“Uh…that isn’t good.” I said.
Funny thing is there was no pain until the next day. Not enough to make me cut the whole foot off, stop walking, or anything like that. No swelling, no discoloration, it was a carbon copy of the one on the other side. It just hurt a little bit unless I tried to turn. Then it really hurt.
“Eh…walk it off tough guy.” I chirped while drinking my second cup of coffee.
When the pain didn’t go away after a day or two I started to get more concerned and walked a bit more gingerly. By Friday I was waiving off cliff jumps and fishing trips. If the pain wasn’t cleared out by the weekend I was going into the doc.
Friday night after a quick trip to the local brew vendor I decided there were only two ways to salvage this mess. Wrap the ankle up and do a beer review on the blogilicious. I have seen a few beer reviews on other fishing blogs and have always wanted to chime in on the subject. I have explored beer to a great extent and dare say these exploits have been nearly as adventurous as my fishing. My only stipulation is that the beer I review has to have something to do with fish or fishing.
On with the review…
Kokanee, A Canadian Pilsner. Doesn’t taste like salmon!
Kokanee is a light pilsner lager compared to most Canadian beers with 5.0% alcohol and just so happens to be the best selling beer in British Columbia. Having consumed the other Canadian products such as Molson’s “Golden, Canadian and even their XXX”, I decided to give Kokanee a side-by-side taste run. Probably not the best idea I have ever had.
The flavor is light compared to another Canadian import that I have tasted. In fact this tastes a lot like a “Yank” beer such as Budwesier or MGD. The color, body and even the label looks a lot like a beer you would find in the United States. Easy to tip back I might add and about three-fourths the drunken-punch of a regular Canadian import (by about 0.3 to 0.5% depending on the exact beverage). I had three down by the time I remembered the six-pack of Molson Canadian I bought as well for the head to head match up. One swig of the more stout M-C and I could tell the difference. Had to pace myself with the M-C’s in order to catch up. Have to admit that the Kokanee was pretty smooth.
The problem isn’t the taste…it’s the slogans. The folks at Kokanee had a local niche with the original slogan “Brewed RIGHT in the Kootenays”. But everyone that lived outside the Kootenays said…”What’s a Kootenay? I don’t think beer is supposed to come out of there.”
So they change the old slogan to “Glacier Fresh!”…um…glaciers are kinda like the oldest thing on the planet next to rocks. I know there is a complex filtering and brewing process (they use stream water actually) but aren’t glaciers pretty much the same thing as really old ice cubes? Why not say you use spring water or just plain old runoff if your angle is to be “fresh”? I don’t know. If it were me, the glacier angle would be different…
“Smooth like a glacier…Prehistoric buzz!!!”
In closing, I would say that Kokanee is a good, light tasting Canadian import that doesn’t require bail money.
The ankle? It sounds crazy but I could tell that there was something out of place. I wrapped the ankle and foot up in an ace bandage and rotated it in the air until the crunching noises stopped. There was a warm tingly sensation that felt like blood rushing into the damaged area for several minutes. The sharp pain was gone and only a mild soreness remained. Now if I could only cure this prehistoric hangover.
Good luck and Good Fishing.