I don’t want anyone to mistake this entry for something serious.
I mean, I take wine seriously enough to not abuse it. I mean, waste it…I’m sure anything I do that could be described as wine abuse is actually closer to self-abuse or self-medication, depending on the circumstance.
That said, I feel like we should discuss decanting.
Sidebar: Autocorrect just changed “decanting” into “decaying” and I literally decant even.
Decanting a sure thing bottle is convenient for aerating the wine and opening it up do the acidic notes can mellow versus overwhelming the rest of the flavors when you…sip. So I’ve generally made a habit of decanting a bottle anytime I have company over, but switching to a by-glass aerator if that second bottle tries to get popular.
My logic? Maybe that second bottle doesn’t get finished, right?
What? I’ve heard of that happening…
Here’s what I’ve learned.
Wine is much like friends vs dating later in life.
You get to know the quality peeps in your life that deserve and have earned decanting rights. Then there are the new unknowns that are best taken on a by-glass basis.
As I’ve managed to overcome my desire for a relationship and remain a Singleton this past year, I’ve engaged in a little thought exercise. I examined my urge to open or order what I consider great bottles of wine on a first date. Was I simply indulging my tastes and myself as I did something I’m not super comfortable doing?
Sidenote: Roller Coasters should have wine stands at the beginning of the line.
Or, was I trying to show off?
I’m going to skip over the grisly details. Suffice it to say, hearing an attractive man say that my wine was really good as he leaves are perhaps the least validating final words to hear from someone.
In case that needed to be mentioned.
The last time someone came over for wine in a dating capacity, I legitimately caught myself thinking – as I reached up for my decanter – “Am I prepared to try and switch bottles because ‘This doesn’t taste right, let’s try something else’ if this guy doesn’t seem worth the rest of the bottle?” More importantly, am I cool enough to pull off that switch to a bottle of TJ’s finest?!?
But, like I said, this isn’t a post about wine.
It’s about any variety of risks we take. Moreover, it’s about how our own opinions of those risks change over time. And how we assess and prioritize those opinions.
A fairly blue case study – oh, I should write about Gee sometime – to illustrate my point:
Yesterday, I had a solo lunch date with dad. Mom had gone shopping with my sister and his usual Friday lunch with his own dad was rescheduled for a doctor’s appointment.
Usually when mom, dad and I go to lunch, I can bank on each of them making use of the facility’s facilities. Occasionally it’s all three of us, which affords my dad and I the opportunity for a rather humorous take on what frequently happens at Portland intersections.
Yesterday, as our departure from the restaurant became imminent, I caved and asked dad if he wanted you use the restroom before we left.
I raised my eyebrows.
When we got to my place, I asked if he wanted to come up and talk for a while longer. I wasn’t sure if he wanted to more kill time while my mom and sister were out. He said no, so we sat in the car and chatted a while before I got out of the car and chatted more while standing at the door.
When he drove off, I crossed the street, fobbed into my building and then tapped my toe impatiently while waiting for the world’s slowest elevator to return to the main floor.
Then I did a full on pee-pee dance in the elevator as we made our glacial ascent to the building’s fourth floor.
Seriously…it is so slow. I’m tempted right now to go take a ride and count off the “thousands” it takes to climb from the Ground floor to 3. Sadly, I have to meet friends in two hours and nine minutes, so I’m afraid there isn’t time.
By the time we reached my floor, I was straining so hard to keep my bladder sealed that I accidentally let a fart fly.
That felt better!
But I consciously tightened everything up again as I prepared to engage my legs and leave the lift. My concern? Was that just gas or was it a…warning?!?
I farted out a few letters of the alphabet on the way to my door and while I was fumbling to get my door unlocked. Fortunately, neither of the other two residents on my floor chose that time to leave their units!
There I was, sitting victorious upon my throne. The contents of my bladder successfully vanquished, I reflected upon the Battle of the Bladder.
Were my check-ins with dad legitimate concern or projection on my part?
I want to say legitimate concern, since he drives about 35 miles home after he visits.
But the reality was that this was my second elevator dance of the week, so…
Either I need to move to a building with a faster elevator – or, better yet, a turbo lift! – or I need to stop projecting and openly check-in with my own plumbing to calculate risk vs transit time between cans.
So far, I’m not there. I have only gotten as far as calculating the height of a curb as it relates to chances of a fart in my body’s state of misadventures. Maybe it’s time to up that game.
Bet you wished this had only been about wine now, right?
Wine and poop. I’m a real enigma, aren’t I?
Maybe this whole Calculated Risks thing is more about food and drink, now that I think about it. The last example that popped into my head was about coffee. While that folds nicely into the bathroom urgency risk, it’s more about heartburn!
I’ve long maintained that I only need one good cup of coffee to satisfy my craving.
And the occasional need for a jump start.
The end of that saying of mine is that I’ll drink diner coffee all morning and still not feel satisfied. But I will end up with a banger of a case of heartburn. But I understood the risk and how my body worked.
Now, since I haven’t been working, I’ve sat at f&b for a second cup of their cold brew while chatting-ish with the Silver Fox. As my unemployment has dragged on, though, I’ve had to re-examine that habit.
The cold brew at f&b is brewed using the Japanese method for iced coffee.
Cold brew, iced coffee, Japanese iced coffee; three very different things. At least inasmuch as acidity is concerned.
Cold brew has very little acid, meaning I can drink it all day. That it’s made with good, medium roast beans means I really can sip it all day, but feel satisfied after a single cup.
Iced coffee, Japanese brew method or not, medium roast bean or not…has all the regular acidity of coffee.
When I have that second cup, I’m weighing the risk factors. Usually, with The Fox, the calculations come out in his – and mine, by extension – favor. When I’m alone, I’ll stop at one cup, go somewhere else or skip it altogether.
The cost/benefit calculated risk exercise I go through when it comes to the debate over taking a shower and getting presentable just to go out for a cup of coffee are a little…embarrassing.
How about some interaction? Surely, I’m not the only one that does this type of calculating…although, maybe I’m the only one that admits to it.
Tell me in the comments, what are your Calculated Risks?