A Chance Encounter

Mark Pierce, Co-Owner Bisbee Soap & Sundry

It was a Tuesday night and I was working the bar. There was a band playing, and there was a larger than usual crowd for a week night.

Queue dream sequence music

Despite the size of the crowd, I immediately notice him when he walks into the bar. His glasses are splattered with paint and he is wearing a red trucker hat. There’s something magnetic about him and he instantly captures my attention. He makes his way to the bar, approaches me, our eyes meet, and he orders a drink.

The music is loud, the crowd is lively, and I can’t hear what he’s saying. He repeats it more times than I care to mention.

Thinking I finally understand what he wants, I take my best shot making it. I serve him his drink, which turns out to be all wrong.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

I mix him a second drink - the right drink – and when I hand it to him, I am flustered, and apologizing profusely. 

They say, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” 

He disappears into the crowd which suddenly seems more animated than usual, and the band plays on.


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