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Patriot Pilsner release party and fundraiser event!!! Saturday February 5th at The IceHarbor Brewery on Benton St. in Old Town Kennewick

Monday, January 24, 2011

Remember the Rain

I remember the last rain I had seen before this glorious day. It was January and this being October 24th it was long overdue. I was training soldiers on a firing range near the back entrance of our base. If it weren’t for the hills of dirt pushed up in rows forming the range, I could see for miles in a spot like this with nothing to interrupt the curve of the earth and horizon meeting. I remember that last rain and how the dust turned to clay and mud, weapons jammed and soldiers huddled closely under camouflage netting for cover. Not I. “Enjoy it,” I said, “because it won’t last and will be gone for a very long time." I spread my arms and looked up as if worshipping the rain and sky until it was over.

     Today as I sit in my little metal shed it finally comes back: the rain. The drops start slowly on the roof and soon it is as if there is an entire grade school class throwing handfuls of pebbles at my living quarters. I smile, if not outwardly then surely inside. I rise to the door, thunder crashing, dark gray and black skies looming overhead, and I step onto the pallet that is my porch. A piece of plywood stretches above me between the mortar barriers as an awning. Another two steps and I am in the rocks now, gravel hauled in by the truckloads and put between the endless rows of other barriers and metal sheds where other soldiers live and sleep. My arms are stretched out again and I am looking up to the sky. I take note of the fresh smell that rain always brings, even in this country. The air is thick and humid. Thoughts are racing through my mind. I realize I need to be near nature again or at least my concept of it. The mountains, trees, rivers, cold; America, Oregon. The ground wet with dew and a hazy fog rising off the lake at my feet. I would be wearing a damp pair of blue jeans with a knife at my side and a day of exploring ahead. “This could be my medicine,” I think. This would bring me back to who I am. This would remind me of what I am not. But for now, all I have is the rain and it is glorious. 

Andrew Schultz - This is a selection taken from one of my many journals written over the years. This piece was selected for the opening of the Washington State University "The Element" online journal of the arts in 2010 under the "Prose" section.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Starting the Blog

It has been a few years since I have had the time to do some "blogging". However, after the recent advances in social media it has become apparent how powerful these tools can be, for many reasons. The problem I saw with earlier blogs I had created was that web traffic was difficult to begin and direct. Twitter has proved to be very useful. In the last three days that I have personally been using Twitter I found myself easily directed to places, things, posts, businesses and products both locally and internationally which I would have never ran across normally on the web. This is great.

One important thing about me which you will not read in my bio is that I attended school in Portland, Oregon for a graphic designing degree ten years ago. Since then I have stayed current with designing programs. I was also a Radar Network Operations Sergeant in the U.S. Army for two years. From this experience I learned networking administration, Unix, and Linux. I also had the pleasure of working with one of my best soldiers, now Sergeant Betty. Sergeant Betty was a computer programming major in college and taught me a great deal about computer languages as well as having books and reference material available for me to learn while we were in Iraq.

These are the tools that I am going to employ in my journey of new age branding and promotion. Although my job is not the same now that I am a senior in college for Viticulture and Enology at Washington State University. I understand that knowing how to use these tools can help me be a great success in the future. Follow me as I apply my computer knowledge to learning, posting, promoting and reviewing all things related to the production and consumption of great alcoholic beverages while creating a beautiful environment in which to read about it.