Confucius “Confuse us”
Years ago, this little statue made it into my life through a most unfortunate turn of events. I had befriended three guys while living in New York. The three of them had been very close for years and they had a nice network of guys and girls they hung out with. I was immediately accepted into the group and whammo, all of a sudden my weekends were full with parties, going to bars/clubs and all sorts of activities. They were good chaps and I had never been welcomed so quickly into a group before.
Around the holidays, they ended up exchanging gifts at my apartment in Queens. Confucius was picked up by one of them as a gift to another (Names have been with held) and when they left that night it was mistakenly left at my place.
That weekend we collectively attended a party at a posh Upper East Side apartment. Things were going along well until something happened between the friends and one of their girlfriends. I will claim not to know but it broke up the friendships of all of them.
Irreversibly lost. Just as a stone disappears when it is dropped into a lake or the morning fog fades and vanishes as the sun lifts itself into the sky. I wondered what the friendships were originally rooted in. I had just entered the picture and was so glad to be part of a group of a big group of friends. And then it was gone...
But not the statue. I tried to give it back but the guy didn’t want it anymore. So Confucius followed me the next 3 years until I opened 33 and brought him to work. He sat in 33 every day I was open for over 8 1/2 years and on one occasion went out drinking with me and a few friends after work to Tangerine (a now defunct Washington Ave. bar that I frequented.) I have a tendency to move him from place to place and will on occasion hide him somewhere in the bar. But Confucius will always be here and he reminds me of a few months in my life when I saw things go unnecessarily awry for all the wrong reasons.
Confucius say, “Man who run in front of car, get tired.”
Hello earthlings. I have been sent here to open a brewery. I hope you have time over the next year to check in from time to time and see our progress (or lack there of at times).
Morning beer delivery at Tynan’s Bridge House Bar in Kilkenny, Ireland.