•August 19, 2008 • Leave a Comment
I was reminded today of a hilarious column that Pete Beatty wrote in the Chicago Maroon back in ought two. I found it in the archive and passed it around my office to the hilarity of all. I think it deserves to be seen by more eyes so here’s an excerpt, with the full article here. Oh, and if you like Pete’s writing, check out his latest work on his blog, Banana Nutriments.
How to beat me up
In the office: I am in the basement of Ida Noyes for a few hours every day. Sometimes I sit with my back facing the door, so you could nail me with a 2 x 4 and kick me around and then run out. There aren’t any cameras. But I am feisty, especially on my home turf, much like the Confederates during the civil war and what not. Come in, ask me if I saw this, hold up a copy of MAROON and then punch me through it. Pull my pants down, take picture, mail it to my middle-school crush.
•August 11, 2008 • Leave a Comment
I enjoyed a really pleasant Sat. evening dinner at Fiore in Williamsburg on Saturday night. I sat at the bar, which I highly recommend. The bartender was really helpful and friendly, letting me taste the wine before making my selection. In fact, the whole staff was really nice. The food wasn’t spectacular, but it was certainly better than average and exceeded expectations given the price. My carbonara had nice, large chunks of pancetta in it and cost only $9. I’ll definitely go back.
If you go to Fiore, you might swing by Larry Lawrence for an after dinner drink. It’s almost directly across the street, and has a classy speakeasy air to it without being totally undetectable. The coolest feature is it’s 2nd level outdoor smoking patio. The wall between the patio and the bar is all glass, so while you catch some fresh air you can spy on your friends flirting with each other down in the bar. It’s a pretty neat setup for social spectating.
•July 21, 2008 • 2 Comments
A red Trek 800 was stolen out of a garden of 4th Pl. between Court St. and Clinton St. in Carroll Gardens. It has new comfort road tires, which distinguish it from any other red Trek 800 that would normally have mountain tires.
If you see it, leave a comment on this blog, or, better yet, steal it back, and then leave a comment on this blog.
•July 21, 2008 • Leave a Comment
The "ppe" is the end of the word "Shoppe" as in Flower Shoppe, pronounced shop-ee, of course.
A movie is being shot at Court St. and Degraw. Looks like they’re using the Flower Shoppe as the set. I hope it’s a movie about a busybody Italian florist whose luck in love extends to everyone but herself.
This set is right across the street from Damico’s Coffee where there was a nice old neighborhood man sitting in his chair on the sidewalk. It’s not clear if he was there to watch the shoot or if he parks himself in front o Damico’s everyday and today the scenery was a little more interesting. Also not clear if he was excited to have the movie on the block or complaining about it to all passersby. And it’s this very fact that makes me love my neighborhood.
AP Photo from Examiner.com
While I’m on the topic of glamour, yesterday I stook in line behind Ms. Universe, Dayana Mendoza, at the Mr. Softee on 5th Ave. and 72nd St., right outside Central Park. She had a camera crew with her so I thought they were just shooting a small scene and she was some telenovela actress that I didn’t know. But after she got her ice cream, the cameraman turned to me and my girlfriend and said, “That’s Ms. Universe,” as he winked at us. Evidentally, he was proud of his job, but he wasn’t quite as excited as the ice cream man who took a picture of himself with Miss Universe with his IPhone. (What ice cream man has an IPhone??? He must run some kind of Mr. Softee internet startup on the side.) The couple behind us was very unimpressed, even though Miss Universe was definitely the most put together person I’ve ever seen. There’s no reverence anymore, or maybe they were just hot and wanted their ice cream.
I definitely didn’t realize they were still doing Miss Universe competitions, but apparently she was crowned on July 14th. The Examiner has the story. And it turns out she likes vanilla with rainbow sprinkles, or “de colores” en espanol.
•July 17, 2008 • Leave a Comment
I’d like to be able to add a comment to an article a friend has shared. This is slightly different than sharing with a note because I don’t necessarily want to share that article with my network; I just want to respond to what my friend shared. Get it? Good. Then let’s get crackin’.