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Well, there it was...the Blizzard of 2016! "Blizzardzilla" as some were calling it. The tri state area was bombarded with over 2 feet of snow. State of emergency was called in all states affected and everything was shut down; schools, businesses, grocery stores, malls, everything.
My job, (I am a bartender for those of you who don't know) was cancelled Saturday due to the State of Emergency. So, when I finally got back in on my Monday shift, as usual, my regulars came in for happy hour. (This place is like Cheers, same people, same bar stools, same drinks, and they are all friends, for the most part). Two regulars in particular were having a conversation about how they made out in the storm. I over-heard this one gentleman, who sometimes comes in alone, and sometimes with his wife, who said the most wonderful things about his wife to his friend. He said, "We sat with a glass of Gran Marnier, watched the snow fall through our picture window with some soft music on, and I tell ya, I couldn't have asked for a more perfect night".
Well, for those of you who live in the Tri-State area, we are being bombarded with threats of a terrible blizzard-like storm approaching. The news and weather channels are having a field day trying to scare us all! Hurry up, run to the store now and buy everything you need, get your milk, eggs, and bread, make sure your car has gas, you have a shovel and plenty of salt to melt the ice! I became that person...not the person frantically making sure I get everything I need in a panic, but, sadly, I had to go shopping because I did actually need things. So, me, like an idiot, HAD to go to the grocery store yesterday, only because I was off from work and it was my only day to go. NOT because I am afraid of the pending snow storm, I did, in fact, need to go because I haven't in about 2 weeks! I had plenty of frozen meats and veggies folks, I cook every night, but I was in fact out of, you guessed it, bread, milk and eggs and a long list of other things needed to run a home.
So, out and about I go... First stop, believe it or not, I hit Lowes - we threw our snow shovel out this Spring because it was broken. You guessed it, not a snow shovel to be found, but I got my salt! Whew! One thing done! Okay, off to the grocery store... This is a place I completely loathe on any given day! The parking lot was a mess, everyone and their mother was trying to park and no one has any courtesy or common sense. But, I scored. Then I accidentally turned down a lane just to get out of the way so traffic could flow, and then, "BAM!", a 3rd space spot hiding behind a large SUV! Now, I need to find a friggin' quarter to get a carriage to put all my goodies in.
Every once and a while, we meet someone who is trying to work through something. Something that seems so surreal, none of us can even think about going through. This something in particular, I cannot disclose, however, I can tell you that it is nothing like any story I've heard before. When someone is forced into a situation, beyond their control and they have to literally make a life or death decision, in a split second, their life and their families lives are forever changed.
When we met, it was through a mutual friend, and they just stopped by the booth just to say hello. After speaking with them, and telling them what our brand was about and what and why we do what we do, they seemed to "get it" and walked away with smiles and I'm guessing a different outlook on certain things.
Yup, that's right folks! I have decided to take a Friday night off from work to go on a date with my husband and go out with friends to a few bars and see a few bands, eat some good food, have a few drinks, dance a little. This, for me, is a very different thing! For those of you who don't know, I still sling drinks behind a bar at a nice steak house. It's something I fell back into after 18 years as a paralegal, and it's something I enjoy. Hustle! That's what we do!
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