Happy Hours

Happy Hours are a poor man’s best friend. You get 2 for the price of 1
or you get one for half the price. I am sure they come in all kinds of
variations. It’s a lovely marketing tool to get people in at moments
when they should be doing something sensible like working or watching
tv. The first time that I exploited this phenomenon was on a holdiday
in Cuba, some 15 years ago. There were 3 hotels near the beach and
hotel 1 started their happy hour at 17:00 until 18:00, number 2 started
at 18:00 and ended at 19:00, and.. need I go on.

It made perfectly sense for two Dutch boys to walk the extra 10 metres
every hour and save some money. Yesterday I was in a bar on Nanjing Xi
Lu that also advertised with an Happy Hour.(And eventhough I am Duch, I
didn’t know before entering the place, Wenli and me were merely
looking for a warm place with coffee)

Buy 1, Get 1 one free the menu read, starting from 17:00 or was it
15:00. The menu wasn’t clear about that. I asked the waiter about the
deal and said I wanted to buy one bottle of Guiness and get the other
one right away. No, no… this was not how it worked. You first buy
one, finish it and then you will get the second. Confusing.. so could I
get one bottle and two glasses then. No problem.

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