1.5 versus 1.6

picture of band at Grazie Dio in Sao Paulo

No this is not a post about Java, but about the difference between drinking one caipirinha followed by 5 tequilas and one caipirinha followed by 6 tequilas. Yesterday I donated a few brain cells to humanity to investigate this issue.

I am in Sao Paulo, Brazil for my brother Nick's wedding with the beautiful Isabelle. This will be taking place here on Thursday. Things are heating up party wise already. In fact I have a strong feeling that its going to get more and more difficult to concentrate on my work... ( documenting this on flickr ) .

Anyway back to the issue. I had 1 Caipirinha and 4 tequilas listening to the great band at the Grazie Dio yesterday. After it closed we moved on to a late night bar where I had an extra tequila. At this stage I was still able to talk coherently about the 10 dimensions of string theory, which I gave a quick summary to test my brain and the patience of my brother's European friends. I have to admit it was not that easy to keep the suspense of string theory going for very long, but I think it was enough to satisfy us that I was still thinking. So I had another one.

At the sixth tequila I believe I was able to think quite clearly, but found motor actions to be more difficult. Not that I could not walk - I did quite well getting to the car - but there was clearly a slight lag between the desire to do something and the following motion. This could of course be that my thinking had speeded up, and was outrunning the muscles, but that is not the usual interpretation. Also I can tell that not just the muscles had slowed down but also the memory function, as I realized on reaching the hotel that I had left my laptop in the bar. So we had to go back and get the laptop, which had kindly been put aside for me. Thanks.

All in all then 1 Caipirinaha followed by 6 Tequilas is probably way more than is needed to have a fun evening. And it also seems to affect the way things feel the next day...

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