Month: July 2009

Bye to a friend

POSTED BY ON FRI, JUL 24, 2009 AT 10:08 PM

Someone I know died today. He lived in Seattle and had a wonderful family. Last week, he was training on his bike and a delivery truck turned in front of him. According to what I was told, at his speed, it took him through the passenger side window.
Avoiding the medical details between a week ago and today, his ventilator was turned off at noon and he soon passed with family and friends surrounding him.

It brings back that whole bike vs. auto for me. It makes it personal. And when I hear people make blanket statements about renegade bikers, I get a little mad.

But today is not a day to get mad. Today is a day to say goodbye to Jose.

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It pains my heart

POSTED BY ON MON, JUL 20, 2009 AT 11:58 AM

One of the little jobs I do now is bartend at a downtown bar a few nights a week. Summer is often a little slower at some bars so it offers me some time to talk to patrons. Unfortunately, sometimes those conversations are painful.

Take, for instance, one group of young revelers on a particularly slow Sunday night. When the conversation turned to martinis I mentioned how I’m a classic martini kind of guy… just gin and vermouth for me.
One young lady was shocked, SHOCKED, to find out that martinis are made with anything except vodka. She thought that martinis are only made with vodka. I just about had a coronary right there. What are they teaching kids in school these days? While vodka is OK in a martini, it was developed for those who don’t have the nads to drink gin. Suck it up girlie.

Which came first, the gin or vodka martini? If you guessed vodka, then go back to drinking school. Which, is exactly what I’m going to do, host a drinking school. If all goes well, I’ll be posting notices in this blog when and where we’ll be having drinking class. People have forgotten how to drink properly so I’m going to do something about it.

The first one will be at the Bouquet in a few weeks and will cover bourbon. Do you know the difference between neat and straight-up? On the rocks vs. water back? What proof means and how it compares to alcohol percentage? And, how to deal with those pesky cheap whiskeys in plastic bottles. My suggestion is to use as a fire starter when camping.

Blogger’s block

POSTED BY ON FRI, JUL 10, 2009 AT 10:46 PM

One of the hardest things to do is write a column. I know. I’ve tried. I’ve done it semi-successfully over the years. But inevitably, I always peter out. I’m not the long-term columnist type. Eight-hundred or so words, every week, year after year… it gets tiresome. My hat goes off to those that can do it. Bill Cope is one. (Luv ya Bill!)

But a blog is something different. Sure there are those that blog every day. I’m more like the blogger that does so when he feels like it. And tonight, the green fairy is helping me write a little bit. Why tonight? I’m not sure. I’ve been feeling distraught lately. My guilty feelings of not having contributed to the BLINGO thang lately have been building. But also my own personal life has been seeing some turmoil. I’ve always walked that fine line between public and private, what to say in an editor’s note, or not say. I’ve not wanted to bother the general public, or those regular readers who seek out the Bingo voice (those one or two of you) with my banal self-pitying rants. Unfortunately, you’ve been subjected to a few over the years.

I’m thinking that I’ve addressed the spawn stressing me out. Politics has been another. I was injured during an episode where I thought I could train for a marathon… boy, that was a whiny period. I’ve outed myself like many celebrities about my seasonal affected disorder… you get depressed during winter. Yeah, I should have re-read those columns before I considered moving to Alaska.

Anyway… with a blog you can write as long as you want… when you want. I don’t get paid for it, perhaps if I did I would contribute more often.

On the other hand, what is this blog? Is it a diary? Is it a self-promotional tool? (I’m bartending this Saturday night at the Bouquet.) Is is an opportunity to get on my soapbox? Is it an outlet for creative endeavors? I imagine it to be a virtual giant megaphone… letting my voice get heard by those that are opening their ears to such a voice. Whew. Glad I got that off my chest.

5th of July

POSTED BY ON SUN, JUL 5, 2009 AT 5:16 PM

I was thinking that it’s a good thing our founding fathers signed a Declaration in the middle of summer. Otherwise, there’d be some other stupid holiday invented for a reason to gift/camp/drink or eat our ways into oblivion. If some pagan ritual wasn’t readily available to modify, then the greeting card industry would have thought of something. It seems that every month has a holiday, except August. Yes, we’re going into the holiday dry spell.
While Labor day is towards the end of August, technically most folks attribute it to September. It’s also conveniently far enough away for the gunpowder burns to have healed nicely.