I was even more clueless about other liquor. Nine months pregnant with my first child and balancing a menu on my belly, I sat in a steak house with my Man and spied a tea I wanted to try.
"I'll take a Long Island iced tea," I confidently told our waiter.
The waiter stared, pen suspended, and my husband almost startled me into labor.
"Whoooaa! She doesn't know what she's saying," he assured the wary server. "Just regular sweetened tea for her."
Then he leaned over and whispered, "Honey, that has alcohol."
"Oh," I said. "I just thought it was like Texas tea."
"That has alcohol, too...LOTS of alcohol."
"Oh. Glad I didn't order that then."
Many years later I would discover per a friend's suggestion that I liked a Zebra or Preacher's collar. So when I found myself in an Olive Garden with several friends, and there was a long wait that prompted someone to suggest we get something at the bar, I knew just what I wanted.
I sauntered up to counter, leaned in and with a smile told the young man there that I'd take a Zebra.
The clever guy knew just what I meant, but he held up a bottle of wine and said, "Ma'am, we only serve wine here. We're an Italian restaurant."
My friends broke out in merry laughter, and I'm good for that. But I really could have gone for that beer.
The one I will never live down, though - the one that will haunt me every December 31st - happened only a few years ago.
I love Champagne, love, love, love, love, love. I don't need to know much about it, because my love is unconditional. Still, I did read a column in the paper that listed several great sparkling wines to enjoy for New Year's Eve, so when my husband casually asked me what kind I wanted him to pick up for the big celebration, I spoke up excitedly, "I've heard Dom Perignon is good!"
"Dom Perignon? That's a hundred-something bucks!"
My husband burst out laughing.
"You could get me some, you know," I retorted. "Maybe it's worth it."
"No I couldn't. Dom Perignon!" And then he laughed some more.
Now every time there's a special occasion, and my Man has to make a sparkling wine run, he smiles and teases in a high, snobby voice, "Do you want me to pick you up some Dom Perignon?"
Yeah, alright, alright. Put a cork in it. Because one of these days, one of these Valentine's days, I'm going to swing by the grocery store...or the French Embassy...on my way home. Then when my Man walks in the door, I'll be sitting in a sweet little red dress with a nice little bottle of wine. I'll extend a glass to him and say smoothly:
"Care for some Dom Perignon, Darling?"
Like Marilyn Monroe, I might even bathe in it - or at least wash my hair in it - because life should be sweet...or dry...and expensive, even for a dork like me.
|My poor sophisticated guy and his crazy, Champagne-loving lady|