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A B [bar-to-stool (a question of relation)] [boofsah lights] [box, juke, etc.] [Bridge and Tunnel (B&T), etc.] [Brooklyn, The East, etc.] C [The Call] [of clubs, restaurants and hotels] [communitas] [crowd] D [The Day Of The LES] [décor, design, theme, etc.] [distance (stumbling, falling, etc.)] [DJ] [doorman, ropes, etc.] [Drunken Invincibility Disorder (D.In.D.)] E [error 404, etc.] F [frattypes] G [games] ["get _____ a drink"] H [hesher] [hip, hipsters, etc.] I J [job, work, career, etc.] K [kittling(s)] L [Last Call] [The Law-of-Week-Ends-and-Nights] M [The Manhattan Law of Gravity] [middle-of-the-hip (price) range] [Mirror] N O ["(just) one drink"] P [patrons] [PDX, etc.] [penis envy] [pinball, PB, ball] [pour (a question of relation)] Q R [regulars] S [Sobering up] [split] [(concerning) students] T [(bar) tenders & (bar) etiquette] [The City, capital 't', capital 'c'] [These Dark Times] [They] [T.O.N.Y.] [The Tropic of Houston & other Tropics] U V [Vomiting] W [W.C. and care of the "self"] [The Word On The Street] X Y Z

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"Hence we have avoided the wiles of pure chance, which might indeed have produced logical sequences; for we must not, one mathematician tells us, 'underestimate the power of chance to engender monsters'; the monster, in this case, would have been, emerging from a certain order of the figures, a 'philosophy of [drinking]' where we must look for no more than its affirmation." -Barthes


A B

bar-to-stool (a question of relation)
The bar proper is the preferred situation of The SYborg...

boofsah lights (from Baltimore UniFied Senior Assistance House or some such old folks' home)
In Bardie argot, this onomatopoeticism describes and defines a neon lighting situation...

box, juke, etc.
Most bars have a box...
KYGL...

Bridge and Tunnel (B&T), etc.
Morally The SYborg objects to the identification of Manhattan with The City...

Brooklyn, The East, etc.
PENDING...

C [back to top]

The Call
It's kind of about saying, "I'm just going out for a walk and maybe a drink"...

"Respond as you would to the telephone, for the call of the telephone is incessant and unremitting. When you hang up, it does not disappear but goes into remission. This constitutes its Dasein. There is no off switch to the technological." -Ronell

of clubs, restaurants and hotels; or, what constitutes an urban coordinate in topography
"Systems fascinate by their esotericism, which preserves them from external logics" (Baudrillard).
Every game has rules...
clarify...

communitas
'Then let us be laconic'...

crowd
Abstractly  crowd is nearly tautological...

"Why do people live in New York? There is no relationship between them. Except for an inner electricity which results from the simple fact of their being crowded together. A magical sensation of contiguity and attraction for an artificial centrality. This is what makes it a self-attracting universe, which there is no reason to leave. There is no human reason to be here, except for the sheer ecstasy of being crowded together." -Baudrillard

D [back to top]

The Day Of The LES
A long story short, or at least shorter than usual...

décor, design, theme, etc.
Fragments found among the papers of Leander Gaux-Yon (1968-97; see The SYborg mythos): "Bar as address vs. bar as  intérieur...

"'To dwell' as a transitive verb—as in the notion of 'indwelt spaces' [Wohnen als Transitivum—im Begriff des 'gewohnten Lebens' z.B.]; herewith an indication of the frenetic topicality concealed in habitual behavior. It has to do with fashioning a shell for ourselves." -Benjamin

distance (stumbling, falling, etc.)
"Two feet's a long way to go when you're carrying an alien and it's dark and there's a dreamsnake on the loose" (Jeff Noon,  Vurt).
Drink it over: As a factor in cognitive mapping, distance is decidedly  not objectively measurable...

DJ
PENDING...

doorman, ropes, etc.
It's true what They say...

Drunken Invincibility Disorder (D.In.D.)
This disorder mainly manifests in males between 13 and 112...

E [back to top]

error 404, etc.
Questions! Questions...

"The knife is the strongest, the most immortal, the most brilliant of man's creations. The knife is the universal means of solving all knots; along the knife's edge is the road of paradoxes—the only road worthy of a fearless mind." -Zamyatin

F [back to top]

frattypes
Like Bridge and Tunnel,  frattypes refers both to a group of people and to something less tangible...

G [back to top]

games
You have  got to be kidding me...
KYGL...

"Games, unlike dreams, are subject to rules, and one just doesn't leave a game. Games create obligations like those found in challenges. To leave a game is unsportsmanlike. And the fact that one cannot refuse to play a game from within—a fact that explains its enchantment and differentiates it from 'reality'—creates a symbolic pact which compels one to observe the rules without reserve, and to pursue the game to the end, as one pursues a challenge to the end. The order instituted by the game, being conventional, is incommensurable with the necessary order of the real world: it is neither ethical nor psychological, and its acceptance (the acceptance of the rules) implies neither resignation nor constraint. As such, there is no freedom in our moral and individual sense of that term, in games. They are not to be equated with liberty. Games do not obey the dialectic of free will, that hypothetical dialectic of the sphere of the real and the law. To enter into a game is to enter a system of ritual obligations. Its intensity derives from its initiatory form—not from our liberty as we would like to believe, following an ideology that sees only a single, 'natural' source of happiness and pleasure." -Baudrillard

"get _____ a drink"
the holiest of global drinking traditions...

H [back to top]

hesher (n)  from pronouncing High Schooler as one word
This is basically any 15-18 year old who thinks he or she is cool enough to bark with the big dogs...

hip, hipsters, etc.
I am forever thinking that I know what I mean when I say "hip(ster(s))"...

I J [back to top]

job, work, career, etc.
that repeated stain on your resume...

K [back to top]

kittling(s)
You, the satellites, as well as the others...

L [back to top]

Last Call
Last Call! "End of story, folks"...

"Last call! / It's closing time / I'm on the road to god don't know my brains / the burger and my hearts the coal / It's closing time" -Modest Mouse

The Law of Week-Ends-and-Nights
If you haven't figured it out by now, then well, I'll tell you...

"The Chat wasn't really a dealing bar, but on weeknights it attracted a related clientele. Fridays and Saturdays were different. The regulars were still there, most of them, but they faded behind an influx of sailors and the specialists who preyed on them." -Gibson

M [back to top]

The Manhattan Law of Gravity
The Manhattan Law of Gravity is exceedingly simple...

middle-of-the-hip (price) range
Painful, sure, but not financially impossible...

Mirror
"Mirrors in NYC increase our living space...
KYGL...

N O [back to top]

"(just) one drink"—as in "sure, fine, I'll come out, but only for one drink"
A futile phrase uttered consciously when one is in the act of doing something that one wants to do...

P [back to top]

patrons
All of the people in a bar but not necessarily its regulars...

PDX, etc.
PDX, sweet PDX, how we, we who have made The Migration, sometimes miss your foursquare simplicity...

penis envy
Although there are definite perks to being a woman in a bar...

pinball, PB, ball
In  Beautiful Losers Leonard Cohen's narrator proposes pinball as an analogy for the history of the problem of freedom...

pour (a question of relation)
Over the long haul, middle-of-the-hip or not, raw price indicates very little...

"The...vodka I'd brought wasn't enough for him, and he pulled out his own quart of bourbon, saying that Americans considered bourbon the best drink in the world. Americans also cut the best drink in the world with a lot of soda, but we drank it straight, nibbling on pickles. Of course, it's foolish, even blasphemous to cut a drink like that, but to mix bourbon and vodka in one sitting is not the best idea either." -Voinovich

Q R [back to top]

regulars
Mixed into the patrons and the crowd, and sometimes, into themselves, are the regulars...

S [back to top]

Sobering up
This activity is quite elusive with a certain set...

"You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on." -Dean Martin

split (also step, bounce, motivate, go long, go Audi)
this means you leave the bar...

(concerning) students
There are a trillion more post-secondary schools in The City than you have fingers and toes with which to try to count them all...

T [back to top]

(bar) tenders & (bar) etiquette
Bartenders come in many shapes and sizes and dispositions...

The City, capital 't', capital 'c'
The City? it  almost goes without saying...

"'Yes,' she said. 'The cat was not the steak. But the cat might be a manifestation which the steak was taking at that moment. The key word happens to be  is. Don't tell us, Barney, that whatever entered Palmer Eldritch  is God, because you don't know that much about Him; no one can. But that living entity from intersystem space may, like us, be shaped in His image. A way He selected of showing Himself to us. If the map is not the territory,  the pot is not the potter. So don't talk ontology, Barney; don't say  is.'" -PKD

These Dark Times
Dark Times? yes...

"She poured the liquid from the bottle into her glass, sipped it. 'Delicious liqueur. Would you like some?' It was only now that I understood: alcohol.... 'Listen,' I said. 'You know that everyone who poisons himself with nicotine, and especially alcohol, is ruthlessly destroyed by the One State....'" -Zamyatin

They
Das Man. You can only be of the They...
clarify...
four years later......

T.O.N.Y.
TONY aka Time Out New York is basically evil...

The Tropic of Houston & other Tropics
The Tropic of Houston is the most significant Tropic because it divides the numbered from the named...

U V [back to top]

Vomiting
"No doubt you'll find yourself some night with a few too many in you...
KYGL...

W

W.C. and care of the "self"
"The oxygen and carbon dioxide and salt in our blood, the hormones flowing from our ductless glands, are all regulated by mechanisms which tend to resist any untoward changes in their levels. These mechanisms constitute what is known as homeostasis, and are negative feedback mechanisms of a type that we may find exemplified in mechanical automata. It is the pattern maintained by this homeostasis, which is the touchstone of our personal identity. Our tissues change as we live: the food we eat and the air we breathe become flesh of our flesh and bone of our bone, and the momentary elements of our flesh and bone pass out of our body every day with our excreta. We are but whirlpools in a river of ever-flowing water. We are not stuff that abides, but patterns that perpetuate themselves. A pattern is a message, and may be transmitted as a message. How else do we employ our radio than to transmit patterns of sound, and our television to transmit patterns of light" (Norbert Wiener,  The Human Use of Human Beings: Cybernetics and Society)?
R.U.D.E. (remote unorganized data egress, i.e., bar bathrooms) involve delicate negotiations...

"Drugs are excentric. They are animated by an outside already inside. Endorphins relate internal secretion to the external chemical." -Ronell

The Word On The Street
The Word On The Street (and Its emanations, Ms. Rumor for example) comes from out of nowhere...

X Y Z


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