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by Mark Wood

Flyin' Kites

You’ll be pleased to know we still do what we do, drink homebrew and slay some of the finer mysteries in life. The only new addition is my piano, a welcome victim of a moving sale.

Smokin’ Joe: “Play us a tune!”

I can’t.

Jimmy Two Fires: “You absolutely must massacre a tune for our entertainment!”

It’s going to take a lot of work; right now you guys are a crying waste of an audience.

SJ: “What about Benjamin Franklin out flyin’ kites in lightning storms?”

I had no idea what he was talking about but it was a pleasant diversion.

JTF: “That wasn’t his first kite, you know. He had to learn how to make a good one so he could get a key up there.”

SJ: “He never got struck by lightning on his first try either. No sir! Everybody was gawkin’ at him stood up in the rain flyin’ kites, tryin’ to discover EE-LEC-TRICITY.”

Never thought of it that way before. We all filled our mugs & pondered the foolishness.

SJ: “Did you know he also invented a woodstove?”

JTF: “Yep, it was a self-titled-debut machination called the Franklin.”

SJ: “He never stopped though, did he? Between feeding the stove & flyin’ kites he was frustrated.”

JTF: “S’true! Every successful person is a shining example of a ton of failure.”

I swelled with pride and failure, they’re right; I’m almost there.

Mark is also a regular columnist with The Independent (.ca) newspaper.