Today’s Reason To Drink

Canadians rule.

I’d really like to see Celine Dion in concert.

Just floating that idea out into the universe.

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Today’s Reason To Drink

Love on top.

So I’m not sure what’s going on with this cold temperature, but someone must put a stop to it. I can’t recall a time when it was this cold for this long this early.

There’s a reason I don’t live in North Dakota, so I shouldn’t have to be forced to endure it like I do.

Can we temporarily relocate to Florida? Mexico? Southern California? Australia?

I see the sun. It looks like it’s working. But it’s not. Our eternal microwave is broken at the moment, and the warranty just expired.

Anyway, while I’ve been staying indoors, I’ve tinkered with my bar a little and made shelves out of old Booker’s boxes. And by “made,” I mean took the boxes over to my buddy John King of Drunkwood and had him cut them in half.

The bottom half of the boxes make excellent risers, while the top half — with the clear plastic — will make even better ones when I put some colored lights underneath them. Those have been ordered and are on their way, thanks to Amazon.

Don’t worry, you’ll get an update here. What else is there to write about?

Today’s Reason To Drink

Sit at a piano more often, girl!

So I got the new Taylor Swift CD over the holiday weekend, and I have some thoughts about it. But first …

I actually bought a real live CD — one that you hold in your hand — because my car still has a CD player and I prefer to listen to music that way.

Now, I haven’t really bought a CD in years — usually I’ll download it to my computer from iTunes and then burn the CD from there (which is why I’m holding onto my old Mac Book — because it has a CD drive).

Anyway, I went into a Best Buy to find it, and unbeknownst to me, the store has downsized its music department! I remember the days of rushing to Best Buy to grab the new Dixie Chicks CD or, going back further, the new Hi-Five tape. I actually had to ask a man in a blue Best Buy T-shirt where the frickin’ music was.

My big dilemma was between Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus — and I chose Taylor, because my brother said he’d let me use his Spotify password to stream music. So Miley could wait.

I promptly put it in and listened to it. (Note: Opening a CD has not gotten any easier, for those wondering.)

And here are my thoughts …

I feel like she’s pissed and binging on techno bass. I like the two songs that have been released — “Ready for It?” and “Look What You Made Me Do” — but most of the others all sound the same. Perhaps I need to listen to them more and digest them, but that’s just an initial criticism.

Also, sadly, there is but one — ONE — ballad on the entire 15-song album, and that comes all the way at the end with “New Year’s Day.” Love the song, but I want more of those! Throw out the damn swish sounds and thumping bass and just sit yourself down at the piano. Please.

Remember “All Too Well”? I do, and I want another song like that. My inner teenage drama queen needs a good cry.

And now for the positive. I like the second song, “End Game,” because it has Ed Sheeran and rapper Future in it. Also, she mentions drinking whiskey on ice in one song, and drinking Old Fashioneds in another. So I’m thinking Ms. Swift prefers bourbon, and I like that.

My other favorite song is “This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” because it’s fun, catchy and speaks of that one friend we all have who ruins things — furniture, electronics, relationships, a good mood.

Today’s Reason To Drink

Christmas before the unwrapping.

Well, we survived another Christmas and now find ourselves caught in that awkward matrix between the big holiday and waiting for the new year to start. One Sunday you’re opening presents with family and sitting politely in church, and the next one you’re sipping tequila from a stripper’s belly button.

I’m guessing most of you are off this week, and to you, I say, “Enjoy it, you damn dirty elves.” I’m at work, staring at the empty streets of downtown because nobody else is at work. It’s freezing, it’s depressing and it’s lonely.

If you’re off, enjoy sleeping in, enjoy the mundaneness of daytime television and enjoy getting schmammered on a Wednesday night. You deserve it.

Just know that work next week will suck twice as hard.

Merry Christmas, Mayor Fischer!

Blackberry is best!

The past few weeks, I’ve been hard at work finding five more decent Old Fashioneds at Louisville bars as a Christmas present for Mayor Greg Fischer.

Here’s more on that. I ended up digging up some pretty yummy ones from Village Anchor, Dish, The Pearl, Red Herring and Migo.

Try the Blackberry Old Fashioned from Village Anchor … you won’t be disappointed.

Today’s Reason To Drink

Old table, new table.

Just because I can’t sit still … here’s another project I’ve been working on. Found this coffee table in someone’s trash and decided to clean it, sand it and stain it.

Now, when you sit on my bourbon barrel couch, you have somewhere to put your drink.

Boom!

(Thanks to E for spotting the table and proving it’s sturdy by jumping on it repeatedly, and thanks to Leslie for letting me borrow a sander.)