hold up!

I’ve observed that some people are unnecessarily offended when someone (OK, it was me) says, “I’ll have a mineral water.” It’s as though they feel that my choice not to have A Drink, is me saying, “I don’t like you.” Huh? How odd that my choice of non-alcoholic beverage is interpreted as being all about you, not me.

There have been moments when I’ve been tempted to mess with those minds and say, “Yes, it’s true. I’m not drinking alcohol because I think you’re a nitwit.”

Mainly it’s about not being a team player. “Do you think we should hire him? Do you think we could work with him? Do you think he’s a good guy? Is he someone you’d have a beer with?

“She’s not drinking…” someone mutters, rolling his eyes, as if to say, “She’s not one of us.”

C’mon, it’s not like I said, “I’m not drinking which means you can’t either,” but seriously, going by some responses, you’d think I had indeed imposed just such a rule. Puh-leeze!


Listening to: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ The Social Network soundtrack. (I’ve been obsessed with this album of late.)


3 thoughts on “19.01.13

  1. happens to me all the time! i don’t get it either. and i find that, even when i join in but decide to limit myself to just the one (double) single malt, it’s also frowned upon. flow rate, it would seem, is vital too^^.

  2. Dear Jaded Lotus,

    I have come across that kind of attitude especially among some drinking fraternities in Asian corporate culture. It is rather unfortunate that doing business in Asia sometimes involves drinking copious amounts of alcohol with businessmen who like their drinks, among many other recreational activities.

    It may be exciting when younger and if one enjoys corporate entertaining, especially if it was sometimes an implicit corporate directive to win business and bonuses are at stake. However, when personal freedom and health take precedence, I’m sure we all know how best to react.

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