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Ironweed

Post by Shane-O-Matic » Fri Jun 13, 2014 6:50 pm

First off, sorry for posting. I do it too often and I promise that I will do it less often - and undrunk - in the future.

After a long week of hard work, I met my father for a few quiet drinks. We went to a quiet pub with a friend of my father's who is barely the fair side of 90; a consummate Irish gentleman who didn't start drinking until the age of 23 and, in his words, "hasn't stopped since." In addition, we ran into his friend, another Irish gentleman in his eighth decade. Whiskey was favoured over beer, but no one complained when the barmaids served us both.

The pub that we visited, as it turns out, was a social hub for generations past and is inhabited by the ghosts of the departed friends of my father and his friend. Bossing the realm is a network of people, known chiefly for their character and ability to consume great amounts of alcohol and raise a healthy family at the same time, despite severe financial constraints.

These words are neither mine nor those of those I drank with. Instead, I have chosen to transcribe the evening in words that seem to best portray the situation. Every one of us has been here. It's just not always that easy to remember it.

I took the title of this post from the great book by William Kennedy. Would recommend it to everyone.

This post only scratches the surface of what was a terrific night, but, hopefully, it gives a glimpse into the fantastic crowd I have been born into. I know that you guys can understand this because the MDMers I have drank with have been of the best.

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Re: Ironweed

Post by oettinger » Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:07 pm

Shane let me tell you first, glad that you had a great night out with the wise ones.
Second, how awesome it is to be drinking in your ancestors stonehenge where they were able to count rise and down of sun by the empty glasses!
Third, post too much, excuse me? Ever been to the chasist? That is it and so much more
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Re: Ironweed

Post by booznik » Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:13 pm

Great story and some poetic wisdom there, Mr. O-Matic. To appreciate the rich history and ghosts associated with a place like that is to be at one with your surroundings.
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Re: Ironweed

Post by Palinka (RIP) » Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:43 am

I learned pub etiquette from my Grandpa and his pals. Man, those old boys new how to put it away.

Interesting sidenote, "Ironweed" is the name of a movie (starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep), about the lowside of life, that has some great drinking scenes. It's definitely worth watching.
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Re: Ironweed

Post by Frankennietzsche » Fri Jun 20, 2014 7:59 pm

Palinka wrote: Interesting sidenote, "Ironweed" is the name of a movie (starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep), about the lowside of life, that has some great drinking scenes. It's definitely worth watching.
There's a sexy shower scene in it, from what I hear.
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