No trip to San Jose, California would be complete without a visit to the famous Lloyd's Lounge located in the Blossom Hill Road area of San Jose. This is one unique place.
I learned about Lloyd's during my numerous trips to visit my sister Cynthia and her husband, the wild and wacky John "Mr. Bonejangles" Vogelsanger, who live in San Jose. As a matter of fact they live right next door to the famous Lloyd's Lounge. You see "Lloyd's", as it is so preciously called, is the house right next door to them. Lloyd Jones, the owner of the house, opens up his garage door every afternoon at 4 pm. That signifies that Lloyd's is open for "business. And there is a lot of business that goes on there. But first let me introduce you to the man himself, Lloyd.
Lloyd A.H. Jones
Now Lloyd is a character himself. He is a retired engineer. A real sharp cookie. He stays up on current events and is always willing to discuss the latest news with you. Lloyd is the epitome of a lounge owner. He is also the leader of the Lloyd's "Gang".
Lloyd discussing ""worldly events" with Mr. Bonejangles".
I like Lloyd's because the "regulars" make this place happen. They keep it live.
Now this is Dan....
You can tell by just looking at Dan, that if you are not careful, he will get you in trouble. And in this case, looks are not deceiving. Just ask me. Dan is a master mechanic. Dan told me he has made all the mistakes a mechanic can make and he promoted himself from a brokanic to his current master mechanic status. Dan knows his stuff. Well, at least he talks a good game. I love you man....(I have to say that because I know Dan will be reading this). Dan also has a sideline business of a flashlight salesman. Dan prides himself on the fact that he can find a flashlight for ALL your needs. Dan's motto is "No job too tough that I can't handle." I believe you Dan!!!!
Here is my brother-in-law John "Mr. Bonejangles" Vogelsanger. We call him Bones for short....
Now this picture pretty much tells most of the story. "Bones" is one of those characters that the now deceased singer, Rick James, wrote about in his song, "Superfreak". You know, the kind you don't take home to mamma. Well, I don't know what my sister was thinking but you get what you pay for. Bones is also a very accomplished guitar player. He can accompany any singer anytime and anywhere. He will even play the guitar. Bones is the honorary bartender at Lloyd's and he also stays up on current events, just in case you want to know....just don't get him or Lloyd started.
And here is the Lloyd's Lounge Mascot....
Now the Duck has a very checkered past according to Lloyd. I asked Lloyd to elaborate. Lloyd told me he would but he might have to kill me. I elected not to know and took the Duck at face, beak in this case, value. I think the Duck personifies the values of Lloyd's Lounge, silent but deadly and if you don't watch out, he will definitely get you in a world of s*#t.
So that is what one would deal with when paying a visit to Lloyd's. And if you are a drinker, you will not be disappointed as they start out every daily opening with their infamous "Red Stag" salute....
"Here's to Lloyd's"
And it's all downhill from there. And that is what many past patrons (visiting family members) have told me. Of course I can vouch for that as I have witnessed this on a few occasions during my brief, but climatic visits to Lloyd's.
Here are a few more pictures of happenings at Lloyd's....
Lloyd's has the proper signage so it's easy to spot from the sidewalk.
Lloyd taking in another shot.
Lloyd has the proper owner's certificate. He has it all.
If your lucky, you can have your cert also. But you have to take a "test". Don't worry, it is not a written test. It's all practical.
"Bones" offers another shot of Red Stag.
Lloyd taking down another shot.
Bones pours yet another refreshing "cocktail".
I hope that is Dark Beer there Dan and not Coke or Pepsi.
Dan was explaining his flashlight removal or insertion method. I can't remember which. Dan is a very talented guy!!!
The "regulars" at Lloyd's from left to right, Anthony (master carpenter), Mr. Bonejangles (Bones for short), Lloyd (Owner, resident AH and deviant) and right there in front, Dan the master mechanic, soon to take his flashlight show on "America's Got Talent" (You go Dan!!!). Take a good look at this picture. You just know you can trust each one of these blue-blooded Americans. They will take good care of you. They always do.
Well these are just a few of the regulars that you may encounter at Lloyd's in San Jose. I guarantee you that you will be entertained and leave a "different" person. But that doesn't mean you're a bad person.
So if you are ever in the area of Comanche Court, in the Blossom Hill Road area of San Jose around 4 pm., don't pass up an opportunity to pay a visit to Lloyd's Lounge. You'll be glad you did. It's a life changing experience to say the least!!
Oh and BTW, be prompt. Lloyd's closes his doors no later than 6:30 pm every day. They have to go in and do their honey-dos for momma. All you tough guys out there know what I'm talking about. Playtime is over and out.
Come on by for a visit.
Until next time....