I stopped collecting 40oz malt liquor and beer bottles more than 11 years ago. From the age of 18 to 23 I drank hundreds of 40's and spent countless hours cruising some of the worst neighborhoods of America in search dusty gems hidden at the bottom of convenience store coolers.
When the collection reached what I felt was an unmanageable size (about 150 bottles) I gladly gave them all to a fellow collector I had befriended online, Bruz (Episode 3 guest). In 2002, when I gifted him the collection, we had the two largest known 40 bottle collections in the world. What would surprise many who knew nothing of 40 oz collecting, is that both Bruz and I were white males, educated at high level east cost universities, and had solid professional careers. In the podcast we discuss what drew us to begin drinking, and ultimately collecting 40's.
I've stay in touch with Bruz in the 11 years since I gave him my collection, and am continually astonished that he is as committed today to collecting 40's, as he was 11 years ago. I was excited to have him as a guest to discuss the fun and curious hobby.
When preparing for the podcast, Bruz suggested that we each drink a 40 while we record the interview. While I had not drank a 40 since May of 2010 while strolling through lower Manhattan with guest #1 Borbat, I thought it was a fantastic idea. We recorded the interview on a Sunday afternoon at 4pm. So as of that morning, I had not yet purchased the 40. With Bethany and Quin out of town, I headed to the local 7-11 around 9am on Sunday with my 8 year old daughter in tow. I was hoping that 7-11 would be empty and that I could get in and out quickly, but fate was not on my side. I grabbed a Hurricane Malt Liquor 40 from the the 7-11 fridge and stood in line with my daughter, behind a few gentlemen who looked like they were headed to church.
I was laughing on the inside wondering what the others in line must have been thinking. I'm pretty sure their thoughts were along the lines of granting me a sarcastic "Dad of the Year" award. Oh well.