Thursday, October 09, 2008

It's a Neigborhood Bar

(Before I say good bye to Tailgate never to return or endorse it again, I will leave you with one last story of why I had loved this bar so much.)

One thing I can't stand in life is people who pick on other people. Immediately as I walked through the door of the bar I could see an acquaintance of mine was in trouble his beet red face cowering towards the bar told the entire story of the man standing behind him talking into his ear.

The relief that my little friend showed on his face when he saw me walk in broke my heart and instantly started my adrenalin. I knew in an instant that I was going to beat the shit out of this guy if it was the last thing I would do on this earth.

I walked around the bar and pulled my phone out and proceeded to take a picture of the man standing behind him.

Brianinmpls, "Say cheese. Ok can you put your arm behind your back and stick your chest out and smile?"

Man, "What the fuck do you think your doing?"

Brianinmpls, "Webster's dictionary is coming out with a picture version and I think you would be a perfect definition of a tool."

His demeanor seemed to change instantly and he said him and his friend didn't want any trouble and they were leaving.

I can admit I felt like the toughest guy alive for about .0002 seconds until I turned around and realized that four other people I know at the bar had gotten up and were standing behind me.

Lesson of the Day: Don't pick on people, everybody has struggles. If you are better off then someone else in some way leave it at that. There is never a reason to make others feel bad about themselves.
Side Lesson: Don't pop your collar this isn't the 80's and very few people can pull it off chances are pretty good you are not one of them so let it go.

(This also highlighted one of the reasons I loved Tailgate so much this was one of the few places on Earth where a Technology Analyst can stick up for a gaming geek and be backed up by a combination of 2 Bikers and 2 Gang Members. This bar was off the hook @ just about any given time you find a blend of section 8 housing tenants, blue collared workers, sports fans, pimps and gangsters, bikers, upper white collar workers, families starting out and college kids. 612 this one's for you.)

Tailgate R.I.P


geoff said...

Did Tailgate shut down? My friends live right by there, and they used to go sing Karaoke there on Friday nights (or Saturdays...I can't remember). They quit going there because they said the chick that ran the karaoke said that the manager/owner didn't like them, and to not let them sing. I'd been there a few times, and really had a good time there. If it shut down, it's too bad.

Rocketstar said...

Nice, so why no more tailgate? I thought the wagon was only for one month?

I'm finished with my first week man, how is it going?

Brian in Mpls said...

It didn't shut down I have just decided to spend my money elsewhere :)

The crowd has changed some of my favorite regulars have moved on and I think I have wore out my welcome with some of the staff.

Wagon is good for the most part this weekend will be the real test going to Wisconsin so there will be lots of football and temptation.

Sornie said...

That has to be one of the greatest ways to verbally jab someone. Kudos!

terri said...

Brian, you've got a soft side! How sweet! Awww... I feel all warm and fuzzy now.

Coconut said...

That's a great story. I would love to witness that.

scargosun said...

Verbal smack downs backed up with a menacing presence are such a joy. :)

just a girl... said...

newbie here, nice to meet ya and what a great way to start.

JLee said...

Good for you! I hate bullies too..

Robin said...

Back up or not, you were ready to kick some tool ass all by yourself.
Props babe..

I used to be a regular at a bar similiar to Tailgate back in the day. It sucked when the dynamic started to change..Wouldn't ever go back after certain people and staff moved on..Sad..