The Consul visited here last year and we had a great time. I created this 12 hour playlist of superb music including: The Clash, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Billy Bragg, The Jam, The Pogues, and Van Morrison. It was good to see The Consul after so many years and the music was a wonderful addition to the evening. After the wife and kids went to bed The Consul and I went out on the deck. We took the music and had easy access to the well stocked beer full of Boddingtons and Shiner Bock. Before I knew it the time was 1am, but we were just getting started. The music, brisk winter’s night, and stimulating conversation buoyed us along. Around 2:30am I had the grand plan to keep drinking until the playlist finished. Well that would have been about 6am. Almost 12 hours of drinking. I hadn’t done anything this crazy for twenty years. But that didn’t stop us. Sadly around 4am we really started to slow down and The Consul, forever wise, decided it was time to hit the sack. I agreed too, it had been a long session. We both retired to our separate rooms and slept like babies – the hangover the next day was sadly not so pretty. Luckily this was one of those once in a blue moon events and no harm was done. The wife still loves me and The Consul and I had a perfect evening reminiscing about our college days and the years since.