|Mural at the Toluca Lake Trader Joe's|
Everyone needs a break now and then. Because there is a time and place for everything, this post will not stand in judgement but will merely observe the need in all of us for a bit of fun and relaxation.
A relatively recent invention dating back to the 20's and attributable to the US Navy, the term Happy Hour was slang for scheduled entertainment. The "entertainment" had nothing to do with alcohol but with relieving a little stress with boxing and wrestling for sailors who had long periods at sea.
"Happy Hour!" What a great term to use for other purposes. During the Prohibition era, the idea of drinking before dinner began. Since alcohol was banned in public establishments, citizens would host "cocktail hours," also known as "happy hours" at Speakeasies before going out to dinner since alcohol couldn't be served.
|Inside the Green Mill, Chicago|
If getting near a speakeasy is on your bucket list, you must make a pilgrimage to The Green Mill in Chicago. The actual speakeasy owned by Capone was accessible in underground tunnels under the club. Today, the club is one of the best jazz clubs around which just happens to sell good old fashioned cocktails.
Drinking has been around since the dawn of time as have drinking games and reasoned arguments to imbibe. I particularly like the one my husband's Uncle Doug has quoted, "The hills are pink, it's time for a drink!"
|Borrego Springs at Sunset|
|A Gramercy Tavern Cocktail|
What these two historical stories have in common reveals the human need for a transition from work to relaxation.
If you've had a little too much "happy," you may be offered a Hair of the Dog remedy.
"Hair of the Dog" is a shortened expression for "the hair of the dog that bit you." Back in Medieval times, doctors advised that if a rabid dog bit you, you had a better chance of recovery if a hair plucked from the dog who bit you and was placed on your wound. As applied to too much "happy" the "hair of the dog" might be just the right cure of for a hangover.
|Just because you can doesn't mean you should|