Every few months there is a day, much like a comet streaking across the sky or an eclipse, where I can’t find a beer article to care about enough to comment on it. I will scour the internet for an hour or so and give up. Today is one of those days.
There was the story of the self-driving truck delivering beer in Colorado. This is more of a story about self-driving trucks then it is about beer. It makes for self-driving vehicles to do long haul shipping because highway driving is straightforward and boring. You drive straight, you turn with the curves, and you exit to get onto another highway to drive straight and turn with the curves. No, they won’t replace beer delivery drivers with robot trucks. Human interaction is required to tell you that the keg you needed isn’t on the truck because the driver couldn’t “find” it that morning.
The other story of some interest to me was the long form piece in The New York Times about the forever war between administrators and students over drinking on college campuses. I was mostly interested in how mundanely similar the drinking cultures of college campuses are. It’s like the college drinking scene on every campus is every high school and college party scene in a movie balled up together shoved into a tub of beer and tequila for 48 hours and then thrown up against the wall while a bunch 20-year-old college students stand around it and marvel at how awesome this thing they created is. I don’t mean to make light of what has been serious topic since I as in college 20 years ago. It’s just that I don’t know if The New York Times took it as seriously as they should have.
The Michigan and Boston University sections each appear to be stories ripe for a semester-long ride along. Embedding with the student monitors at Michigan for at least the first semester and football season would be interesting. How does being a student monitor affect the student monitors? Is it more effective to have at least some of the policing done by students over time? Embedding with cops arresting drunken college students seems to be the easiest call. The narrative mix of comedy and tragedy that would generate is wonderful to think about as a writer. Maybe something like that is in the works. I just know doing more than just parachuting in for a weekend would have given the reading public more insight on what is going on campuses, how universities and the cities they are in are fighting to keep some semblance of control, and whether any of their efforts are working.