You Just Can Not Make This Up

Most families have that one relative who is a gun collector enthusiast. Maybe a little too much. One year our sister for her birthday was given a gun by her husband.  Being the best sister ever, she just smiled and…. then for his birthday gave her husband a fantastic design purse. He got the message and didn’t give her any more guns LMAO GO SISTER!!!

 

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I was talking with a good friend one day. She told me that she was the ultimate “Hall and Oats” fan. Everyday she just had to hear at least one of their songs. When she was away from home and her music, she would actually call… The “Hall and Oats Emergency Hot Line!” I laughed and said “That can’t me true. There really isn’t a Hall and Oats Emergency Hotline???? Is there???”   Yes there is and here is the number 719 266-2837 “OMG Its REAL!!! ” When you call they give the choice of 4 songs. then play the whole song. LOL You Just Can’t make This Up!!!

 

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In 1980 we were going to USF. Mark was bartending at Casa De Largo, a Mexican restaurant on Fowler ave. mark had a favorite pair of very beat up shoes. They were so bad that his toe was sticking out of one! Carrie was out shopping a picked up a new pair of shoes for Mark. Just as Mark was getting off, he took the new shoes to the restaurant to surprise him…. Mark changed into them right away. Then the group cheered to the new shoes.  As a joke Mark put the shoes up on a shelf above the bar that was full of memorable Mexican  junk. Several years later we came back and the shoes were still there!!!!

 

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Every Friday for years the religious right protest in Ybor City. Since the presidential election the protesters have grown in numbers and vulgarity. The bible bangers want to you touch them. They have camera running and will then yell assault!!!  Then will tell you, if you pay them $100 – 500 dollars, right NOW, they will not press charges.  Don’t say anything to them ever. Usually we still just walk by and try to ignore them. My friend Chris & his wife and myself just had to stop. Chris asked if he could take a photo. The protester said proudly yes…. Then we continued on with out a problem. NOW READ The Sign + The Shirt = You Just Can Not Make This Up!!!   We think this should be a post card and read “Greetings from 7-11 in Ybor City” LMAO LMAO

 

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In the late 1970’s there was a famous Gay Bar in Minneapolis. There were 3 owners of the bar. The owner with the liquor licence in his name passed away. That left the other 2 owners. One was a very prominent  business man and couldn’t have his name on it. The other was a convicted HOMOSEXUAL. Yes in those day the police would stamp your file Homosexual if they even thought it.  So….. I was good friends with both the owners. They asked me to have the licence put in my name until they could find a new partner. Needless to say …. I drank free there from then on. LOL  

 

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Travels to Europe
    It was early summer and we were traveling from London to Dunkirk across the infamous English Channel on the Sally Ferry Lines. We were off to Amsterdam and Rotterdam for some fun exploring. Our first experience with the French Police and border guards. A couple of others in our group were pretty well lit. It was a fun time to party crossing the channel with the huge buffet and bar open all during the 3 hour voyage.
    Upon landing at Dunkirk we got onto the groups bus to enter into France. A little guard came on board sternly looking at us. His eyes traveled across our shocked faces.
    “Decendre” he stated loudly, then pointing out of the bus. No bags!! The other guards came over to our bus. Other buses were loaded and going into France’s border but not ours!  It was heavy misting rain and they pointed to the Examination building.
    Mark & I just followed the border police with very shiny black boots to the examination building in the rain. We had no idea what had happened or what to expect…… Two of the guys on board said grudgingly, ” that they were Americans and the French pansies can’t push them around.”
    We were escorted into areas inside the bland colored facility and a colorful uniformed supervisor said, “Strip!” pointing to the little rooms. My eyes lit up! What was happening? Were we going to miss our bus? Are we being held for what? Our backpacks were on the bus.
    We obeyed but the other 2 yelping Americans said “NO!”. Inside they wanted our passports and to see inside our pockets. We then got dressed and went out under the tented area.
    I asked Mark, “What was that all about?” We got back on the bus waited for a bit longer for others. But the 2 loud growling drunk Americans were not seen of again!

 

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Meet Kim  “Magic”  Bachschmid
A Tampa icon in the LGBT Community for may years. We 1st meet Kim at her club on Kennedy Blvd. It was called “Kim’s Club” At this club Kim would go from table to table doing fun Magic tricks. Her nickname was Kim Magic. Over the years you can always find Kim donation her magic Talents across the bay area. After Kim’s Club she opened a new culb on Dale Mabry in Tampa, just south of the interstate.  This was one of the BEST NAMES EVER for a lesbian bar. The name of the Club was…. ” Kim’s Liquor Box.” Every time we drove past it made us laugh!!!! Just think how many straight people never got the joke. Today Kim spends time with her Grandchildren and lives on the Hillsborough River in Tampa. Three Big Cheers to Kim Magic!!!

 

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I started bartending in 1978. Some things have not changed since then. Everytime when the bar is busy and I am trying hard to go fast there is this person. What would you like to drink? “I don’t know??? What’s your favorite drink to make??? Giggle Giggle” I say “My own drink when I get off work! Now what do you drink? Vodka, Gin, Rum ,Teq, Whisky, Beer or WATER???” Then comes Giggle Giggle “No what is your very favorite thing to make?” … I just smile and say “Money.”  Some things just never change. LOL LOL

 

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At the very 1st public organizational meet for St. Pete Pride. It was held in the leather bar section of the club Grand Central Station. Mark was bartending there at the time. The room was packed with 50+ people.  Brian Longstreth called the meeting to order. He started to introduce the purposed board.  When he announced the treasurer, people actually stood up and starting yelling loudly  *#!@#%  … this person did not become treasurer that night. This year we are celebrating year 15. Maybe it was a good thing that people objected so loudly at that 1st meeting.

 

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A friend of ours just turned 88 year old. We have know Walter for a very long time. Once he told us that when mean people retire they do not become nice people. They only become meaner people. On the other hand when nice people retire they become nicer people. How very true. On a recent night we ran into Walter at Bradley’s. I though to my self when I’m 88 I want to be just like him. There he was enjoying a cocktail telling jokes with friends and waiting for the 11:30 PM drag show.  We walked up to him and asked “How is it going?” Water said “I went to see my doctor this week. He had the nerve to tell me….. that I should think about stop drinking.” I just smiled at him and said “At 88 you think I should think about stop drinking??? Really??? I think I should  think about changing doctors!” If we all live to be 88. I hope we all will be having a cocktails with friends and waiting to see a 11:30 PM drag show!!!