12. Fun and Sobriety Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

“Without question the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.” ~ Dave Barry

Not so long ago, we agreed 100% with Dave Barry. What was the point of eating pizza if you couldn’t wash it down with beer? What was the point of dancing if you couldn’t swig tequila in between songs? What was the point of sex if it wasn’t preceded by a glass of wine? What was the point of writing if you couldn’t sip bourbon while doing it? Our old mindset was that EVERYTHING is better with alcohol. But that’s just something that got pounded into our heads by the people around us, by movies and tv shows, by seeing billboards and the sides of buses, by walking down the street and seeing a sandwich sign touting Happy Hour or Two-for-One Shots or Ladies Night. The message was everywhere. But what we didn’t hear or see so clearly was the destruction that went along with it. Alcohol abuse, alcohol poisoning, alcohol addiction, alcohol withdrawal, failed relationships, lost jobs, squandered talent, wasted time. The fun you can have WITHOUT drinking is better than the fun WITH drinking; it just looks different, feels a lot better and takes a little getting used to.

In this episode we talk about lots of fun stuff like chipmunk death traps, fried bologna cups, Bette and Joan, Scrabble (yet again) and squirrel cafes.

SHOW NOTES

RECIPE

Blueberry, Lime and Mint Mocktail

10 blueberries
8 mint leaves
Juice of 1 lime
Sparkling water or kombucha
Honey

Muddle blueberries and mint. Add juice of one lime and stir. Spoon mixture into an ice-filled glass. Top with sparkling water or kombucha.

MOCKTALE MIXES

Madison Reed Hair Color

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

Fried Bologna Cups Recipe

Black Tartarian Cherries

Squirrel Ninja Obstacle Course

Alcohol Mastery with Kevin O’Hara

The Mindful Mocktail