That’s what they all are, right?
Three acts is the norm. Sure Billy S did some shit back in the day. Then there was the occasional epic endeavor, like Angels In America, that had so many kicks to the heart balls to deliver that it needed to be broken up into two three act plays.
But overall, three gets the job done. Two, and people feel blessedly cheated. Four, and no one likes you.
Plus, there’s the whole “I can nap at home for free” chestnut among reluctant theater-goers. Four acts seems less like a nap than an entire damn night of sleep.
At least for my nearing-geriatric sleep patterns.
Why is this on my mind tonight?
Well, I just poured my third glass of wine. Emptying the bottle.
But it is in deference to a Silver Nugget – a phrase coined by Little Buddy about the secrets people started sharing with me when I turned 50. She – Little Buddy – is not yet 50, but enjoyed my sharing of privileged information here on this blog, and felt compelled to come up with a name for these aged secrets.
Being the Little Buddy that she is, this process involved an evolving train of thought on a text thread.
It was impressive, and I know I’ve failed to retrieve the best of her efforts from the impenetrable vault that is my memory. The fallout is mine to deal with.
The Silver Nugget in question came from my sister, who was not yet 50 at the time of this nugget’s disclosure. It was more of a hybrid wisdom: things of a life hack nature combined with parenting perks.
In this case, it was my sister pulling the epically resonating parental sacrifice offset of having my tween nephew refill her wine glass for her. He comes back into the room heel–toeing his way to her
throne chair in order to avoid spilling anything from a glass that was filled so full, its meniscus existed only on a theoretical plane.
Being a highly decorated and multi-faceted snob, I had to make mention of the situation. It was also helpful – and I credit my Catholic upbringing for this skill – in deflecting my own uninhibited imbibing. An ongoing situation – clearly – for another time.
Being a mother, my sister coolly spared my judgment a total of zero fucks and set me straight.
“Why waste the trip?”
Fair point, but my snobbery was feeling robbed of a Karen moment.
Being in high end kitchen retail for several of my career years, I knew things.
I knew that a bottle of wine held five pours.
I knew that a proper pour was five ounces.
And I knew that wine glasses came in varietal sizes, designed to enhance the drinking experience by combining the sinuses and the palate for an optimal flavor experience. Overfilling the glass defeated these design endeavors.
Adding a total of zero additional fucks after hearing my objections, for a total of…<carry the none>…yes, zero actual fucks, my sister completely poo-pooed my criticism of her life choices.
I now know that was a mom life hack.
And now embrace it.
On a Monday morning, approaching 2 A.M.
And as I watch crappy movies from the earliest of aughts featuring the best of actors, I find myself wondering if I’m enjoying my wine in three acts better than these movies in their own three act efforts.
I think I am…but now I’m on my last glass and still have an hour and a half of Under Suspicion left to go. I think I should have made sure to have some backup spiked seltzers for this crisis.
Here’s one of Little Buddy’s bronze nuggets – which evolved during a fit of pandemic drinking: anything under 5% ABV is hydration.
So my spiked seltzer backup is…health food.
Don’t argue with your elders.
5 thoughts on “Three Act Plays”
I’m with your sister on most of that. The top off is a bit much, but screw the glass. Here’s another tidbit of sexism – women, particularly as they age (like wine) don’t give a fuck about protocol because they are drinking for effect. It matters not what goes with tuna helper or seared salmon or pizza. What matters is de-edging. I was in Total Wine one day grabbing some La Crema Sonoma chard. next to me was another version of me, a bit more clean-cut, possibly of the Mercedes and Callaways crowd, asking the tatted dyke if there was more La Crema Monterey chard than what was on the shelf. Butch masterfully swung her biz phone from a biker wallet chain, beeped the lone bottle and said, “Be right back.” I asked Benz and golf clubs why he preferred the Monterey. He shrugged, “Because it’s the one my wife likes.” And there, in a nutshell, is married men shopping for “Everyday Use” wine.
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Ah, yes…the “happy wife, happy life” paradigm. Another reason I should have bothered to have a successful relationship. Now look at me…drinking for two!
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Ah, there are too many pearls in this post to enumerate. You had me at the image of the red wine (in the appropriate glass) and book. Then, the Peter Dinklage meme tickled my funny bone (I’ve been a fan of his ever since seeing The Station Agent). My partner and I abstain from alcohol for the month of January every year, just to see if we can do it without killing each other; so, I’m going back to the previously adored image to savor it for a moment.
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The Station Agent! So many great performances for such an under-recognized movie!
If only I had known, I would have poured a glass of wine to slow down and savor the post and comments.
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