So one of the things I miss here in Texas is that I don’t get to drink very often with friends other than my good wife. “Her indoors” is fine, but not quite the same as one of the guys. Tonight I spent 3 great hours with a neighbor of mine, Hudson, and we were drinking Fuller’s ESB and Old Speckled Hen all evening and everything was mighty fine. Hudson put on some great music including Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Simon and Garfunkel, and I’m sure I heard some Lou Reed too. It was a perfect evening. I’m looking forward to some exceptional evenings in the UK next week, even if it will be freezing most of the time. I know the Consul, in particular, will oblige me with quality beers, quality music and quality company and I can’t wait!