Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year! We are going on hiatus.

Fredo at The Salon's New Year's Eve Eve (photo G. Porter)
Happy New Year Loungers! I hope your festivities were successful, safe, and classy. Loungerati will be going on hiatus for the next month or two while I decide on the next phase of this project. We have hit the five year mark and growth is necessary to keep Loungerati fresh and worthwhile for the community. That said, 2011 was a tremendous year for the team and included such noteworthy highlights as:
Hopefully, Loungerati can return with a 2.0 version that will expand beyond the current blog format. Only time and commitment can tell. So until we are back, I leave you with the inspiring words delivered by the Senator, one of Loungerati's founding members, at the first Lounge Summit at the Algonquin Hotel in November 2007:

"We shall drink to the end, we shall drink in the morning, we shall drink in the night, we shall drink in the gutters and the streets, we shall drink in the hills, ... we shall order after dinner drinks and digestifs, no matter what the cost, we shall never throw up, and even if we do, which I do not for a moment believe, we shall boot and rally and make it to the last call!

And so my fellow Loungers, in closing, let the word go forth that the torch has been passed [from] an older generation. Let every dancer, lounger, and barfly know, whether they wish us well or premium, gin or beer, whiskey or soda, that we shall pay any cover, tip any bartender, meet any manager or maestro, in order to assure the survival and the success of the lounge." 

Til the next whiskey sours,

Fredo - Editor,