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Coffee Clatch

by James Denison / November 3, 2008 1:06 AM PST

I propose asking CNET to rename this forum to Coffee Clatch. It seems much more in line with the stated intentions than a Speakeasy. Vote Yes or No by posting.

A casual social gathering for coffee and conversation.

A place for the illegal sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks, as during Prohibition in the United States. a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter; "he drowned his sorrows in whiskey at the bar"

The term comes from a patron's manner of ordering alcohol without raising suspicion ? a bartender would tell a patron to be quiet and "speak easy".

Speakeasies became more popular and numerous as the Prohibition years progressed, and also became more commonly operated by those connected to organized crime. Although police and federal Bureau of Prohibition agents would raid such establishments and arrest the owners and patrons, the business of running speakeasies was so lucrative that such establishments continued to flourish throughout the nation. In major cities, speakeasies often were elaborate, offering food, live bands, floor shows, and stripteases. Corruption was rampant; speakeasy operators commonly bribed police either to leave them alone or at least to give them advance notice of any planned raids.

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in true democratic fashion, since...
by James Denison / November 3, 2008 2:14 AM PST
In reply to: Coffee Clatch

...no one has voted NO, I think we can safely assume everyone would like to see a name change. yes?

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doesn't matter
by oldie and goody / November 3, 2008 3:10 AM PST

to me what they call it. What I see is a great big drop in posts. Hopefully after the election people will have something else to talk about and the forum will pick up again.

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A name change might be ok
by Steven Haninger / November 3, 2008 2:14 AM PST
In reply to: Coffee Clatch

I'm not sure about your choice...sounds a bit uppity (oops, already discussed that word...can't use it). Maybe too elitist (nope, that won't work either...it's an insult). It's foreign too...isn't it? (we gotta find us a more American word).

Maybe just leave it alone for now. Maybe it doesn't fit and it's a little beat up but not that uncomfortable. Happy

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after all those Starbucks?
by James Denison / November 3, 2008 2:28 AM PST

just too much too?

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I've never been in one
by Steven Haninger / November 3, 2008 2:41 AM PST

I've yet to figure out what the dress code is in places that can charge that much for tooth enamel stain. Wink

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A rose by any other name.....
by Angeline Booher / November 3, 2008 2:52 AM PST
In reply to: Coffee Clatch

IMO. Coffee Clatch more envisions groups of ladies pouring coffee from a silver pot while munching on cucumber sandwiches (without crusts, of course).

As our Speakeasy holds its rating to PG 13, the Prohibition-days scenario hardly fits.

The name has suited us well for over a dozen years. People have learned what the name means here. it's the community's gathering place, its living room or family room, if you will. A place to relax, to kick back, and have some good conversation.

Speakeasy Moderator

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The character of the forum changed since then.
by James Denison / November 3, 2008 3:03 AM PST

It's true there was more open discussion then about almost any subject, but that character of the forum has changed to one that would more aptly fit a coffee clatch in which all agree to avoid controversial subjects so the smiles may continue. Another cookie with that second cup of coffee?

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Two were once a no-no
by Angeline Booher / November 3, 2008 3:21 AM PST

Then members showed they could discuss religion like adults and be civil and respectful as they were several years ago.

The other cannot return to as it was. That was a decision
made by members who were not interested in discussion, just as before.

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I must have missed that vote.
by James Denison / November 3, 2008 3:29 AM PST
In reply to: Two were once a no-no

Is there a link?

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This is another discussion
by Angeline Booher / November 3, 2008 3:33 AM PST

.... that has ended.

Speakeasy Moderator

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I must have missed that vote.
by JP Bill / November 3, 2008 3:33 AM PST

Every post that was made was a "vote"

Some cast more ballots than others.

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