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not enough daiquiris on earth for this one

March 2, 2008
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Vicki and I went out to dinner last night at Kelly’s—yes, it’s still there. Neither of us had been there in a long time so we weren’t sure, and all the streets around it are silent as the grave. But when you turn on the right one, there’s plenty of life, and even, now, a casino of some sort attached to the restaurant. It’s not quite as nice as it used to be, but it’s still nice. The food was good.

We had drinks in the bar beforehand. Five dollars for a gnome-sized gin and tonic. I mean please. I asked the bartender if she could make me a regular daiquiri and of course she looked totally mystified. Everyone seems to think daiquiri is bartalk for something you’d normally get out of a machine at 7-11. A daiquiri is a real mixed drink: lime juice and rum and something else, I don’t remember. It’s not hard and it’s not something you need a blender for! Even if the man on the street no longer knows this, a bartender ought to. I had to settle for the gin and tonic, rather than the option of walking her through it, since I couldn’t recall all the ingredients.

I once asked the waitress at Mac’s Old House for a daiquiri, and she just looked at me contemptuously, like I was a lightweight. And a rube. You haven’t really experienced humiliation till the staff at Mac’s Old House decides you’re the rube. There, I had to settle for a whiskey sour, which is exactly as easy to make as a daiquiri.

I joked elsewhere that we spent dinner talking about how the world is going to hell in a handbasket. But that’s what we did talk about, and seriously, and I think it is a real omen that people everywhere see the future as so bleak, and the present as so lacking in any true values. I think people feel that this country, especially, has been derailed in an almost unprecedented way: economically, socially and spiritually. There is a real lack of hope, and lately, even a sense of what to hope for.

We talked about how terrible it was to have a depression when 80% of people still lived on the land. What would it be like to have one now, when we’ve all left the land, and destroyed it behind us?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 17, 2012 9:37 PM

    the knowledge to make a damned good daiquiri!

    • November 17, 2012 10:21 PM

      I wasn’t even asking for a good one, just a cheap one. I read on Wikipedia that daiquiris are based on what British sailors used to drink to keep away scurvy, so it shouldn’t be rocket science.

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