I thought the following was gently amusing. Warning: Irish and moderate
alcohol consumption - disregard if you would find offensive!
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"I think religion is the real deep entertainment. Real and profound and
voluptuous and delicious entertainment. The real feast that is available to
us is within this activity. Nothing touches it." He smiles. "Except if
you're courtin'. If you're young, the hormonal thrust has its own
excitement." Leonard Cohen, interview in the _Utne Reader_, N-D, 1998.
Subject: Three Pints, Three Brothers
THREE PINTS, THREE BROTHERS
An Irishman walks into a bar in Dublin, orders three pints of
Guinness and sits in the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each
one in turn. When he finishes them, he comes back to the bar and
orders three more.The bartender approaches and tells him, "You know, a pint
after I draw it; it would taste better if you bought one at a time."
The Irishman replies, "Well, you see, I have two brothers. One is
in America, the other in Australia, and I'm here in Dublin. When we
all left home, we promised that we'd drink this way to remember the
days when we drank together. So I drinks one for each o' me brothers and
one for me self."
The bartender admits that this is a nice custom, and leaves it there.
The Irishman becomes a regular in the bar, and always drinks the
same way: He orders three pints and drinks them in turn.
One day, he comes in and orders two pints. All the other regulars
take notice and fall silent. When he comes back to the bar for the
second round, the bartender says, "I don't want to intrude on your
grief, but I wanted to offer my condolences on your great loss."
The Irishman looks quite puzzled for a moment, then a light dawns in
his eye and he laughs. "Oh, no, everybody's just fine," He
explains, "It's just that me wife had us join that Baptist Church and I had
to quit drinking. 'Hasn't affected me brothers a bit though."