Thursday, October 13, 2016

After a long and storied career, I'm officially retiring from the sport of bartending

In October of 2011, I wrote a mostly sarcastic blog suggesting it was time for me to get Tommy John Surgery to extend my bartending career.  Here's the first paragraph:

"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.


  1. First Big Paps and now this. All the greats retiring.

    1. Haha, I know right? And KG/Pierce too... Hopefully Brady still has a few years in him...

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