Trophies worth winning.
I have been making a few rounds after I get off work now as part of The Civil Life’s community outreach program. This past week, I walked into Colorado Bob’s on Morganford. I had quite the good experience getting to meet Bob and being taken care of by his staff.
During my time there (twice last week), A fellow drinker in arms purchased not one but two drinks for Dylan, Chris and I. This is always the kind of thing that makes me realize that some of the kindest, gentlest, most giving people spend some time each week supporting their local tavern and giving back to their fellow drinkers.
The age old custom of buying a drink is something that at times goes a bit unnoticed in a bar. In our case at Colorado Bob’s a little cup was placed upside down behind the drinks we were consuming. I then remembered a line from “The Tender Bar” when Uncle Charlie told JR, “Nephew, you’re backed up on Joey D.” Thus signifying he had a drink coming from Joey D (just in case you weren’t paying attention.)
So for years my parents have been keeping things that have long lost their usefulness. In this case, my childhood trophies from my years playing St. Francis of Assisi soccer (my grade school soccer coach has even been in to have a pint) still sat boxed up in my parents house. Mementos of a childhood quite long ago. I wish I had stories behind each trophy but it wasn’t like we one just one. The only one I really remember is the time we lost in the 5th grade after winning for our first 5 years. The team was crushed by a double over-time loss that sent us on a long overdue major lesson of life. You can’t always win.
But you can always buy a drink for a friend. And when you do that at the Civil Life while your friend is still drinking his/her beer we will put a trophy up to signify the beer ahead is paid for and coming down the pipe line. Your friend can bask in the glory of the trophy during that time. He/She can hold it up high when asking for their next drink and enjoy that obviously great feeling of winning a trophy that I can no longer remember.
Enjoying the camaraderie of a bar is a nice way to pass the time. Buying a drink for a friend is a nice way to enjoy camaraderie. It also helps us sell more beer.
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.