One of my better days

one of my better daysIt starts simply enough. The weather report is sunny with temps mild (between 70 to 80 degrees) a typical spring/summer day. I wake in the morning and have a light breakfast just to get the engine going and finish all the pressing chores that are needed to be accomplished for the day. Now that my desk is cleared I am feeling that I need a little “me” time, so I go to the local market and buy a dozen fresh oysters (preferably shucked) and put them on ice as soon as I get home.  Now let me say just a word about the type of oyster that I select for later consumption. I prefer a pacific oyster, not to large, nice presentation within the shell, and as the saying goes, “more than a mouthful is a waste”.

Flipping on the TV, I have mentally noted that NASCAR has a race scheduled for today. Now I don’t know if this is by design, or just my typical good luck, but it seems that no one in my household likes to watch NASCAR but me, and that includes my wife. This assures me at least a couple of hours of uninterrupted time that fits well into my plan for a great afternoon. The sound of those finely tuned engines and the images of those machines racing around the track at almost impossible speeds send most people out of the room except for some of my mechanic buddies. I am asked “why do you want to watch these cars just go around in circles for endless hours at a time”? My reply, “exactly”!

Now in my house, I always have a bottle of vodka in the freezer. No, it will not freeze but will become a bit thick, and it will attain the proper temperature for the best martini I can imagine. What kind of vodka is important, generally, it’s what you can afford, but purity is what you are looking for. Oh yes, there is a difference between Smirnoff and Belvedere. Please, no flavored brews here, I just want the most unadulterated liquor for a perfect martini. The olive that I use is just that, a green martini olive, no pimento, no garlic stuffed inside, or other flavoring. The olive is just a garnish, and certainly not the star of the show. I will also need just a bit of Vermouth and a slice of a lemon.

  • The recipe is as simple as the ingredients.
  • Set up your oysters in a deep dish plate or bowl on ice.
  • Fill a shaker with ice almost to the top.
  • Measure out a jigger of vodka, (two shots), maybe a bit more.
  • Pour the vodka in to the shaker and shake.. Until it is dead cold, you can tell this when the condensation on the shaker is almost frozen.
  • Pour just a bit of Vermouth into a large martini glass. This is important; you must use a martini glass that will accommodate about two shots of liquid. It should have a large top compared to the bottom of the glass. Just a regular glass will just not do.
  • Twirl the Vermouth in the martini glass so that it coats the inside of the glass and discard the rest.
  • Pour the Vodka from the shaker through a strainer into the martini glass almost to the top of the glass.
  • Use the slice of lemon to ever so gently coat the rim of the glass.
  • Stick a toothpick through two olives and place in to the glass.
  • Place the oysters and the Martini on whatever furniture item that you use when watching TV, (like a coffee table).

Turn on the tube and let the magic begin.

I notice immediately the serenity that overcomes my consciousness as I slurp down an oyster and sip my martini. The buzz of the tube as these machines race around the track, the lack of conversation required when being asked if I want to do “something”, and the knowledge that I don’t have to do anything for the rest of the afternoon.

Moderation is the key. As I enjoy my “me” time, the goal is not to get plastered, but just get that warm fuzzy buzz. I will not be driving anywhere and I don’t plan to move from the couch for quite a while. While watching the tube and finishing off my martini and oysters, I stretch out my legs on the couch and rest my head on the arm rest. I drift into a light nap, with my ears attentively “watching the race on the tube”. This is called “resting my eyes”. Someone may say that this is sleeping but I would have to disagree. I “sleep” in my bed; I rest my eyes on the couch. This tops off my day.. Good drink, good eats, and just a bit of rest, ah, it’s just what the soul needs every now and then.

I open my eyes with just enough time to catch the end of the race. Feeling rested and with enough cognitive ability to proceed with whatever the evening events may be, I have replenished my tank with the time that I needed in order to tackle the next situation that will surly appear on the horizon in short order.

This may not be for everyone, but the point is, make a little “me” time for yourself and your outlook on life may be just a little brighter and your spirit will be a bit stronger for the days ahead.

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    Hey Daddy, your Nascar and racing affection passed onto your eldest daughter. And I too love a great martini and well spoken word . Xoxox

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