#22 Reason not to drink: to dry Pippa out
Something many people don’t know is that my cat Pippa is a lush and I’m afraid that it’s my fault. If only beer hadn’t been so readily available on my desk and on my side table and in my hands, she never would have gone down this rocky road of chemical dependency. It’s so bad that I can’t open a beer without her showing up to try to lick the bottle. She lurks around until she thinks I won’t see her on my desk obscuring half my computer screen to get at the booze. (Pippa thinks she has powers of invisibility) Tonight I’m not drinking because I need to show Pippa how to be a healthy cat, a cat who isn’t obsessed with beer. It’s already been really hard on her. She cries twice as much now and let’s me know that I’m a brutal bitch by slinking around under my desk nipping at my ankles. Lucky for her, she’s discovered a neighborhood cat support group that meets outside our house at 10pm every evening.* All I can do is reassure her that when she is able to drink responsibly again, the beer will come back.
#12 Reason for not Drinking: it isn’t the middle ages anymore
Back in the middle ages you could justify drinking a gallon of beer a day for the combined reasons that it was an excellent source of vitamins* and a lack of potable water sources. Beer was safer and so people (especially monks) drank way more alcohol than water and were sometimes paid in beer. Well, it isn’t the middle ages anymore and it’s hard to justify a gallon of beer a day habit. The good news (if you’re sad that it’s not socially acceptable to drink gallons of beer) is that the earth’s water sources are, again, becoming polluted beyond safety and produce is becoming less nutrient rich all the time through the use of pesticides and unsustainable farming habits. The day when beer is once again a reputable source of fun, excellent flavors, and good nutrition isn’t all that distant.
#13 Reason for not Drinking: because Sid didn’t drink today
My friend Sid is forgoing beer right now to help support me in my challenging time and today she didn’t drink during her parents’ visit. She missed an opportunity to drink with her dad who is one of her favorite drinking companions. If I was to drink beer tonight after she has abstained I would not be able to call myself a good friend any more. Since she’s one of my favorite people – I am not drinking tonight more emphatically than any other night since I started this. I AM EMPHATICALLY BEER FREE. For Sid.
I am also emphatically NOT drinking tonight for Bobby and Kymber who are doing this challenge with me and also Cathy who is doing her own version of it – you all are in my thoughts tonight as I am being emphatic! Oh – and Nadine too, who went sober before me to reach some similar goals. Nadine – EMPHATICALLY not drinking for you too!
But, especially because Sid lost a great opportunity to imbibe, for my sake.
Tomorrow I may be a lot less enthusiastic so, you know, enjoy.
*They didn’t have nutrient-empty beers back then like Coors or Bud.