Heaven help us, Carl's found a new hero. Nick Charles.
Last night we watched The Thin Man, the first of the series of movies from the 30s and 40s, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. The movie was terrific. It had everything: mystery; intrigue; witty banter; fantastic clothes; good-looking people... but it was the drinking that really captured Carl's heart.
Near the beginning of the film, Nora Charles (whom you may have read about not too long ago on Crazy Aunt Purl) finds her husband Nick in a bar, schooling the bartender on the necessity of rhythm in properly shaking a cocktail ("a dry martini you always shake to waltz time"). She asks him how many drinks he's had and he says six martinis, so she tells the waiter, "All right. Will you bring me five more Martinis, Leo? Line them right up here." Brilliant.
When it was over, Carl said, "Wow. The drinking was Magnificent!"
Perhaps I'll have to get him a smoking jacket and several cocktail shakers for Christmas. And a flowing evening gown for me... it's fun for the whole family.