The Whisky Rule

Posted: June 29th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: General | 13 Comments »

The Whisky Rule is pretty simple. If you cancel a meeting less than 10 minutes notice, or if you miss it completely then you owe your counterpart a bottle of whisky.

Everyones time is important but sometimes mistakes should happen.

Rather than any sense of ill will being generated the mistake should be settled. The party who was left waiting should be compensated in some small way for their time.

The Whisky Rule.

I’ve been using the whisky rule for a couple of years. I’m generally pretty punctual and keep a close eye on my calendar but from time to time I’ll slip up and completely forget a meeting or get stuck doing something else that I can’t get out of. In those situations I’m more than happy to sling a bottle of whisky to my counterpart as an apology and a sort of olive branch, hoping they’ll forgive me and we can make it up the next time we meet.

Likewise if someone cancels on me or just doesn’t show up I don’t get too hot and bothered by it. Instead I let them know about the whisky rule – if they really want to meet up again they should come bearing a Laphroaig or some obscure small batch Japanese whisky.

It keeps things honest.

So far the whisky rule has worked out pretty well for me. I’ve been given about 4 bottles of whisky and I’ve given 6 away. I just bought a desk calendar and I hope I’ll make up those 2 extra bottles and get beyond the break even of the whisky rule.

Ned


13 Comments on “The Whisky Rule”

  1. 1 Rose Wintergreen said at 6:00 am on June 29th, 2012:

    Ha ha! Love it. Very good rule to have.

  2. 2 I dont drink said at 7:40 am on June 29th, 2012:

    Nice idea, I don’t drink Alcohol, what do you think is the best substitute if the other person does not drink whisky? I can’t think of anything fun.

  3. 3 Mukund Mohan said at 10:42 am on June 29th, 2012:

    Love it. What happens if they blow you off and then claim “Sorry, I got so busy that I lost my sense of time”?

  4. 4 Willy Wonka said at 12:50 pm on June 29th, 2012:

    “Everyones time is important…”

    Everyone’s…

    Beer Rule. Bad punctuation means you owe me a beer. Cheers. ;-)

  5. 5 Ted said at 5:25 pm on June 29th, 2012:

    What if the person you miss the meeting with has been clean and sober for 3+ years?

  6. 6 Lawrence McBride said at 7:09 pm on July 9th, 2012:

    Whisky…hmmm…does this not provide even more issues? Single malt for your ‘wanted’ contacts and a bottle of ‘blended’ for people who aren’t as favoured? Please provide a grading of what whiskies you have been giving out.

  7. 7 The Whiskey Rule | Nick Drinks said at 8:50 pm on July 9th, 2012:

    [...] Link [...]

  8. 8 HP said at 9:44 pm on July 9th, 2012:

    the need to regionalized your rule would do you wonders say Moonshine for Southern Boys Tequila for folks a little bit further South and so far it does have potential

  9. 9 dustinrambo said at 3:49 am on July 10th, 2012:

    awesome rule, i’m going to incorporate into my life wholeheartedly.
    @HP, whisky is quite southern. trust me. kentucky straight, all the way

  10. 10 Media said at 4:07 pm on July 10th, 2012:

    Ha ! I don’t drink but love the idea though ! Flowers would be welcome in my case :-)

  11. 11 The Whiskey Rule — The Good Men Project said at 5:23 pm on July 10th, 2012:

    [...] came up with a terrific rule to combat the scourge of missed meetings. It’s called “The Whiskey Rule“, and it’s the sort of rule I could really get behind. The Whisky Rule is pretty [...]

  12. 12 The Whiskey Rule » The Jason Effect said at 4:22 pm on July 15th, 2012:

    [...] Ned Dwyer: The Whisky Rule is pretty simple. If you cancel a meeting less than 10 minutes notice, or if you miss it completely then you owe your counterpart a bottle of whisky. [...]

  13. 13 The Cognac Rule said at 7:46 am on December 8th, 2012:

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