My Weird Life – Drinking

Too much weirdness is not good for anyone to suffer, so I have been giving this series a bit of a break for the past few weeks, however, it is back! You might remember that I started this series of blog posts to let you have a sneaky insight to the my weird life in an attempt to allow you to see that even though you thought you were ‘different’ after reading about me, you suddenly feel a lot more normal. This week I’m going to let you into the weirdness which is related to my drinking habits…

The last topic I looked at was about the weirdness of my sleeping. Believe it or not, this week’s post probably does relate to sleeping indirectly, but I’ll let you see if you can see the connection – ok I’ll give you a hint – the connection relates to a word beginning with ‘C’. No – I’m not giving you the second letter so don’t badger me…I wonder where that phrase comes from…’badgering’? If you know or have an idea then please put it in the comments below – much more interesting then doing a Google search for it. Anyway, back to drinking and the weirdness which is my life.

  • Alcohol – I have somewhat of a rough road with respect to my body systems. I’m sure I probably got the left overs when I was created and although I am very lucky to be relatively healthy, I do have a digestive system which is emotional and physically ransacked. Due to my strange eating habits (more of that in future posts) I had to have my stomach ‘checked out’ for ulcers and excessive acid production. I’m not going into the details of tubes and gagging, but luckily things were not as bad as original thought. The consequence of this, however, is that I cannot drink alcohol. Well, I can, if I wanted to, in small doses but I remember from past experience that one small one often leads to two or three and then you are ….well you know. I am, in fact, completely T-total and have been for a number of years. I don’t drink alcohol in any form even in food. Sometimes the latter is difficult but I do try. Interestingly enough, when I ever mention about being T-total, the comment I get is always – “not even champagne at weddings!” – correct, not even champagne. Because of this I am that annoying person still taking photos when everyone else is drunk, the person who is tired at 10pm when you drinkers are just getting going and everyone’s best friend when it comes to having a nominated driver…yep I’m the taxi person! – see I do have my uses! When streaming, I’ve often see people accepting donations for taking ‘shots’. I don’t think I would ever make money this way, suggesting that someone donates £5.00 and I’ll take a sip of water, doesn’t somehow have the same incentive to participate!
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  • Alternatives to Alcohol – Can I reassure you that I don’t actually have an obsession with alcohol, it just seemed a natural flow to include the word in this section as well. As well as not drinking alcohol my digestive system does not react well to other drinks either. Someone once said that they also knew that feeling since their body didn’t react well to alcohol either. I did think I had found a kindred spirit, but they were referring to drinking five pints or more and washing that down with …is it…Jaeger Bombs? I don’t drink milk (soya alternatives for me) and any fruit juices are completely off the list of choices. I can drink tea (always good to have a positive) but it tends to have to be diluted with soya milk – Earl Grey is my favourite – memories of uni days when I was first introduced to it – yes I know I am a heathen to have anything in Earl Grey tea apart from lemon! The next section is about coffee, but I need to make it clear in this section that I can’t drink instant coffee, filter coffee or even cafetiere coffee. Believe it or not, I can only have expresso coffee which is smothered in a latte. This is mainly due to the acidic nature of these drinks. Another positive is that I can still drink water….yeah!

  • Caffeine Addiction – Many people ask me about my vices when they hear I don’t drink alcohol. Well, I have three, and this is my first. CAFFEINE!!! I am most definitely a caffeine addict. I’m only allowed three cups of coffee a day (due to adverse effects of having more) although I frequently replace the word cup with mug – come on, what exactly is the difference! I drink soya lattes if available – preferably ‘wet’ – that means no foam. Why? less foam=more coffee! At home, I have a coffee machine that will froth my soya milk so I can continue with the lattes, but I have also found out that I can actually drink Nescafe Gingerbread Lattes. These come in sachets and I seem to be able to tolerate the milk content. I do stock pile boxes of these drinks since they say limited edition on the boxes…I hope they never stop doing them! As well as coffee I can drink Coca-cola. This has to be full fat cola, none of this zero stuff since I tend to have a ‘reaction’ to too much artificial sweetener. I can drink Pepsi, but only in small amounts. Interestingly enough, if I do go out, I am actually limited to two half pints of cola, since after this I do begin to act as if I am drunk and I wake up the next morning which a headache and extremely dry mouth. Yes, I rarely get invited out – a night out with me is not really a highlight…I do get a lot of requests to pick people up though.

  • As you can probably see, my drinking habits and choices are quite limited. This is not only related to stomach issues but also my whole digestive system…more to follow…not literally! It can sometimes be difficult at events or parties etc, although soya alternatives are becoming more and more available and often, when asked, they will provide them. I was going to say that I am probably not the best person to share a bottle of wine with, but if I am paying half, I probably am!

    Do you have any weird drinking habits or restrictions? Is there anything that you most definitely have to avoid at all costs or something which you adore, but is not wise for you to drink. Are you allergic to any drink? As always, it would be great to hear from you so please add your replies in the comments below or contact me on any of the social media sites which you frequent.

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    2 comments for “Let Me In! – Simon’s Cat – YouTube

    1. February 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Would be cool to play an one off, one of the dungeon crawls you made! Maybe the 8 level one!!!

    2. March 21, 2017 at 12:05 am

      I miss those early days so much. The current state of rpg’s , the rpg xubculture if you like, doesn’t feel like it did back then. I can’t quite put my finger on it.

      I was introduced to Advanced D&D 1st Edition, by my sisters boyfriend (the BEST boyfriend of the many she had IMHO..), who showed me S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks module after discovering I enjoyed computer based adventure games, I was hooked immediately and it wasn’t too long before I was hanging around the local game shop, Games Gallery, from which I was invited to join in a game run by the assistant manager, who was to become my long and good friend Steve, who was coincidentally, the reason I got to work at the local branch of Games Workshop for a time. Working there, in those days, before it became a Warhammer only shop, was amazing. It was the proverbial kid in the sweet shop!. Staff discount made it even sweeter – 50% off GW’s own products, and 25% off everything else. We also ran a great rpg club, with about 60-80 members at its peak.
      I was always the GM for my main group as no one else had the time it took to prepare a game properly, though after a few changes to the group, and people from the club popping up, I eventually got to play. Games by a company called Fantasy Games Unlimited (FGU) were very popular in all of my groups. FGU sold games such as Bushido, Aftermath,Space Opera, Chivalry & Sorcery, Freedom Fighters, and Bunnies & Burrows, but there were many many more games, by many different companies, covering all sorts of genres – and I still have them all. Many were, as was the style back then, table and chart and rule HEAVY. We loved that. Comparing themto the current crop of “rules lite” systems, I would certainly go back to the old games instead. We played these games sometimes 5 days a week, as for a time we were all unemployed. It was all we did.
      I often spent days creating scenarios, making maps, creating player characters as well as npc’s. I found it quite therapeutic, as is miniature painting – thousands of the little buggers packed away testify to the time I spent doing it. My “toy soldiers” as my brother in law calls them…
      I used to get quite attached to my favourite characters, and whilst one or two died over the decades, most did not.
      For almost all of my characters I would go overboard by most people’s standards. I like to have an image for my characters, whether a photo or artwork. Sometimes I will see an image and that is the base for the whole character, built around the image.
      I always believed as a player, that giving the GM a detailed background, list of goals, motivations, friends, contacts and enemies, will help the GM bring my character into the game more, by using some of what I have given him in the game. As a GM I like to see what players come up with for their characters, and will often use it in the game. It involves the player more, makes the game more personal if part of the game is suddenly about them, and it can help the players become more invested in their characters.
      For myself, I would often map out the characters home, create a family tree, siblings, etc.
      For our Star Trek RPG (by FASA Corp), I created the whole crew of a 500+ personnel star ship… All as detailed player characters. Unnecessary and a bit OTT I know, but it helped bring every department on the ship alive, every member of the landing party was a person not simply a red shirt.

      I am often bemused whilst watching streams when I see the gm of a streamed game pull some “new” idea out of his box of tricks, and the players are like “wow!”, “that’s original”, “I would never have thought of doing it that way!”, knowing we did it 30-40 years ago.

      The games my most recent group and I played/ran, were very detailed games with a lot of depth. Quite dark games too, mature themed, and often very emotional and intense. Having played with the same people for nigh on 20 years, you create a bond, a closeness and familiarity that allows you to communicate in a way you couldn’t, with people you don’t know very well.
      I have been brought to tears several times in recent years during the last (decade long) game we played ,as some scenes were simply too emotional or powerful, overwhelming (GM was a bastard – but an EXCELLENT GM).

      Sadly the group folded, but the GM offered to keep the game going for just me, which he did for a few years, which to be honest I really needed, as it helped me through a bad depression at that time).
      Over the years I have experienced a lot of things because of rpg’s, and made some great friends, too. I have a lot to be grateful for, regarding rpg’s. I was discussing with my brother in law, my collection of rpg’s and miniatures. When he realised how much they are worth, (some regularly sell for £100’s!) he always tells me to sell sell sell. He doesn’t grasp what they mean to me .
      Yet I won’t. Part of me hopes and prays that I will get a local group together (even some of the old group!) and start using them again. But aside from that, as my memory fails, little by little each year, these boxes and books and miniatures on the shelves are my constant reminders of happy and sad and exciting moments, and great fun, and more importantly, great friends.

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