Drinking Liberally Columbia Chapter Blog

DL: Oh let's end this

Hello friends,
I think I'm over my denial; Dad isn't getting better. Nor though is he getting worse. But his short-term memory is gone, he's nearly blind and there's next to no chance that he's coming home. He has moved to long-term care at Lowman.

I'm not going to be able to host on Tuesdays and nobody is interested in coming on Wednesdays. My nervous breakdowns are having nervous breakdowns; I don't need the additional stress of trying to host a club that nobody wants to come to. So let's put this to bed.

I've already told national DL that I can't do this anymore. Justin previously assured me that if somebody wants to restart the club in the future, they'll have no problem. We aren't on double-secret probation or anything; just taking a rest. If anyone wants to take over as host, I'll help any way I can (not that it's hard). Moreover, I can ATTEND on Tuesdays; I just can't HOST. (I can roll in at 7:30 or 8; just not reliably by 7 or 7:15.)

So I hope you'll come down to the Good Life Cafe Wednesday night for one last round-up. Sorry I haven't been a better host. Thanks for everything, everybody. It's been a blast.
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Wednesday, December 3, 7:15ish
Where: Good Life Cafe, 1614 Main St., Suite A, Columbia, 726-2310

DL: Back in the Main Street groove

Hi kids!
You have two, two, two meetings to choose from this week! The people who can't meet on Wednesday are meeting tonight (Tuesday) at the Publick House at 7:15ish. The people who can't meet on Tuesdays (at last count, only me) are meeting at the Good Life Cafe tomorrow at 7:15ish. With any kind of luck, I can talk Joe into taking over as host and then Tuesdays can be restored!

I tell you what, Wednesdays at Publick House isn't working out. Last week the back room was rented out again and the rest of the place was slam full. I apologize for not sticking around, but I couldn't figure out how to have a meeting at the bar and I wanted to go around to Good Life to see what effect The Hub had had on them. Appears to be minimal; anyway there's room for a DL meeting Wednesday nights. So I think I/we will give them another try, no disrespect to the Publick House, which is still way cool.

I was working on a Rip Van Dantzler bit, where I'd been asleep for twenty years. "Hey, how did you like 'Pulp Fiction'? And how about 'Shawshank Redemption'? And what's the deal with Prince using that weird symbol for a name?" I think Rip would be more than a little surprised about developments in the same-sex marriage situation in SC in the past week. Also the whole two-term black president thing. But regardless, all congratulations to all who fought the good fight, and mazel tov to all who can now legally marry.

Happy Thanksgiving and hope to see you Wednesday at Good Life Cafe.
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Wednesday, November 26, 7:15ish
Where: Good Life Cafe, 1614 Main St., Suite A, Columbia, 726-2310

DL: What THAT's all about

Found out why the Publick House is crowded roughly every other Wednesday. It's Handlebar Happy Hour, taking over the billiards room every 2d and 4th Wednesday. They're a really great bunch; also a lot of them are us. But it does amalgamate the rest of the bar pretty highly, and I was just about to say that we really ought to move, bu-ut, last week's meeting was the best in ages, in spite of or more probably because of Handlebar Happy Hour (which is about bicycles, not moustaches, in case you were wondering). So let's all get along!

Our friend Bradley and our friends at PoV seem to think that Thanksgiving might present some kind of conflict, so they're showing "Grey Gardens," at 7 on SATURDAY this, otherwise called the 22d. Is very well-spoken of and highly acclaimed. The movie, that is; Bradley and PoV are, too, of course. $5. For detailage, copy and paste: https://www.facebook.com/events/829413610414687/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

I was going to say something deep and meaningful here, but wouldn't want to spoil my perfect record. So come on down and see us Wednesday; no handlebar happy hour, so it'll be in the regular place, most likely. Hope to see you!

(Something deep: hug your loved ones. Dad was moved to long-term care at Lowman Home today. Maybe permanent, though hopefully not. So keep them close. You never know how long life'll last.)
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Wednesday, November 19, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL: Come on down!

Sooooooooo, that went well! If you want to drown your sorrows after last week's election, come on down! If you'd rather just forget about politics, come on down! If you want to plot the strategy that will get Elizabeth Warren the '16 nomination, COME ON DOWN! Or, you know, if you want to look at cat pictures...

I keep forgetting to mention it, but it's funny. There's some kind of glitch between Google Maps and the Living Liberally website such that all of us are for some reason in Australia. Our chapter meets near the Monash University Jiu-Jitsu Club. You should go check it out; anyway, at least we aren't at the car dealership anymore.

I just figured out what Obama should do now: switch parties. Wouldn't it be great? The Rs wouldn't know what to do! And maybe he could point out that Obamacare was previously Romneycare and before that the product of an '80s rightwing groupthink tank. Might be awesome!

One can never predict whether the Publick House will be crowded or not. Last week it was not. Hopefully this will happen again Wednesday. Come down and chat.
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Wednesday, November 12, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL: Early and often

I can't wait three weeks! I can't! I can't!-- Oh wait, I'm supposed to tell you what a sacred duty voting is. Right on it!

Peoples! Voting is a sacred obligation. You are sacredly obliged to vote sacredly and obligitorily. It's so sacred I think I just made up a word. So if you haven't done so already, don't forget to vote.

I'm being flippant about this because I'm reasonably sure that everyone seeing this has voted already or will by 7 this evening. And what I was being flippant about in the first paragraph is less important but also exciting: Timmerman Trail is being extended! They have put in an extension already, but it will be three weeks before the new pedestrian bridge is in, so at the moment it dead-ends a bit abruptly. I understand that this will take it to the river, though not to the Cayce Riverwalk unless SCANA wants to build sidewalks in Riverland Park, which the gentlemen I was talking to who were measuring the new segment seemed to think was a good idea. Also SCANA through Sumter Utilities (go figure) was putting in electrical boxes, which seems to indicate that lighting is coming soon. As darkness at 5 pm is also coming soon, this seems like an excellent idea, too. So heads up! Just three weeks!

Another month has rolled around, so another First Thursday is coming up, too! I bet it's extra-zippy. Here's the scoop: http://firstthursdaysonmain.com/press-releases/

I want to apologize for not having an election results viewing party, but I know you can find one for the candidate of your choice, and hopefully they'll have a joyous one. Please come out Wednesday night for DL and we will either celebrate, commiserate or make plans to emigrate as the case may be. Come on!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Wednesday, November 5, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL: Hey, let's have a meeting!

I'm thrilled to say that Dad is out of the hospital and back at Lowman Home. He isn't well, but he's better, so we're holding on to that. Let's have a meeting, you kooky cats!

Not to jump ahead-- ok, jumping ahead, what are thoughts about election night? Is anyone interested in having a meeting on the night itself? Or would it be better to do it the next time and either celebrate or commiserate? I'm torn, but given recent turnout, I'm just as likely to do the latter unless I hear a strong groundswell (or, ya know, anything at all) of support for Tuesday. Y'all are all going to be working the polls and driving people to them on Tuesday anyway, right? Anyway, let me know if you have a strong opinion one way or another.

One thing not to miss: Point of View Cineclub will be showing Steven King's IT this Thursday. I don't know why anyone would make a movie about Down East information technology guys, but there you go; I hear it's very scary. (If it's anything like the book, my claim that I will be home hiding under the bed will in fact be accurate.) You should go! Skyline Room at Tapp's, Hallowe'ene'en (October 30th) 6:30 pm, $5.

Hope to see you Wednesday night at Publick House. Guaranteed no scary clowns! (Not counting me.) See ya!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Wednesday, October 29, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL: No meeting this week, but a suggestion or two

Dad had to go back to the hospital. Nothing serious; not wanting to give more detail than you want to read, I'll just say that the earlier procedure (a pretty minor one) failed, so he had to have it done again. But I don't know how long he'll be, when he's going back to Lowman Home, or where I'll be at any given hour, so it's better just not to try scheduling a meeting.

However, here's something exciting! Our friends Mark Rouse, Jeff Elmore and Glynis (G. John) Martin, have started a new gig at Winston's at The Granary Hotel in the Northeast Thursday evenings 7-10. Some while ago, they were the house band Tuesday nights at Conundrum, and a shorter while ago Wednesdays (I think) at Utopia. More recently, they played outdoors at Carolina Ale House on Lady St., where they got their current name Weatherproof. Obviously, I don't know what my situation is going to be like Thursday either, but I'm going to make every effort to get out there this week or ASAP. Mark also plays Sunday afternoons 1-4 at the Tin Roof. The Granary is a newly renovated facility off Two Notch by the Outback Steakhouse; I recommend looking up their Facebook page, where you'll find a map. I make no promises, but no one has mentioned a cover charge at either venue. Go see them; they're great!

So again, no worries: Dad's fine. Things are just up in the air. Hopefully we'll be able to get a meeting together next week. If I find myself at loose ends tonight, tomorrow or Thursday, I'll try to look in on various establishments and see if they might make for better meeting places. I'd be grateful if you would do the same and get in touch with any results. Thanks in advance, and hope to see you soon!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Real soon! (Note ultra up-to-date Buckaroo Banzai reference:))

DL Wednesday October 15, the Publick House

Hi kids,
Last week nobody showed up but me. Conversely though, this wasn't a bad result, because as bad luck would have it, the Publick House had rented out the pool room (quiet) area, leaving the bar room (loud) area, so if you'd come, we would have had to brush up on our American Sign Language skills. So. We'll do the Publick House again Wednesday night, but if this continues to happen, with all the love in the world for them, we'll have to speed up the search for a new venue.

Hopefully, things are a lot more normal this week though. One thing happening this week: the gubernatorial debate. I'm particularly sorry that I can't do DL on Tuesdays. If anybody wants to organize an ad hoc viewing party, let me know and I'll spread the word. It's tonight (Tuesday) at 7 on WACH, channel 57 on the TV or 6 (I think) on Time Warner. All the articles I could find were a month old, but seemed to indicate that all the candidates would participate. We'll see at 7.

Hope very much to see you on Wednesday night at the Publick House. We can talk all about the debate. Come on down!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Wednesday, October 15, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL: Meeting WEDNESDAY, October 8 at the Publick House

We ought to do it at the Rocket, though. Anybody wanting to have an unofficial meeting at the Fair, just holler. Where I live, I'm always up for it!

DL Columbia isn't done; hell, we're just barely started. For the next while, though, we'll need to meet on Wednesdays. Dad is by no means dying, but he isn't likely to come home soon, as his health situation is complicated, as it's likely to be when you're pushing 94.

My buddy Paul tried out Harambe and he says it would be an almost ideal venue for DL. Only problem with that is that I can't eat there, because they definitely use wheat. So again I'll suggest that folks try it out and see what you think. If you crazy-mad love it, maybe it could be the new venue.

This Saturday is the Jam Room Festival noon-10 at Main and Hampton Sts. I'll be hemmed in by Fair traffic, but will try to make it out because I'm stoked about Southern Culture on the Skids! Website is here, but it made me dizzy: http://jamroommusicfestival.com/

Sunday, Mr. Peter Case is coming to Conundrum. He remains a singer/songwriter of great stature and talent. It's $12 in advance or $15 at the door, but worth it. Be there or be a regular quadrilateral. https://www.facebook.com/events/372607536226704/?sid_reminder=3717165057906311168

And of course I hope to see you at the Publick House Wednesday evening for merry times and fun conversations. Come on down!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Wednesday, October 8, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL: No meeting this week, but some suggestions

Hi.
The situation is as follows: Dad is at Heritage at Lowman (yay) and his dialysis, now at Irmo, is now MWF evenings. There is some possibility that he'll be there the rest of the year. Thus my good times to visit are Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends. I'm flexible, but his also 93-year-old sweetheart isn't so much. So in a nutshell, I'm not likely to be available Tuesdays for some time.

We can do any of several things. We can just blow up the club, an idea that's been kicked around a lot lately. We could have a new host; if somebody wants to step forward, that would be really great! Or we can move temporarily to Wednesdays (better for me) or Mondays. If you have a preference between the two, just hit reply and tell me so.

I'd rather not blow up the club, but I've got to say, the political situation at this time makes me want to forget about politics for a while. I'd really really love it if people could come out to meetings and convince me that Nate Silver is nuts and everything's going to be OK. (Next Wednesday, OK, and every Wednesday thereafter!)

So in summary, I'm expecting to have DL next Wednesday (the 8th) at the Publick House and ASAP at Aaron's new place (when it opens) next door to the PH. Bruce is also looking out for a new venue for us; as ever I'm open to suggestions. If anybody out there wants to be the new host or hosts, I'd be thrilled to hear from you. It's fun, I promise!

Here's a suggestion for this week, though. The new Ethiopian restaurant, Harambe, is open behind the Harden St. Food Lion. This one's even open for supper! Unfortunately, when I asked, they said they use wheat, so I personally can't eat there. But I bet you can! Y'all might want to have a non-meeting meeting there Tuesday 7:15ish. Just a suggestion. I can't speak for the food, obviously, but it smells great!

And another thing: this Thursday is First Thursday. I probably can't do that either, but you can! Now with built-in steel drums in front of Drip! Be there! Do that!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Some other time