Of course, many of you drink alcohol...we're Catholic and not protestant after all. Not that there are not protestants that drink but we're not the sort to frown upon it.
I'm curious as to your favorites. I know that Jim likes his wine and I think he has a taste for Yellowtail? Of course, Fabrizio likes his wine as it's genetic and God knows what else...manly man that he is.
Val, I am, indeed, partial to Yellowtail merlot!
But I consider it a defect of character that I've never acquired a taste for for hard liquor (James Daly would probably agree!) and it shames me to admit that in spite of that in spite of the fact that I intensely disliking the taste of whisky, et. al, in my younger days — especially those days before reaching the age of majority — I did, indeed, choose to partake, not because I enjoyed it but because of that wonderful feeling of reckless abandon such indulgence did perpetrate in me.
Ok, I'm a girl. I like fruity rum drinks, cosmopolitans, vodka tonics and the occasional margarita but only certain unique types and on the rocks. On Thanksgiving I have two chocolate vodka martini's that my brother, the former bartender, makes for me. I don't often drink straight alcohol. A college professor of mine once enticed me into a binge of bourbon because she was convinced I would become uninhibited and reveal some deep part of myself which she felt I was hiding. She was under the table far before me (never forget her mom, "is this how you are with your students?") It resulted in the most drunken and unpleasant state I've been in my life (I was 25 and never again was my motto...and I kept to it) so I wasn't able to drink bourbon for 26 years but not long ago, I had a rather pricey one that a friend got as a gift and i didn't have much..it was on the rocks but I drank it and didn't get sick at the mere thought of it. It was good but I only wanted a little. I very rarely will have a scotch with a friend who likes to drink it. Once in a while cognac but again, rarely. I don't drink to excess and in fact, have a rule where I'm allowed to drink on 6 occasions a year except that I'm allowed unlimited drinking with one particular friend. However, he's a very busy man so it's not that much a loophole..we don't get together that often but it's usually dinner, perhaps theater or opera and drinks.
It further shames me to admit that 'fruity' drinks that mask the taste of hard liquor appeal to me. However, rather than take the position "I am a girl", which flies in the face of my need to assert my masculinity, it should not surprise anyone that I contend that holding that position is simply a defensive mechanism to deflect the eye-rolls of those COLers who actually believe
that they really LIKE
the nasty stuff!
ummm... maybe Fabrizio likes Bourbon too or maybe it was Dean? You would think that, after all these years, I'd know what to serve you all at a COL make believe party.
He also like cigars but I won't hold that against him and should he ever really
decide to visit The Grove,
he is welcome to indulge the tobacco habit. (Should such an event ever actually
happen, I will probably even join him, sick though it may make me!)
I will consider your position if stated with firm, well-thought-out, quiet reasoning. Hateful diatribe, ad hominem attacks and shouted rhetoric don't impress.