I'm going to have a dirty, dirty 4th.

I know it's probably some sort of faux pas to drink French vodka on the day of our independence, but my awesome wife gave me this beautiful gift:

So we're having our own little anti-tea party. Don't wait up.

Happy 4th of July, everyone!


  1. Anonymous9:17 PM

    Wow, I must be one big loser, sitting around on the net when everyone else is celebrating... I NEVER get to be the first response. :-) Happy 4th to JV, Mrs JV and all Americans frequenting this blog!

  2. Well, the French did help us out a little during the Revolution so it's probably OK - but just this one time....

  3. I must be a big ole loser too. Not only am I home while everyone else is partying, but I have no idea what that is in your photo. I know it is some sort of alcohol, but that's about the extent of my knowledge.

  4. Anonymous10:59 PM

    Wait - the French monarchy helped finance our revolution so honoring that with a French beverage on the 4th of July is really kind of a "thank you" to Mr. Lafayette and his compatriots.

  5. Dude, you really need anchovie olives with French vodka.

  6. Lori and David, I live very close to Saratoga, NY, so I toasted the French of that time. Burgoyne can bite us all!

    Lynndeepoo, I hate anchovies. I actually like the ones stuffed with gouda, but any port in a storm.

  7. My Fourth of July drink of choice?

    A large glass of water, with a decent dose Tramadol and Metaxalone.

  8. Anonymous9:25 AM

    Your wife rocks!
    Badassgeek- you should throw a heating pad in with your party.

  9. Anonymous4:02 PM

    Hay that stuff didn't even rate


  10. Anonymous7:29 PM

    Wow.. Happy Independence Day!

  11. JV,

    I've been lurking here for a while and really, really enjoy your writing. The first post I ever read was your 1977 Penny's Catalog, and I've been hooked ever since. I must have sent that link to dozens of people.

    Anyway, I finally got around to updating my own site. I took the liberty of linking yours under the heading "Good Reading".

    Keep up the good work and thanks for all of the enjoyment.


  12. Anonymous9:34 AM

    So how was it? I'm always on the lookout for good liquor.

  13. KC - It's similar to grey goose, but distilled from grapes instead of wheat. I like them both, so I usually buy whichever is on sale.

    Ageeky - We drank night train and Ripple in college. As we were walking out of the liquor store one time with a big jug of Ripple, a hobo sitting on the sidewalk said, "Don't drink dat. Dat make ya sick."

    Ah, hobo wisdom.

  14. Anonymous12:43 PM

    Per your comment ... when a hobo warns you off of something alcoholic ... run!

  15. I'm starting to wonder if the Hobo couldn't give Syliva a run for her money in the advice arena.

  16. As a child my dear mother once said to me:

    “You have horrible taste in music”

    “You have horrible taste in movies”

    “You have horrible taste in friends”

    “You have horrible taste in your selection of jokes”

    “You have horrible taste in books”

    “You do, however, have a lovely ottoman.”