Friday, July 1, 2011

Cry, 'Havoc!' and let slip the dogs of war...

Last Friday, I found this guy sadly sitting on the curb on Houston Street.  He seemed pretty bummed to be all alone on a Friday night, so I picked him up and took him for drinks at Mars Bar.  What could possibly go wrong?

He seems a bit flashy for the joint, but Mars is known for welcoming freaks of all shapes and sizes.

Mars Bar

My new friend orders a beer and water, then demands money for the jukebox.

Mars Bar

He really hits it off with one of the Regulars...

Mars Bar

After a few drinks, the urge to stand on the bar and launch into a tirade about gentrification becomes irresistible:

Friends, drunks, gentlemen, lend me your ears!
I come to bury the East Village!
The evil that men do lives after them,
The good is oft forgot with their cheap architecture;
So let it be with Mars!


Mars Bar

Erm, something, something, something.  Then, the dreaded moment arrives...the one every Mars patron has feared at some point...

Behold!  The most horrific place on Earth!

Mars Bar

Ah, but our friend is fortified with enough beer to conquer the most hostile environment.

Mars Bar

I go out to get us some falafel, but take longer than expected.  When I return, I find my friend unconscious in the corner, face-down, with what looks like several bullet holes in his back.  I ask around to see what happened, but no one says anything except for a shadowy figure at the end of the bar who grumbles something about bad taste in music.

Mars Bar

What song on the Mars jukebox could possibly induce such violence?  I guess we'll never know...



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Good night, and thanks for the memories!


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7 comments:

  1. Ha ha ha! Great post, Goggla! The laughter and madness is what I'll remember about the Mars Bar and you captured it perfectly. To the Mars Bar!

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  2. I saw him earlier last week spanging with a sign that read, "Why Lie – I need a Beer!"

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  3. LOVE this!! The writing & photographs are brilliant! Too bad he didn't survive ... I could've introduced him to that dinosaur I picked up outside 7 1/2 Second last week.

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  4. Lovely tribute Goggla. I am thankful to have met some of the regulars. Mars was a cool spot.

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  5. Hahah! I love this so much!!! What a great write-up- the photos are fabulous. Love that shiny lil guy!

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  6. Thanks, everyone!

    @Lindsay - he was a lot of fun. I think everyone around us thought we were insane, but it was fun nonetheless. :)

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  7. Ray! Love seeing him anytime I'm at Mars!

    Great job and great post Goggla!!!!

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