I got some extra fun money this month for the holidays from distant family, friends and supporters and yesterday I found myself at Armand’s in Little Italy. I sat on my usual high stool at the window so I could watch Liberty Avenue while game shows played on the television above the bar at my end of the bar top. Outside the sky was gray.
The place slowly got crowded. Everyone was in high spirits. The booze flowed and the jukebox played. I did a lot more socializing than I normally do. I even put several dollars in the jukebox, something I very seldom do. I knew just about everyone by name and I even bought a young lady I’d seen in the bar before a drink. We re-introduced ourselves. I offered to buy her another 16-ounce can of Pabst Blue Ribbon but she indicated that her can of beer was full but her shot-glass was empty. It was a double shot-glass which I knew would cost more than buying her another 16-ounce can of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Well, a man can’t be timid in a situation like this. So, I bought her a double shot of whatever the hell it was she was drinking and we talked off and on sometimes coming over to where the other one sat and I played Heart for her on the jukebox. I liked her and I think she liked me even if I hadn’t shaved for several days. She made the Old Soldier feel young again for a few hours. I had a good time, but I was aware that most of us were in that bar because we had no where else to go…
Now it’s Christmas Eve. I have plenty of beer and food in the refrigerator and I still have fun money in my wallet. I can either stay in and read and listen to football on the radio while watching silent films on my laptop as I assume my favorite position flat on my back with two pillows under my weary head or return to Armand’s for a little Christmas Eve socializing. The interesting thing is that there are a lot of people like myself who have no where else to go during the holidays except to a neighborhood bar. And there were several young people at Armand’s yesterday, too. Armand’s opens around 11:00 a.m. on Sundays.
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Hail to Pitt!
“Every day is a challenge. That’s one of the great things I like about being a full-time professional blogger. I try to blog every day. That’s the first challenge. I try to blog right after I wake up sometimes before dawn. That’s the second challenge. And I try to offer some useful insights about blogging and life and the craft of writing. That’s the third challenge and the fourth challenge is I try to offer content that will entertain or inform or inspire.”–Guy Hogan
“I’m not cheap. I’m just money conscious which is a good thing when you’re retired and if when you were in the workforce you were always low-income working class.”–Guy Hogan
Today there will be a mix of clouds and sunshine in the Pittsburgh area with a high in the 40s falling into the 30s.
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