As most of you know, I currently live in the State of Ohio and there are plenty of state liquor stores where I can purchase my vodka of choice with most of them being 80 proof. There are also plenty of drug stores and groceries—especially here in the Cincinnati area—where I can find the diluted variety. That’s what I prefer. That’s really my vodka of choice.
It doesn’t matter to me what brand of vodka I buy. I usually get the cheapest bottle I can find—guess I’m a cheap vodka drinker. Any brand I select is 21% alcohol.
Now don’t get me wrong. I drink vodka for the effect. I just don’t need that 80 proof effect. With the diluted vodka, I can sip and drink and get that slight buzz I want and continue to do what I need to do without getting staggering drunk. It also relaxes me and makes me sleep better. You see, I would rather go to sleep than pass out drunk.
I don’t promote the fact that I prefer diluted vodka over 80 proof, but a few weeks ago, I should have past that information on to a friend. He called me while at the grocery store and wanted to know if I needed anything. I asked him to pick up a bottle of vodka. I knew the grocery store where he was shopping had what I wanted.
My friend brought me over the bottle and I paid him for it. Later in the evening, I had my normal three or four glasses of vodka with a little tonic water added to it.
I was trying to finish up a short story I was working on. Sipping my vodka, about halfway through the third glass, I couldn’t focus in on what I was writing. I started to feel dizzy and out of it. All disoriented, I went to bed without even having dinner.
The next morning, I sat at my kitchen table drinking coffee with a massive headache. Sitting there, I couldn’t figure out why I was feeling so bad. It felt like I had a hangover, but that couldn’t be possible. I didn’t have that much to drink. Then a light bulb with off in my aching head.
I looked at that bottle of vodka sitting there on the kitchen table. It was 80 proof. My friend must have thought I would rather have that than the diluted vodka found at the grocery store. He must have made an extra trip to a nearby state liquor store. I guess his heart was in the right place.
I finished that bottle of the hard stuff off by adding more tonic water and less vodka into my drinking glass. This worked out pretty well, but next time my friend goes to the grocery store and wants to know if I need anything, I think I’ll request he stay away from that state liquor store and get me that diluted vodka instead.
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