Sunday, May 30, 2010

Boomerang Effect



Interesting gifts have been coming my way lately. It all started when I went out to my favorite bar with a classmate. My friend had just revealed that she'd never been out of the country, and I was listing distant places for us to travel to. When I got to Australia, my friend said she wouldn't feel comfortable going there, as she had heard that minorities are not welcomed. Hearing the mention of racism sober always brings on a visceral response from me. After a Blue Moon or two, unprecitable things can occur. Half joking, I announced 'Well, we can just forget about Australia, then!' And my dramatic accompanying arm gesture sent my fresh pint of Blue Moon flying off the table. The liquid that had been occupying my full glass had now darkened the powder blue back of the shirt of the unfortuate man sitting at our table. I didn't give him a chance to fully express his anger, I just kept apologising, thinking about how thoroughly annoyed I would have been if our roles were reversed. Then I thought I'd explain that the reason for the mishap was related to racism. Instantly, the beer-soaked man took up our cause and started vigilantly decrying every potential country that would dare to ruin the future vacation in discussion. Inebriation is an amazing thing, I thought as I smiled at his attempts at flirting. Magically, a brand new Blue Moon pint made its way in front of me the next moment. Some bystander had witnessed the drama, and wanted to assist in the losses. I smiled at my friend. She now understood why this was my favorite bar.

9 comments:

paz13 said...

So where did you wind up picking as your vacation destination?

Also curious as to what "Blue Moon" is. I'm not familiar with it.

Kevin

Mike said...

I, too, am very much against racism, Tamar, so I hope your friend will not be overly upset to learn that I would still consider Australia as a vacation destination. Should I, in fact, witness any racism there (which is unlikely because I'm not actually planning on going there) I will speak out in opposition.

Nice the way you used it to engage the guy you spilled the beer on.

tamar said...

hi kevin~ That conversation fell along iwth the spilled beer. Blue Moon is an amazing American version of the Belgian wheat ale Hoegaarden, brewed with coriander and orange peel. You can get Hoe Gaarden on tap in the states, but it tastes like they forget to add the spices.

hi mike~ liberal commie :-)

Just_because_today said...

Kevin, I dont drink beer but all my friends do...I have been around the blue moon and its effects.
Tamar, where you singing in that picture?

Just_because_today said...

Kevin, I dont drink beer but all my friends do...I have been around the blue moon and its effects.
Tamar, where you singing in that picture?

Hailey said...

Well I guess I won't be inviting you on my trip to Australia. So happy to see you bizzleblogging Tamar, love your writing!

elaine said...

hey tamar! it's elaine! just visiting and reading up on your World, ha ha- when are you gonna post up PUPPETREE stuff???

elaine said...

oh! p.s.! here is a link to my brother's blog: http://jee-shaun.blogspot.com/

His comic "Charles Duck" is about halfway down the page, a post from April... hope you like!

tamar said...

hailey!! thank-you so much for your support! Oh, I had such a funny dream, you and Alex were little kids, and I- well, let me just write you a personal email! It was really cute!!

ELAINE!!! I'm so glad you came to visit too!! The house wasn't the same without you, and I'm sure it's really different now that we're both gone. I saw your brother's art, it's really amazing! His inking looks like he took years to do it- and I like his non-descript tofu.. his humor shows that he was not adopted- I sensed the Elaine in him :-)