Last night I indulged in an overgrown adolescent fantasy with my "BFF". There was no porn involved, nor did we tip cows or crash a kegger. No, we two 35 year old women made our first stop at the food truck park where I irresponsibly scarfed down Philly cheese steak nachos from a vendor called … Continue reading Playing WIth Your Joystick While Drinking: An Adult-Adolescent Dream
Last night at a 3oth birthday party for my friend Bill, I was in the company of some younger adults who had just reached anothr coming-of-age milestone: 21! The younger folks were the creative / designer / web developer types. Which means that they are super-cool but don't know it and have limited capability for … Continue reading Drink Up! It’s All Fun and Games…Or Is It?
You know something has become ritualized when they sell products specifically to deal with the phenomenon or your friend has a friend who's aunt has a secret receipe. Example: hangover cures. The physical depletion and near-hospitalization experience of dehydration and liver damage that occurs after a night of excessive "celebration", also known as self-destruction (per … Continue reading The Function of The Hangover As A Biological Ritual
Reflecting on the 4th of July (as I am still recovering several days later) it occurred to me that Americans are interesting specimens when it comes the way we celebrate milestones. Case in point: 4th of July is a holiday where we take the day off of work to drink too much, eat copious amounts … Continue reading The Human Ritual Of Celebration By Way Of Self Destruction
If you are a practicing anthropologist, or just play one on TV, then you already know where the best seat in the house is at any restaurant or diner...it's at the counter, bar or near the kitchen (if it's an open format). It is the one space in the place of business where you can … Continue reading The Best Seat In The House
In urban areas, the social experience is drought with pretense: the necessary art of curating culture and connoisseurship. Fancy cocktail bars with mixologists instead of bartenders are the sought after drinking experience for a night out. The cultural desire to explore the world and enrich ourselves amongst the daily grind. These are experiences I love. … Continue reading The Art of Low Maintenance
Let me first start by saying that i am NOT an alcoholic. Let me follow that up by saying that i love a good "culinary cocktail". They say that as you age your vices evolve. First it's drugs (in your 20s-30s). Then it's Booze (30's and 40s). Then it's food (in perpetuity until you die) … Continue reading Rationalizing alcoholism through connoisseurship