I haven’t posted for awhile. No particular reason-although we are down to one computer right now which my SO commandeers most of the time. So I get on it when he’s away…
As I’ve previously written, I have a love-hate relationship with catering. Which I’ve done forever. But, I can’t seem to totally break from it. For one thing the money’s good when I do it-well for the most part. And, I pretty much just do things for people that I have been doing events for for years. So there’s a comfort level there. Well as much as there can be. Anyway, I did a small dinner party for a longtime client the other night. I really like them and politically, we’re in total agreement-which I can’t say about most of my ultra wealthy clientele. So as I was getting things in order, the husband came in to get a glass of white wine for a guest. He pulled out a bottle from the fridge that was about half empty-he poured some, tasted it asked what I thought-Now this was the kind of wine that I used to LOVE! I said I didn’t drink anymore. His response? “I’m sorry!” Wow! Then a bit later, his wife came in, poured herself a Scotch and told me if I wanted one or a glass of wine, to help myself. I told her that I didn’t drink anymore (not that I ever drank at an event while working. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever had a glass of wine with these people). Anyway, her response was the same as her husband’s! She said, “I’m sorry!”
That blew me away. These folks are not alcoholics-well not that I know of. I’ve seen them a bit buzzed at the end of an evening, but have never had the sense that they knock it back on a nightly basis. But then again, what do I know? I’m not there every night. As it was getting closer to the guests being seated for the first course, the husband came in to open the wine and decant it so it could breathe. As he was pouring it into the carafe, he made a statement that the wine cost almost as much as the food! Let me tell you, for a small seated dinner, I charge ALOT! Well over $150.00 a person (see why I do it?) That’s just for the food-not the service or gratuity. So this was for 8 guests. Do the math! And I thought I spent a ton on vino!! Crazy!
Don’t you think it’s strange that their response to my saying I don’t drink anymore is that they’re “sorry”? Jeez! I have such a nice rhythm to my life now. Yes, occasionally, I wish I could join in for the wine. But that passes. I have never woken up the morning after going out the night before and wished that I had partaken of an alcoholic beverage-Of course it wouldn’t have been just one alcoholic beverage. It would have been several. Or more. And, I HAVE woken up many times and wished I hadn’t had any alcohol the night before. Yes, I smelled the $800.00 bottle of wine. Yes, it smelled good. Was I tempted? Not at all. I just got on with what I needed to do. At the end of the evening, I was tired. But, I got home in time to watch Saturday Night Live-and see this new “regime” we are under here in the US get skewered once again. Had a Perrier. In the past, I would have opened a bottle of wine to “unwind”.
I know that I’ve written about the freedom that comes when getting sober. But, I can’t stress enough how great that freedom is. Yes, I could lose about 8 pounds. I should work out more. I should cut back on sugar. I hate the political situation here and am completely stressed and obsessed by it. Yes, we have some concerns over the Great British Pound going down because of Brexit. I have fucked up family members. But I don’t have the ball and chain around me in the shape of a wine bottle on top of everything else. And that my friends, is blissful!