Friday, December 16, 2005

Friends Hitting the Big Time

Have you experienced this? Maybe not even a close friend, but an acquaintance, or someone who went to your high school, maybe?

Many of my friends, acquaintances, and high school alumnae have gone on to greatness. There's the old (think: jr. high) boyfriend who is a rock star; another old boyfriend who is a big shot at the Extreme Games, yet another boyfriend who is now at the forefront of nanotechnology, and many who just went on to become successful accountants, lawyers, doctors, what have you.

In my own nano-fame period, when I published a chick 'zine in Denver, CO, I ran in to many of the above-mentioned folk around town. Often, it was while I was bartending. That's how I raised money for my magazine. Anyway, they'd come in to the bar and either be cool or be white-suburbanites-drinking-tee-many-martoonis. They'd ask for my number, saying, "We should totally go out sometime! You're cool!"

These guys would often come in, always as shitfaced as a human can be without actually expiring on the spot. They started a 'zine, too. It's what you did in the '90s, don't you know. The pulpy covers, the hysterical story ideas and sure-to-offend guides to drunkness were and are a big hit with the hipsters and barhounds of Denver. We considered doing a Hootchie-Mama/Modern Drunkard edition (with accompanying co-ed bar-crawling event), but it never came to fruition. Pity.

Here it is 2006, almost, and here is old Frank Rich, married and successfully published, joking around with Tucker Carlson.


Blogger Anonymous Assclown said...

Denver is one of the great cities of the world in which to get drunk. Sure, many towns can say they're drunk-friendly, but how many can really say that they specifically cater to drunks, hmmm? I supposed it helps when the mayor is also one of the country's most-acclaimed brewers.
I can't count the times I've stumbled awkwardly from from bar to bar in Lodo, absorbing and dissolving into different fellow wanderers.
Good times. Good times.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Trouble said...

Holy crap, Anonymous Coward! Don't know how you found my dumb blog but glad you did!

I forgot all about Mayor Hickenlooper. For those of you who never lived in Denver, the Mayor owns Wynkoop Brewery, etc.

When I worked at the altie newspaper, our office was across the street from the Wynkoop. All Editorial meetings were held there.

Good times, indeed, Mr. Coward.

2:30 PM  
Blogger LisaBinDaCity said...

I am surrounded by super achievers. While I'm happy for them, it would be nice to be one of them ;-)

7:34 AM  

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