I got some unexpected reactions to my previous post, where I casually stated I’d go without booze for a while. I hadn’t given it much thought and I certainly do not have a substance issue. I am keenly aware that when someone says that eyes immediately roll in the back of the readers head, solidifying the suspicion that the abstainer is, in fact, a fucking alcoholic.
The truth is far more simple and sincere. For the past year I’ve been a Chef at House Fly, eating well — but rich, very rich and decadent foods. My work has kept me from attending the gym at the level I enjoyed in previous years. My health is good, but I don’t feel great. Getting older, with my children older and more keenly aware of my actions, I felt this would be a positive thing to demonstrate, a discipline for the sake of doing it. There isn’t any downside to it. After all, alcohol is a poison and although it offers comfort and laughter, it is a malevolent friend, one that shortens lifespans and manifests itself incredulously — accentuating the worst in people. I simply want to do without it — mainly because I don’t. I hope that makes sense to you.
I will abstain from booze until the summer. I will not cheat or bend, because I’m stubborn and strong willed.
On the issue of stocks — a poor day for my trading account. I sold one stock for a 5% loss and another for a 1.5% gain. More or less, I am in a holding pattern. No rush — just holding and waiting.Comments »