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November 16, 2013
People like to knock alcohol, but for something that can temporarily make you feel somewhat happy and good about yourself, I find that it can't be beat.

Somewhere in the first few chapters of Moby Dick, Ishmael observes that some people have a drink not to make themselves happier than they deserve to be, but to bring themselves up to what they consider the average level of human happiness.

Thanks to alcohol, I feel as if, for a while, I get to experience the increased self-regard and decreased anxiety that most people take for granted. Don't begrudge me that.