Dino and Stacy

Cool Before It Was “Cool.”
Cool Before It Was “Cool.”

Before we begin this little chat, please allow me state for the record I do not consider myself to be hip, cool or any type of trendsetter (despite the joking we do about it on the air). I just like what I like, and if it so happens to catch on somewhere down the line, well…then so be it.

One of the more recent examples I heard was over the popularity of Game of Thrones. A friend mentioned that all those who watch the show on HBO were “just getting on the bandwagon” because he had read the “books” long before the show came to television. Good for you. A little pompous, but good for you.

But that’s how it goes sometimes. I was into small batch bourbons when single malt scotches ruled the bar, and then there was a “bourbon explosion” and my eclectic choice in whiskey became the norm rather than the exception.

I used to wear high top Chuck Taylor Converse basketball shoes. I would get pair in white and black every year. Then all of a sudden they became a “fashion” statement, and I stopped wearing them. Don’t worry. I’m not going to stop drinking bourbon.

I’ve been a fan of the Rat Pack and their music for as long as I can remember, and then a few years back there was a resurgence of that era’s music and lifestyle. Once again, more of what I call “temporaries” dipping into my world.

A couple of years ago, I started enjoying rye whiskeys (in addition to my beloved bourbons). They were harder to find and I never saw more than one or two on a shelf. Now, I see almost as many ryes as I do bourbon. That’s OK. I encourage people to partake in the finer tastes of whiskey.

I’m not that much of a foodie, so I can’t predict what might be “hip” to eat in the months to come, but if you want to get on board with how to eat, I’m encouraging a return to long meals that take hours, with friends, wine and conversation, and a slow road to digestion.  There’s too much of an “eat and run” mentality in this country.

And despite the fact that you’re reading this online, I also refuse to believe that print is dead, and encourage the strong binding of an actual book in your hands instead of a “tablet” and a big leather chair to read it in…with a nice whiskey next to it. Not necessarily very “cool” but as I stated earlier, I just like what I like.

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