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Pub Business Plan

Posted in Economics, Pub Library, Victorian Tavern with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2013 by Drogo

So you want to open a Medieval, Victorian, or Fantasy Pub? So do I. Here is a step-by-step list of a typical business plan for opening a pub.

1.  Location, location, location. Town, County, State. Near a highway. Enough space, at a reasonable cost (low monthly fees: mortgage, lease, rent, utilities, etc.). Easy access Parking.

2.  Get a business license, liquor license, insurance, inspections, permit for a club, and whatever else is needed legally in that location.

3. Order enough beer, liquor, wine, and a few food items to last a month or two; always keep stocked, and sell it for more than you pay for it.

4.  Advertise locally, in print, and on-line; with proper signage.

5.  Have a reason for people to come and keep coming back; quality food & drink; affordable costs; membership dues or benefits that other places do not offer; atmosphere and special social scene.

6.  File proper income taxes; accounting for employees and sales.

7.  Deal with problems as a benevolent over-lord.

Sounds simple doesn’t it? So why has it not happened yet? The problems come with the initial start-up costs and rent. Even with a steady stream of patrons, there is no guarantee that sales will cover the cost to run the place; and that is the big gamble – the risk.

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Tofu Lizard Memoir 06

Posted in Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing with tags , , , , , on May 29, 2012 by Drogo

Journal Entry 06

Later that afternoon I met Cordite the Horse Master and Blacksmith. He had been fixing some utilities around back, in between chopping wood. The three of us played a knife throwing game, on a target board. Drogo assured me that my job working at the bar would be easy. I only had to serve basic food and drink like bread, crackers, soup, water, coffee, tea, and beer. Also there was no cash register, just a strong lock box that was chained to the bar, since tax was included in the prices, and prices were always rounded to the nearest dollar.

That night they showed me to my room in the Inn (end of the Tavern). A few other people passed through the doors, but I knew I had time later to meet everyone. Thanking Drogo and Cordite, I began unloading my pack. I felt quite safe and welcome at SCOD. There are few places in this world that I have been to where I felt so at home.

In the morning the call of the rooster woke me up. I followed the smell of breakfast back to bar at the Pub end of the Tavern. My bed at the Inn had been comfortable enough, and although my door was unlocked I knew my possessions would be safe. There were not enough strangers like me around to worry about, I mused. Things were going to be ok. I was finally reaching the conclusion that this was going to be the happiest time of my adult life, and leaving my old office job was truly the right thing for me to do after all.

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Tofu Lizard Memoirs 05

Posted in Fictional Stories, Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2012 by Drogo

Journal of SCOD Member Tofu Lizard – Entry 05

The Medieval Pub was very much like the drawings on the website. Heavy timber-frame, with mixes of half-timber infill, scale-shingle siding, and masonry. Mostly earth colors. The Pub commanded a view of the whole site from atop the hill, as the road wound up to it. I introduced myself, and the people outside told me to go on in. Every visible structure and material was hand-crafted. The heavy wooden door creaked as I opened it and went inside. There was a tavern bar on the right, tables and more public rooms on the left, and a fireplace hearth straight ahead.

“How can I help you?” the Bar Keep asked.

“Hi, im new here. My name is Tofu Lizard.” I said.

“Ah well, met. I am Drogo.” he said.

Drogo offered me a free drink of water in a goblet, with a flagon beside it, should I want more. He said that he was the architect and owner, besides acting as bar keeper. Drogo said he mostly manages the property, and other people usually work there. He generously offered me a job working at the Pub and as a field hand. SCOD would not pay me, but in exchange I got to live there for free, provided I worked my shifts, and I could still get tips and extra money on the side, if I sold my own crafts there.

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Sword Jump Wedding

Posted in Events / Celebrations, Pagan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2012 by Drogo

Celtic Pagan Sword Leap Ceremony by Drogo Empedocles

ENTRANCE MUSIC – Procession

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We are gathered here today to witness the wedding of _____ and _____,

and to help celebrate their marriage on this chosen day.

They have chosen to perform a sword ceremony,

where they must ‘jump the sword’.

The edge of the sword is symbolic of the possible dangers of love,

and jumping over it represents that they maintain their own ties to each-other,

during the perilous ‘leap of faith’ required for getting married.

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I will now bless and lay the sword. Here is the sword!

Anál nathrach, orth’ bháis’s bethad, do chél dénmha

So mote it be, blessed be.

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_____ do you take _____? _____ do you take _____?

Lord and Lady please hold hands.


For marriage you are headed!

Once over the sword,

for evermore you are wedded!

Now Leap Lord, and Jump Lady!

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You have made the leap of faith together, and now you are married.

You may now kiss.

So mote it be, blessed be.

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EXIT MUSIC

Eric Meulemans Interview

Posted in Interviews, Pub Library with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2011 by Drogo

Name of Person interviewed: Sir Eric Meulemans

Reason interviewed: Pipedream Pub

1. Why did you start the Pipedream Pub:

The Pipedream Pub began – as many college-year endeavors do – as the mad hallucinations of a closely-knit group of friends, who desired to actualize their medievalist fantasies in the form of a Prancing-pony-like hangout where they would be free to eat hearty whole-grained breads, play eclectic music of all sorts at all hours, become learned beyond measure in artes arcane, use an abundance of hyphens and ellipses, and generally just hang out and be awesome with one another and perpetuate awesomeness upon the world.

Given the practical constraints of construction of such a physical reality, and, as so many such similar dreams are interrupted by that thing mortals call “life,” the Pipedream Pub lingered in a perpetual Pipedream state, waiting to be brought to fruition in its originally conceived form but over time evolving into much more. Rather than merely being a physical place, the Pipedream Pub became a virtual storehouse for the common interests and developments of its members, who seek to collect and disseminate knowledge for the betterment of those worthy of it.

2. Give some advice for anyone wanting to do what you have done:

Not to sound like a well-worn Nike slogan, but… just do it. If you desire something, pursue it. If you dream of it, build it. Too many among us look upon a mountain in the distance and think “I’d like to go there someday” and yet never take a single step towards it. Move your damn feet and you’ll get there – eventually. Remember, just like the NSA says, the impossible just takes longer.

3. How do you view “Sustainability” in what you do?

I view sustainability in the same way as many of our ideals: it is a constant goal but one rarely attained. Too often we fall prey to the ills of society and the weakness of our own will, but if we remain aware of these failings we can strive to better both through diligence. Sustainability is not just “reduce, reuse, recycle,” it is something that allows for the continued existence and well-being of ourselves and environment through minimal initial impact and long-term considerations of use.

 

4. What is your opinion of “Cooperatives”?

Sounds like some commie plot to me…

Cooperatives have a strong history and continued presence in agriculture for many of the same reasons we intone it here. That it provides for mutual benefit of members with reduced risk, bringing opportunity which could not ordinarily be attained on one’s own. Few are those with all of the skills necessary to conceptualize, design, build, maintain, and manage an organization, and those few who can likely will find it impossible to do all of these in the time they have, so working together and utilizing the strengths of one another to attain a mutual objective is almost a necessity.

5. How important is “Organic” design in your life, as opposed to simple mechanical design? For example in the food you eat, buildings you live in, and work you do…

“Organic” is certainly a bit of an overused and perhaps mis-applied term these days, but I admit a strong fondness for it anyway. Yes, I eat as much “Organic” food as possible, as I wish to limit my intake of toxins as much as possible and to support what I believe to be the proper direction of food production.

From a design standpoint, nature has already figured out how to work everything. Mimicking natural organic design is preferable to reinventing the wheel, yet we so often try to anyway. We tend to live in boxes, and this is not because they are beautiful, or efficient, or even necessarily convenient, but because the building industry told us we should. What other animals live in a box besides the ones we lock them into?

6. Do you have any other plans for future “Development” of these or any other goals?

Yes. I will attain effective immortality so that I have the time in which to meet them all.


ps – Eric Meulemans works at Albion Swords (Albion does make the swords from the Conan films, but the originals (which he is holding) were done by Jody Samson).

Drogo’s Guide to Alcohol

Posted in Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2010 by Drogo

Rubbing Alcohol – used on skin cuts and scrapes to sanitize

Grain Alcohol –  moonshine, white lightning, pure alcohol meant for the highest level of intoxicating drink; but so combustible it can be used as carbureted engine fuel, lamp oil, or as rubbing alcohol; it is the basic distillation of grains used in whiskey, gin, etc…

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Liquors

6 Bottles & Mystery Decanter fit inside a 10″ x 10″ Cabinet

(Firewater, Kahlua, Rum, Vodka, Scotch Whiskey, Sherry, Decanter)

[ 750 ml tall & thin bottles; cheap and compact $10-$20 ]

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Favorite Liquors (in order of preference):

1. Firewater (Cinnamon Schnapps Liqueur, hard sweet)

2. Sherry (Wine Liqueur, smooth sweet) “Fortified Wine”

3. Brandy (Wine Spirits, hard sweet) “Burnt Wine”

4. Rum (Sugar Molasses Spirits, hard sweet)

5. Kahlua (Coffee Liqueur, smooth sweet)

6. Whiskey (Grain Spirits): Scotch, Bourbon, Wisky (hard bitter)

7. Vodka (Potato or Grain Spirits, hard hard)

8. Tequila (Agave plant, hard bitter)

9. Gin (grain & juniper, spirits & citrus liqueur, hard bitter)

10.Peppermint Schnapps (Liqueur, hard sweet)

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6 Basic Home Cabinet Liquors

1.  Rum (Sugar Molasses Spirits; hard sweet)

2.  Whiskey (Grain Spirits: Scotch, Bourbon, Wisky; hard bitter)

3.  Vodka (Potato or Grain Spirits; hard pure)

4.  Gin (grain & juniper, spirits & citrus liqueur; hard bitter)

5.  Tequila (Agave plant; hard bitter)

6.  Liqueurs (Schnapps, Sherry, Brandy; smooth sweet)

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Note on Nicknames: The name for Whiskey comes from the Celtic “Uisge Beatha” meaning “Water of Life”. It was commonly called simply “Uske” for “Water”, which led to the pronunciation being spelled the way we do now. It was common for alcohol to be called “Water”, “Water of Life”, “Fire Water”, and “Dew”, as well as other nicknames that are not variations on ‘water’.

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Fortified Wines include: port, sherry, madeira, marsala, and vermouth

The original reason for fortifying wine was to preserve it, since ethanol is a natural antiseptic. Also adding Liquors to Wines adds distinct flavors to the finished product, and makes the Wine stronger with a higher alcohol content, while retaining the wine flavor. Sherry is wine & brandy mixed.

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Wines:

1.  Chablis  (sweet)

2.  Martha’s Vineyard

3.  Zinfandel (light white)

4.  Port  (heavy sweet)

5.  Cabaret Sauvignon (smooth sweet)

6.  Sangria (sweet tangy)

7.  Merlot (heavy bitter red)

8. Champaign

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Beer, Ales, Lagers:

1.  Genius  (Stout Beer)

2.  Samuel Adams (heavy Lager)

3.  Rolling Rock  (pale beer)

4.  Irish Red Ale (heavy ale)

5.  Black & Tan (combined heavy and pale ale)

6.  Other American Piss-Water “Beers” (Natural Ice, Coors, Miller, Mich, Bud, etc…)

PDP Comic Strip

Posted in Medieval Tavern with tags , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2010 by Drogo

PDP Comic Strip

PDP #1