Drinking Liberally Columbia Chapter Blog

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

DL: Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey kids!

Um. Um. Um. Um.
There's a thing. There's a thing that's going to happen and it's really cool. And and and you know what it is? Aaron? You know Aaron? Aaron Klugh who owns Kraken? Um um um, he's opening a new place. And it's right next to Publick House. Where Hair of the Dog used to be. And and and and it's going to be called The Black Market Whiskey Bar and something something. And he says he's opening this month. An' THEN! We're going to have a meeting there. Or maybe a lot of them. Yaaaaaaaaay!

In the meantime (and in a hopefully more adult voice), there is the Publick House, where the service is nearly always exemplary though the crowds have been odd the last two weeks, ranging from full house two weeks ago to empty last week. Go figure. But we always have a nice time and this time I'll put enough honey in the chocolate-chip pecanaroons, I promise. Come on down!
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, August 12, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL takes a firm stand

Hi.
Things are happening. I'm not talking about the awful things happening in the world, although those are certainly worth discussing and I hope you'll come out Tuesday and do so. I'm just talking about stuff in town. This Thursday is First Thursday and it may be the biggest and most significant ever. We were glad to see Harry Rogers at our meeting last week and he was good enough to let us know about the art exhibit "Hiroshima: Never Forget" and the short film "Witness To Hiroshima" at Tapp's coinciding with First Thursday. And the public is invited to make peace cranes from 5:30 until closing.

Also at First Thursday, Nest (1450 Main St.) is hosting their first USC Press book signing with the very fine Robert C. Clark and Tom Poland signing their book "Reflections of South Carolina" from 6-8:30. https://www.facebook.com/events/319288801581181/
The whole panoply of First Thursday events is found here: http://firstthursdaysonmain.com/press-releases/ Enjoy!

Our pal Ross is having a show at Conundrum Sunday the 10th featuring the Jeff Marquette Quintet from New Orleans and Chicago. It starts at 9 and costs $8. It should be great.

But now let's talk about the worldwide conspiracy. No not THAT worldwide conspiracy. Nor that, that, that, that, or that one. No, I'm talking about clowns. Everybody hates clowns. Every. Body. Parents take their little kids to the circus and say, "Oh honey, look at the funny clowns!" somehow forgetting that they themselves hated and feared clowns when they were little and in fact still hate and fear them today. And yet there are still clowns. No one knows why. The only possible explanation is a worldwide pro-clown conspiracy. And my friends, we must take a firm stand, we must fight them, we must get rid of all these damn clowns. Especially those in Congress, in State Houses and on the Supreme Court.

And you thought it was going to be frivolous. Come down to the Publick House Tuesday and we'll plot our strategy over beers. Or chocolate-chip brownies. Or chocolate-chip macaroons. Or hell, we'll just give in and put our red cherry noses on. Come down anyway!
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, August 5, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL: Weekly corporate report

Fellow shareholders:
At last week's meeting, we figured it all out. Due to recent Supreme Court decisions, the only people in this country with religious freedom now are corporate persons. Therefore, we reasoned, we should all become corporate persons. Thus, you should henceforth address me as Joxxon Corporation. We can sort out our various crazy corporate religious beliefs as we go along. I of course dibs religious injunctions against gluten, dairy, soy and color coordination. (And if there really is a Joxxon Corporation, that's funny too, since I picked it as the stupidest name possible.)

Even if you don't want to come up with a corporate name and religious prejudice, you should come to the meeting this week anyway. Do I have Congressman Clyburn? Do I have Governor Hodges? Well no, but I most likely will have date pecan chocolate chip brownie cookies. Isn't that better? Yeah, I thought so.

So come on down to the Publick House, to that funny room to the left (natch) with the pool table and come see us. I'll again be in the bright red flannel shirt even though for comedy purposes Joxxon Corporation ought to be in a business suit. Maybe I'll add a blue blazer to the ensemble. Whaddayathink?
What: Drinking Liberally stockholders revival meeting
When: Tuesday, July 29, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207