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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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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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Vive Mon Foie!

Cutting back and moving forward

April 02, 2019

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A few days ago an interesting article came through my inbox that I had to run through Google Translate. Last week, French health officials warned the people of France to cut back on their wine consumption.

New benchmarks for alcohol consumption:
Maximum of 10 glasses per week,
Maximum 2 glasses a day,
. . .

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The Game was Over at Half Time

March 29, 2019

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The buzzer sounded, and the game was over. To be honest, the game was over at half time, but nobody wanted to say it. He switched off the television and walked towards the kitchen. Passing the bedroom, he could see that she had already dozed off. He quietly closed the door.

It was past his bedtime, but it isn't every . . .

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It Wasn't His Usual Martini But it Would Stand in Well

February 22, 2019

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While walking home, he was thinking about what to have for cocktail hour. He knew the fridge contained two fresh bottles of sweet and dry vermouth. A splash of either stirred with a heavy pour of gin would undoubtedly do the trick.

He walked into the apartment and hung up his coat before looking over the bar cart that . . .

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Sharp Lime and Peppery Juniper Cut Through the Recycled Air of the Cabin

February 13, 2019

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Getting to the airport was easy. Elevator to sidewalk. Sidewalk to subway. Subway to airplane. It was a dance and he knew all the steps through repetition. He waltzed through his preferred security checkpoint and made it to the assigned gate in record time.

He preferred a window seat if it was a short flight, like today, . . .

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