It was Sunday and the Enabler was at Silver Lake's Red Lion Tavern with her band mates Charlie and Emily when she spied a placard for a new mobile app called Slingr. It promised to enable friends to "remotely send drinks and food directly to your table through Facebook and Twitter."
A social networking tool for drinkers? It was a dream come true.
We immediately texted our table number to Slingr and checked in at the Red Lion.
"It's Sunday!" The Enabler wrote as her reason for asking for shots in what suddenly felt like a Kickstarter campaign for her late-afternoon drinking habit. (You can also request a beer, a mixed drink, a martini, food and more.)
Soon our server, Greta, appeared with a shot of Patron for Charlie.
"This is from Manny," she said as we stared at the shot, dumbstruck. Manny was in Portland, Ore.
That was when the Enabler realized the folly of her strategy. "It's Sunday!" wasn't a great reason for anybody to send her drink, but if it were her birthday, that would be another matter entirely.
It turns out Slingr is brand new — invented by a team of computer savvy bar lovers, including company president Justin Malvin.