Monday, March 23, 2015
Booze as a barter item.
Everybody who thinks about a potential "post crash" environment thinks about barter. Some people put away a lot of gold and silver coins. I haven't invested heavily in that, because I'm not sure that in a time of scarcity, anybody would really want gold or silver.
I'm probably wrong, because from Rawles on down, most of the guru's say you should have some gold and silver on hand as it would retain it's value when people were using paper money to light their wood stoves.
Myself, I'm more inclined to believe that commodities people want and need would be a better bet.
In Alas Babylon , pre war booze was a big trade item. I have a feeling it would be here too. Of course, no one can sell hard liquor in this part of North Georgia. We have no bars, and it's only been in the last few years you could buy beer or wine. You still have to go up to North Carolina to the state liquor store to buy the hard stuff.
When I was a young man, before I got married, I liked a good party. When I met my wife in Naples, Italy I had a nice little villa on the beach. I equipped it with a bar, and I used to go to happy hour at the NATO officers club every Friday. When the club bar closed down, I could usually find a few officers on temporary duty who had no where to go, and we'd go out to my place to carry on. Since about half the officers on the staffs at AFSOUTH were women, female companionship was not a problem. Life was good.
Then I met my wife. She was the daughter of Southern Baptist missionaries and was not at all interested in a house full of intoxicated people and loud music on Friday nights. Before we got married, there was a clear understanding that all that would stop. And so it did.
My bar got given away and replaced with a China cabinet. But it was OK, I liked married life, was just out of my twenties and getting a bit long in the tooth for that kind of thing anyway.
So, though I might just take a drink now and then to this day, I do it discreetly and just one, never more. Technically I am not supposed to be doing that but everybody needs a little sin in their lives so I figure it's ok.
Down in one of the storerooms is quite a collection of good quality booze, and I add to it frequently. If the day comes I need to trade for items I'd like to have, I'll just have to find a trading partner with a taste for good bourbon, or rye, or scotch, or tequila, or vodka, or .........