Mapping the Long Tail (of drinking)

It’s hard to believe it’s been over two years, since we’ve last had a Spontaneous Drinking Night—an event with only two rules: a weeknight and less than twenty four hours notice.

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Spontaneous Drinking Founders (minus one)
House of Shields, South of Market, San Francisco, California

Nikon D3, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G, SB-800
1/30sec @ f/2.2 iso3200, 50mm

Cindy Phung, Andrew Mager, and Robert Balousek. Only one founder is missing from this photo.

But Greg was visiting and House of Shields may be closing soon so we had to schedule a reunion.

How long is two years? Back then Cindy had bangs:

Round eyes
Round Eyes
Outspark Launch Party, 1015 Folsom, SOMA, San Francisco, California

Nikon D200, Tokina AT-X PRO 16-50mm f/2.8 DX, SB-800
1/100sec @ f/2.8, iso900, 16mm (24mm)

See, we can be white people too. (Yes, my indoor photography was weak sauce back then.)

Now she has purple ears:

Purple ear muffs
Purple Ear Muffs
House of Shields, South of Market, San Francisco, California

Nikon D3, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G, SB-800
1/30sec @ f/2.2 iso3200, 50mm

This camera’s ISO was pushed 3 stops higher than the above photo, but there was much more to recover. It was so dark in the bar, I thought the earmuffs were grey until the flash triggered.

It’s hard to believe the House of Shields may be closing. The bar is an original speakeasy, over 100 years old, with a tunnel to allow the Palace Hotel patrons across the street to access it. It was where we had our first official Spontaneous Drinking Night. It is even rumored that President Warren G. Harding actually died there.

And yet, Spontaneous Drinking lives on. It’s only agenda is to have a few beers after work with friends. That’s true—whether that was two years ago:

Bernie and Patrick @ SDN
Bernie and Patrick @ SDN
John Collins, South of Market, San Francisco, California

Leica M8, Cosina-Voigtländer NOKTON 35mm f1.2 ASPH.
1/16 sec, iso640, 35mm (47mm)

Patrick Reilly and Bernadette Balla

…or today:

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Adam, Krystyl, Alicia, and Sean
House of Shields, South of Market, San Francisco, California

Nikon D3, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G, SB-800
1/30sec @ f/2.2 iso3200, 50mm

Adam Duffy, Krystyl Baldwin, Alicia Kenworthy, and Sean McCullough

We’ll have to schedule some more spontaneous drinking. Hopefully we can get President Harding to show up to the next one.

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