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Old 01-29-2007, 05:02 AM   #1
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So my inlaws were at my house this weekend (again). I didn't drink all weekend until they left, but SWMBO said she thinks that they think we're a couple of alcoholics. I guess I shouldn't have shown my FIL my new brewery.

I think the problem is that they're evangelical christians. My parents are Roman Catholic, so I was raised in a drinking household. SWMBO was quite scandalized when the priest got drunk and danced at my sister's wedding. And when my maternal grandfather passed away my cousins and I all went to the bar and got ripped up. Then, when my grandmother on my dad's side died all the neighbors, relatives, and family friends gathered at my parent's house and got drunk.

She drinks, but kind of tries to hide it from her family. I don't really see the problem with boozing as long as you don't let it control your life (Jesus drank in the bible, after all) so I don't understand why if it was ok then it's wrong now.

 
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Old 01-29-2007, 05:21 AM   #2
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I don't get it either. I'm Irish Catholic, thrown in with good German stock combined with a nice healthy dose of Cherokee....

Plain and simple, we like to drink. My parents and I have the best conversations half in the bag.

However.

My MIL (also Catholic) was going to be a Nun fer pity's sake, but she didn't because she ended up meeting my wife's Dad, and that was that.

But she hardly EVER drinks. She has a twin brother tho who I LOVE to drink with whenever we get together. Needless to say, the MIL frowns, but tolerates the whole thing...

That being said, SWMBO doesn't drink much either. Her Sister and I however have gotten polluted on more occasions than I can count...

Maybe I married the wrong sister...

In the end, (and winding around to be back on topic) it's simply your house.
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Old 01-29-2007, 05:28 AM   #3
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My inlaws also think I'm a drunk. Some of my colleagues think I'm a drunk. Just because I drink more than the average bear and make my own beer doesn't mean I'm a drunk.

I drink probably 1-2 beers/night (average). Some more, some less, and I may go a week or two with nothing. Just because you aren't the type that only drinks on New Years and St. Patty's day doesn't mean you are a drunk.

I'm to the point of not caring anymore. When they come over, I perpetuate the myth by purposely cracking open a beer and putting on a tank top undershirt and yelling at my wife to make me some meat loaf.
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Old 01-29-2007, 05:33 AM   #4
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I'm to the point of not caring anymore. When they come over, I perpetuate the myth by purposely cracking open a beer and putting on a tank top undershirt and yelling at my wife to make me some meat loaf.

Ya drunkard, yell for a steak AND a refill!

(FWIW mine gives me the one finger salute at this, but it's still funny as hell.)

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Old 01-29-2007, 05:34 AM   #5
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damned straight. . .


hmm. . .where'd I put my beer?. . . ..
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I keep telling people that I come from strong German peasant stock with a splash of Irish thrown in.

I claim I actually have to drink to keep my liver functioning (its genetic).
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Old 01-29-2007, 05:41 AM   #7
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Meh. My mom used to worry about how much my father and I drank. When I was staying there, at one point, my mom was talking to an aunt and my mom described how embarrassed she felt about the number of liquor bottles in her garbage can box and she asked my aunt, "Don't you think that's a LOT of alcohol for two people (my father and I) to consume?"

And my aunt agreed that, indeed, that the number of bottles of alcohol my father and I consumed was a little bit excessive for a week's consumption. But mom was talking about a MONTH'S consumption. And dad says she hasn't really said much about it since then.


Besides, she complained there were "too many" liquor bottles. So dad and I put our heads together and realized the answer was to begin buying bigger bottles. 1.75L bottles of Jack for him. And I'd pick up a few bombers for me. Yup. There was a time, when I was in college and thereafter, when dad actually felt ashamed about having a drink or two. I finally got him to see the light. Now it's a drink or two each night for him. It makes life a little bit nicer and your sleep a little more steady. What the hell....


My mom's grandfather, of whom I have only a few childhood memories, always used to say (so I am told).... The secret to living a good and satisfying life is to make certain you don't drink too much. And also... to make certain you don't drink too little. And when pressed for specifics, Grampa Joe would tell you: One drink a day is too little. And four is maybe getting close to being too much.
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Old 01-29-2007, 06:01 AM   #8
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So my inlaws were at my house this weekend (again). I didn't drink all weekend until they left, but SWMBO said she thinks that they think we're a couple of alcoholics. I guess I shouldn't have shown my FIL my new brewery.
You could always tell them that if they weren't around so much they wouldn't notice it as much . . . but then again I'm not really know for my tact
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Old 01-29-2007, 06:19 AM   #9
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Lutheran here, a little Irish, English and Blackfeet Indian for me.... My ex-girlfriend's family is a big Southern Baptist bunch, and none of them realized that all of my Guinness shirts referred to an alcoholic beverage until I wore a shirt with a pint on it and GUINNESS in big bold letters. They were further ashamed because I was *gasp* underage.

 
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Going back to alemonkey's original situation, I say this: There is a difference between quality and quantity. There's nothing wrong with having a pasttime that allows you to make something special. It all just goes back to the craftsman's philosophy- the absolute best of anything is made by your own two hands.

Heck, nobody in my family was really thrilled with me getting into brewing... but when they heard me talk about it, and they saw that I was passionate about it, who are they to argue? It's no less an art than glass blowing or painting.

You can devote your life to building a house out of glass and people will say that is a ridiculous thing. You can also brew all the beer your liver can handle and people will say the same.

It's not about the way you express yourself, it's about what you say when you do...
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