Drinking Liberally Columbia Chapter Blog

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

DL: Publick House, April 21

Celebrate Earth Day a day early or kvetch about taxes a week late. Come down to the Publick House, sing, dance, cavort or possibly, I dunno, discuss politics. What a concept! Hope to see your shining faces!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, April 21, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL: Publick House, April 14

Again, it's a little difficult getting all cheery and funny this week. Between the Walter Scott murder and SC's weird amicus brief to the Supreme Court http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2015/04/09/south_carolina_we_can_discriminate_against_women_so_why_not_gays.html it's a little hard to feel like it's a great day in South Carolina. At least we have presidential candidates to talk about. Rand Paul, who will be a very credible candidate just as soon as he can say ten words to a reporter without blowing up; Marco Rubio, who totally isn't a ventriloquist's dummy; and HRC, who they say is moving to the left. Well that's something, right?

Come on down to the Publick House and we can talk about these things or other things and have a real good rockin' time. I promise to continue my one-week tradition of not asking you to help with my taxes!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, April 14, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL: Publick House, April 7

Hi,
I think I'll leave aside all flippancy this time. On behalf of the club, I'd like to extend our warmest sympathies to our friend Fred Ingram and his brother Edward upon the loss of their father. RIP.

On a more cheerful note, POV (Point of View Film Series) is presenting "I Am Cuba" at The Skyline Room at Tapp's at 7 Thursday, although you'll want to come by 6:45 for the introduction. $5, with snacks and beverages for sale. Hope to see you there.

Hope to see you at The Publick House Tuesday evening, too. Do you think there might be anything to talk about? Earning that Peace Prize about six years late, say. Maybe they'll give Kerry one now! I look forward to seeing you and chatting about it.
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, April 7, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL: Publick House, March 31

Hi folks,
Well THAT was fun! Meeting last week was really excellent! Turnout was good, discussion was stimulating, a couple who are moving here soon came for a pre-move visit, and alleged peach cobbler muffins went over pretty well. Let's do that again!

I understand that Thursday, the first Thursday of April is First Thursday. (Amazing how I work these things out, isn't it?) My Facebook feed suggests that everybody I know is participating in one or more events there, so big stuff is happening. However, neither the website nor the Facebook page is being updated; apparently they're transitioning to a new name and format. But go anyway! And if you get hungry before 8, you might try the new Jamaican place, Coconut's, just above Tapp's where Mac's on Main used to be. I haven't eaten there yet, but I stepped in and it smells GREAT! (If they didn't close at 8, I would be pushing it as a new DL venue already.) They also have a lunch buffet, not that that helps you Thursday evening, but just FYI.

I keep meaning to mention, but the artist formerly known as Timmerman Trail (now, let's see, Timmerman Trail and Battlefield Connector of Cayce Riverwalk and North, South and Bridge Trails of the 12,000 Year Historical Park Trail) offers about two hours leisurely stroll if you park at the first lot on Old State Road and take the linear trail down to the loop (the historical park part) and back again, now completely lit, patrolled and with emergency call boxes all the way. Also maybe a little pollen, since I saw a jogger and a bicyclist wearing masks. But the wisteria is gorgeous and fragrant and the zebra swallowtails are crazy and it's an outstanding place to walk, jog, run or bike. If you need directions, just holler.

So I guess what I'm saying is, come on down to the good ol' Publick House Tuesday evening and say hi, hey or howdy and help us suss out the state of the world. Cocoa muffins are not outside the realm of possibility. I so hope to see ya!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, March 31, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL: Publick House, March 24

Hiya,
Having DL on St. Patrick's Day at an Anglo-Irish pub turned out to be not the best idea ever, as it was wall-to-wall in there, as in not only nowhere to sit, but also nowhere to stand hardly. So some of us moved on to Dentsville for an ad hoc meeting at Village of India, which is also nice. I apologize for failing to foresee the mob situation.

On the way to Dentsville, I looked in on Delaney's Speakeasy on Saluda by Wells Fargo, I think they call that bank now. It's deserted of a Tuesday at 7:15ish. Seems like it would be a magnificent venue, although I don't know what the menu situation is like. Nor is parking convenient unless you want to risk the bank (which the bartender did not recommend trying). Also also their website says they are a cigar bar, though I smell no evidence of this. What do peoples think? I'm thinking of having next week's meeting there, unless someone sternly objects. There always seems to be parking on Harden, just a block away. On the whole, it seems workable and certainly quiet enough for conversation. Please share your thoughts.

This week, I thought we would give the Publick House another go. If it's always that crowded on Tuesdays now, well great for them, but I suspect that it was just a function of 3/17. (There was a family there in green with their kid in a kilt.) So come on down; peach cobbler mini-muffins are a real possibility. See ya!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, March 24, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL: Real St. Paddy's Day!

Hi kids,
Come on down to the Publick House on real actual St. Patrick's Day and get your Irish up (OK, please don't) or perhaps your Guinness down! I still haven't made a final determination on a long-term venue. Who knows? This might be the last Publick House meeting.

Not that I would EVER suggest doing something else at DL time, but our friend Jean Ray Williams is singing at White Rose Crossing starting at 6:45 Tuesday night. She will be performing Irish and Irish-themed songs. There is also an open mic night. White Rose Crossing is at 831 Meeting St. in West Columbia.

Our friends at 2108 State St. are giving out 107 free lunches Thursday starting at 1. You can also fill out NCAA brackets with a chance to win a million dollars. When we met there, everybody loved the food; now you can get it for free! 2108 State St. is at that very address in Cayce.

So I hope to see you Tuesday night. Even though I don't have any Irish songs, my 1/8th Irish eyes will be smiling and I will have peanut butter chocolate chip yellow cake cookies. So there! See ya!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, March 17, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL is back! Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, 601 Main St., 3/10

HEY YOU GUYS!
(Forgive it please. I've been writing a lot of serious, grownup business letters lately and REALLY want to use that salutation in one.)
Sorry about the delay. I have at least been productive, except when I was sick, but now am ready to have fun. And what better time for that than spring break? Spring break is also the only reasonable time to visit Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint (speaking of fun), because when the students are around, parking is imposseriferous. So this is a one-off unless we decide to return during summer break.

Uncle Maddio's is anything but a bar, but they do sell beer, so it's not an unreasonable DL spot. It's a create-your-own-pizza outfit (here: http://www.unclemaddios.com/menu/) with gluten- and dairy-free offerings, which is why I'm so charged. Friends of mine from the Midlands celiac group will also be along, so it's sort of a double meeting.

Parking should be easy, but if you don't see a spot you can check in the building's garage, where there are said to be several customer spaces, or on the other side of Blossom. Maddio's is just above Main and Blossom, a few blocks south of the State House.

Next week, I'm expecting to be back at the Publick House, with some kind of determination as to a permanent venue coming soon. I thought I would have been able to do that by now, but life has been fairly fraught. I'll get on it. Weekly meetings have resumed, however.

Point of View and our friend Bradley present Mean Streets at Tapp's Thursday at 7 for $5. I think you should go. https://www.facebook.com/events/607072022727276/

So come out Tuesday, build your own pizza and cheer or boo the survival or destruction of Obamacare at the hands of the Supremes. It's been a while and we miss you. Come on down!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, March 10, 7:15ish
Where: Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, 601 Main St., Columbia

DL: Publick House Twosday Two Ten

Hi cats,
Let's have a meeting Tuesday evening. At the moment, I'm not expecting to have another meeting in February, unless somebody wants to be deputy scoutmaster and handle one or two of them, as I'm heavily involved in estate matters. But just twist my arm and I'll change my mind (probably).

Bradley and his co-cinephiles at Point of View are presenting a Valentine's special this Thursday 2/12, A Matter of Life and Death at Tapp's Skyline Room at 7 pm for $5. David Niven and Kim Hunter, y'all!

Also don't forget Mardi Gras Columbia on actual Valentine's, Saturday 2/14. According to the beads handed to me at the Main St. Farmers Market, it benefits Animal Mission and features parade, 5K run, festival. I hear it's at City Roots behind Rosewood, but you can find out at Mardigrascolumbia.com. Sounds zippy, don't it?
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, February 10, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL: RIP M.U. Dantzler M.D., and let's restart this

Hi,
In case you hadn't heard, my dad, Malcolm U. Dantzler, died at almost 94 years old on January 6th. We were and are very cut up about it, but I think everybody can agree that it was quite a run. If you want to be awed, cut and paste this to see his obituary and goggle at his achievements: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestate/obituary.aspx?pid=173785344 (Also the guest book is delightful.)

I'm still in a fair bit of shock even now, and also am fairly knee deep in estate matters, so I'm not quite ready to hold any meetings just at the moment. But I expect that I'll feel differently in only a couple of weeks. At this time, I'm thinking about Tuesday, February 10th at the usual 7:15ish. I was hoping to come up with a sparkly new venue, too, but the good old Publick House (spelling aside) is of course still delightful. So look out for an an email two weeks hence, and I'll hope to see you. We may restart on a monthly-only basis and try to get back into the swing of weekliness as time goes on. Also, if you have any brilliant or even very good suggestions for a venue, shoot 'em right back to me. It occurs to me that nobody has to worry about venues having gluten-free offerings; as a good host, I should buy the first pitcher. If I do that, I can just sit there and drink water and not feel guilty about not spending enough.

So let's get this started again. I'm looking forward to it!
Where are we going?: Planet 10!
When are we going there?: Real soon!
(Well, the Buckaroo Banzai fans got it.)