How have I missed this?

On Friday night after work I went down to Dundee, Oregon. From my house during rush hour, it took about 1 hour and 45 minutes to reach the one-blink town of Dundee. One blink, and you’ll miss it. I wasn’t there to enjoy the budding metropolis of Dundee, I went to see my old college friend Seth. We always mean to hang out more than we do, but it seems life and school get in the way. He’s getting his doctorate in psychology so he’s a pretty busy dude.

We shot the breeze, worked on his motorcycle and scratched ourselves where we itched. Remembering my love for whiskey, Seth suggested we should make some Manhattans. After his excellent idea I realized I have never had a Manhattan. I knew they contained some form of whiskey but that’s about it. I usually prefer my whiskey the same way I prefer my women, neat, smooth with a bite at the end. Why mess with a good thing? Seth’s first try was just ok, they were a bit too sweet for my tastes. We were going to make more, but his wife came home and we decided to go out and eat instead. It was at the restaurant where I got my first good taste of a proper Manhattan, and ever since I’ve been hooked. I’ve been out three times since and that’s all I can order. Just in time for spring! During the winter months my drink of choice was a spanish coffee. This is also how I like my women, hot, strong and flaming. But now we’ve turned over a new solstice and I say new drinks are in order! Who’s game for a round of Manhattans? It’s a great way to start or finish a night.

My night with Seth was finished with hot chocolate laced with peppermint schnapps and his wife pounding out the sweet compositions of Debussy, Mozart, Chopin and many other greats. She is a piano teacher and wow….can she play. Watching Seth and Beth interact reminded me of how awesome it is to find that special person and to be happily married. The cool thing about these two is that they take real interest in all aspects of eachother’s lives. This doesn’t seem like rocket science for a married couple but I’ve seen otherwise from many married couples. She knew all sorts of details about his motorcycle and cycles in general and he knew all about her music, who she liked to play, who she liked to listen to and what composers annoyed her. Seth jokes that he ‘married up’, and while I agree with him, I think most men marry up. Because really, where would we be without women? A strong women is the stitching that keeps the family together and the world turning…..that and strong manhattans.


  1. Phil said,

    March 20, 2007 @ 11:31 pm

    It’s dang near impossible for me to marry up! That’s why I’m still single!

  2. Pamela said,

    March 21, 2007 @ 6:19 am

    My Dad is internationally known for making Manhattans that will peel your face off. Too gnarly for me.

  3. mego said,

    March 22, 2007 @ 4:08 pm

    hey bro,
    you need to take me out to try your new drinks!

  4. Jake said,

    March 23, 2007 @ 11:03 am

    “and ever since I’ve been hooked” - That’s called being an alcoholic…

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