Saturday, January 1, 2011


Hey, you all, it's January 1st! And you know what day that is. That's right . . .
Margarita Day:
"A Tradition Since 1986 (Except For 1994)."
So, have yourself a merry little Margarita. Brother Nappy and I already took care of that important business. But dogged if we can remember where. Too many Margaritas can have that effect on a fellow's memory. Oh, wait . . . it's all coming back to me now in bits and pieces.
Nappy and I went to lunch at my favorite Mexican restaurant in the Phoenix area - ABUELOS. Good food, good drinks, good atmosphere:



Ahhh . . . yes! And now we come to the object of our January 1st quest, the elusive Margarita. We caught two of them and they are now in captivity. That is, the cavities I call our stomachs:

Be sure you catch yerself a Margarita too!
At the Abuelos restaurant near me, there are a few murals and some paintings hanging on the walls. One painting in particular has always fascinated me because it's so downright A-List creepy! It's a picture of an evil looking clown character and the painting reminds me of something we might have seen on the old TV show NIGHT GALLERY [link]. Remember that series?
I could write a thousand words about this painting, but since a picture's worth a thousand words, I'll just post a picture instead:

Is that A-List creepy, or what?
Well, anyway, "Happy Margarita Day, Y'all!" Go get you a Margarita . . . and tell 'em Stephen sent ya!
~ Stephen T. McCarthy
YE OLDE COMMENT POLICY: All comments, pro and con, are welcome. However, ad hominem attacks and disrespectful epithets will not be tolerated (read: "posted"). After all, this isn’t, so I don’t have to put up with that kind of bovine excrement.


DiscConnected said...

What happened in 1994? Were ya on the waggin?

Do Jack Daniels shots count?

Happy New Year STMc!

The world did not end again....

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

What happened in 1994?
Ha! It's kinda humorous because, believe it or not... well...

It was actually my Dad who started the Margarita Day tradition on January 1st in 1986. He was out and about doing things and at one point he decided to stop in at a local bar to watch one of the college football games and have a drink.

Now, Margaritas definitely were not my Pa's usual drink of choice; he was generally a beer or bourbon man. And I can't recall WHY he decided to have a Margarita that day but I think he saw someone else in the bar drinking one and on a whim it looked appealing to him. So in a very unusual moment, my Dad ordered a Margarita. In fact, I think it may have been the first Margarita he ever had. And he said the thing tasted so good and went down so nicely that he ordered a second one. And a third, and...

Well, as these things tend to happen, one drink led to another, and so on and such and such, and then suddenly in one moment it dawned on him that he was crocked! So, he called me and asked if I could come down there and pick him up because he didn't think he should be driving.

And that's how the Margarita Day tradition was born. From then on, he and I would go out every single New Year's Day and have a Margarita or two together. He passed away in 1996, but I keep the tradition alive, and intend to continue it until the day that I too pass away.

So, what happened in 1994? Ha!-Ha! It's hard to believe but, after 8 years of having Margaritas on every New Year's Day, somehow or other we just plain FORGOT to do it in 1994. It didn't occur to either one of us that we were supposed to go out and get a Margarita. It wasn't until the next day, January 2nd, 1994, that it dawned on me that we'd neglected the tradition. I went to him and said, "Oh, my gosh, Pa! You know what we forgot to do yesterday?"
"What?" he asked. And I reminded him.
"Well, I'll be dogged!" he said. "How did that not happen?"

But we picked up where we'd left off in '95 and again in '96. And then on April 10th of '96, at 66 years young, God called my Pa Home (the lucky guy!)

Looking back on it now, I'm kind of glad that he and I forgot to get a Margarita in '94 because it gave birth to my slogan "A tradition since 1986 (except for 1994)", which I think is really funny! When did you ever hear an advertising boast like THAT?

Nah, I'm afraid Jack Daniels shots don't count. You see why it must be a Margarita, right? However, "virgin" Margaritas DO count - I've gone that route a few times when the idea of a full octane Margarita didn't appeal to me.

And HAPPY NEW YEAR to you, too, McBuddy! I think that, for me, the theme of 2011 might turn out to be "Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes".

~ Stephen

Sheboyganboy #6 said...

Stephen -

I appreciate the way you continue to honor your father. You are a great creator and respecter of traditions.

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes. Turn and face the strain!

Hope they are good ones for you. Anything to reveal yet on the blog?

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

Thanks, Brother!

No, nuttin' to announce on this blog yet. In fact, I suspect the first and last big Ch-Ch-Ch-Change that will get announced on this blog is that I'm dun bloggin'. But we ain't quite there yet.

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

Arlee Bird said...

Jan 1 is when my wife and I went to Best Buy with our daughter and her husband. My wife bought her daugther a big ol' 50" flat screen and stand to go with it. Since she was on a buying spree she also bought me that laptop I'd been wanting. Now I have more computer access for the next trip.

On Jan 2 we went to the Cadillac Bar in some amusement park place south of Houston and we all got Margaritas, except I got the delux one with Grand Marnier. I don't really remember exactly what we did after that. And, by the way, it was okay because my son-in-law was driving and he wasn't drinking.

I do remember that we went back to their house and watched Goodfellas that night.

Tossing It Out

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

>>.....we all got Margaritas, except I got the delux one with Grand Marnier. I don't really remember exactly what we did after that.

Good man!
Sounds like you probably had a fine time. And if you didn't, fortunately for you, it's been erased from you memory. Isn't alcohol GREAT?!

Booze can make you feel so good. But too much of it can make you feel so bad. However, some hair of the dog and you feel good again! It's a Win/Lose/Win proposition.

~ Stephen