Time to Vent – Beer Trading
I was going to put up a beer review for today, Three Floyds Dreadnaught, but that is going to have to wait a day. Why, because some people just piss me off and I feel like venting , so now you get to enjoy my simple tirade over what my wife would call meaningless shit. To her credit, she’s right in the grand scheme of things beer trading is pretty meaningless.
I trade beer, I usually get 2 or 3 boxes a beer a week and send out about the same. Some of you may have actually been on the receiving end of one of these trades. So why do I trade beer? I trade to get a bottle (or a few bottles) that I can’t get with in driving distance of where I live. Since I live in New Jersey, there are a whole lot of Midwest and left coast beers I don’t have access too, I don’t want to have my wallet raped on eBay, and I can also share some east coast/local beers with others. So for instance the last box I got in the mail, Lost Abbey Red Poppy, Cigar City Guava Grove, Three Floyds Dreadnaught, Jolley Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial, Tyrenana Scurvy and Rocky’s Revenge. A great box, right? I thought so and this is the start of my story….
So I drop this person a note, thanking him for the great box with a couple of appreciated extras. Since I had not heard anything from him about the package I sent him, I asked if it came intact and he was okay with with what he received. I’m not in the habit of just trading once with someone, I’d like to form some sort of trading relationship so if I’m looking for something or they are looking for something we can help each other out. Did I violate some unwritten trading rule by asking if he got was satisfactory? Because, the response I got from him was “Oh that was last week, I have so may trades going on I lose track, but I’m sure it was fine”. What do mean “sure it was fine”? You get a box that has 5 22oz /750ml bottles and you don’t take notice or was the selection not up to your standards? And you were the one who initiated the trade, come on man!
Like my wife says, who cares. I guess I did. Was I just being overly sensitive? I don’t think so. Did I want some acknowledgment that he liked or was excited about the beer? Probably. But what got me to this point was the lack of care I got from his message. I just got under my skin, I feel better now. Thanks for reading my vent, if you made it this far…