There was a lot of good stuff in 2016, but a lot of tough things to get over as well.
Joined a band.
Started Reluctant-Teetotaler Website.
Traveled to Baja, Mexico.
Attended the 2016 Big Ears Festival in Knoxville.
Started Lutheran Hymnal Project.
Remained Happily Married.
Remained Happily Sober.
Got kicked out of the band.
A lot of people died.
That whole Trump thing.
So when Paul Clarke, editor of Imbibe Magazine called to tell me he had “some space” in the Jan/Feb issue and thought he might be able to fit something in about the reluctant-teetotaler, I was in a bit of a dark place. Not sleeping too well. I didn’t really think the mention in Imbibe would be anything too special. A side bar, maybe, or mention in another article.
While we were out of town for the holidays, I was puzzled when a friend texted me to say, “Hey! Congratulations on the Imbibe article! You’re first!”
First in what? Least likely to succeed? I know I’m not the first middle aged ex-bartender to give up drinking.
When we got back to California I resolved to track down this pesky new issue of Imbibe Magazine and find out what was going on.
Happily, when Mrs. Flannestad looked through the mail we’d gotten over the holiday, she discovered we had been sent the issue!
Huh. Paul didn’t mention anything about this being a special issue. That’s odd.
Page through the first few features, don’t see anything about my website. Get to the feature article, “Imbibe 75: People, places, and flavors that will shape the way you drink in 2017” and see my friend Humuhumu across from Paul’s summary. Well, that’s cool! Some San Franciscans made the Imbibe 75!
Turn the page to the first section, “People to WATCH: Drink innovators poised to make an impact in 2017”.
Oh. I see what my friend meant by, “You’re first!”
Wow! This went a long way towards making a pretty dark end of 2016 a lot better. It gave me hope that there might be some light in the new year. Nice Holiday Gift, Paul!
Though, ahem, I guess I have a lot of work to do this year to earn my place among Imbibe’s illustrious cast of characters!