one of the things I wasn’t expecting about not drinking at all is how much I enjoy it.

a week in I bought some beer thinking I’d quit for two weeks and just pick it up again. now it’s been a calendar month, and I feel fine with continuing not to drink… except that (expensive) beer is going to go bad. A while back I did a bunch of experiments with aging beer for various lengths of time, different beer types. Came to a pretty clear understanding that unless the beer is brewed specifically to be aged for a certain amount of time, it’s best fresh, and it’s gross after a year. Stone brewing makes an IPA that’s supposed to be aged for a year, and it works great – aging actually improves the taste. But two years and it’s gross.

in honor of today’s GSA sale going fairly well, I’m having some beer tonight. The online auction provider went down today, apparently for at least northern california, and that delayed everything, but we ended up running the sale without them. Totally not our fault.

7 thoughts on “one of the things I wasn’t expecting about not drinking at all is how much I enjoy it.

  1. Enjoy not drinking, or, enjoy drinking? Your headline is ambiguous.

    I stopped on Saturday night; I was drinking every night, and too much, so I had health concerns, and, I was tired of being hung over every day and not feeling like doing anything. Plus, I’m going down to Amherst tomorrow to cut some firewood for Kevin, and driving with residual alcohol in my brain causes panic attack onset.

    The two best lines I’ve ever heard about drinking are one from AA, “If I could drink like normal people I’d drink every day!” (when I first heard that, my thought was “Yes! That’s it exactly!” It took me a while to figure it out.), and “It just got in the way”, which was what the cfo at LookSmart told me about why he stopped. I didn’t understand that at the time, but I do now.

    Good luck managing alcohol in your life.

    • The title is unclear. It could be understood to mean that you enjoy not drinking, or, it could be understood to to mean that you enjoy drinking. If your objective to communicate clearly, you failed. Change “it” to either “not drinking” or “being completely sober” or something similiar, or change “it” to “drinking” or something similiar.

      • the sentence can be interpreted any number of ways when the subject is switched.

        *EDIT* I can’t claim to have remembered how to talk about grammar! “I” am the subject, “about not drinking at all” is a prepositional phrase (I think).

        It would be redundant, AKA not concise to repeat the same elongated phrase over and over again. That’s what “it” is for. I dose myself with a variety of chemicals as previously discussed on a daily basis, sobriety is not a clear or truthful term for “not drinking at all”. Furthermore, it should be self apparent that we do things that we enjoy. The first clause of the sentence clearly sets up the revelation learned from new experience.

        • I aaaam complrtely sober, and I have no idea what you are trying to say in your last reply. In your headline, “drinking”is the subject, and “not” modifies drinking; “it” refers to EITHER “drinking” or “not drinking”. As the reader, I don’t know which, so the sentence can be understood in different ways. This is a case of what is known as an unclear antecedent.

          Since you wrote the sentence, you understand it perfectly, but as the reader, I do not.

          Rather than discuss grammar, why don’t you tell me what you enjoy- drinking, or not drinking, as I still don’t know what you meant

          • I’ve explained this 3 ways, if you don’t understand you should probably see a doctor.

            Do you not recall all the occasions we’ve consumed alcohol together? Do you have any reason to believe that I would drink if I didn’t like it?

  2. 1. I feel as though it should be overwhelmingly obvious that I like to drink. As I’ve stated several times here, I wouldn’t drink if I didn’t like it. Obviously liking to drink wouldn’t be a revelation. Concluding that “one of the things I wasn’t expecting about not drinking at all is how much I enjoy it.” refers to drinking simply isn’t logical.

    2. You said use a word like sobriety. “one of the things I wasn’t expecting about sobriety is how much I enjoy it.” I explained why sobriety is not an appropriate term. But the “it” could still refer to rainbows or sailing or whatever.

    3. You seem to think the only clear sentence is: “one of the things I wasn’t expecting about not drinking at all is how much I enjoy not drinking at all.” That’s unnecessarily verbose. I loathe redundancy in speech, because, (GASP) THAT’S WHAT YOU TAUGHT ME!!

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