Throwback Thursday — Booze and Doobies

Maggie, at From Cave Walls, and Lauren, at LSS Attitude of Gratitude, alternate hosting Throwback Thursday. The idea of the prompt is for them to give us a topic and for us to write a post in which we share our own memories or experiences about the given topic. This week, Lauren wants us to “think back to those teen years (and later) to respond to today’s topic, which is “Suds, Buds, and Vino.”

Here are Lauren’s questions.

1. Did you grow up in a family that had beer or wine at family meals? Were either beverages part of your parent’s “relaxation” time?

2. Was wine consumed as part of religious or family celebrations? If so, when?

In answer to #1 and #2, my father kept a bottle of Southern Comfort, a whiskey-flavored liqueur, and a bottle of Slivovitz schnapps, a plum brandy, in the dining room cabinet, but he rarely imbibed. There was no beer in our house and wine was reserved for special occasions, like family get togethers.

3. Were you allowed to have a “sip” of the adult beverages?

I wasn’t allowed to, but I would occasionally sneak a sip when no one was paying attention.

4. When you were a teenager did it bother you that your parents had one set of behaviors, yet you were expected to have another?

Not with respect to drinking at home, as that was a relative rarity, anyway.

5. When you were in high school, did you or your friends drink alcohol? If you were underaged, how did you acquire the booze?

Oh yes. We’d find some older person who would purchase beer or booze for us for a slight fee.

6. Were you offered marijuana or other drugs while in high school? If you chose to partake, did it get you into trouble, or were you never caught?

I didn’t try marijuana until I was a junior in college and probably had it only two or three times before I graduated. I was never caught nor did I ever get in trouble (probably because I was never caught).

7. Did you ever get too drunk or too high to function? How did your body react to that?

Mostly it was too drunk and I’d end up spending the night with my arms wrapped around the porcelain goddess and suffering from a severe hangover the next day.

8. Have your opinions about taking drugs and drinking alcohol changed over time? Are you more conservative or more liberal than you were in your youth?

I don’t drink much alcohol anymore and while I did experiment with LSD, Quaaludes, mescaline, and I smoked a lot of grass in my younger days, I never did heroin or cocaine. These days I may consume a cannabis-infused edible (a gummy or marshmallow) every once in a while, I mostly neither drink much nor get high from marijuana anymore.

9. If applicable, did you raise your children with the same beliefs that you grew up with?

Pretty much, but my daughter and her fiancé are into artisan beers and will smoke pot or take edibles periodically. Because my son is a parent of very young kids now, he doesn’t drink or do any drugs at all.

10. If you had any input over alcohol or marijuana laws would you change them?

I would make marijuana legal throughout the country for those adults (over 18) who wish to use it. It shouldn’t be a crime to use marijuana if it’s not a crime to drink alcoholic beverages.

The Heat Is On

It seems like it was just yesterday that I was grousing about the ten-day, 100+° heat wave we were having here in Northern California in late August and early September. But then, last night temperatures dipped down to 35°, and we turned on the heat for the first time this season.

Not that I’m complaining. I actually prefer cooler temperatures to oppressive heat, anyway, so I’m cool with putting on the heat. (Did you see what I did there?) And even better, we had a decent rain yesterday and more rain is heading our way this weekend and early next week. Boy do we need that rain.

And speaking about changing seasons….

Halloween is behind us and Thanksgiving is ahead of us. Just this morning, blogger Lou Carreras wrote, in this post, that “…the long retail slog towards Christmas has started.” Then he added, “Oh, Lord! Do I have the stamina to withstand two months of Chestnuts Roasting in an Open fire, Here Comes Santa Clause, and Silent Night? Can I do this without becoming a grouch or, worse, a grinch?”

Yeah, Lou, I can relate. Christmas is two months away and its commercialization is already well underway. I saw this cartoon below from Ali Solomon in the New Yorker magazine that I think perfectly illustrates what one commenter on Lou’s post quite accurately called “premature holiday ejaculature.”

Now, for those of you turning your own heat on, here’s my gift to you.

One Minute Fiction — A Dead Giveaway

“Did you take care of it?” Dave asked Butch as they were approaching Butch’s house.

“Yeah,” Butch said. “I told you I’d take care of it and I took care of it. Whaddya think, I don’t know what I’m doing? I know what I’m doing, dammit.”

“You sure, Butch, that you buried the body where no one will ever find it?” Dave asked.

“Absofuckinglutely, Boss,” Butch said. “No one will ever find that body.”

Standing on the sidewalk directly in front of Butch’s house, Dave said, “You buried it in the front yard of your house, didn’t you, Butch?”

“Yeah, I did, Boss. How’d you know?” Butch asked.

Dave pointed to a spot on the grass about halfway between the house’s front porch and the sidewalk. “I think the vic’s hand sticking up in the grass is a dead giveaway, Butch.”

Written for Cyranny’s One Minute Fiction prompt, where she shares one of her photos and asks us to type our whole story in a minute or less.

FOWC with Fandango — Drink


It’s November 3, 2022. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “drink.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. Show them some love.