Weekend fun

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.

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!

Bonus Post For You Jokers

So in an effort to not day drink on the weekend we decided to take on other responsibilities. I mean its not like we can go anywhere. So after I did the kitchen cabinets I decided it was time to get the iron out and make some shit less wrinkled.

So I starched and ironed our bed linens. I have to admit that it somewhat satisfying doing a monotonous chore like ironing. Let me cast no aspersions on what some of you smart asses are about to say. We get out of this I am still taking my shit to the laundry/dry cleaners. I am just trying to find shit to do to keep me from hitting the beer.

I blame Ty Middelton for telling me about this.
It burns about an hour of my time so its ok.
See All Done
So we don’t have an automatic ice machine here. I feel like Ernie and Lynn when they lived over on White Station. I had to get new ice trays as the other ones were cracking.
So George the Cat and his Mum moved out on Saturday. How fucked up is that? We couldn’t even have a going away beer with her or even give her a hug goodbye. Man she sure does have a lot of luggage for one person.

So come clean, what are some of you doing to keep sane?

So What Are You Watching/Listening To These Days.

The other Day (I think it was Saturday) LJZ texted me saying that she was bored and thinking of opening a bottle of Rose. I told her that by her texting me at 6:32AM that she needed to go find chores and that she couldn’t start drinking till the Tall Pines Show that evening.

She asked what I was talking about so I sent her an Instagram Link that the husband wife combo called The Tall Pines was putting on another show that evening from their rooftop on the UWS. I also told her about DJ Mickey Perez was going on that evening. I have seen him spin at Robert Bar when we were allowed to go outside. Also booked that Saturday was one of my favorite singers from Losers Lounge, Leslie Goshko was playing her virtual Piano slot live from her apartment.

LJZ was enthralled as to why I know all this worthless stuff. I told her that the majority of those performers were from Losers Lounge shows. I am sure you have seen me post about them from the past. So in an effort to give you some value to this blog I am going to share with you what live virtual shows we enjoy and where you can find them.

  • DJ Bobby Smith (Facebook Live) – Good friend of mine who spins it old school from Club Corona. His camera person is his wife T and we love them both. Shows are always on Friday and in an effort not to F this up I encourage you go to his page and he will post the time.
  • Leslie Goshko (Facebook Live) – She will play on Sid’s Gold Piano Bar and she is a regular on the Losers Lounge Show. Her co-worker Tater (the cat) has been known to make a cameo. She plays on Saturday and I think Thursdays but go over to the Sid’s Gold Piano and they will push the info to you.
  • Heavy Light Show (I heart Radio – WDST – Radio Woodstock) this actually is a live radio show that goes on from 7pm to 10pm eastern. Ida the DJ really plays some good stuff. Give that a look too!
  • Joe McGinty (Facebook Live) – He is the owner and founder of Losers Lounge and co-owner of Sid’s Gold Piano Karaoke Bar in the East Village. He plays on Thursday’s from the Sid’s Gold page and it is nice to see him play a freaking baby grand piano!
  • Tall Pines (Instagram Live) – Husband wife team that plays from their roof. Connie is a back up dance on Losers Lounge and they put out some great music. Go like them and they can post when they are playing
  • DJ Mickey Perez – (Instagram Live) – Cuban Latin American music that is really cool since I have not a lot of exposure of it. Like him on Instagram and he will let you know.
  • Jason D. Williams (Facebook Live) – The one and the same Jason D. Williams who got his fame from playing the piano at Mallards in the Peabody Hotel. Like his page and he will let you know when he is playing. A must watch for my fellow New Yorkers.
  • Crazy Canucks Beach Bar Hermit Crab Races – (Facebook Live every Tuesday at 7PM Eastern Standard Time) – Put it this way, there are not words that I can describe this. Husband & Wife Team who do virtual Hermit Crab races and they take venmo to give to their staff. Do this and you can see a big man rocking a pair of Pink Crocks!
What else are you going to do while you drink?
New York Folk – Go find him on Facebook and Like his page.
Always a good show and who doesn’t love Prince
Always a good show and she rocks a Tambourine!
You never know who is going to sit in on Leslie’s set
His washing his hands song is funny!
Ask her to Play Freebird!
I see he is wearing my hat again!
I kid but these two do good things down in Belize for so many! Tuesday Nights
And you can name a crab too!

So what are you watching/following these days?

Easter Brunch on the 38th Floor with Friends

Right off the bat a big S/O to Reader #2 Chloe for calling my ass out in thinking that I got a haircut.

I had changed my FB profile picture Sunday night from Joe Walsh and the Easter Bunny back to my normal black & white picture. The picture was taken a couple years back when we were living in the UES. My hair wasn’t as ‘greying’ as it has been lately. We laughed it off but on a serious note. Prohibition style Beauty shop Speakeasys? How narcissistic and vain are some of you? Hope you don’t kill someone you love because you don’t want people to know you have dark roots?

Geranium and I had a standing reservation at Stone & Vivian’s house with Ty but COVID-19 screwed that day up for us. To keep some sense of normalcy Geranium informed me that we would have Easter Brunch like we used to host in Memphis and when EGP would come down.

She dispatched me to the store to get the 20 items. I nailed it and got them all except for Sister Shubert Rolls which they don’t carry at Brooklyn Fare. Actually they had all the items I have been getting shut out so it was a good Shopping day.

Honestly, carrying what I am guessing 40 pounds of groceries in 2 LL Bean Boat Tote Bags 7 blocks in a Mask By Bec Mask is a bitch. I may get one of those Full face Scuba masks because I bet I can breathe better in that thing.

So to celebrate we invited two of our neighbors to join in the Easter Brunch. We shared a meal with George’s Mum and K & J who also are on the 38th floor. But with a twist. More on that in a few.

Trying to find a suitable sub for Sister Shubert actually these are pretty good.
Tomatoes drying out. We are months away from good Jersey Tomatoes but these were pretty good.
Washed Asparagus for the Quiche
Putting together the 2 cheese Asparagus Quiche with Hashbrown Crust
I pity the person who doesn’t like Deviled Eggs
So Technically I did mess up and didn’t get the right puffed Pastry. There is a Pandemic going on so cut me some slack!
Layering for the cheesy scalloped potatoes.
Trust me when I say it settles down and tastes so good!
Since I was banished to the Living room I decided to polish silverware
But of course we got the table out and the fancy table linen
Ashley B is so proud of me right now!
How messed up is this? We shared food from our table but we have to leave it outside their door like it is an Amazon package. This is George’s Mum’s food.
K & J’s food.
As you can see from the time we replayed the Prayers from Milan
Maya was exhausted

So yeah, Happy Easter folks. And S/O to RAB for my yearly Easter/Passover Meme!

Eating While Trying To Empty the Freezer

I never understood why Belizeans would have to go all over town to shop to get groceries. The problem down there is that some stores have certain items or they may be out so you had to spend a lot of time running around town. Meat here, Produce here, Yada – Yada. I now equate it to Pandemic shopping because like our old buddy Will used to say at Sleep Out Louies – “Let’s spin that Menu Wheel!” You aren’t sure what you are going to get so you have to improvise.

Now days when you plan meals you really have to make sure you have all the ingredients in house and get the exact item at the store because going off script can get you in trouble. Geranium is a great menu creator. Me, not so much so normally when I go off script I have been known to screw stuff up.

Case in point 2 weeks ago I was tasked with finding 93% lean ground beef. Are you fooking kidding me? I am going to be happy if I have any ground beef. They had the 85/15 Ground Beef so I got it. Sadly we needed this particular 93/7 blend for Olivia’s Turkish Pizzas that we eat down in Isla so that didn’t work. Unfortunately this is the only trip to the grocery store so what we got is what we got. I mean we haven’t eaten our normal low calorie bread in a month. The other night Geranium informed me that I was to make her a meatloaf with inferior blend of ground beef.

Great, I got that menu down pat…..oh crap I don’t have any tomato sauce but I had some left over Sofrito that I made last summer. It was from Jose Andres’ BOOK when I dragged the Murphranks over to Hudson Yards. Lets spin that menu wheel and give it a whirl.

Anyway the meal was good, the Sofrito made it little weird on the texture but hey that is one less thing we needed to thaw.

How many of you have recipe books that are stained with crap?
Had to be extra careful chopping. I mean my Alcohol Blood mix is pretty bad and I nick a finger and I could bleed out!
Freezer Burned like Shit! But it worked.
If you have extra Tomatoes this summer make this! Its good shit!
She wouldn’t let me add Bacon Grease to the dish.
Add ingredients and then mix well and form into a loaf.
You see how Fucking Sexy that oven is?
You know what would have made the meal? Corn Sticks from Mrs Sue.

I wonder what the Rutgers Grad and Tarheel Blue M(squared) can make when they get their butts back up here?

This Is Some Award Winning Shit Right Here Folks

We cleaned under the bed, organized the bins, threw some stuff out and killed every Dust Bunny under the bed.

Maya is begging us to please go out she is tired of this bonding
How much dust can accumulate under a bed? We emptied the vacuum because of it.
Laundry was done. We had a big Saturday!
Found the Sewing Machine
Like I said this shit be clean!
Cleaned out the area behind the Kitchen Rack – I call this area the Garage
Geranium – “These are no longer sparking me joy”

I will be judging the F out of you when I come to your house and your silver isn’t polished.

This One Could Get Me An Award

Geranium and I are very thankful for a lot of things. I am thankful that we are employed. Both of us have occupations that allow us to stay busy and focused during this. Like I have said numerous times, we don’t watch the news and my Twitter Feed is pretty non-current events as much as I can but still stay informed. Facebook, I have gotten to the point where I am just blatantly blocking people for their ignorance and or belief that there aren’t slants on news sources.

So on the weekend we don’t have much to do in terms of work and we now find ourselves finding shit to do. I do this because well, lets be honest, you can only watch Tiger King so many times. Another thing is that we don’t need to start drinking at 10AM. Yeah the vibe is getting serious up here.

Pre COVID-19 my Saturday would consist of doing laundry, taking the dry cleaning with Maya and then knocking out the other ancillary items. A drink with the Murphranks or some other fun item would be on our Saturday plans and that was it, we loved it! Now days we are missing it but know we shouldn’t sneak over and have a “house party” because it takes one fuck up and someone’s mother or father is dead.

So we are on lockdown and seriously, nobody really needs to be out in this shit. Because of this I created a list of stuff to do. This particular Saturday after we did the laundry I decided it was time to clean that oven and stove and the kitchen. I cleaned the bathroom like it was in a MTA Subway. Then I went big balls and went after Geranium & my jewelry cabinet.

Yes folks I am about to fucking blog about cleaning the oven and other stuff. Oh and because your ass better be inside you are going to read it too! Oh and the last picture on this thread is a bonus because that will tell you how bored I was today.

Yep, I shower every day and put on my uniform of Jeans, Golf Shirt and my Black Pull over. I did this when I was Fun-Employed 10 years ago.
Yeah I know it’s 10AM and I haven’t been out since 11:30 last night but there is another hooman in the bed so I am good.
Cleaned all the spices and oils.
Yep, This wasn’t fun but at least it is clean
Like I said, we are blessed so we paid the maid last week to make sure she stayed the fuck home.
Picture solely to annoy my foodie friends. Each box marks a trip to per se at Christmas.
I am glad this is done.
Geranium has a lot of necklaces
Broke out the Iron and did my handkerchiefs.
Who I am I kidding, I am not getting on the Manhattan Streets till maybe May and some think June. But they will be ready!
Now feel free to Judge The Fuck out of me.
Yes I ironed and starched the pillowcases.

So a friend of Vivian & Stone who we met many moons ago in Belize and now lives in Tudor City told me that he has his bedding starched. I was enthralled because I normally will just put the clean pillow case on the pillow and call it a day. So in my attempt to keep from drinking I followed Ty Middelton’s (that is his Soap Opera Name) advice and starched them. Wait till our maid returns and I inform she is to now do this. Like I said, this is some award winning shit!

Seriously folks – Stay the Fuck Home!

17 Hours In Memphis

You recall the Bourdain show called “The Layover?” This post is nothing like that.

So Ba (that would be my mother) celebrated 70 trips around the sun back in December. Ba decided that she would celebrate her party in 2020 as there was a bunch of stuff going on this past December. It was decided that they would do a joint party and have it in late February.

That was great in theory but we had already committed on attending family Christmas up in Northwest Arkansas the week of Valentines day. We explained to Ba that we could only make one event and we agreed to meeting at family Christmas. Ba sent us the invite to the party and it sat on our table for a couple of days. We decided that we would try to make a trip down for the party by rolling that Non-Rev dice and get in and out flying stand by.

Long story short, we got in town Saturday late afternoon, went to the party, went to bed, flew back to New York some 17 hours later after arrival. Now you may be wondering what was the big deal and why didn’t we stay later or longer. You see Geranium was in the middle of a in town/out town trip and we agreed that we would make this trip brief as possible. Also and one of the tricks to flying non-rev standby is that you have to take those early/late flights that nobody likes to fly unless they have to.

Anyway here are some pics and don’t get your noses our of joint Memphis folks. We will be back, we promise.

Flying out of EWR makes one have to take Mass Transit
Given that it is a quick trip we only had to pack the overnighter
So Far So Good, We got on the flight to Memphis. Thanks TQ!
When it is the same temp in NYC and Memphis one can break out the warm pants.
Do I see a box of Caviar on the Tarmac? Sorry Sam.
They were happy and mad at us that we didn’t tell them we were coming in town. She showed us, she ordered a couple cases of Geranium’s Maintenance wine.
The Birthday Girls
I didn’t take any pictures of the party. Anyway we missed the first return flight and were able to get on this sucker heading to LGA
Home with enough time to get Geranium ready for Miami on Monday
Happy Birthday Ba!

Like I said, it was a little painful but you only circle the sun 70 times and you have party to celebrate it.

Happy VD Folks!

Or as my friend SDS would say about February 14th. “Today is the only day that girls can dot their i’s with little hearts.” Anyway Happy VD to those of you who are standing on line for chocolates or flowers. Next to the rear entrance to our building is a European Wax salon. I wondered why that place was packed Thursday night.

Me I am waiting on Geranium to land so we can go have that fancy dinner at Eleven Madison Park. Anyway here are some pictures from the past couple of weeks.

They killed the Grease soundtrack!
Bowl from the Seattle Trip – That sucker cost a pretty penny
I got my fill of Mango and all kinds of other blended love
If you could read the mind of Maya it may say “if it is raining one more fucking time…….”
That Space Needle Thing!
Like I said the Chihuly Gallery is pretty freaking cool!

Have a good weekend folks!