Drinking Liberally Columbia Chapter Blog

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

DL: Say goodbye to summer!

Hi kids,
My life is still up in the air as Dad gets ready to move back to a nursing home for what we hope will be a short rehab stint. But I can make time for DL, and I hope you can, too. (You'll have to bring your own brownies, though.:))

In the "cheer up!" department, our friends at Point of View film series are bringing us The Marx Brothers' "A Night At The Opera" (sorry, no "Bohemian Rhapsody") this Thursday at 7 at Tapp's. Admission is $5. Don't miss it! https://www.facebook.com/events/796921410364653/ If somehow you've gotten through life without seeing it, you should copy and paste the following: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZvugebaT6Q

So come on down to the Publick House and chat and visit and drink liberally. Last chance before the equinox!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, September 23, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL: Greetings from Olympia

First, Dad's still in the hospital, but he's fine. They suspect gallstones but haven't told us anything about any treatment plan, kind of odd after a week. But the important thing is he's OK.

Y'all are still going to have to wait for my brilliant, well-thought-out essay, since I'm more than a little off my game. However, what I would have said last week if not sidetracked by erupting crisis, without turning my back on the non-partisanship that is our watchword, is that it's kind of depressing walking down Olympia Avenue on football Saturdays and seeing only signs for Republican candidates crowding the median. It isn't partisan to decry living in a one-party state. This week, however, there was a mixture of Sheheen signs in there. You know that thunder that delayed the game? You know how the Weather Channel now names every kind of weather system imaginable? Maybe they should call it Thunderstorm Lee Atwater, because strangely, it only seemed to pull up Sheheen signs. Maybe we need some non-partisan weather.

I'll be at the Publick House from 7 or so Tuesday and I hope that you will be, too. We can talk Nate Silver, we can talk football, we can talk about the weather, we can talk about anything at all. Come on down!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, September 16, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL: Forgive brevity

Dad's in the hospital. I don't think it's anything serious. They're still running tests at this hour. So I have to get back, and can't write the brilliant essay that I had planned. (Darn it!)

His situation shouldn't interfere with DL tomorrow, but if I for some reason can't make it, I know y'all will carry on somehow. Probably be the biggest turnout in history. Yes, let's do it! See you Tuesday evening!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, September 9, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL: Rest from your labors with DL!

I'm sure I'm not the only one here who wishes he'd blown off any attempt to follow the Gamecocks game in favor of going to see Bernie. Ouch. Owie. Sorry Clemson's game didn't go any better. On the bright side, things have to improve, right? And those who did go see Bernie can come to DL and tell us all about it! AND meet possible TV star Jim! (He was in a shoot for a Sheheen commercial, but his part was non-speaking so he doesn't know if he made the cut.)

Hope everyone is passing an enjoyable Labor Day, and I hope to see you Tuesday at the Publick House. Come on down!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, September 2, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL: Lucky thing nothing else is happening Thursday at 7!

Wondrous folk:
Yes, Bernie Sanders is coming back to town. Yes, this is an excellent thing. But can I say as John only and emphatically not as Drinking Liberally Columbia that somebody didn't exactly think through having his town meeting coincide with the national college football opener? Ah hell, I'm just grumpy because I live in Olympia and going to the meeting would mean not being able to come home until midnight or so. Anyway, it's at the Lourie Center (aka the Senior Center) by Maxcy Gregg Park, Thursday at 7. Maybe they'll have a 60-foot Bernie to compete with Spurrier. This link says that tickets are available suggesting that you might need to procure one to go: https://www.facebook.com/events/1448317932122787/

I haven't seen or heard further from Aaron, so I guess the Black Market Whiskey Bar and Meatball Shoppe (thanks for looking it up, Joe!) won't be up and running in August. But soon I'm sure! Look out for it!

Kindly come see us Tuesday for another round of Eating Brownies Liberally. Come early, eat often. Hope to see you!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, August 26, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL: The return of Eating Brownies Liberally

The situation in both the nation and the world are not such that it's very easy to do humor this week; I don't think I'll try. I will endeavor to be more entertaining in person, and in next week's email.

Our friend Bradley and Point of View Cineclub are offering a special presentation this week, "Only Lovers Left Alive." Jim Jarmusch and vampires! How did that take this long? This time out, it's Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7 each evening and $7 each evening. Vampires in Detroit; rumors that rejected titles included The Iggy Pop Story are only that.

I heard discouraging words about the chocolate chip pecanaroons, odd since they were almost exactly like inside-out Mounds bars. So we'll revert to brownies Tuesday evening. Hope you can make it.
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, August 19, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207