There were a lot of people who helped me on the way to completing my quest to drink in a Thousand Bars and I would like to thank some of them here.
My brother-in-law Jim who risked his mother's wrath (and his sister's, too) by taking me out to make sure I got off to a good start on New Year's Day. We left to get milk for coffee to go with our after New Years feast and managed to hit three bars before returning home to a house full of glares.
Jim And My Old Friend Ronnie
Good Friends Lou and David who suggested Pioneer after my plans to go to Australia fell through and another David, the owner of Pioneer who graciously hosted this event.
David And Owner David
Dakota Smith, who wrote the first article about me for the New York Post way back in February when I was just starting out. And Tracy, the Owner of Siberia and Belvue, who let me be a guest bartender at Belvue and even said I might be able to do it again. Most generous of him considering how inept I was the first time.
Dakota Smith And Tracy
Larry, the writer for the Associated Press who did the fantastic story about bar number 500 at The Gate. That story came out on Memorial Day and was published in papers across the world and really got people interested in what I was doing. And of course, Tina, who had the unenviable task of having to follow me around taking pictures.
Larry And Tina
For those of you who saw me on the two segments of Countdown With Keith Olbermann, it was Virginia the show writer who first came up with the idea of doing the segments and Judy, the producer, who sat and held everyone's hand when they were being shot.
Virginia, Judy, And Bar Man
Of course there also was Peter from Miami who sent the Mysterious Chinese Woman flowers. That helped more than you can ever imagine. He also brought me a couple of mighty fine cigars to celebrate the completion of my journey.
Peter, Mysterious Chinese Woman, Peter's Wife Anna
And let us not forget the most important person of all, a true representative of all who have made this website viewable, a good-looking bartender.
Michelle, The Good Looking Bartender
Well, I am sure there were many more that I forgot several or they weren't able to show up for the grand finale. If I missed anyone, shoot me an email and I will do my best to correct the situation.
There is more to come after this, party shots and, of course, the grand payoff courtesy of Wade, the owner of Angry Wade's, so check back in later in the day or early tomorrow.