Good Morning Crapulous Ones,
The convenient Russian myth that “beer” (up to 10 percent alcohol by volume) is a “soft drink” will end shortly, following the enactment of restrictions signed by President Dmitry Medvedev in July. Beer had been rapidly replacing vodka as the country’s primary alcoholic beverage, as people drank it with impunity around the clock in public places (since they pretended they were consuming nothing more powerful than a “cola”). [The Independent (London), 7-21-2011]
I know that many of you consider beer a soft drink because you consume it as if it was your last opportunity. In Denver there’ll be yet another opportunity to drink up at our ‘Oktober Fest’ held this weekend. If you get a chance make sure you look for A.A., he’ll be the one muttering something about pampering himself. That typically means he’ll be looking for the shoeshine boy.