A Barometer For Fourth Of July Party
Is Publix Open on 4th of July every year on a Saturday? That is the question my friend asked me last year when he went to the Fourth of July weekend in my hometown of Dayton, Ohio. He was very surprised when he told me that the Fourth of July was on a Saturday, and the only place he could go to see it was at the bar I work at. The other morning I was telling him about this and he told me about a local band called Stone Temple Blues.
I checked out the name online and found out that the band did play a show at the Baromette Lounge, which is a club that I used to work at with the late Sam Snead. He used to bring the guitar player from the stage right into our office. The funny part about this is that everyone in the office recognized him by his first name, but no one recognized him by his last name. Anyway, he ended up playing a couple of shows there, which put the Baromette Lounge on my list of places to go if I were in town for the Fourth of July. So last minute plans for the event didn’t happen, but thanks to my friend’s birthday party, I was able to make it out to Ohio for the Baromette Lounge’s 2nd anniversary celebration.
When I got there, I was quite excited to see the bar open early because it was Stone Temple Blues who was coming in that day. There were quite a few people in front, but once I got in them quickly headed for the bar. The bartender told me they had already been open the entire night before, so I went back inside to start ordering another beer while I chatted with some of the other patrons. Before I had a chance to really think about what I was drinking, the bartender came in with his friend, who was dressed as the President of the United States. President Obama wore a red tie, so I assumed he would be serving beer like I do. He handed me a can of Miller Lite and we began telling stories about the President.
After some friendly conversation, I was ready for another round of trivia when I was offered an ice cream soda with two pieces of bacon in it. I took it, but before I could get a good swig of it, I remembered something my friend had said earlier that day. “You know,” he said, “if you’re going to order any food you better order it ahead of time!” So I took a second drink, hoping to not get doubled-over or anything, and instead saw a waiter with a funny looking stemware. “Is Public Open on 4th of July?”
I didn’t have to wonder for long about what I should have taken with me. I was wearing my American Red Cross barometer, which has four tiny needles protruding from its sides. The needle reads “Fourteen”, so I knew this barometer was for American Independence day. (The other four needles point to every month in the year.) So with that knowledge, I went to the bar and my friends were happy to see me again, even though I was wearing my “patriotism” barometer shirt.
When the birthday crowd started streaming in, I decided to up the ante and order a keg instead of a beer, and my friend and I quickly grabbed six packs of mixed nuts and bolts to go! (Nuts and bolts are “four pack” liquors.) After about an hour into the party, someone spilled a beer on my lap, so I looked up at the bar and saw a cop with a big red “S” on the front of his shirt. As luck would have it, I happened to be drinking out of the same can as the cop, and he dumped me and my friends at the door, explaining to them that the owner of the establishment was in the hospital and wouldn’t be able to serve them anymore!