And speechless at the state of the world. Tsunamis, nuclear meltdowns, Middle Eastern revolution, Mad Men's new season delayed.
So Esquire has posted a list of America's Best Bars. It's a fun read, organized state by state with blurbs putting the bars in their local and historical context, and sidebar telling you what you're going to be eating or drinking there: Rum Rickey at Burt's Tiki in Albuquerque, tequila shots with beer chasers at Los Ojos in Jemez Springs, N.M.
I scanned the list and was startled to see how many of these bars I had been to. I spent my 20s and 30s living the life of a journalism gypsy, working at one paper after another, so I sat in bars pulling info out of sources in many area codes. Other nights I spent evenings at these same bars in drunken, witty banter with my colleagues about the current events we were covering -- a time-honored fourth-estate social hour reimagined in the NPR show "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me."
So here the bars from the Esquire where I've tossed back a few:
A supper club in the true Gulf Coast tradition. It stands in Mobile Bay on pilings, and gets knocked down about every six years by a hurricane.
Callaghan's Irish Social Club (below)
In the Oakleigh Historic District and housed in a converted 19th century meat store. Perfect place for Sunday afternoons and nights after the Mardi Gras parade.
I'm not one to complain about opportunities to watch George Clooney. But The Weather Channel's plans to begin airing weather-themed movies is just stupid. The AP reports"The Perfect Storm" will air on TWC on Oct. 30, the 18th anniversary of the real-life storm depicted in the film starring Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. Other movies slated for airing on TWC: "Misery," "March of the Penguins," and "Deep Blue Sea."
TWC hopes to attract a broader audience than its current base of weather nerds -- and get more advertisers, of course. From the piece:
For The Weather Channel, the risk lies in alienating its regular weather-obsessed viewers, who tune in for news of high pressure systems rather than high drama. The potential reward is that new fans will tune in, and they'll stay on the station for a longer period, pleasing advertisers.
This just in, TWC honchos: People watch The Weather Channel because they like weather forecasts. Really. I'm one of those people, a weather devotee who tracks hurricanes on a paper storm chart every summer and who has TWC on my TV with the sound muted all the time. I want an on-air meteorologist standing in front of a map of the United States on my TV 24/7. It comforts me. I like to know about the high pressure system in the Midwest and the cold front in New Mexico. I know tomorrow will happen if there is a weather forecast. I don't want anything messing with my endless loop of predictions about tomorrow's temperatures. Not even Clooney.
This is a Category 5 screw-up. What next, fire Jim Cantore?