Some of my best employee’s over the years, have been men who had the “opportunity” to spend a little time in the pokey.
Dave was one of those men. He and I were talking about life behind bars one afternoon. He’d been in the Cook County Jail more than once.
We got onto the topic of making jail house hooch.
I love learning about stuff like that.
It’s not about getting a buzz for me as much as discovering how something works.
As Dave put it, “When you’re behind bars, you have a lot of time on your hands This is just one more thing to do to break up your day.”
Making home made hooch runs in my family. Can’t say anyone is currently is doing it, as far as I know, but when my grandpa was a young man during the prohibition, it was a family affair.
Before my grandpa passed away, My son John and I stopped by his house with a tape recorder. I wanted to record him retelling the stories I’d heard growing up.
One of my favorite stories was about he and his brother making moonshine. (Found out later their dad (my great grandfather) was also in on the operation.) There were 8 boys in the family, and apparently the still was hidden in a hog feeder. I asked grandpa to tell me the story again..for the first time ever, he gave me the recipe 😉
“ You take a hundred pounds of sugar, a bushel of Rye. let it soak for a week. Put it on the stove, bring it to a boil. In the lid you have a hole to let the steam out. Attach a coil of tube to the hole . Put the end of the tube in the jug. That’s all there is to it.“
When I think about alcohol (now) the first thing that comes to my mind is “ Who is in Control?”
The booze or me?
There is nothing innately evil about alcohol in itself.
It is what it is.
I probably have 3 or 4 servings of alcohol a years.
My struggles are in other areas.
I don’t believe you have to completely abstain to be in good standing with The Almighty.
You live long enough and you discover, alcohol has a mind of it’s own.
Just ask someone who’s addicted .
That’s why early in our marriage my wife and I decided we would not drink unless we were in the company of each other.
(Or immediate family).
Stopping @ the bar after work for a couple of beers is a great way to undermine your marriage.
If you really want to be radical, next time you’re out with your friends order ice water with lemon…
…or coffee (black)
It messes with people’s minds.
Besides, alcohol makes me sleepy.