Were I ever forced to make a final definitive decision about permanently relinquishing the ability to distinguish only one kind of taste which my taste buds would never again be capable of distinguishing it would have to be bitterness. That covers things ranging from radishes to most kinds of seafood. When my cousin Joe and his wife Nancy owned Byer’s Restaurant in Huntington Station during the 1990’s I found out the hard way that ginger beer is on the list too. O that was nasty! I’ve never really had any problem handling sweet, plain or salty foods and drinks. I just don’t like too much of any extreme. Bitterness in food and drink is barely acceptable. Everyone always reminds me that I’m quite capable of eating anything that’s put in front of me. Besides that I make sure I finish each and every single last speck of it too. Wouldn’t it be nice if I didn’t have to notice anything that struck me as less than enjoyable? Unfortunately life doesn’t ever work that way. I try to avoid bitter foods and drinks, scrupulously refusing to ask for them whenever I have to make a decision. One never can tell, though, when something will sneak up upon him without warning. Over the years I’ve had lots of nasty experience with bitter tastes. My problem is not that I get sick from anything like that. It leaves quite a nasty lingering sensation, though, upon my taste buds. I can’t wait to get rid of it.
An individual may or may not be as impressive as he at first appears. That’s as true of places and things too. Of course at the same time nothing makes me so nauseous as liberalism’s who-am-I-to-judge rule. I can’t really think of any specific significant set of circumstances over the course of my lifetime where I erred about something based on its appearance, though I know that it has often happened. It has happened with alcohol though. Sometimes I see a drink that strikes me as being quite exceptional of appearance and of course, not being terribly knowledgeable about alcohol-it appears they don’t call it spirits for nothing-I make quite an error in judgment. Never having been either a frequent or a well-informed imbiber, I recognize quite well the unfortunate fact that it doesn’t pay for me to be too brave. I virtually always base my decisions about what to drink on appearance and taste. Often, to my chagrin, I end up drinking something that has quite a nasty impact upon me. It’s hit and miss. I never know exactly which drink will send me into flights of pain. Sometimes something very slight will make me sick and sometimes something very hard will give me no trouble.
A few weeks ago I drank a gin martini, with an olive, on an empty stomach. It most certainly seemed quite harmless. I drank exceptionally slowly and ate virtually immediately after having first gotten the drink. It gave me quite an extremely nasty headache though. At other times I’ve drunk the same kind of thing and gotten into absolutely no trouble whatsoever. It doesn’t pay to deal with drinking by way of appearance. It doesn’t help to go by precedent either. Alcohol is like life in general. Many may say it’s like women. The most outwardly appealing drink isn’t necessarily the nicest. Prior experience under the same circumstances doesn’t necessarily help either.