The weather in Whistler today was beautiful and clear, and -14 celsius. It was a balls-cold -22 at the roundhouse. Today ends what I would have to call a snowboarding “phase” and marks my return to skiing after a 14 year absence. My enthusiasm nearly nullifying the cold, my joy sure to send my snowboard into a deep hibernation.
Speaking of hibernation… this is my first post in a while. My wife and I had a little girl in July, and well, although the parenting juice still flows (and I still keep notes) I just didn’t have time to write.
After an hour or two skiing solo, I went back to pick up my little boy and we bundled up for his first trip up the gondola to the Roundhouse for lunch. Then I took him on the Peak to Peak Gondola, which, by the way, is absolutely terrifying!
When I got down the hill I reached for a Whistler Brewing Company Bear Paw Honey Lager. It has a clear amber colour, a good persistent head, and a mild aroma. The taste is smooth and just ever so slightly sweet. This beer has excellent drinkability, with an exceptionally clean taste.
Well this is 28 perfectly sunny days in Vancouver. Today, for once, the sky is clear, and the smog has lifted, and there is a great view of the gulf islands from here in Port Moody.
Mill St Brewery’s “Curious Parrot” is a slightly foggy amber-copper colour, with a citrus scent, and medium head. The first sip has a nice surprising bite that quickly smooths out and disappears, making appearances that are more and mire faint with the sips that follow. The feeling in the mouth turns more and more slick as the glass empties.
The foam clings to the side of the glass leaving a ghostly drooping lace.
This is a lovely beer. Smooth, and mild mannered, but with a bite that surprises you like a dirty one-liner.
And now for something completely different!
This first day of the Easter long weekend was just the perfect Vancouver day. It isn’t the trip to Stanley Park, or the afternoon de-thatching of my lawn that I would like to write about today. For today I have figured out the answer to a question as old as time itself:
How do you change the low-beam bulb on a 2010 GLK 350?
This is a task that (after unscrewing the dust cover) must be done blind, with your arm reached deep into the car like you are birthing a calf. To boot, the manual only provides a grainy drawing, and incorrect directions.
After unplugging the electrical wires, you will be left with the bulb held in place by a retaining wire. The manual says to remove the wire, but really, all you need to do is hook your finger under the loop at the top and gently lift it upward toward the sky. Don’t pull it toward you or “down” as the manual describes.
This will cause the hooked ends of the retaining wire to travel along a couple of grooves and separate, allowing you to pull the bulb out. It can stay attached, you don’t have to “remove the wire clip” as the BULLSHIT instructions say.
Replace the bulb with the tab on the bottom, push the clip downward, and the bulb will be secure.
Tip: Practice putting the spent bulb in and out a couple of times until you are proficient doing so without touching the glass, then do it for real with the new bulb.
Reattaching the wires and replacing the dust cover is pretty easy.
Use the money you save to buy a case of beer. I am celebrating with a Phillips Analogue 78 Kolsch. MMMM!