Sober Psycho-Spiritual Surf Rock Bartending

This essay was originally published in Channel The Sun magazine on October 4th, 2018. Photo by Bon Jane from “The Indian Squirrel Dance” music video by Idgy Dean.
My Great Grandfather, Oscar Sanwald, working behind a bar.
My Great-Great-Great Grandmother, Teresa Honig, listed in the 1870 census: “Age 31, Occupation: Keeps Beer Saloon” — making me a fifth generation legacy bartender.
De Trouw (The Faith), brought my ancestors to New Amsterdam in 1660.
Sourced from “Annals of the Classis of Bergen, of the Reformed Dutch church, and of the churches under its care: including, the civil history of the ancient township of Bergen, in New Jersey” by Benjamin Cook.
Photo by William Ruben Helms, taken at House of Yes on January 10th, 2019.