My apologies, sir. It did sound rather harsh. I didn't intend for it to come out that way.
It's all true, you know.
Not that anyone has any right to expect you to be.
Something that you are not, I mean.
You've gotta be you, right?
That's all one can ever hope to be.
If one can manage it.
Being oneself, that is.
Hey, do you know that he used to sit right there?
Yes, right where the gentleman is seated.
His drink of choice?
The drink became popular in the 40s. Wartime rationing made whiskey, vodka, and other liquors, hard to come by, yet because of Roosevelt's Good Neighbor policy which opened up trade and travel relations with Latin America, Cuba and the Caribbean, rum was easily obtainable. The Good Neighbor Policy helped make Latin America seem fashionable. As a consequence, rum-based drinks, once frowned upon as being the domain of sailors and down-and-outs, also became fashionable, and the Daiquiri saw a tremendous rise in popularity in the US.
Not that it would have mattered. Not here. Not in the 60's, nor in the 40's. This is The Wulfshead, sir. You would be surprised at some of the concoctions the patrons order. But not him, sir.
We all are creatures of habit, I guess.
Gerald Ford liked a gin tonic. He had common cause with Queen Elizabeth, who also likes gin and tonic, with three slices of lemon, if you please.
Those are different times, now.
George W. Bush says he doesn’t drink at all.
And it is a courageous politician who would dare be seen in public with any kind of alcoholic beverage other than a whiskey or a beer.
Nothing wrong with a whiskey or a beer, now. A safe solid choice for a politician. Harry Truman did enjoy his bourbon! And, as for beer, the tradition can be traced all the way back to George Washington---English-style Porter, sir.
May I bring the gentleman another Black Forest Berry iced tea?