This week I received another bottle condom and a personalized stubbie cooler from the Land Down Under. I love them all! Many thanks to my benefactor! I may yet be turned into a proper Aussie sheila. So since I have 3 of them I was afraid I'd have some real juggling to do.
Good thing two of them have clips so I can attach one. Ok, my Aussie mates...how am I doing here?
Ok, so next order of business is for me to learn the rules of drinking down under. I may be a bit of a piker, but I'm no wowser and I certainly don't want to be accused of being a bloody Seppo bludger! So here's some help I found at a site recommended by my dear cooler supplier. Enjoy!
*this is copied directly from AustralianBeers.com
To shout is Australian meaning to buy something for someone. In a drinking context, it means to purchase a round of drinks (ie one for each person), often with the expectation of reciprocation. This was its original meaning. The consequence of the shouting ethic is, of course, a fairly rapid and consistent pace of drinking.
Consider the following scenario:
One bloke buys a jug of beer (the 'first shout')
Four blokes have their pots filled (typically by the person who shouted, he fills his glass last)
There is one beer left in the jug
The fastest drinker gets the last beer (or in some cases, the person who shouted gets the last beer)
As the jug is empty, the person next to the person who shouted last either:
feels obliged to get another jug quickly as it is his shout and it is early in the evening;
he gets pressured into buying another jug as one of his mates is thirsty (this may be done either verbally, or by staring at the jug, or by bashing one's glass on the table).
But it does not end there. Now, of course, there is no chance that the original shouter will be going anywhere, as he just shouted every mongrel at the table, and he has three jugs coming his way. Similarly, people who have been shouted feel as they cannot leave the table, for fear of being considered bludgers.
Hence the shouts go round and round the table till either:
you leave on your shout or soon after your shout;
the night draws to an end and basically everyone has stopped drinking.
Oh, and in case any of you bloody yobbos get confused.....this is MY cooler! Ya bastards.
Happy Aussie Tuesday!