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06 Jan 2007, 20:00
As I have spent hours and hours on my apps - late nights, no social life, mounds of dirty dishes - it gets a bit hard to put myself in front of the computer everyday. I have found that pouring myself a drink really seems to help. I am not sure why - I suppose I associate a glass of wine with pleasant times, and certainly not with drudgery. And the ensuing relaxation seems to help me concentrate. (But just one drink - too much relaxation leads to non-sensical essays that seemed like a great idea at the time.)

Anyone else finding that an appropriate beverage is an effective fuel for the application fires? And what's your drink of choice? Personally, it's either red wine or Hawaiin Screwdrivers. (My own invention - oj, pineapple juice, and vodka. Can I use this in my essays as an example of my creativity??? ).
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06 Jan 2007, 20:21
In college, I took a class on Milton; for those not familiar with Milton he wrote some f'd up sh!t. Anyhow, the professor of the class used to say things like "this stuff is pretty f'd up, but if you find a place to relax, turn down the lights and open a bottle of wine, you might enjoy it." She was cool.

I didn't drink much wine then, but these days I favor Napa Valley and Bordeaux reds, sweets from Saurtenes and as much Champagne as possible.
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06 Jan 2007, 20:24
but while you're writing apps???
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06 Jan 2007, 20:32
Red Bull(s) to help kick-start the essay process; Tom Collins (vodka, not gin) during the refining stage.

As you mentioned, having more than one tends to simply create more work the next day (i.e. erasing the crap that sounded good when you were tipsy).
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06 Jan 2007, 20:34
aaudetat wrote:
but while you're writing apps???

I have lots of experience drinking and writing. The law firms I used to work at didn't really frown on drinking during business hours - as long as you got your work done.
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06 Jan 2007, 20:58
Single malt Scotch, straight, for me in the evenings. And mate - pronounced "mateh" (a local non - alcoholic tea style beverage) in the mornings. In case you are curious about the latter, check this link :

http://www.mundomatero.com/yerba/Health-Benefits.html

Cheers. L.
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06 Jan 2007, 21:04
when I was in Bolivia, my host family drank a lot of mate, but I think it was the same word used to describe the tea made from coca leaves. I like that better than Yerba Mate.
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06 Jan 2007, 21:22
how about plain old coffee?
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06 Jan 2007, 23:10
I write better with coffee. Edit better with wine.
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06 Jan 2007, 23:18
willget800 wrote:
how about plain old coffee?

Second that, A cup of hot coffee does get things goin for sure..
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07 Jan 2007, 00:12
My poison is definitely yerba mate. It's a tea-like stuff grown in Latin America that has an effect similar to that of coffee (i.e. you get more concentrated and energetic), yet doesn't make your hands shake and all that blood pressure-related cr@p (try drinking 5 cups of coffee in a row).
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07 Jan 2007, 00:21
Glad to hear I'm not alone. How were you introduced to yerba mate? I know it's somehow relatively widespread in the Middle East (aside from southern South America), but never heard of it being used elsewhere.

Cheers. L.
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07 Jan 2007, 03:51
Well, Ukraine is rather close to Middle East I was introduced to yerba quite incidentally - a bar of my friends had one in the menu, and they advised me to give it a try. Now I'm addicted
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07 Jan 2007, 04:24
Beer was my poison
But gave up drinking before giving gmat and admisiion procedures
so no poison for me while at essays
Just a Latte with choco
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07 Jan 2007, 13:24
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i find that a single glass of that cheap \$4 handle of carlos rossi sangria puts me in the perfect state of mind to write an essay.
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07 Jan 2007, 23:04
My poison is some mary jane.

I had some last night. Much needed. I have 1 more app to go.

That and Counter Strike Source. I don't even like to play video games when I don't have anything important to do. I just play when I have to get something done.
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08 Jan 2007, 05:38
Red wine or, kettle one and tonic
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08 Jan 2007, 06:16
Sweet white wines and... rarefully, porto
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09 Jan 2007, 06:29
I would say red wine. Yesterday evening, after a day of work, I sat at my desk with a glass and a bottle of wine, few cigarettes, preparing myself mentally for the essays. But I wasn't in the mood to write, so I kept drinking and surfing the internet, gmatclub included.
I'll give another try tonight, still with some wine(I have to finish the bottle now!).
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09 Jan 2007, 12:40
karlfurt wrote:
I would say red wine. Yesterday evening, after a day of work, I sat at my desk with a glass and a bottle of wine, few cigarettes, preparing myself mentally for the essays. But I wasn't in the mood to write, so I kept drinking and surfing the internet, gmatclub included.
I'll give another try tonight, still with some wine(I have to finish the bottle now!).

I know what you're saying. I did that same thing for the past 3 months.
09 Jan 2007, 12:40

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