Something to learn about. Something to be an expert on. Something to purchase. One can purchase both wine and wine accoutrements. One can research wine, find the best wine, find the best wine temperature, the best wine vacuum, the best wine stoppers.
In other words, wine is something Gary will take to like a duck to a big old lake filled with expensive wine.
In the fifteen days since the wine party, Gary has purchased:
- 3 more bottles of wine from the company that did the wine party.
- 6 more bottles from the grocery
- Ten rubber corks
- One bottle vacuum
- Two wine apps
- One wine aerator
The final straw was the aerator. Seriously, it's a pricey plastic sieve, and he tried to convince me that his research claimed pouring wine through this sieve would dramatically improve the taste of wine.
"Taste. Test." I demanded when it was delivered. He agreed.
I took the control sip of some dry white "oaky" wine. As always, it made me shudder. Blech.
I took a sip of the "aerated" wine. That little plastic thing had worked magic. It was like the Miracle at Cana: stomach acid into wine.
"That can't be," I thought, "Maybe my tongue's drunk." I took a sip of the non-aerated control again. Shudder. Yechh. Another sip of the aerated one. Delicious.
So, while the aerator was a good purchase, we now have this wine monkey on our backs, and friends, he is an expensive monkey. So...
In the fifteen days since the wine party, I have purchased:
Now when I am paid, all the discretionary post-bill income goes in to one cash drawer. Then, as we put money on the credit card, the play cash moves from one drawer ("Money We Have") to another ("Money We Spent").
On the very first day of this experiment a quarter of the discretionary income went to two bottles of wine. Horrifying. However, a day after that we scored a free bottle of wine, so that's a bright side.