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He Put the Bottle Back in the Freezer Out of Habit

May 13, 2019

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With an awful screeching noise, he taped up the last box and looked around the now barren apartment. Over the previous day, it transformed from homey, comfortable, and customized back to the sterile "mdrn 1b/1b w/ vus grt location" he moved into a few years ago. It did have a great view. He would miss that.

The . . .

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He Felt the Burn of Brandy at the Back of His Throat

May 10, 2019

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"Hey! Welcome! We're all having Pisco Sours. I'll make you one!" As the offer floated from her vocal cords, through the air, and bounced into his ears his mouth slowly opened and he pushed out a barely audible "okay." But it wasn't okay. He hated Pisco Sours.

He didn't only hate Pisco . . .

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The Frozen Cubes Cracked and Hissed as the Whiskey Introduced Itself

May 08, 2019

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He shut the door, and for the first time of the day experienced complete silence. The morning started with a car alarm that woke him minutes before his trusty clock radio clicked on: "It's a cold one today Chicago. Make sure you bundle up out there. In other news..."

Looking in the mirror, he pulled an . . .

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The Peels Looked Like a Pair of Goldfish Swimming in a Bittersweet Bowl

May 05, 2019

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It was foolish of him to think that the rest of the month would be like this. It was a rare and beautiful sunny April day in Chicago. The light from the slow setting sun made him squint while walking home to his apartment.

His sunglasses were still tucked in a bag from a quick trip he took last month down South to research . . .

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You Can Pay for Custom or Earn It

April 24, 2019

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People love personalization-- something made just for them. An article in The Wall Street Journal a few days ago talked about that exact thing. As you know, companies use your data to figure out what you like. Now they are making custom mixes of stuff like shampoo, vitamins, and health drinks for people based on their preferences. . . .

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Rules for Aperitifs

April 08, 2019

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In the United States, our ideas on drinking are always so strict. Liquor is a deadly serious topic while an aperitif should be lighthearted. It seems as if we have forgotten about aperitif cocktails while the low-ABV and spiritfree movement are catching hold. We are passing over the original low-ABV OGs. This, of course, is nothing . . .

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Sitting in One of His Favorite Bars

April 05, 2019

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He was sitting in one of his favorite bars somewhere over Iowa or some other state he never planned to visit. This bar was terrific because they more than insisted on the guests staying seated. He also liked that the soda water was always fizzy.

It was a mid-afternoon cross country flight. The only chatter he heard while . . .

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