So, the other night, after a lengthy discussion about bar fights on Facebook (one of those meme things), I felt compelled to have a beer. Call it the power of persuasion. Now, I don't drink a lot of beer, being that it really is empty calories as well as being not-exactly-the-best for gout (gout flare-ups occur when uric acid builds up in the body. Alcohol interferes with the pathway by which uric acid is removed from the body. Beer is not only alcohol, but also composed of the starting materials from which uric acid is made...)
I picked up a 12 pack of Budweiser 55 a few weeks back at WalMart. It is - as the name implies - only 55 calories per bottle; as you might expect it's also a little on the light side. Okay, it's a lot on the light side. I think I could down the entire 12 pack in one sitting and *maybe* get a slight buzz that would go away after a couple pretzels. But when you want to enjoy a beer (or, really, a beer-like substance), it can really hit the spot - and with fewer calories than a sugar-free chocolate pudding, to boot.
So, out of curiosity, I looked up the proto-unbeer, O'Douls. Turns out, the non-alcoholic beer has 65 calories - so drinking the Budweiser 55 is actually better for the diet! I'm really not concerned about alcohol content of the Bud55, because, well, I'm only having one regardless. So, as it turns out, I'm better off with the watered-down stuff than the special non-alcoholic beer.
Interestingly enough, I have a gunnie equivalent. Many years ago, shortly after I inherited a number of firearms upon my grandfather's passing, I took a liking to cowboy guns. I had inherited a Marlin 336 lever action 30-30 as well as a 12 gauge coach gun, and I bought a Ruger Super Blackhawk. I was thinking about a Derringer, and looked at some of the replicas (because I need a gun chambered in .41 rimfire like I need a REALLY expensive hole in my head).
Well, I found a POS FIE Derringer for less money than a low-end replica. I've owned it for probably 17 years and put maybe 10 rounds through it, total - it can barely get on target at 5 yards and keyholes beyond 25 feet, plus it's moderately unpleasant to shoot (it's .38 Special, which isn't that bad except the Derringer grip puts ALL of the force into a very small area in the web of your hand. Ouchie!).
But you know what? It was cheaper than the replica and it can actually shoot. Not well, mind you, but if I wanted to stoke it with blanks that'd work, too... The "chrome" on one side is wearing off, and the trigger is an exercise in masochism, but it will fire and safely at that, so it's ahead of most of its Lorcin and Raven brethren...
And Elvis carried a Derringer, which officially makes it cool...
That is all.