REHEATED TAKE: I WAS THE BARTENDER FOR BLOCKCHAIN

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Deeply disappointed to find that Blockchain contains neither fun blocks nor badass chains, people’s fascination with this “currency” is somewhat mystifying. Here, Peter does his best to shed some light. — Graham

I WAS THE BARTENDER FOR THE BLOCKCHAIN

During the summer of 2016, I was bartending intermittently at Jude’s, in Rainier Beach. I was there for assorted weekdays, when someone was out of town and needed to get covered. I was freelancing as a writer intermittently. My days were underfilled and overanxious.

One hot, sticky night in July, I was taking care of a small number of guests, mostly at the bar. Then, all of a sudden, over the course of about 10 minutes, there were about 20 white men in the room. From their attire and grooming, they looked to be tech people: some were more bro, some were more nerdy, but they were all computer people.

Jude’s is a sit down place, with table service, but these guys didn’t know. Jude’s is somewhere between a family diner and a happy dive, so it’s understandable. (But they didn’t ask, either.) I think I started by coming out to them individually, but I had to give up after a few minutes.
Some of guys started lining up at the bar, by the pass, so it was hard for me to come to and fro. Some guys were waving at me, or holding up their hand, and trying to get my attention so that they could shout orders at me. I found all this annoying. I am not as gracious a bartender as some, and I got salty. . .