Drinking Liberally Columbia Chapter Blog

DL: Pho Viet (5 Points), August 25

Hello beautiful people,
Of course, I always want to have the entire human race to come to DL, or as near as possible. However, anyone going to the hearing at DHEC (which does not stand for Drinking Hugely Enormously & Copiously, but should) Tuesday evening at 6:30 definitely gets an excused absence. It pertains to sewer discharge into the Lower Saluda, which unless they've moved it again is the part between Lake Murray and the Congaree (i.e., Columbia). So unless you look forward to the Pooperee Vista, you may want to turn up. It's at the DHEC Auditorium at 2600 Bull St. You may also email them your concerns at info@dhec.sc.gov.

All not attending that meeting should turn up at Pho Viet for Slurping Liberally. Those who went to a Bernie rally or rallies are particularly welcome to come along and talk about it. Brownies likely will be available free to a good home. Come on!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, August 25, 7:15ish
Where: Pho Viet, 2011 Devine St.

DL: Pho Viet (5 Points), August 18

Hello great ones,
Yes I'm still here. I stopped around at the Young Democrats' weekly happy hour at Delaney's (Wednesdays, 5:30) last week. Assuming that you're unlike me and can pass for young, you should definitely go! They're really great and get a wonderful turnout. It's allllll the way in the back (I thought for a minute that it was a prank and I was going to wind up in the parking lot, but no!) and they are very nice. They were appropriately apologetic about using the Drinking Liberally name (which they most certainly could, but not and be affiliated with a political party) and unfortunately were not interested in taking over for me as host.

So I'm still here. But I feel a lot better about it. Oddly, I think what most makes me want to stop being host is what a pain breathing any life in the Facebook page is. This is fully a reflection on Facebook, but if you can drop around and Like the Columbia SC DL Facebook page (or if you have already, unlike it and like it again), that might help. It's a pain to all concerned that I have to tag everybody individually for anyone to see my posts there at all. I am, as ever, open to suggestions.

Pho Viet is a delightful venue, but like Los Bellos Portales has no liquor, only beer and wine. So we probably ought to think about a more barry spot. I keep thinking about trying Thirsty Fellow again. Your thoughts, again, are welcome.

Regardless, come out Tuesday to Pho Viet. Maybe we'll have some YDs along!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, August 18, 7:15ish
Where: Pho Viet, 2011 Devine St.

DL: Pho Viet (5 Points), August 11, and a new beginning?

Hello wonderful people,
We'll have to see how things go, but this could well be the last meeting where I am the host. I can see a scenario that works out simply and well for all concerned involving a quick handoff to a new hosting situation. Details of course will be available when and if that happens.

So if you want to renew old acquaintanceships, or if you haven't met me and want to make a new one, this would be the time to do it. Plus there might be banana muffins. Also the pho is really boss. Also we can make fun of Donald Trump. Come on!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, August 11, 7:15ish
Where: Pho Viet, 2011 Devine St.

DL: Uncle Maddio's, August 4

Hello beautiful people
Let's start with (hopefully) fun stuff. The Clown Car Collision, ie first Republican debate, is this coming Thursday. Did I say debate? It's debates! However, the one with Trump in it is the prime time headline grabber. Our friends with Richland County Young Democrats are having a get together and viewing party at Delaney's (the pub, not the speakeasy) in Five Points, starting at 8. (Debate starts at 9.) Link to the Facebook event follows:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1454185701557477/
The B team candidates debate at 5. If anybody wants to put together a get together for that, holler and I'll spread word via the Facebook page. All you need is cable and a willingness to switch on Fox News. (Yeah, I know.)

As to less fun stuff, I've never hidden that DL under my hostship has never been a success. I think I've banged my head against this particular brick wall for a few years too many already. You all desperately need another, better host. One who isn't celiac would be an immediate improvement, since I can't really order anything at most of the places that would be the best DL venues. We're going to be at Uncle Maddio's this week one more time before the student deluge arrives. You should come; it's really good and big fun. In future, until somebody steps up to be a new host, I will continue sending these emails and being some place specific on Tuesdays at 7:15ish, probably either Pho Viet in Five Points or Good Life Cafe on Main Street. But I think it would be best and more or less beg that I be relieved. Throwing a party that nobody comes to stopped being fun many, many, many long months ago.
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, August 4, 7:15ish
Where: Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, 601 Main St.

DL: Los Bellos Portales, July 28

Hello dear ones,
It sounds like I'm smarting off but for once I'm not really. Can anybody keep up with the Republicans running for president? Kasich? Really? Have all of they announced? They do know that 20 is the upward limit for clowns in a car, right? (Next analogy: Monopoly board.)

I really really really think you should come out to Los Bellos Portales Tuesday because we're really nice, the food's magnificent, there are telenovelas, I may remember to make and bring banana muffins, I might introduce you to Frogula (I am not making that up), you can easily score a lot of CD racks (I switched to shelves) and you'll just dig the heck out of it. The address on the business card is 9313 Two Notch but the address on Google (and the cash register tape) is 108 Columbia Northeast Dr. A. Your phone will bring you; it's quite near the neighborhood (but not the high school) called Spring Valley, in the strip called Fortune Square with Racks and Kiki's Chicken and Waffles. The pernil (roast pork) is to die for. Don't miss it!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, July 28, 7:15ish
Where: Los Bellos Portales, 108 Columbia NE Dr # A (at Fortune Square which is at 9313 Two Notch Rd.)

DL: Los Bellos Portales, July 21

Hello beautiful people,
I'm assured that it isn't my imagination that the pernil at Los Bellos Portales is really, really outstanding. Come out and try it or anything else on the menu. They're also at the Saturday Main St. market, directly in front of the museum store. Empanadas and chicken banana tamales and more! I'll definitely be trying this Saturday.

Thrilled to see that the KKKowards from out of state are gone already and hoping that they don't come back. Tickled that Trump is so intent on destroying his own candidacy that he's attacking McCain for being an ex-POW. Come out and discuss these or other matters, or just to try the pernil. Come on!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, July 21, 7:15ish
Where: Los Bellos Portales, 9313 Two Notch Rd.

DL: Los Bellos Portales, July 14

Bon. Allons-y!
On espère que vous avez un agréable 14 juillet. If you aren't fluent in French, I just said, "The waffles are on the pétanque court. Zippy!" If I've used that joke before, well now I've used it again.

I was pleasantly surprised how quickly the General Assembly brought down the flag. I would be more inclined to award points had they done so without a state senator and eight of his churchgoers being murdered. However, they did the right thing for a change, and Nikki Haley showed leadership instead of vetoship for a change, and all are to be saluted. Now to tell the cowards (or if you prefer, KKKowards) in sheets to go home.

Of course we should have our Bastille Day meeting at a French restaurant, but the town isn't exactly overflowing with them, and particularly not French bars or cafes. Los Bellos Portales is almost perfectly delightful, however, and you can toast La France with sangria. Their pernil (roast pork) may be the best thing you ever try. You should come try it. Hope to see you Tuesday!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, July 14, 7:15ish
Where: Los Bellos Portales, 9313 Two Notch Rd.

DL: Nor'Easter still, Los Bellos Portales, July 7

Hi cats!
Pho Viet was delightful last week, but slightly too noisy. Only Joe and I made it out. That in itself wasn't a problem, but even with only two of us, we couldn't hear each other well. So with great regret, I pass on the delightful Pho Viet as a DL venue. But I got ANOTHER idea! Let's try Los Bellos Portales! It's mostly a Puerto Rican place although they also have Central American and Mexican offerings. (And beer.) They are in Fortune Square behind the Dunkin' Donuts. The proprietor is nice and the food is excellent. If you go to the Saturday market on Main St., you've seen them there. Come on out!

This, we hope, is the week that the General Assembly finally does the right thing and takes down the battle flag from the State House grounds. Keeping up the pressure is a good thing, though. Here's the Post-Courier's survey of legislators' views on the issue: http://www.postandcourier.com/apps/pbcs.dll/dcce?Site=CP&Date=20150622&Category=StaticPages&Module=15&Class=15&Type=StaticPages&ID=432782
Contacting the Undecideds, No replies and nos would be a worthwhile activity, don't you think? The eyes of the world and of the Klan are upon us. It would be so nice, just this once, to disappoint the latter.
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, July 7, 7:15ish
Where: Los Bellos Portales, 9313 Two Notch Rd.

DL: Let's head northeast

I've heard requests from attendees that we try meeting toward the northeast end of town. So let's try out Pho Viet on Decker Boulevard. It's consistently delightful, friendly, comparatively quiet, and serves beer and wine. Come on out; you'll like it!

I, uh, wish I could say something intelligent about Supreme Court actions of the past week. Grinning like an idiot is the best I can do. Obamacare is here to stay, same sex marriage is legal everywhere except in parts of Texas, Alabama and Kentucky where they're unclear on the meaning of the word "supreme"-- and Scalia led the fight against three strikes you're out laws. Granted, it was for a white supremacist, but still. We can definitely talk about it.

So come see us at Pho Viet Tuesday. (If you don't, I'll move it to a Jamaican place next week.) Come on!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, June 30, 7:15ish
Where: Pho Viet, 2300 Decker Blvd.

DL: Uncle Maddio's, June 23d

Hi,
I have a feeling that more of you were at the rally Saturday than I actually saw. There were certainly a lot of us! I hope we can finally get that flag down. I want to add my sympathy and sorrow on behalf of the club for the loss of Reverend Pinckney and his parishioners. If we can at least get the flag down, that will be something constructive. Another rally is planned for July 4th at the State House. We white people will try to learn "We Shall Overcome" between now and then.

I haven't heard any suggestions about moving to the northeast, so let's do Uncle Maddio's again. I had another northeasty thought, which was the Pho Viet on Decker and a highly northwesty thought, Delhi Palace, where the food is good and the beer is relatively cheap. Holler back if either of these have appeal or if you have any other suggestions or if you just want to holler back. But as for this Tuesday, I so hope to see you at Uncle Maddio's. Come on down!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, June 23, 7:15ish
Where: Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, 601 Main St.