The title is a poem called “Reflections on Ice-Breaking” by Ogden Nash from 1931. Some people believe liquor (or any form of alcohol) can be used to convince other people to do something. That’s partially true but I won’t get into it.
The best thing about consuming alcoholic drinks is that it allows you to relax. Too little isn’t enough and too much is simply too much. The trick is to find the balance between the two extremes. I have found that balance.
A lot of people like beer and a lot of people like wine. More power to them. I can drink beer and I can drink wine but I usually prefer liquor. It takes a lot of beer or wine to get me to the level of intoxication I want to reach. Drinking that much of anything can make me feel worse than not drinking at all.
My wife, Josie, likes two particular drinks and it depends on the occasion: Sweet red wine or tequila. Neither of them can be just any brand. She likes Carlo Rossi wine, and she likes tequila with brand names like Jose Cuervo and Patrón. I’m not as particular.
If I drink beer, which goes well with pizza and spaghetti, I prefer the stronger and darker beer brands. In the past, I’ve enjoyed Dos Equis Ambar, Yuengling, Sam Adams Boston Lager and even Michelob Classic Dark.
Regardless of the American or British spelling, it’s the form of liquor I prefer these days. I spent several years with rum and cola drinks and now I drink whiskey on ice. There are various brands and flavors I like but for the most part, regular bourbon is the best.
I like honey whiskey (bourbon infused with honey liqueur) made by Evan Williams and Jim Beam but I don’t want to drink those flavors often. They’re sweet and way too easy to drink quickly. I can only sip on regular bourbon (on ice) and that’s the way I like it. Two drinks is usually enough to put me where I want to be, a total state of relaxation.
Josie doesn’t like it when I drink too much and most of the time I don’t. If I slip up and have three drinks instead of two, I’ll fall asleep quickly and snore more than usual. She can’t sleep when I’m like that unless she falls asleep first.
In the past and in certain situations, I’ve been called an alcoholic. I guess that term would apply to just about anyone who drinks alcohol, depending on the perspective of the person making the accusation. I don’t think I’m an alcoholic because I don’t display any of the classic symptoms and I don’t need alcohol for anything.
When I was young, between the ages of 17 and 25, I did a lot of social drinking. Then I stopped drinking completely for a couple of years. I drank once when I was 26, when I was stationed on Okinawa. There were a lot of single drinking incidents like that until I was already in my fifties. I started drinking more often at my house in the Philippines. Of course, I’m not the only one in the compound that drinks.
I’ll be 60 later this year and I’ve already outlived a lot of my peers, after surviving a 20-year stint in the military. At this point, I really don’t care what anyone thinks of me.