Today is a sad day for me. Everyone has that place where they can go and just feel like you can be yourself. That place for me was the Sports Bar. Last night it closed for good. I will leave it to David to discuss his reasons. I just want to talk about why I liked it, and David so much.
I have said this before, but I can come up with no other analogy, so I'm afraid I will have to use it again. The Sports Bar was like my own little Cheers bar. It was a place that I could go and have a drink, play some pool and joke around with everyone there. It was definitely a place where everyone knew my name and they were always glad I came (usually).
Before the Sports Bar opened I didn't know David Lee very well. We knew of each other and would email and say we should get together, but for some reason or another it never came to pass. We finally met briefly at the old Bar Phoenix. Then David opened the first Sports Bar on Sanchez street in the Colonial Zone, and I thought I had found a new home. When it moved to its present location, I would go in regularly and David and I would talk about our difficulties, hopes and dreams. More often than not, we would talk about the drama going on with this or that. We formed a bond and became a support system for each other. As many early readers of the blog know, I was an early supporter of the Sports Bar.
I don't know what I will do now that the Sports Bar is no longer open. I will miss it. That's true. I know personally that David has thought long and hard about his decision, and respect him for that. This past weekend was bittersweet for David. He celebrated his birthday on Saturday night, and closed his business for good Sunday night. Such is life.
Here are some photos of the birthday party on Saturday. I was was working with David and didn't get the chance to take many photos. The photo of David smiling is how I always like to see him.
On a personal note, I just want to say thank you to David for all the memories and good times I had at the Sports Bar. But most importantly, I want to thank him for being a good friend to me. I love you and anything I can for you, you know that I'm here.
Rest in peace, Sports Bar.