Merry Christmas Everyone!
Merry Christmas Everyone!
I saw the meme below pop into my Facebook feed and all I could think of was the first few lines of Santa Claus Is Coming To Town! 😉
It appears I’m on a pet peeve rant this week. A few times I’ve ran into menus on an iPad for the beer, spirits, and wine and I’m not a fan. The apps always seem to glitch at some point and while it is great for conveying a lot of info about a particular offering the layouts always seem to suck. I am a paper kinda guy or even better a tasteful flat screen with the current beer list, but when I have to scroll through or search just to find something to drink it’s as painful as walking down a wall of beer to see what is one draft because the waitstaff is new and has no clue what is pouring. I guess I could pretend to have a hand eye coordination condition and have it read to me, maybe they could peel me a grape or make me a sandwich as well. I think the iPad idea has merit, but work on the layout and presentation, because if you want me to look it up on a device then give me a QR code to download the app.
Today in 1933 the 21st Amendment was ratified and Prohibition in the United States officially ended. Celebrate the day by enjoying your favorite alcoholic beverage just because you can!
Happy Days Are Beer Again!
Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
First off this is a far from scientific, peer reviewed topic this morning. Once upon a time I did a paid alcohol study where they indicated carbonation influenced the rate at which alcohol is absorbed. To me that would say if you consumed equal amounts of alcohol in Champagne, Beer, and a carbonated mixed beverage in the same amount time they would all influence equally. The issue with that is Champagne has more carbonation than most beers and the beer would have more carbonation than a mixed beverage. So Champagne should catch up with you sooner than beer and beer sooner than a mixed drink. What we fail to take into account is the rate of consumption. People tend to savor craft beer and sip on champagne and often drink a carbonated mixed drink fastest. Even if one was sipping champagne if they then interjected a shot of liquor they would certainly feel the effects sooner rather than later. If you drink slowly and intake plenty of water the alcohol and carbonation should not really matter. Just be aware if you are racing through an alcohol beverage which contains carbonation the researchers indicated it would influence your system faster than the same amount of alcohol without carbonation. Anyway, drink for flavor, not for effect and you’ll be just fine!
Recently we were in search of a decent watering hole and the internet left us out in the cold. There was a downtown guide nearby and it was also a bust as we found several places closed. Finally we figured out how to find what we were after, we asked a cop. The officer would not tell us which place was better than another because it was town policy to avoid suggesting restaurants, but he pointed us in the right direction and we ended up at the best place available. So my suggestion if you find yourself in need of a recommendation would be to ask an officer. They will probably be able to suggest a decent place to wet your whistle!
This meme popped up today and I could not resist sharing, enjoy!
This one is easy folks, tell them to spit it out! Don’t let an insect bogart your alcohol!
I recently saw a meme which was really trying to prove you need a living wage, but the wheels turning. It basically said you cannot save your way out of poverty and mentioned splurging on a $5 coffee. The issue is those in poverty cannot afford to splurge on anything, especially a $5 coffee. I can recall a time where money was very tight and so I stopped purchasing any drink other than water on the rare occasion when I went out to eat with friends. That simple strategy saved me from $1-$3 and today the only non-alcoholic beverage I have with any meal other than breakfast is water. Anyway, let’s get back to the topic of today’s post. If someone makes $10 per hour and works full-time they will have $400 before taxes each week. At the end of the year the W2 will show they earned $20,800 and they would have taken home almost $18K. Making some general assumptions of a $300 car payment, $600 rent, $200 utilities, and $200 food then they will have left only $200 in discretionary income per month. Since they saved nothing for retirement in this oversimplified example I would say this person cannot afford to buy alcohol and needs to lower their monthly bills or supplement their income. I’ve seen more than a few college grads get out on their own and get an apartment costing $1,000-1,500 a month when they could get a roommate and cut those costs in half. I would say the person in my example should not pay for an expensive cell phone plan and should find the least expensive plan and phone they can where they can just make or receive a call. If they did buy a six pack of craft beer it would cost nearly $10 and leave them with only $190 remaining for the rest of the month. Now if they could cut expenses or supplement enough then perhaps buying alcohol would not break the bank.
I know I post on various beverages over time, some of them pricey, but at heart I am a saver rather than a spender. I like to know I am buying quality when I plunk down my hard earned dollar at a store, restaurant, or bar and when the selected beverage is substandard I feel like I have wasted my money and time. Try to be selective with how you spend your money and before dropping $5 on a coffee as a splurge, perhaps decide to drink the coffee at work and save that coin for a truly great beverage later on in the week. We’ve become a Starbucks society and don’t blink an eye at spending $5 or more on a beverage we can make at home for pocket change. If you are a caffeine addict and get your fix at a coffee shop keep in mind $5 per weekday is $1,300 per year and even a single dollar per weekday is $260 per year.
Probably not exactly what you expected from the blog today, but sometimes people need a wake up call. Often those who can least afford it spend money is the most absurd ways. Smoking is one example. It costs you when you purchase the cigarettes and also later for medical costs associated with your nicotine habit. With a pack of smokes ringing in at $5 a pack a day habit would cost you $1,825 annually. That is money that could be used to feed yourself or the family or even better could be socked away for retirement. Only after all needs are met and retirement is funded should one start to splurge on luxuries such as alcohol. If you can’t afford it then don’t buy it and if you can afford it, be sure what you are getting is going to be satisfactory, otherwise it is a waste of money.