My father passed away on December 12th. He was a good man, lived a long and fulfilling life and considered himself successful. Death came quickly, without too much pain, and as a friend. He faced his own mortality with as much courage and dignity as anyone I’ve ever seen.
His death, as well as other changes in my circumstanced convinced me to retire from my most recent occupation. Once I get everything straightened out and stable, I should have more time to devote to CFG as part of my new career — puttering .
But in the meantime there is so much stuff to do, and it is so loaded with emotional freight that I’m finding it very difficult to finish several nearly-done entries and post them. Of the “Five Phases of Loss” I seem to have gone straight to “Anger, Blame and Victimhood” and will likely remain there for some time. If you know me in the real world, and I seem surly… it’s your fault, you jerk.
Grudge bearing or not, it shouldn’t be tooooooo much longer before I start posting again.
In the future, there will be espresso blogging. Our old Pasquini Livia 90 died several months ago after nearly 22 years of faithful service. We bought a La Cimbali Junior DT/1 Casa to replace it from Chris Coffee. While the credit card was still smoking, we also bought a La Cimbali Max/Hybrid grinder. As soon as my retirement account frees up (what’s taking so long?) I’ll buy a roaster as well — probably a Behmor 1600. In the meantime, we’ll soldier on with other peoples’ roasting.
While the office company card in my name still worked, we also purchased a “regular” coffee maker (Cuisinart) and an electric tea brewer (Trini-Tea) to add to the other items (press pot, electric kettle, etc.) in the room which serves as our sanctus sanctorum for Mocha, Our Lady of Hot Water.
So, yes. There will be espresso blogging..