Wednesday, June 16, 2010

So what am I doing here, anyway?

Jeff Write a blog post?  Me?  Jeff Resnick?  I want to say fuggetabout it ... but some hack has chronicled a bit of my life and, much as I value my privacy, I think people should know what happened last fall--to me, and my family.

Family.

Ha!

Okay, sometimes you need them.  Often you need them a lot more than you'd care to admit.  At least I do.  They say you can pick your friends but not your family, and that's true.  But in the last year, I've been lucky to pick my best friend, who also happens to be my brother Richard.

(Although . . . in my corner of the universe, it takes years and years for me to experience weeks and weeks.  I gotta think about that one . . .)

Cocktail shaker I'm a bartender.  Don't look down your nose at me, it's an honorable profession.  (Sometimes you end up playing shrink with a cocktail shaker in one hand.)  I started out as an insurance investigator.  That ended with a downsizing.  Then I got mugged. Some piss-ass teenager with a baseball bat needed my wallet more than I did, I guess.  He broke my arm and my skull.  After that things changed.  The way I looked at things changed.  And the thing is . . . now I know things that I shouldn't know.  Some people say I'm psychic.  I don't buy that.  I just say . . . I know things.  Nasty things.  Usually about death.  And not peaceful deaths, either.

CheatedBy_Death.sm Which leads me back to my latest adventure.  Pretty much everybody I know has been cheated by death in one way or another.  I know I have.  And that's the name of the book that just came out last week ... Cheated by Death.  It's available on Kindle and Smashwords.  (And one day, I hope, in print.)

If you're interested, you can find out more about me and my other adventures here.  (And if you come back in a month or so, it'll probably look a whole lot different.)

Okay, I gotta go to work at the Whole Nine Yards sports bar.  Gonna pour some beers and wash a lot of glasses.  And listen.

That's what bartenders do.

And what do you order from your favorite bartender?

23 comments:

  1. Hey Jeff,

    It's good to see you here. I've read good things about you and hope to read more in the future.

    My bar drink of choice is cranberry juice and hold the ice.

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  2. Great to see you here, Jeff. I've always thought that bartenders and beauticians probably hear more secrets than priests and therapist! I bet you hear your share.

    I'll order up a bourbon and Coke. :)

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  3. Gabe, who runs the bar at my restaurant, only serves my 25-year-old Chivas Regal. But you, you handsome man, you can serve me whatever you'd like! grrrrowlll.

    -Olivia

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  4. LOL, Olivia. Like you don't already have two guys after you. Sheesh.

    Nice to meet you, Jeff. I'll have a club soda with lime and maybe a couple of cherries. I know, I know. Lame-o.

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  5. Hi, Olivia. I'm kind of involved right now . . . but if that should change in the not-too-distant future, I'll keep you in mind. (BTW, my drink of choice is bourbon.)

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  6. I'd like a Palmyra, please, Jeff. Know how to make it? With vodka, fresh lime juice, and crushed fresh mint. And simple syrup. And crushed ice. Shaken, not stirred.

    Or--a vodka and tonic, but with diet tonic please. And lime on the side.

    See you soon... and xox Charlie McNally

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  7. Nice to meet you Jeff. Now that we've met, I will have to read your stories to find out more about you. As for me a glass of white Zenfindel sp. will do.
    Annette

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  8. Nice to meet you, Jeff. You've got an interesting story; I'd like to know more. Meanwhile, I'll have a tall spring water, please - on the rocks with a twist of lime!

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  9. Nice to meet you Jeff. We haven't had too many guys drop by yet. Can you make me a cosmo? I don't drink much, but I like the color.

    Skye

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  10. Nice to meet you, Skye. A cosmo? Coming right up. An Charlie, drop by the Whole Nine yards any night and the Palmyras are on the house.

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  11. Hey Jeff, I have a great recipe for a raspberry lemon drop martini that I'm willing to share. Best time to drink those is in celebration! Love your adventures by the way. From Murder on the Mind on..

    Julie

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  12. Nice to meet you, Jeff. I'm a red wine girl. My roommates have a little wine shop in town and they're always plying me with samples. Notice how I'm not complaining. I prefer a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Merlot. But lately I've been enjoying an occasional Malbec.

    Grace

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  13. These days either a Guiness or bottled beer. I was my favorite bartender for years, now I'm not so trusting.

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  14. Hi Jeff, nice to meet you. I've got to check out some of your story, sounds intriguing. My drink would be Jack and Coke most days or sometimes a frozen margarita.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  15. Hi Jeff! I'll just have an iced tea, thanks. The days of harder drinks have gone, but I'll sit at the bar and listen to your tales anytime. Sometimes even tha barman needs an ear...

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  16. Julie, sweetheart, you've been there for me since almost the beginning. I love ya, babe.

    You're right, Majik Mom, I needed a sympathetic ear during CHEATED BY DEATH, and where did I find it? My boss--who poured me a beer.

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  17. So happy to finally "meet" the wonderful Jeff Resnick!
    A Cosmopolitan or an Apple Martini - that's it. Can't drink wine anymore as I fall asleep within minutes!

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  18. I'd drive you home, Hannah, but LA is a long way from Buffalo.

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  19. My favorite author, Leann Sweeney, already has Cheated by Death on her Kindle--and by the way did you know that the word "kindle" is actually a group of kittens? Anyway, she's on deadline but she told me she cannot wait to read it--and she's been talking to me A LOT lately.

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  20. I am so glad you showed up here, Jeff. I really enjoyed meeting you in Dead in Red and I look forward to reading the rest of your adventures.

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  21. Red wine for me, too, please. But just one glass - the calories add up too darn fast these days.

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  22. Okay, Jeff, here's a challenge for you. How about a Pink Squirrel? The last one I had in Vegas, I had to tell the bartender how to make it.

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  23. Terrific cover, sounds like a dynamite book. The kind I could read while sipping a rum punch in Key West. Thanks for telling us about your book--I've got to buy an e-reader, I really do!

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