Boozer

Last night was the first night since Tuesday I did not consume alcohol.

That was not a typo.

Let me repeat: I, David Steinle, consumed alcohol on four consecutive nights.

Four unopened bottles of alcohol–two of Kahlua, one of Absolut and one of Bailey’s–tempted me to try them instead of letting them just sit there.

If you read my last post, I tried Kahlua for the first time Wednesday in my coffee.

The next night, I tried Kahlua and Diet Pepsi, known by some as a Cola Black Russian. The regular Black Russian is vodka and Kahlua. There wasn’t very much booze–just a 45 ml (2 oz) shot of Kahlua in a 700 ml Tervis glass over ice.

Of course I liked it, and there’s another cocktail I can make when I am in the privacy of my house or a hotel room. I still am very loath to drink in public. I am a staunch believer in those commercials which state “you drink, you drive, you lose”.

Two drinks Friday–first a Kahlua and iced coffee, and the second my lone all-alcohol drink, a mudslide.

I broke the seal on the Absolut and the Irish creme, and then I poured them into the cocktail shaker I bought many years ago but have never used. Poured them into a glass and drank. It was a little strong, but that’s what happens when you don’t drink very much. It helped me relax a little, but I wasn’t feel too buzzed.

I poured Bailey’s and Kahlua into an iced coffee Saturday evening after I went out to eat with my parents. I could have ordered a drink with dinner since my dad was driving, but I chose not to. No drinking in public at least for now.

Yesterday, I made a conscious effort not to drink, since I have an appointment with Crista today at 1400. I have not driven since Wednesday, but I’m not complaining. No use being out in this heat.

The Kahlua coffee I bought from Walmart isn’t doing it for me. For some reason, it pales in comparison to the real thing.

I’m excited that I’ll be receiving a shipment of Community Coffee from Louisiana by the end of this week.

Community is the best-selling brand in Louisiana, and it operates numerous coffeehouses in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas. Many from the Big Easy swear by Community and swear at Starbucks. Die-hard Orleanians sneer at those who drink Starbucks, thinking those who do are disloyal to the city.

Some of Community’s flavors sound downright mouth-watering: sugar beignet, king cake, pecan praline…only in New Orleans. Of course I ordered those, plus some of Community’s coffee and chicory, the stuff my mother guzzles but my father won’t touch.  I snuck a scoop of my mother’s coffee and chicory canister while I was at home alone Friday. I added a couple of Sweet and Low packets, and found it to be pretty good.

Robb suggested decaf coffee. Good idea. I’ve got that on order too, and I might just pick up some in Hays today.

I have some Irish creme and hazelnut syrup I’ve been using in my coffee. I made an order for syrup which should be arriving tomorrow. I learned one thing: do NOT mix Irish creme with pop. ICK. It’s just fine with coffee. The hazelnut syrup and pop? YUMMY. I’ve ordered some pineapple syrup for my pop, something I’m craving since I cannot get pineapple in my drinks at Sonic anymore.

I woke up too early this morning. 0300. It might be an early bedtime, but that’s not a bad thing.

About David

I am a sportswriter for a group of weekly newspapers in small towns across northern Kansas. I grew up in New Orleans, went to college at LSU and wandered in the wilderness until Hurricane Katrina finally put me on the path to my current job.

Posted on July 23, 2018, in Personal. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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