Book Review: Dan Dunn’s “Living Loaded: Tales of Sex, Salvation and the Pursuit of the Never-Ending Happy Hour”

Posted by on February 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Until now, I hadn’t really pondered the professional drinker. I’m not talking about wine tasting here (although it is pointed out as one of Dan’s weak points) but rather the stone-livered specimen who travels across the country exclusively to sample the wares. Recommended by the It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia Facebook page (good lookin’ out!) it only took a brief, hilarious sample on Amazon before it was in my Kindle app.

Living Loaded serves as a vertical slice of Dan’s experiences as the Nightlife Columnist for Playboy, from his first romantic experience as a seven-year-old boy (and the subsequent “having his heart stomped on”) to his various outings on the professional drinking circuit with recorder and notebook at hand. In one chapter, he describes his (mis)adventures at the Tales of the Cocktail Festival in New Orleans:

6:03 P.M. – Down sample cup of something … could be a rum punch.

6:04 P.M. – Down another one to be sure. Yep, seems like rum punch. Rhum Clement? This requires further investigation. Another sample cup.

6:05 P.M. – I realize my powers of deduction are paramount. It reads RHUM CLEMENT PUNCH right on the side of the sample cup. I celebrate with another.

6:10 P.M. – Headed back to my room for a power nap.


8:30 A.M. – That was one powerful goddamn nap. I feel like a new man



8:30 A.M. – I wake up to discover that some asshole has vomited all over my bathroom. Since I’m alone, the conclusion is obvious: It was housekeeping. I’ll be keeping an eye on them from now on.

Each chapter is framed with a delicious-looking cocktail that his favorite bartenders lent him which relates to each new adventure. The book serves as an explanation (and perhaps an apology for) his drinking and it’s immediately obvious that he knows a lot about booze. From how (or why!) to abstain from alcohol for 30 days, how to get over a hangover, to more serious points about how it’s ruined portions of his life (while another stretch goes into his extremely uncomfortable experiences at a Christian rock concert with a former flame) he indicates that it’s part of who he is and he just ain’t gonna stop. Although a short tome, the adventures tend to wear on after a bit (the semi-rambling format doesn’t help much), and obviously if you’re a teetotaler none of this will be very readable, but it’s a good trip while it lasts.

Photo Credit: BrandX

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  • Sb41075

    Just finished it. I think all men will love this book. I think women will have to have a sense of humor. But I really enjoyed it. When I would laugh out loud, I’d read the particular paragraph to my girlfriend. She did’t get it, but then again, she has no sense of humor.