Saturday, September 10, 2016

Doin' my part for foreign relations

So last night I was on the patio of one of my favorite bars--just minding my own business and not bothering anyone--when I overheard one of the waitresses griping about a group inside that was getting obnoxious. Apparently a party bus had dropped off a group of German tourists for a bit and they were getting loud and annoying, particularly by monopolizing the Karaoke machine and singing the songs in German, which was kind of irksome to a lot of the other patrons, especially when they kept doing it.

Well some of you know me well enough to know that I'm kind of like a ASJW--an Anti-Social Justice Warrior. And it didn't help that I'd had a few drinks and was surrounded by friends who'd had a few drinks. So finally, I walked into the main bar, went over to the Karaoke screen, and picked a song that I'd seen in there but never bothered trying to sing on the stage, Karaoke really not being my thing. But the song is on my running music track and I know it well enough that I figured I could give it a shot once I'd elicited a pledge from my friends to back me up if the Germans didn't have a sense of humor and this went sideways.

So I knocked back the rest of my drink, got the microphone, and stepped up on stage to give this number my best shot in a room full of drunken Germans.



The room got real quiet when I started and people realized what the song was, but then the applause started, first from the regulars and then even from the folks who are now known as my new German friends. And I didn't have to buy another drink until after the Germans left. Turns out they did have a sense of humor.

Pity I couldn't do Basil Fawlty's "Don't mention the war".

And this morning, when I went in for my Saturday morning coffee, the bar manager, who'd been there last night too, shook his head and asked me what I'd have done if they'd all gotten pissed and wanted to fight. I just shrugged and told him "hey, I just start shit. Once it breaks bad, it's your problem."

23 comments:

  1. Well played my friend!

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  2. I'm thinking we need to stop by there tomorrow. Sounds like a cool place.

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  3. Oh man, stirring it up as usual... :-)

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  4. I would have sung the Horst Wessel Leid. But I'm like that, particularly at a 2+ blood alcohol level. https://youtu.be/MD6oDnm43HA
    I speak German very well and they would have understood every word.

    Now you mention it, I need to look for an opportunity to do that. I'll Yelp the local establishments and find one that serves wiener schnitzel und bier.

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    1. Or maybe the Panzerlied if I wasn't feeling so feisty. https://youtu.be/8JDkdc246QQ

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  5. The Marseillaise would have been good too!
    (like the battle of the bands in Casablanca)
    Of course, you aren't a Frog...
    :-)

    gfa

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    1. Still, that would have been EPIC!!

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  6. Heh. Heh heh. Heheheheheh...

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  7. Hey Murphy;

    LOL, you done good. It has been over 25 years old and I still can speak German, although with a swabish dialect. We would have fun with that one

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  8. ML for Secretary of State!

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    1. Oh, God no. Not even on a bad day.

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  10. You are a great Ambassador for foreign policy

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  11. Were you in open carry mode?
    Jess arskin'
    leaperman

    P.S.
    I would have sang "Sink the Bismarck"
    I love that song.

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    1. Can't carry open or concealed in bars here. No exemptions. Not even for me, Sad.

      But the Bismark song...yeah...would have been good too.

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    1. Given enough alcohol, I think so at least.

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