The sign I spy every day while I walk from my workplace at the library for my second cup of coffee from Nichols across First Street finally pulled me in last Saturday.
My old pal first met at the big daily, Bake, met me a few minutes before game time. My dear wife Karen joined us when she got off her library shift, oh, at halftime.
I slid in next to a smiling Bake, who’d selected a bar spot behind the Cobblestone’s line of beer taps. It provided a fine view of the line of flat screens tuned to college football right above the bar and a good place for our elbows as we caught up.
Bake this year retired from the spot he made for himself after the big layoff of January ‘13, as social media director of the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. He still goes to the lively spot just across the street from where we culled News together from the 1980s, he admitted, but now he merely eats, drinks and is very merry without posting photos and catchy promo thoughts on the web site and other platforms.
Bravo, my friend.
I sipped on a very tasty Blue Moon draft as I told him about how much I enjoyed working on the library’s site and social media, and working with the people, patrons and co-workers.
At game time, they turned every TV in the joint to the Syraucse-Miami game.
People at the bar and at the tables cheered as if they were in Miami with the squad.
When Karen arrived, we ordered 18 50-cent wings. Hot. Crunchy. Tasty. I did think they get some smaller-than-usual bird appendages in for the special-price event, but that may just be the Oliver Stone in me….
The Orange fought like heck, but couldn’t come through at the end, as QB Eric Dungey threw one too many interceptions – four – and Miami added one more late TD run to win 27-19. Syracuse is 4-4 with a bye this weekend.
Yet the Cobblestone proved quite welcoming for the 3:30 p.m. away game. Experiment, successful.