Friday, November 30, 2007

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Today's Reason To Drink

Got a new bed yesterday. I've been sleeping on a twin for ... well ... 31 years. I know, I know. I've gotten enough teasing from my friends over the years ... but never from my lovers (go figure!). It's a full size. Very comfy. I bought two pillows for it -- and now I don't know how to sleep. Do I pick a side? Sleep in the middle? Where do the pillows go if I do that?

Is this weird that I'm talking about this on my blog? It feels weird. TMI? Goodnight.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Today's Reason To Drink

Misery loves company?

I was talking on the phone to a friend last night who went on and on about how miserable she was in her marriage. After about 25 minutes of ranting, she finally says to me, "So are you dating anyone? When are you going to get married? What's wrong with you?"

"Hmmm ... well, you make it seem so appealing," I say.


Monday, November 26, 2007

Today's Reason To Drink

Bah humbug. It's now officially holiday time.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Today's Reason To Drink

Shopping. Try to avoid it if you can.

I need a new bed, so I'll be venturing out into the mayham very soon. Wish me luck. And have a drink ready for me when I get home.

Tonight there's this great band at The Rud. If you don't have plans, come on by. I can't even remember what their name is, but I've been told they're amazing. See you around 9.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Today's Reason To Drink

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm thankful for:
-friends like Laura, Courtney, Jeremy, Courtney, Matt, Kevin, Gregory, Lisa and everyone else who lets me hang around
-family like mom, dad, Doug and Gregg and family like Renah, Matthew, Lilah and Xander
-strangers like that guy sitting on the bench
-TV shows like "The Hills" and "Grey's Anatomy"
-movies like "Black Snake Moan" and "Grease 2"
-food like cheese potatoes and ice cream
-bars like Dundee and Back Door
-liquor like New Amsterdam Gin and Woodford Reserve
-beer like Bourbon Barrel Stout and Miller Lite
-musicians like the Spice Girls, Rilo Kiley, DMB and Debbie Gibson

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Bar Belle from 11/21 LEO

The Bar Belle

Holidays can be beerable

Holidays aren’t easy. Sometimes they’re not even fun. Sure you have the day off of work, but it often feels like you’re putting in overtime at a sweatshop owned by Kathie Lee, dealing with your family and all. I’m not sure if dealing is the right word. Coping. Existing. Trying to keep your sanity, perhaps? Holidays put the age-old questions front and center: Did I really come from these people? How did I make it out alive? Is that what I’m going to look like in 30 years?

This is where alcohol comes in mighty handy. Food is good. Great even. But is a helping of lumpy mashed potatoes worth dodging those awkward questions from cousins so far removed that you could actually legally date (… at least here in Kentucky)? Aunts and grandmas combing through your sordid past. Moms and dads bickering over every last detail. Sister-in-laws screaming at their unruly Tasmanian devils who just broke Grandpa’s new flat-screen. “Go to your room!” “One … two … you know what happens when I get to three!” “Come over here and dance for Grandma!”

All of this cacophony can be silenced, or at least brought to a reasonable level, with booze. Lots of booze. All flavors, shapes and sizes of booze. Let’s just refer to it as family therapy in a bottle.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here’s a drinking game you can play by yourself or with any semi-sane family member you have left.

1) The first four times a family member asks you when you’re going to get married, even though you’re single and obviously didn’t bring a date to Thanksgiving, take three drinks of Grandma’s shitty gin.

2) The fifth time someone asks about marriage and/or rearing children, go to the garage with Uncle Jack’s rum and finish the bottle.

3) When your creepy cousin Billy hits on you, chug two beers.

4) When Grandma’s schizophrenic sister Middy talks to her voices, take two sips of the wine you brought and listen in.

5) When your nephews break something, including their own bones, smile and take four pulls of bourbon.

6) The sixth time someone asks about marriage, stumble to the corner tavern and make yourself at home.

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Today's Reason To Drink

This is your last relative-free day before the holidays. Ya'll going out tonight? It's one of the biggest party nights of the year around here. What are the plans?

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Elmo's RIP

Breaking News: Elmo's, the martini bar downtown, is closing after this weekend. I've only been a few times, but any death in the bar world is serious business to me. I hear that if you go there this weekend, it's all-you-can-drink for $20. Sounds like a challenge.

In other bar-closing news, Barret Bar is closed, as is Willow Lake Tavern. It's a sad, sad time.

You were loved.

Todays Reason To Drink

Look what I got in the mail today! Too bad we're putting the finishing touches on our Gift Guide, or I woulda added this! It's a Greatest Hits album that includes new songs! My two favorites: "Say You'll Be There" and "2 Become 1."

If I was a Spice Girl, I'd be Sporty, I guess. Maybe Ginger. Or maybe they'd just give me my own name: Barbella Spice! I like it!

So tell me what you want
What you really, really want ...

Monday, November 19, 2007

Today's Reason To Drink

I've got a pocket full of rubbers and my homeboys do, too!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Today's Reason To Drink

I just realized that I'm a shy person. Extremely shy. Especially in awkward social settings. Which is why I think I drink a lot.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Today's Reason To Drink

Yesterday I was feeling queasy. Uneasy. Nervous. Jittery. The bad mood cloud hovered above and wouldn't dissipate. I've got nothing wrong with Tuesdays, you see. Mondays, sure. And Sundays when I'm alone with no plans or human interaction, definitely. But Tuesday? What was going on?

And then it clicked. George W. Bush was in New Albany. And that's a little too close for me and my emotional well-being. Even if we were separated by a river, his relentless, foul energy broke all boundaries and molested my soul.

I want my mommy ... but she voted for the guy ...

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Today's Reason To Drink

Well, I took another pilgrimage to Hubers on Saturday for a wine tasting and to purchase more bottles for parties/presents. I had so much fun at the tasting and sitting around after snacking on cheese and more wine, that when it was time to go, I completely forgot to buy any bottles to take home. In fact, all six of us forgot to buy any. And I didn't even indulge in the ice cream this time. Balls!

Guess this means I will be making a return trip very soon.

Monday, November 12, 2007

My friends say hi ...

You gotta watch this. If you're having as bad a Monday as I am, this will cheer you up, if even for two minutes. This spelling bee champ is awesome! Watch at the end when she blurts out to Rosie, "My friends say hi!" Too funny.

Today's Reason To Drink

Remember when Garth Brooks was the thing? How weird. I remember choosing for my senior class song between Garth Brooks' "The Dance" and 10,000 Maniacs' "These Are The Days." Luckily, "These Are The Days" won out.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Today's Reason To Drink

I had my first ever encounter with a mojito last night. It was delicious. It was potent. It was a wonderful time ... until it kicked me in the head this morning.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Bar Belle from 11/07 LEO

The Bar Belle
Road trip: Huber Winery

Has beer bloated your belly? Has liquor lacerated your liver? Perhaps it’s time to take a break from the hard stuff and revisit the joys of wine.

Ahhh, wine. I love all shades of wine, even that nasty pink stuff Americans scrape off the top and bottle as White Zin. Wine buzzes are truly something to behold. Not sloppy, not crazy, but perhaps a little warm and fuzzy and giggly. I tend to stay on the cheap end of the wine spectrum, never spending more than $12 at a wine shop. So I’m certain I have a lot to learn in this department. All I know is I like drinking the stuff, and there’s a quaint spot just across the river where I can go and learn like the eager student I am. Knowledge is power.

Huber Winery in Starlight, Ind., just about a 25-minute drive from Louisville, offers seasonal wine tastings at extremely reasonable prices — and after you’re finished, you can purchase a bottle or two of your favorites and drink it right there … while you listen to music on the gift shop’s patio or people-watch pumpkin-pickers and fellow bottle-imbibers. I visited Huber’s a few weeks ago at the height of Halloween season. It was crowded, but my friends and I had no problem getting a spot at the Loft Tasting Bar. For a mere $8, you can choose eight wines off a list of about 16 … and you get to keep the glass! The wines are listed from dry (like the delicious 2005 Chambourcin) to sweet (the fall specialty Spiced Apple). And on the back of the list, for just $4 more (and, trust me, when you’re finished with the front, forking over $4 seems like nothing — hiccup), you can choose five more samples from a list of 14, including the exotic Autumn Frost and the spicy Catawba Rosé.

I left that afternoon with six bottles in hand. So basically I’m done Christmas shopping … if they can last that long at my house. One more thing to remember: Bring along a DD — the road to Huber’s is curvy. For directions, go to

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Today's Reason To Drink

It's easy to play sober, responsible adult on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. But on Wednesdays, it's hard to turn down happy hour. Same with Thursdays. And forget about Fridays and Saturdays ...

It's the circle of life, or rather, the circle of debauchery.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Today's Reason To Drink

No drinking till 6 on Election Day! That sucks. I could really use an after-work pint of BBC brew. Damn. Any way we can put "allow drinking while voting" on the ballots?

Monday, November 5, 2007

Today's Reason To Drink

The Patriots must be stopped! Dirty bastards.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Today's Reason To Drink

It's Friday. Why is it that you seem to have more energy and are more happy on Fridays? What if every day could be Friday? I guess that wouldn't work, because then we'd never have a weekend, just the possibility of one. Kind of like that "Free Beer Tomorrow" sign.

If you don't have any plans tonight, head down to Fourth Street Live. I never thought I'd ever utter those words in this space, but they're actually trying to do something "local." Every Friday in November they're putting on concerts by local, all-original bands. And it's free. Tonight it's The Fervor, Follow the Train and Your Black Star. I believe it starts around 7.

Here's the rest of the schedule:

November 9:
Ben Sollee & Friends
Andrea Davidson
Steven McWhirter

November 16:
The Photographic
The Invaders

November 23:
Cabin - Rock
Arnett Hollow
Paper Airplane

November 30:
Peter Searcy
The Trust

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Third Place!

I won third place in the Back Door's costume contest. That is truly an honor -- the competition was stiff ... until I hosed them down. Hopefully the photos will be on the flat screen behind the bar soon.

Today's Reason To Drink

What's so good about November anyway?