The Daily Grog

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About

Hey there, my name is Skylar; I'm a writer and photographer. I usually live in Seattle, WA but right now I'm a nomad (aka vagrant) and living out of a backpack.

What I'm drinking: a negroni - but ask me tomorrow.

What I'm cooking: probably shakshuka -  I make it better than you, come at me.

What I'm watching: waiting to stream Glass Onion.

What I'm reading: Forever and a Day - don't judge me.

My work is primarily supported by kind people like you. If you find it of any value please join the fray and become a Grog Club member:

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If you have questions or just want to say hi, email me at skylar@thedailygrog.com - I'll do my best to respond.


Some Details

Phew, you made it this far. I suppose you're one of those weirdos like me, interested in the person who made the thing you're reading and/or looking at. So let's get into it.

The Origin Story

My first trip abroad ever came in 2017. I had just finished paying off my student loans and had been waiting for a few years to treat myself. I got a very cheap, $230, round-trip flight to Belgrade, Serbia. I had NO idea what was in Serbia, only vaguely aware of where it was on a map. But it was somewhere foreign, somewhere different. And that's what mattered to me at the time.

That trip changed me. There are so many memories from that trip that I can still, and probably always will, see so vividly in my mind. Perhaps more than any was a small, unsuspecting basement bar tucked away in downtown Belgrade, called Rakia bar. They served, well rakia - a Serbian/Balkan brandy made from different types of fruit. It was delicious, I had never had anything like it before. The bartender, who was about as curious in my curiosity as I was, explained the different types of fruits and poured a little of each in small glasses for me to try.

From that moment on, something started percolating in the back of my mind.

Then, a few years later, some friends and I took a tour at the Jameson distillery on a trip to Dublin. Our tour guide told us a story about how back in the day, workers used to get a ration of whiskey after their shift, dubbed “the daily grog.”

That was it.

This story made me realize how alcohol has played an essential role in not only the development of civilizations but also our personal history. It has been the center of technological innovation, weaponized by governments, and shared with family and friends around the dinner table. So, I thought it would be interesting to try and use alcohol as a lens to view and write about my travels.

The Daily Grog was born.

Also, I just liked the sound of it.

My Work

I guess nowadays we're called "creators," but to be honest I don't really like that name. I do however, create things on occasion.

Newsletters

Most of my work is done through this website and a weekly newsletter called "The Daily Grog." There are a few topics that my work tends to focus on:

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Published Essays:

Platforms

A word on platforms - let me be clear, I HATE just about every form of social media. Seriously, I loathe them. But I do begrudgingly use them on occasion:

Business Stuff

Once upon a time I built data products for universities to better manage their data and analytics infrastructure on campus. If that's your sort of thing, find me here.

Support

I run and maintain this site and newsletter by myself. As such, my work is primarily supported by kind people like you through Grog Club memberships. If you find my work worth something of value to you, you can support The Daily Grog by:

  1. Subscribing to the FREE newsletter
  2. Join the Grog Club
  3. Buying me a coffee
  4. Simply emailing me, saying hi, and showing your appreciation

If you have questions or just want to say hi, email me at skylar@thedailygrog.com - I'll do my best to respond.

Cheers,

SR ✌️