Well, it turns out I didn’t have to look very hard for a bottle of Green Spot Irish whiskey. On my way up to Maine on Saturday, I stopped at the New Hampshire State Liquor Store on I-95, and they had all of the whiskeys we tried in Ireland.
The state of New Hampshire strategically places their state-run liquor stores right on the major interstates that run through it so that people from all the other New England states can get to them easily. An unintended side effect of this is that if you look at alcohol sales per capita for the populations of all 50 states, New Hampshire comes out very near the top of the list. I recall seeing a study posted online a number of years ago that came to the somewhat dubious conclusion, based on sales data, that people in New Hampshire were among the biggest consumers of alcohol in the world, because the geniuses who did the study did not account for all the out-of-state buyers. Anyway, now I know where I can reliably find just about any Irish whiskey I might want to try. We live close enough to the New Hampshire border that it’s not any further away than driving into Boston.
I also succumbed to the urge to buy a new fountain pen. Posting about the pens a few days ago got me thinking about them, but I don’t feel like I can justify spending over a hundred bucks on one when I have a bunch I never use. On Friday afternoon, though, we stopped into a bookstore so my wife could buy some baby books for a pregnant co-worker, and they had cute little fountain pens at the register for $5.00. So I grabbed one and also picked up a pair of notebooks. I think I’m going to try to start doing ten-minute free writing exercises again, More about that another time.