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My attention span is ridiculously short.

I have never heard a Chuck Mangione record.

Simon & Garfunkel could almost convert me to christianity with their rousing rendition of "Go Tell It On the Mountain".

Tonight, despite having no bookshelves, it becomes absolutely necessary to start tearing into the book boxes and finding things.

Then to plan Big Things with the Planningest lady I know. Queen of Planning and Organization, I declare her.

Why is the martini glass shaped the way it is? For maximum spillage? The amount of the drink you consume would make it less likely to spill out, except that you are steadily getting drunker and less able to hold the damn thing upright.



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Jan. 12th, 2005 07:50 pm (UTC)
Then to plan Big Things with the Planningest lady I know. Queen of Planning and Organization, I declare her.

LA JEWDY mayhaps?

Dude: totally on the martini glasses. I went to a martini party at a friend's place and I swear it took them weeks to get the stick out of the floor. 100% alcohol/sugar + spilly spilly glasses + drunk people = icky, sticky floors.
Jan. 12th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC)
Tricky! I know several planners, and not that there's a prize or anything, but this one is debelet.

My New Year's Party: Imagine me sloshing grape cosmopolitan all over my hardwood floors, no matter how full or not full the glass was. Yeah.
Jan. 12th, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC)
I am glad to be in good company!
Jan. 12th, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC)
I am sorry I misremembered your username! *doh*
Jan. 12th, 2005 07:50 pm (UTC)
You've heard at least a part of "Feels So Good", I'm sure.
Jan. 12th, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC)
Where would I have heard it?
Jan. 12th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC)
King of the hill.... it was the theme to um... la law...
Jan. 12th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC)
Not sure about the la law, but some show around that time
Jan. 12th, 2005 08:25 pm (UTC)
i don't watch much tv, but i probably heard it if it was on an 80s show because i certainly watched alot of tv back then.
Jan. 12th, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC)
Everywhere, ever. Click on the first sound clip here. When the horn comes in, that's when you go "Oh, OK, right."
Jan. 12th, 2005 07:58 pm (UTC)
Re: martini glass
That particular style of glass has gone in and out of fashion over the years - in the 50's, you'd typicaly get martinis in a stemless glass.

As to WHY the shape, supposedly the large surface area aided in being able to smell the boquet of the gin, and the stem helped keep the drink cold (by not putting your hand on the surface of the chilled glass where the booze is.)

But it pretty much became a 'standard' in the 20's and 30's; no doubt things like the extreme prominence of the martini being served in that style of glass in major culture icons like The Thin Man films pushed that along. (I also found a couple of places that mention the glass was particularly easy to empty if the cops came during prohibition.)
Jan. 12th, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC)
Re: martini glass
Hehehe. I always end up practically clutching the glass in both hands so as not to spill all over the place, thus negating that purpose! Not to mention, there's usually no gin in my martini glass. I am clearly not fit for martinis. :)
Jan. 12th, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC)
Re: martini glass
You need the ones with the hunky sphere or cube instead of a stem, clearly. ;)

As I recall, the glasses weren't even originally used primarily for martinis, but for other cocktails. So I agree, it's probably a cultural fascination with the martini-as-idea that led to the association with the glass.
Jan. 12th, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC)
Re: martini glass
I won't purchase more martini glasses (oh my do we have many now) but I would trade with someone who has stemmy ones they don't like, hehehe. :)
Jan. 13th, 2005 01:39 pm (UTC)
Re: martini glass
I don't think I've ever been out drinking with you, so I don't know how much tolerance you have.

Seriously, tho, if people are going to be drinking enough that they have problems keeping the glass upright, consider switching to snifters or sippy-cups. If you have problems when you first get the drink, they've probably overfilled the glass. It's supposed to be something you enjoy, not part of a high-wire balancing act.

Of course, they may call it a three-martini lunch becuase few can hold up the fourth. :)
Jan. 14th, 2005 01:07 am (UTC)
Re: martini glass
Sippy cups! Brilliant.

Sadly I have devolved to the point where one martini gets me well and happy. A three martini lunch would probably have me under the table.
Jan. 12th, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC)
Seriously! They might as well serve martinis on a plate. Better yet, just pour them on the floor at once because that's where theyre going to end up, and that way, I won't have to worry about spilling them on my clothes.
Jan. 14th, 2005 01:09 am (UTC)
hahahah! indeed. or as the commenter above mentioned, start serving them in sippy-cups.
Jan. 13th, 2005 02:59 am (UTC)
I Feel Your Pain
Martini glasses aren't as bad as those little disposable clear plastic wine glasses, though. Charlie and I did that for the wine-and-cheese party . . . You know, the one where Hillary was throwing gummy bears on my walls. When drunk people use them, not only are they shallow and sloshing all over the place, they COME APART!!!!

The floors were gray-purple the next morning. There was a punch layer, and then there was a lint layer on top of that. I had to mop three times. :(
Jan. 14th, 2005 01:10 am (UTC)
Re: I Feel Your Pain
Oh man. When I think about what it means to go to a wine and cheese party for me nowadays... :) not that I don't get schnockered, because my tolerance is a leeeetle bit lower than back in those days, but yeah. Not the same, really. :)

I also had an overall higher tolerance for dirty floors back then I think.
Jan. 13th, 2005 04:18 am (UTC)
How bizzare. I've been listening to Simon and Garfunkel all day.
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