After giving my seat up on a sold out plane for a $425 voucher, a night at the Hilton and a first class seat in 2F for the next morning’s US Airways flight back to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport I decided to spend the evening in downtown “City by the Bay.” My Bad Tequila found its way over to fellow Thunderbird graduate pal – H.’s bar the Elixir, www.elixirsf.com in San Francisco by taking the BART to the Mission and 16th train stop and walking two blocks to Guerrero and 16th to the neighborhood saloon that was established in 1858. There is a great possibility that several forty niners have shared cocktails and brews in that hundred and fifty year old structure and we’re not talking the NFL football team. March Madness was going strong as a Fundraiser by the Mission Graduates formerly St. Johns was in full court press, check out this nonprofit organization that increases the number of K-12 students in San Francisco Mission District who are prepared for and complete a college education. Check out this program that is reaching over 1000 children and youth each year through in-school, after-school and summer programming at: www.missiongraduates.org
H. who is on the March 2010 cover of Nightclub & Bar was very hospitable, he took down a bottle of Azunia Reposado from the Top Shelf on his fine wood bar and poured each of us a shot of that spirit that keeps my Spirit alive – TEQUILA. The night did not end there as a fun couple (Bryan and Valerie) came in from Victoria, British Columbia representing Canada and the Gold Medal Hockey Team with a special vintage Gin of Victoria Spirits, www.victoriaspirits.com
On the flight home Friday morning as I was reading my USA Today newspaper I found the sad news that Fess Parker, had passed away the night before at the age of 85 years in his California home in the wine valley. The first rodeo I had ever attended was in Nampa, Idaho at the Snake River Stampede and Fess Parker was one of the guests appearing there in the mid sixties. I received a large photo of Daniel Boone in coonskin cap with Fess Parker’s signature. After a successful career as frontiersmen Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, the actor Mr. Parker built a successful winery in California’s Santa Ynez Valley. The Fess Parker Winery was featured in “Sideways” the 2004 film as the Frass Canyon Winery. Fess Parker, RIP.
Tequila Time: Azunia Reposado is an excellent choice when riding the cable cars of San Francisco and before swimming to Alcatraz Island.
Saludos, Uncle Rico
Author, Writer & CEO – MY BAD TEQUILA
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