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Thu Nov 24, 2022, 09:59 AM

Admit it, you're going to end up at a bar tonight

I tended bar at place with live rock and roll mist every night. We battened down the hatches for thanksgiving night. It seems that at some decent interval after the Thanksgiving meal is completed, many folks decide they just have to get out of the house. A large number of them would end up drinking and dancing at our bar. In fact, we could count on it being as big a night as New Years.

The vibe was different than New Year’s Eve too. New Years revealers have planned their night out and prepared fo it they arrived a little desperate for a good time. The Thanksgiving folks were often surprised to find themselves at a bar. They arrived with a sense of escape and relief from the strictures of their Thanksgiving dinner/day experience. They felt free to cut loose a bit more than on a usual night out. Beer, wine, and spirits flowed like a river. The dance floor never emptied and the tips were the best of the year. Folks had a gas.

So if you find yourself a little restive when dinner concludes and find yourself edging to the door to make your way to a favorite watering hole, don’t feel guilty. Your participating in another-but lesser known-Thanksgiving tradition. And traditions are important.

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Reply Admit it, you're going to end up at a bar tonight (Original post)
Bobstandard Nov 24 OP
genxlib Nov 24 #1
Chainfire Nov 24 #2
Hortensis Nov 24 #11
LakeArenal Nov 24 #3
tavernier Nov 24 #4
tanyev Nov 24 #5
SlimJimmy Nov 24 #20
bpj62 Nov 24 #6
maxsolomon Nov 24 #10
samnsara Nov 24 #7
maxsolomon Nov 24 #9
PCIntern Nov 24 #18
Happy Hoosier Nov 24 #8
stopdiggin Nov 24 #12
ancianita Nov 24 #13
Hortensis Nov 24 #14
bif Nov 24 #15
ProfessorGAC Nov 24 #16
Hugh_Lebowski Nov 24 #17
highplainsdem Nov 24 #19
bahboo Nov 24 #21

Response to Bobstandard (Original post)

Thu Nov 24, 2022, 10:06 AM

1. They are just celebrating

Surviving another holiday with that MAGA cousin.

I don't blame people for cutting loose after the organized chaos of big family gatherings

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Response to Bobstandard (Original post)

Thu Nov 24, 2022, 10:13 AM

2. Some drink to remember, some drink to forget.

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 24, 2022, 11:30 AM

11. :) Some to get away from yet more football games.

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Response to Bobstandard (Original post)

Thu Nov 24, 2022, 10:13 AM

3. I have a date with my easy chair and the TV

When I was in college tho….. couldn’t wait to get out and see who else is home from school

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Response to Bobstandard (Original post)

Thu Nov 24, 2022, 10:14 AM

4. We sometimes went walking to get some exercise,

and sometimes took in a movie. We had an ice skating rink in town that was popular too. I have nothing against bar drinking but we never did on Thanksgiving. Mostly everyone had imbibed too much food and drink earlier in the day. But dancing would have been a great way to shed the overage as well. But then, I grew up in a religious Dutch town in Michigan, and there was only one bar and it was closed on holidays. And it certainly never saw any rock ‘n’ roll bands, lol.

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Response to Bobstandard (Original post)

Thu Nov 24, 2022, 10:14 AM

5. I can confidently say that I will not.

But a happy and safe Thanksgiving to those who do!


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Response to tanyev (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 24, 2022, 01:18 PM

20. I can also say confidently that I will not.

I might have a drink a few times a year, but Thanksgiving is not one of them.

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Response to Bobstandard (Original post)

Thu Nov 24, 2022, 10:23 AM

6. DC in the early 80s

Worked at a bar in Georgetown in the early 80s for a few years and Thanksgiving night was always a busy night. It was a combination of people wanting out after a long day with family and friends home from college. Lot of fun.

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Response to bpj62 (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 24, 2022, 10:54 AM

10. meeting friends back in town was the reason I went out afterwards.

Friday night is big for that, too.

Of course, our ridiculous drinking laws make that untenable until junior year.

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Response to Bobstandard (Original post)

Thu Nov 24, 2022, 10:39 AM

7. we used to go bowling afterwards

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Response to samnsara (Reply #7)

Thu Nov 24, 2022, 10:51 AM

9. every bowling alley

is also a bar!

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 24, 2022, 12:46 PM

18. Bowling is the great American sport:

U can eat pizza, drink beer and say you exercised.

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Response to Bobstandard (Original post)

Thu Nov 24, 2022, 10:45 AM

8. Well I never go to bars, so.... NT

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Response to Bobstandard (Original post)

Thu Nov 24, 2022, 11:35 AM

12. Thank you! There are so many that can relate ..

A true oracle of the human condition - and interaction. I'll be with you in spirit! Be safe!

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Response to Bobstandard (Original post)

Thu Nov 24, 2022, 11:35 AM

13. While bartenders pour, some drink to seek the safety of strangers to pour their hearts out.

A bar holiday tradition. I was once a 4 o'clock bartender, too.

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Response to Bobstandard (Original post)

Thu Nov 24, 2022, 11:42 AM

14. In holidays past, after early dining, cleanup, relaxing, some of our gals would

leave the guys and others, behind with the football games and kids, to go dancing. Tradition, as you say, though maybe not one meant to last forever.

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Response to Bobstandard (Original post)

Thu Nov 24, 2022, 12:02 PM

15. I quit drinking four years ago, so no

I won't be going to a bar. Plus I have Covid.

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Response to Bobstandard (Original post)

Thu Nov 24, 2022, 12:11 PM

16. Around Here...

...it was the night before that was the big club night.
I probably played the Wednesday before Thanksgiving 22 or 23 times in 25 years.
Places were always packed.
Never played on Thanksgiving day, though.

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Response to Bobstandard (Original post)

Thu Nov 24, 2022, 12:38 PM

17. I like to be sitting in a seedy card room playing really low stakes poker, high on oxy and meth

with a bunch of strangers on Thanksgiving Night, myself.

Oh, wait ... that was rock-bottom like 20 years ago, I forgot.

Turns out, it sucked.

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Response to Bobstandard (Original post)

Thu Nov 24, 2022, 12:53 PM

19. I like congenial bars with live music. But I've never been to one on Thanksgiving, and

I had no idea that bars are usually packed on Thanksgiving evenings.

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Response to Bobstandard (Original post)

Thu Nov 24, 2022, 01:36 PM

21. in my misspent but fun youth....hell yeah....

escape the family and hang with friends...

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