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.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Epic Drinking: Rum Season and a Good Cheap Bottle
One year it happened. I give the credit/blame to Hunter S. Thompson of all people. After I saw "The Rum Diary" [a fine movie by the way]. Then, entranced, I bought the book and read that too. Then, there was only one thing to do. Declare the opening of Rum Season. A time of excessive heat and [even for the American sub-tropics] humidity. Seersucker. Poplin suits. Straw hats. And rum. Only rum. My bartender friends roll their eyes and laugh when I declare the season open. They seem intrigued when I declare it to be closed. Because it opens and closes only when I say it does. And why not? Why should there be only four seasons to the Epic year?
Along these [blurry] lines, I highly recommend Bacardi Select rum. A dark rum with great flavor drunk neat or on a few rocks. Or on crushed ice. Or, I suppose, in a pinch, out of the bottle or from a flask. HST style. You can buy a lot more expensive rum, and some of them, such as Ron Zacapa 23 [$50.00] are superb. But at around $14.00 for the bottle, this four year cask aged rum is a GREAT buy. Enough to get you through whatever season you find yourself in the midst of. Cheers!
In my early 60s, widower, father and itinerant storyteller. I am a putative jazz singer, poet and novelist, dedicated to mining every minute of life for the veins of pleasure they contain. My motto is "Dum Vivimus, Vivamus"..."While we Live--LET US LIVE".