Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Hot Club

Amid screams of "You misquoted me!" Foot Joy corrected me on the number of games that the Sox had left with the Devil Rays (15). In last Tuesday's Zine, I wrote that Boston had 12 games left with TB. Mea culpa. After Sunday's loss the Sox are 5-1 vs. the Rays.

When I introduced Paul Van Landingham to Paul Lancia, the first Paul said, "We can be paul bearers."

Later I told Paul Van, Fleet Feet Pete and Steverino that they were Hot Club irregulars. "Very irregular" said the Stevedore. Foot Joy noted, "You need more bran!"

Congratulations to Paul Lancia who just returned from Finland with the good news that he got married while away and his wife Jarna is expecting a child - a baby boy. Paul says that his son will be named after his father - Rocco Paolo. A safe and healthy delivery to mother and child.

Frequent Flyer, Mike Module and I were discussing Buddy Cianci's return. FF defended Buddy against the points that I made. While I admire Buddy for being the consummate politician and a charismatic speaker of great wit and intelligence, I don't condone what he did. The Flyer didn't seem to think that Buddy was any different from other politicians. I told FF that he's like the Doubting Thomas - show me the holes in the hands.

We were talking about whether Buddy Cianci can run for office since he's now a convicted felon. I said that I didn't know there was a statute of limitations on felony convictions. Chuck D Computer said "Buddy can be mayor but he can't carry a gun." "Or have a cigarette", added Doubting Thomas.

Derek of Lionel and Diesel fame showed up at the Hot Club. I remarked on how good Derek looked and when he left I told him "Good to see you around." Broc added, "He's not as round as he used to be."

I remarked that I told someone, "Good to see you." And the response was "It's good to be seen!" Could that have been Buff Steve?

Katie has a Camry that has had some repair problems. We were discussing it with Contraire (like me a Camry owner). I said that when I sold my '86 Camry that I advertised it for $650 figuring I'd come down to $500. In fact Victoria bet me that I couldn't get $500 for it since the Camry had 214,000 miles. I would have gotten the $500 but when an interested party called and spoke with my mom he asked if I was sticking to getting $650. My mom told him that I'd settle for $500. He showed up with $450 in cash, which I took. But I lost the bet to Victoria.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The Hot Club

There was a Dos Equis promotion and the two beer ladies wore cowboy hats, boots and jean skirts. One (XX) asked my group a trivia question for a free Dos Equis: When was the beer founded? My brother Brad, in town for my birthday, won with the closest guess - 1920. The answer was 1897. Brad won the Dos Equis beer.

Later the same woman (XX) was playing trivia with a different group. As luck would have it I was with them. She asked when Dos Equis was founded. I was first and said 1897. I won and XX gave me a free Dos Equis.

So celebrating my good fortune, I returned to the group with my brother Brad and Mr. D. As I was gleefully explaining how I had pilfered the Dos Equis, XX walked by and was none too happy when she overheard she had been hoodwinked. I commiserated with her, saying, "I'm sorry. I took advantage of you." XX responded "Guys do it to me all the time." So after that, every time XX passed by, one of us would shout "1897."

"In 1897", I said, "Dos Equis was one X." Mr. D. wondered how much to be with XX, the beer girl. I said that would be XXX.

Later XX asked who was depicted on her T-shirt. Chuck D Computer knew it was Montezuma and got a free T-shirt. We joked about Montezuma's Revenge and Chuck said, "Like beer through a Shriner."

It was Mr. D's 61st birthday (7/1) and mine also (7/5). He called us 'The Methuselah's'.

Chuck D, who has a budding movie career, told me he has a part in the movie 27 Dresses, filmed in Newport. Look for him as the groom in the LA slutty wedding scene.

Somehow the conversation turned to nuns. I asked Brad, Mr. D. and Mike Module if they had heard that priests could now date nuns. "As long as they don't get in the habit", I said.

It was the 4th of July. PhotoGenic, Beau and the other HC staffers wanted ribs. Beau asked "Is Wes' open?" Said PhotoGenic, "If he can make $2, he's open."

Someone mentioned wedding pictures and recalled that one studio didn't deliver a couple's wedding album until 4 years after their wedding. In the 5th year the couple got divorced.

Erica recalled that when she was pregnant she had a patron ask her if he could rub her belly. She said, "No, it's still attached to me." Erica said that when someone tried to get touchy with Britt, she told the guy, "No touching the animals."