I had rather forgotten about the Texas State Democratic Party convention that is apparently cranking off in Houston this weekend. I have been busy and just have not paid all that much attention to what passes as news these days. Hope they have fun and spend and spread the wealth around a bit. Stimulate the local economy as it were.
I fondly remember doing some bartend type work for a major Democratic Party event a few years back. Or rather fondly at least. The job was exceptionally busy as I recall and there just was not enough bartenders to accommodate the drinking crowd what with all the time spent building the foo foo drinks that these folk seem to enjoy. Only the limousine liberals would drink the regular old scotch and water or Crown and Coke. Those concoctions were probably just a bit too Republican and exclusive for most in that crowd. It was at one of these Democrat get together that I learned how to make a Wiki Wacky Woo. (Yes it does sound a bit beauty shop queenish). When everyone wants a Singapore Sling or had crafted margarita it just holds up the line and those in line tend to get antsy. Even the most "tolerant" and "inclusive" among them don't like to wait long for their alcohol. I guarantee that.
With all that being said, these Democrats from the far reaches of Texas may get the privilege of a Dumbass Sheila Jackson Lee encounter. However they will then be so unfortunate as to be subjected to her delivering a long winded speech. I would imagine that even some of these folk will think to themselves that "this woman is an idiot." I am sure of it. They shouldn't let that bother them though. They should look at her as we in the Houston area have learned to do and consider her high comedy. Almost a gift really.
I will say though that working a Democratic gathering is more fun (and profitable) for a service bartender than working a Republican get together. Democrats are a more diverse crowd and therefore more interesting to watch. Republicans all seem to look (and act) basically the same. (I think some are actually aliens. The space kind). They also do not seem to tip very well for service rendered (as is customary). Democrats can range from the man hating lesbian activist types to those ultra rich limo liberals who show up with "escorts," both male and female, on their arms (oh yes they do).
At any rate, the last Democratic gathering I worked saw me walking away with just under 400 of dollars in tip money. Something to be said there. Not bad for a nights work.
I have never worked a Democratic gathering as a taxi driver. As with any other major gathering it would be profitable sure. The Montrose area is just a few short miles away for both the overtly and covertly happy among them, and Houston is rich in out of the way spots to recommend for the after hours sports among the crowd.