Tuesday, July 27, 2010

It's worse than I thought

From AskMen's Great Male Survey:

What is the ultimate man's drink?
38% A beer

28% Scotch

25% Whisky

5% A dry martini

4% An old fashioned 

Beer is the ultimate man's drink? Yikes.

Only four percent get it.


  1. Single-malt scotch, neat. Puts hair on your chest.

  2. You know, we both date ourselves by knowing what "neat" means in this context.

    My father in law drank Scotch and he was as manly as a man can be.

  3. You know, you're right. But this is interesting because today--unlike when we came of age-- probably the only younger guys who know what "neat" means come from upper-class backgrounds, went to elite prep schools, belong to country clubs. So I guess this is just another example, though minor, of how the well-intentioned attempt at egalitarianism resulted not in raising people up but lowering the bar for everyone.

  4. I couldn't agree more.

    But then I'm on vacation on the coast of the Atlantic about to make myself a breakfast of Canadian bacon, eggs and toast. I just got back from driving inland to do some trout fishing. I was never an elite prep school type myself but I always saw that there were some real virtues to that moral culture.

    There is an old saw about how much easier it is to be elitist than to be elite I don't really want to be elite but I do want to be better than I am.

  5. I always sought to be better than I am as well, and I don't consider myself an elitist (though some might accuse me of being one) in part because of the negative connotation of the term. I didn't go to an elite prep school either, but many Catholic high schools and even some public schools incorporated some of the virtues of the prep school culture "way back when." I think the reason that elitist or elitism is a negative term is perhaps because some people who are considered elitist are perceived as "looking down" on others purely because of their class or socio-economic status. Unfortunately, I think some people do that.