Over the weekend, several of the Usual Suspect gathered on The Deck to
engage in meaningful discussion shoot the shit and have tea adult beverages and scones take-out Italian food. Usual Suspect Jeff, of assembling-my-new-grill fame, showed up and presented me with a gift.
â€œI brought this for Jimbo,â€ he said as he placed a bottle in front of me that looked exactly like the one shown to the left.
I was momentarily puzzled. Why would my pal give me a bottle of Poland Spring water? Itâ€™s very good water, but surely he knows that I have a couple cases of the stuff at home. Iâ€™m pretty sure that he does too.
I believe I said, â€œThanks, but I donâ€™t get it.â€
He suggested that I open the bottle and give it whiff.
Holy Mason-Dixon Line! Iâ€™d know that bouquet anywhere!
As sure as youâ€™re born, it was genuine, crystal-clear,
corn squeezinâ€™s â€œhomemade wineâ€. Jeff explained that it came, via a friend, directly from North Carolina, where it was probably aged a full day.
Never having sampled this magic Dixie Elixir, the Usual Suspects at the table (all Jersey born and bred) each wanted a taste. (They get an A+ for having a spirit of adventure). I poured a small bit into a glass and passed it around.
The good news for me is that, to a one, they hated it. â€œJesus Christ!!â€ â€œHoly shit!!â€ and â€œHow can you drink this stuff?â€ were but a few of the comments, I heard, which were all interspersed with fits of coughing and choking.
Consequently, I brought damned near the entire bottle home and placed it in Mr. Freezer and, from which, I have enjoyed a post-work taste or two every night since. I tell you, my fellow Yankees, it is about the best post-hard day â€œcalmer downerâ€ there is.
And thatâ€™s just one of the many things I like about the South.