Sometimes the best ideas are right in front of you. And I'm not talking about the school supply list with its persnickety demands for 3-pronged, pocketed, plastic covered, three-subject notebooks in burgundy, magenta and harvest gold or any color not currently in stock or available in the enormous pile of unused school supplies you purchased last year and carefully put away in the basement in the ludicrous belief that you'd have less to buy this year...
I am talking about the liquor cabinet. This was brought to my attention by alert reader Gina Stratos of The All You Review, who pointed out what should have been obvious in answering my plea for ideas on how to survive back-to-school week: Office Depot is not your friend.
Only she put it like this: "vodka."
Of course. Here I was running from shelf to shelf, spending the mortgage payment on a list of supplies that grows longer every day and wondering if this was the year that the school system would finally defeat me - and not once did I stop to think - this calls for cocktails.
In fact, except for the lemonade stand down the street, where the proprietor's mother poured chardonnay into our cups while her five-year-old's attention was diverted by traffic, the back-to-school activities have included not a single cocktail hour in honor of those of us who made the Crayola stockholders' hearts beat a little faster this week.
So take out your composition books, your shot glasses and your number 2 pencils and whip up a cocktail recipe that captures the spirit of back to school week. Then post your
drunken comment recipe here. The winner, as chosen by lively disagreement and generous taste testing, will be immortalized in toasts and song.