Our good friend Big Mike surprised us with a funny picture the other day: a screenshot of Google Earth’s view of the Sandbar.
What’s funny about that? Nothing, unless you happen to know that the gray SUV parked in front of the bar belongs to Dave—and if you look closely, you can see a gift from the City of Lawrence parking department.
Like any good downtown Lawrence employee, Dave does his part to keep the city of Lawrence running by accumulating his fair share of little yellow envelopes. Normally, he pays the $3 ticket before its due and his wife is never the wiser.
But sometimes he gets busted. Like when Google Earth captures evidence of his overtime parking.
P.S. Congrats to Big Mike, his lovely wife Anne and their little boy, who recently welcomed another bundle of joy to their family!
No, not us. We don’t want your music stands. But the KU Department of Music does.
We were incredibly amused (and honored, to be honest) when we got an email the other day from the KU Band office:
At the closing of the school year, we at the University of Kansas Bands take some time to do housekeeping and review equipment. We find ourselves short of music stands. This often happens when students take stands to perform at venues and houses of worship around town and forget to bring them back.
I am writing to ask that you take a look in your performance spaces and sanctuaries for stands labeled “KU Band” or “KU School of Music.” If your organization happens to have any of these stands, please contact me by replying to this email or by calling me at the number below. We will gladly stop by and pick up any music stands you might have.
The Bar Band isn’t officially affiliated with KU, although the group is primarily made up of KU band and music students (and former students who just can’t quite move on). You may or may not know that the Bar Band, a great tradition in the Lawrence nightlife scene for many years now, actually got its start at the Sandbar back in the mid-90’s.
So, even though the group isn’t officially part of KU, we still thought it was pretty cool that the folks in the band office were reaching out to us about their missing music stands. It’s pretty much an official acknowledgement of the group, we think. Or they’re just really, really desperate to find those missing stands.
We don’t, however, have any music stands in our house of worship.
Read more posts about the Bar Band.
Sandbar friend and regular customer Chad had this funny story for us recently. I should make him tell it, because it would be funnier, but I’ll do my best to retell it.
So he’s sitting at the bar one evening, chatting with Chelsea, our newest bartender.
A couple of young-ish girls walk in and order Georgie Peach shots. Chelsea said “sure, but you’ll have to tell me what’s in them because I’m new.”
One of the girls informs her, in an authoritative tone, that it’s made with Crown and peach schnapps.
Chad jumps into the conversation, confused, and said “No, I think you mean Southern Comfort and peach.”
“No, it’s Crown. I’m a bartender, and it’s her 21st birthday,” the girl said, pointing at her friend.
As Chad’s relaying the story to me, my first thought is “well, if it’s your friend’s 21st birthday, then you probably haven’t been a bartender very long,” and my second thought is “I don’t think that’s right, but then again I’ve never tended bar.”
He didn’t argue with her, and Chelsea made her what she asked for.
In the meantime, sure that he’s right, Chad texts Dave to find out what’s in a Georgia Peach. Dave (best bartender in Lawrence!) texts him back and confirms that yes, it’s SoCo and peach.
Chad explained to Dave that some girl at the bar was insisting on Crown. Dave’s response?
“But, Crown’s Canadian.”
It doesn’t sound as funny when I’m typing this, so I guess you had to be there. But, since then, we’ve joked a lot about Canadian Peach shots. After all, the Southern Comfort IS kind of what makes it a “Georgia” Peach…
Sandbar customer Emily (and my day-job coworker) spent some time in the bar this weekend. Nothing unusual about that. She shared with us the cool compliment she got from someone.
Some random guy handed her this card. Wasn’t that nice?! Of course, it would be awesome to pay it forward and pass the card on to the next attractive person…but it’s also fun to hang the card in your cubicle so you can see it every day.
There’s a QR code on the back that you can scan to see where all the other attractive people who received cards are located. We tried it, but the website was too busy to tell us anything. Must be a lot of attractive people out there.