SORRY MOM & DAD: Raising the bar

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First Posted: 7/22/2013

Dear Mom & Dad,

I’m beginning to learn that life is made up of years that mean nothing, and moments that mean it all. Some moments are blithesome, such as keg parties and sexting, while others are bitter, such as funerals and scrolling through your Facebook news feed to discover everyone else is getting engaged while the highlight of your day is swimming in your parents’ above ground swimming pool. Then there are the moments that are opportunities, which are missed by many because they’re dressed in overalls and disguised as work. I had one last month when I had lunch with a talent manager to discuss representing me.

We hit it off famously as I ate a chopped salad to make the statement that I was willing to lose weight for television.

“There’s one of my clients!” he pointed out, as a tall, broad man entered the restaurant.

It was Jon Taffer, the host and executive producer of the No. 1 show on Spike TV, “Bar Rescue!”

“Jon, I’d like to introduce you to a very talented young man,” mentioned the manager. “This is Justin Brown.”

I couldn’t believe I was being personally introduced to a man who was so badass that he found a way to get revered for saving bars instead of endangered animals! THIS MAN IS MY HERO!

I didn’t know whether or not to shake his hand or go in for a hug and pluck a strand of hair from his head to get a DNA test in hopes of revealing this man was actually my father! (Sorry, Dad.)

“That’s why I asked you to meet me here,” the manager told me as Taffer walked away. “My client is taping an interview for ‘Access Hollywood’ this afternoon, which films outside here at The Grove.”

Shortly after our lunch, I watched Taffer talk about the new season of “Bar Rescue” as he was interviewed by Maria Menounos on “Access Hollywood,” with his manager watching him on the sidelines.

“I want this to be me one day,” I told myself. “I want to be on ‘Access Hollywood’ with that manager on the side watching me talk about my kickass TV show!”

As soon as I was East Coast bound and down, I came back to my job of managing a dive bar to find that business deflated hardcore with the college students gone.

They say if you want to be successful, do as successful people do. Since I want to be like Taffer, I asked myself #WWJD – What would Jon Taffer Do? I realized he would raise the bar and go big to rescue this S#!T out of it.

So, I organized a series of celebrity bartenders from the community that will raise money for charity while attracting a local crowd while the students are gone. Among the bunch will be Mayor Chris Doherty of Scranton, 98.5 KRZ’s Rocky, and to kick it off this Saturday, July 27, The Weekender’s own “Single in Scranton” columnist, Kenny Luck, raising money for Habitat for Humanity at The Green Frog (815 Mulberry St., Scranton).

That how I learned that when you use your head, opportunities multiply as they are seized.