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It’s Friday Folks! Return of the Pictures of the Week

So big news for us here in Downtown Brooklyn. We are moving in June back into the city. We found a place on 37th Street between 9 & 10th. It has a balcony and the layout is much better than this place. We also have a washer dryer and functioning dishwasher. Anyway here are some pictures I have had in my que for a couple weeks.

How many FedEx Trucks can we fit on Schermerhorn?
We getting fancy with our Zoom Calls.
15 Minute Walk to empty ass Times Square
15 Minute Walk to Z(squared)
Is it just me or does all the Avocados make this truck look longer?
Ole Miss Carbunkle Trumpet for the Director Zoom call.
So funny!
Ran into her at Brooklyn Fare. Seriously I did. And she is tiny too!
Morning Sunrise over Queens and Brooklyn
LJZ I may need this as a house warming gift!

Have a good weekend. Who am I kidding, we are staying home and at least we can start packing.

We Lost a Great One Last Week – “Coach” Thomas Elliot Nix. October 19, 1926 – April 22, 2020

I am hoping that I am not starting a trend with these posts. I was finishing up a team call on Wednesday last week and I looked at Twitter. My former High School had posted that Tom Nix had passed away at the age of 93 years old. I sat there for a minute and that news really bummed me out. Not only did we lose a great person but because of the current state of things that nobody will be able to help celebrate his unbelievable life. We could fill Liberty Bowl Stadium with people who loved Coach Nix.

My father had Coach Nix when he was at the Brothers, I had Coach Nix when I went there for high school. I mean that man molded many a Brothers Boy starting in 1957 when he became Football Coach. My father loved Coach Nix and early on he made sure that I would get the same experience. Growing up in the Summer I was always attending the Tom Nix All Sports camp. I recall Eddie Klank and Mike Bennet as camp counselors. I vividly remember the bus rides to CBU for swimming. The “Pokie Bait” references to sweets and desserts. Getting that 2PM Coke from a bottle and his post lunch stories. The story “The Man with the Golden Arm” was mentioned in the obituary and I started smiling because I could remember lying on the wrestling mat listening to him as he sat in the chair in the middle of the gym telling us that. And don’t get me wrong, you weren’t just sitting around doing nothing at those camps. I came home every day exhausted. Battle Ball and Archie Ball are still my favorites.

When I went to the Brothers Coach Nix was serving as Athletic Director and head of Physical Education. Coach Nix didn’t put up with much messing around. Coach Nix despised spitting and would jerk a knot in your head if he caught you. Ironic that he died in the middle of a pandemic that the disease can be transferred from saliva. Oh and if you were caught dipping it was curtains for you. He would put a piece of duct tape over your mouth with the dip still in your cheek. I look back and am (1) fortunate that he never caught me but (2) that type of discipline would have parents up in arms now days. It was very simple with Coach Nix – you do what you are told and you follow the rules.

I recall working for him as a camp counselor in the summers. I think he may have paid us like $75 or $100 bucks a week back in the day. When I injured my knee and ended up having to have surgery. I remember doing my rehab during Gym class and he walked by, looked at me and said.

“Robilio I don’t mean to be ugly but you are just like your daddy. You were the same height with everyone during your Freshman year but it looks like they left you in your Sophomore year. I mean Billy Canale always says that if your legs were any shorter your butt would drag the ground. How about you help the football team out as the trainer?”

He was right, I wasn’t getting any national exposure being a 5′ 7″ running back. I might add being a student trainer did pay for me to attend The University of Arkansas. I would run into him at various events after college and he was always as genuine and friendly as ever and I still tell him I recall that story.

I believe the last time I saw him was at Brother Joel McGraw’s Golden (50th) celebration for being a Christian Brother. Hell I just realized that with campus being pretty much done for the year that we can’t have a going away celebration for him going into retirement. Anyway, I saw Coach Nix sitting at a table, the man had horrible arthritis so I walked up to him. I was about to re-introduce myself (I am always a big proponent of that because people can’t always remember names) and he knew my name and it was almost like we picked up from where we last left off.

Photo Credit – Daily Memphian
Photo Credit – Mark Luttmann Class of 1978

Like I said, Christian Brothers lost a great one. Prayers to Ms. Anita (his wife of 68 years) and the family. Paw Paw was a good one.

I told you I was running out of Material Up here!

I am glad to know that in the middle of a Pandemic the East Village still has their grit!
You keep it funky East Village and the same for you Lower East Side!

Why is he starting out with a picture on his blog today? So that picture above was sent to me by Sweet Melissa the Bama fan who happened to be raised by LSU parents. Yeah, you try to figure that shit out.

I replied back to her – that I wished it was me because the last time I set foot in the borough of Manhattan was 43 days ago. I admit that I try to keep my Subway awareness sharp and repeat the subway stops from say Nevins to say Grand Central in my head. (Nevins, Borough Hall, Bowling Green, Wall, Fulton, Brooklyn Bridge – City Hall, Canal, 14St – Union Sq, Grand Central – 42nd)

This then led into a discussion of how NOLA residents were coping with not having the first week of Jazz Fest. I mean all the food, the culture, and the fun but thankfully WWOZ is streaming Jazz Fest on Alexa. The old neighbor (God I bet her recycling is off the charts right now) was informing us how she now pulls up to grocery stores and they load her groceries in the back of the car and she goes on her merry way. Same for Lowes and Crawfish runs for Sweet Melissa. Welcome to the new norm.

Ok I have tormented them enough. Please notice I didn’t anger the AGM/my old prom date. I don’t need a Pucci Ban right now, I got enough shit on my plate.

So yesterday we didn’t really feel like doing much. I let Geranium sleep in because, well she loves her some sleep. One of our goals during this is that we are trying to reduce our carbon footprint and also conserve food and reduce our waste. Recall that Post about our Fresh Direct FU? So we, on that order, got cut chicken and for some reason we got a head of broccoli.

We decided to make this Broccoli slaw recipe that Geranium makes and we both like. Sadly we needed a red onion, shredded cheese and carrots so we figured we would go this morning since it is shitty weather and yesterday was a nice day and the streets were packed. Yesterday I was taking Maya out and also swinging by Wright & Goebel to get some more rum that I ordered online. I ran into our 38th floor neighbor who was heading out. She asked if we needed anything from Brooklyn Fare so I took her up on getting those 3 items. What can I say, New Yorkers are getting pretty resourceful.

You know if this is going to be the new normal, Geranium and I may think of moving to someplace cheaper and with more square footage.
Melissa said it was great weather yesterday.
I can empathize with her. Geranium and I are craving oysters right now.
Distance from her spot to the fence yep that’s our apartment.
Disclaimer – I actually enjoy looking at peoples yards and pools. I find it therapeutic.
Building is 33% occupied and one of our fucking high rise elevators is on the fritz?
Would someone please return the “Brady Bunch” Hawaiian idol back to its rightful place and end this shit?
I mean really? What in the Actual Fuck?
Love us some K & J on the 38th floor.

So what are your COVID-19 Hacks? I think I have mentioned that I am going stale here.

For Example – I heard if you clean your glasses with white foamy shaving cream it will help prevent them from fogging up. It actually works.

Shoot me a message and I will post them.

And thanks Sweet Melisa for letting me post your pictures. When this is over I am coming there and we are going to drink like its our JOB!

If You Can Have Dinner With 2 People (Living/Dead) Who Are You Eating With?

I had a lot of people who were excited about reading last Friday’s post about where you were first going after this madness is over. So I asked the same folks who reported back a different question.

“You can have dinner at a restaurant or at home. You can invite 2 people to break bread with. Either of these people can be living or dead but the caveat is that one person has to be a New Yorker. So who are you dining with and where you going to eat?”

I will start – I am dining at Balthazar ordering the Seafood Tower to start with. For my New York Guest I am sitting with the late Anthony Bourdain because I have always wanted to pick his brain on the way things are now (prior to COVID-19) and thank him for hating on Vegetarians. The other person is the late Chef Paul Bocuse of Lyon France. Bourdain idolized him and I want to learn about how things were for him. You see I got my start in the restaurant business working at Chez Philippe in the Peabody and talk about a tough environment.

  • Shawneen from Middle Village – JOHN LENNON – a New Yorker by choice.  He fought tooth and nail to stay in New York; he said that at one point in history Paris was the place to be, but in the 1970’s, New York was the place to be and he wanted to be here. His political views were profoundly before his time and considered dangerous to the point that the FBI had a file on him.  Imagine all the people, sharing all the world? This might still be a dangerous idea today, sadly.  When I saw the movie “Yesterday”, I laughed and sang along and just enjoyed the what if – until the scene where the main character is sent to visit the seaside cottage of a seafaring man with round spectacles.  I cried my eyes out.  If The Beatles had not been famous, John Lennon would not have died.   I want a bottle of red, fried calamari, eggplant parmesan (cause that’s how we do it in the boroughs) and conversation with John Lennon all night long. For the second person And since this is my fantasy – my second guest would be DONALD TRUMP (but not for the whole night -just for an hour). Because I don’t think Trump could sit across from John effin Lennon and not still believe that all the people could be sharing all the world. PERSONALLY I THINK I SHOULD JUST STOP NOW BECAUSE SHE WON TODAY FUCKING BRILLIANT!
  • LJZ – Having dinner at Oceana with her husband and Dr. Fauci
  • Don Bruni – having dinner with Sammy Davis Jr and Jackie Gleason
  • AV The Russian – Her Father (New Yorker) and Jesus Christ and they are breaking bread at Corner Bistro.
  • AB The LSU Fan – Sitting at a table with his back against the wall at Umberto’s Clam House with John Gotti and Carlo Gambino.
  • AB The LSU Fan 2 – Old Homestead with Chris Mullin and Felipe Lopez!
Lot of people want to dine with John
  • Lady Barrister – Is going to PJ Clarke’s having dinner with George Carlin and Jerry Seinfeld because we need to laugh.
  • BikinisareForever – She wants to have dinner with her Grandparents
  • BikinisareForever 2 – Jerry Seinfeld and Amy Schumer
  • Flynn Shady – Going to Rao’s or Old Homestead and having dinner with Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien.
  • Mr. 3 First Names – going to Keen’s steakhouse and having dinner with Admiral Raymond Spruance who commanded the US Naval Forces involved in the battle of Midway. Also is Washington Roebling who built the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • PC The Memphis Fan – John Lennon and George Harrison and they are goingto Thai Villa on 19th to geek out on the music and hear them talk shit about Paul.
Rao’s in the Harlem
  • PC the Memphis Fan 2 – Teddy Roosevelt and Zahi Hawass at Keen’s Steakhouse.
  • Vivian Longstreet – Going to Raoul’s and having dinner with Gov Andrew Cuomo and her NOLA buddy Lisa who is going to run his presidential campaign.
  • Ty Middelton – His late mother who was an amazing woman and always shot from the hip and Ron Howard to close a multi-million dollar film deal for his book series.
  • Stone – Also at Raou’s with Draper Kaufman (Father of Navy Special Warfare and Teddy Roosevelt. THAT IS SO INTERSTING PEOPLE ARE PICKING TEDDY ROOSEVELT
  • BjorkSue – is going to a Cheesecake Factory with Ivanka Trump and Jessica Simpson.
  • Bar Wife – Bill Murray and Chevy Chase and they are going to a bar.
I bet he would be fun to talk to!
  • UWS Holly – Andy Cohen (Godfather of Bravo Trash TV) and Anderson Cooper.
  • JP on the Island of Long – Billy Joel and Elton John
  • JD (Not the Bottle but the legend) – Alex Hamilton and Dave-1 from Chromeo and they are going to eat Dim Sum.
  • BK is requesting dinner at Lugar with us.
  • Stuey who is in OK – Yoshaiaki Omura, MD his bidigital O ring test would be a topic that I would enjoy. Second person is his mother who passed away 12 years ago. Or he would sub out Nikki Glaser who is easy on the eyes.
  • RMT (Reader Number 5) also having dinner with Anthony Bourdain and her husband.
Ate there once, the mutton is pretty good.
  • M(squared) the Domestic One – She is bringing her parents and having dinner with them and she is eating in.
  • Mary Louise Geranium – Ina and Jeffrey Garten at Rao’s
  • Z(squared) is taking his brother to dinner to celebrate his acceptance into Columbia’s EMBA Program.
  • Steve from Flushing – Having Dinner with Derek Jeter and Pedro Martinez (of Boston) and they are drinking at Yankee Tavern.
  • The Bartender – Kramer and Neuman at Soup Nazi’s joint.
  • Mr. Clean – Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel – Tavern on the Green. THAT IS A GOOD ONE!
  • Constantine – Sarah Jessica Parker and Mathew Broderick at Minetta Tavern for burgers.
  • San Pedro Scoop – AOC and MLK – I am feeling hopeful for change and I want to get those two together.

Thanks to all that played along. San Pedro Belize – I may be coming to you for next Friday so stay tuned!

Celebrating Ms. Anne on Easter Sunday.

Sorry for the sappy post but I have been trying to work this into my rotation since early March. I have tried to keep this thing positive for the most part because I know we all are riding on this emotional roller coaster. In true Anne Coggin fashion, it came to me the other day how I can spin this story line. The story fell into place when I picked up a pack of those crappy marshmallow peeps for Easter.

First let me give you the back story.

Anne Marlow Coggin was a fecking badass! I had the pleasure of first meeting her and getting to know her when we moved to the Briarmeadows house when I was 11. Parents will always associate and socialize with each other when their kids are in the same grade. JC was the same age as I and BDC-T was the same age as my younger sister. More or less I grew up with the Coggin family and JC grew up with mine.

Anne was not only my second mother, she was my advisor and a great friend. When we decided to move to Manhattan she was the first person who got excited for us. Anne was a big reader of this blog and would privately message me when she enjoyed a particular post. She called it “her trip to Manhattan but without the crowds’ and I was ok with it.

Anne retired from work and then devoted her time to her two grandkids. LC is big into theater and Anne was always supporting her. Little Jimmy is big into any and everything. She would travel over to the UK to spend weeks with him and his mum and dad.

Thankfully (did he just use that term) we lost Anne in early March after a very long illness. (OK Enough Crying) lets celebrate the SHIT out of her now. Pardon me if you don’t get the humor in Peep Jousting.

Growing up each spring we would travel to Destin Florida for Easter Break. It would always be the 2 families and we would throw in our honorary Jew, Chief, for good measure. Oh the Peruvian twin would also tag along too. One of the fun things that we would do in addition to the Progressive Fast Food Buffet (you got to love her imagination) was Peep Jousting.

You recall those crappy marshmallow things? They are nasty and the Yellow Die #5 is probably what caused COVID-19 but Anne Coggin would take it to the next level. Put two Peeps facing each other and throw a toothpick in each and hit 30 seconds on the microwave. First Peep to score ‘a hit’ wins. Oh and the loser gets decapitated.

I realize that you may be sitting here thinking “Carbunkle started drinking early and got on his laptop.” This isn’t entirely false but trust me when I say this memory is just one snippet I can recall from her great life. My mother called me last night upset about the loss of Anne. After speaking to her for a minute I told her that Anne knew what she was doing when she left us on March 3rd. She left us in time so that her daughter and husband could come from England and return to celebrate her life and a group of more than 10 people could assemble to celebrate her life. Well played Anne, well played.

There is nothing nutritious in this package.
Started a thread with Anne’s kids about my idea
I want you to think Michael Buffer’s voice – LETS GET READY TO RUMBLE!
They are in the ring
Pretty sure I am getting Windmill cancer from this!
Are you kidding me? You fell over? No Contest on this entry folks.
Both of you get the knife!
I Ozzy’d the first one (bad choice of words) and got out the kitchen shears on #2
I wanted it to be a slow death for Dos
Like I said, she was a BAD ASS! EVERYONE should be like Anne Coggin

So normally I will end the post with a quick sentence and sign off.

However, I have to share with you something personal that happened to us on Easter Sunday. BACK STORY- I write these out in Word and play around with them for a couple days and then post them. I had this post cooked up I think on Wednesday of last week. Like I said I got the Peeps and the story kind of wrote itself.

Anne loved Bunny’s and had a lot of those Pandora Bracelets. BDC-T decided to break apart one of Anne’s bracelets and give people who knew her mom a charm to celebrate her life. She messaged Geranium (who was still in New York and I was in Memphis for the funeral) that she was sending a charm with me. Sadly Geranium doesn’t have a Pandora bracelet so BDC-T gave me the bracelet and a charm. Trust me when BDC-T slid it into my suit jacket and said that I had to take it to Geranium I had no idea. I follow her and Geranium’s word like Gospel so I do as I am told.

About Two weeks ago we lost the bracelet and charm. We knew it was in the apartment but somehow it just got misplaced. We tore apart the jewelry cabinet, we pulled the bed apart, I mean we were destructing the apartment, cleaning it but also looking for the charm and bracelet. We couldn’t find it and it was starting to become a point of frustration.

Sunday morning I went to get Easter Beer and get some items that we needed to clean the stuff in our kitchen rack. I also got one of those Russel Stovell Chocolate Bunny things for Geranium as an Easter Happy. She thanked me but I could sense she was wishing we found this charm and bracelet. I was cleaning the utensil bucket on our kitchen shelving and also re-organizing the contents and low and behold I found it. It must have fallen off the top of the jewelry cabinet and found its way into the utensil bucket.

I informed Geranium that I had another Easter Happy for her and gave it to her. Yes, we both cried and knew that it was Anne saying Happy Easter to us. Again, Anne well played.

Its ok to cry, we did and I did when I was proofing this.

I am very thankful for a lot of things now days. But I am most thankful that I was in Anne Coggin’s life. Like I said she was a badass! I just hope that I did you right reading this from heaven.

We Are NY Tough

I was standing outside waiting on the dog to pee Thursday morning and I felt a subway rumble under the sidewalk and it almost startled me. I hadn’t seen a subway platform for over 28 days. From my “office” I can see the B & Q train on occasion going over the Manhattan Bridge but that’s it. We are now 26 days in lockdown and I am starting to forget the little things that make this city so great. The things that normal people skeeve that are just part of life for New Yorkers.

So there is a video clip that someone made of Cuomo’s speech. I encourage you to go seek it out. It is titled “NY Tough” grab a tissue it will put a tear in your eye.

There are two parts that really hit home. “You have to be smart to make it in New York The Second part is equally strong “And because we are New York Tough. We are tough, you have to be tough. This place makes tough. But it makes you tough in a good way. We are going to make it because I love New York. And I love New York. Because New York loves me. New York loves all of you. Black and White, Brown and Asian, Short and Tall, gay and straight. New York loves everyone. That is why I love new York.” Incidentally Maria informed me that I got my New York Pin so I guess I got that going for me.

So I put on my reporter hat and asked a bunch of my fellow New Yorkers (via email, text, Instagram) a question – “Once we get out of this what is the one thing you are going to do?” I will start off;

  • Carbunkle Trumpet – I plan on sitting with the old Chooch’s at the Cigar Inn on Second Avenue and smoke an Arturo Fuente Opus X ($75 a stick) hell I may smoke two of them at the same time! I might even debate the Chooch’s about Trump. (highly discouraged as they are all red hat wearers)
  • The Notorious N “M’effin” G – Make a reservation at Carbone and have every single person I have ever met over to my apartment to pre-game.
  • The work wife (The international one) – I am going to day drink by the pool or beach with no social distancing and then go out to eat every night for weeks because I am already tired of cooking every single meal.
  • My Cubical Roomate in the West Village – See my friends and do whatever we can as a group. Oh and join you on Second Avenue too!
I recall a baseball game right after 9/11 and they showed the back of the camera and it had this sticker. This is my iPad stand I put that sticker on it on Friday March 13th. That is the last day that New York was normal.
  • My Haitian Brother from another Mother not wishing to be from PA – Talking to everyone on the Train at Grand Central and having lunch with my work brothers and sister at Sophies and Blue Smoke and drive the kids to school. (he has 2 young ones and a wife that works in a medical lab – make sure you pour one for him)
  • Tarheel M(squared) – Drink an overpriced iced latte on my way to boozy brunch in the East Village then day drinking all day!
  • Shawneen from Middle Village – I am going to visit my family and hug and kiss them with no fear!
  • M(Squared) the former work wife (the domestic one) – Response pending
  • The Cruise Queen – Going to a nice restaurant after I get my hair done.
  • Geranium’s Work Wife – I am going to head down to Paddy McGown’s Pub drink buckets of Busch Light cans with friends and sing along (way out of key) to all our favorite songs on Touch Tunes.
  • Don Bruni – I am going to hop on a plane and hit an island somewhere. Work phone in a lock box in my bedroom.
  • The Credit Queen – I am going to NEVER again get pressured into buying ginormous amounts of toilet paper. Drink more prosecco, pay attention – really pay attention at Mass.
  • Bikinisareforever – Yankees Game
  • Asian Fireman – Going to the Rambling House for a proper pint of Guinness.
Rush hour on the Manhattan Bridge – Yep that is a FedEx Truck
  • AB the LSU Tiger Fan – Go to Nat Sherman for 2 Metropolitan Host Maduro Hyde and smoke it in Bryant Park while enjoying a few 24oz Ice Cold Corona Mortar shells and polish off a few dirty dishwater dogs. YOU CAN ALMOST HEAR HIS ACCENT WHEN YOU READ THIS.
  • Bobcat – Peter Lugar Steakhouse in Brooklyn and see her sister
  • The Professor – Swing by 773 Dive Bar, Palace Dive Bar, Connie O’s Dive Bar and Call Box (yep you guessed it another dive bar)
  • Homeless Tim – Fried Chicken at TAK Room and sit down and eat it properly. *he got that for Takeout when he fled the city for CT*
  • Lady Barrister Murphrank – Commissioner, Fausto, Osteria Morini (Italian Joint in the City) as that was the last place she ate before the city went on pause.
  • Mr 3 First Names – A repeat Trip up 5th Avenue (its a FDNY Pipe’s and Drums band thing)
  • AV The Russian – Take the subway anywhere and have a nice boozy brunch outside at a restaurant while touching every single person I see.
  • AV’s Momma – After I give my daughter an unending hug and shed some tears, Ima getting a huge juicy burger and eat it down by Battery Park across from the Statue of Liberty. I LOVE THIS ONE
  • Flynn Shady – Drinks at Down The Hatch in Greenwich Village and a slice of pizza at Joe’s,
  • PC the Memphis Fan – Queens Comfort in Astoria and get rousingly drunk at hip hop brunch then walk it off along the East River.
I don’t know what scares me more. That Z(squared) will get one of these guys if they are having a bad day. Or I will get one of them if we are having a bad day. I am kidding because no mater what they still have to go into work. God Bless you Boys!
  • The Cousin – A Bouie UES Brunch at Penrose with my girls!!!!!!
  • UWS Holly – Well it won’t be ‘go see Hamilton’ because her tickets are for May 30th. She will go to the 105th street dog run with the Ellington in the park outdoor café.
  • Maria – Bloody steak at Peter Lugar in Brooklyn
  • Gumata Jennie – Joining Maria for that Steak
  • Rhino – A great meal from Maria and Inga
  • LJZ – Stupid Expensive Cocktails on the roof of the Peninsula then sipping champagne at Tiffany’s with her personal shopper.
  • F from Z(squared) – Playing Dominos at the Ear Inn and drinks at Oceana.
  • JP on the Island of Long – Head to the Gym then Beach. I’ll be in a NY state of Mind.
  • Tay-Tay – Mani/Pedi, then a Swedish Massage and flying down to Florida ASAP for the Big 3-0!
  • Vivian Longstreet – Raoul’s – having a martini at the bar served by Franko then I’m having dinner in a booth. I will start with 6 raw oysters, then steak au Poivre and finally the profiteroles.
Asshole to Elbow getting a pic of Manhattanedge
  • Ty Middelton – Go to my Tailor and pick up the Rick Owens Suit I had altered. Then head over to Caviar Russe for Vodka and Caviar.
  • Ty Webb on The Price is Right – Response Pending
  • Name Withheld to protect the innocent – JG Mellon’s in the UES for a bloody Mary, Bowl of Chili and a Burger.
  • The Bartender – I am going to hug the F Train!
  • San Pedro Scoop – Murray’s Bagels for a Sesame with Lox or Maple Walnut Cream Cheese naturally Untoasted
  • Brizzyc – Wants to go to Kettle of Fish for a Packers Game! I miss being with FANS!
  • Grantmeaccess – Anything to do with Beer!
  • Mary Louise Geranium – Find a Gospel Brunch and ride the Q Train into the city to see her chiropractor.
  • Steve from Flushing – Aquaduct and then maybe Belmont.
  • The Bookie – I am going to go to one of my favorite Alphabet City Dive Bars, walk in the men’s room and if it doesn’t smell like it used to I am going to be pissed!
  • QBall from Tudor City – I am going to Old Town Tavern sit at the bar and bitch to John (the Bartender) about how the Mets completely fucking Suck!
  • Kate the Dog Sitter – I am going to my favorite restaurant Coppola’s with my grandma!
  • Constantine – “I am going to walk into Mt. Sinai hospital and I am going to hug every nurse, doctor and employee”
  • Mr. Clean – I am going to cherish the following 6 words – “Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors!”
  • DRS (Former Work Momma) – I plan on seeing my mother, and head to the beach.
I miss the old Normal

Thanks to all those who played along. I had fun putting this out.

Support Local But More Importantly Know How To Heat Up Food Properly

So I work with 2 people, probably 3 who don’t cook at home. One of them even boasts that his fridge is empty with the exception of maybe a banana and just has Vodka in the freezer. The Rutgers grad, shit, I am pretty sure she keeps her sweaters in her oven. I mean with the endless food options up here why not. Sadly our favorite restaurants are hurting right now with the new rules they have to abide by. But let’s be honest. Take Out Food can suck when it gets cold right?

So the other night Geranium and I ordered some good ole Brooklyn BBQ from the fine folks over at Morgan’s in Park Slope. We ordered some pulled pork, brisket and ribs for dinner. Oh we also had slaw, mac & cheese and of course cornbread. By the way when did Cornbread become a staple of BBQ?

Here is what I did and for you 3 who don’t know how to boil water – pay attention;

  • When the food arrived I removed the plastic lids from the tin boxes and put them on a sheet pan. Side Note – It really is strange to still see Styrofoam containers in Memphis. We got rid of them a while back.
  • Now Rather than popping into the oven and have the food dry out. I Poured some water in the pan and then covered it tightly with foil. Place the tray in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes. This is called steaming and will put much needed moisture back into the food.
  • What came out was good ole smoked goodness and one would think we ate it straight from the line.
I may have arranged the food to look like the featured picture to stoke some more fun.
That is the last time I let Geranium order bulk foil. Almost taken 4 years to burn through it.
Pour about a cup of water on the tray and cover tightly with foil
NG – You do this for “Here Boy” and you will be elevated to the likes of Ina
The Ribs were good. Mac & Cheese – meh
Oh the Photographer…..drunk!
I do like Morgan’s Queso and Chips
Yo Chef Kelly English – Can you make a PSA down there asking the fine Memphis folks when they order food say if they need disposable service packs or not? These guys gave us just one. The amount of food we ordered in terms of normal take out – family of 4.
Seriously Folks – By telling the restaurant we can help them save costs and save what is left of this environment.

Folks you have to support these mom & pop places. They need the most help. Get Creative and help these folks. There was an old saying that read;

“If you don’t buy something we both are going to starve!”

Wash your hands and stay inside!

“God has given You a huge block of Time. What are you going to do with it?”

There is a 2 pc band up here that we like listening to by the name of The Tall Pines. It is a husband/wife team of Connie Petruk and her husband Christmas Davis. They play on a lot of Losers Lounge Tributes and have a unique sound. They had a virtual concert (would you have said that term 15 days ago?) last night on their roof in the UWS. Connie said that term that I have decided to use as my title.

So what are you going to do? You going to drink your face off with Vodka, Gin and Rum? Gang, I lived that phase back in the day and you can only really do about 7 days until you have a body shutdown. Here in New York we are in a “Essential Lockdown”. Both of our work places are still blowing and going and we are trying to stay normal.

So what are you going to do during this ‘self quarantine” time? I mean eventually the booze, cooking, cleaning and Netflix binging is going to get boring. What next? As you can see I am ramping up this worthless dribble. But is it really making me a better person? I think it is time to ‘get uncomfortable’ gang. Step out of that safe place that we have been in for the past 5 days.

I look forward to these things. Please keep doing this. Seriously folks people need this!
Schermerhorn Street – Normally it is a ‘look both ways or you will get run TF over’ street. Now it is empty.
SERIOUSLY FOLKS – STAY THE FUCK HOME!
Hey US Retailers – DO THIS! I understand that baby Formula is in high demand. Stop hoarding!
Owner of Sid’s Gold Karaoke Bar and lead for all the Losers Lounge Shows is now doing a daily spot too! This keeps me happy guys.
What Fooking Day is it? I laugh at my old person pill organizer but it does help.
If you can – Keep those Reservations for future events.
“We spoke about how this is going to change things that we have never imagined but people still need people.”
First off ignore that Mug Shot pic on the left.
The Professor/Bobcat/Mr. 3 First Names/Lady Barrister/Geranium/CBT day drinking via virtual was a success.
Side Bar – if you want to have drinks in NYC shoot me a text and we can have drinks. This is now the new norm and people will need to hear voices and talk this out.
Berocca/Shelter in Place Vitamins are in house. We have an additional 15 days for the both of us. This isn’t so much for Corona Virus – it is for the nasty hangovers we are having each morning.

So what are you going to do with this ‘gift of time’?

A Trip to the Chihuly Gallery in Seattle

First off, I really suck at this blog thing in 2020 don’t I? Here we are VD week and I haven’t really done much on this thing. Well we have been kinda busy at work and if it wasn’t for damn RJ and Mal-o-rie making us go to Mexico last week I would probably be better. Who am I fucking kidding? I barely shower on the weekends when I am in Brooklyn….

So back when I was in the Pacific Northwest seeing Geranium we decided to get some culture on Sunday since we were kind of low key on Saturday. We decided to try out the Chihuly Garden and Art Gallery. If you are like me it sounded like Charlie Brown’s teachers voice because I wasn’t really sure who the fuck Dale Chihuly is or what medium he uses.

Let me spell it out for a coupe of you guys who are like me and don’t have room in your brain for this information. It is The Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas lobby glass chandelier guy. Now you know who I am talking about? Well apparently home slice lives in the Pacific Northwest and he has a gallery and garden with his hand blown glass pieces.

I am going to stop now because after we walked around the corner and saw the first piece it was amazing.

I Mean this thing is over 20 feet tall and is HUGE!
Close Up of the Intricacies. Like I said I was impressed
Some Type of Wild LSD Tripping Exhibit.
Again this place is great
Now I was a little impressed by this one!
Boat full of Glass!
From what I understand the ability to make this isn’t easy and almost impossible to re-create
The Outside Garden
Like I said it was some cool shit. Oh and that is Sunlight you see as it stopped raining for us on Sunday!

So if you have the chance to get to Seattle you need to give Chihuly Gallery a look. We did reward ourselves after the gallery and got some beer and food.

The Decade in Review

I know that this post is a couple of weeks late. I have been kinda busy and add to that Geranium has been working at my creative desk…….#herfault

So I started jotting down all the events that have occurred in the past 10 years. I was filling up a Legal Pad I realized HOLY FUCK! We have done some major shit in the past 10 years.

Without further adeau and in no certain order are some highlights, difficulties, not so great moments. I look back on this list and I see things that have defined us. I chose that certain quote about the windshield vs rear view mirror for a reason. Without further adeau;

  • CBT was “fun-employed” for a bit – Let me tell you there really isn’t much fun in that. Mind you it was 10 years ago but as I look back it was the greatest thing that happened to me. I will elaborate on this later.
  • CBT became a Carnie for Memphis in May and lived to tell about it. I tell people up here what I did that spring they still can’t believe it. It taught me a lot. Most importantly I learned that one should always have a nickname and periodically yell “Go For Robo” when answering a call.
  • Geranium went back to cleaning bedpans. I joke when I say that she was asked to come back after she came down to the river and hung out with me as a carnie. That was true by the way. This also was a good thing for our progressive movement.
  • CBT went to work for AMF/HW. Yep I needed to get off the streets and I found a little nitch for myself and we made a little money and had some fun too. In all seriousness God Bless Ernie and Lynn Mellor for taking a chance on me. I will always be in your debt.
  • English Mike/Claire, RJ/Mal-O-Rie, & Mr. 3 First Names/VQ all got hitched in the past decade. What is important about this stat is that we now have a full basketball team roster of kids. More kids to help us when we get older.
  • Geranium got diagnosed and Then kicked the ever loving Fuck out of Cancer. Let me just say that not all superheroes get to wear capes. Since then we sadly have some friends of ours join this club too. This also defined us and put things in perspective.
  • Geranium decides to not only get an Undergrad but then a Masters in Bed Pan Cleaning. I have told her that there is no reason for her to go get her Doctorate or Juris Doctorate. Her ass is done with text books.
  • Carbunkle Trumpet completed his first and only 1/2 Marathon. Again, if my knees could bend backwards I would kick my own ass.
  • After many years of owning a bar in South Bluffs we pulled off a Ponzi Scheme and moved to the core of Downtown Memphis. Yep we had to get RJ/Mal-O-Rie’s house sold, then they bought ours and we got the condo. God Bless Ponzi Scheme Pawn JL for believing a bunch of strangers at the pool that one day. *Disclaimer – I don’t have good nickname for her so this will work till I come up with one*
  • Geranium gets her a Job in New York City! What can I say, we like it up here. We probably are going to stay for a little more while. Anyway we haven’t seen all the dive bars in all 5 boroughs.
  • I get a job seeing Double Decker Bus Tickets to Tourists. Ironic that I had to move to New York to get this job.
  • New Job (again) for Geranium – She left cleaning those bed pans to working for a company that would make the cleaning solution for the pans.
  • Move from the UES to Crime-Free Brooklyn – Let me tell you, if it wasn’t for Maria we may still be unboxing those damned boxes. Moving in New York sucks!
  • Stamps are getting put on our Passports – Truth be told we chose to move to New York so that we could take advantage of cheaper and direct flights to foreign lands. We really have enjoyed this.

We look back for a moment and are very grateful for our past experiences. Some of those experiences without a doubt has made us move forward.

Always look forward folks, always forward.