not only do I love the culinary creativity that happens when chefs are challenged with using food pantry staples, but I think it’s really important to help support this organization.

Once that’s done, the very next day I’m off to the finger lakes for #Beeftogether a New York Beef and Veal Tour, where I’ll get to visit regional farms and meet those people involved in meat production in the state. I’m looking forward to seeing this with my own eyes, and talking to the farmers involved.

It’s probably a bad idea to do something like this so close to the bar mitzvah, but the opportunity was too good to pass up.

Although it does mean that I’m going to miss Troy’s Chowderfest on Sunday, October 8. I had a great time judging that last year, but maybe I can get back on the judging panel in 2018.

Perhaps the one saving grace is that in the last two weeks before the bar mitzvah itself, I don’t have anything meaningful planned. And I’m going to do my best to protect those days to take care of the last minute details, of which I assume there will be plenty.

But did I mention that the bar mitzvah is going to be awesome? Because it is. And in the end, I’m sure the stress and strain will be worth it. Now, I just need to get out these invitations. Stat.

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