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Welcome to The Epic! I am launching this blog as a manifesto for and a guide to living well. The title and motto of the blog are taken from the Epicureans, at least some of whom believed in the notion that not one minute of the future was guaranteed to them and that as a result they had the duty to live life to its fullest every moment.

I believe in discovering fun and pleasurable things wherever I find myself each day and I am told I have a knack for unearthing them. My hope is that by sharing in my pleasures and some of my ways of finding them you will begin to collect all the riches that lie in the moments of your life. They are there. Take them! All our lives should be.....Epic.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Alabama Casino Afternoon (For HTJ)

I spent the day yesterday in a casino in Atmore, Alabama. Don't ask why. I was sitting at the bar whiling away the hours playing video poker and I happened to ask for a bourbon on the rocks. Not an unusual request. Under the circumstances. Even in the early afternoon. Trust me. What promised to be a very long day was made somewhat tolerable by the bourbon and by my debut of my new jacket. The only jacket I could see in the entire casino.

All the fellows sitting near me at the bar were getting their drinks in plastic cups. The bartender put my bourbon down in a heavy, perfect, rocks glass. As they say in Atmore, "just the nicest little rocks glass you ever saw." A guy sitting to my right scratched his baseball cap and asked the lady behind the bar how come he got stuck with a plastic cup. She turned to me and asked...

That jacket you are wearing, is it Brooks Brothers?

No. It's Hickey-Freeman.

It's beautiful. You get a big boy glass.

Then she gave me a wink and walked away.

Hickey-Freeman. Cashmere and wool tweed in rusty-burgundy and gray. Mint condition from Ebay. Thirty bucks. No matter what happened at poker, the day had become a very successful one, indeed.

11 comments:

Toad said...

They certainly would not have done that for you in Cherokee. Great find.

heavy tweed jacket said...

I laughed so hard at the "You get a big boy glass" remark that my wife came into the study and asked what I was in here laughing at all alone. Tremendous looking jacket. It would certainly make even a plastic cup taste like one was sipping from cut crystal. Thanks for the dedication, btw. Very moving. Cheers!

M.Lane said...

Toad, thanks! Perhaps I should start a new blog of casinos I have known in out of the way places...

HTJ, you are right about the jacket adding the value to the story not the glass. Glad you liked it.

ML

CashmereLibrarian said...

A big boy glass, indeed!

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Ha! Great story... Happy New Year!

sorrentolens said...

Beautiful jacket -- great story!

Belle de Ville said...

Love your blog.

~Tessa~Scoffs said...

A perfect example of why it is important to dress nicely.

Keith said...

Happy New Year! I hope you've been having a great holiday season. Mine has been wonderful except for my cable modem dying on me. I just did a new post with a big announcement in it. I hope you'll check it out. Thanks. Take care. Have a fantastic holiday weekend. Cheers!

Preppy 101 said...

Love this story! "Clothes certainly make the man" important!! Living in Tennessee, I can so vividly picture that scenario.

Easy and Elegant Life said...

Dress like a grownup, get treated like a grownup.

Good purchase!