I had a date the other night. It was pretty great. He was tall, handsome, funny and interesting. I’d like to see him again.
Natasha and I spent yesterday afternoon doing Bloody Mary research. We started at Vasac’s aka Horseshoe Bar. They were $11, a bit too spicy and came with celery, lemon, lime and a pickle slice. We had to tolerate a dozen different football games on a dozen different flat-screen TVs and a bar full of people there to watch the sports ball. Next was Manitoba’s, where the price was $11 again. I think the bartender forgot to add the hot sauce because they were a little bland. She put a bit of Clamato in and I almost fell off my barstool. What if I hadn’t been paying attention and had a shellfish allergy? Anaphylactic shock alert! It was too thin; I prefer my bloodies to be more substantial. But she was very accommodating and gave us the ingredients to add “to taste,” including celery. The only garnish was a lemon wedge. (“This ain’t the Ritz,” she said. True enough!) Two pretty normal-sized TVs were showing the Jets vs Giants game and only one dude seemed actually interested in watching. From there we stumbled downtown to Mama’s, where there was a huge pull-down screen showing the Jets/Giants game. The price there was $8 and the drinks were delicious: thicker, spicy but not too spicy and garnished with celery, lemon and lime. Last we bumbled to Double Down. Natasha is a fan of the bacon vodka but I prefer the regular. Jenn served up our drinks at $11 each but it was happy hour so we got a second one free. By then we’d had enough bloodies and opted for beers. And need I say that there was no sports ball on in the bar? Take away: You can charge $11-$12 for a Bloody Mary on Avenue B! Asking the bartenders, and googling the drink, one should not order one after the sun goes down. And four of them — even spaced out over a couple of hours — is too many! Urp. I was passed out by 8pm!
Oh. And one last “negative” post about OKCupid. I think it may be time to quit online dating. It’s been five years and I haven’t had much success. Instead of wasting time making fun of those guys I need to channel my energy into the new business. Which sorta ties in with this weird exchange. It’s a long one but I want to know: Is this guy some sort of schizophrenic? (Scroll all the way to the bottom for the weirdest part of it all…’cause most of it is pretty dull. Just odd and dull. I don’t know why I kept trying to “salvage” the conversation. Sigh.)
Just a wild guess , American Trash no not my opinion of you silly, where the first photo of you behind the bar was taken
Nope. Double Down.
LOL was I close ?
That and in regards to atmosphere
I applaud your self confidence as well as your sense of humor
3 of the utmost of admirable traits
I think I’ve only been to American Trash once. But if dive bar is the atmosphere, then yes!
Hey , don’t ever knock dive bars to me
They are as American ( really they began in England) as Apple pie
I lived in CBGBs
And now? Baldwin? [He lives in Baldwin, NY.]
Line,Rosalind , Bonds
LOL now your knocking
So you are in Alphabet City
“Shut up and drink ” LOL
Not knocking anyplace. Just wondering.
That was joke , your a New Yorker and a bar keep I am sure you did not think I was serious
I am John
it’s my pleasure to type to you
Oh, sorry. It is difficult to discern humor via email…
And not a barkeep quite yet.
It’s my next career.
Please tell me you are not currently at work
OK I hope I am not interrupting you ??
Only sorta. I’m at a friend’s.
Fuck me , Please forgive me
Go pretend to be enthralled with their presence
LOL “If your in the crown tonight, have a drink on me, Go easy , step lightly , and stay free” !!!!
Talk to you later
Uh, okay! Lemme know if you’d like to meet for a drink!
Meet , I full expect you to buy me back at least one
So you are not tending bar at Double Down , where would one find you ?
I’m buying my own bar. I can let you know when that happens. But if you’d like to meet sooner, we can pick a place!
Wait , are you seriously contemplating investing your life in a bar ?
I have bar owning in my DNA going back 6 generations
Yes. It will be by New Year’s Day.
What? Really? Wow!
OK the first thing I will tell you, in hopes you at the very least consider my suggestions, and to earn your trust
I can promise you that no one in your family or anyone very close to you has ever own their own business , least of all a bar in Manhattan
If you’re gonna try and talk me out of it, please don’t.
You’re right. No one in my family has ever owned a bar business.
OK If you just look at what you just sent me !!! You need to immediately I mean from this second on , change everything you have ever thought or know. My first example of this is how you reacted to what I said to you. Your mind was made up that I was going to attempt to talk you out of it, which in fact IS THE DIRECT OPPOSITE OF WHAT I WAS GOING TO DO
Oh.Ok. Can we meet in person and talk? Cause this is really not the best way to communicate.
I honestly prefer to talk here first, because I have a very long list of those I have helped and continue to help and to be honest my time is limited I very much would love nothing more than for you to not only obtain your bar but to see you prosper
Well, thank you. I’m pretty far along in the process. And bar or no bar, if you aren’t interested in meeting, mum, why bother? I know a lot of people who own bars and have been interviewing them for years… Not to be rude or dismissive but, again, this is an imperfect mode of communication. Especially with a stranger. No nuance. Happy to speak on the phone (which I’m usually reluctant to do prior to meeting) if you’d like. Just not right this minute.
I said earlier , I fully expected to meet. Did you not get my message ? That aside , I am sure you are well past the due diligence stage, you have received all the documents in regards to any liens and back taxes, you have formed a LLC and you have the Liquor Authority’s assurance as to the prior business establishment’s owner and his outstanding bills
And yes, I saw that you did want to meet. And I think this conversation would be easier (and not while I’m with friends) when we meet in person.
If you admit that you saw that I wanted to meet you , which you just did, why would you say this ? And bar or no bar, if you aren’t interested in meeting, mum, why bother? I am curious why you would completely contradict yourself in what you obviously see is from my point of view , perplexing at the very least ?
I’m sorry. I’m watching a movie AND talking with my friends. Which is why I suggested we talk at another time.
You said your time is limited. I took that as a brush off.
Anyway, another time?
Hey John! When would you like to meet up? I’m free on Thursday.
So? Did you lose interest? No worries, if so. Just wanted to hear your bar advice. Going to see the space I’ve pretty much decided on tonight. Wheeeeee!
Let me know how it goes !
Best of luck to you
Thank you for the polite brush off. Best of luck to you as well.
LOL WOW , I am never wrong when I want to be, and this is one of the times I want so badly to be wrong
You have an enormous amount of baggage , far too much to carry if you intend to start , run and expand a profitable business
What baggage? How do you know? We’ve never even met. Or spoken. Wow. Nice job ruling me out without even a conversation.
LOL You just proved my point !!! I never at any time ruled you out
I don’t need anything more than a photo of your face to know you
You said I have too much baggage to run a business. I took that to mean “ruled me out” as a successful business. And saying you only need a photo of my face to know me is the most ludicrous thing I’ve ever heard.
You can stop email me now. Because I’m blocking you.