1. I won't know the whole story about my annual physical exam today until the results of my blood work come in, but, so far, so good. Blood pressure was golden. The doctor didn't find any problems as he poked and felt around. I got a shingles shot. I'm optimistic that while my kidney function continues to slowly decline, no other big problems seem to be emerging.
2. Since my doctor is in Laurel and I don't get up there very often, I thought I'd do some shopping for beer at Total Wine and I hit the jackpot. I bought several bombers of specialty stouts and imperial IPAs and, most important, especially as far as the Deke is concerned, I found three more bombers of Stone's Black IPA. We now have a varied and generous beer list at home that will last us for a while.
3. The Deke and I sure enjoy going to Old Line Bistro on Fridays. Tonight, we split a breaded eggplant sandwich on flatbread (because we never seem to have eggplant at home -- ha!) and we each had a flight of four tasters of beer. I enjoyed three splendid Maryland beers: the Groove City Hefeweizen from RAR, the Riot Rye Pale Ale from Monocacy, and Flying Dog's HBC-291, a single hop double IPA. I rounded out the flight with a Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Brewing, a perfect dessert beer to drink after enjoying our eggplant sandwich.