Thirst Quenching Brew, Lessons Learned, and Community Potlucks

Can You Hack It? Thirst Quenching

June’s theme for the monthly Can You Hack It challenge was Thirst Quenching. Here are the entries for this month:

Ginger Beer (Everyone Wins)

The winning entry was home-brewed ginger beer, submitted by John Whiteside. This was John’s first attempt at home-brewing and was an overall success. When the first bottle was opened, everyone in the room got a surprise taste-test of the brew.

Six-pack Carrier

The other entry was of course beer related, made by Mike Benner (refriedchicken). This carrier was made from interlocking wood pieces, cut out using an X-carve, and braided paracord for the handle.

Learning over Expertise

The two entries for the Can You Hack It? challenge are great examples of Gangplank’s “Learning over Expertise” value. The first-time brewer, John, learned how much carbonation is too much, while the community learned to open new brews outdoors in the future. Mike also learned some ways to refine projects when using the X-carve, such as how to accommodate for warps in boards.

Initiative Spotlight: Health

A majority of the Gangplank Queen Creek members coincidentally decided to reduce the amount of take-out we order. As an alternative, we decided to start doing community potlucks. This has helped us each save money, not overstuff ourselves, and eat healthier meals throughout the week.

Collaboration, Costumes, Caffeine, and Carbs

Collaboration over Competition

If the web developers in the Queen Creek space all competed for contracts, I would be out of a job. Luckily, one of Gangplank’s core values is Collaboration over Competition. This value allows us to learn each others’ strengths and pass on leads accordingly. I am beyond grateful for this way of thinking in a community because it has allowed me to become a full-time freelancer, and I have never been happier in my career.

Initiative Spotlight: Local

Providing support to grow our local economy is an important initiative of Gangplank, you can read more about it here.

Schmear: Interviews & Mural

Gangplank gets most of its fuel from caffeine and carbs, so partnering with the new bagel and coffee shop, Schmear, was a no-brainer.

The owners, Lindsay and Matt, were able to host interviews in Gangplank’s conference rooms while their storefront was being completed. Having an influx of about 50 guests into the space throughout the week was a lot of fun; community members were able to help calm the pre-interview jitters by having mock interviews, introducing them to the space, and providing an energetic environment. In the mock interviews we offered tips on how to have a successful interview (apologies to the ones that didn’t research the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow).

Once the interviews were complete, Lindsay and Matt were able to do a deep dive into the offerings at Gangplank. After discovering the vinyl cutter they commissioned one of our regulars, Lisa, to design and cut out a 21ft by 8ft mural.

Community Member Spotlight

Guy’s Hulkbuster Costume

For Halloween of 2018 one of our regular members, Guy (aka, Magnetic Pigeon Head on Instagram), built a 9ft Hulkbuster costume. Phoenix Fan Fusion took notice of this awesome costume and offered Guy a booth at the event to show off the work of art. Stay tuned for his 9 foot, 3D-printed dragon head.

Arizona Trail in a Day

On Saturday October 6, 2018, hikers, runners, mountain bikers and equestrians will gather on the Arizona National Scenic Trail (AZT) to collectively complete the entire length of the 800-mile trail in a single day.

The trail has been divided into nearly 100 sections, ranging from 2.1 to 13.8 miles in length. Individuals will have 24 hours to complete their portion of trail.

The AZT passes through 8 wilderness areas, and 2 national parks. This means a few hearty participants will need to stage themselves in these areas at least a day before the actual event to be ready to complete their portion on October 6. Along with several access points that require 4-wheel drive or high clearance, and Arizona’s rugged terrain and climate, participants will need to be well prepared, and plan ahead.

Gangplank will leading Section 29 Florence-Kelvin Road TH to Kelvin Bridge

We will meet at Gangplank Queen Creek at 8:00am and carpooling to the Florence Kelvin Trailhead.  We will be starting the hike at the trail head at 9:30am.  This is an easy 2.1 mile point to point hike.  4.2 mile if choosing round trip.  Run it, walk it, all abilities welcome.

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