Seriously This Town Sucks – Saturday

So when I left you with Yesterday’s Post we finished up with drinks with UWS Holly. Saturday we had a double header since we were going to attend the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Later that evening we were to assemble at Joe’s Pub to listen to Losers Lounge tribute to the late Tom Petty. Seriously, like I said yesterday; if you couldn’t find something to do this past weekend you weren’t looking.

My previous Mermaid Parade date LZ was busy with her 1-2 step class so Mary Louise Geranium and I headed on the Q to Coney Island. Unlike last year’s almost rained out parade we had another beautiful weekend day so and as T-Rex’s mother would say “The whore’s were out in full force!” because it was crowded! Like front row at the Beale Street Music Fest Crowded. We decided to take refuge in one of our normal Coney Island haunts and the crowd did tone down a tad. We ventured out a little but considering we had a full evening we decided that “Day Drinking” was a bad idea if we were to make the 9:30 show.

We swung by the new Mexican joint just opened up in Fort Greene and then took a little nap before the show. You know with a Losers Lounge show from those that I have reported in the past that the line up and the band were going to be great. This tribute we had some new performers as well usual the old ones and they didn’t disappoint.

Onto the pictures and sorry to you perv’s because I am not posting any pictures of girls wearing only sequins or jewels on their boobs. I now have a younger crowd following this worthless dribble. That and I don’t want my Grandmother or sister to bust up on my 14 year old nephew beating like it owes him money because he saw a half naked girl from Bay Ridge on this post. (yep I went there)

IMG_3440That is someone’s daughter right there folks. She is going to have an interesting sunburn on her boobs.

IMG_3441Did they realize that it is going to be hot as balls out there on Saturday

IMG_3442Since we didn’t have a crown nobody wanted to get a picture with us.

IMG_3341That is some good stuff here folks!

IMG_3448We miss you Tom!

IMG_3462Julian putting out some Traveling Wilbury’s

IMG_3454I don’t recall ever listening to Marcy Harriell but I am a fan

IMG_3449The Joe McGinty 7

IMG_3474Ending the night with the Losers!

IMG_3476Mary Louise and New York’s version of Michael Donahue aka – that’s a lot of hair!

Like I said, the weekend really sucked!

 

 

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This Town Sucks!

I mean there is not shit to do here in the summer! I am kidding because if you didn’t find something to do this past weekend then you really weren’t fucking trying. Friday afternoon we decided to meet up with UWS Holly for drinks. Now back in the days of us living and working in the UES it was kind of easy finding a place. But with momma coming in hot from Dirty Jersey, me being down in the West Village and Holly being in the UWS we figured that the Top of the Metropolitan Museum was only fitting.

The weather on Friday was prefect. Not too hot, not too cold and we didn’t have any rain on Friday! It was a win-win! Now there is a big ass disclaimer on attending any rooftop in New York City. Bring an ass-load of cash! Seriously it costs a lot of money to catch your buzz overlooking the city. I won’t go into detail on what a round of two glasses of wine and a specialty drink cost you but it does create a moment of pause when you think that you want to get your swerve on the top of the Met. It was fun and if you are here in the city during the summer I suggest you put this on the list.

IMG_3431It has been a while since I was in the proper Museum and we never went to the Greek Wing to get to the rooftop. We need to head back.

IMG_3428Looking towards Midtown

IMG_3429Notice that the folks on the rooftop dress up just like the Peabody Rooftop bars.

IMG_3430Looking towards the UWS and the Dakota is in the distance. Or is it the Ghostbusters building. I need to work on visiting the UWS more often.

IMG_3432Damn Nova even has her own building up here. She has the cool president, free healthcare, a building with her name on it but she doesn’t have Bud Light. So take that!

More tomorrow as Saturday we cranked up the Damn Volume and Ripped off the Knob!

 

Busy Weekend

Sorry Folks but my Fun-O-Meter was pegged this past weekend and I didn’t have time to jot anything down yesterday. I will work on some posts this evening and will bring you up to speed by Tuesday.

In the meantime and I would be remiss if I didn’t offer my deepest condolences to the Jankowski and Trotter families. If you look up the phrase “Bad Ass Warrior” in the dictionary you would find Teri’s picture because that is what she was. She sadly lost her battle to cancer this weekend. I do draw solace knowing that she is no longer hurting. I am sure she was hugging her papa Leonard’s neck yesterday up in heaven.

35492578_10217367475925548_4309798573987332096_nTeri was a warrior and lived her life on her terms. Her Pink Wig Project gave pink wigs to cancer patients and raise funds for genetic testing and research.

I will be back tomorrow.

 

Pictures of the Week

Wow what a week, I am glad that we are here at Friday! Happy early Fathers Day to all you dads out there. Esp to RJ, Will, The Asian, J.K., and I am sure I am missing some others.  Here are some pictures from this past week.

IMG_3409What is this we see in Tina’s Cuban on W56th? Why yes it is a Midtown Uniform. If you are on the IG seek out Midtown Uniform as you will find even in mid June it is perfectly acceptable to wear a vest with your dress clothes. Hey NJ Dave – walk up front and I will act like I am taking a picture of your fancy backpack.

IMG_3411The Wife texts me her flight info so I know how much time I have before I have to shag ass home and clean the house.

IMG_3382Elvis in a Sardine Can

IMG_3383Why yes Vivian Longstreet has a Notorious RBJ candle in her bathroom. We have a sign that asks that you don’t do cocaine.

IMG_3389Why yes there is Natty Light in Brooklyn

IMG_3410God I love messing with Tourists!

IMG_3416Tickets purchased for Mexico – only thing left is for RJ to get a vasectomy so he doesn’t pollenate Val-O-Rie again in Mexico.

Be careful out there folks. Its a Jungle and this Saturday is the Coney Island Mermaid Festival!

 

They have WHAT in Grand Central?

Since I have 13 different subway lines for my bidding to get into Manhattan I find that I use different lines to get into different parts of the city.

  • Need to get up to see the Boys at the Cigar Inn – Take the Q
  • Need to get over to the West Village – Take the A, C or E or the dreaded F train
  • Got to head to the East Side of Manhattan – Take the 4 or 5 to Grand Central.
  • Got to get to Penn Station (Mrs. Trumpet does this when she goes to Jersey) – Take the 2 or 3

Lately I have found that go into Grand Central Station and if you have been there you know that this sucker is huge. About a couple week back UWS Holly posted that she was getting her boots shined. I knew that there was a shoeshine on the lower level but this location was different than the picture. She told me that it was in one of the passageways. I wasn’t really sure where it was until the work wife (the domestic one) showed me one day. Literally (I am not sure which one of you hate that term but sorry) you can walk from the Train platform all the way to 47th street underground and not be in the elements.

So the other day I found the 45th street passageway and since I had to go see one of my Diamond District customers I headed that way. As I walked by I see a kiosk open and I had to take a double take. Are they really re-stringing Tennis Racquets in there? Yep, you can get your Head (see what I did there KLCMan) strung up with fresh catgut on your way to work. That is cool shit if you ask me! Now I had to google where the tennis court is located so I will try to find that on my next trip to Grand Central.

IMG_3359Hey boys I got an old Wilson T2000 can you re-string it for me?

That’s what I love about this city, there is always some shit that just surprises you.

In Memoriam – Anthony Bourdain

We all can recall what we were doing when we found out when Elvis Died. How about when we found out that Princess Diana was killed in the car crash. What about John-John Kennedy when he and his wife were killed in the plane crash? Well this past Friday I know what I was doing when I found out that Anthony Bourdain died. It was as I was getting ready to head out the door to head into the city and I got that text from my fellow chef stalker GrainBinGirl. 5 minutes later I got a text from Pepe with the same information.

First thoughts were – No way, not Bourdain. I clicked on the CNN link and the worst was confirmed. If you have ever read this worthless dribble of a blog you know that I have huge ass man crush on Bourdain. His writing, his stories, his love of exploring different cultures and naturally his love of food and drink were things that I envied. I read all of his books cover to cover. I binge watched No Reservations, The Layover, and Parts Unknown ad nauseum. When he went on tour I bought the damn tickets. Like I said, I loved that man and wanted to be just like him.

Now he is gone and a huge hole is in the hearts of millions of people and his fans. I have read pretty much every tribute to him. Watched the CNN memoriam and it still is unbelievable that I won’t ever get a chance to drink a beer with him in one of the many dive bars here in the city. Much less watch him visit my hometown, do a show on it and probably say something that will probably piss off half of twitter. KC Jayhawk was very bitter when he did the show on Kansas City.

While reading some of the comments on twitter I recall someone saying that the best way to honor Bourdain was to act like him. Go visit an unfamiliar place, order something that you have never tried before, and ask a complete stranger about their life. I know that Tony probably didn’t agree with everyone that he met along his journey but he respected them, he got to hear their side of the story and he grew from it. This is what made his shows so fucking good.

IMG_3380Never in a million years would I imagine that I would see this tribute on “the pass” at Per Se.

IMG_3393I don’t know why I made it a point to swing by the shuttered Les Halles yesterday but I had to. Deep down I know that this probably pisses Bourdain off because he wasn’t a fan of fame but people need closure.

IMG_3394To read some of the notes is a testament to how much he was loved by all walks of life, cultures and people.

IMG_3395I could have spent hours reading these but the crowd was rather large today.

IMG_3396Lots of flowers and cards

IMG_3398It is impressive to say the least. Like Graceland or Morrison’s grave impressive

IMG_3399Puts a smile on my face seeing this tribute

IMG_3401All kinds of stuff being left for his memorial

This one is going to hurt for a while. Condolences to his family, his friends and his fans.

Memorial Day BBQ – Woodlawn Style

On Sunday of Memorial Day weekend we headed up to Woodlawn for a Backyard BBQ and to see Lightbulb. The menu included Ribs, Pulled Pork and Chicken Lollipops. The weather was hit and miss because we had tons of rain earlier in the day but thankfully by the time we got to Woodlawn it was nice out. We hung out with the Asian Fireman and family and a good day was had by all.

Trust me when I say that the lollipops were just as good as they looked.

IMG_3285According to the Asian Fireman it took about an hour to prep these beautiful little bird legs.

IMG_3283Smoked Butter is applied to the chicken for the first 2 hours, then you dredge the chicken into BBQ Sauce and put on a wire rack to coat with goodness.

IMG_3282Wee Fiona damn near ate the bone too!

IMG_3281Callie sucked the marrow out of the bone and he almost bit me when I reached for my second.

Thanks to the Lee’s for a great time!

Memorial Day Weekend at the Beach

You know that going to an Airshow is always great don’t you. The Thrills, The Frills, The Loud Noises, The Blue Angels, hell its Americana. But you know what is better than being at an Airshow? Being at an Airshow at the Mudda Effin Beach! So for the 3 day weekend the Murphranks collected us Saturday morning as we headed to Jones Beach on the Island of Long. We set up and chatted while waiting for the airshow to begin. It was a beautiful day as it was just warm enough to get some sun but being so close to the water it kept a chill on you. Let me type that again for you gulf coast beach fans. Being so close to the water it kept a chill on you. What do I mean you ask? The water is probably a ball chilling 50 degrees!

Now according to my work wife (the international one) who frequents Jones Beach it won’t get warm till mid to late August. I recall when we were there last summer and trust me, that water isn’t that damn warm. Anyway a good time was had by all and we enjoyed our “coffee” while the Murphranks enjoyed their “Smart Water”. No disrespect to the Millington Airshow but sitting out watching the airshow over the water and beach kicks some serious ass! *Disclaimer – I am not going to bore you with a bunch of pics of the sky as once you see one plane fly by you have seen enough.

IMG_3274The Murphranks Set Up, they be fancy with their beach chairs. Of course we brought enough stuff to sleep on the beach for a month but who is counting.

IMG_3273Our Tommy Bahama Chairs that now have 2 trips to the beach under their belt.

IMG_3275By the number of planes this tells me it is the Canadian Snowbirds. You are welcome Nova!

IMG_3279More pics of the snowbirds

IMG_3278The Snowbirds and their famous Diamond Pattern

Like I said, the airshow on the beach is really fun.

Pics of the Week

It was a good week but I am looking forward to Mrs. Trumpet returning this afternoon.  She has been West earlier in the week and will have returned from Cambridge this afternoon.

IMG_3334It’s after Memorial Day…Time for the Huey P Long Suit!

IMG_3288I had to give a “Hard No” to getting any plants we have a succulent and 2 dogs. That is more than our responsibility of keeping alive.

IMG_3333Drinks at the Robert Bar (which may be our new Baker Street/Majestic/Blue Monkey/Sleep Out Louie’s. Only thing that they need is Bud Light.

IMG_3290They Fancy at the Edge Hotel on Schermerhorn

IMG_3239Dollar Oysters? Don’t mind if we do!

Have a good weekend!

 

And We Are Back – pics of the joint in Brooklyn

Whatever you do always get the Tech Support. Since my last post where we had the blue hamster wheel of death we are back in business thanks to numerous Geek Squad interfaces. Now that momma has left my ass (for work) I will have some time to get some blogging down for my 9 readers.

I have had some people reach out to me regarding the new digs and so I will post about that today. The Apartment is 99.9% done if Ikea ever gets off their ass and ships my broken component and then (because I am feeling extra Prick’ish) sends someone to install it. What can I say, now that I am living on the mean streets of Brooklyn I got get my street cred.

Anyway here are some pics of the apartment;

IMG_3305Here is the Laundry Room/Closet. Recall our laundry closet at 95 South Main back in Memphis. This is actually bigger! And we have crammed it full of our shit too!

IMG_3293Dogs Stuff and Mud Room. Note the towel hanging up. We have had like 2 weeks of consecutive rain here. Yep I am getting tired of it!

IMG_3297Since some Insensitive Bastard (I blame Maria) threw away Shobo’s magnifying make up mirror I had to get another one so I hung this one on the wall. I never saw her use the previous one but I am still getting yelled at about it!

IMG_3296I had to have a toothbrush holder

IMG_3295So a pedestal sink may be all the rage with Chip and Joanna Gaines but it doesn’t help when you got to put your make up on in the morning. Shobo improvised with a bamboo cutting board and we might as well leave it. Oh and if you are asking about the folding table my sister busted my balls about it because it was in the bathroom so we are leaving it there. Tons of space in here but none of it is viable and really usable. Who needs 11 inches on each side of a toilet that nothing will really fit.

IMG_3294Hey IKEA – you may have cheap deals but your customer service sucks! This piece to the right is supposed to have a mirrored door but that arrived broken. We still haven’t gotten the new one. #IKEAFAIL Oh and yes the toilet seat is up because that is the way we roll in Brooklyn.

IMG_3298Looking into the kitchen from the bathroom

IMG_3291We put the rolling rack in the kitchen to give us a place to put shit in the back. I have the bottom two shelves for my office.

IMG_3292The top shelves have all of our stuff that cook with.

IMG_3299Thanks To Ba for hanging all these!

IMG_3300The living room/Shobo’s office

IMG_3301We did the same configuration with the TV on a swivel so we can create a room divider.

IMG_3302Doty’s Pictures and my side of the bed. Pretty much I better not gain any weight or I won’t be able to fit in the space between the bed and the closet.

IMG_3303Still a work in progress. It is rolling rack with wire mesh that we put our ‘closet’ stuff in.

IMG_3304Shobo’s side of the bed and the main bookcases – also a work in progress

IMG_3306Of course the view really doesn’t suck at all!

I will be better at blogging on this thing, I promise.