So, what's this about Brian O'Brien's burning down? I saw the raw footage on the Abq Journal's website, but can't find a dang news story about it.
I guess it's confession time: I used to work at that bar. Yes, I worked at the bar with the freaking dumbest name ever. In 2002, I returned to Abq from Europe--where my impending marriage had just crumbled--and I needed to line up some work so I could save up enough money to move to Colorado and start an internship with High Country News. (I had left my previous career prior to leaving for Europe and didn't want to return to archaeology; I needed a transition job between archaeology and journalism and cocktail waitressing was perfect.)
A girlfriend of mine was a bartender there, and she introduced me to the owners. And here's the thing: I loved working there. I worked Thursday, Friday and Saturday night--went in around nine and stayed until closing. I made enough cash to survive and spent the rest of the week camping and goofing around outside. I loved the other women I worked with at the bar and my customers--mostly regulars--were really down-to-earth nice people who had crazy stories to tell about their lives. Also, it was far enough from UNM that we didn't get cheap college students, so I made great tips--and every once in a while, a cute guy would actually come in and there would be someone to flirt with at work. (It wasn't all perfect: one night a biker gang came in and the guys acted like total a-holes and didn't leave any tips behind; another time, I had a guy go into a diabetic coma at my table.)
Anyway, just had to share...I haven't been to BO'B's since I worked there, and I'd actually wondered how the place had fared after the smoking ban. I'll raise a beer to the place tonight at dinner.