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Submitted by John Dantzler on Mon, 03/03/2014 - 2:46pm.
Hello beautiful people,
Only Jim H. and I showed up last week, which was fine and we had a great meeting. Funny thing was that there was barely room even for just us. This may mean that Publick House is having a renaissance, or it may mean that they just happened to be busy that particular Tuesday. But if it keeps being crowded, DL might have to move on again.
Relatedly, I don't know how everybody else feels, but I would be more comfortable in a place with a "No concealed weapons" notice. So far, I only see that at Kildare's at Five Points. Granted, I'd be happier with a slightly less prominent one than theirs. Anyway, something to think about.
I note further that we have a member, or anyway a friendly visitor, who is a Google Glass user. If anybody is curious about Glass, I think I can twist his arm to come out and demonstrate its magic. Or if you just have questions, put them in a reply and I can relay them.
Regarding the DL Facebook page and the ability to see which admin is posting what, it turns out that only admins can see this. So that's a bit pointless. But if anyone wants to be an admin, you're still welcome. Just holler.
I hope everybody makes it out to DL Tuesday night. No snow, and I look forward to seeing you. Also it's Mardi Gras; laissez les bons temps rouler!
Submitted by John Dantzler on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 4:31pm.
Ragnarok was predicted for just this past Saturday. Did it happen? No! Mayan apocalypse in 2012? No! Y2K? No! And that Jesus guy has been coming back ANY MINUTE NOW for almost 2,000 years now! It's getting so you can hardly trust the Four Horsemen anymore! (Note to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: just kidding!)
Hi. We do have a fairly dramatic, if not apocalyptic, calendar though, as the shortest month tries to make up for its limited days with a plethora of events. Tuesday night those who are willing to forego the joy of DL (or go to the show late) may want to investigate The Nakatani Gong Orchestra, playing at the Columbia Museum of Art at 8 for $10 ($8 for museum members, $5 for students). https://www.facebook.com/events/658613257514090/
But wait, there's more! Thursday, Bradley and POV will screen the postponed Valentine's presentation "Make Way For Tomorrow," which still stars radio legends Beulah Bondi and Victor Moore, and still promises to tug at your heartstrings. $5 at Tapp's Arts Center at 7 pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/672434876133680/ Also Thursday, Jason Ajemian will tug at his bass strings as he and the High Life play Conundrum for the first time in it seems like forever. At 9, so you can make it to both. $8. https://www.facebook.com/events/690257187693159/
But be sure to come out to the Publick House for Drinking Liberally and we can tank up for the next apocalypse, which no doubt is coming momentarily. Or should I say the next predicted one? Regardless, hope to see you there!
Submitted by John Dantzler on Mon, 02/17/2014 - 4:37pm.
Hello beautiful cabin fever recoverers,
As to the earthquake, I'll try not to cancel any more meetings in order to make sure we aren't hit by earthquakes in the future. Although I've got to admit, the ones that don't cause any damage are kind of fun. But let's not take any chances. (Also, let's not have any more snow.)
I will repeat myself, probably more than once, about the Columbia DL Facebook page and the fact that after the 20th, admins (or whatever we're called) will be identified by name. I still think this could be very cool and if anyone else wants to be an admin (and promises to behave-- there's the rub), holler.
So absent additional indicators of the apocalypse occurring between now and then, I look forward to seeing you Tuesday evening at the Publick House for Drinking Liberally. Also, my famous German chocolate mini-muffins are being reborn as cookies, which should be delicious or at least interesting. Come on down!
Submitted by John Dantzler on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 4:29pm.
Hello romantical people,
Thus, I think we can say that if it's snowing or sleeting or if rain is freezing Tuesday evening, or if there's a high probability of any of those developing soon, you can go ahead and consider DL to be canceled. If it isn't, consider it on. I will try to say something more definitive on the Facebook Columbia DL page as Tuesday wears on. And I'll definitely check to see if the Publick House is open. If you want to check with me, my cell is still 445-8497.
Much more romantical is the movie to be presented by POV Cineclub (cofounded and curated by our friend Bradley Powell) Thursday night. Hopefully, weather won't impinge on this event. Featuring radio stars Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi, "Make Way for Tomorrow" (1937) should touch your heart most valentinistically. 7 pm, Tapp's Arts Center, $5. https://www.facebook.com/events/455821657880228/
Also Thursday, our friend Ross Taylor is putting on a show at Conundrum featuring Mikolaj Trzaska and Tim Daisy. Cover is likely to be c. $8; unfortunately they left this out of the FB posting. Show starts at 8:30, weather and Jazz Standard Time willing. https://www.facebook.com/events/348818208589732/
To return for a moment to our ever-electrifying Facebook page, the Zuckerbergese say that as of the 20th, pages like ours will identify which admin says what. In other words, instead of identifying status updates as being by a godlike Drinking Liberally (Columbia SC), it will instead say something like Drinking Liberally (Columbia SC) John M. Dantzler. Or you. If anybody would like to be an admin on the DL Cola FB page, just holler. No rules to speak of except you can't endorse any person or party and spouting Fox News talking points is likely to be unpopular. Heck, it's fun!
So let's hope again that all the bad weather forecasts are wrong and DL can proceed with no hindrance or letup. I will hope for same and will hope to see you at the Publick House Tuesday. Regardless, I hope everyone has a safe week, a joyous Valentine's and is as little troubled by the weather as can be. Look forward to seeing you when next I do.
Submitted by John Dantzler on Mon, 02/03/2014 - 3:04pm.
Hello wonderful people,
But come out this week! Much safer, warmer weather this time, unless the weather forecasts cross me up again. We can talk about the state of the Union, the polar vortex or the Super Bowl, or whatever occurs to us.
Connie from the Irish music group says that she heard that Hair of the Dog has been turned down on getting their liquor license back. So I guess we're at the Publick House to stay. If you have other suggestions for a venue, feel free to get in touch.
As I'm feeling a bit weatherish, I may not be handing out cookies this time out, but I'll definitely be there. (I'm pretty sure I'm just having a bad bout of cat allergies. If anybody else is noticing that their allergies are acting up extra bad this weekend, I'd appreciate a note back to that effect.) Please come on down to the Publick House. Big fun!
Submitted by John Dantzler on Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:16pm.
OK maybe not at the moment, but "fed up with the freakin' polar vortex" probably would have been too long. So! As you've probably heard even if you've been hiding under a rock, we have a forecast of highly inclement weather for tomorrow, especially tomorrow evening. Thus, a touch of common sense is in order. (Funny, coming from me, I know.) If it's snowing, sleeting, sneeting, raining frogs or ping-pong balls or if you happen to notice that there's no electricity in this area code, you can probably assume that there isn't going to be a meeting. Moreover, if conditions are not conducive for safe driving, don't. Drinking Liberally knows that you love us, and President Obama knows that, no matter how quiet you're keeping it, you really, really, really want to see and hear his State of the Union address. He'll understand if you watch at home, however. I'm pretty sure that you're supposed to drink every time you hear "Republican obstructionism," but you can check some game rules here if you cut and paste: http://inthecapital.streetwise.co/2014/01/27/bottoms-up-the-2014-state-of-the-union-drinking-game/
I drive a 20-year-old Camry with good but not great tires, so while I expect to be at the Publick House, and indeed to stay at least through 9 in case anyone is SOTU inclined, obviously I can make no promises. I just volunteered to be host, not for hypothermia. So if the weather is truly awful, I'll be staying home myself. To check, call me at 445-8497. To check with Publick House to make sure they're open, call 256-2207. To check with Freyr the Norse weather god, go outside and do your Swedish chef impression real REAL loud. It won't help, but it might give the neighbors a laugh.
So let common sense rule, I'm sayin'. We've had a gazillion snow forecasts in Columbia over the years and 9 times out of ten they don't pan out. If this one actually comes true, I fully understand if people don't come. If you can make it (and if I can), I'll be thrilled to see you. And if we make it all the way 'til late, the state of the union will be big fun!
Submitted by John Dantzler on Mon, 01/20/2014 - 4:34pm.
Hello beautiful people,
Thursday, our pal Bradley Powell and POV Cineclub are showing "Barry Lyndon" at Tapp's Arts Center at 6:30 for $5. Also there's a big birthday that day in that club that you don't want to miss. I won't say whose that is, but it's a very BP (or if you prefer beepy) birthday! https://www.facebook.com/events/1389291657996632/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
Now you peoples know that I love every single one of you and want to see you at DL every Tuesday. However, some of you live far off and find it hard to get in. If you are one of those folks, especially if you live or work in the Irmo, Harbison I26ese region, you might be especially interested to know that our Irish music-playing friends are going to give it a go this Tuesday (the 21st) at the British Bulldog Pub on Bower Parkway. They generally start about 7:30. They also tend to play late, so you could of course come to DL and still make it to hear some Irish music. And wouldn't that be great?
Do come see us Tuesday evening at the Orthographically-Challenged Pub. I'd like to talk about urban planning, past and present, but am as always more than happy to discuss whatever topics happen to come up. I so hope to see you!
Submitted by John Dantzler on Mon, 01/13/2014 - 3:27pm.
As to us, yeah, we're meeting Tuesday night. Come on down to the Publick House at 7:15ish or when you can get there and we'll eat and drink and talk about stuff. We can talk about the rally, we can commiserate with West Virginia, or discuss our brand new nuclear plume from the bomb plant. Or better yet, cheerful stuff! (Like my dad being out of the hospital. Yay!) Come on down!
Submitted by John Dantzler on Mon, 01/06/2014 - 3:48pm.
Last Thursday night for DL, no one came but Joe and me, but it was still a pleasant and fun meeting. Also it was worthwhile to ask what Thursday nights are like generally at the Publick House. Answer was that they never know. (This particular Thursday night was very quiet.) But if peoples think they might be more able to come to DL on Thursday nights, well, that's still a possibility, too.
But for now, let's stick with Tuesdays. I haven't heard anything further about Hair of the Dog, but Publick House has/have been genial hosts, so I'm happy to stay there. For folks who came to DL a few years ago (i.e., when we left), it is much, much improved, even since our one return visit for election night '12. It's no longer freezing in the back room and nobody's credit card has been misplaced since our return. So even if you can't make it to DL, you can feel safe returning to the Publick House some other night.
But why not make it Tuesday? We'd love to see you, and you can make fun of my new Floyd R. Turbo/ Rocky the Flying Squirrel hat. Come on down!
Submitted by John Dantzler on Mon, 12/30/2013 - 2:12pm.
Hello, dear friends
Thursday at the Publick House was very nice. Presumably it was quieter there than the usual Thursday with USC on hiatus. (Not to suggest that anybody would serve undergrads under 21, but professors and grad students leave town for the holidays, too.) But we might want to think about Thursdays as a permanent day. Anyway, I'll ask the server if it's usually this quiet (assuming it's quiet again).
Obviously, I don't know what the Dad situation will be like by Thursday, but I'm pretty sure he can spare me for an hour or two. If I somehow can't make it, I'm sure I can find somebody to deputize for me. But if you want to make really sure we'll be there, check the Columbia Drinking Liberally Facebook page any time after about 9 Thursday morning. Sorry for the very early email (I mean for a Thursday meeting) but I wanted to talk about New Year's Eve, too, having mentioned it previously. Hope this was on some level coherent. Hope to see you Thursday, and ideally Tuesday night, too!
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