- Oct 19, 2014
- vilonia, arkansas
- Kubota l1501, Z121s
Neighbor and I have had a beer on occasion. Maybe 3 or 4 beers over the 10 years we have lived next to each other. Now I've lost count of how many sodas we have shared.There's something I never understood about drinking, maybe someone has the answer.
When wife and I were in teens thru 20's we drank quite a lot. We had lots of "friends" (" "'s meaning drinking friends). One was my best childhood friend and every Saturday night a party, 30-40 people. Then the drive home (I was lucky) and a Sunday hangover. Then I say why not us go to the party, fooling everyone by drinking soda, a blast watching everyone else getting blasted. So we did and it was great. Never invited to another party.
Here I buy land next to neighbors we knew but not real well. I'm doing some work over there, guy's talking so glad I bought property then "have a beer!". I politely said we don't drink, but a Pepsi would be great!
Now they never even wave at us.
Other neighbors we get along great, and they offer wine...same thing. We speak, but not much.
Point is I believe most people drink. If you don't you're an outcast.
We've had so many friends (all rip) who drank in various degrees. That and an alcoholic brother is hard to take.
One friend used to have one cocktail a day. That's all...but he went to AA about a year ago. Nothing since.
I'm not being judgemental and I believe a huge part is genetics. Richard Overton was great, and almost made it to 113! Some Jack D. in coffee every morning along with a dozen Tampa Sweet cigars every day!
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But why is it if you don't imbibe you're chastised? We have few friends now.
Neighbors across the road do not drink. We've had dinners at both of the neighbors houses as well as them having dinner at ours.
We also help each other out when the need arises. Neighbor across the street dog sits for us on occasion. I salted and sanded his driveway during the most recent storm.
I blow the leaves off the other neighbors fence, then will run along his side of the fence and chop the leaves up so he doesn't have to deal with them. I also mow his ditch since his knees and hip won't handle it. I get a big thank you and offer to pay me.
They wave all the time, and stop to visit if they are driving by and I'm walking my dog. They will also come say hi when ever they see me.
I think it's just in the people.
Brother had lots of friends for a while. They used to pop into his place all the time and hang out there on the weekend. Till he quit stocking his fridge with and supplying the booze.