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It may seem ridiculous, but I gave up alcohol for Lent. Even though I’m not Christian, I find something ever-so-slightly appealing in the idea. I like to break my habits. It’s not just for the sake of my innate perversity; breaking habits is refreshing. Plus not drinking for forty days might even be healthy.

Yesterday was day number ten. Xy and I went out for a fine dinner at Tommy’s Cuisine, a relatively new restaurant which is located right underneath our old apartment in Julia Place. The host seated us and asked if we wanted anything to drink.

“Can they make a Sazerac?” I asked.

The host winked at me. “The best in the city.”

Totally habitual. It wasn’t until the drink arrived that I remembered I was on a sobriety binge. But I was too embarrassed to send it back, and too cheap to let it go to waste. So I drank it.

What the hell, I had two. They were good.

I don’t take the Lenten thing to seriously, but I wish I’d remembered. Ah well. Today, I’m back on the wagon.

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  1. […] I wouldn’t say it’s become a problem — at least not yet. But I’ve been keeping an eye on it. I always feel the need to check myself periodically, so I was planning to give up alcohol for Lent, like I did last year. Just after Mardi Gras, which is just around the corner. It’s hard to give up drinking just before Mardi Gras, after all. […]

  2. […] A tip of the hat to Joe Backwards-7. He came all the way from Boise, Idaho to do some massive re-plumbing work on the central post office here in New Orleans. He’s also a long-time fan of the show, and so he took Xy and David and I out for dinner at Tommy’s last night. (Oddly enough, Xy and I dined there almost exactly one year ago.) Sometimes small fame has big advantages. Thanks, Joe, and if you’re back in New Orleans anytime soon, you’ll have to come see our place and join us for a home-cooked meal. […]

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