Martini Quotes

"I'm not talking a cup of cheap gin splashed over an ice cube.

I'm talking satin, fire and ice; Fred Astaire in a glass; surgical cleanliness, insight.. comfort; redemption and absolution. I'm talking MARTINI.


Thursday, March 5, 2015


Spock, Seuss, and The Dress

     Well, I have been absent from the blogosphere for a while having taken a bit of a respite from mymartinimusings.  It has been a cathartic experience to do a little writing, but sometimes inspiration comes slowly.  In stark contrast to the idyllic tropic island paradise pictured here, I have been spending my hiatus from writing in the Glacial Gin Garden.  I must admit that I have become spoiled by the frigid conditions which have made for some absolutely clear, frosty Martinis without the need for the ever dilutional ice and shaker combo.  Today, the temperature actually climbed to a toasty 46 F, which is a relative 
heat wave given the arctic conditions of this winter.  I was forced to break out the shaker and ice, and  I was surprised to find the difference in taste as striking as it was.  Alas, although a little more snow fell last night, and a little more will greet me in the morning, the days of the gin cave are numbered.  Temperatures forecast for next week will break the melting point, and soon the gin cave will be no more. I will just have to buy another freezer to keep my Gin as cold as it has been in the Glacial Gin Garden.


      Over the past week, the major topics have been the death of Mr. Spock, Dr. Seuss' Birthday, and of course the unfathomable controversy over the color of "The Dress." There doesn't seem to be much in the way of Martini contemplation.  Or is there?

     Leonard Nimoy recently pasted away and will be missed by many. Not being a "Trekkie," I will not attempt to expound upon the life of Leonard Nimoy beyond what has been a national outcry of admiration for the man.  While most people know him for his role of Spock in the TV series Star Trek, he was a multi-talented individual who was a writer, singer, director and poet.  Those who knew him best have indicated that he was a truly sincere person, which is something difficult to find in the world today.  Toward the end, he tweeted from one of his poems "A life is like a garden.  Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory."  His final tweet was "LLAP" a reference to Spock's famous catchphrase- Live long and prosper. 

     Tonight then, I plan on having a Klingon Martini.  For those of you unfamiliar with the Klingons, they were a rather gnarly group of aliens famous for, among other things, their strong libations.  I have found a recipe for their Martini, which is the same as a human Martini with the addition of a dash of bloodwine.  This beverage, peculiar to Klingons, is stated to be twice as strong whiskey.

Dr. Seuss

      Dr. Seuss, born Theodor Seuss Geisel, came into the world in 1904 in Springfield Massachusetts.  He was the son of German immigrant parents. What I found interesting was that his father and grandfather were both brew masters who ran their own brewery.    Ted, as he was called,  left Springfield to attend Dartmouth College, where he became editor-in-chief of the Jack-O-Lantern, Dartmouth's humor magazine. Seuss himself was a bit of a rabble-rouser cutting short his tenure as editor.  It ended prematurely when Ted and his friends were caught throwing a drinking party, which was against the prohibition laws and school policy, he continued to contribute to the magazine. 

     The only evidence I have found linking Dr. Seuss to a Martini is in his comic trashing of the social scene depicted in his "Martini Bird" drawing.  In the early sixties, Theodore Geisel painted his impression of the ladies in his social circle and around his neighborhood. The November 1964 issue of McCall’s Magazine said of the “La Jolla Birdwoman” series…

It delights Geisel, a bird watcher on the social scene, when he isolates the not-too-rare local species he calls the La Jolla Birdwoman as it functions in its native habitat of luncheons, parties, and charity balls.

Substituting Drink for Eat in Green Eggs and Ham could apply to the Martini.

And I would eat them in a boat.
And I would eat them with a goat…

And I will eat them in the rain.
And in the dark. And on a train.
And in a car. And in a tree.
They are so good, so good, you see!

So I will eat them in a box.
And I will eat them with a fox.
And I will eat them in a house.
And I will eat them with a mouse.
And I will eat them here and there.
Say! I will eat them ANYWHERE!

The Dress

      What can I say that hasn't already been said.  That this controversy can take up so much time, energy, debate and research is at once laughable and telling about our society at large.  If you want to get really technical, we don't really see an object's color as it is anyway.  What the human eye sees is only the light reflected off that object.  The rest of the light spectrum striking the object is absorbed by the thing itself.  So it is unclear if we ever can know the color of the thing itself.  I think this is how Immanuel Kant would look at this issue.  In any event, there appear to be two kinds of people in the world: those that see a white and gold dress (like myself) and those that see a blue and black dress.  Another way to look at it is that there are two kinds of people in the world:

Those that have not had enough Martinis and those that have had too many.

or as James Thurber put it-

One Martini is all right.  Two are too many, and three are not enough.

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