Drinking rituals to establish Insider connections

As I elaborated in the part 1, the rituals of third world business drinks is a form of witchcraft. The goal is to create an insider connection from which some very serious money will flow. The aim is to appease the dangerous spirits with promises of a share in the rewards if they do your bidding. The overarching purpose of third world drinks is to pacify the fears of these spirits as to your financial clout and influence.

Alcohol don’t just create the opportunity for the ritual. The price and quantity of what you pour is a wordless demonstration of the seriousness of your offer. Quality is not much of an issue as much as its status symbolism. Anything above Johnny Walker Black label means you are talking big money (these days a Green Johnny is the low end of the market). Expect to go through more than a bottle. Wine should be avoided. Too complicated and feminine for macho insecurities to evaluate.

Tobacco in this smoke free era is a tricky issue with many advantages if successfully managed. Being able to casually light up in a posh non smoking venue without a whimper from management is a great way to demonstrate your power and influence. Of course you would be smoking an appropriate brand of cancer stick. Just make sure to leave the box of Dunhills, Benson and Hedges near your guest so he can take it home. Ideally with the tacit understanding that there is a limitless supply available if things go well. Detail oriented type may want to invest in a hip lighter such as up market Zippo/Cartier only if they can show a practised slickness in its use. Leave it next to the smokes further into the relationship. Ideally after suggesting that it is your lucky lighter.

It helps to pay with a flashy credit card like Amex (gold or above please) or Diners. Waving wads of cash as if your guest is an impoverished policeman is extremely crude. It makes you look like a Black label pouring amateur — a reputation shattering title. Even in the third world there are standards. Small details that a boozy “prospect” might still notice (these people also know how to hold their liquor).

Towards the end of the evening you many need to arrange some post drinks distractions for your guest(s). It pays to research if their tastes lean towards something blond or oriental.

Expect to go home closer to dawn but before sunrise. You preserve the mystery of the night and avoid looking like a brat staggering home from clubbing. Of course you should have your driver waiting at main entrance to pick you up. You are not a viable (cash rich) business partner if you lack basic essentials such as a chauffeured up market European chariot. A Merc or BMW is a safe bet. Anything like a lambo raises distracting concerns as to why you are bothering with earning money. Leave the Asian stuff at home.

Macho younger types will risk getting behind the wheel (of a flashy sport model) as way of showing off their alcohol retention power and clout to bribe their way out of a breathalyser test. An inadvisable risky move that invites a messy fuck up. It is bad form for anyone past middle age or of rank to be seen engaged in anything menial as driving. Which is the equivalent of pulling your own rickshaw or self carrying a palanquin.

Professional alcoholism is of course quite unhealthy. Its consequences become unavoidable after the first rude encounter with uglies like heart disease and high blood pressure (locally called “pressure”). By then it is too late to bail. Your expenses are high and you have a life style to maintain. With your bloated pot belly it highly unlikely you can pickup a pretty young thing off the dance floor for a few viagra fuelled minutes without paying a premium. Then there are the international schooled kids and wife to maintain. Heart attacks and complicated medical procedures are thankfully endurable with a drink and a smoke at the club with the machans. Its all part of being successful in paradise.


2 thoughts on “Drinking rituals to establish Insider connections

  1. The NY Times has an opinion piece on the opposing way of doing business.
    In search of Dignity


    When George Washington was a young man, he copied out a list of 110 “Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.”

    “Lean not upon anyone,” was one of the rules. “Read no letter, books or papers in company,” was another. “If any one come to speak to you while you are sitting, stand up,” was a third.

    Washington took them very seriously. He worked hard to follow them. Throughout his life, he remained acutely conscious of his own rectitude.

    In so doing, he turned himself into a new kind of hero. He wasn’t primarily a military hero or a political hero. As the historian Gordon Wood has written, “Washington became a great man and was acclaimed as a classical hero because of the way he conducted himself during times of temptation. It was his moral character that set him off from other men.”
    Washington absorbed, and later came to personify what you might call the dignity code.

    Americans still admire dignity. But the word has become unmoored from any larger set of rules or ethical system.

    But it’s not right to end on a note of cultural pessimism because there is the fact of President Obama. Whatever policy differences people may have with him, we can all agree that he exemplifies reticence, dispassion and the other traits associated with dignity. The cultural effects of his presidency are not yet clear, but they may surpass his policy impact. He may revitalize the concept of dignity for a new generation and embody a new set of rules for self-mastery.



    1. Interesting perspective 🙂 thank you. Sadly most humans through out history don’t seem to bother with codes of civility in the search of perceived power. The world is a market place and everything is a trade. Sad and grim tendency.


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