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May 27

Bumper Sticker Again

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Don’t take life too seriously…
After all, it’s not permanent!


May 24

Southern Rock Opera – Drive By Truckers

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Days of Graduation

Bobby went out for a joy ride with my best girl
Left me at the party,
He was my best friend and I miss him.
It was almost June and the ? moon illuminated the rain-soaked streets like a candy wrapper.
I guess that’s why Bobby had his lights off,
Tear-assing through the back part of town and those deserted country roads where me and Bobby tear-assed so many times before.
Sometimes with my best girl and sometimes Bobby had him one too.

But this night he banked that curve just a little too hard and that 442 went airborne,
Hit a telephone pole and split in two, Bobby’s skull was split right in two,
And my girl was pinned in her seat, partially embedded in the dashboard
And for the next twenty minutes the only sound in the night were her screams.
And the sound of the wheel still spinning.

In a little while the ambulance came and the sound of its siren mixed with the screaming girl and the spinning wheel.

But when the story was told the next day at the graduation ceremony,
Everyone said that when the ambulance came
The paramedics could hear “Free Bird” still playing on the stereo.

You know it’s a very long song.

Any album that starts this way should grab your attention; wake you up; and be worth a listen, or two, or many.

I bought this album directly from the band when it first came out, though I don’t remember where I read about it, and was throughly impressed. I listened to it today while walking and it not only holds up, it gets better with age.

This is a classic of the Rock Opera genr?. Hard rock, southern style.

Go on out and buy it. Put it on the car stereo and drive… If it was 1970 you could add some Jack and beer and be in heaven.

While you’re driving, cruise on over to the Drive By Truckers website. It’s worth the trip just to look at the great album cover art.


May 19

More “Bob” damn music reviews

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U2 – How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Here we go again, as RR used to say. Another bad album from another has been group. If you didn’t know, you would never believe that this is the same group that gave us War, and The Joshua Tree; both great albums.

Now they sound like that crap you hear playing overhead in your office all day. They have nothing to say; but they keep saying it.

Grade: D

Wilco – A Ghost Is Born
I’m not sure what to say about this album. I can’t even figure out if it is worth listening to. I think maybe they spent way too much time locked in a closet and got way too self indulgent. Track 11 went on for about 12 hours and I could not listen all the way through. The best I can say right now is that this is a very strange album.

Maybe I will listen to it again in a few weeks.

Grade: A? F? Who can tell?

System of a Down – Toxicity and Mezmerize
If you like you music loud, and your vocals screaming, as I do, these albums are for you. This is just flat out, no holds barred, rock and roll.

Noisy, screaming, annoying;quiet, lyrical, and, ah, I can’t think of a word that fits…

Grade: A+


One of those TV, polyester wearing, cock sucking (well that might be extreme, NOT!), hands in your wife’s cookies, preacher’s said that instead of saying “God Damn” we should substitute our own/my name; so I am, I will: bob damn; bob damn you, bob damn it! Gee… I sort of like the sound.


May 09

Dinner at Justin Winery, or how not to spend an evening…

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Saturday night six of us took the winding 35 minute drive from Atascadero to Justin winery for some “fine dining”. Four of us had been to the Justin winery on a tasting tour a few years ago and were looking forward to this meal. It did not turn out as expected…

We were a few minutes late, but were welcomed by the wait staff and taken to our table in “Deborah’s Room.” The seating was very nice as was the setting.

We all decided to have the wine pairing and were served some very nice Brut before beginning the meal.

I will begin by saying that the wine served with each course was fine and matched the food. All wines were from Justin’s cellar and I would recommend them.

Then to dine…

The appetizer was excellent.

The starter was a mixed bag. Several of us had the Grilled Sonoma Foie Gras which, unfortunately had a sauce which though very nice, overwhelmed the Foie Gras. The Roasted Pheasant Galantine was, according to those who had it, excellent.

We were all saying what a great choice this was and then came the entr?e and the troubles.

Four of us ordered the Kobe beef and though it was well presented, three pieces of the meat contained gristle. Mine was about 10% gristle; Lou’s had a small amount, and Denise won the prize by getting a piece that was all gristle.

But that is not the worst of it. The waiter, who up until the entr?e had been attentive, and helpful, chose this time to disappear for 20 minutes. His helper also vanished.

When they finally reappeared, the waiter ignored us for another 5 minutes even though we tried to get his attention by waving our arms about wildly.

You have to realize that by now we were all, except Denise, finished eating and becoming irritable from the non-service. When the waiter finally decided he couldn’t ignore us any longer, he tired to convince us that the meat didn’t contain any gristle; just fat. Which is just plain stupid. I realize some of us are from Fresno, but we are old enough, and intelligent enough, to recognize a bad cut of meat. Couple this with the condescending “dear” the waiter began using when addressing the women at the table and you can get an idea where this might be heading.

Denise got another piece of Kobe beef, while we were all served the Cheese.

The cheese was nice. Nothing further needs to be said about it.

The dessert was ok. The Spice Poached Red Delicious Apple Cr?me Br?l?e was served in an apple that was so hard it could have been made from ceramic. I irritated the waiter by pulling out my pocket knife to cut it which caused him to give us utensils.

We finished; we paid; we left.

I think part of the problem, and the reason we were ignored, was because there were six of us and the gratuity was built in; which means that the service can be awful and the waiter still gets paid. Which also means we should have deducted the gratuity from the final payment; which we didn’t.

What should have been done? Denise’s meal should have been comped and the waiter should have apologized for the vanishing act, after all we weren’t at a magic show, for the bad cut of meat and not called the women “dear”, or was it “deer?”

Would we go again? No, never! 70 minutes, 35 each way, of winding road driving for an expensive, mediocre meal coupled with below average service, is not my idea of “fine dining.”

For those who don’t know the difference:

gris?tle
Pronunciation: ‘gri-s&l, -z&l
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English gristil, from Old English gristle; akin to Middle Low German gristel gristle.
: CARTILAGE; broadly : tough cartilaginous, tendinous, or fibrous matter especially in table meats.

fat
Function: noun
: animal tissue consisting chiefly of cells distended with greasy or oily matter.

Grade: C overall. F for the Kobe beef entr?e. An A to F for the service which probably doesn’t make much sense, but it started off well.


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