Cocktail Widow Usurps Website
by Caroline O'Neil
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as Darcy's secretary/wife. For the next few days I will become the Cocktail Widow. I have been a part of the Art of Drink in spirit. However, I am now in the vicarious position of maintaining Darcy's website in his absence. Some of you are fortunate to be attending Tales of the Cocktail with Darcy but most of us are stuck at home. Now I would have been very disappointed if I was left at home in a Canadian snowstorm while he basked in the sun. However, it is still summer here so I plan on catching a few rays myself. First of all, I would like to submit a disclaimer that if his website goes up in flames during his absence I am not responsible. So what are my credentials? Well, I can't even enter the previous discussion of Bartender vs Mixologist because I would classify myself as a mere guinea pig. I have been subjected to many of Darcy's creations over the years and I'm still alive to tell about it. I do recall making a webpage back in one of my university courses and this is in fact my first blog posting. I don't want anyone to hit the panic button because I was given a crash course called, Maintaining a Website 101, before he boarded the plane. So as you can see I have very big shoes to fill over the next few days.
What is Darcy up to at Tales of the Cocktail?
Well, he claims that he will be very busy over the course of the next few days. I will admit that there are lots of events that he will be attending but it sure sounds like a lot of fun. He was invited to Tales of the Cocktail because he will be a panelist for the session on Cocktails and the Blogosphere on Saturday I can't remember half of the things he has planned but I do know that he will be indulging in a couple of sessions of rum tasting, attending VIP dinners and going to an assortment of presentations. Finally, he has planned to hop on the famous Carousel Piano Bar and Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone with many of you that will be attending the Tales of the Cocktail. My only concern is that there are a lot of you that he may not get off. Therefore, I would like to request that whoever is the last to join him makes sure that they throw him off the carousel and send him back home.
What is the Cocktail Widow up to at home?
Again I have the monumental task of maintaining the Art of Drink website. Now to make matters even worse, Darcy has given me homework. I would really appreciate if you all could convince him to give me an A+ on my assignment. I was instructed to post at least one blog entry while he is away. If you are reading this, then I have successfully completed my homework. However, I have always been a stupendous student so I will be back again providing there are no extenuating circumstances. This would involve looking after our 5 month old son, Fionn. I may be slightly incoherent because of sleep deprivation. Fionn has already cracked his first two teeth and my luck he will pop the next set while Darcy is away.
Here's to a great week