Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The Hot Club

Good to see Wendy Johnson make a return to the Hot Club. We wish Wendy well in her graphic design work.

Wise was talking about a catering job where the person wanted the works but didn't want to pay. He said "Champagne tastes and beer budget." Citizen Caroline said, "Caviar tastes and tuna fish budget."

We saw a vehicle jockeying back and forth, trying to get out of a parking spot without hitting any cars. They wouldn't have made it without Russ' assistance. I told Mr. D. it reminded me of an old Candid Camera episode where pedestrians help a woman as she tries to parallel park. She crashes into the car in front and then the car in back. The helpers are horrified and their reactions are hysterical.

Some of the Kappa Krew made it to the HC for the return of Brother Joe Machowski who has been teaching English in Japan for 23 years. The Krew honored Joe and had a festive time. We all know now what the visitation rights are.

We were talking about whom you would invite to dinner if you had the choice. Victor said Clint Eastwood. Patricia wanted Ben Franklin. For me it would have to be a sports figure, maybe Ted Williams, but in his entirety (not just his head).

The subject turned to getting out your frustrations. I wondered if they still made bop bags. You know, the inflatable ones with sand in the bottom. You punch them and they bounce back. Patricia said she bought one for a friend but found it was too small so she kept it. It's of George W. Bush, and is on Patricia's desk. Bop 'til you drop.

Mr. D.'s birthday is July1. Mine is July 5. New bartender Christina's is July 17. She'll be 21. We'll be 60. Mr. D calls this 'our gun lap'. And Happy Birthday to Buffalo Steve whose birthday is June 10. I think he's 39.

Overheard at the HC (a woman about her reluctant boyfriend): "He said he'd rather walk the plank than walk the aisle."

I knew something was up when I saw John Dempsey all dressed up. And then I saw Meghan (looking pretty in polka dots) and Grant (spiffed up and sans hat). New bartender Amanda got married Sunday. Our best wishes to Amanda and her hubby.


The amazing Rob Zombie is back, along with his family of Marx Brothers' named murderous mutants. Mama Firefly (no longer Karen Black - now Leslie Easterbrook) is here. Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig in his greatest role), Otis Firefly (Bill Moseley), Baby Firefly (Sheri Moon Zombie, Rob's wife) and Tiny.

This movie picks up roughly where the other left off as cops descend on the Firefly house in retaliation for the death of 2 cops. The police strike force want to swat these Fireflies. Leading the avenging angels is John Quincy Wydell (William Forsythe), whose cop brother George (Tom Towles) was whacked in the first film (House of a 1000 Corpses).

Forsythe, who plays a great villain, almost steals the movie. The cast is strong with Geoffrey Lewis (from the Eastwood 'Clyde' movies), Priscilla Barnes, Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), PJ Soles, porn star Ginger Lynn Allen and Ken Foree (From Beyond).

Unlike the first movie, in this one Rob Zombie uses existing rock n' roll songs to good effect. Included on the sound track are: Fooled Around And Fell In Love (Elvin Bishop), Midnight Rider (Allman Brothers), Reelin' In The Years (Steely Dan), David Essex' Rock On, Joe Walsh's Rocky Mountain Way and the James Gang's Funk 49.

Some memorable lines:

"Ride the horse, baby!" (Captain Spaulding)

"You kiss your mama with that mouth?" (Geoff Lewis to Sheri Moon)"Trust me fella, that ain't the only thing I do with this mouth." (Sheri to Geoff)

"Don't you ever turn your back on a clown when he's talking to you!" (Capt. Spaulding)

This is another hit from Rob Zombie who knows how to scare an audience. He also delivers some priceless one-liners. My only quibble with it is the ending. It surprised me that Zombie would go in the particular direction he takes. But maybe Mr. Zombie has more tricks up his sleeve. This movie also had The Victor's seal of approval.


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