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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Monday, July 28, 2014

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Nope, I never tire of these ladies.
Nope, I never tire of these ladies.

TV shows you never get sick of

Recently, a friend and I discussed "Sex In The City," and the fact that we never get sick of it. I rarely watch reruns, or even a film twice, but when it comes to "Sex," I can watch those episodes over and over again, and thoroughly enjoy them every time.

I once had a roommate who was this way about "Friends," and have known people who never tire of  "Seinfeld." Of course, shows like "M*A*S*H," "The Brady Bunch" and "The Simpsons" have similar appeal.

What other TV shows with rerun appeal am I forgetting?

Bartender Evan Barnes at Bryant's.
Bartender Evan Barnes at Bryant's. (Photo: Whitney Teska)
Owner John Dye worked at Hi-Hat for many years.
Owner John Dye worked at Hi-Hat for many years. (Photo: Whitney Teska)

An evening at Bryant's Cocktail Lounge

I have so many fond -- and fuzzy -- memories of Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge, that I was tickled pink when I heard John Dye reopened the swanky drinkery.

I dropped in for a cocktail last week, and was happy to see it hadn’t changed much visually. The mirrored walls, the ambient lighting and the deep booths continue to define the décor, but the energy was fresher than ever with John greeting customers and master elixir mixer Evan Barnes behind the bar.

When John purchased Bryant’s from previous owner Debbie Malmberg, he received stacks of recipe cards for the 500 specialty drinks, including the infamous Brain Buster. (And remember, Bryant’s doesn’t have a drink menu, just a well-versed waitstaff!)

I definitely wanted a drink adorned with a piece of flaming fruit, and I considered the classic, grapey Black Magic, but John suggested The Candlelight, a fruity concoction made from vodka, Bryant’s signature syrup, raspberry liqueur, lemon juice and a flaming peach. 

Like all of Bryant’s beverages, it was dangerously delicious.

My friend Kara enjoyed a champagne cocktail made with crème de cassis, lemon and bubbly. Later, Evan sent over a sample of The Nutty Colada, which is coconut, pineapple and amaretto. 

Next time, I’m going for one of the spiked ice cream drinks, but I was certainly ready to cut myself off after the colada sampling.  I didn’t want a repeat of what happened about 10 years ago, when I had two of Bryant’s Mai Tais and had to lie down in the car.

In any case, it was a blast to be back at Bryant’s.

Even this guy has a Facebook page.
Even this guy has a Facebook page.

Is everyone on Facebook now?

Lately it seems like there has been a mass migration to Facebook, and people I never would have pegged as online networkers and time-wasters are requesting my cyber friendship.

It’s pretty cool.

I’ve been a MySpacer and Facebooker for a while now, and although I agree with most folks, that these sites have the potential to time-suck even the most productive people, I enjoy the creativity and communication.

But, seriously, who’s going to shock me next with a new Facebook page? My 90-year-old grandma? My Luddite friend who still refuses to own a cell phone? My dog? My kid’s imaginary friend, Nicky?

Valeri and Nastia Liukin.
Valeri and Nastia Liukin.

Kissing kids on the lips: Endearing or disturbing?

The Olympics came and went, but I continue to ponder the relationship between U.S. gymnast Nastia Liukin and her father.

Liukin, the individual all-around gold medalist, kissed her dad on the lips multiple times during television coverage of the Olympics. Her father, Valeri Liukin, was a gold medalist and is also her coach.

The on-air father / daughter smooching evoked a lot of commentary. Some viewers found it inappropriate and said their lip kissing is borderline incestuous. Others said it was acceptable because of their European roots. (Liukin was born in Moscow, but moved the the U.S. when she was a child.)

Personally, I don't think there's anything wrong with it as long as it's a peck on the lips. Obviously, anything sloppy or lingering is sad and gross.

I kiss my kids on the lips, but they are little guys. Will I still plant one on their kisser when they're 10? What about 15? I probably would give them a quick peck, but it will depend on how they feel about it, I guess.