Just wrapped a long, yet interesting weekend here.  Between celebrating another year on this earth, a wacky stretch of weather,  Halloween and all of the hijinks that comes with it and yet another dismal performance by the Miami Dolphins,  it definitely wasn't boring, that's for sure.

It all started on Friday.  It was my birthday and I woke up to a deluge of well wishes from family and friends via email, text and Facebook.  As a matter of fact, I got so many messages on Facebook that it took me almost an hour just to get through them all.  Very overwhelming, but in a nice way.  One depressing note:  I'm finding that I'm getting more emails from AARP all of a sudden.  A sad reminder that once you hit mid-40's, it all starts to head downhill from there.  I also received more Red Velvet cupcakes from Crumbs than I've ever seen in my life (so much for slimming down)! Oy vey!

We had a pretty festive crowd in that night; most of them there for Game 7 of the World Series.  To be honest, up until the late stages of Game 6, I didn't give a rat's ass about the Series, until the most improbable of comebacks took place.  That caught my attention so I, along with a pack of newfound St. Louis Cardinals fans were pulling for the ultimate comeback to take place.  And when the last out took place and the Cardinals won the Series, the fans at the bar erupted in celebration.  Good stuff.  Tried to get pics but my camera battery died.  Oh well.  Afterwards we began to get our share of costumed party people coming back from house parties, which reminded me that we were about to embark on a weekend of debauchery.

Saturday started out, oddly enough, with snow showers.  Didn't see that coming.  Got a visit from one of my former bartenders, who was in town for a visit with a good friend.  She brought back a nice birthday gift: A Great Lakes Brewing Co. sixpack sampler (I got a few nice gifts of the beer kind over the weekend, now that I think about it.  Hmmm...).  In any case, it was great to see her.  We had a Halloween party booked for the night so I spent the afternoon getting ready for it.  I was a bit worried about how things would work out with the wacky weather and all, but for the most part it worked out fine.  Most of the people showed up for the party and everyone had a good time, as evidenced by the photo gallery:

This year's edition of Halloween didn't blow me away, costume-wise.  I was expecting more but to be honest, all I saw was a lot of recycled costumes.  I must have seen more Popeyes and hookers in one night than you could shake a stick at.  Yawn.  At least most of the guests seemed to have a good time.

Sunday was a laid back edition of Brew Crew Sunday.   With the Miami Dolphins playing at Giants Stadium, the turnout of the Dolfans NYC Club was a bit light.  A good number of them were going to the game, and since it was being aired locally,  I was pretty sure that a good number would watch it from home.  To be honest, with the 'Fins mired in an 0-6 slump with crushing losses to the Jets and Broncos, the passengers are beginning to jump from the ship.

That being said, we still had a pretty good afternoon, with a lot of great games on tap with great finishes  in many of them.  The regulars were pretty happy with the day as they got to stretch their legs a bit with the newfound room available to them in the bar.  We even had a pretty good night, even though the Philadelphia Eagles blew away the Dallas Cowboys.  All things being considered, I can't complain about how the day went.

Or the weekend for that matter.

Now that we're finally done with October, it's on to November.  First thing on the docket:  MOVEMBER.  In years past, yours truly took part in the fundraising efforts of MOVEMBER, the movement to bring awareness to Prostate Cancer Research.  The followers of this blog were very gracious in your support of me and my fundraising efforts for MOVEMBER.  This year, MOVEMBER has a new face representing Third and Long in its efforts to raise funds for the cause:

The Don himself- Jim Long.

Now this is kind of a big deal.  I've know The Don for over 20 years and I have NEVER seen the man in a mustache.  Ever.  For him to do this for the sake of charity.. well, this should be epic.

That being said, between now and the end of November, we will be counting on the friends of Third and Long to make whatever donations you can to help further the research of Prostate Cancer, on behalf of LIVESTRONG and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.  Anything you can do for the cause is, of course, much appreciated!

NYC MARATHON WEEK:  With the New York City Marathon taking place this Sunday, we expect to see more than our fair share of runners and supporters in and out of the bar throughout the week.  As always, we welcome and support all participants of the Marathon.  After the race on Sunday, we will be hosting our annual post-Marathon party at the bar, complete with great drink specials and a DJ!

If you've been to any of our Marathon parties in the past, you know that they are a great time and go well into the evening.  This year's edition will be no different, so make sure you check out the race, support the runners and then swing by afterward to celebrate their success!

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE matches resume this week (Tues/Wed. 2:30pm), with $3 Bud/Bud Light pints during the matches!

DOLLAR DRAFT MADNESS ($1 Bud/Bud Light mugs) following the matches and flow ALL NIGHT LONG!


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