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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

A quick personal update, April 2024

You may or may not have noticed that the timing of my weekly posts has become more uneven than usual. Blame it on a house. Because I bought one! And going through it all on my own has been more difficult than I had anticipated.

From an emotional distance, it's a wonderful house. The basement is huge, my daughters will have one half and I'll have the other. There's a backyard, soon to be populated by a grill and firepit. A big open living space that can easily fit a TV room and an office. My girls will finally each have their own room. And I'll have two bars.

But the place is slowly becoming a money pit because the previous owners treated their property like a toilet. And that's not entirely an exaggeration. Unfucking their horrors has absorbed the majority of my non-work life, except.....I'm also on day 10 out of 17 consecutive days with my daughters, alone. We all still love each other very much, but not one of us are mellow humans at this point in our lives.

Also I do work, which pays for all the above, kinda.

The key to managing the stress is dialing down the alcohol and dialing UP THE CAFFEINE. When I do drink whisky, I pair a glass of something tasty with whatever psychotronic-giallo-oddball film (100 minutes or less) that I can find on my streaming channels. Sitting down to take official tasting notes usually leads to looking at my schedule and email to see what I've forgotten to do today, checking the news (briefly, because fuck), and zoning out. Last night, I poured a 1975 Bushmills, which of course smelled fruitylicious but had oxidized into soap on the palate. So I dumped it out and went straight to a highball.

I hope you have enjoyed this extensive excuse. The reviews will continue but won't always post on the same days during the week. So it goes. Someday my life will get back into a rhythm. Oh, I forgot to mention I booked a springtime trip to Paris before I'd even considered buying a house. And the flight to CDG isn't too far away...


  1. Best wishes with the new house and everything that comes with it. Get to the whiskies when and as you can - the rest of us will still be here. Regarding "dialing UP THE CAFFEINE", I cannot rec strongly enough to, if you have not already done so, taking up tea drinking. In hobbyist level tea drinking not only are there strong parallels with whisky appreciation, but also, because high quality tea has to be prepared with some care, focus & attention on the task at hand, to get the best out of it - doing so forces you to live in the present moment and for a very brief span of time put everything else that is whirling around in your life off to the side and out of mind for just a little bit. That mental vacation, even if only for a few minutes, does wonders. Getting caffeine as a bonus is just icing on the cake. Good luck

  2. Hey Eric! It’s Michael. Google + France won’t let me log in with my account, but anyway…

    Yes sir, I’ve been a tea geek for the past decade. Mostly Japanese and Chinese teas. I have my Kyusu or Gaiwan warming up almost every morning. For me it’s partially about the taste and partially about the ritual. Similar to your approach, I approach tea with the Zen view, wherein Tea is the entire ritual, not just the leaves.

    As I get older oolong/shincha caffeine levels don’t do much for my brain, so I drink more Keemun (or other Chinese/Taiwan reds) to wake up, or pu-erh if I wanna bring the funk. Maybe twice a month I’ll break open a maté-based energy drink.

    Thank you for your comment! What are your go-to teas at the moment?