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Check in on your favorite bars.  They are a vital part of the social network yet their workers rarely have job security, savings and insurance.  I bartended and managed bars for a good chunk of my life which gave me time to hone my painting skills and allowed a lot of people flexibility to pursue their own dreams outside the conventional world. Real neighborhood dive bars were already disappearing at an alarming rate with raising rents and people prefering to stare at their phone rather than spark up a conversation with a stranger. I am afraid of the ease of complacency in staying home and communicating thru screens in the long run allowing no room for casual conversations leading to broader understanding and empathy for those that think differently than you. Another favorite part about dive bars is they were the closest thing to a family for a bunch of loners. So also check in on your favorite loner as well. Drop them off a homecooked meal or two. You know they can't cook. ****Also if anyone in the world can get me in touch with Joe my fellow bartender at Boo Radley's in NYC in the 90's you'd be my hero!!! He saved my life a zillion times in college long before cell phones and learning his real last name..... #wecalledhimSchmengy #bailoutbarsnotcorporations #checkonyourbartender #McNallysPub #divebarseries #oilpainting #pleinair  #pleinairpainting #Oakland #DiveBars
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'Bill McNally's Irish Pub est. 1933' 12
Check in on your favorite bars. They are a vital part of the social network yet their workers rarely have job security, savings and insurance. I bartended and managed bars for a good chunk of my life which gave me time to hone my painting skills and allowed a lot of people flexibility to pursue their own dreams outside the conventional world. Real neighborhood dive bars were already disappearing at an alarming rate with raising rents and people prefering to stare at their phone rather than spark up a conversation with a stranger. I am afraid of the ease of complacency in staying home and communicating thru screens in the long run allowing no room for casual conversations leading to broader understanding and empathy for those that think differently than you. Another favorite part about dive bars is they were the closest thing to a family for a bunch of loners. So also check in on your favorite loner as well. Drop them off a homecooked meal or two. You know they can't cook. ****Also if anyone in the world can get me in touch with Joe my fellow bartender at Boo Radley's in NYC in the 90's you'd be my hero!!! He saved my life a zillion times in college long before cell phones and learning his real last name..... #wecalledhimSchmengy #bailoutbarsnotcorporations #checkonyourbartender #McNallysPub #divebarseries #oilpainting #pleinair #pleinairpainting #Oakland #DiveBars πŸ–ŒπŸ–ŒπŸ–ŒπŸ–ŒπŸ–ŒπŸ–ŒπŸ–Œ 'Bill McNally's Irish Pub est. 1933' 12"x12" Oil on Canvas painted on location on College Avenue in Oakland CA -commissioned peice