Drinking Whisky

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Author: Bryan G. Stephens

Bryan G. Stephens is a former executive on a mission to transform the workplace. He is the founder and CEO of TalkForward, a consulting and training company, utilizing Bryan’s clinical and management expertise to develop managers and teams in a corporate environment. As a licensed therapist with strong understanding of developing human potential, he is dedicated to the development of Human Capital to meet the needs of leaders, managers, and employees in the 21st Century workplace. Bryan has an Executive MBA from Kennesaw State University, Coles School of Business, and both a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

29 thoughts on “Drinking Whisky”

  1. I’m envious that I can’t handle the hard stuff. How I managed to survive PGA punch in college and live to tell about it, I’ll never know. (Another good reason the drinking age should go back to 18 and why drinking should be allowed on campus. NO DRIVING NECESSARY.)

    I had one margarita last week in a restaurant and almost fell off my bar stool. Alas, I am destined for a nice Chardonnay at best. :((

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  2. Can you read what it says on the paper sticking up from his pocket?

    And what would you consider to be the corollary to this maxim?  How about Practice shooting with either hand ?

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  3. I am a southpaw. Anyone who is likely to be a threat will assume I am showing friendly intentions, even though my gun hand is free, and would think I am being unfriendly if I held my liquor with my gun hand.

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  4. Seawriter:
    I am a southpaw. Anyone who is likely to be a threat will assume I am showing friendly intentions, even though my gun hand is free, and would think I am being unfriendly if I held my liquor with my gun hand.

    I do admire the image you most likely present but I do not own a gun. I am a 5 ‘4″ blonde weighing in at 115 and I drink Chardonnay. In more urban communities, such as NYC, I have always relied upon my sharp tongue/smart mouth plus blondes intimidate New Yawkers. I’ve always taken advantage of that. 🙂

    Now I live in Florida and am about to move north 60 miles south of Georgia. Still no gun or hard liquor. What’s a girl to do?

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  5. EThompson:

    Seawriter:
    I am a southpaw. Anyone who is likely to be a threat will assume I am showing friendly intentions, even though my gun hand is free, and would think I am being unfriendly if I held my liquor with my gun hand.

    I do admire the image you most likely present but I do not own a gun. I am a 5 ‘4″ blonde weighing in at 115 and I drink Chardonnay. In more urban communities, such as NYC, I have always relied upon my sharp tongue/smart mouth plus blondes intimidate New Yawkers. I’ve always taken advantage of that. 🙂

    Now I live in Florida and am about to move north 60 miles south of Georgia. Still no gun or hard liquor. What’s a girl to do?

    Pinch hitting for Bryan. Move 60 miles north.

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  6. EThompson:

    Seawriter:
    I am a southpaw. Anyone who is likely to be a threat will assume I am showing friendly intentions, even though my gun hand is free, and would think I am being unfriendly if I held my liquor with my gun hand.

    I do admire the image you most likely present but I do not own a gun. I am a 5 ‘4″ blonde weighing in at 115 and I drink Chardonnay. In more urban communities, such as NYC, I have always relied upon my sharp tongue/smart mouth plus blondes intimidate New Yawkers. I’ve always taken advantage of that. 🙂

    Now I live in Florida and am about to move north 60 miles south of Georgia. Still no gun or hard liquor. What’s a girl to do?

    Get the CCW and a revolver.

    Wine is ok

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  7. @Bryan G. Stevens, this is a great post and a winner of a photo, and the whisky humor is terrific.

    Something about the meme itself bothered me nonetheless. The caption is very funny and all, and you can imagine all sorts of scenarios.  But when you are done with that, there really is another thing.

    The man does not look like a gunman.  He looks like a cowboy.  Those are two different critters.  A cowboy cares for cows: he herds them so they get where they are supposed to go, as much as possible;  he scouts good water for them on the trail; he doctors them when they are sick;  he gets up in the night over and over in calving season to check on the Mommas and the dogies;  dogies are no joke, they are baby calves; he spends stormy nights riding around and around the herd, singing songs to make them feel safe, and calm.  He is the Western world, beef cattle iteration of David and of the Good Shepherd:

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    So then you look more closely at his face.

    A killer? I don’t think so!  The artist shows us a weathered face, rosy cheeks as of a man who works outside and also likes his refreshment, a neatly trimmed beard paired with a proud mustache, and eyes looking toward – whom?  His neighbors, I would guess, as he really likes this refreshment and wishes to share his contentment therewith.  So, what is he drinking?

    He’s having a brew, dear friends. The Geo. Wiedemann Brewing Co.:  George Wiedemann was born in Germany in 1833 and came to America in 1854 – good for him!  His brewery became Kentucky’s biggest and most successful brewery.  I’m surprised he’s not in a Michener novel.

    In later years, around the turn of C20, Wiedemann of course sponsored baseball teams.  Isn’t some baseball thing in the news just now?

    Baseball and Beer: A Look at the Wiedemann Baseball Club

    Summer is almost here and with it comes a lot of baseball and fine beer. After all the two go hand and hand. So lets visit a local baseball team from the past, that was closely related to the beer industry. During the early 1900s baseball was played everywhere and by everybody even women! There were often police ordinances established to prevent youngsters from playing ball in the streets in towns and cities across the area. Many businesses had their own teams, sometimes comprised of employees while others had experienced players on their teams. Several Breweries in the Northern Kentucky area aside from being in the beer making business also dabbled in the world of baseball. Breweries such as the Bavarian Brewing Company, Heidelberg Brewery and the George Wiedemann Brewing Company all at one point in time fielded baseball clubs. The Wiedemann Club and Heidelberg club played around the same time and even faced each other on several occasions. The most prominent though was the Wiedemann Baseball Club also known as the ‘Brewers’

    I don’t know from baseball, but the face calls to me.  Who is that man? Could he be Geo. Wiedermann himself?

    Here is a beer case:

     

    Here is a beer truck:

     

    And here is a painting of the founder.  What do you think?  Is it he the painter captured for us?  Take off the eyeglasses; add mustache and beard; stick on  a big hat.  The main things are the eyebrows and, I don’t know, the face.

    And what does that mean, to the Front?

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  8. There were valorous ethnic German units in the Union Army, for example, at Gettysburg.  I don’t know about any other examples.  Anybody familiar with this?

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  9. When I was a lad and most of Tennessee was dry, some of the neighborhood men would take turns making beer runs to exotic places.   One popular run was to a store just over the Kentucky line.   Wiedemanns was one of the trophies they brought home in those days.   I later learned that the brewery had only been started in the 1960s; so there was quite a gap in the availability of Wiedemanns from Prohibition until then.

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  10. MJBubba:
    When I was a lad and most of Tennessee was dry, some of the neighborhood men would take turns making beer runs to exotic places.   One popular run was to a store just over the Kentucky line.   Wiedemanns was one of the trophies they brought home in those days.   I later learned that the brewery had only been started in the 1960s; so there was quite a gap in the availability of Wiedemanns from Prohibition until then.

    That’s really interesting.  There is a Wiedemann’s going in Cincinnati nowadays; I wonder what their production history is.

    Dry jurisdictions do give rise to a lot of drama, don’t they?  Our own township is dry to this day. I brew ale at home, and we run a small commercial winery out of our farm.  We can’t sell wine in our township, though!  This amuses our customers.

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  11. I would rather drink Wiedemann’s than whiskey.

    I do enjoy a whiskey sour, but I mostly avoid all hard liquor.

    In honor of Reformation Day (today is the 501st anniversary of the 95 Theses), here is a quote from Martin Luther:

    “Beer is God’s gift to the working man.”

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  12. MJBubba:
    In honor of Reformation Day (today is the 501st anniversary of the 95 Theses), here is a quote from Martin Luther: “Beer is God’s gift to the working man.”

    Excellent.  I wish you a meaningful and rewarding day of memorial.

    Beer has comparatively low alcohol, lots of water – clean, boiled, germ-free water – a little salt, a little of sugars, and cleansing flavors.  In moderation, it is just the thing to restore the working man.

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  13. MJBubba:
    When I was a lad and most of Tennessee was dry, some of the neighborhood men would take turns making beer runs to exotic places.

    When was TN dry? I went to college in Nashville and never saw so much “hootch” in my life!

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  14. EThompson:
    When was TN dry? I went to college in Nashville and never saw so much “hootch” in my life

    That’s typical in a dry area. There was a saying in Texas that Lubbock would be dry as long the Baptists and bootleggers could stagger to the polls. (Texas allowed local-option bans on alcohol.) You can tell where the boundaries of Friendswood, TX were when they got rid of their liquor ban by the ring of package liquor stores just outside of it.

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  15. Great, just great:  at 2am I woke up with a new theory. How about if that piece of paper is an invoice?  How about all that stuff I said up above about cowboys is irrelevant blather?  How about if this guy is a Wiedemann’s beer delivery man?  A beer wagon driver, like this guy:

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