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I've decided that I am going to work on liking more things. After all, the more things you like, the better your chances for enjoying the circumstances. In particular, there are some things that are acquired tastes that I never set out to acquire. Many of these are even things I like the idea of, though not the actual thing itself. Like coffee or martinis. Granted, I don't think that my life will be somehow bereft if I never do learn to appreciate these things, but why not at least give it a minor effort?

I'm already working on the coffee thing. Drinking a cup of it when I go grocery shopping helps. I don't add milk or sugar or anything to it, though I am still drinking one of the flavored coffees...like caramel or something. Wee steps. I think that, even if I develop a liking for the regular coffee-flavored coffee, I will never drink that much of it. Caffeine does treat me well in larger doses, and I have to be careful about my teeth.

I'm not quite sure about the liquor thing. I've been told that I'd like scotch/gin/vodka/etc if I were to try the really top shelf stuff. That may be true, but it's also a pretty expensive avenue to building a taste for something. When I'm out somewhere, it is generally easier and much more tempting to order something I already like (like the excellent old fashioned I had last night at, where else, the Old Fashioned--made the proper WI way with Brandy) than to try my chances with something involving one of the big three: whisky, gin, or vodka. I suppose I could always start asking to try sips of other people's drinks, but I don't know that I am charming enough to get away with that for long.

Other things on that list included spicier spices and Wagner.

Date: 2008-05-19 11:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iralith.livejournal.com
I'm very strongly pro–brown spirit, and would quite endlessly ply you with the middle-shelf stuff I tend to drink were we more local to one another.

I think what's great about whiskey (or, along different lines, cognac) is that they don't screw around with you. So much booze is trying to make you forget it's booze—it's sweet or mild-tasting, but you can smell a horrid cheapness, taste an evilness after that second swig . . . whiskey is a Sometimes Drink, not always what one wants, and it will eventually turn you into Shane McGowan, but it won't lie to you.
Edited Date: 2008-05-19 11:02 pm (UTC)

Date: 2008-05-19 11:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kayjayoh.livejournal.com
See, with few exceptions, I tend to gravitate towards alcohol that doesn't state it's alcoholic credentials first thing. I prefer my booze to come up, shake my hand, introduce itself, and engage in a bit of friendly chit-chat before it gets to the fact that it has been fermented. Beer, for example, doesn't just hand me it's business card and expect a referral. You can make friends with a beer.

(I think that metaphor may have gotten away from me there.)

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