Wednesday, September 24, 2008

At the Tavern

Last week I witnessed my first bar fight in quite awhile. It was at a little place near my friend's house which didn't seem to have a name - the sign simply read "TAVERN" (which, I heard, means that they don't have a liquor license and can only sell beer and wine). We were sitting at the bar cuz all the tables were taken, and next to us a small group of people seemed to be having a nice, civil conversation among themselves.

But suddenly, barstools go flying along with fists and drinks and even eyeglasses. The gigantic bartender quickly hustled the two perpetrators out while they hurled their parting insults. (My favorite: "Fu#king bike messenger!")

After they had gone and things settled down, their friend said to us, "Wanna know what they were fighting about?" Of course I was curious: Was it money... A woman... An intolerable insult to one's mother? "It was art," he said. "They were arguing over who's better: Georgia O'Keeffe or Van Gogh." Fascinating! Especially considering the artists in question. Anyway, so Portland, so hilarious...

6 comments:

the feeb said...

everything about that story is funny.

Brian Kunath said...

Don't tell me: the Van Gogh fan threw the first punch, right?

Funny story.

Morsel said...

It kinda of makes me feel a little better about humanity - despite the fight aspect.

MO'SH said...

The better artist is, of course, Rockwell.

Lucy Starcrest said...

I'd have said that, mo'sh, but those guys were really big.

Anonymous said...

barroom blitz! oh wait...tavern blitz!