corporate re-education is so fun!

My current drink

5 ice cubes, about an ounce of grand marnier, about 1/2 ounce of grain alchohol, strong orange juice, and san pellagrino.  It feels really good after an afternoon of doing physical work.  It's nothing compared to some of the extreme homeowners on here, but I loaded 2 van fulls of junk and garbage and took 'em to the dump, about 1000 pounds in all, so a cold drink is reallllllllly relaxing.
Permalink Send private email Ward 
July 4th, 2007 12:32am
I am into, now :
Tanqueray and tonic with ice.  Expensive though.
Permalink Bot Berlin 
July 4th, 2007 12:36am
Yeah, I'm into Vodka Tonics lately myself.
Permalink Send private email Impractical Economist 
July 4th, 2007 12:48am
Homemade whiskey here. I don't trust that commercial crap. You never know who made it.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 4th, 2007 1:22am
I like the grain alcohol - 98% pure.  Of course, there can be some nasty things in that other 2% if the company that made it isn't good...
Permalink Send private email Ward 
July 4th, 2007 2:42am
Ward: you are making me thirsty. Unfortunately I noticed recently that the Socialist Republic of California have banned grain alcohol as a public health hazard. Boo sucks. (BTW, the purest product for human consumption is going to be 95% alcohol, 5% water, e.g. Everclear)

Impractical: Tanqueray actually is gin. A vodka tonic is a gin and tonic with half the flavour removed.

Bot: expensive isn't the point, the taste is worth it. I find the brand of tonic makes a difference too -- I much prefer Schweppes over, say, Canada Dry.
Permalink Send private email bon vivant 
July 4th, 2007 3:32am
What the hell? Why is California banning alcohol? That's just stupid.

This whole prohibition mentality is so fucking stupid. I really resent the whole police state/carding for booze crap that goes on, training the sheeple to think presenting government identity papers is a normal part of making routine sundrie purchases. Well it's not.

Wake up America! Build stills and be free!
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 4th, 2007 3:37am
>>> California have banned grain alcohol as a public health hazard. Boo sucks.

I get mine at the duty-free in WA coming back to Canada.

>>> (BTW, the purest product for human consumption is going to be 95% alcohol, 5% water, e.g. Everclear)

Sangamon's principle: the best drugs (or any chemical, for that matter) are the simplest.  So Nitrous Oxide is better than alcohol, but everything else is worse than alcohol.  It's not sci-fi, but I urge everyone to read Neal Stephenson's "Zodiac: The Eco-Thriller."  First book of his that I read, and probably still the best.  (It's where Sangamon's principle comes from.)
Permalink Send private email Ward 
July 4th, 2007 3:44am
I don't know if I believe in Sangamon's principle, but it's an interesting idea. The number of poisons with very small molecules (e.g. cyanide, methanol, carbon monoxide) makes for a rather dramatic counterpoint.

The alcohol is going to be 95% though because when you distil it, 95% is where it stops. You can't get to 100% without expensive and complicated chemical processes, and the remaining 5% of water is no practical disadvantage for human uses.

I read a few hints that it might be possible to get the 95% stuff on reservations. I might just look into that.
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July 4th, 2007 3:56am
If I remember rightly the way to get past the 95.4% barrier is to add benzene.  You really, really do not want to ingest benzene which fucks your bone marrow.  You do not "..have to swim in it to get cancer" as a mate of mine once said.
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July 4th, 2007 6:15am
Grey Goose and cranberry juice.
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
July 4th, 2007 6:21am
And if you DID drink 100% alcohol, it would dehydrate you so fast your tongue would swell.  Don't do that.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
July 4th, 2007 8:49am
"Everclear is also gaining popularity as fuel for the alcohol stoves and Beverage-can stoves often used by ultralight backpackers. It is expensive compared to denatured alcohol, but many backpackers greatly value it because, unlike most other fuels, it is non-toxic (accidental introduction will not ruin the food being prepared) and can be used as a hand cleanser, disinfectant, panic suppressant, painkiller, or as a beverage mixer."

LOL
Permalink Send private email Impractical Economist 
July 4th, 2007 3:52pm
Hey, man, don't drink that, we need it to cook tomorrow's meal!
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
July 4th, 2007 7:47pm
Single malt whiskey since mid 70s.
Permalink Dan Denman 
July 4th, 2007 11:10pm
Yeah, and when you burn single malt whiskey in the camp stove, it gives the camp that lovely smokey burned whiskey smell.

Probably keeps away mosquitos, too.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
July 5th, 2007 9:18am
Single malt scotch, scotch, scotch.

I still like some Jack Daniels now and again. It's a bit more earthy and poignant than most scotch I've had.

But scotch is so smooth and mellow.
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July 6th, 2007 12:18pm

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