We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Been in the City lately? I have. Love the vitality of it, the spirit, the pretty people. Best place in the world at Christmastime when everything and every corner is hopping. It is uplifting, invigorating, inspiring.
McSorley's is one of the great old pubs, but there are so many.
McSorley's allows ladies to enter nowadays, but it's really still a guy place. I puked in their bathroom one time as a youth. "Boot and rally," as we say. Not a sacred place - just old, uncomfortable, dusty, and rickety. Perfect.
Unfortunately, someone has stolen the name, as well as the "be good or be gone" motto, and started a mini-chain in Hong Kong (two sites) and Macau. The one in Soho on Hong Kong Island is a sports pub (sports memorabilia on the walls--no dust, no pictures, no chicken bones). I went in just to check it out (it was very hot and humid that day) for a cold one--no McSorley's ale, of course. The manager (a Canadian) said the owner was a former college football quarterback from the American South and probably had been to the real McSorley's in NYC.
Thud my friend ... Nice to see you back. I wondered where you'd gone. Evidently, you didn't have to go far for a drink and some conversation. Liverpool's oldest pub, huh? That must be fun sometimes, except when one of the girls complains about the facilities. Tell us more, please....
Marianne, pub was built on old quaker burial ground and is what many would consider a 'proper' English pub. My aged mother (long time pub owner) has taken up residence now and as a rather strong character has made sure the female presence is strongly felt. Due to arrival of a new baby in April I'm stuck in England for a while now (noanchor babies for my wife and I) so some of my love of America is supplied by Maggies and all its contributors.