“If you find four Lutherans, there will be a fifth.”
That’s a joke a Baptist told me. Then again, “What do you say to a Baptist at the liquor store? Nothing and avoid eye contact, if you don’t look at each other you weren’t there.”
It was a Lutheran told me that one.
A rapper by the name of Propaganda who says, “I know that sarcasm is really to only time people tell the truth.” I agree. But, I’d a jokes to sarcasm.
I don’t know if it’s a church thing or an American thing — but, we’ve got a dysfunctional relationship with booze. A red flag of dysfunction is when we don’t talk about things openly. Our jokes and our sarcasm somehow tell the truth.
Solomon is a bit more straight forward. In fact, he sounds like a bartender.
Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has strife? Who has complaints?
Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
Those who linger over wine,
who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
Do not gaze at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup,
when it goes down smoothly!
In the end it bites like a snake
and poisons like a viper.
Your eyes will see strange sights,
and your mind will imagine confusing things.
You will be like one sleeping on the high seas,
lying on top of the rigging.
“They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt!
They beat me, but I don’t feel it!
When will I wake up
so I can find another drink?” – Proverbs 23:29-35
I love a good cocktail. There’s a list of acclaimed places you are supposed to go that I’ve checked of the list. Some were more hype, or reputation, than anything else. Honestly, I wouldn’t go back. There’s another list of places I still want to try — it’s at least twice as long as the list of places I’ve been. But these are my go to places. If I get the chance, I stop in to:
- Old Crown (Fort Wayne, IN)
- The Patterson House (Nashville, TN)
- Williams & Graham (Denver, CO)
- The Office (Chicago, IL)
- Longman & Eagle (Chicago, IL)
- Imbibe! by David Wonrich
- Death & Co. by David Kaplan is what I’m reading right now. It gets into the customer service aspect.