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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

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