Cold Turkey: February I’m firewater-free

by Hanh Nguyen · 4 comments

There must be some Toros in the atmosphere!

There must be some Toros in the atmosphere!

Yes, you read right. Alcohol, I’m not doing it … for a month anyway.

I’d been mulling over abstaining from booze after the holidays, keeping the idea to myself until I’d decided. Only then did I let this resolution slip to my goat taco-eating tablemates Danny the KungFoodPanda, Cathy the Gastronomer and Vernon the Astronomer at Flor Del Rio restaurant in Boyle Heights.

While ordering a beer. Hey, it was still January 31.

Their reactions were mild, although I detected a bit of disbelief. Perhaps they were good at masking their horror?

My reasons for ditching the drink are numerous and I would think apparent, but eh, I’m not really going to bore you with them. Think what you want. Maybe it’s a bet. Maybe I’m too poor. Maybe Jamie Foxx’s “Blame It on the Alcohol” made me want to be a better person. For a month.

turkey_200It was not lost on the Gastronomer that I chose the shortest month of the year for my big sacrifice either. But hey February is such a celebratory month, so it won’t be easy. There are birthdays, the Lunar New Year, Presidents Day and Groundhog Day. Wait, you’ve never raised a glass to Punxsutawney Phil? After all he’s done for us?

During this time, I don’t think I’d be opposed to going to Happy Hour, but the food better be damn good. Like, truffle oil good. Meryl Streep good. Surprised kitty good.

Liver, I’ll abuse you again in March.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Gastronomer February 1, 2010 at 15:13

Drinking is overrated.

Ryan O. February 1, 2010 at 16:46

In. I think I’m going to run a half (maybe full?) marathon at the end of the month, so this’ll be a nice way to see if it helps out with my training. (Also maybe kick start some weight loss. I’ve been flat since the weight I lost in the summer.)

Having a non drinking wife helps. Having friends in the neighborhood who always have a cold keg of very good beer on tap doesn’t.

Hanh Nguyen February 1, 2010 at 20:18

Cathy — It can be great, but once it starts getting in the way of things, just annoying.

RyanO – Yikes! I know you’ve been biking. I suck at running. Even a half marathon sounds intimidating to me. Maybe I could eke out a measly 5K , but that’s it. Keep me apprised of your progress!

Marie February 1, 2010 at 21:53

At least you picked a short month! :P Good luck!

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