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Submitted by John Dantzler on Mon, 12/09/2013 - 2:27pm.
Wellie wellie well, my droogs,
We were glad to meet and I was glad to remeet Sara Damewood. If any of you want to help out her efforts to move immigration reform forward (towards the goal of the DREAM Act), reply to this email and I'll put you and her in contact. If we can ever find a quiet enough meeting place, I'll probably ask her to give us a presentation on the immigration situation.
For those who asked, Dad did get his pacemaker. He's still a bit stressed out from the hospital stay, but should be better on balance, or at least will be soon. Thanks for your good wishes and especially for specific reassurances from Claire and Debbie. Helped a lot!
So come on down to the Publick House for Drinking Liberally Tuesday! A merry time is guaranteed for all!
Submitted by John Dantzler on Sat, 12/07/2013 - 10:53am.
Our regular venue, Hair of the Dog Tavern, lost its liquor license. This should be a temporary situation, hopefully to be resolved soon, but it's been two weeks now. Thus, in order not to confuse folks surfing in, I've changed our venue to the Publick House right next door. I'll change it back when HotD reopens, or if that doesn't happen, I'll make further efforts to talk to Publick House staff about making the move official. (Earlier this year when I wanted to meet there, I could never get any response from management.) Anyway, this didn't seem to merit putting out an extra email, but I just wanted to clarify, again mainly for folks who might be surfing in.
Submitted by John Dantzler on Mon, 12/02/2013 - 4:54pm.
Hello wonderful ones:
As of this writing, I haven't heard anything about Hair of the Dog getting their liquor license back. Jak said it's just a matter of paperwork and time. I guess it'll be a little more time. But the Publick House has gotten over the idea that their back room (where we met for years) should be reserved only for groups who would pay for it in advance. (Or at least they didn't throw us out when we sat down there, and were very cordial.) So for this week at least, we'll be back at the Publick House. So if you've been missing it, come on down!
I hope this came out in English and everything. Dad is getting his pacemaker Wednesday morning. If anyone has experience or knowledge of this procedure and can provide reassurance that it's easy, quick and straightforward, now would be a good time to say so. I started feeling a lot better about it when Dad said he was having one "inserted," which sounds a LOT gentler than the kind of surgery that I had been envisioning. Anyway, I'm likely to be in the mood for a MAJOR celebration any time after Wednesday, after it all turns out to be easy and painless. Stand by.
In the meantime, I hope very much to see you Tuesday evening at the Publick House. Call it Throwback Tuesday!
Submitted by John Dantzler on Tue, 11/26/2013 - 2:18pm.
Hi beautiful people:
Submitted by John Dantzler on Mon, 11/25/2013 - 3:06pm.
This is it! This is the night! Drinking Liberally AND Irish music at Hair of the Dog, this time Trivia free! (I can't guarantee it will be lower-case trivia free; after all I'M going to be there!:)) Be there! Do not miss it! Hell, pretend you don't know us, I don't care, come down anyway. The Irish musicians are awesome and deserve an audience, and you'll enjoy the heck out of it. Bring your well-behaved and/or accordion-playing dog. (Everybody knows cats play fiddle, but Zak didn't invite them. Smart man!) Really, seriously, for real: don't miss it!
As another big plus, as I've mentioned, the Irish musicians are actually quieter than the recorded music that usually plays, so if you want to come and discuss Columbia's strong mayor vote coming up in a week, that would also be a good idea. AND you'll have terrific incidental music to inspire your thinking.
Meanwhile, single payer has come to Vermont. The revolution had to start somewhere. Congratulations Green Mountain State! (It's a birthday gesture for you, Keith!)
They've rearranged the tables a bit at HotD, but since the Irish musicians like the low tables, we'll probably be at one or more of the high tables. Hopefully, there are enough of us to spill over to the bar. Also I'll probably bring kickbutt cookies again. Also, did I mention there's Irish music? Come on down!
Dad Monday doctor's appointments and concomitant early emailings are coming so frequently that I won't mention it anymore. If you get an early email, just assume that that's the reason. This one is actually a little... worrying. We go to the cardiologist to see if Dad needs a pacemaker. Your warm wishes are most welcome. (And ANOTHER reason to come out to DL Tuesday is hopefully to hear some good news!)
Submitted by John Dantzler on Mon, 11/18/2013 - 2:44pm.
I had this brilliant idea last week, unfortunately only AFTER I'd sent the weekly email. Hair of the Dog has a wonderful poster on the wall of Bob Dylan in Ray-Bans blowing on a harp. I decided we should have a Chillin' Like Dylan contest, which I did announce on the Cola. DL Facebook page. (See? Finally a reason to join!) Only Fran and I participated so she won the first round. But la partie continue! Bring your shades (or you can borrow mine) and bring your harmonica (or you can borrow my Dollar Tree one), come down Tuesday and show how you're chillin' like Dylan!
AND there's ANOTHER election coming up. Columbians on December 3 decide if they want to change to a Strong Mayor system. I'm out to lunch on this and can't vote either (living in Olympia) but I'd love to discuss it. If you have a strong opinion or if you've been reading up, please come down this week or next to talk about it. Regardless, please read up and vote, (Columbians)!
Congratulations and thanks to the legislatures and governors of Illinois and Hawai'i for choosing sanity and legalizing same-sex marriage. Mazel tov!
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy. R.I.P. JFK.
More cheerfully, the newest DL chapter is Aiken, SC! Welcome!
I may also bring the You Will Name Your Children After Me, If Necessary Retroactively cookies Tuesday, so you won't want to miss that. Come on down for Drinking Liberally and Chillin' Like Dylan. The contest is just for fun, though if anybody wants a prize, I'll definitely stand for drinks. Hope to see you!
This one, too, is early yet again due to a medical appointment for my Dad (cardiologist this time), again hopefully minor.
Submitted by John Dantzler on Mon, 11/11/2013 - 12:32pm.
Hello beautiful people,
Secondly, today is Veterans Day. Columbia DL salutes and thanks all veterans, including especially our own. Thanks!
Other exciting stuff this week: our friend Bradley and P.O.V. Cineclub (which he curates) present Johnny Guitar this Thursday evening. $5. 7 pm. Should be great!
One thing I keep meaning to mention is another great thing about Hair of the Dog Tavern, which is that dogs are welcome. Not to go out on a limb, I'll quote Jak, our host: "I'm cool with people bringing dogs as long as they are somewhat well trained. I don't want twenty dogs running around but a few is fine. We also have the outside seating where anything goes." So even if you can't make DL, remember you can bring your dog to Hair of the Dog. I even remember one night when there was a particularly cute one on the bar!
By the way, next Irish music is two weeks hence, 11/26. Heads up!
So, how are people feeling about the election results? More optimistic? Less optimistic? About the same? Has the Teabag tide peaked, or has it just stalled? Come on down to Hair of the Well-Behaved Dog and tell us all about it! I'll try to keep my pottymouth tendencies to a minimum, just for a change. Hope to see you!
PS: This is being sent early yet again due to another Dad medical appointment (again hopefully minor). All apologies for any inconvenience.
Submitted by John Dantzler on Mon, 11/04/2013 - 4:55pm.
That is, in the sense of the famous Petigru quote from the Civil War era that goes like, "Poor South Carolina. Too small to be a republic, too large to be a lunatic asylum." It's still an open question which we're trying to be. A participant in our friend Jim Byrum's Monday Lunch Group passed along, and I'll pass along in turn, that there will be a hearing Wednesday on a bill to bring back the Nullification Crisis, since it went so well in 1832. That hearing will be from 10 to noon in meeting room 209G of the Gressette Building, which Google feels is at 1101 Assembly St. and everyone else feels is at 1101 Pendleton St. It's a hearing of a Senate Select Committee on the SC House's earlier bill to nullify Obamacare, a bill called without irony the Freedom of Healthcare Protection Act. I HOPE it's just a publicity stunt, but anyone wanting to go to provide a voice of reason would probably be doing a good turn.
Speaking of lunacy, I just realized that I've been doing this for TWO YEARS! What the hell was I thinking? Obviously I'm living in the right state! If you want to celebrate this fact, or just take pictures of me to show your children what not to grow up to be, come out to Hair of the Dog Tuesday night any time at or around the 7 o'clock hour.
'Cause we stayin'! My conversation last week with Jak, the owner of the tavern and a great guy, had more effect than I thought. He moved trivia night to Wednesday. This means that Irish music night went brilliantly, as did our concurrent meeting. And now I can really say DON'T miss Irish music next time! It's a blast, but a quiet one, so conversation is still possible, in fact easy. And this is of course also true when there isn't Irish music.
So come down and see us. My cookies have reached a new level of transcendence even though, swear to Julia Child, they have ch-ch-ch-chia seeds in them. You can celebrate my 2d anniversary as host, or better still ignore it completely. You can enjoy lively conversation and enlivening food and beverages. And you can solve all the problems of the world, 'cause dang it, that's just what we do. And you'll want to gear up for that next Nullification Crisis. Hope to see you!
Submitted by John Dantzler on Mon, 10/28/2013 - 3:51pm.
I think I succeeded in conveying that this wouldn't be such a good idea and that we find the Irish music delightful and that it doesn't at all interfere with our meetings, but that the trivia was going to drive us out unless the quizmaster learns to turn her volume down. He promised he'd get in touch by the end of Sunday with a solution and then... just didn't. He did suggest that he might move trivia to another night, which would be good. So I'm hoping for the best. But obviously I can't make any promises.
I can promise you that IF there's Irish music and IF there is not trivia, you will enjoy the living heck out of the former. Of course, if there's both you might get to see a live-action presentation of Clue: the bodhran player, in the tavern, with the uilleann pipes. So there's that!
Wildly off topic, but has anyone else noticed a number of yard signs where the candidate forgot to mention what they're running for? One turned out to be an at-large seat for Columbia City Council, another for West Columbia City Council. I still don't know what Tem Miles is running for but I may have to move across the river really fast to vote for him or her just because I like the name. (Turns out to be a write-in candidate for West Columbia City Council. So it's completely unimportant to include the office on the yard sign!) (And no, I'm not endorsing anybody; just honestly puzzled.)
So come one, come all to what hopefully will be a brilliant sampling of Irish music. Come out regardless. Worst case scenario? We win the trivia contest. Last week we knew all the answers. Also, we're really nice. Come on down!
Submitted by John Dantzler on Mon, 10/21/2013 - 3:03pm.
Hello beautiful people,
I was thrilled that Bernie Sanders came to town, and awed that it was standing room only, but completely forgot to go because of my Dad's procedure (which went well, by the way). So attendees, please come out Tuesday and give us (or at least me) a full report. I hear Bernie is on the Budget Committee now. Yes!
If you're free at 5ish Tuesday, our pal Fred (Frederick Ingram, or Fridrix) is playing the Day of Elegance at Whole Foods from 5-7. Yes it's true; they're letting him inside! (Also there are free samples.)
Also our friends Ghost Dogs, featuring our own Bruce Clark are playing the Hallowe'en party at... Hair of the Dog (do I need to give directions?) on Friday the 25th at 9. No cover that I know of, though you may want to wear a costume.
So come on down to Hair of the Dog Tuesday! Look for us at the end of the bar, towards the back. I'm the guy in the red flannel shirt and the DL button. Though there might be a sweater over the former. We'll be discussing the end of the shutdown, the possible collapse of the GOP and the BNT (Bad New Tea), and probably win the trivia contest, too. Be there!
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