Belgian Beers and Geeking Out
I’d come across Kasey a while back, both of us were into travel oriented websites, primarily dealing with hitchhiking, rideshare, hospitality and this sort of thing. We’d shot some emails back and forth and even had a video chat once, but this would be the first time meeting him in person.
We got acquainted more over tea and Kasey had some food cooked up, talking about travel mostly from an ideas point of view, like how technology was and could continue to expose and create easy ways for people to enjoy a life on the move.
They’ve apparently got just over 2000 beers to choose from, we went for what was on tap, I had to go for the Tremmens straight away. We sipped the miracle elixirs while continuing on our techie travel talks amongst other conversation.
More beers, friends, people with guitars and more beers, another bar and more of beers poured into goblets embracing our enjoyment. On the bike ride back home we got samosas, the deli snack of choice, plus I had to get another bottle to go, taking advantage of the benefit of them opening the bottle and being allowed to drink on the street. This is a freedom only several places in the States allow, like Vegas, New Orleans and Savannah.
While we were still standing there pondering how to get it back, security guards came up and soon they were arguing with Kasey in Dutch and we were leaving without the chair, Kasey was furious, after all it was pretty senseless that these people were defending their trash, preferring it wound up in a landfill rather than being utilized.
Our coding continued, we even managed to launch a new version of the site I’d been working on, Trip Hopping. One of Kasey's friends had also been around for the Geekend, between us futzing with several projects and distracting ourselves with any cool new web toy we found in the process.
The beers had been great, so had the coding and company. My next destination wasn’t all too far away, Amsterdam. I’d been told of a communal house there where people came and went, worked on projects, dumpstered for food and mostly lived transient lifestyles. I was excited to check it out.