5th 2010
Work Promotes Confidence! (And maybe drinking.)

Posted under: American history, art, childhood, fluff, weirdness

But alas–work does not promote blogging, and I won’t get promoted on the strength of this blog.  (Details on the poster at left here.)  Hope you have a good day of work behind you, too, and are enjoying the adult beverage of your choice, if that’s your style.  Here’s a recipe for a favorite of the twentieth-century working man, the Boilermaker, otherwise known as a “beer ‘n a bump.”  If the shot is dropped or mixed into the beer, I’ve heard it called a Depth Charge.  Truly, nothing could be simpler:


1 pint of beer (your choice)

1 shot of liquor–whiskey or rye is traditional, but tequila is a popular modern choice.  (It’s your call, but I’d stay away from the Frangelico if I were you.)

Directions:  Pour into separate vessels (or mix them together) and serve.

Mother needs a drink, too!

Cheers, friends!  Add your drink recipes and PG-rated drinking songs in the comments below.  (Jeez–was there nothing those do-gooders in the WPA didn’t get their mitts all over?)  Have a great weekend!


10 Responses to “Work Promotes Confidence! (And maybe drinking.)”

  1. Julia on 05 Nov 2010 at 6:26 pm #

    I love WPA art, and have a beautiful book called “Posters for the People: Art of the WPA.” by Ennis Carter and Chris DeNoon. They really did cover it all!

    I do not, however, love Boilermakers. Beer, yes. Whiskey, sure. Together? Worst. Hangover. Ever.

  2. Indyanna on 05 Nov 2010 at 7:28 pm #

    I covered 280 miles in just under six hours today, does that work as work? Also got a little grading done. I’m holding to some unadulturated Mango juice, though.

    You know, we could get this corner of the non-peer reviewed internets peer-reviewed in no time if you’d appoint an editorial board; and thus maybe make it promotionable! But it would be strictly not-needed.

  3. Tenured Radical on 05 Nov 2010 at 8:23 pm #

    Just seeing the recipe of a boilermaker caused a quick flashback of a memorable evening from 30 years ago and my whole dinner practically came up.

    Vodka, cranberry juice and a lemon wedge — otherwise known as a “Greyhound” or “Cape Codder.”

  4. Profane on 05 Nov 2010 at 11:03 pm #

  5. Dr. Koshary on 06 Nov 2010 at 3:47 am #

    *Sitting back and waiting for Comrade Physio Prof to take the booze-and-drinking-song ball and run with it*

  6. Perpetua on 06 Nov 2010 at 11:37 am #

    Mother needs a drink indeed! I think the WPA poster should show a woman with a baby on the breast and a martini in the other hand. (I know that there are women who give up alcohol while nursing, but not this one!)

  7. Comrade PhysioProf on 06 Nov 2010 at 3:18 pm #

  8. Kaestner on 06 Nov 2010 at 8:29 pm #

    Love the WPA posters and the drink recipe! I have a suggestion and a question. Try mudder’s milk from the Joss Whedon’s Firefly ( “all the protein, vitamins and carbs of your grandma’s best turkey dinner, plus 15 percent alcohol.” Perfect for us toiling in academia!

    Also, I was wondering if anyone might have seen an image that I was reminded of by the WPA posters. It’s of a Rosie the Riveter type woman sitting on the beams of an under construction skyscraper and nursing/holding her child. A professor of mine many years ago had it on her office door, but I have never seen it again.

  9. Western Dave on 07 Nov 2010 at 8:16 am #

    Doing oral histories of uranium miners, I learned about this protein-packed concoction created by miners when they were faced with the choice between dinner or drinking due to poor financial planning.

    Cheese Beer.
    1. Go to Pizza Hut
    2. Order pitcher of cheapest beer
    3. Pour beer into glass, top with Kraft Parmesan style psuedo-cheese from container on table. The psuedo-cheese should float on the top making a layer of protein.
    4. Drink. Re-adding psuedo-cheese as necessary.
    5. Order more pitchers and repeat.
    6. Drive home and hopefully not wreck the truck or kill anybody.

    I have drunk said cheese beer (although not at Pizza Hut) while doing an interview with a former miner. It’s not nearly as bad as it sounds. And it’s one of the better interviews I collected.

  10. Janice on 07 Nov 2010 at 9:21 am #

    Being a Boilermaker from Purdue, that’s a familiar drink! I’ve seen vodka used in the mix with some success. However, I don’t recommend the cherry brandy variant I saw someone try to promote once!

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