Drinking Liberally Columbia Chapter Blog

DL: New Bangkok, May 26

Hi happy hooligans,
It's that time again, time to celebrate a very important birthday. I speak of course of Ms. Stevie Nicks. Coincidentally, however, it's also my birthday, and as it's a biennial tradition, IT'S MY PARTY AND I'LL EAT THAI IF I WANT TO. Please come out to New Bangkok to celebrate May birthdays, including mine, Tuesday at the ever-popular 7:15ish. They don't seem to have a liquor license, so this is Drinking Liberally in quotes, but we'll still have a good time.

Remember: this is New Bangkok. Old Bangkok moved across the street into a new restaurant and then the cook from the old restaurant opened up New Bangkok in the old location. If this is confusing, just go to the one on the right as you're headed to Sumter; it's in the same strip mall as Ollie's Discount. It's delightful (as is Ollie's, come to think of it).

Also Tuesday, Bernie Sanders is officially kicking off his campaign. This is at 5 in Burlington VT; one assumes that MSNBC at least would cover it. You might want to give a look in, and eat some Ben & Jerry's in solidarity.

Meanwhile Huck Mikeabee has found that running for president for fun and profit doesn't go so well when you start defending child molesters. So yeah, we may have some things to talk about at DL.

Come on down, wish me a happy birthday (and hopefully Jim a happy belated one) eat Thai and we'll all have a real good time!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, May 26, 7:15ish
Where: New Bangkok, 7509H Garners Ferry Rd.

DL: MORE pizza (Maddio's)

Cool cats,
Come see us Tuesday evening at 7:15ish at Uncle Maddio's. It'll be a blast!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, May 5, 7:15ish
Where: Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, 601 Main St.

DL: An outing! An outing! Conquest Brewery, May 12

Hey kids!
Our pals Sunshine Delusions, all of whom connected in some way to DL, will be both playing and hosting an open mic at Conquest Brewery starting at 7FRT (folk-rock time) Tuesday. KC Hotdogs' truck will be there as well for a full service evening. You should go!

Bradley 'n' 'em (PoV Cineclub) will be showing Repo Man at Tapp's Thursday at 7. (CDT. Way to go, Facebook!) $5. https://www.facebook.com/events/954380261281460/

I don't know how meeting-like the Conquest outing can be, never having been there myself. (It's a brewery. I'm celiac. Do the math.:)) If you're interested in making fun of Santorum and Huckabee-- I mean, talking about politics, you could also drop by Uncle Maddio's, where I'll be having pizza and chatting with anybody who turns up, also 7ish. Mind you, I also intend to turn up at Conquest later. Hope to see you at one, another, or hopefully both!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, May 12, 7ish
Where: Conquest Brewery, 947 S. Stadium Rd. (Take George Rogers Blvd. (formerly Stadium Rd.) and keep going, basically.)

DL: Moving is nice! Uncle Maddio's, May 5

Hello lovely people:
As the semester is nearly over at USC, I thought we might try a few weeks at Uncle Maddio's (on Main just off Blossom). It's a fun place with pizza I can actually eat and this is the time of year when parking is even possible. So with every bit of love in the world for the Publick House, let's try this for a bit. They have beer, too, not to mention one of those magic Coke machines that will give you anything you want. Come on down! Bring the family! Heck, bring Bernie, Ben and Carly!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, May 5, 7:15ish
Where: Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, 601 Main St.

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