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Just Another Step (A Journal Entry)

I write personal journal entries whenever I have the time and can manage to put it down.  These come infrequently.  Like any journal, it’s a lot of personal thoughts and feelings, stuff I can’t possibly imagine sharing, much less on a public level.  But this latest journal entry is something I’ve been wanting to share.  It’s very expository and nothing will likely come of this post.  But for the few who might still notice what I have to offer, this is a piece which, though barely proofread and only just now written, is still very close to me.  No pictures, just the text and what I have to offer.  If you read it all then you should understand why.  If you don’t, no matter, I’ll just be back with what I already have.

I still can’t believe I’ve reached a point where I truly enjoy alcohol.  I can remember when I thought it should be done away entirely, all due to the hazards that come with it.  But now I see it as this incredible way of life in some ways.  The industry is daunting, albeit with no shortage of overly wacky creations, but you get that everywhere.  And the way I like to enjoy alcohol the most?  Cocktails.  It’s like food in how the right two (or more) ingredients can create something truly wondrous.  In a way, this is how I (and many others) got started drinking.  I hate to be another subject of the cliches, but my tolerance came with rum and Coke.  Before long, however, I was seeking different stuff.  Actually, scratch that, I wanted to try different stuff from the get-go, which is what I did.  Bacardi Oakheart, Devil’s Cut by Jim Beam, Jameson and Bailey’s, Captain Morgan Black, Jack Daniel’s Honey.  These were among my first forays into drinking, which has ultimately led to a still-developing appreciation for the individual beverages.  And while the last two of the aforementioned liquors made me realize just how tasty alcohol can be, it wasn’t until I repeatedly dipped into Jameson’s territory that I truly understood the integrity and complexity that comes with a single distilled beverage

As I said, mixed drinks and cocktails were (and still are) my means to enjoy drinks in social gatherings.  And after having Jameson mixed with Bailey’s, I thought “why not mix it with Monster Irish Coffee?”  As horrible an idea as that was, I’d still relive it before combining Jameson with, say, ginger ale.  In fact, before long, I came to find that Jameson doesn’t belong in any recipe.  There were two results I always got when mixing Jameson: the burn and alcohol would tear right through the rest of the drink, eradicating any and all enjoyment, or the combination would be so watered down and nasty that I might as well grab a low-end pack of beer.  It was around that point, after trying Jameson on its own, that I started enjoying the drink for what it was, learning that it’s one of those drinks that literally needs to be taken on its own.

If I mix Jameson with something, the repugnant results make it feel like the drink (Jameson) is saying “don’t mix (and ruin) me, enjoy me as I am.”  And when I do the true character and nature of Jameson comes through.  Nothing more than a bit of ice or a splash of water is needed.  So far, no other drink has come together with various flavors and characteristics which intrigue and impress me with each little sip.  Certain rums certainly offer the flavor and even an instantly satisfying experience, but they aren’t nearly as unique and ever-provoking as something like Jameson.

The experience of it all is like a mental journey, originating with my taste buds and sense of smell, two things I often feel like I live for. With that, having even a small drink of Jameson is like having an exchange with myself.  I want to be seen for who I am, not for how I mix with others.  I feel I have something different to offer, something many others may or may not have, and even I probably don’t know what.  There’s definition, but there’s also a lingering mystery and depth behind it all.  The key difference, however, is that I’m nowhere near a renowned and celebrated status, except on an extremely small and local level.  In that sense, Jameson is the Daniel Day-Lewis of alcohols, and I’m just one of the Lipnicki’s from The War, with Elijah Wood and Kevin Costner.

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2013 in Blog

 

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Status of the Blog

In an earlier post I mentioned how one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to try and watch one movie for every day of the year.  That quickly became a very unrealistic goal to set, since I struggled to play catch-up amidst shifts at work, obligations with family, time with friends, etc.  I’ll still be rolling out my thoughts on the films I’ve seen recently, but the frequency of posts isn’t going to be nearly as plentiful as I would’ve liked.  Believe me, if I could make a career out of watching a movie per day while providing my verdict, this probably wouldn’t be addressed.

Another reason I’ve had less time for movies is because I’ve been doing some writings which, though currently little more than trivial rants, are pieces I hope to eventually turn into stand-up material.  I’m not terribly experienced with presenting outside of classes in high school and college, but between watching videos of George Carlin and Louis CK, I’ve suddenly become more motivated than possibly any other point in my life.

Finally, I’ve considered doing drink reviews on my blog, specifically distilled beverages.  I’m far from a connoisseur of them, but I think I could offer decent input for the more casual shopper looking for a worthwhile drink on a budget.  As always, I’d like to know if anyone thinks this is something worth tackling and, if it becomes an inclusion, I’m open to requests for what you’d like me to give my thoughts on.

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2013 in Blog

 

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Weekly Stumblings

The great thing about blogs is that even though you can orient them towards a certain topic, veering off-course is never too crazy or unexpected.  Besides, when you’re your own boss, who’s gonna stop you?

Anywho, some of my readers may or may not be familiar with a little site known as StumbleUpon.  If you don’t, check it out.  But be warned: One does not simply stumble one more time.  In a nutshell, you give the site your interests and then it randomly brings one webpage up at a time that it thinks you’ll like.  From there you like (or dislike) pages so it can offer similar and better selections for you.

I only just started using it a week ago and have liked over 100 pages.  Many of these have included fat-inducing dessert recipes that will probably destroy my weight maintenance goals.  But there are quite a few pages which offer something quite different and interesting.  And since I love to share finds–even with complete strangers–I thought I’d offer another recurring feature for my blog which I simply call “Weekly Stumblings.”  Given how much I love the site and the fact I still get a bit of free time from my job, it shouldn’t be too tough to keep these coming.  And it means I’ll have at least one post to provide each week.

And these will be posted every Monday so that the few followers I have might have something to help brighten the worst day of the week.  So here are the first of many Weekly Stumblings:

Stripes: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2WazJ4/blogoscoped.com/files/stripes.html

What Song Are You Listening To?  http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/7S0Cn5/kottke.org/11/05/what-song-are-you-listening-to

Black Mirror: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2FJXGl/rorrimkcalb.com/arcadefire.html

Musical Square Lights: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/9GDCbS/img44.imageshack.us/img44/6182/music.swf

Hats Micael Reynaud: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1zH1lc/lh6.googleusercontent.com/-EsD8QYy0C84/Tlw7ZWzsB_I/AAAAAAAACps/3wrxrhikIN0/w401/Hats_Micael_Reynaud.gif

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2XYnO9/www.healthyfoodforliving.com/?p=34410

Pillsbury Funeral: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1NIYqv/www.cs.columbia.edu/sip/sipit/funeral.txt

Should You Buy That Gift? http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2Wjxcu/www.mint.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/mint-gift-flowchart2.png

Why I’m Broke: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2OYc7b/www.thisiswhyimbroke.com/?p=y

100 Ways to Cook: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/8nh9UU/www.endlesssimmer.com/100-ways/

25 Beautiful Animal PIctures: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2wfUq0/www.beautiful-animals.com/25-most-beautiful-animals-photography-on-stumbleupon/

35 Brilliant Advertisements: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2jAzUI/www.rsvlts.com/2012/07/19/35-brilliant-advertisements/

Where the **** Should I Go for Drinks: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1yYrLo/wherethefuckshouldigofordrinks.com/

Paris Panorama: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1QGIv5/www.gillesvidal.com/blogpano/paris.htm

Book Quotes as Illustrations: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1uCI8s/www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/favorite-book-quotes-become-fantastic-illustrations

CN Tower Timelapse: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1W419k/wvs.topleftpixel.com/flash/cntower_timelapse.swf

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2012 in Blog

 

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