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Macallan 18

Posted on 2007.01.31 at 15:12
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photogoot arrived safely and contacted me at the conclusion of his first day. I drove to his hotel in order to hit the town for an evening of fun!

Saint Louis has recently made news by being identified as the "Most Dangerous U.S. City." While this concerned me after relocating my wife and children here from Texas, galinda822, a native of this area, has always assured me that the violent crime occurs only in Saint Louis proper - the downtown area and not the suburbs in which we reside. photogoot's hotel was smack-dab in the middle of Saint Louis proper - downtown, and it was dark. Thus began our search for food...

We initially attempted to leave via the front entrance. We were accosted almost immediately. We decided to go the opposite direction, but were stopped again by someone else. I looked past this person and could see every last one of them; lined up all the way down the street at 25 foot intervals. There was no way we were going to make it through the gauntlet unmolested. We re-entered the hotel, and slipped out the back entrance...only to be stopped again. With no other exits, and no other options, we ended up the sole diners in the very fancy Bistro restaurant within the hotel. After we placed our order, photogoot and I each had a single glass of Macallan 18-year scotch...more on this below.



I used to have the big house and the nice car...and six-figure debt. These days, I strive for something I've always heard about (but honestly never really understood) living beneath my means. It took my wife and I awhile, but with hard work, discipline, and some deft maneuvering, we managed to become debt-free. We no longer live paycheck-to-paycheck, but it takes a lot of effort and planning and most of this burden falls on my wife's shoulders. We rarely deny ourselves anything - the difference is, we wait for it. We plan for it. We save for it. Once you're free of debt, you look at the world through different eyes. You no longer care about how low a payment is, you want to know its cost. Cash is king and a very powerful tool in negotiations. I negotiate everything. I wait. And I mean to tell you, I'm a very patient man.

I'll admit to being somewhat of a snob where some things are concerned. Clothing, for example. Years ago I discovered that a $75 shirt will last me approximately 8 years, whereas one from Wal-Mart will last me about 8 months. The trick is to wait until that $75 shirt is on sale for about the cost of the Wal-Mart shirt. Its a win-win. Let's take my scotch - I always compare price vs. performance with everything, and my scotch is no different. Recently, you all have read how I managed to find a bottle suggested by lehah for a mere $25 (pictured above). He confirmed with me today that that same bottle normally sells for $42. By Grapthar's Hammer...what a savings.

Disclosure: "If you know my wife, please refrain from passing this next part on to her. Thank you."

So with all I've said about how and when I choose to spend money, and making the careful decisions, while my wife wouldn't bat an eye at me bringing home a $50 bottle of scotch, I shudder to think of her reaction were she ever to find out that the hotel...

charged me $50 for that single glass!

Comments:


galinda822 at 2007-02-01 04:06 (UTC) (Link)
Happy to hear you and photogoot had such an adventure. I imagine no matter where you two are at there is always something to make it memorable.

ps: Don't worry, I won't say a word to your wife!!! Your secret is safe with me friend!
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-02-01 20:36 (UTC) (Link)
Its always an adventure, and always has been. I see no intelligence indicators suggesting this will diminished in the future.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2007-02-01 05:55 (UTC) (Link)
I LOL'd at the $50 glass of scotch. :)

And I love the concept of living beneath one's means. I wish I could be disciplined like you regarding living within one's means. Is it something that you're innately good at or is it something you learned?

My self-control when it comes to that sort of thing is practically non-existent. I mean, I'm planning a move to a different country this year, which isn't exactly going to be cheap and which I seriously need to save for, and yet I've wasted considerable amounts of money on frivolities (CDs, games, etc) every single day of this week so far. Argh. < /whinge >
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-02-01 20:19 (UTC) (Link)
Why and where are you moving to?
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-02-01 06:16 (UTC) (Link)
I can't believe you did not want to go rollin' with the homeys outside the hotel, you could of shared a forty of Colt 45 with them for much less.

You won't get homeys accosting you in downtown Fort Worth, the Bass's private police force won't hear of decent people being accosted.

P.S. I do take bribes not to disclose information.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-02-01 20:43 (UTC) (Link)

Rollin' in my 5. 0
With my ragtop down so my hair can blow
The girlies on standby, Waving just to say Hi
Did you stop? No - I just drove by
Kept on pursuing to the next stop
I busted a left and I'm heading to the next block
That block was dead Yo -
So I continued to A1A Beachfront Ave!
irulan_amy at 2007-02-01 20:19 (UTC) (Link)
Downtown St. Louis sounds scary!

I'm getting there. I'm trying to pay off my few debts and then I'll just have monthly things. I don't necessarily try to live beneath my means, but I'm cheap about certain things - that helps my budget. :/

So, I presume the Scotch was excellent?
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-02-01 20:31 (UTC) (Link)
The scotch most assuredly was not worth $50, and I'll unlikely ever purchase a bottle of Macallan 18 (though I did find a bottle for only $119 here recently). It was very smooth, but I prefer to 'chew the peat' on my scotch, which this particular variant didn't have.
galinda822 at 2007-02-01 20:23 (UTC) (Link)

Unbelievable but true...

I never had scotch until I met you!
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-02-01 20:47 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Unbelievable but true...

And I never had IMO's until I met you!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-02-02 02:14 (UTC) (Link)

Pussies.

We initially attempted to leave via the front entrance. We were accosted almost immediately. We decided to go the opposite direction, but were stopped again by someone else. I looked past this person and could see every last one of them; lined up all the way down the street at 25 foot intervals. There was no way we were going to make it through the gauntlet unmolested.
I thought Airman weren't scared of anything.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-02-02 02:23 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Pussies.

Nothing at all. Except downtown St. Louis in the dead of night.
danzigfried at 2007-02-06 03:23 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, Macallan 18 is nice, no doubt....but Macallan 25 is like 'sex in the mouth'...its like nectar of the gods.....candy, really.

Oh did I mention that its over $300 a bottle???
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-02-06 22:52 (UTC) (Link)
That would make it $150 a glass at this place (I found a bottle of Macallan 18 for $120 the next day.)
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-01-22 19:04 (UTC) (Link)
I want to put it in my mouth.
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