Thursday, November 30, 2006

Fun With Aristotle

Some of my favorite quotes from Aristotle:

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.

All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.

We make war that we might live in peace.

Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.

And yet the true creator is necessity, which is the mother of invention.

The quality of life is determined by its activities.

Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.

Hope is a waking dream.

The gods, too, are fond of a joke.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Taxes and Hip Hop

So, what do taxes and hip hop have in common, you may be wondering. For me, it's the anger I get in the pit of my stomach every time I see my paycheck and recognize just how much money is taken out of it to go to "programs" that are supposed to help people. Take that anger and then read this article. See the connection?

I suppose I've stood in too many lines where the fatherless family in front of me is adorned in clothes that put my wardrobe to shame, cell phones abuzz and food stamps at the ready. I never want to scream more than in the above situation.

Take Ted for example. "Ted Robertson doesn't mind spending more than he can afford to emulate his favorite rappers. He wears $500 Japanese designer jeans and $200 Air Jordan sneakers."

Here's the part that really kills me: "It doesn't matter that Robertson is being reared by a single mother in a household with two younger siblings and that on most days, he says, there isn't enough money to go around."

Yes, why worry about finances when you know that my paycheck is going to subsidize your housing and food? Why not buy the $200 sneakers?

And respect? The dictionary would have you believe that "respect" is, "being worthy of pride." Yet this article tells us that worthiness has nothing to do with it. Nor does paying your bills or having an honest job. All that matters is the look: fancy cars and designer clothes.

That's certainly the case for Dorian Crawford, 15, a sophomore at NOVA.

"The rappers have what people want. They have money, they have cars and the houses that everybody wants, and the jewelry. That's what all the kids want," says Crawford, who gets money for hip-hop clothing and CDs from his mom. "Hip-hop is about the way you live. It's living the good life and having money."

I wonder what part of living the good life and having money entails getting an education and going to work five days a week.

I was recently arguing with some young, misguided liberal friends of mine who honestly believe that Republicans are cold hearted because "they don't care about the poor." I tried explaining to them that not wanting to give my money away does not mean I don't care about the poor. Let's face it, what is the worst part about any ghetto in America, let alone Milwaukee? It's the violence.

Food? Check. Access to education? Check. Housing? Check. In what other country can the poor boast these kinds of things? Not many. It's the violence that makes these places intolerable, not any lack of necessities. If I honestly believed that taxing more would solve the problems in the inner city, I'd be all for it. This article just goes to show that instead of helping to fix the problems, it's only enabling a culture that promotes the very thing that needs to be eradicated: violence. What's the number one way to solve all of these problems? In my opinion, it's education and a culture that embraces education.

Taxes really irritate me. It's not so much the loss of money, really. I guess if I actually believed that MY hard-earned dollars were going to help someone, I wouldn't be as bothered. I've just seen too many hands with food stamps that are connected to feet in Air Jordans.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

I said, "Yes."

Friday, November 24, 2006

Are you at work today?

I am. It's weird. Driving to work from Shorewood to downtown I was literally the only operating vehicle on the road the entire way. There were about ten cars in the high-rise structure in which I park.

It's so quiet downtown I feel like Charlton Heston in The Omega Man.


Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Real Life

Approximately two weeks ago, I arrived at work to find an e-mail in my inbox from the person who broke my heart. Up until that point, I had heard little to nothing from her. The night before I received the e-mail I had a number of people asking me how I was doing and I was able to answer with confidence that things were actually going well. But, basically, this hit me like a ton of bricks. More accurately, a ton of bricks secured in a radioactive lead-lined container covered with sharp stakes.

While at first I handled it in a dignified manner, the truth is that I couldn’t imagine what motivated her to send it to me. I asked friends for their thoughts...and I thank them all for their feedback and support. What followed were countless e-mails and text messages between her and me that left me with the impression she very much wanted to be a part of my life once again. I asked if she was f***ing with me. She said she could never do that. I was torn. I was a wreck. Part of me was ecstatic. Part of me was desperate. My emotional stability was crumbling. has been real fun.

Late last night I received a text message from her telling me to check my e-mail. So I did. Here’s what it said:

Please don't think I am blowing you off. I have realy been extremly busy. I
hired a new groomer and have been trying to prepare for her as well as the
thanksgiving rush. I have a busy weekend but can prob. get together on Sun. if
you want to meet for coffee or something. I would love to get back in touch with
you but I also feel the need to stress to you that I can offer you nothing more
than my friendship. [Name removed] and I are still together and doing very well. I hope the same is true of you. Again, I am not avoiding you. If you want to meet for coffee on Sun. let me know.

Emphasis mine.

I crashed. Big time. What followed, starting at around 11pm, was me sending her e-mails, text messages and voice mails pretty much letting her know how I felt (which I’m sure you can imagine were all very pleasant). Then I went through a nice little purging exercise where I attempted to eliminate any remnant of communication we’d recently had. When I found myself sitting on the couch, staring blankly at the wall and literally shaking, I decided that the only way I would get any sleep would be if I self-medicated.

It’s amazing how I react to one Benadryl.

Now it’s 5am. Benadryl usually puts me down for much longer, but I woke up and shot out of bed, thoughts of last night racing through my head.

Yeah, I know. I’m probably not handling this in the best manner possible. I’m probably being melodramatic and could stand a good slap to the face and someone telling me to suck it up and be a man. But the truth is that I loved this woman more than anyone I have ever loved in my life. On one hand, that means that I have to deal with the pain of losing her...again. On the other hand, it means I have to come to terms with just how piss poor my judgment is when it comes to who I love.

Again. Life. Fun.

Anyway, I hope this is the last time that not only I have to deal with this situation, but also the last time you have to hear about it. The only post I had hoped to make today was a nice little video I made before anything happened last night...and oddly enough has nothing to do with any of it. I just liked the song (2 points if you know what show it’s from) and wanted to share.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

You Think You Got Problems??

Thank a Soldier

Got a minute? Click here to send thanks to a soldier this Thanksgiving. Courtesy of Xerox.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Kane Watch: Blame FOX, huh?

Slap me silly, Gene had the audacity to blame OJ Simpon's recent attempt to grab the spotlight on poor, old Rubert Merdoch.

Kane writes, " OJ Simpson is back, thanks for Rupert Murdoch." Oh really? The sad fact of the matter is, OJ never really "went away" at least not in the manner he should have.

And you can allow me to be the first to say that if there's anyone to blame for that, it certainly isn't Rupert Murdoch.

Gene goes on to say, "It's interesting that many folks don't realize the same TV network that brings us sleazy tabloid "info-tainment" programs is also afilliated with FOX News."

Kind of reminds me of a similar situation here in Milwaukee: Many people don't realize the same company that brings us the slop-filled, sleazy tabloid, er um, newspaper called The Journal Sentinel also brings us such fine broadcasting as 620 WTMJ, WKTI and TMJ4. But then, I may be a little biased.

In actually, though, that's not true. Most people in this town realize the connection, as most people who watch FOX News realize that it must be affiliated with the FOX network. I may be going out on a limb here, but I think it has something to do with the "FOX" in the title that gives it away.

Gene was looking for the cheap shot there. A poorly constructed one, at that. If his intention was to draw a parallel, he actually set it up as a compare and contrast. Nice try, though.

Seems he's getting a little ornery with his conclusion, "Fox News, of course, is the network where studies show many viewers still believe the Iraq War is tied to the 9/11 disaster; they also think there's still a chance we'll find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
That's because they watch Fox News."

As opposed to say, CNN news, I suppose, where viewers still believe Americans are the lowest form of humanity, the only people with rights are those "without rights," and that Christmas is not a holiday celebrating the birth of CHRIST, among other things.

Welcome back, Gene! Glad to have ya.

Don't mind this either

I'm happy with that

Thanks to Scott for the link.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Feingold: A Communications Genius

Sen. Russ Feingold took it upon himself to make a statement regarding the buyout of Clear Channel. Says our communications guru:

Clear Channel has been the poster child for rapid consolidation in the radio industry, which has severely damaged the diversity, local flavor, and popularity of radio. I hope the recently announced sale and divestment of around 450 stations marks an end to this ill-conceived experiment. And I urge the FCC to start taking more seriously its obligation to ensure the greatest benefit to the radio listener through increased localism and competition.

While I'm not a huge fan of Clear Channel, I'm even less enthusiastic about the FCC. Nevertheless, Feingold's statement is idiotic on several levels.

When the FCC wrote the bulk of broadcasting rules that are still in practice, the world we live in was most often the subject of sci-fi movies. At that time most people had one of two ways to receive their news: through the radio or from a newspaper. Later on, television entered the mix. The pool was still pretty small and the idea of protecting consumers from monopolies a good one.

Fast forward to the Year 2000 (I hope you heard Conan's voice in your head when you read that). People have more choices for media consumption than ever before. If you don't like a radio station, you've got more than a couple to choose from. If you don't like those, you can go to satellite radio. Network TV or cable? Pick your poison. USA Today, The New York Times or the Journal Sentinel? You can most likely get at least these three and probably several other choices at your local grocery store thanks to advancements in printing and telecom.

And hey, recently, this thing came out that they call the Internet. With the internet, consumers can access news from all over the world! Hard to believe, isn't it? That's right streaming media, podcasts, blogs, all of these combine to diversify the media landscape making consumers less at the mercy of Broadcast groups, and making news organizations more at the mercy of citizen journalists.

People today do not need to depend on Federal organizations to ensure that all sides of the story are told like they may have in the past. Only an idiot would think that the divestment of Clear Channel is going to have much effect on radio at all. Besides, not one of the stations sold resides in a market even worth talking about. Which takes me back to my original point: Russ Feingold is an idiot.

A Post 9/11 World Experience

My boyfriend just got home from shopping. He purchased a pair of shoes for work. While this type of occurrence is not normally blog-worthy, I was taking a look-see at the new kicks when I noticed a sticker on the box that reads, "Airport Friendly." My guess is the shoes are completely constructed without metal and so will get through a metal detector with no problem.

Never seen that one before.

A Letter for Adrial White

While Mr. Kane has been silent this past week, the family of Adrial White has been incredibly vocal. I can't blame them, they're fighting for a family member. I understand a letter drive has been started in an attempt to influence the upcoming sentencing.

I thought about trying to participate, but then I saw Mr. White's outspoken sister Edwina claim,

"If you're not a black male in Racine, you can't understand."

In that case, I guess you don't need my signature.


Since Sudan is a country with oil, shouldn't the liberals have a problem with the joint UN/AU force about to go in there and clean things up?

I'm asking this because I've seen a pattern emerge in which it's a "humanitarian mission" if the country is poor, and "imperialism" if the country has some asset.

I've found that as far as liberals are concerned, the only thing that matters is oil. They're not concerned with things like....say.....

The use of poison gas and other war crimes against Iran and the Iranian people during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war. Iraq summarily executed thousands of Iranian prisoners of war as a matter of policy.

• The "Anfal" campaign in the late 1980's against the Iraqi Kurds, including the use of poison gas on cities. In one of the worst single mass killings in recent history, Iraq dropped chemical weapons on Halabja in 1988, in which as many as 5,000 people -- mostly civilians -- were killed.

Crimes against humanity and war crimes arising out of Iraq's 1990-91 invasion and occupation of Kuwait.

Crimes against humanity and possibly genocide against Iraqi Kurds in northern Iraq. This includes the destruction of over 3,000 villages. The Iraqi government's campaign of forced deportations of Kurdish and Turkomen families to southern Iraq has created approximately 900,000 internally displaced citizens throughout the country.

Crimes against humanity and possibly genocide against Marsh Arabs and Shi'a Arabs in southern Iraq. Entire populations of villages have been forcibly expelled. Government forces have burned their houses and fields, demolished houses with bulldozers, and undertaken a deliberate campaign to drain and poison the marshes. Thousands of civilians have been summarily executed.

Possible crimes against humanity for killings, ostensibly against political opponents, within Iraq.

Nope. Liberals that I know don't tend to give a rat's ass about facts like that. The only facts they tend to see are things like:

Extensive petroleum exploration began in the mid-1970s and might cover all of Sudan’s economic and energy needs. Significant finds were made in the Upper Nile region and commercial quantities of oil began to be exported in October 2000, reducing Sudan’s outflow of foreign exchange for imported petroleum products. There are indications of significant potential reserves of oil and natural gas in southern Sudan, the Kordofan region and the Red Sea province.

Interesting. I wonder where the libs will take us with this one. Maybe it's because Sudan doesn't have as much oil as Iraq that it will be okay. Maybe it's because the UN (who doesn't have their hands in a Sudanese food-for-oil program) is sanctioning it. I don't know. I'm sure they'll find some way to okay this one since going into Africa seems to be the only thing these guys agree on. Just makes ya feel good, I suppose.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

So Wrong

It was announced that Mike Tyson is Heidi Fleiss' newest employee. Apparently "Iron Mike" is going to be a headliner at her new Nevada brothel for women.

Says Fleiss, "I told him, 'You're going to be my big stallion.' It's every man's fear that their girlfriend will go for Mike Tyson."

I have to agree with her there, but with one adjustment. It's every man's fear that their girlfriend will go near Mike Tyson: If history is any indication, he just may beat and/or rape them.

Take That You Stinkin Liberals!

Ain't this a kick in the ass for all those global-warming, tree-hugging crazies:

If the sun warms the Earth too dangerously, the time may come to draw the shade. The "shade" would be a layer of pollution deliberately spewed into the atmosphere to help cool the planet. This over-the-top idea comes from prominent scientists, among them a Nobel laureate.

This is too funny.


Isn't raising the cost of obtaining a driver's license just another way to block poor people from presenting a valid ID at liquor stores? Those insensitive bastards.

This is an outrage.

What Would You Do?

Here's a question for you AML readers: What do you think should be done with your email address when you leave a place of employment?

I left my last job 11 months ago. However, my former employer has felt the need to keep my email address active. I know this because emails that are sent to that address from friends are forwarded on to me. Apparently, I am to perceive this as a courtesy.

In actuality, it pisses me off to no avail. While I know that legally the address is owned by the company, I have always seen the practice of deactiving email accounts of former employees as both ethical and necessary. If people got a bounce-back after writing to that address, then they would know to try to find another one.

Here's the process with my old email account: An old friend from high school finds that address on the internet somewhere, so they shoot me a few lines. My old boss receives the email. After determining that it is not business related, he then forwards these emails on to me. I get more angry every time this happens.

I have asked several times for the account to be deactivated, but they refuse. Every time I am forwarded an email, I feel that my privacy has been violated. It's one thing when you work at a company and know that some IT guy could be reading your email, but it's an entirely different situation when you don't work there anymore, don't know what people are writing you, and can't do anything about it. I feel that I have no recourse. So, friends of AML, what would you do if you were me?

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Re: Gossip

It never occurred to me that when I heard the rumor regarding the Van Hollen campaign's flyering I could have gone to a likely source for clarification. Thank goodness Brian Fraley popped in to give his side of the story:

We targeted Doyle donors who were already likely to go to the polls.

We distributed flyers that said you could be a good Democrat and vote
AGAINST Kathleen Falk. We included quotes from Democrat law enforcement
professionals who supported JB.

We distributed about 1,000 of these in the twenty four hours before the
election in Dane, Milwaukee and Wuakesha Counties and only put them on the doors
of homes that had a Doyle sign in their yard.

I think the eleciton results proved that the winning coalition needed to
include independents and Democrats. That's why was such an
important part of our campaign. We were not turning out Doyle voters, but we
were not going to dismiss Democrat voters who voted for Doyle or Baldwin or
Sheriff Clark, either.

I should note that I wasn't attempting to make any accusations regarding the tactic, which appears to have been a good one. But from the perspective of the Falk supporter who initially provided me with the information, it seemed to be much more nefarious.

Hey Christmas!

It's bad enough that you're all over Halloween's ass, but quit cock-blocking Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Kane Watch: Only Blacks Can Sentence Other Blacks to Death?

Now Gene hasn't written his column about the Adrial White verdict yet, but you can be sure I wait with baited breath for its appearance. Why, you may wonder. I've got a question for Kane:

On Saturday Gene wrote, "In all of the districts headed by black aldermen, the death penalty referendum was defeated...Clearly, these were voters familiar with crime and violence, but they don't think killing criminals will make things better." But if that's true, then how can it also be true that Adrial White was found guilty not for killing a man over property (which happens to be illegal in Wisconsin), but because, as White's sister put it, "It was an all white jury. You do the math."??

Kane emphatically likes to state that he is against capital punishment in his writing. He's gone so far as to classify the United States as "uncivilized" for partaking in the practice. In the same blog he went on to say that, Tony Blair and others, "have long come to the realization, there's no place for state-sanctioned murder in a truly civilized society. It's a lesson Bush and some Americans are still grappling to understand."

Very interesting. As a "white folk" I would think that with Kane taking such a strong stance against capital punishment, logic would dictate that he must also be against vigilante justice. As such, there is no way Kane can defend Adrial White's on-the-spot death sentence for alleged thief Eric Carbajal. That's some "math" I can do.

Nevertheless, it's my guess that Kane is going to struggle with this predicament. On the one hand, you've got a perfect set-up to blame the white jurors (very tempting), but on the other you've already stated a position that precludes you from defending Adrial White's actions, lest you categorize yourself as uncivilized.

What will he do? I'll guess we'll just have to wait and see....My prediction? He'll probably avoid taking a real position on the issue and just sum the entire situation up with an overly obvious statement. I donno, something like, "Homicide should never be a fact of life."

Your Tax Dollars at Work

At this very moment six City of Milwaukee DPW trucks and several DPW workers are tearing out flowers and preparing planters on Kilbourn between Broadway and Water for the winter.

Not two months ago just as many trucks were putting plants in the very same place.

With high taxes being such an issue in the city, don't you think some fiscal genius/horticulturalist might come along and suggest that low-maintenance shrubbery and a little mulch would be a viable alternative?


Rumor has it JB Van Hollen's campaign distributed flyers in Madison right before the election indicating that those who voted for Van Hollen did not have to vote for Green.

Any thoughts?

Wurdz Fale Me

Friday, November 10, 2006

Too Demanding?

As the person who started both The S**T List and The N**E List in hopes of highlighting the good and the bad in customer service, you might be somewhat surprised to learn that I've never necessarily felt "the customer is always right." In fact, many years ago I wrote an award-winning market research paper on the very topic.

The paper focused on retail banking and customer retention. Most banks have (or, at the time, had) policies limiting the types of transactions conducted at the drive-through. While some of these rules were intended to prevent fraud, many of them were in place to maximize efficiency. Transactions such as issuing cashiers checks, large cash deposits or multiple transactions were restricted because of the time it took the teller to complete them. Considering the drive-through is intended for more speedy banking, tying up one lane and one teller (keep in mind most drive-through tellers are handling multiple lanes) was simply counterproductive. Invariably, you'd find that each bank had its pool of repeat offenders living under not only the "customer is always right" mantra but also a belief that their excrement had a pleasant aroma. The problem was that if the bank attempted to make that one customer happy, many more sat in line behind them growing quickly impatient and dissatisfied with what was supposed to be an efficient and quick stop at the bank. One happy customer has resulted in several more unhappy ones.

More recently I had the opportunity to witness how such a customer may not necessarily impact the satisfaction of other customers but actually cost the business money. Two nights a week, Eagan's on Water runs a half-priced bottle of wine special. The only caveat on the special is that it does not include wines on the reserve list. These are very pricey vinos that if Eagan's did offer them at half-price it would actually be at below their cost and they would incur and instant loss. One regular customer who we've nicknamed "I'm Better Than You" asks for bottles from the reserve list on at least a weekly basis. Each time the bar manager explains to him why those bottles are not included. Unfortunately, one evening the bar manager was off and IBTY, knowing he could sneak one through, got his half-priced bottle from an unsuspecting person unfamiliar with the policy. Eagan's took a loss and a very popular special is now jeopardized.

The point is that The S**T List strives to make other consumers aware of egregious shortcomings in customer service. Before making any additions to it, I'll always be sure that the demand I'm making of the business is reasonable and that in fulfilling it they're not doing so in a manner that loses them customers or money. If neither of those are the case, then I think my expectations of the business are fair and reasonable.

So when staff writer Jason McDowell attacks Jimmy John's service because they won't let him bring his dog into the restaurant but also won't hand deliver his food to the sidewalk outside the store during the lunch rush, it's interesting to read how so many readers reacted to his gripe.

Hopefully you'll never find a complaint like that on The S**T List.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Getting to work...

In a previous post I said that after the election it was time for us to really get to the issues impacting us and not start worrying about 2008.

Well, the election is over, so let's get to work.

First on my list...

I work overlooking Red Arrow Park. This means that each year I have the pleasure of watching a very large truck, a crane, several city or county workers and a number of police officers all dedicated to erecting and tethering into place a Christmas Tree in a spot that looks as if a tree should be growing there naturally anyway. While I'm fairly certain the tree is donated, I imagine all the associated costs of transporting it into town and allocating resources to standing it up would be unnecessary IF SOMEONE WOULD JUST PLANT A TREE!

It's a shame that this year's tree just went up this morning and not earlier in the week. That way, this little gripe I have every year about this time could have been shared with Scott Walker, who graced us with his presence at last night's Drinking Right.

Oh well...

Monday, November 06, 2006

Some election thoughts...

As you step in to the voting booth this year, there are some things I believe people need to remember and consider.

First, when you pull the lever, recall that you are not voting for a leader, but rather a representative. We are a nation where the government is of the people, by the people and for the people. We are our own leaders. When we elect someone to office it is so he or she will represent our interests. The day we lose sight of that (and I fear that in some cases we already have) is the day where we as a nation essentially say that we are not responsible for our own lives but rather merely charged with selecting someone who is.

That said, a protest vote will not represent your interests. It only represents your disgust for a specific candidate. While this distaste should certainly be heard, doing so on the one day we're given to truly have a say in who represents us is counterproductive in a system where we seek someone with our interests in mind. After all, how likely is the candidate who benefits from your protest to really represent your beliefs?

Of course, the same can be said of voting along party lines. The Party only has the Party's interests in mind. Maintaining power is what they believe in. If you agree with everything the party does, then go on and vote along the line as you're one of those lucky individuals who has found representation with the least amount of effort.

So who should the rest of you vote for?

Find that person (not the party) who you believe represents you. Write someone in. It's tougher to do, sure, because those people aren't lambasting you with ads or in the news day in and day out. But remember that it's you who runs this nation...and that isn't necessarily an easy job.

Also, I'm hoping that when this election is over we can finally get something done around here. It's funny that the most productive time in democracy, electing our representatives, is the least productive time in governance. Pundit Nation predicts that the 2008 Presidential campaign will start on Wednesday. While I can't say I disagree, it certainly is sad that we are destined to spend two years not tackling the issues but rather the candidates themselves. Seems to me we're losing sight of something here.

Finally, and most important, vote! This is your nation. You are in charge. And you express how you wish this nation of ours to be run with your vote!

And when all is said and done, and you've done your duty as a citizen, reward yourself with a beverage at Drinking Right. You needn't vote in any particular way to attend...all are welcome.

Because it's not about being right...

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Kane Watch: Blowing It

In a blog post giving his take on the Kerry "botched joke," Eugene Kane writes:

He deserves the criticism he's receiving, even though reasonable people can
agree there's no way a decorated Vietnam veteran would make disparaging remarks
about the men and women he served with.

Thanks to James Taranto, reasonable people with short-term memories are reminded that occassionally a decorated Vietnam veteran does make disparaging remarks about the men and women he served with.

They had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from
portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs,
blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion
reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks,
and generally ravaged the country side of South Vietnam in addition to the
normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done
by the applied bombing power of this country.

-John Kerry, 1971

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

In your your heart

NOW! NOW!! NOW!!!!

Buzz, who is unable to make next week's Drinking Right and is going through serious pre-withdrawal because of it, suggested an impromptu DR to get his fix.

So if you're up for it, put on some warm clothes and join us at Eagan's on Water Street (home of the very first Drinking Right) for happy hour tonight!

(Happy hour means 5:01 pm, by the way.)

Once you get there, you may remove the warm clothes and let the liquor warm you from the inside.

And if you've never been to a Drinking Right event, this is a great opportunity to get your feet wet. If you want to know what it's like, apparently the folks over at Pundit Nation snuck into the last event and captured some video. I have no idea how I didn't notice that.