A Pause – Returning Soon
It has been a while. I have many posts in queue that I just can’t bring myself to publish.
When I think about the passionate table side messengers that would leave a bottle without a word, or the intuitive advocate behind a full rack of wines that points me in the direction of a new, quiet jewel, I am deeply saddened. I am brokenhearted that I may not see them making art in their work again – that they may not return. It is a difficult possibility to accept.
Not only is it hard to see the light right now, but the world around me is screaming that this is a time for reflection and recalibration and I am going to listen. The world has shifted and we must to shift with it.
While there are so many more uncertainties today, I am certain that the beverage industry that I have been blessed to be a part of and work with over the years is the most dynamic and imaginative group of people around. We will rebuild this together and it won’t look like it did before. But we must charge forward – resolute and clear-eyed.
I will be back making new things in August. Until then, I wish you hope and safety and good health.
“ We will rebuild this industry together...
A Long Walk
April 28th, 2020 – Bushwick, BK
Walking at dusk in my neighborhood is like wandering into a zombie movie set and not knowing it isn’t real.
Rebel restaurants with masked people doling out batched Negronis and Beer. They are making the best they can with whatever they have.
Every block, shiny signs are without luminescence loom over an empty space or new mercado. Every sound seems louder. Each truck that crashes by to deliver something essential snaps me back to the edge of the corner.
The birds chirp and sway. The flowers are in broad bunches of blooms. Both unaware that there is unfathomable uncertainty and hope and despair all around them.
I cry under my mask and wonder if anyone can tell. Do we even really look at each other any more as we dodge to at least six feet away like a giant game of human tetris? How can we see each other again?
But what can we do? We breathe. We stay present. We walk forward, not knowing what is ahead (we never knew before…).