natethegreat1984 Rediscovered my love of Amy Winehouse last night. Some nights I opt out of sleeping and instead devote the night to a bit of soul searching. Music helps along the way and last night I must have listened to "Back to Black" 3 times from beginning to end. One of my favorite parts about getting older is how my perception and appreciation of music changes as I age. Amy never sounded so good to me as she did last night at 4 am. It really took my breath away. 1w
  •   natethegreat1984 It's such an incredible album, @zywie! I've bought it several times at this point. I bought it on CD when it first came out. I bought it again on vinyl a few years back. It's worth buying again for sure. 1w
  •   pdxmademoiselle She was so amazing! Such a loss. 1w
  •   natethegreat1984 I could not agree with you more, @pdxmademoiselle. 1w
  •   pomegranatespacemermaid That's crazy because my coworkers and I were just talking about how amazing she was. I was itching to listen to "Back to Black" all day 1w
  •   natethegreat1984 Oh yes, @pomegranatespacemermaid? That's awesome! I love it when people bring her up. She was such a talent and a true original. I would highly suggest giving "Back to Black" another listen. It sounds better than ever. 1w
  •   pomegranatespacemermaid @natethegreat1984 yeah! What a coincidence! Me too! She was such a great talent, it's sad to not here any new music! "Back to Black" is definitely up there in my favorite albums! 1w
  •   natethegreat1984 I fully agree, @pomegranatespacemermaid! It's in my Top Ten for sure! Have you seen previews for the documentary about her? It's called "Amy" and it just premiered at Cannes Film Festival I do believe. It looks really good! 1w
  •   pomegranatespacemermaid @natethegreat1984 it is! Such a great album! No, I haven't, but I'm gonna check it out now!! 7d

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natethegreat1984 Behold: the latest addition to my ink collection! I've wanted a gypsy tattoo since I was 16 and since I just got a swanky new job I decided to treat myself. My artist was the ever talented @obritztattoos, who knocked it out of the park as per usual. 4w

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natethegreat1984 Bang! Bought this bit of badassery today because I was raised right!!! I'm so happy right now! 2mon

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natethegreat1984 After 30 years of living I finally decided that the time has come for me to own a proper briefcase. I am embracing my 30s! What's the point of getting older and wiser if you can't savor the little details in life, am I right? 2mon

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natethegreat1984 The latest additions to my tattoo collection: a meat cleaver & a cocktail shaker! My brother and I have been planning to get matching tattoos for years, and having our chosen professions inked on us seemed fitting. Thanks to @codyzeek for making this dream a reality. 2mon

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natethegreat1984 To celebrate my first day off in over 10 days I stopped by my brother's restaurant for lunch! My little brother is quite the talented butcher and is turning into a good cook. I'm so proud of him! This all tasted as good as it looks, I assure you. #fatandhappy #urbanfarmer 2mon

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natethegreat1984 When I was a little kid my dad worked nights and would wake me up so we could watch the late rerun of "Star Trek" after he got home. It was our thing. So many fond memories revolve around "Star Trek" with my dad. Rest in peace, Leonard Nimoy. Thank you for all that you did for a sci-fi loving kid like me. #LeonardNimoy #LLAP 3mon
  •   stacertheracer That's so beautiful. I love how we have our own personal, profound connections to cultural icons. Thanks for sharing this. 3mon
  •   natethegreat1984 I love it too, @stacertheracer. My dad actually called me to reminisce when he first heard the news. It was sweet. 3mon

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natethegreat1984 Every now and again one of my bar guests will leave me a thank you note. I keep them all. Meeting new people is one of the highlights of bartending for a living. 3mon

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natethegreat1984 The new "Belle & Sebastian" album came out today and I am overjoyed! I've been a fan for over a decade now and it's been far too long since I gave them a listen. I'm so happy right now! 4mon
  •   diana38 So I've never listened to them but had a free download of one of their new songs and I am in loveeeeee so good! 4mon
  •   natethegreat1984 I love them so much, @diana38! I would highly recommend checking out their older albums as well. "If You're Feeling Sinister" is my personal favorite. 4mon
  •   diana38 Cool I will definitely have to check them out, not sure why I didn't know sooner! :) thanks for the recommendation! 4mon
  •   diana38 Okay AND I see they have shows coming up! Why are tix in portland cheaper than berkeley though haha 4mon
  •   _chinagirla_ I fall in love with them since 2005!! 4mon
  •   natethegreat1984 Ha! Are they? I guess I'm just lucky, @diana38. 😇 4mon
  •   natethegreat1984 I feel in love with them as a teenager all the way back in 2001, @_chinagirla_. I discovered them in high school and it's been a love affair ever since! 4mon
  •   fireofthylove I think the production is too good on this s new album, I don't like that lol 4mon

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natethegreat1984 Wolfed down some incredible Indian curry on my way into work tonight! It was so good seeing @powell823 and company again! I'll be tending bar tonight, which should make for quite the memorable New Year's Eve! NYE = "Bartender Christmas!" I'm excited! Happy New Year, everybody!!! 5mon
  •   natethegreat1984 We're cool as cucumbers, @maaary.12. I'm glad to hear that you're going to school and generally living the American Dream. 5mon
  •   katydid52 Dude! I'll be up in Pdx next week! 5mon
  •   natethegreat1984 No kidding, @katydid52? That's awesome! What are you doing in town? 5mon
  •   katydid52 Just visiting! Maybe my friend and I can stop in at a place you work! 5mon
  •   natethegreat1984 Nice! What days exactly are you in town? My schedule varies a bit from week to week. @katydid52 5mon
  •   katydid52 Do you work tonight?? 4mon
  •   katydid52 I'll be in Pdx tonight and leaving in the morn. I hope you see this.. Hehe. 4mon
  •   natethegreat1984 I am indeed working tonight, @katydid52! I'm still at work, actually. Sorry I didn't see this until now. Double shifts are a blessing for my wallet but they cut into the ol' social life. Hope you've been enjoying your stay in my fair little city! 4mon

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natethegreat1984 It's a beautiful day on the California Coast! A perfect day for a Christmas stroll along the beach with the family! Happy Holidays, everyone!!! 5mon

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natethegreat1984 My favorite late night talk show ended last night. Craig Ferguson created a thing of beauty over the last 10 years. I'm going to miss the gay robot skeleton, the dancing horse, and the foul mouthed puppets. I can't wait to see what he does in the next chapter of his life! Thanks for the decade of glorious insanity, Craig! 5mon
  •   anne50ify Love him! 5mon
  •   natethegreat1984 I have a big soft spot for late night talk shows, @pomegranatespacemermaid. Working in restaurants means I'm usually getting off work around midnight or so, which is perfect timing! So yeah, I've been watching Craig regularly since he first started. It's all very bittersweet for me. 5mon
  •   natethegreat1984 I love him as well, @anne50ify! He was such a genuine guy. I'm going to miss his show very much. 5mon
  •   anne50ify Agree 5mon
  •   pomegranatespacemermaid @natethegreat1984 yeah I used to be that way when I worked retail. Not getting home until 11/midnight. That would be the only thing to do to relax and wind down. But I always loved the late late show. They always had better guests and segments 5mon
  •   thomasoutt Yes, he had a great run. And was keenly funny. Thanks for sharing this. 5mon
  •   thomasoutt I forgot to mention that his coffee mug originally belonged to #KingConstantine. When he fled Athens in 1967, #PrincessMelitaBonaparte sneaked in & took it. She later sent it to #CraigFerguson w/a plea for help. This is exactly what she told me, so it must be true. 5mon
  •   natethegreat1984 Holy smokes, @thomasoutt! That's incredible! Not a bad origin story for his mug, I must say. 5mon

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natethegreat1984 Gotta love Southern cooking on a rainy day! Fried chicken, bacon, biscuit, slaw, and a heaping side of grits! I am riding a sweet protein high as I type this, you guys. Well done, "Muscadine!" 6mon

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natethegreat1984 I turned 30 yesterday you guys! It was such an eventful day that I didn't have time to post anything until total. I worked an 11 hour breakfast/lunch/happy hour bartending shift and made a pile of cash, which I happy spent after work on bourbon and BBQ! After that we painted the town. It was glorious. I got the birthday ink on Thursday as an early present to myself. Art by @obritztattoos, who is responsible for most of my ink. I'm liking my 30s. 6mon

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natethegreat1984 The mighty wolf! Picked up this gem of a tattoo this afternoon courtesy of @jmwilson_tattoo! It's a beauty! My last name roughly translated in Latin means "Son of the Wolf." When I learned that my thoughts immediately turned to traditional tattoos and now here we are. Life is good, my friends! 6mon
  •   vitonja Starting with train from Moscow to Bejing, and from there we'll go to vietnam, laos, cambodia and India and magbe trecking in Nepal ^^ 6mon
  •   natethegreat1984 That sounds like quite the adventure @vitonja! Now it is I who am jealous of you! 6mon
  •   carrotfleur You have the best art work 6mon
  •   natethegreat1984 Why thank you, @carrotfleur! That's high praise. 6mon
  •   chloe.psd I love this! 6mon
  •   natethegreat1984 Why thank you @chloe.psd! I love how it turned out! 6mon
  •   chloe.psd I actually took a moment and looked at your other pieces. you have excellent work, and I'm very envious! I was supposed to get another today, but it had to be postponed 6mon
  •   natethegreat1984 Tattoos are expensive, @chloe.psd. But all the hard work that goes into paying for them makes them all that much more special, I feel. Thanks for the compliment on my ink! That's always nice to hear. 6mon

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natethegreat1984 Had the pleasure of meeting Chef Sean Brock tonight when he visited Portland guns blazing on his book tour! My brother Matthew and I are both huge fans of his. "Mind of a Chef" is the best cooking show I have ever seen. The food world needs more cooks like Sean, and "Heritage" is a cook book I can't wait to to sink my teeth into. 7mon

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natethegreat1984 I just met my comedy hero Bob Odenkirk and he liked my tattoos!!!! "Is that Tom Waits?" Bob asked in disbelief, "that's so cool! I don't have any tattoos myself but I yours are great!" Well, my life is now complete. I'm so happy that I was able to finally see him live! A comedy dream come true. 7mon

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natethegreat1984 What an incredible game! The Giants are going to the World Series for the 3rd time in 5 years!!!! Tonight's game was such a battle! It was everything I love about baseball! What a comeback! I'm so happy right now! 7mon

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natethegreat1984 Tonight I competed in my first ever bartending competition! It was a blast and to top it off I finished in the Top 5! My drink was called "The Italian Stallion" in honor of Rocky (naturally): 2 1/2 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon, 1/2 French Sweet Vermouth, 1/4 Cynar (Italian aperitif made of artichoke hearts and spices), 2 dashes of orange bitters, top with a smoked orange peel to garnish. Although I didn't win a free to trip to Kentucky I did get a bunch of free bourbon! So yeah, it was a good night. 8mon
  •   sarahlyncollins How awesome!!!! Congrats on Top 5!!!! That's so so cool! I wish I could've been there!! 8mon
  •   iamspiderjade Go Nate! 8mon
  •   natethegreat1984 Why thank you, @sandeeshoes @sarahlyncollins and @iamspiderjade! You ladies are too kind! I feel so loved! Yeah, I was pretty nervous before it started but as soon as I got on stage I felt right at home. 8mon
  •   ky555soul Word man. @natethegreat1984 I'm off tues/wed. Or come for a drink at oven. 8mon
  •   natethegreat1984 I'm working both those days sadly, @ky555soul. Hmmmm... Might have to swing by your spot for a drink. What hours do you usually work? 8mon
  •   emiliafrangedakis Wish you would've gotten the trip to KY!! I would've shown you around! 6mon
  •   natethegreat1984 Ooh la la, @emiliafrangedakis! I would have loved that! I'm actually planning a bourbon tour of KY next year at some point. I've always wanted to check out the bourbon scene at the source. I'll keep ya posted for sure! 6mon
  •   wild_grace @natethegreat1984 if I were to make my way up to Portland what are the best bars I should check out? 5mon

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natethegreat1984 "I'm shipping up to Boston!" Finally saw The Dropkick Murphys live and it was one of the greatest shows I have ever seen! The crowd reaction when the band broke into "Shipping Up To Boston" was a thing of beauty. Thanks for the memories, fellas! 8mon

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