I like that there are WAY more things about life in Denmark that I LIKE than I DISLIKE, but today's dislike is one that I cannot wrap up in a pretty package to make it sound better... I honestly dislike this issue.....
I was planning to use THIS picture as an intro to my "dislike" today... Sorry, Mads, Patti, & Ole.... but look in Mads' hand and you will notice the thing that bothers me about Denmark.
I honestly dislike the amount of alcohol that is consumed in this country on a regular basis. Don't get me wrong-- I LOVE a cold beer or two on a Friday night, but in my opinion, as a culture, Danes drink too much. It is not how OFTEN they drink, but HOW MUCH they drink at one time.
Mads had just purchased this (very cool, in my opinion) "beer holder" at the Bon Jovi concert last week. Now he bought this 5-beer special because you save money buying it this way instead of one beer at a time...and there were 8 of us in the group so 2 of these holders were a great deal! However in the US (which in my opinion is WAYYYY too conservative when it comes to alcohol sales) we do not allow one person to buy more than 2 beers at a time. Mads found this out at a Dodgers' game in L.A. last year. He and I went up to buy beers for our group of 7, but they would only let us buy 4 at once (2 per person) so we had to go deliver those 4 and come back to buy the other 3...he was SHOCKED! (But the fact that we could come right back to the same man and buy three more shows how stupid this policy is!)
Anyway, these cool beer holders are often bought by one man at a concert or football match and consumed entirely by that same one man....and then he goes to buy more, plus a few shots along the way. I have seen this so many times in the 5 years I have known Mads, and it STILL bothers me. I watched as I walked to the bathroom at the Bon Jovi concert last week to see how many people were already totally wasted (around 930pm) and it made me sick. And they were not just the 20-somethings- they were my age and older.
Again, I am SOOO not against drinking--- It is just the EXCESS that really bothers me. At first I thought it was because I came from the very conservative state of Texas, but I really don't think that is it....
Maybe it is because I want to remember the great time I am having with my friends at a concert or maybe it is because I want to ensure that in 20 years, I still have a liver that works.... I don't know...
Funny thing was that this blog for today was already halfway written when we went to the train station Saturday to meet the Internationals for a trip to the Jazz Festival in Silkeborg. And I was only planning to use the pic of Mads and the beer holder as my "supporting evidence"; however as we walked into the train station, there were two guys headed to the Roskilde festival that just proved my point better than a 5-beer holder ever could.... Take a look:
No, they are not workers from a delivery company.....they are merely 2 guys headed to a weeklong music festival. Not sure if they have ANY CLEAN UNDERWEAR in that bundle of theirs, but lord knows, they have plenty of beverages..... As we say in Texas....'NUFF SAID.