Thursday, May 3, 2007


We live above a liquor store and an acoustic musical instrument shop. Today I'd like to raise a glass to the former, the Cork & Bottle. Along with serving as an excellent and accessable source of fine wines and ales, the C&B also functions for our family as a playground and think tank, and provides musical entertainment. Rosebud has been given toys and birthday parties there regularly, and plays complex kid games with employee Dickey almost every day. Countless ideas have been hatched there, inluding the notion for Jimmy's and my acoustic Queen cover duet Farouk Assault. The Cork & Bottle String Band has often rehearsed in the back room and, when the weather is kind, the driveway. Jimmy performed the wedding ceremony for Papa M and me. The place is also a museum of local curios, including the boozelabra and the menagerie of plastic reptiles and rats. There is a liquor store poodle named Bob. Teena and Connie are the queens of the place and we try to take good care of it all. Thank you, C&B, for being a treasured room in our home.

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