Have you recovered from your Halloween yet?
Think about it, isn’t that a pretty ridiculous thing to say to another adult?
I awoke with a start at the crack of sundown, and I knew what I needed: RUM.
It was a craving resulting from whatever odd-humors cause a person to fall asleep in a tweed suit (shoes on, tie loosened) in the early evening, on a pink 60’s art-deco Swedish chair, and like the cultural barometer that is Swedish Life, it was something not to be ignored. Perhaps an example of the mystery of human premonition, my body knew to prepare itself for a late night battling the little brown devil.
I plied some insider knowledge from the usual suspects and made myself an itinerary for a whirlwind one-night education on the subject. Wrangled up what I needed: a couple cheap cigars for sharing, a few good ones for myself, pen and pad, Blood Alcohol meter, personal defense items (pocket flail and switchblade), and an emergency vial of ginger syrup, in case of extreme sickness. All that was left was to write “Hosea 8:7” on my left hand, “Psalm 104:15” on my right, to remind me of this night’s mission. A Crusade, as it were…