Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What is it about Scotch when it's Cold and Snowing?

Adventurers have known for a long time how bracing a dram (or three) of scotch whisky can taste after long days and weeks voyaging across land, sea, snow, trail and ice.

Now we have some proof. Somewhere around 80.

Some of Sir Ernest Shackleton's cache of scotch was recently chipped from the Antarctic ice under his hut. Certainly you've heard about it: The scotch was carried along over 100 years ago on an expedition he led to the South Pole, as fortification for he and his men during their long adventure. Even though this period of big-balls, frozen though they were, was the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, Sir Shackleton sadly realized that heroism had its limits and when the expedition ultimately failed, the scotch was abandoned.

Now, five cases have been retrieved, some bottles still intact. In the interest of science, some of the Scotch is being returned to the original distillers for study and possibly to try to recreate the recipe.

Some find, eh?

And there you are, at the helm, commanding that H.M.S Office Desk all day, facing that interminable Outlook calendar and following that 10 days old, 20 page email trail to try to figure out what happened to whom.

You've come to seek the same solace at the end of your days as Sir Shackleton and his men did on theirs.

Looking out the window and dreaming of building a snow fortress or maybe contemplating five o'clock conquests? Go outside and shovel the foot of snow in front of your mailbox.

And whatever you do, don't drop your flask in a random snowbank when you discover you can't keep up with the falling snow. Heroism, after all, has its limits.

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