Note: This will be a shorter post.
I am enjoying reading with fresh eyes.
From the Book of Life.
There’s a scene where Christine is at the Warehouse bar with Dacan. The plot device between them was inspired by a real life experience.
I was working at HP. My team was on a business trip to Fort Collins, Colorado.
We took a major customer there so they could get a tour of the nearby facility.
The night before we all flew out the sales team took us to C. B. & Potts for dinner and a bit of destressing after an intense working session.
Where most of us – working on finalizing the global supply chain solution that would address their needs – were up past 2am multiple nights and 4am that day.
I was at the bar with a colleague who was flying off to a customer the next day. He offered to buy me a shot of ouzo.
I’d never had it.
I explained I don’t do shots** and was more than happy to stick with my red wine. He understood about the shots but wanted me to try something I’d never had, so he let me have a sip of it. My reaction was the one I gave to Christine in the story:
“Yuck! That tastes like Vicks 44D!”
He explained it got its flavor from an herb that makes it taste like licorice to which I explained I don’t like licorice either.
Though I do like Twizzlers. Probably not licorice though given its cherry candy.
Whenever I read anything to do with that plot device I’m reminded of a fun time in my life.
I was part of an incredible team of high-end tech weenies. We worked hard but we also had fun. It was great.
I ended up relocating to Fort Collins for a short period of time. C. B. & Potts wasn’t far from home so we enjoyed visiting periodically. It ended up being a location where I experienced one of the more powerful paranormal experiences in my life.
Detailed in Destination Unknown: Explorations of the Paranormal.
** When Aaron and I were first dating, he offered to order a shot of high-end tequila for me. I explained I don’t do shots and was happy to stick with my red wine. To this day, I’ve never done a shot.