Innovation and Beer, Don’t Die Without Trying Both of Them!

Are you going to make a mark on the world or not?  Maybe it’s fashion for you, or engineering, or your family, but are you going to do it? Because there is one thing for sure, if you don’t, you will regret it. This is the Hendrix Keg, one of me and my brothers ideas, a project we could undertake to change the world in our small way. I want to tell you how challenging it has been, give my thumbs up to those who forge their own paths, and encourage you to put your ideas out there to make the world you want.  

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My brother and I could get jobs, we’ve been to college, I even made a resume for business class!  No no, not me. I want to push myself to the breaking point and sometimes break it. What can I think, what can my hands build.  From the experience of working summers on my grandpa’s farm, building stuff is easy, as long as you like junk and the only living beings that see it are the cows on the farm or your mom.  Seriously, my mom buys junk! I bet yours does too.  Some people are like that, but if you want it to look good and work also, that’s the hard part, all the small stuff.  You ever heard someone say, “don’t sweat the small stuff”?  That shit ain’t true, you better sweat it and be soaked, and then run an extra mile.  Well, we got soaked taking our keg from a proof of concept prototype to a production prototype.  But we got it, and it’s awesome. We danced like bullfighters and hid behind the cape when we had to. Even took the metaphorical horn up the ass, ouch!

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The experience of building this keg has kinda been like those old days of working a jigsaw puzzle on my grandma’s table, except she wasn’t there to find all the hard pieces!  Like the sky that is all blue or all the little green leaves.  Come back Grandma, I need you, and bring some of those cinnamon rolls you would make! This puzzle had all kinds of weird miniature parts that had to fit together in a nice little package.  I guess you could say we made a 3D puzzle that stores your beer, keeps it fresh and carbonated, and dispenses it. And for all the hard times we’ve had, it feels really good to see something through to the end.  Now for the next phase, a Kickstarter campaign to see what the rest of the world thinks of the Hendrix Keg.

Cheers to those who take chances and put their ideas out to the world. It’s hard and unforgiving. When you step out of bounds to carve your own path you don’t know the outcome. You’re alone and it’s all up to you. I tip my hat to you and encourage others to step out of bounds also. It feels great to choose your own mountain and climb it. To know what it’s like to be ravaged by the mountain winds, circled by vultures, and make it to the top is special. You learn about yourself and other people, lots of them less fortunate than you are. As the saying goes, life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, beer in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming “WOO-HOO, what a ride.”

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