Certain gentlemen of other days...

I went out for a few rounds of drinks last night for a friend's birthday, and was reminded of an inscription in the Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book:


'Recalling certain gentlemen of other days, who made of drinking one of the pleasures of life--  not one of its evils; who achieved content long ere capacity was reached or overtaxed; and who, whatever they drank, proved able to carry it, keep their heads and remain gentlemen, even in their cups.  Their example is commended to their posterity.'



It's not very often that I go out on Friday nights-- and I consider myself someone who really thrives on social interaction.  I think the above quotation, and the fact that it is recalling an earlier time and obviously not the present, could have something to do with this.  What is up, these days, of gentlemen, and ladies, who are well into their legal drinking years and not yet knowing their limits or proving "able to carry it"? 

N.B. I am very happy to report that the friends in our party were all of the sort that make drinking "one of the pleasures of life."  Happy birthday, Jeff!
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