Day 69: There Is No Try
“Decide you must how to serve them best. If you leave now, help them you could, but you will destroy all for which they have fought and suffered.” The words of Master Yoda are more relevant now than ever. What did we do this for, if we aren't going to see it through? On a holiday weekend, where many people already leave their common-sense at home, this week has had me very on edge. I wonder, was your day at the beach worth it?
Welcome back, thirsty readers. It seems we've made it another week more, but the cracks are just getting wider. No matter how much logic is out there, some moron will always argue "I don't believe," or "It's my right." Yes, we all know how valiant you are about your so-called rights, but I also have a right to not breath your diseased air. Am I the only one who realizes this isn't over yet? Okay Brian, take a deep breath.... and I'm good! It is another Sunday after all, and you know what that means! Let's go ahead and get back to Yoda!
He may have been a fictional character, but it's hard to look at the wisdom of Yoda and not take note. Relating Yoda's teachings to the frustration I've currently been seeing around me is eerily on point. There's this "we're not going to take this" mentality, and it's honestly maddening.
“Always with you what cannot be done. Hear you nothing that I say?…You must unlearn what you have learned….Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.” It's almost like he was speaking directly to us right now. The only part I can really speak on though, would be the bar and restaurant side of things.
We have a very unique opportunity. It's a dangerous one, but it is an opportunity. There is no try. We have a shot at this, and we can't mess it up this time around. For years, I've witnessed otherwise intelligent people make the brilliant decision to go into the bar or restaurant world for all the wrong reasons. They sink all of their hard earned money into this, without understanding the nature of the beast. If you think this industry isn't physically and mentally demanding, you should look elsewhere. If you think this is a world of easy money, you couldn't be more delusional. If you don't love serving others, you are in the wrong business, period.
As guests, we've lost such a disconnect with what we consume, we've allowed this level of mediocrity to survive. When everyone is eating and drinking out constantly, there are a lot of seats at the table for restaurants, which means not all of them are going to be good ones. I kind of see this as that moment where the ones left standing are going to be the ones who truly want to be here. To be perfectly honest, we've worked too hard and come too far, to let people screw this up, just because they can't wait a little longer. With that being said, some of them obviously didn't want to be here in the very place. Do or do not.
There Is No Try
1.5oz Blended Scotch Whisky (I like to play around with my Scotch on this, creating my own blend for my palate. Mix your whisky, and see what works best for you)
.5oz Yellow Chartreuse
.25oz Creme de Violette
.5oz Honey Syrup
.75oz Lemon Juice
.75oz Pineapple Juice
Large Collins Glass
Whip shake and pour unstrained.
Top with crushed ice.
Top with Peychaud's Bitters.
Garnish with pineapple fronds, orange peel, flower, and swizzle.
Now I'm not here to bad-mouth businesses who've decided to move forward with reopening. You have mouths to feed, and most of you are doing the best you can. What's been troubling to me, is the demand from others with disregard for those who would be putting themselves at risk to serve them. This makes me sad. I think they could use some advice from Yoda in their own lives. “Anger, fear, aggression. The dark side are they. Once you start down the dark path forever will it dominate your destiny.” Think about that the next time you cry out in rage about your haircut. I know this doesn't apply to you, my thirsty readers, so carry on with your beautiful lives and keep shaking.