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I’m this really annoying person when it comes to drinks.
So, obviously, as a practicing Muslim, I don’t drink alcohol, but it doesn’t stop at that. I don’t like sitting near anyone drinking alcohol or anywhere alcohol is served. I know, really difficult to do in the West (even in Egypt, really). It’s partly a religious thing (that we are advised to stay away) but partly a personal aversion. I know lots of people (including Muslims) who drink and they are beloved friends and respected colleagues. I just don’t wanna sit with them while they drink. It might be I am spoit from being raised in Kuwait where alcohol was illegal so I managed quite a bif chunk of my life living that way.
So I really truly appreciate friends (like Rebecca and others) who promise outright not to drink in my presence (I know it’s an imposition) and who make efforts to ask people not to drink on camera during vconnecting sessions. It’s really thoughtful.
I also like it when ppl realize they can’t say they’d like to have a beer with me…and instead suggest we have tea or coffee together. That’s way cooler with me.
Except… Uh… I am not a coffee person or a tea person. I will drink them occasionally (especially iced) and of course happily sit with people while they drink them.
So what would we drink if we sat together? I like fruits and dairy, so let’s go for a lemonade or orange juice or a smoothie 🙂
And if you’re watching your calories, we could just drink water together. It’s the togetherness that counts