Mad River's 5th anniversary party is tonight
Happy birthday, Mad River!
From 9 p.m. until close today, the South Baltimore pillar of Miller Lite swilling and crazy partying celebrates its fifth anniversary.
When I heard about the occasion, I called the bar to ask what kind of specials they were doing.
The person I talked to said they weren't doing anything special, just hoping they'd get a lot of people out to help them celebrate.
Are you thinking what I'm thinking? ...
I mean, shouldn't they be running some crazy specials to thank all the regulars for keeping them going for five years?
To be fair, the woman I spoke with said she wasn't entirely sure, and would take down my name and number and have the manager call me. That's bar speak for "get lost."
This is one of the most aggravating parts of my job. Unless I already have a bar owner's cell phone, getting a hold of a manager or owner is almost impossible. They're almost never at the bars during the daytime (and sometimes only once or twice a week). And when I leave messages for the bar owner to call me back, they never do.
Most bar owners tell their employees not to speak to a member of the press. And then they tell their employees not to give a member of the press their cell phone numbers. How much sense does that make?
Sorry for the tangent. But this really gets my goat.
(This Sun archive photo of Mad River was taken in 2004)