Five days in to my dry January.

The trick is to avoid bars, because I have no will power and cannot resist the temptation of drinking a delicious moscow mule or a stout beer. Unfortunately, that usually comes at the price of having a social life here in the midwest culture of booze.

I’ve been thinking more and more about the negative impacts alcohol has had on me in various situations. While it has been a wonderful social lubricant that has aided many a friendship, and romantic relationships, in my life…it has also been an impediment toward goals of mine. And right now, my goals are the only thing that matters. So in order to achieve those goals, sacrifices need to be made.

Impediment #1: Coding


I enjoy a beer or two with coding, but my coding skills definitely fall off the cliff at a certain number of beers. This is exemplified in the Ballmer Peak as demonstrated in the below graph:


The problem is that level of calibration takes a level of will power that I do not possess.

However, will power is like a muscle that can be strengthened over time. This is the point of the 30 day challenges I will be undertaking this year.

And at some point, I have no doubt I will be able to calibrate to the .129% to .138% B.A.C. to establish my superhuman programming ability.

And at that day, no one can stop me and my evil pursuits.

Mrs. Baxton’s Long Island Ice Tea




  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice;
  2. pour in vodka, tequila, rum, gin, Cointreau, and sweet and sour mix.
  3. Cover and shake until the outside of the shaker is frosty.
  4. Place a few cubes of ice into a highball glass, and strain in the iced tea.
  5. Top with the cola, and garnish with a wedge of lime.

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