Haiku Highball Homage
Suntory Highball. Best part of sakura trip! Funny because true.
Okay, so maybe it’s a bit tortured for a haiku–but it is true! My younger son and I tagged along on my husband’s business trip to Japan and it happened to coincide with the peak week for cherry blossoms, or sakura.
It was truly spectacular! My son and I had a great time, but we spent a lot of it cooling our heels to catch the elusive Mr. Perez between meetings. This downtime became the highlight of the trip when I discovered at the excellent-but-casual sushi place near our hotel in Akasaka (a neighborhood in Tokyo), a table you could sit at for $4/hour (the exchange rate was embarrassingly favorable to the dollar), and help yourself to the embedded tap which spouted Suntory Highball, also known as “whiskey soda.”
I had been calling it “whiskey & soda,” but once you have one in a can, you realize it is truly whiskey soda like grape soda is grape soda. I know I might be scandalizing myself here drinking on the mom-job, but trust me when I tell you, gorging yourself on great sushi delivered at bargain-basement prices while drinking all-you-can-drink, highly dilute whiskey soda doesn’t leave you high at all despite the name. Not to worry anyway, because my son is a precocious 17 year old who was leading me around the city by the end of the first day, so I had zero childcare responsibility.
Despite the false promise, maybe I loved Suntory Highball because, as a celiac, I can’t drink beer. Never was a big beer fan (though Guinness has no substitute), but I don’t always want to choose between water and a cocktail–and soft drinks just seem like a sugar I.V. to me most of the time. For whatever reason, I just loved the whiskey soda. Ricardio (the elusive Mr. Perez) was amazed: “Who would have guessed Highball would be your jam?”
Lest you think it was the only thing I liked about Japan, here are some of the more interesting sights…
At the “melon bread” store. Truly baffling.View from Tokyo Sky Tree. I think the window-washers were there for the tourists, but still…When my boys went to a baseball game, I channeled Lost in Translation at the hotel bar.One floor of this store was all vending machines. It’s a thing. Nearby: Cosplay central.Hedgehog Pet Cafe was kinda sad.Cultural appropriation?If you need help in the subway, you can ask the kitties, but they won’t be happy about it. WTF? Nice.The real highlight of the trip was the big Shinto shrine in Kyoto. How anyone could make that climb with a mask on is beyond me.Hidden history!Wishes and prayers.
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This Month’s Book Recommendation
The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas à Kempis…in honor of Easter, I thought it made sense to go to some pretty solid authority on “WWJD?” (ie What Would Jesus Do?)
This Month’s Glossary Entry
Remember when Piers Morgan took what ended up to be basically his last stand in America by advocating for gun control in the wake of the-event-that-shall-not-be-named? (That event got my wordpress site canceled!) I recall Piers speaking to Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America. Pratt eats his lunch. Shortly thereafter, Morgan had Alex Jones on the show to discuss the same topic…Jones is practically Tom Cruising all over Morgan, drowning the sound facts the Pratt laid out in a sea of “dangerous gun-nut” imagery. Jones tainted Pratt’s message. I would argue that Jones exists just to taint such sound messages, in the vein of “cognitive infiltration” laid out by Obama’s first Information Czar, Cass Sunstein, in this paper on Conspiracy Theories. Whether he meant to be or not, Jones was acting as a Taint Agent. (You can see the Jones-Morgan video here.)