July 19, 2011

The creativity of the old

Although we talk all the time about the young being creative, their obsession with what others think of them tends to make them slaves to social conventions. Indeed, there are things that nobody would even consider inventing until they reach a certain age: about, I would estimate, 87.

My 94-year-old father hands me a glass of reddish liquid. "It's a new drink I came up with," he says proudly.

I take a sip. It's ... different. It's a fruit drink, sweet but slightly acidic. The texture is thick, almost pulpy, but slipperier than orange juice. By the time I finish the glass, I'm starting to really like it. 

My dad asks, "Want another glass?"

"Sure. By the way, what is it?" I ask.

"Wine and applesauce."

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Wine and applesauce."

A fruity bouquet, no doubt.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Steve, check out this review of Francis Fukuyama's new book. He's got some Sailerian flavors going on:

http://www.city-journal.org/2011/21_2_fukuyama.html

Harry Baldwin said...

Low-investment sangria?

Anonymous said...

By the bottom of the glass it gets pretty good eh? Reminds me of Bob and Doug McKensie
"What, someone asks, is the difference between Molson in the blue label and Molson in the red label?"
Momentarily speechless, Bob replies, "After three or four,there is no difference."

Marlowe said...

Sounds more like the serendipity of senility to me. Pour applesauce into a glass of wine by accident and decide to drink it anyway. Hey, this tastes quite good!

Anonymous said...

In Chile, a popular dessert wine is wine and sugary strawberries. You order it by the pitcher. It goes fast. Funny, this type of sugar and booze rush never has the same effect as the rum and coke rumble, even after it's imbibed well in excess. Always like the Dad posts.

Fred said...

"Sounds more like the serendipity of senility to me. Pour applesauce into a glass of wine by accident and decide to drink it anyway. Hey, this tastes quite good!"

Why be a dick? Sailer's given evidence of his father's sharpness before on this blog, so chances are he's not senile.

Florida resident said...

Dear Mr. Sailer !
My best wishes to your esteemed father, and to all your family !
Your truly,
Florida resident.

Anonymous said...

lol

Anonymous said...

"What is it?"

"Wine and applesauce."

Several Frenchmen just infarcted...

Anonymous said...

I don't have any idea what applesauce tastes like but I assume it's sweet. Therefore, it's time to check and see if dad is a) bored or b) has a sudden craving for sweets over and above the usual. In case of the latter, there might be a medical issue. Don't panic. You'll know it when you see it.

Anonymous said...

One third soda water and you would have a passable 'cider'.
Up the Hatch!
Gilbert P.

ziel said...

My father is not creative that way. He is certain that the perfect drink was long ago invented: the Bourbon Manhattan.

Sanderson said...

The creativity of the elderly is already known by a different word: senility. Its what makes grandma accidentally bake the box of brownies still in the box, or think I'm her nephew and in the navy.

Kylie said...

As always, any mention of your dad is much appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Marlowe's comment made me laugh only because I find miserable people funny.

Steve- give us a little more about the old man please


Dan in DC

Anonymous said...

I think this is the one with champipple.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cWU9AN7FGQ&feature=related

Thursday said...

One should start a list of artists who did some of their greatest work in their old age, because they were already famous and just didn't give a fuck anymore about what anyone thought of them.

Chief Seattle said...

My late grandfather used to brush his teeth with V05 hair cream on occasion - hey, they both come in a tube. He didn't even make it to 94. Anyways, I think I'd prefer the applesauce.

beowulf said...

I'm in, so what's the ratio of red wine to applesauce?

You used to be in marketing so you can come up with the drink's name.
I suppose you could recycle "Sailer strategy". :o)

Anonymous said...

Sounds tasty, and actually probably pretty decent health wise. Sailer Sr. sounds like a cool dude.

Cheers!

SFG said...

I don't know Steve's dad, but he seemed to be aware he was making a new mixed drink, so I wouldn't say senility here.

Honestly, the audience for something weird like this would probably either be SWPLs or geeks. (Mix it with guarana for the latter so you can use it as a caffeinated beverage--coffee will be too bitter.) Can you market to those groups, Steve?

The tricky part is distribution. If Steve lives in LA, he might be able to talk to some local SWPL-ish grocery stores and play up the local angle. Of course, anyone who punches his name into google is going to find all his politically incorrect writings, so he should probably act through a cousin or friend.

BigStraightPhil said...

Perhaps the vibrant blend of flavours in your father's drink could prove to be the perfect tonic to heal the historic divisions between drinkers and fruit lovers in America?

rjp said...

That's what the seniors around these parts call "Red Drank".

Just kidding.

Dahlia said...

Steve,

When he gets it the way he likes it, I'd seriously like it if you posted the recipe. Love the dad posts!

Robert Burnham said...

It took until the 20th commenter to ask what the proportions were?

C'mon. Let's have the recipe.

beowulf said...

A pity that cocaine isn't an ingredient (you laugh, see link below). You could call it "rocket fuel", the bottle showing pictures of the old planes your dad worked on. :o)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin_Mariani

Wade said...

Hey, I wanna try. Was it a red or white wine?

Anonymous said...

Ice cream, white wine, and coffee sprinkles.

Letsfaceit said...

ANYTHING tastes better with a bit of wine added to it. I'm with Dad.

Anonymous said...

How strange that you are suggesting that "creativity" is culturally influenced and not purely biological. Does this mean that East Asians need to be unshackled by Confucionusism?

Anonymous said...

d00d yer dad is way cool LOL

Anonymous said...

So what's Grampa calling it?

A friend likes to drink red wine with orange juice. Never tried it, but it sure looks like Bloody Hell.

Maybe we could call yours Bloody Old Sailer?

rob said...

How strange that you are suggesting that "creativity" is culturally influenced and not purely biological. Does this mean that East Asians need to be unshackled by[sic] Confucionusism?

He suggested age influenced creativity. I dunno if you know, but aging is far more biological than cultural. If East Asians were creative, they would have unshackled themselves from the prisons they made for themselves. It ain't the white man's burden.