The Booze Talkin’: An Exclusive Interview With My Mom

‘Member how in the last Dregs Of The Weeks i said:

On a more somber note, my Mom is coming tomorrow and you know what that means. i’m gonna spend one week drinking with her so i won’t have time to post much of anything for a while.

And ‘member how you thought i was kidding? Well, she and i have been drinking pretty regularly since she got here, her with her white wine and me with my red, to the point that the first night she was here i told her about The Bar None and y’all.

Now, one of the main reasons i keep my identity secret (other than the fact i’m a superhero) is so that my folks don’t find out about this place because The Bar None is where i come to be myself and talk about my problem without worrying about shocking those who love me. Anyway, i told her about how i’m writing this blog to deal with my alcohol problem and also to entertain you patronizers.

Long story shorter, we were both a little buzzed last night and i asked her to do an interview for this Diary-a Of A Chronicle Drinker, to which she agreed on the condition that she remain anonymous as well. (See? We’re a family of freakin’ super-heroes…) So here’s the impromptu drunken interview, the only problem being i didn’t write down the questions, just her answers. Good luck with that…

  • THEY LOVE ME (my Mom & Dad)
  • She drank a bottle of Chardonnay before the interview
  • She believes there’s a 100% genetic predisposition to to alcoholism, but will power can fight it
  • Her dad drank 7&7s, we grandkids could make them for him by the time we were 15
  • Her mother drank Harvey Bristol Cream sherry [which i learned is not a skin care product]
  • My dad’s dad was a skid row drunk (which is why my dad worries about me)
  • My sister drinks 1-2 glasses of wine nightly
  • On a scale of 1-10, they worry a “7” about my drinking because i have the will power to stop
  • My expresso (ex-wife) told my parents she left me because of my drinking
  • She (my mother) drinks for relaxation
  • My father drinks 1 martini a night out of ritual
  • My mother saw her parents drunk, but only when she was an adult
  • She wants everyone to know her parents were optimistic, accepting and positive
  • You have to lose a lot of life to recognize there’s a problem.” [emphasis is mine]

And there you have it. Hope at least some of it makes sense.

[A PS to Miss Demeanor should she read this: Babe, i realize that my relationship with my family in general and my mom specifically is dysfunctional in many ways. i pro’lly didn’t go into enough detail here about how the links between my drinking and my family’s and how one possible reason for my alcoholism is to justify that of my ancestors. i also didn’t examine what this could mean for my kids, who see their grandmother and father getting buzzed together. Even if i didn’t talk about all this, i do realize it’s there and i do think about it. i guess i’m asking you to go easy in your comments. But if you wanna talk about it, i’ll be the guy beside you in bed.]

12 thoughts on “The Booze Talkin’: An Exclusive Interview With My Mom

  1. I am so glad we’ve gotten to know a little more about you through ya mum! Re her discovery of The Bar None, I imagine it’s a lot like what Superman mighta felt like when Lois uncovered his secret identity.
    I also wonder if your dad thinks he’s James Bond.
    Peace brother! Nice to read one blogger who doesn’t have a major problem with his folks!! Well, nothin’ that booze can’t fix anyways.

    • I imagine it’s a lot like what Superman mighta felt like when Lois uncovered his secret identity.

      Exactly! Of course i won’t tell her how to get to The Bar None and she has no interest in going there, but at least she knows about it and understands why i built it in the first place.

      No major problems as long as we’re drinking together…i tend to be aloof with everyone when i’m dead sober. Still, we are able to hang out when we drink and we drink a lot so…

      ‘Preciate you gettin’ all the way through this rather stale post, brother!

      Al K Hall

  2. # She believes there’s a 100% genetic predisposition to to alcoholism, but will power can fight it

    I don’t know what “100% genetic predisposition” means but I do believe there is an alcoholic genotype. But just because you have the genotype doesn’t mean you have to exhibit the phenotype. It’s easy: don’t drink.

    • i don’t know what “alcoholic genotype” means but i believe the answer is easy: Will Power. i agree with you, brother. We’re on the same side. i have never looked for excuses for my drinking.

      Thanks for patronizing me,

      Al K Hall

      • “Will Power” is a bit too vague there, my friend.

        Think of quitting drinking like running marathon. Will “will power” alone get you to the finish line? No. You need to train for it. Will power motivate you to go out on the training runs, and keep you focused on the prize. But without a plan, “will power” means very little.

        You need a plan, Al. Use your will power to sit down and formulate one.

      • i’ve already got a loose plan, that of a 1 wine bottle limit, no drinking nights before i have to wake up early… but it’s true vacations screw that up. i haven’t been working this week and my Mom is a big drinker so i tend to over indulge in such circumstances… What was your plan to quit, brother?

  3. I said “goodbye” to alcohol. I went out with my friend and drank like I’d never drink again, everything I wanted: beer, scotch, wine, vodka cranberries…. And then I never looked back.

  4. “A PS to Miss Demeanor should she read this: “

    Actually, nothing to go hard on you with this. (That’s what HE said, hahahahaha.)

    It’s all stuff I have known for a long time and have had conversations with your mom, dad, sister and Expresso about, too. So really, my comment is “no comment” because it is all stuff I know about already. 🙂

  5. Oh but a P.S. on this one. I am actually glad that you have been able to open up with your mom during these times when you drink together. I know that you have had some good talks with her and your sis, especially, when the inhibitions are lowered with the booze. The good thing was that you managed to “maintain” during her visit and there wasn’t a sitch where you got pass-out drunk while she was here. I think it all went pretty well. 🙂

    • Yeah, but i still feel my “talk” with my sister hurt more than helped. i lean, it probably helped her to see how fucked up i am, but i feel less close to her than i did before the conversation.

      True, however, that i was able to maintain during my Mom’s stay because there was at least one time in a visit she made before you lived here that i was too drunk and too honest.

      i am glad you thought it went well, as there was a lot of pressure on you during that week…

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