LOL funny you'd mention that Jeffery. I met a guy in our local bar who was a flamenco player and he told me a great story about how his girlfriend in Spain bought him a lovely guitar by a top luthier. Manuel Velasquez
Go to the pub for conversation, exchange of jokes, listen to tales of everyday absurdity, listen to the other guy next to you tell a sad tale like country western song. Oh and yes Jefferey, I could in fact get medical advice. Our little town used to have a doctor who, was always out at the pubs. If he wasn't working he was boozing up. He never had a problem talking about medical stuff. But I guess that's a unique attribute of small town characters.
Oh and the pastor...known to have a few beers, I could always talk to him for fatherly advice if I found him at the pub.
A good pub doesn't have to be a big drunk fest. It just so happens in certain communities the pub is still a common place to do business, exchange ideas and meet eccentric people.
I once met a man who was down on his luck. First we spoke about music and art, counter culture etc...He said come on, I'll buy you a drink...He didn't believe I was only 19 at the time...So we went and had some gin and tonics, the bartender didn't susect. Now after his drunken shenigans I insist on driving him in his car, back safely because he was in no place to get himself home.
The next thing I know he's showing me his glass studio and I'm blowing glass. Now I'm not suggesting the pub is the answer to all of the problems. But the pub is always a place for eccentrics, maybe people down on luck, feeling low, or just want to have a good time.
Therapeutic does don't always have to be so cold and clinical. A simple positive experience at random during the day can brighten the soul. For instance, I was in the store waiting in line a long time. In front of me, a mom and her daughter. The customer had ahead had some very poorly behaved children.
When they left, the daughter said to her mom "Mommy those kids were really poorly behaved" She just laughed and hugged her daughter. It made my day...such a smart kid.
Sometimes you just have to go about living the blues and funk and then lighten up and take in all the good everyday, no matter how trivial the activity such as going to store...But the pub...It's cheap therapy if you've got the right supporting cast
That's my story I'm sticking to it.