A dozen, as we all know, is 12 of an item. A lot of things come in dozens, including eggs and donuts. A baker’s dozen is 13, which is one more, probably stemming from the fact that bakers, when selling rolls, cookies, or donuts, will give you one extra to enjoy on the way home.
Which reminds me of an old joke: a guy goes into a bar and tells the bartender he wants a 13. The bartender says "what’s a 13?" The guy says "A 7 & 7."
The 7 & 7 was traditionally a highball made with Seagram’s 7 Crown blended whiskey and 7up, but it’s called that whether the person uses the traditional ingredients or they do some substitution, like replacing the 7up with Sprite or some other type of lemon-lime soda or using a different blended whiskey instead of 7 Crown. Most people can’t tell the difference, especially after three or four of them.
My mother’s aunt would come to our house for dinner on occasion, usually on a Sunday. Her favorite drink, the only thing I ever saw her drink, was a short bourbon and ginger ale with a twist of lemon. More often than not, it was noon (i.e. 12:00) before Mom would realize that we didn’t have ginger ale and/or a lemon and would send me out in search of them. Remember, this was in the ’60’s when stores either didn’t open on Sunday or were only open in the morning, and I’d end up running all over the North Side of Chicago looking for a bottle of ginger ale and a lemon. On foot. By the time I found both and got home, the aunt had been at our house for over an hour and she’d be sitting on the couch, happily sipping a bourbon and water, sans lemon.
The thing that really got me? Mom had sent me to the store (which had both lemons and ginger ale) the day before, and never asked me to buy lemon and ginger ale. The next time this aunt came to our house for Sunday dinner, I bought lemon and ginger ale on Saturday without being asked, and Mom asked me why…
Okay, we’ve gotten a little far afield, I realize. Anyway, carbonated drinks and mixers come in cans, available in boxes of 12 12-ounce cans, or in large bottles. Typically, so does beer. Sometimes the beer comes in larger cans, like 16-ounce or, in the case of Foster’s Lager, 25.4 ounce cans (I think it works out to 750 ml).
It’s been a while since I did any stream-of-consciousness writing for WW. It feels good, you know?