OK, its November 15th and I still haven’t done a post on Homecoming, my trips and Halloween. I know that I owe alot to this blog but these days has been so hectic. So what brought me to blog today? Well it has been quite a crappy day. I messed up my experiment today at the lab and I feel so bad because one experiment takes days to do and I just messed up this one that uses 10x the amount I usually use. To kill my guilt and crappy feeling, I munched on a chocolate chunk cookie from Starbucks just now and now i will blog. Why blog? Because blogging makes me edit my photos and what’s with photos? Because it snaps down the happy moments of your life. Thus I hope to gain some positivity from the happy memories and continue writing my 40%-grade review paper.
I choose to blog on this mainly because the photos are lesser and easier for me to edit. Haha! This happened on a Saturday evening – November 5th. It was a social event for the Mizzou Hydrogen Car Team. Our super former marine team member – Marcus invited all of us to his farm somewhere a few miles out of Columbia to chill and have fun for the night. Tim fetched me, Kristina and Carlos in the evening and we headed off to the suburbs. This was my first time going to a farm and gosh, the scenery is so Be-au-ti-fullllll!!!!
When we reached there, Marcus and Andy had started to brew beer. Marcus is the Vice-president of Mizzou’s Fermentation Sciences Club (sounds so ‘chun’ right, but it actually means you brew beer. LOL) That day they brewed Harpoon’s Winter Warmer (do not ask me what is it, i also don’t know. haha) All I know is, the final color looks like stout, other than the usual grains used in beer brewing, Andy added some green pellets (that smelt like fish food) and that’s it.
So while the guys are killing their curiosity in beer brewing, me and Kristina headed out to snap some shots on the farm.
So, if its a chill out night, there must be food! I was introduced to Chili (not the red chilly, but beef, beans type of chili), Sloppy Joe (chili on bread), ‘some type of biscuit that tastes like sour cream but is very good’, Haystack (made of chow mein noodles dipped in butterscotch), vegetable dip and the most famous American hot dog.
Well, Marcus’ place is really huge. The workshop itself can be a studio apartment. Beside this workshop is his house. A standalone house on a farm. If you are here to see for yourself, it would be your ideal retirement home.
So, here is beer brewing part 2. Just for your information, beer brewing takes up 4 to 5 hours for the whole process and the beer has to be fermented for 3 weeks before being consumed.
Now, the highlight of my trip to the farm! POTATO GUN! Potato guns are a very American thingy. As you might already know, Americans have their own garage and workshop and they build their own stuff. A potato gun is usually made of PVC pipes and the purpose of it? The name says it all – fire a potato! How the mechanism works? I don’t know but what i now is there is the ignition top where you put in hair spray, press it and doosh! Your potato shoots off!
I tried a few times to get my potato gun working. You have to work fast as the hair spray can leak very easily and sometimes your potato does not fit that nicely. I think i tried like 4 times before i managed to fire my potato. Thanks to Tim!
Other than potato gun, i learned about Beerpong. Its a game but I haven’t played it before. Haha! We left quite early because we were already there for about 6 hours, so I missed out the game part.
Lastly, we tried the beer. it is still alcohol-free so its not considered beer. Lol. Anyway, what i wanted to say that it tastes really good and Kristina said ‘Why beer doesn’t taste like this? This should be the beer for girls.’ haha.
By: Yu Ping (UGRAD 2011-2012)