Pal’s Shanty

I saw recently on the news that Pal’s Shanty on Sandy burned down.  I used to go there with Stephen.  It was boys night out and we would first go to Powell’s to paw through the books.  I bought a nice four volume set of Gibbon’s “Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire” and Stephen’s comment was that it would always look nice on my shelf. even if I never got around to reading it.  It is still on my shelf and it is in remarkable pristine condition.  After we squandered our book allowance, we went to Pal’s Shanty and had a bowl of clam chowder followed by a crab Louie which we washed down with a pitcher of beer.  His wife Cheryl went there with him just once and there was a fist fight in the bar and she never went back.  We would sit and sip our beer, settle the worlds problems and then totter on home.  Those days won’t come again but it’s nice to be able to visit them among my memories.

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