My boss, Erin Chambers Smith, is out of town today. So I have hijacked her blog. And I’ve decided that I would like to talk about one of my passions: having a good time. 

Oscar Wilde said, "Work is the curse of the drinking classes." But I love my work, partly because I can mix business with pleasure. Working while intoxicated is very fun. It’s practically a tradition among those in my trade.

I appreciate Hemingway for establishing the fact that the word "writer" is synonymous with "drinker"—almost as much as I love him for his beautiful prose.

I have been working at this magazine nearly three weeks now, and it’s probably time to stop and take a look at how much alcohol factors into an editor’s career—and this position of mine. Erin once told you what a day in her hectic life was like. Now I will tell you how it can be better…


At a photo shoot

Wednesday, 7:30 a.m.

On set in Cardiff, the vibe was so peaceful and mellow that I suggested giving the models some tequila shots. Except for at fitness shoots, I have found that alcohol helps things along by loosening up your subjects. Alas, there were no liquor stores open at this hour.


At a media gathering

Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

I taste-tested all the drinks at Bo-beau kitchen + bar. I liked the green one. And the yellow one. I had seconds of all of them.


At a fashion show

Thursday, 7:00 p.m.

Our very own Rebekah Sager styled the models for the Neiman Marcus fashion show. (Stay tuned for our photo album on Facebook.) I passed over the specialty cocktail mixed by a FLUXX bartender and went straight for the champers. (All the while wondering, what does Neiman’s do if you spill on the merch?)


While editing

Thursday, 10:00 p.m.

I woke up this morning with a pile of papers and a MacBook in my bed. I looked at the pages and saw some notes in my handwriting: "too textbook," "need a better explanation," and "fix your prols." What is a prol? I don’t even remember reading this story or writing these notes. I looked to my left and saw a wine glass standing next to my clock radio. Ah-ha! Drunk editing in bed again!

Aoadafaw adkosaslll prol. You know how it goes.



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