I fear that May will be over in the blink of an eye. I might as well call myself 35 now. I am in good shape with my birthday list…it feels kind of anticlimactic. I am used to running around doing all kinds of things in May.

I tried a mint julep over the weekend. I am going to make it an “alternate” for my birthday list, if I need it. Because I can’t quite believe I have never had a mint julep before. If anyone has witnessed me drinking a mint julep before, speak now. The one I had was strong. I was as high as a kite for a while. It was good, but I can’t say I tasted much mint.

I looked up “mint julep” on Wikipedia, and found a link to a letter that some Southern military guy wrote in 1937, describing to a friend how to make a mint julep. Here is my favorite part:

A mint julep is not a product of a formula. It is a ceremony and must be performed by a gentleman possessing a true sense of the artistic; a deep reverence for the ingredients and a proper appreciation of the occasion. It is a rite that must not be entrusted to a novice, a statistician nor a Yankee! It is a heritage of the Old South; an emblem of hospitality and a vehicle in which noble minds can travel together upon the flower-strewn paths of a happy and congenial thought.

Isn’t that brilliant?