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April 28, 2009

I'll have the usual

hee hee

Heh, I have totally seen this happen but never thought to write about it. Here is OMG with his take on the "usual:"

In the topsy-turvy, dark-as-wine sea of consumer choices, I am amazed that so many people are rigidly bound to their "usual."

As a famous Clinton said, "Free your mind; your beer will follow."

We all have our favorite drinks, but don't you know people who get exactly the same thing all the time? I know someone who owned a restaurant for most of his life, and he drank nothing but Cutty and water. Blech.

Even funnier: What people order when the bar doesn't have their usual.

A guy asks for a Corona. The bartender says, "We have Sol. It's pretty much the same thing." True dat. His response, "Lemme have a Hennessy and Coke."

Oh, sad slave to advertising. He couldn't order anything that wasn't billboard-approved ...

Here's another situation:

A guy (who looks like a dude) orders a Michelob Ultra.

Bartender: "We don't have Mich Ultra."
Guy: "Uh, well, then I'll have a Diet Coke."

Turn in your dude credentials, guy.

I'll admit that I can be mighty particular when getting my swerve on.  If I ask for a Jameson's and they offer Bushmill's, I might mumble, "[Dastardly] whiskey," if I'm feeling particularly Republican, but I sure as hell am not getting a Diet Coke.

(Photo courtesy of OMG)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 8:00 AM | | Comments (13)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Very nice look OMG. What is that style of shirt called? Did you tailor it yourself?

dark-as-wine sea of consumer choices

What? That doesn't make sense

I know some guys who's usual is whatever their current girlfriend's preferred drink is.

The photo love the two tone look of the arms, nice

I like the trucker's tan.

Are those your new glasses?

Hmm... I wish I had a cool shirt like that. I wonder if he has a leather vest made from a leather jacket? That's the coolest. That's not my photo. It should be credited to Getty Images.

"Dark as wine"? Agreed, that doesn't make sense.

My original text was "wine-dark" which is a common description of turbulent seas in the Odyssey. I had a rather elaborate metaphor mixing Homer, George Clinton and Mike's Hard Lemonade. Its pretension did contrast nicely with the photo. This was the original first paragraph:

I am amazed that in the topsy turvy wine-dark sea of consumer choices that many people are rigidly bound to their "usual." They order drinks like Odysseus bound to the mast, their ears plugged with wax while the Sirens sing out the tantalizing sounds of "Coors... Clipper City ... Mike's Hard Enfamil ... " As a famous Clinton said, "Free your mind. your beer will follow."

I like the trucker's tan.

Don't you wish your boyfriend was hot like me?

My friend Julie said that my original first paragraph was one crazy fun jumble of mixed metaphors but not logical because "if the ears are plugged up with wax, he's not going to hear the billboard's siren call, but your whole point was about how people are so susceptible to advertising. What am I missing?"

Probably that it made sense at 2 AM. If I ever die, I think I would like my tombstone to read simply "It seemed like a good idea at the time."

Yes. But I couldn't fly so close to the sun and survive.

OMG, Cutty and H2O? Sounds like we used to visit the same Little Italy establishment, which is no more. How? I have no idea.

Shut your pipe hole 'Buca boy.

Absolutely Skippy!

That man was indestructible

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