Swan Diving Into Scotch (Goodbye Molly)
Molly Delaney is a gem. She has sparkled the TDR office with creative ideas and energy over the past year+. We are sad to see her go, but excited to see her move on to other amazing things. She moves to Memphis, TN this week for a position with Teach for America (like I said—amazing)! We made plans to meet at a local bar to talk shop and drink scotch before she left. Our plans almost fell through, but lo and behold, we made it to the bar last Monday night with one hour to spare before they closed.
“I drink it mindlessly, just because I think it’s fun,” said Molly. Clearly, neither of us take scotch very seriously. We started off cheap (but not too cheap) with Johnnie Walker Red. Because we only had an hour, we drank these almost entirely in one gulp. We then moved on to Talisker 10. This proved to be much smokier and less sweet than the Johnnie Walker Red. This one we liked (a lot). The intention was for us to drink scotch as I conducted an exit interview about her time with Two Dollar Radio. This never really happened.
“If you don’t feel like a piece of shit, you’re never gonna get better,” explained Molly trying to put a positive spin on our mutual sense of self-deprecation. Both being relatively young with aspirations for creative success, it’s easy to get down and feel inferior. In reality, it’s silly to feel that way expressed Molly. After another round of Talisker 10, we had to move to another bar and switch to shitty beer. We got a round of Black Labels and found the patio. “I try to come off as disgusting as possible,” said Molly in regards to her Twitter (this may have to change if her future students find her account). This led to talking about her next tattoo idea—a fly. The Fly is apparently “so so gross, and so so great.” I’ve never seen it, but Molly loves it...and it features Jeff Goldblum, so I've added it to my queue.
In ending the night Molly told me, “If we didn’t do this, nothing would be possible.” I’m not exactly sure how profound she was trying to be, but it stuck with me. I'm glad I had my notebook handy.