Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Shortest Route

The shortest route between two points is a straight line.

But sometimes the shortest route is interrupted by obstacles.

In life, we often find we have to go around something which we can't scale or overcome initially. Patience may be in order, or simple common sense. Why knock yourself out if you have alternatives?

Other times, capitulating to the inevitable is the only choice. People who can't compromise will have difficult lives. But meeting challenges is crucial to success, too. You have to pick your spots.

Sometimes, taking a slight detour is the only way to overcome a larger obstacle which would be too circuitous to go around. There are different plateaus.

Calling something crooked has implications. I'd never call a drink "The Zig-Zag"--which implies an inherent contradiction. Tastes have to make sense on the palate. The shortest route in a concoction seems better. Consistency, alignment, forthright determination--the right mix.

Here's the combination--as always, by proportion (this would make one drink):

2 Parts bourbon of your choice
1 Part orange liqueur of your choice
2 dashes Fernet Branca
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 small flamed orange peel

Shaken gently (or swished) and served up.

The shortest distance between two points may not always be a straight line. So kick back and enjoy a moment of reflection, and rest up for the next challenge. Decide upon the best strategy, and the best route to your destination. And when the time comes, be ready.

1 comment:

Kirby Olson said...

I haven't ever drunk anything except a half a beer once or twice a year when there's nothing else to drink. I have no interest in this, but liked your photo of the zig zag up the mountain to illustrate your thesis.

I do like to drink iced tea. I like Diet Snapple.

I have never drank coffee, either.

i guess it's because my parents and grandparents didn't.

This is like someone wearing a bone through their nose and showing others how to do it. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)

I find it fascinating.