"Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake."
I’m a big believer in flasks. It’s like taking water to the desert – sometimes you have to bring your own when there is none to be found.
Convenient places to pull a flask out of your pocket:
· Parties where only beer is served. My mom always told me to bring my own alcohol to parties. She went to college in the 1960’s when half the time people didn’t know what was put in their drinks, so it was more of a buffer against acid and date rape. But it is good advice also for those who just want to be sure they have something delightful to drink of the non-keg variety.
· Sporting events and concerts. Flasks are easy to roll up in the hood of a rain jacket or just in a sweatshirt to get past security. I’ve taken to putting nips in a zipper pouch with tampons – the guards will not go there. Whiskey at sporting events or concerts is usually impossible to find and super expensive if you can. It’s much better to get a soda and add whiskey as needed. Note – stir, stir, stir if you add it to a large soda. It sinks, and you don’t need to find it all at the 7th inning.
· At bars. I am not proud of this one, but I was a poor graduate student once and really wanted to watch the Red Sox games at the bar with my friends. I paid full price for the soda, I promise. But I should have left much, much bigger tips. Under the table pour did the trick. Sorry, Sweet Water!
· Dry weddings. I’ll admit it – I took a flask to my brother’s wedding. I just didn’t think sobriety was necessary at a family event. And neither did the table of aunts and uncles who shared the goods.
· Hiking. Ok, so it is a little extra weight, but it can be worth it. Bless the stranger who carried a flask of whiskey to the top of Half Dome and shared it with all of his fellow hikers who made the summit. Whiskey has never tasted so sweet.