So I went and had supper at my friend Kristen's house in Slidell tonight. We had sushi and sake, and I discovered a few things.
Sake - tastes halfway between tequila and vodka. No effect on me. Drank half a bottle, didn't get even a slight buzz.
Louisiana people - no clue what a long drive is. People have been telling me for months that Kristen just lives so far away, and how it's this huge drive. It's 45 minutes from her door to mine, going the speed limit.
Also, there's a strip club in Slidell I saw a billboard for: it's called "Scuttlebutt."
I haven't decided whether that's a horrible name for a strip club, or sheer genius.