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I suspect the drinking is depression-related. Think about it. VI moves to town. Property values plummet. People want to move but they can't because they are upside-down on their mortgages. So they turn to alcohol.
That certainly seems more plausible than the "VI is a godsend" bullcrap...
I'm pretty certain that @Mickey will agree with me on this.
This thread proves that back in the day, VI occasionally had a good idea. We should refer to that era as "the Houston years". Now that he's been put out to pasture it likely won't happen again.
"everyone preaching the same things as if they are written in stone"
They aren't written in stone? Someone better start chiseling. I nominate @Mickey for the part of Moses.