1. An alcoholic drink. – Merriam-Webster1
2. Something Nutty Hubby can’t stand, therefore WOOHOO, MORE FOR ME!
– The Nut
You know what’s nice about Japan? Public drinking.
Can I get a HELL YEAH?
It might seem like kind of a strange thing for me to be excited about, because in truth I don’t actually drink all that often. Mostly because my husband hates the taste of alcohol, and it feels weird polishing off an entire bottle of wine all by myself on a weeknight.
Doesn’t stop that bottle from occasionally still following me home from the liquor store, mind you. Luckily, the fourth glass of wine really helps take the edge off the fact that I’m drinking it alone.
Anyway, every summer in Vancouver we host the Celebration of Light, a three-day fireworks festival held over English Bay. And every year, the VPD patrols the beaches and pours out all the many myriad containers of alcohol that the idiot/noob portion of festival-goers didn’t take the time to cleverly (debatable) disguise as Slurpees or Vitamin Water, because even though everyone knows that pyrotechnics and alcohol are always a winning combination, there’s this silly little thing called “the law” that forbids drinking in public areas regardless.
Which means for those of us who don’t bother to try and sneak a little somethin’ somethin’ past the local authorities, staking out a good spot to watch the pretty ka-booms means several hours of sitting around stone-cold sober in an environment that otherwise screams “party”.
It’s not that I feel any kind of pressing need to be absolutely shit-faced during this prolonged stretch of sparkly light limbo, I’m just saying the time might go by a bit faster if I had a nice cold brew in my hand.
Japan understands this.
Which is how I came to be day drinking on a Sunday under a canopy of cherry blossom trees on a bustling Tokyo street corner overlooking the Meguro River. Because crowds are stressful and hanami just wouldn’t have been hanami without sucking down a bottle of discount wine from Don Quijote with two floating cherry blossoms in it.
Today’s blog post was brought to you by the letter L, the number 160, and the I’m Not An Alcoholic, I’m A Gardener Challenge, AKA the Blogging A to Z Challenge.
1 “liquor.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, 2016. Web. 14 April 2016.