Friday, May 9, 2014

TMI: Make mine a double!

I always enjoy answering Sean's Too Much Information questions.    And I don't want to blog about my week right now which was partly fabulous but mainly stressful. 

By the way, the LGBTQ student conference I attended was fantastic, during which I unexpectedly ended up on stage, microphone in hand, telling my coming-out story to a gathering of 100 students, teachers, superintendents and directors of education!  Details to follow in my Sunday post.


1. Do you have a favorite alcoholic drink? I'm not much of a drinker although I do enjoy one or two drinks. Any more than that and I just feel sick; I think it's a hold-over from the nausea I experienced during my cancer treatments.

I haven't gotten seriously drunk in many years. It takes me days to recover; I just don't think that it's worth the buzz.

I never keep alcohol in the house but do buy beer and red wine for my guests. I do occasionally enjoy sneaking a drink out of my father's liquor cabinet.  Rye whiskey (also called Canadian whiskey) is my my first choice and Bacardi rum a close second.

2. What kind of wine do you prefer? I only buy red wine and invariably select a moderately-priced Canadian; there are some fantastic wines made in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley.

3. Do you have a favorite beer? When in a bar, I always order a glass of a local beer on tap, the darker and stronger the better.

4. Can you taste the difference between vodkas? No. I always drink vodka with juice so I can pretend that it's a healthy choice. All that sweetness masks the vodka taste.

5. Are you a top shelf or rail kinda person? Definitely not top shelf!  But I do buy liquor from a reputable distiller.

One time, I bought an $8.00 bottle of rum while in Cuba and discovered what really terrible liquor was like. Every drink gave me a headache which resembled someone pounding a nail into my skull.

6. What was your most memorable (good, bad or embarrassing) drinking experience? When I was 26 and plenty old enough to know better, I had just quit my engineering job in Quebec and my colleagues took me out to get rip-roaring drunk. I insisted on walking the few miles home at 2:00 myself, along some railroad tracks.

Although I was barely able to stand, I climbed to the top of the telephone pole to steal a couple of antique green glass insulators, above.  I inched my way up, caterpillar fashion, by hugging the pole with my arms and thighs.  It was lucky that I wasn't killed!

BONUS Have you ever drunk dialed?  Nope. But I've drunk blogged in a minor sort of way.


  1. I like your answers!
    I prefer Bourbon Whiskey to Rye. Both are good, Bourbon are better!
    Wine? Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
    Beer is easy: High ABV IPA! I do love a hoppy beer, and IPAs are my favorite!
    I hate vodka (long story) and will only buy mid-level Bourbons, or top shelf stuff. No crap for me.
    There's too many for #6, both ways, and no, I've never drunk dialed anyone!!!

    Peace <3

    1. I must try bourbon the next time I'm at the liquor store. It's really a southern USA thing, isn't it? I don't know anyone here who drinks it or who served it at their house.

    2. Bourbon is only made in Kentucky. Particular ingredients, particular aging, etc. Look for Maker's Mark if you want top shelf without breaking the bank...also good, but less expensive is Evan Williams Black. If you want to break the bank, find Woodford's Reserve or any "single barrel" from the above. They're all fine sipping whiskies, with an ice cube or two.

      Peace <3

  2. Ha--I just wrote and posted a comment but it's disappeared. So, here goes a second try:
    I don't drink hard liquor -- too many of my family members destroyed their health and family lives with heavy drinking. However a single malt scotch sipped from a liqueur glass can be really nice on a cold winter's night.

    I avoid commercial American beers as little better than horse piss. The Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown, NY is near the Glimmerglass opera Festival where I go each summer. They make fantastic Belgian-style beers with a champagne-like secondary fermentation. I always bring back a couple of cases. However, thanks to the husband who gave me my own beer brewing kit a couple of Christmases ago, I can now make my own strong dark beers.

    LOVE the first two men, particularly the spectacular torso and pecs on the first guy, although the cutie with the artfully posed tool looks like all kinds of fun just waiting to happen.

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