I was heading home from work yesterday and stopped in at my local Home Depot to pick up some Spring yard essentials. As I was wandering through the garden section of the store, I came across a lopsided stack of old half-barrels- most likely intended for rainwater collection or for planters. Upon further inspection, they weren’t just half-barrels, they were used, Jack Daniel’s whiskey barrels, with a tag declaring their authenticity. They were rustic, hoary, manly. They were beautiful. Without even a remotely useful purpose in mind, I had to have one. Had to. There was something about the worn, weather and whiskey stained wood, and the rusty barrel rings that called out to me. They were thirty dollars each- mere pennies for a trophy of this manly magnitude, but I still couldn’t think of a plausible excuse powerful enough to convince my wife that this rusted and whiskey-logged half-barrel belonged in our home, so, in an act that will come to haunt me through the years, I left with only my plastic wrapped and packaged lawn offerings and headed home. Sitting in my driveway, the ideas began to flow- I could have incorporated it as a crow’s nest on my daughter’s tree house, I could have sealed the interior with silicone and used it as a canoe, I could have installed a tap and used it as originally purposed- to dispense liquids (you don’t have to be a drinker to appreciate how inherently cool it is to have your beverage served from an old whiskey barrel), or, even simpler, I could have filled it with ice and used it as a cooler to serve cold bottled and canned beverages at any occasion. The possibilities are truly endless. If there is one item of home decor that a man should spend his money on (besides a punching bag, and a rack that hangs your bike vertically on the wall), this is it. While I may forever regret that day I passed on an old, Jack Daniel’s whiskey barrel, you don’t have to- go to Home Depot and get one today. And, while you enjoy your manly purchase, I’ll enjoy my wife’s approval.