I’m 38 years old. In the last 17 years, I have learned a pretty valuable lesson, and it’s one that contradicts conventional wisdom:
It’s probably best for me to just drink alone.
As we all know, alcohol lowers inhibitions. For me, that sometimes means a New Year’s Eve that extends entirely too long into New Year’s Day and involves a significant amount of someone else’s saliva, but that’s not why we’re here today. The other thing it means is that I am much more likely to say what I think. I don’t say it unkindly. But I am much more likely to translate thought into expression. Whereas, in situations wherein I have not had a martini, I just don’t speak.
So, alright, amendment: It’s probably best for me to just drink alone and not log on to the Internet.
Now, before you make assumptions: I didn’t get drunk, I didn’t get into an argument, and I didn’t damage a relationship of any kind. No regrets, Coyote. I merely answered a question with respectful and careful honesty where I otherwise likely would not have answered at all.
As opposed to just, you know, quietly moving along in my Facebook travels. Which, perhaps, would have been the better decision.
The irony of this, of course, is that I am frequently the person who says out loud to the people who appear in social media places on my laptop, “You know, it’s okay to just take something in as information and then go about your day. You don’t have to offer your opinion EVERY BLESSED CHANCE YOU GET.” It’s just that this was an area in which I have a certain amount of expertise, and the question was posted by someone who also has a certain amount of expertise, and he seemed a little proud of something I thought was just nauseating.
I did not say that.
I can be diplomatic even when I’ve had vodka. I’m actually really good at it.
Wait… is braggadocio at odds with diplomacy?
Anyway, the point is, I should not be online when Tito has joined me on the sofa.
And we won’t discuss who should join me on the sofa, instead.