November 3, 2008

First of all “hello” and welcome to my blog…

Second of all be warned that I have no idea what the hell I’m doing yet. In trying earlier today to write and post this profile, I accidentally sent myself a comment. To explain this keen ineptitude (which I promise to soon correct), I’d like to paraphrase Bones from the old series Star Trek…  “I’m a bartender for God sakes, Captain, not a blogger!!!” Yes, I’d like to paraphrase Bones but now that I am a blogger that won’t fly. So, onward and upward…

I’ve decided to do this blog, hurl myself into cyberspace, at the behest of a longtime friend and customer who’s been trying to get me to do this for quite some time. I guess he figured instead of regaling  just him and his wife with my tales from “behind the stick”, there’s a much larger crowd out there who knows how to yawn. So this past Saturday night (after a stiff jack Daniels and an amiable twist of my arm), my friend created a web site, I dashed off my very first riff, he sent that riff into cyberspace and I’ve never felt so naked in all my life. (Except for that incident in L.A. years ago which legally I can’t discuss.)

And if the site looks pitifully bare right now, like I just moved in and don’t own any furniture, it’s because (technically) I don’t own any furniture. See, all I’ve done on my computer up til now is read, write and e-mail (scary eh?) but this friend has agreed to be my technical tutor. He said he’d eventually walk me through all this stuff… these pings, dinks, links, and winks, widgets, gadgets and gidgets, or whatever the hell those things are grown-up blogs have. But until that schooling is complete (or I jump off the G.W. Bridge out of sheer frustration) all you’ll see when you visit my joint are the stories and lessons I’ve learned from “behind the stick”.

I actually am a bartender in the great city of New York, at a location that for now shall remain nameless. Not because I fear a crush of female fans invading my workspace (Invade! Invade!), but because I don’t want potential readers becoming angry-mob-with-torches to my Dr. Frankenstein.  And though I’ll be writing mostly about Barland, I also reserve the right to touch on anything else that life has thrown in my path. Well, not anything. There are some things I just won’t discuss and they are the following…

(1) felt hats

(2) “the meek” and what they’ll inherit

(3) cheese platters (as a concept)

(4) leg warmers worn over golf slacks (as a statement)

(5) tumbling in the workplace

(6) the wrist corsage

(7) S.V.C.S. (Sneeze-Vomit-Concussion-Syndrome)

(8) Mickey Rourke

(9) and of course… the socio-political implications of yodeling in a cab

But everything else I swear is fair game.

So in closing, dear reader, I hope you like what you find here and take each entry you read with a grain of salt. Why? ‘Cause it’s grains of salt when added together and deftly applied to the rim of a frosted glass, that make what many would call “a fine margarita”. See ya’ down the road.

(Now if I can just figure out how to post this thing without steam coming out of my console and my socks sliding down.)



PS: Just so you’re aware… I only post once a week, usually on Saturday afternoon, but I’m sure there’ll be weeks when I crawl in Sunday morning. Cheers!

17 Responses to “About Scribbler50”

  1. 1 blue girl December 14, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Shoot. The wrist corsage is a subject near and dear to my heart. I was just thinking the other day that bloggers do not spend enough time pondering the importance of the wrist corsage. Oh well.

    I hope you like what you find here and take each entry you read with a grain of salt. Why? ‘Cause it’s grains of salt when added together and deftly applied to the rim of a frosted glass, that make what many would call “a fine margarita”.

    Wonderful couple of sentences there.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’ve got you bookmarked, scribbler.

  2. 2 darles-a-plenty December 29, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    hey scribbler….
    i finally got the new computer…a net book
    really small…
    read all the new things..truly awesome…
    loved the drink names…right on the money…
    the writing just gets better and more diverse…
    very cool…

  3. 3 DuWayne February 1, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    I can’t tell you how disappointed I am at the total lack of discussing felt hats. Just don’t know if I can continue reading a blogger who hates felt fucking hats. We’ll just have to see.

  4. 4 Pieter B February 5, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Scrib, there’s a piece on the NY Times blogs called “Caught in a Downpour.” I wish you’d written it, although you sorta did with “Single Malt Double Asshole.” Actually, I wonder if SMDA might have been the blogger’s “inspiration.”

  5. 5 scribbler50 February 5, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Pieter B:
    Thank you very much, just read the piece and enjoyed it very much. I doubt SMDA was his inspiration for the article but if it was, he did a fine turn on it. And to add to what he said, I’ve been saying for years Smirnoff is as good or better than all those bullshit brands, and for half the price in some of your local liquor stores. Not putting them down but some people just go by name and fancy bottle, in other words by what’s “in”. It started in the 80’s with Absolut, later jumped to Ketel One, and now it’s booze in bottles that are works of art. To wit: Belvedere.
    Just try and MAKE me drink P. Diddy’s new swill!
    Thanks again for the heads-up,

  6. 6 divebartender February 12, 2009 at 11:31 am

    I am a rookie mixologist and stumbled across your blog. Although I have very little experience (less than a month), I already can relate to “I knew that was gonna happen!”, probably from my years being in bars NOT serving! Keep up the blog, I will look forward to it weekly.

  7. 7 Gary February 16, 2009 at 9:17 am

    The “Whine” List is delightful, but then so many of Scribbler’s posts are delightful, as well as authoritative, keenly observant, and evocative of the world of the New York saloon. Please keep writing.

  8. 8 ed v April 27, 2009 at 10:48 am

    You write with a style that seems to be part O’Henry,
    part Steinbeck, and part Pa Kettle!!!! That being said, I enjoyed it kiddo. Ya still got it!!!!!!

  9. 9 steve o'donnell October 16, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Hello: Not sure if this response goes automatically onto your blog or not, but you may recall me as a friend and fellow Irish-American & longtime New Yorker from a Rust Belt hometown. I just read a bunch of your essays and thought they were terrific. (Sorry it took me so long.) I was mightily entertained by this recent “Calamari” piece as a bit of socio-cultural commentary. And in that last wonderful paragraph you hit on something bigger: A longing, foolish but understandable, of imperfect people trying to attach themselves to, exploit, or slavishly surrender to some pre-existing romantic identity that they may or may not have any legitimate connection to. Laughed sympathetically at your poolside memories of pinkish envy for the olive-complected Italian pals. Keep it up, Scribbler! — O’D

  10. 10 scribbler50 October 16, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Hey, O’D, I sure do remember you… thank you so much for finally checking in. I’m honored, man. Coming from you the compliment means a lot. When you get a chance, stop into the bar again I’d love to chat some more. And (a-hem) bring that Bonnie person!

    PS: Figured you’d like the “poolside” envy part.

  11. 11 Uncle Vinny October 26, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    S.V.C.S. (Sneeze-Vomit-Concussion-Syndrome)

    OW ow ow! I thank you in advance for not writing anymore about this. Also, I’m adding “Single Malt Double Asshole” to my vocab immediately, crediting you, natch.

  12. 12 MrNaptown August 31, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Enjoy your well deserved time off!!! I really dig your stories/writing…keep em coming.

  13. 13 scribbler50 August 31, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    MrNaptown: Will do on both counts… enjoy my time off and keep ’em coming.

  14. 14 Winebird September 19, 2014 at 9:09 am

    I want the S.V.C.S story!

  15. 15 scribbler50 September 19, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Winebird: No you don’t, believe me, but if you follow those four words in order you can quite imagine the series of events: ergo the story

  16. 16 Capt steve August 6, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Found u looking for Johnny Carcon stuff.intresting.. I too am confused at how “it all works”!

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