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Nitecap

It’s been awhile since I opened the virtual bar. I’m more of a social drinker these days. Just with friends and only a little. Tonight I want scotch. I once went to a B&B in New Hampshire where the snug had about 200 different Scotch from all over Scotland. Didn’t think I liked scotch until then. Turned out I was wrong about that. 

Next year, I want to go on a hiking tour of Scotland. I need to renew my passport. You know, just in case I need to make a quick trip abroad for an extended period of time to an island in the South Pacific that has sufficient elevation and fresh water. There probably won’t be any scotch there. 

I was going to say, “Fear no nightly noises” and we shouldn’t. Get some sleep. The journey starts in earnest tomorrow. 

I’ll have a Macallan, please. OTR. What are you having? 

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7 Responses

  1. Earl Grey, iced, and plenty of stevia packets.

    Alas, I don’t really have time to hang around tonight.

    SNL sketch from last night:

  2. Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. Straight, with a water back. Just leave the bottle.

  3. Had two glasses of a good red wine with dinner. Needed it because of an impending sense of dread. I never considered myself a really “patriotic” person, perhaps because the veil was ripped when I comprehended the reality of Vietnam and government lies and began to understood how much American foreign policy was shaped in the interests of our business, now multi-national in scope. My American history books in school whitewashed a lot in order to tilt towards jingoism.

    Yet with this election when such an egregious two-bit con man is close to becoming President and installing a plutocracy that denigrates our citizens and the planet’s health, I realize how much I will miss my country.

  4. If you do go to Scotland, try to go in August to see the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Seating is set up on the esplanade approaching Edinburgh Castle and in the evening military bands perform. The word “tattoo” also refers to the drum or bugle signal recalling soldiers to their quarters in the evening. A theme is chosen for each year’s tattoo. In 1995, the theme recalled the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 in the year of its 250th anniversary. The best military bands are invited to participate. The night we went, the Tattoo was being filmed to be shown on BBC television later. So there was an announcement that if you were sitting in certain rows and you were sitting next to someone with whom you did not want to be filmed, then to see about changing seats!

    It’s traditional to walk the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle to Holy Rood House, both of which are royal residences.

    I also highly recommend “How the Scots Invented the Modern World” by Arthur Herman. It’s interesting to see the influence the Scottish enlightenment had on the American Constitution.

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