New Year’s is a kind of weird holiday. When my wife worked in the corporate world she used to get half of New Year’s Eve off paid and all of New Year’s Day off paid. Basically New Year’s Day is “Hangover Day” and nobody wants to work. How would my boss feel if I walked in the office on March 17th and said, “I’m leaving early today to go out and drink heavily. I want you to pay me for the rest of today, and tomorrow because I’ll be too hung over to work.” If my boss complained I could play the discrimination card because it’s Saint Patrick’s day and that is how I celebrate my cultural heritage. Why is New Year’s day a paid hangover day (for people who get paid holidays, that is) but the day after St.Patrick’s day and Cinco De Mayo aren’t? I know a few people who’d never come to work if we got paid days off for hangovers. I always thought it was weird that the precedent people want to set for their entire year is getting totally sloshed and waking up feeling miserable. It’s no wonder that people make resolutions to cut back on their drinking the next day.
If you’ve made a resolution to drink better beer and/or to learn more about beer in 2011, please come join me at the Bellingham Technical College for some beer tastings. On Jan.15th we’re doing an introduction to Craft Beer Tasting with food pairings. February 22nd is a Winter Beer Tasting class with a number of local and imported strong ales, barley wines, and other winter warmers. In April I will be teaching a beginner’s homebrew class again and a new Beer of the British Isles tasting class which should be really fun to do. For more info on the classes check out our Bellingham’s Best Beer blog. Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2011, Cheers!
Editor’s Note: I was really hungover on New Year’s Day and was checking my email on my iPhone in one of the few Cafes open (Thank you for the coffee, Mount Bakery!). Anthony had just sent me this blog to post and a few things went through my mind. One was, “What the hell is Anthony doing writing a blog at 9am on New Year’s Day?” and “I wish I was getting paid today” and “Yep, I feel pretty stupid about starting my new year with a hangover”. Then I forgot about posting his blog it until today. Sorry Anthony.