Saturday, August 7, 2010
Live Blog #6 - Here Comes the Rain Again
5:16p And here we go, sitting at Tierney’s with netbook ready…
5:17p Delta Jo expresses fear that one of her long-time acquaintances might show up here one day and terrorize the planet. Something about “mean drunk”. We all gaze briefly out the window, searching for signs of impending doom and excessive alcohol.
5:18p And we discover that it’s pouring down rain again. Why does it never rain in this state unless I’m sitting in Tierney’s? This needs to be studied.
5:21p Apiphany is greatly agitated about a social invitation she has received. Not certain of the details, but there was a disturbance in the past concerning the abduction of a purse and car theft. Apiphany lives on the edge.
5:24p Delta Jo announces that her house is only 5 minutes away. She suggests that perhaps one day we should sally forth and view her estate. I have known Delta Jo for twenty years and I have never been invited to her abode. This is a pivotal moment. I wipe away a tear.
5:25p Apiphany: “Bunny does a reach around.”
5:25p Apipahny: “I wanted him to bring me a big one.”
5:27p It’s rather crowded in here for this early in the evening. This could be either a good thing or a bad thing. I’ll keep you posted.
5:29p Delta Jo: “He ate all this cabbage and put himself in a wet suit.”
5:29p Mikala joins us at the table. He’s waiting for some folks to show for some adventure he is planning which involves them marching out into the wilderness and hitting some other bars. Not sure. All I know is that I’m not going anywhere for a while. Pass.
5:32p Apiphany: “What are we listening to?”
5:32p I’m guessing it’s country. There’s wailing and acoustic guitars. No mention yet of anybody leaving somebody, but I’m sure it’s coming.
5:35p Delta Jo: “I made a puddle.”
5:36p Delta Jo: “You’ll have to tell me about that wet spot thing.”
5:37p Delta Jo: “Have you ever watched that Bill Cosby thing where people try to walk like they’re not drunk?”
5:37p Delta Jo is getting featured far too prominently. Other people need to start speaking and not just sitting there, pining for catfish strips and staring at the rain like they’ve never seen things falling from the sky.
5:39p There is some type of disturbance near the jukebox involving people standing and pointing. Apiphany’s still at our table, and her clothes are on, so she’s not the source of the disruption.
5:40p In an amazing display of coordination and talent, I manage to drop a dollop of tartar sauce directly on top of my wi-fi stick. That thing is about two millimeters wide. How in the hell?
5:42p Ray-Wow is behind me, babbling about the technical difficulties of some device that is giving her trouble. She needs Apiphany’s assistance. They put their heads together and whisper strategy. The world trembles in fear.
5:45p Another server comes and inquires on the blog thing. We inform her that she must select an alias so we can mention her in the blog. She’s not really interested in that. Instead, she has some procedural questions. Like how do you get people to find and follow your blog.
5:46p Honey, if I knew THAT, I sure as hell wouldn’t be sitting HERE.
5:54p Delta Jo: “Being a team lead sucked the life out of me.” I hear ya, sister. Total suckage. The remembered pain brings more tears, so it looks like this is going to be a very emotional evening. It’s wet outside, we might as well be wet in here.
5:56p Delta Jo notices some people banging around with some equipment on the other side of the room. “When old people set up speakers it makes me nervous.”
5:58p Apiphany: “Why not do it until somebody gets hurt?”
6:00p Delta Jo: “If it weren’t for her nose and her eyelashes, her face would be flat.”
6:01p Delta Jo: “This is fascinating. I can’t wait to see what happens here.”
6:03p Delta Jo: “There could be a rufie in that for all we know. It’s part of his evil plan.”
6:04p Blinda makes an appearance. Two seconds later, Sage and Gin-and-Tonika waltz up as well. Hayyyy.
6:05p General mayhem and the sounds of construction as we manipulate seating arrangements and thereby establish the social groupings for the evening.
6:07p Blinda squirts ketchup on a plate. Yet she doesn’t have any food. Interesting.
6:08p Mikala returns from navigating the room and handing out business cards. He’s up to something, but none of this is clear.
6:10p Brief discussion that Suctionetta has spent $750 on THREE Lady Gaga tickets. Good God.
6:11p I think that I might already be on my fourth beer. Perhaps I should eat something to soak up a bit of this. Like a futon.
6:17p Blinda: “Whose fish is this?”
6:18p Apiphany: “I’m hot. And I don’t mean in the cute way.”
6:18p Apiphany: “It looks like I’m lactating.”
6:19p Delta Jo to Apiphany: “You are blog fodder.”
6:20p Taking a short break. Need to check the blog stats and offer worship and praise to those who have found my tiny corner of the world.
6:34p Blinda: “Look at what cocaine did for Edgar Allen Poe!”
6:36p And then we have a tragedy, which I’m sure that Delta Jo fervently hopes that I’m not capturing, but of course I am. In some spastic, uncontrolled movement, she manages to whack my beer glass and splash brew all over my HTC HD2. Panic and mayhem ensue. Delta Jo goes in the bathroom and cries. I’ll let her stew a bit, and then we’ll have makeup sex later. Or something like that.
6:40p Delta Jo: “Hand and eye coordination are the first things to go.”
6:41p Apiphany: “If I didn’t have to go to work I’d just do it.”
6:46p Gin-and-Tonika: “I get my braces off in two more months! Then we’ll have a party. And I’ll probably fall and bust my teeth out.”
6:47p Gin-and-Tonika and I began a very detailed discussion about how much we love our Nooks from Barnes and Noble. We exchange rapturous words and create secret hand signals for our new club.
6:54p Apiphany is applying makeup, because that’s so important in a place like this.
6:59p Delta Jo: “Mark Knopfler is freaking ugly!”
7:00p Finally, the old people setting up the equipment at the other end of the room start singing. Let’s just say I am transported back to 1970’s Oklahoma, with good ole boys drinking beer and driving down dusty roads while shooting at slow things.
7:04p Tammy Wynette just walked by, which is troubling on so many levels.
7:07p Sage is insisting on slapping my questionably-defined butt every time I leave the table to visit the facilities. Not really sure what to think about that. But everybody seems to be having a good time with it, so I play along and dance about accordingly.
7:10p The old people playing music are actually pretty good. I’ve liked the songs so far, and right now they are doing “Drift Away”, with half the bar singing along. This is one of those times when simple things result in immense love and respect for shared experiences with your fellow man. I’m sure that within minutes the racism and general hatred will bubble to the surface again.
7:12p I have to yell at Blinda to quit banging the table in enthusiasm for the beat of the song. Troubled glaring follows.
7:18p Corky and Dancewell just walked in. Details to follow.
7:22p Apiphany: “People just have class, and then they don’t.”
7:23p Delta Jo: “I am NOT proud.”
7:32p Apiphany: “Who the hell is Sloopy? Why does he need to hang on? Does my ass look big in this song?”
7:33p Apiphany: “This reminds me of the Big Wheel that I lost in my childhood. And my name is not Mary.”
7:34p Apiphany has serious issues that may never be resolved. But her lip gloss is sparkly.
7:35p Delta Jo: “I just saw two chickens and a rooster outside.”
7:36p It’s Texas, DJ. There was probably also an armadillo, somebody making barbeque, an oversized truck that’s never been actually used to haul anything, at least three women with hair jacked to Jesus, a Republican with reality issues, and a Church Female Auxiliary that is waving bibles and condemning us to Hell. Did you bother to look around?
7:38p Apiphany: “I used to do that until I puked.”
7:39p Extended discussion concerning the infamous “Sit-n-Spin” from our distant childhoods.
7:43p Ray-Wow makes another appearance. Her conversation with Apiphany is severely distorted. I’m assuming that if anything of importance was discussed, there will be a memo.
7:48p Me to Apiphany: “Do I mean ANYTHING to you? I mean, ever?”
7:54p The ancient band is singing “Hotel California”, and most of the bar is attempting to holler the words as well. The phrase “wild banshees wailing in pain as they are beaten with ugly sticks” comes to mind. Delta Jo screams and runs outside to escape and have a chance at survival. The rest of us are immobilized by the fear.
7:55p Three people die.
7:57p Delta Jo comes back in before the song is over. What the hell? She had her chance. If she folded it’s not my fault. During the extended musical bridge of the song, the Tierney’s patrons are under the impression that howling is some form of compliment.
7:59p Apiphany: “We could just wear Depends, and we wouldn’t have to get up to go to the bathroom.”
8:00p I turn to Apiphany: “Has it EVER crossed your mind that everything is NOT about you? God, woman, turn that yammer off and try to have some decency for three seconds.”
8:01p Apiphany: “I have class shooting out of my ass.”
8:02p Delta Jo: “I’m not featured favorably in this blog, am I?”
8:03p Sage and Gin-and-Tonika throw in the towel and head for the hills. There are vague promises that Sage will be back after Gin is safely ensconced at the house. We’ll see.
8:06p Who invited Boy George to sing on the stage?
8:09p Suctionetta just screamed at a Dancewell. This can’t lead to anything good.
8:10p Wait, are they seriously showing figure skating on one of the TV’s? In HERE? Really?
8:13p Shrek and Fiona just walked in the door, and are standing in the entry foyer, completely ignored. I guess this is what happens when they don’t plan to make any more sequels.
8:20p Tex arrives!
8:21p Apiphany races to the other end of the table, and immediately she and Tex are conspiring and gossiping. We won’t hear from them for hours.
8:34p Now Delta Jo is striking the table. What is it with these people and their need for wood-based violence?
8:35p Something tells me that I should switch to water. But the senior citizens on the stage just launched into another classic song that they will proceed to decimate. I can’t deal with two issues at once.
8:38p Blinda: “Who ARE these people in here?”
8:39p Exactly. Just hunker down and pray for daylight.
8:40p Taking another short break. Can. Not. Deal. With. The. Noise. And. The. Sheer. Human. Stupidity.
8:57p Delta: “Oh, look at the girl grooving at herself in the window. That’s precious.”
8:59p Attila is at the table, talking to Apiphany. This can lead to no good whatsoever.
9:01p The senior crowd just sang “Happy Birthday” to someone in their midst. Such things are much more important when you’re closest friend is Metamucil. But they really need to be careful. Sudden noises at THAT age, well…
9:20p Have I really had 36 beers? Can we get a recount? This can’t be right. Oh look, I have ten fingers!
9:23p The Senior Knickerbocker Review is now asking us “Who wrote the book of love?” I really don’t care. I’m guessing it wasn’t Ann Coulter or Rush Limbaugh.
9:25p Suctionetta just inquired if I was done live-blogging. I politely explained that no, I’m still capturing the mayhem. Would you like me to add something about you? (Thinking I’m being totally sweet.) Suckie has a coronary, appalled that he hasn’t earned a shout-out yet. He threatens physical violence. I cough in his direction and his challenged body falls to the ground amid wails of outrage and persecution. While he is writhing, I ask if he can bring me another beer.
9:43p There was a bit of chaos for a while. My battery was dying, so Ray-Wow scrambled to find an extension cord. Then the Senior Knickerbocker guy decided to sing “Sweet Caroline”, and frankly, one of these cowboys should have put him out of his misery. THEN, Corky comes up to the table, bellowing along to the horrid song that is playing. When will the madness stop?
9:53p Several twelve-year-olds just walked into the bar. Something is terribly wrong. Okay, maybe they’re in high school, but still.
9:54p Apiphany is very concerned that her belongings appear to be covered in Crisco.
9:55p I didn’t do it. That’s all I know. I can’t speak for anyone else at this table. Including Apiphany. Or Suctioneta, because I understand that he orders this cooking aid by the gross.
10:20p Blinda: “I may be drunk, but I have my dignity.”
10:21p Yes, there was a rather large gap in the reporting with no explanation given. It’s best that you not know what happened in the interim. Suffice it to say that I’m still a virgin, but just barely.
10:27p Me: “Where’s the epitaphs?”
10:41p And we’re aiming for a shutdown here. I’m no longer certain what any of these people around me want, but I’m fairly confident that I don’t want to give it to them. Sayin.