Every Friday afternoon at theCHIVE HQ, theCHIVE opens its doors to America’s service men and women. Both Active Duty and Veterans are the only people who need no appointment to pass through the front door. They’ll find a bar stool and a cold beer waiting for them. It’s a tradition we started back in Venice Beach that’s still going strong today.
Last Friday, there was a rather distinguished looking gentleman at theCHIVE’s Copper Bar drinking a beer and having a laugh with a couple Marines. I wrapped up my work to join them and introduced myself. He smiled and said his name was Michael.
Admittedly, the day hadn’t gone great for me to that point. If you’ve ever broken your leg, you know there’s good days and bad days. I was on the tail end of a rather bad day. But at least I was off my medication so I could have a drink. Small mercies.
Michael said he was from Greenville, South Carolina. It’s one of my favorite places, so we chatted for a while about how Greenville had evolved over the years. I asked if he served? Michael said he had been in Vietnam but really didn’t elaborate. I don’t pry with that generation; if they want to talk about their experience, awesome, but I respect that many don’t. What Michael did want to talk about was going down the slide.