Drinking Liberally Columbia Chapter Blog

DL: Let's head northeast

I've heard requests from attendees that we try meeting toward the northeast end of town. So let's try out Pho Viet on Decker Boulevard. It's consistently delightful, friendly, comparatively quiet, and serves beer and wine. Come on out; you'll like it!

I, uh, wish I could say something intelligent about Supreme Court actions of the past week. Grinning like an idiot is the best I can do. Obamacare is here to stay, same sex marriage is legal everywhere except in parts of Texas, Alabama and Kentucky where they're unclear on the meaning of the word "supreme"-- and Scalia led the fight against three strikes you're out laws. Granted, it was for a white supremacist, but still. We can definitely talk about it.

So come see us at Pho Viet Tuesday. (If you don't, I'll move it to a Jamaican place next week.) Come on!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, June 30, 7:15ish
Where: Pho Viet, 2300 Decker Blvd.

DL: Uncle Maddio's, June 23d

Hi,
I have a feeling that more of you were at the rally Saturday than I actually saw. There were certainly a lot of us! I hope we can finally get that flag down. I want to add my sympathy and sorrow on behalf of the club for the loss of Reverend Pinckney and his parishioners. If we can at least get the flag down, that will be something constructive. Another rally is planned for July 4th at the State House. We white people will try to learn "We Shall Overcome" between now and then.

I haven't heard any suggestions about moving to the northeast, so let's do Uncle Maddio's again. I had another northeasty thought, which was the Pho Viet on Decker and a highly northwesty thought, Delhi Palace, where the food is good and the beer is relatively cheap. Holler back if either of these have appeal or if you have any other suggestions or if you just want to holler back. But as for this Tuesday, I so hope to see you at Uncle Maddio's. Come on down!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, June 23, 7:15ish
Where: Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, 601 Main St.

DL: Uncle Maddio's, June 16th

Hi,
There has been a suggestion that we try meeting out in the northeast. I'm hip, but I don't have any brilliant ideas for a venue out there. I personally would gravitate toward Red Bowl or Red Robin at Sandhills owing to gluten-free offerings there but am open to suggestions. Feel free to offer them!

This week, let's do Maddio's again. We can ponder someplace northeastwards for future dates and dig our pizza in the mean time. Hope to see you!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, June 16, 7:15ish
Where: Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, 601 Main St.

DL: Uncle Maddio's, June 9th

Hello beautiful people:
We had a wonderful, fun and even delicious meeting last week. You should really come out; you'd like it. Also it's only a matter of time before I move us on because, wonderful as Maddio's is, we're Drinking Liberally and the booze selection is minimal. But the pizza selection is a blast. Come see!

Also people seem to dig the heck out of my camera quadcopter aka drone. I will give demonstrations as usual at the least tiniest hint of a request, although probably not indoors. (We should go over to the Arcade for that!)

Also also our beloved governor is having a tent revival for a few thousand close friends at North Charleston Coliseum on June 13th. If you haven't heard the really really weird minute-long radio spots (probably the same ones are on TV but not during "JEOPARDY!" when I'm watching) I've taped all but the first three words and will happily play the recording for anyone who is interested. My take in a nutshell: Nikki Haley is welcome to hold a prayer meeting any day of the week, but it's more than a little shaky for GOVERNOR Nikki Haley to do so. Discuss among yourselves or better, come out Tuesday at 7:15ish to discuss.

Our pal Fred Ingram is part of a Songwriter Showcase at Conundrum tonight (Monday, 6/8) starting at about 7. Also performing: THE Dubber and Steve Bennett. Cover is $6. Conundrum is at 626 Meeting Street in West Columbia.

So come out, eat pizza and find out what fundamentalists our founding fathers were instead of the deists those kookoo history books tell us about. Perhaps we'll find time to make fun of Lindsey Graham and Rick Perry. Risk the consequences!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, June 9, 7:15ish
Where: Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, 601 Main St.

DL: Pizza pizza pizza!

Remember us? I knew you did. Let's go do Uncle Maddio's again. Everyone who has been has enjoyed it. The pizza's good, the prices are right, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian are all available as well as beer, wine and one of those magic coke fountains that makes anything. The art is pretty and the tunes are good, which is lucky since we all have to cope with that one moment in the world's history when Rand Paul is the only clear-thinking politician in America. I know, right? Up is down. Come out and puzzle it out with us.

I also want to give a shout out to our friend Bradley Powell, off to conquer sweet home Chicago. Happy trails, vaya con dios, and best of luck. Sa-LUTE!

So come out and join us for eating pizza liberally before Rand can revert to his usual dirtbaggery. See ya!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, June 2, 7:15ish
Where: Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, 601 Main St.

DL: New Bangkok, May 26

Hi happy hooligans,
It's that time again, time to celebrate a very important birthday. I speak of course of Ms. Stevie Nicks. Coincidentally, however, it's also my birthday, and as it's a biennial tradition, IT'S MY PARTY AND I'LL EAT THAI IF I WANT TO. Please come out to New Bangkok to celebrate May birthdays, including mine, Tuesday at the ever-popular 7:15ish. They don't seem to have a liquor license, so this is Drinking Liberally in quotes, but we'll still have a good time.

Remember: this is New Bangkok. Old Bangkok moved across the street into a new restaurant and then the cook from the old restaurant opened up New Bangkok in the old location. If this is confusing, just go to the one on the right as you're headed to Sumter; it's in the same strip mall as Ollie's Discount. It's delightful (as is Ollie's, come to think of it).

Also Tuesday, Bernie Sanders is officially kicking off his campaign. This is at 5 in Burlington VT; one assumes that MSNBC at least would cover it. You might want to give a look in, and eat some Ben & Jerry's in solidarity.

Meanwhile Huck Mikeabee has found that running for president for fun and profit doesn't go so well when you start defending child molesters. So yeah, we may have some things to talk about at DL.

Come on down, wish me a happy birthday (and hopefully Jim a happy belated one) eat Thai and we'll all have a real good time!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, May 26, 7:15ish
Where: New Bangkok, 7509H Garners Ferry Rd.

DL: MORE pizza (Maddio's)

Cool cats,
Come see us Tuesday evening at 7:15ish at Uncle Maddio's. It'll be a blast!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, May 5, 7:15ish
Where: Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, 601 Main St.

DL: An outing! An outing! Conquest Brewery, May 12

Hey kids!
Our pals Sunshine Delusions, all of whom connected in some way to DL, will be both playing and hosting an open mic at Conquest Brewery starting at 7FRT (folk-rock time) Tuesday. KC Hotdogs' truck will be there as well for a full service evening. You should go!

Bradley 'n' 'em (PoV Cineclub) will be showing Repo Man at Tapp's Thursday at 7. (CDT. Way to go, Facebook!) $5. https://www.facebook.com/events/954380261281460/

I don't know how meeting-like the Conquest outing can be, never having been there myself. (It's a brewery. I'm celiac. Do the math.:)) If you're interested in making fun of Santorum and Huckabee-- I mean, talking about politics, you could also drop by Uncle Maddio's, where I'll be having pizza and chatting with anybody who turns up, also 7ish. Mind you, I also intend to turn up at Conquest later. Hope to see you at one, another, or hopefully both!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, May 12, 7ish
Where: Conquest Brewery, 947 S. Stadium Rd. (Take George Rogers Blvd. (formerly Stadium Rd.) and keep going, basically.)

DL: Moving is nice! Uncle Maddio's, May 5

Hello lovely people:
As the semester is nearly over at USC, I thought we might try a few weeks at Uncle Maddio's (on Main just off Blossom). It's a fun place with pizza I can actually eat and this is the time of year when parking is even possible. So with every bit of love in the world for the Publick House, let's try this for a bit. They have beer, too, not to mention one of those magic Coke machines that will give you anything you want. Come on down! Bring the family! Heck, bring Bernie, Ben and Carly!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, May 5, 7:15ish
Where: Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, 601 Main St.

DL: Publick House, April 28

Do you think democracy is possible or attainable in the United States? Would a new constitution help or would it just be written by the same gazillionaires and corporations already making life unlivable and government untenable here? This is the kind of stuff I'd like to talk about. If you feel the same, you might want to come out to the Publick House Tuesday. Or we can ponder Gamecock baseball or discuss what's on TV. I was puzzled to find something on NBC last night called AD: The Bible Continues. A sequel? Overdue, I say! Come and see us and we'll have a real good time!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, April 28, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207