[Edited to change the title to something pithier]
So between the blog posts and tweets of Dr. Crazy and Flavia lately, and Bullock’s adventures with alcohol and the iSi Whipper (infused vodka!) and iSi Twist ‘n’ Sparkle (carbonated margaritas!) here in our house (not to mention our well stocked liquor cabinet that we drink without the modernist cuisine gadgets), there seems to be a lot of drinking going on in this corner of the blogosphere. Like Flavia and Crazy, Bullock and I like to unwind from a bad day or rough week with a good cocktail, or a quality glass of wine or bourbon or scotch or gin. Or a beer. We’re equal-opportunity drinkers when it comes to the type of beverage, though we’re a bit picky about the quality. (Btw, Dogfish Head’s Chateau Jiahu is a really tasty ale-like concoction. We just had that for the first time the other night.)
And recently Bullock and I re-watched the entire run of Sports Night, which often featured Isaac pouring himself a stiff drink from the elegant little liquor cabinet in his office, years before (in broadcast time) and after (in narrative setting time) Don Draper was doing it on Mad Men.
So I keep wondering, what do you think would happen if I put such a liquor cabinet in *my* office at school? Would anything happen (assuming I didn’t show up to class drunk and didn’t offer it to under-aged students)? This is all hypothetical, since there isn’t *room* in my office for such a cabinet, but I still wonder. In plenty of other higher ed contexts it wouldn’t even be noticed — for example, among the ubiquitous sherry hours, Pimm’s-soaked garden parties, and subsidized student bars of Oxbridge (where the drinking age is 18) — but I wonder how it would go over in a place like Rust Belt U., or in US public higher ed in general. And would it read differently for a woman to have such a cabinet?
Fellow drinkers, would you ever be tempted to do that? Have you ever known a US professor with well-stocked liquor cabinet/beer fridge/wine cellar in his/her office?