"The past few months I've been a little bit off my game. I'm not the same up and coming young southpaw bartending prospect that I used to be. At this point in my career I'm more of a crafty veteran. And lately sometimes I feel a slight pain or twinge in my left elbow. I mean, here's the thing: I can work through it. I can still go out there everyday and get the job done. But I've lost a little speed on my ice scooping. My bottle pouring doesn't have quite the same rotation. And I am definitely missing some velocity on my cocktail shake and follow through. I'm just not the same out there. I think if I had the surgery I could come back in a year, better than ever."
Now, five years later, I'm officially calling it quits. It's been on my mind for quite some time (I actually started a draft of this post in January of 2012) and it's finally time for me to hang 'em up. A career that began with a bartending class in Boston, MA in 2000, took me to Richmond, VA, Martha's Vineyard, Sanibel Island, FL, Austin, TX, New York, NY, and San Diego, CA, is coming to a close back where it all started 16 years ago.
Hopefully this will be more of a Jason Varitek retirement and not a Brett Favre retirement.