A Day Of Dougie: Surprises, Moonshine & Indecision…

Tossing Salt Presents:
A Day Of Dougie
Surprises, Moonshine & Indecision
September 9, 2020

Good morning friends and welcome to a Day of Dougie. This is a rare opportunity where I’m not talking about professional wrestling, the best damn entertainment period, or answering questions from Casper, but instead am just shooting freestyle. Well, sort of. It works like this. I have what I call the “Magic Bag”, an old Crown Royal bag full of tiny slips of paper. On each slip is a word, phrase, or topic and what I do is pick randomly and that is what I’m writing about. No advance warning or time to prepare. It’s just here’s the topic and start writing. It’s usually kind of fun to do and always interesting, at least for me. There are over a thousand topics in the bag and I add more regularly. What the hell am I thinking, right?

Well, now that we know what this is all about, how about we quit with the chit chat and do some serious writing. This is how I start the day. It must be one of those special days, a Day of Dougie. Let’s get the Magic Bag and pick some subjects for discussion. We have Surprises, Moonshine, and Indecision. And now that we know what, let’s see if we can figure out the do. Let’s do this…


I’m one of those people who doesn’t much like surprises. I like to know what to expect when to expect it, and the consequences. Yeah, I’m kind of a control freak when it comes to my day to day activities and affairs. But I will admit that I had a surprise on Monday that really did make me smile and made my day. An old friend stopped by the house. It was only for a few minutes, but this was the first time I’ve seen this guy in person in several years and it was just like we picked right up from the last time we spoke. It was just trading information and casual banter and lots of hugs and just a cool moment. So thank you to Chris for the surprise visit. That kind of surprise, I could use more of in my life. But any other kind of surprise thrown my direction, take it somewhere else. I don’t wanna know. And there you go. Next…


This is something that I deal with on a regular basis at the store. It’s a big thing right now, although I think the popularity has peaked so far as store-bought moonshine goes. I’ve never tried any of the brands we sell at the store, but I do have some interesting memories of some real moonshine, the kind made by creepy old men in overalls, watching out for the law, and the revenuers. Think Dukes of Hazard and Uncle Jesse. My stepdad, back when we were younger, would sometimes get an old mason jar full of homemade creek liquor and bring it home. And my friends and I, being teenagers, would sneak in and drink it. Damn, that shit was nasty, but what a damn buzz. I’m surprised that anyone could claim that they enjoy that taste but to each their own. It was rough! And since I’ve been working at the ABC, I’ve had a couple of times where some of our regulars have brought the other guys and myself some jars of real homemade moonshine. I gave it a try but ended up giving it away to someone I knew would appreciate it. I’m not a big fan of the moonshine. The ironic thing about that is my current favorite adult beverage is an American whiskey called “Creek Water”. It’s one-hundred proof and about as close to drinking moonshine as you can find, but it’s not. That, I like and like a great deal. The first shot takes your breath away and you definitely know you’re drinking whiskey, but that stuff has an excellent flavor and is good. So leave the moonshine alone and drink the Creek Water instead. You’ll be glad you did.

And finally…


The inability to make up one’s mind and come to a decision. It’s the story of my life. Should I or shouldn’t I? I think Faith No More said it best in the song, Falling To Pieces. I’m including a video for the song so you’ll know what I’m talking about. Also, it’s a cool song that I want to listen to so this works out well for all of us. Indecision clouds my vision. Amen to that, brother.

And with that, this is the end. Thanks for reading. Any comments, thoughts, or questions about this blog or anything at all, just drop me a line and we’ll talk it out. Until the next time, take care of yourself and be careful of the crazies out there. And never forget to make today and every day always a Day of Dougie. I’ll see you later.


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