Alexander Hardy, wordsmith for hire, is the dance captain of Saint Damita Jo Jackson’s Royal Army. He writes on life, race and chicken at thecoloredboy.com and elsewhere. He does not believe in snow.
"Sip and savor, don’t slurp and squander.
Cognac’s flavor is rich, nuanced and best when enjoyed slowly and deliberately. Let it linger and luxuriate in your mouth. What do you taste? “Deliciousness” is the obvious answer, but is it spiced, mellow, or smooth deliciousness? Do you taste sweetness on the tip or bitterness at the back of your tongue? Younger cognacs will be fruitier (apricots, oranges, lemons, apples, etc.). Middle-aged cognacs may have honey or flowery notes and older ones may have flavors of coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg and the like."
"YOU’RE ON A THIRD DATE WITH YOUR TINDER CRUSH
Gone are the days of trading instant messages on AOL over a dial-up connection. Connecting with potential mates is much more convenient now. With the swipe of a finger, we can commence courting that hot accountant with stellar music taste who shares your Game of Thrones addiction. Since that wondrous trifecta of timing, mutual attraction and proximity isn’t achieved IRL as often as we may hope, a successful third date is a big deal. Reschedule your group chats. You’ve finally found someone to rave about Tyrion Lannister with."