Natasha and I have had an ongoing observation.
A question, really.
“How come we could never drink at work?”
It comes from viewing the fantasy of television and movies, where there’s never an inappropriate time or place to have a drink.
On NCIS, Director Vance has a stock of adult refreshment in plain view and will occasionally offer a dram of golden liquid to one of his employees.
On A Discovery of Witches, the vampire drinks red wine in his laboratory. He says it doesn’t have the same effect on him as it does regular humans, but I don’t buy it.
On TV Westerns, the marshal and his deputy are day-drinking in the saloon when on duty. Natasha and I are not sure how they can do that and then shoot straight when the bad guy calls them out into the dusty street for a gun fight.
In numerous movies and TV shows, we’ve seen people at their workplace who open their desk drawers and haul out a flask of intoxication as if it’s no big deal and has no great effect on them. There are no rules or consequences. There is no one to stop them and say, “That’s probably not a good idea.”
I remember many days in my past work life where a shot of something might have been good for the soul and stress. However, if one does not have the wherewithal to practice moderation or if it somehow becomes a daily habit, there could be serious repercussions. It’s one thing to overdose every day on sugar to combat stress, it’s another to become a drunken mess who can’t think straight.
Although, there were days when I didn’t need a drink to not think straight.
Although Natasha and I are retired and we could drink all day, every day, we don’t. We both have to be careful about what and how much to imbibe, if anything. Wine and clear alcohol make for bad headaches in moi, and, with the pandemic and staying home, I haven’t had much beer or brandy over the past 12 months. It’s been a tough, sobering year.
Still, it’s fun to point out the working day-drinkers on TV and wonder “how come we didn’t get to do that?” while we snack on our healthy chips, drink purified water and know that we probably wouldn’t have if we could have.
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