Margaritaville -- 02/06/11
Well, today is a Sunday but I've elected to do yesterday's meme from the Saturday 9 site.
1. Tell us about a time that you had way too much Jose Cuervo.
Well, if we are being strict in our definition of "too much Jose Cuervo," I would have to say that I do not believe I have every had any Jose Cuervo. I imagine that I have probably had tequila once or twice, but I am not really much of a drinker of hard liquor. In my younger days, if it was not a beer-drinking occasion, I might have a screwdriver... and in similar situations today I might have a gin and tonic (although after one or two I would switch to just plain tonic and nobody would know the difference) and there was a time when I would have a bottle of Wild Turkey around -- but I am mostly just a beer or wine drinker. If the question is just using too much Jose Cuervo as a symbol for too much to drink, well, yes, I suppose I have. In fact, I have recounted such tales in this very journal at times (see this 2002 entry talking about the summer of 1961 or this 2007 entry recalling a Christmas office party when I was 17.)
2. Do you agree with the following statement: "The older you get, the faster time goes by."?
3. What do you usually do during your "down time?"
I might read a book or surf the web or perhaps (depending on the season) just sit by the fire or sit in the sun.
4. When it comes to the opposite sex, do you feel you have a grasp on 'em - or do they continue to just surprise you?
Yes, I can still be surprised.
5. What is your home town famous for?
I grew up in Kingston, NY. It is a small city on the Hudson River in New York State. It is noted for its age (founded in 1652) and for being New York State's first capital (for which it was pretty much burned to the ground by the British army). Oh, yes, of course... and it is famous for being my birthplace.
6. How many romantic relationships have you had?
Define "romantic relationship." I have been married twice. So that's two. I have had two other relationships where thoughts of possible marriage did arise. So that would be four. I had some other relationships that were fun but which never reached the point any real seriousness (well, at least not on my part).
7. What's the best concert that you've ever been to?
As a total experience I would have to pick Woodstock (the original vintage 1969 one). If concert is defined as being a single performer or band (rather than a smorgasbord of performers and bands) I would probably pick Bob Dylan's concert in Montreal in January of 1974. Other concerts I have really enjoyed include Fats Domino on the SUNY/New Paltz campus around 1964, and The Who in Syracuse for their 1982 farewell tour (hmm, weren't they at the SuperBowl just last year?).
8. Which famous person would you like to meet? Why?
Uh, to be honest, off hand, I can't think of one, that is to say, not just one. There are a lot of writers and scientists and such that I would like to meet, but that would be a long list of names. There is no one single famous person that would supersede all others.
9. Has a newspaper or television reporter ever interviewed you? If so, what were the circumstances and what did you think when you read or saw what you said?
Yes. And this is beyond man-in-the-street (or in the shopping mall) type interviews. Many years ago I was president of a teachers' organization (not a teachers' union but an umbrella organization of ten such unions) during a time of considerable turmoil during contract negotiations. I was interviewed a number of times by reporters, primarily by one particular reporter for the leading daily newspaper for that region. My reaction was one of constant amazement at the difference between reality and what appeared in the newspaper. (I really should do an entry about that whole thing. Well, one of these days...)
Oh, and as far as "Margaritaville" goes, although I have not ever tried any Jose Cuervo nor have I ever had a Margarita, I have been to two of Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville cafes -- the one in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the one in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.