Drinking Liberally Columbia Chapter Blog

Drinking Liberally, Back to the Photure

So I had no trouble parking at Grill Marks, but the consensus of the rest of the human race is that the Vista just isn't workable unless the place has its own parking. (Gervais & Vine finally?! Oh never mind.) Also it's cold again. So for the next little while we'll be back at Pho Viet in Five Points and you should definitely come out. We can talk about debates, more debates, the five Republican presidential candidate pileup at their debate, the Super Bowl, halftime, the very weird commercials, Lady Gaga, the primaries (and monitor New Hampshire's vote count) and continue to delight in Trump's defeat in Iowa. It was yuge! And it's Mardi Gras. So laissez les bons temps rouler FFS and come on down!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, February 9, 7:15ish
Where: Pho Viet, 2011 Devine St., Columbia

Groundhogging Day Liberally, Grill Marks

Ladies, gentlemen:
Jillian's has closed, so there might be more parking available at Grill Marks' end of the Vista. Also it's REALLY warm so it's a little silly to meet at Pho Viet. (They're still great, though, and you should go both early and often.) So let's give Grill Marks another try after three months. (It's still listed as our meeting place on the website, after all.) Except for the parking, it's still the greatest place ever, dogs are welcome on the patio, and hopefully the parking situation is cleared up. Today, interesting stuff is happening in Iowa. Maybe not as interesting as 40 years ago when Jimmy Carter shocked the world. (You will NOT get me to admit that I had to correct that from 30. Hey, I'm old!) So let's talk about it, our own upcoming primaries, whether they're being held on different days reflects some nefarious plan, is dumb or just common sense or what? Come on down, eat gluten-free onion rings. Remember: if the groundhog has an umbrella, it's six more weeks of rain. See ya!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, February 2, 7:15ish
Where: Grill Marks, 711 Gervais St.

Drinking Liberally, Pho Viet, Five Points, Tuesday

Hello, relieved there wasn't more snow beautiful people!
Well, although we had one really faboo meeting at Pho Viet, in general, people are voting like Democrats (in other words, not). So we'll probably be moving on very shortly, like next week unless folks come out in droves, or in more than twos. It's certainly a neat place, though, and the folks there are extremely nice. If you haven't been lately, go.

Meanwhile, I hear there's a Bernie event this (Monday) evening at 8 at Delaney's, just FYI. And Der Donald is coming more or less to town Wednesday (to Lexington). If anyone is planning to go, whether to protest or just out of curiosity, please reply to that effect to this email. One of us is thinking of going.

So come on down to Pho Viet on Devine for possibly the very last time and you can hold my little hand while I steel myself finally to join Obamacare or otherwise get insurance. And we can make fun of Trump and Palin and the rest. Seen Rubio's new ad? Toughest-talking ventriloquist's dummy since Charlie McCarthy got into Bergen's booze cabinet! See ya!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, January 26, 7:15ish
Where: Pho Viet, 2011 Devine St., Columbia

Drinking Liberally, Pho Viet, Five Points, Tuesday

Hello bundled up beautiful people
Come on down to Pho Viet Tuesday seven-and-a-quarter-ish for good times, laughter, Lucky or Laughing or some kind of Buddha or another and discussion of very serious and weighty issues such as Bernie's mystery lapel pin, who is botoxed and who should be, who was the best Doctor Who, why Martin O'Malley hired Rick Perry to teach him to count to three and other stuff like that and we've finally got true pho weather. Be there!
PS: Does that make us liberal bundlers?
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, January 19, 7:15ish
Where: Pho Viet, 2011 Devine St., Columbia

Drinking Liberally, Pho pho pho!

Hello beautiful people,
Parking is again impossible at Uncle Maddio's, so we return to Pho Viet with bells on, or anyway with our noodles. You should come; the weather is most appropriate for soup. And we always have fun, good food, and Laughing Buddha.

In the weird ads department, Berners and Hillaristas should probably be listening to WFMV (95.3, gospel radio) where you'll hear Ben Carson ads telling all who love the Lord to vote for him (in this case Ben Carson, not the Lord) in the February 20th primary. I believe the Democratic primary is 2/27 (correct me if I'm wrong). I think I'm starting to see the outlines of a plan. Come out Tuesday and we can most certainly talk about it.

I've probably mentioned it before, but I just wanted to run by folks the idea of maybe moving DL to Thursdays and across one or more rivers to 2 Gingers for Dosa night. They have a short but OK beer and wine list. I will definitely go around some Thursday (probably this one) to make sure that they have room for us. I mean DOSAS, people! How can we not? Seriously, what are thoughts? I think it could be mega groovy myself.

So come out to Pho Viet in Five Points and hoist a Lucky Buddha or spoon of noodle soup to Bowie, to Lemmy, or just to keep your elbow in hoisting practice. Come on!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, January 12, 7:15ish
Where: Pho Viet, 2011 Devine St., Columbia

On the 12th day of Christmas... Pizza Liberally, Uncle Maddio's

Hey folks, come down to Uncle Maddio's one last time (at least until summer). Last week was big fun; this week should be even funner. Funnerer even! I've got toys, a hound dog guitar (you heard me) which anyone with a toddler in their life can take away, and a new quad copter which I will demonstrate at the least ghost of a hint of a suggestion of a request. It is even possible that there will be Twelth Day of Christmas crackers. Who knows?

If I may be less silly for just a moment, has anyone else seen the latest crop of TV ads from Jeb's PAC. They've given up on trying to make a mealy-mouthed moron appear to be some kind of leader (Slogan: vote for him because he's kind of tall and wears glasses) and have gone into full-out attack mode against... Rubio. Rubio? Is he still running? I guess Jeb can't stand being in last place in the Guys Ostensibly From Florida primary. Personally, I think my enemy's enemy is still a db, but hey, bringing down Rubio is also an idea that I can get behind. Can't wait for Rubio's PAC to retaliate!

There! That's done! Come on down to Uncle Maddio's while there's still parking. And if I'm reminded often, I might even wear my new Eeyore shirt. You can't miss that!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, January 5, 7:15ish
Where: Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, 601 Main St.

On the 12th day of Christmas... Pizza Liberally, Uncle Maddio's

Hey folks, come down to Uncle Maddio's one last time (at least until summer). Last week was big fun; this week should be even funner. Funnerer even! I've got toys, a hound dog guitar (you heard me) which anyone with a toddler in their life can take away, and a new quad copter which I will demonstrate at the least ghost of a hint of a suggestion of a request. It is even possible that there will be Twelth Day of Christmas crackers. Who knows?

If I may be less silly for just a moment, has anyone else seen the latest crop of TV ads from Jeb's PAC. They've given up on trying to make a mealy-mouthed moron appear to be some kind of leader (Slogan: vote for him because he's kind of tall and wears glasses) and have gone into full-out attack mode against... Rubio. Rubio? Is he still running? I guess Jeb can't stand being in last place in the Guys Ostensibly From Florida primary. Personally, I think my enemy's enemy is still a db, but hey, bringing down Rubio is also an idea that I can get behind. Can't wait for Rubio's PAC to retaliate!

There! That's done! Come on down to Uncle Maddio's while there's still parking. And if I'm reminded often, I might even wear my new Eeyore shirt. You can't miss that!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, January 5, 7:15ish
Where: Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, 601 Main St.

Drinking Liberally, Uncle Maddio's (Really this time!)

All apologies for last week. I thought I knew the holiday drill at Uncle Maddio's from last year (when my siblings and I practically lived there between visits with Dad at the ICU) but I guess I wasn't paying the best attention to opening dates then. Anyway, they were closed last Tuesday and I should have checked first and I apologize. But this time, for sure!

Come on down to Eating Pizza Liberally (they also have beer and cider and a universal coke machine) and we'll discuss Der Donald, Ted eh, the Bern, the Hil or if you give me half a chance, Dr. Who reruns on Retro TV. Come on!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, December 29, 7:15ish
Where: Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, 601 Main St. There's parking in the Adesso garage, entrance on Main, or on the street.

Drinking Liberally solstice pizza, Uncle Maddio's

Hey cats!
The students are gone! You know what that means! There's parking at Uncle Maddio's for the next week or so! Yeah!

Thus, come out to Uncle Maddio's, on Main just off Blossom, on the shortest day of the year and we can celebrate sunreturn with something round and hot! By all accounts tastier than the sun, too! We can talk about the DNC data breach, the debates, Steve Harvey, or whatever comes to mind. Come on!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, December 22, 7:15ish
Where: Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, 601 Main St.

Drinking Liberally, Pho Viet Five Points, December 15

How y'all?
Meeting last week was exceptionally fabulous. Common sense would say that it's too warm right now for another Drinking Soup Liberally meeting, but hey, how can one move away when the last meeting was exceptionally fabulous? So let's try Pho Viet on Devine again and see how we do. It's fun!

If you're hurting for a t-shirt depicting the portrait Ben Carson has in his home of himself with Jesus (or Billy Ocean and Billy Dee Williams, we weren't really sure), they are available online. It isn't the most difficult Google search, but if you want a link, just holler and I'll send one along.

Another week of Trump craziness; another week of rising in the polls. Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public. Come out Tuesday and talk about it, won't you?
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, December 15, 7:15ish
Where: Pho Viet, 2011 Devine St., Columbia