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Who Knew My Bar Would End Up For Sale?


Frankly Rich
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The bar where I met my husband as we viewed the Sunday Jock Strap Contest almost 33 years ago is for sale. Asking price: $5.2 Million! The .2 is for the bar, the 5 is for the history. The End Up has had various incarnations in its 40 odd years, but it was known to me as the place where I would always score. It was SF's Asian bar...once known as a "rice" bar. Not these days, of course.

 

If you are interested in the purchase, or just the bar, here's more: http://blog.sfgate.com/ontheblock/2014/09/02/home-of-the-iconic-endup-nightclub-for-sale/#26209101=0

 

For the record, I haven't been there in years- decades even.

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Interesting post. For me it brought memories of "The Numbers". I met two people there that would become life long freinds. Everything in life changes, sometimes it is for the good, and sometimes it's not, but when those things that go away in our life that provided so many good memories, it makes me a little sad. It was my 'Cheers'.. I had been going there since its Sunset Strip days. The relocation to Santa Monica Blvd saw it slowly become less relevant, as the escorts turned to the Internet for their business. Finally the owner and his partner sold, and while it remained open for a few years longer, it was not the same, so I never went back. In the end, I moved on, and found new, and better ways of hiring. While the bar is long gone, the memories are not.

the greatest beauty is

Organic wholeness, the wholeness of life and things,

the divine beauty of the universe.

Love that, not man apart from that,

or else you will share man’s pitiful confusions,

or drown in despair when his days darken."

 

- Robinson Jeffers

 

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For the 40th anniversary of our initial meeting at a gay guesthouse in P-town, my spouse and I went back there for a weekend. It was still in business and structurally unchanged, but it had grown tired, even seedy; nevertheless, it evoked fond memories for me. When I recently suggested to him that perhaps we should go back again on our 50th anniversary, he said, "Enough with the nostalgia already!" He would rather celebrate at the Ritz in Paris, a venue to which we have no sentimental attachment whatsoever (never having stayed there).

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Most of the places I think about for my earlier "coming into awareness" of what gay life was/is are long gone. Kings cinema in NYC (and there were two others like it, dark, seedy, smoke-filled and always interesting); and of course the Gaity Theatre, and then there were the pre-Giuliani bookstores (before porn booths) and the porn booth theatres - now nearly ALL gone, and cruising along W. 42nd street outside the Port authority where one could always find a hustler for $50 or less.... I went on a trip recently to some of the haunts I cruised in Europe, and they too have disappeared or changed so much they are only a shadow of life of two decades or so ago. Yes "things change."

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Yes, things do change. The Numbers (anybody remember Joe Evans, the bartender? is he still around?). The Twin Peaks in SF (still going?). Rounds. The Gaiety. The old Regent East on 58th Street in New York. Thank god the Town House is still alive. All of them important in my development not just as gay but as a person, making friends, learning about wider worlds. Well, perhaps not the wider world thing so much at the Gaiety <wistful smirk>. Having recently moved back to Southern California I feel like an alien. West Hollywood has become so modern, so chic. Me not so much, I guess!

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