After a by-election count in the south of the country some years ago, I happily accepted an invitation from the victors' camp to repair for a few convivial libations. It was already old news that we had a new TD - so all the bar talk was about who was going to fall in for the resultant vacant council seat.
That's an important aspect of politics for you: where there's a win, there's a vacancy. So, while we are not yet over the line with party members' approval, and all eyes are on those "pesky Greens", we are in an advanced state of talking about wicked big jobs.
No harm there in my view. Many of us find our paths to politics via character politicians and, since the dawn of time, without personalities politics would be dull.
So, who's in, who's out if the new three-party coalition lands? Well, we expect it will be six each for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael and three for the Green Party, with add-ons of super-juniors, juniors and others.
The 'two Gs' - gender and geography - must be spoken to. But this time we can maybe add another 'G' in the form of generation.
There is talk of a need for new blood. Just hark at this on Tuesday from the Taoiseach-soon-to-be Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar, when asked about upcoming government appointments.
"I will have regard, first of all, always to ability because that's the most important thing. But also the need for generational change, for gender balance, and also greater geographical balance," Varadkar said.
So, watch out ye auldies.
We have been here before. Those of us of a certain age will recall watching, listening and reading Dáil reports peopled by characters who dated from the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence and the dreaded Civil War.
By the early to mid-1960s, many of these great characters were literally timed out. It was epitomised by the retirement of Taoiseach Seán Lemass in 1966.
That was the 50th anniversary of the 1916 rising in which Lemass participated as a 16-year-old boy soldier. Many of his Dáil colleagues, on both sides of the house, were a deal older than Lemass and still soldiering on in national politics just a little longer.
The march of time delivered an inevitable clear-out in national politics in the 1960s. There have been some other, but less comprehensive, changings of the guard since then, especially in the 2011 General Election.
The current crop of government is not especially old. Many of those ranked in the veteran class are younger than this writer who has neither inclination nor means to pack it in for quite some time to come. (If you do hear anything in that regard, please let me know.)
But the bold Leo is telling us that he has only six real government jobs and, maybe at a real push, some junior gigs to soften the fall. Also, 41-year-old Varadkar is still operating with what is essentially his predecessor Enda Kenny's team picked back in May 2016.
The outgoing Taoiseach eased his passage into the big one by guaranteeing the bulk of Kenny's cabinet they would stay in place.
Now moving to a newer generation may be a diplomatic way of handling disappointments for those who lose out.