Tag: Drinking

Forgotten Debates

 

With all the focus on current issues, I was reminded recently that it is possible to lose focus on the timeless debates, that might not have a true answer but must be considered in order to have perspective on where we’ve come from to where we’re going.

I’m speaking, of course, on the ancient struggle between “Great Taste” and “Less Filling.” Now, I can’t say which is the correct perspective, nor would I presume to tell other people what they should think. What I can do is provide information on how great thinkers of the past considered the question, and thereby perhaps help others gain insight on the question.

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This cocktail is my riff on a very old drink called a Blue Blazer, the preparation of which is usually more enjoyable than the actual taste of the cocktail. The liquid, an admixture of scalding hot water and alcohol, really is on fire, and that’s why this cocktail is challenging and somewhat dangerous to make. […]

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Drinking Lessons

 

I was a scofflaw. In my state it is against the law to provide alcohol to any person who is under age 21. When my sons were underage, I broke this law on a few occasions. Neither of them ever embraced the binge-drinking culture when they went to college. Teach your kids how to drink.

I saw a story featured in the Google News “spotlight.” It was an article from CNN, a few months ago, titled “Is Drinking with your Kids at Home a Good Idea?” I say, yes it is a very good idea. Your kids need good role models. They need to see that adults can enjoy one drink or two drinks and then stop. They need to learn how to enjoy one drink and then stop.

Modern American youth culture wants to teach them that, when you drink, you are drinking to get drunk. It is all over social media, TV, movies, pop songs, etc. Drunkenness is a laughing matter. Often it is an excuse for bad behavior, such as casual sex, which is frequently blamed on alcohol.

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The title comes from a blog post over at OneVaderFive by the esteemed Michael Foley (Michael P. Foley, an Associate Professor of Patristics at Baylor University, is the author of a Drinking with the Saints: The Sinner’s Guide to a Holy Happy Hour (Regnery, 2015), a book that pairs beer, wine, and cocktail suggestions with […]

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Too Drunk to Fish

 

It was about 19:00 on a late August evening 1978.  Arlen and I had been out sailing our boats on our local TVA lake all day.  We had come back to the dock, tied up, and were sitting in our respective cockpits enjoying a couple of cold beers while planning tomorrow’s sailing chatting across the finger pier between us.

A big pick-up truck hauling a very expensive bass boat came down the launch ramp, did a U-turn and stopped.  Four guys piled out.  Two from the cab and two from the back bed of the truck.  It became obvious in an instant they had all been drinking.  They were laughing, staggering around and generally having way too much fun.  They were looking forward to a beautiful evening of fine fishing.

It’s finally here.  Election day.  The final reckoning.  As the clock ticks down to zero hour, we sit down to run through the last minute numbers, talking points and demographics (and discuss what we’ll each be drinking on election night).  Join us on the lifeboat.

Vodka: More Than Floor Polish

 

shutterstock_177572543This is the second in an occasional series concerning the role of vodka in Russian life and culture. It is offered primarily for its practical value, and not in the spirit of building bridges of peace and understanding through positive dialogue between peoples, and so forth. In my experience, positive dialogue and greater understanding are likely to lead to more mutual scorn, contempt and low regard, not less.

As I explained in the first post in this series, Russians have a deep and dysfunctional love affair with vodka. To a Russian, vodka is not just an efficient vehicle for delivery of alcohol into the bloodstream: it is an all-purpose tonic for life’s physical and spiritual ills.

But there’s more. Vodka is also the Swiss Army knife of distilled spirits. It is a sort of cross between holy water, peyote, and duct tape. The following is actual folk wisdom from the Russian internet regarding vodka’s many uses. Please understand, I am not claiming that it is good advice. I offer it for entertainment purposes only and make no representations or warranties regarding the safety or effectiveness of these uses. Also, by reading through to the end of this sentence, you agree to waive all claims of liability against me and assume all risk in connection therewith.

The Wine Train and Racism

 

UnknownIt’s a national story. Last month, a group of 11 women (10 of whom are black) were escorted off the Napa Valley Wine Train, allegedly for loud and obnoxious behavior that elicited complaints from other passengers. Today, they are suing the Wine Train for $11 million alleging discrimination.

The women were members of a book club who saw were simply having a good time. Been there; done that!

Apparently, on more than one occasion, Wine Train staff asked the women to tone it down but their response, as reported in the Napa Valley Register was, “we thought the purpose of the Wine Train was to have a good time and enjoy being with a large group.”

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Updates to my previous conversations: Dad:  home since mid-June, he’s doing well.  I think he’s had a wake-up call, and realizes ‘cheating’ on food by mouth can’t happen anymore.  We celebrated his 83rd birthday 8/2.  He had cataract surgery 8/4 on his right eye, and it’s now 20/30 vision.  His left eye gets done 8/18, […]

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I offer the following guide as a service to the Ricochet Community, and also because I’ve decided to sit out the current political silly season, and instead focus on the one thing that really matters. Russian history begins with alcohol dependency (and it will most likely end that way too, the way things are going). […]

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I inserted this comment on one of the posts trying to deal with the fall-out from some very contentious posts.  I was trying to lighten the tone, but thought later—why not expand this idea?  So here goes…. I’m decorating a pub for use by the members.  It will be warm, inviting, and have very sturdy […]

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What Your Beer Says About Your Politics

 

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The Washington Post came up with this chart based on data about the relationship between your liquor of choice, your partisan affiliation, and your vote propensity. A few highlights:

  • Wine drinkers are more likely to vote than beer drinkers.
  • Low-calorie beers lean Republican.
  • Heavier beers lean Democrat.
  • Someone who enjoys a nice single-malt scotch is more likely to cast a ballot than someone who prefers Canadian whiskey, and malt liquor drinkers turn out with the least frequency.

I’m not much of a wine-bibber myself so I rely on you to tell me whether this rings true in your experience.

Sounds Like Most of My Friday Nights

 

I’m out of town this week, but I’m grateful that a fellow Phoenix resident is taking up the slack in my absence:

The incident began about 2:30 a.m. Friday when a man went through the drive-through at a Julioberto’s near Seventh Street and Glendale Avenue and lost track of his cellphone, said Sgt. Steve Martos, a Phoenix police spokesman.