I don't mean to brag, just share...

I got an assignment to do a story on the uptick in interest in rye whiskey for the Chicago Tribune, I think I may have mentioned this elsewhere. Part of the piece was tasting notes on as many ryes as I could pull together on short notice. I finally got set, and lined up glasses of Wild Turkey, Beam, Old Overholt, Van Winkle 13 YO, and Hirsch 13 YO. I had my glass of water, my pen and notebook. I started to sip the Old Overholt...

And the kids start running around and blathering to each other. So I put the glass of Overholt down, turn to them, and say, "Kids, Daddy's working. This is very hard work, and you'll have to be quiet." I looked pointedly at my wife, and she said to the kids "That's right, Daddy's working. You'll have to be very quiet."

By God, maybe five years of lousy pay and no respect are finally starting to pay off. I couldn't BUY a moment like that! "Daddy's working" indeed!


Lew Bryson
Hirsch Reserve 16 YO: Real Pennsylvania Bourbon