Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Hot Club

There's more on those 20 guys that didn't want to leave the HC a couple weeks back. It was a bachelor party gone amok and none of the Amokees wanted to go. One particular gentleman of the blue suit persuasion was especially AWOL of his brain. And as Broc was trying to usher out the now dis-invited, one guy sucker punched Broc in the back of the head. Broc's response was "You'd better get the f--k out of here". The varmint vamoosed. Broc showed amazing poise and self-control.

Turns out that in the scuffle, Broc's shirt was ripped and his cherished Yankee hat was thrown into the waters of the marina, never to be worn again. That pissed off Broc the most.

Conversation as told to me: Lovely Lisa to Bags: "How goes the front?"
Bags: "What front?" Lovely Lisa: "The dating front."
Bags: "I'm dating Tonic Man right here." Lovely Lisa to Tonic Man: "You're dating?"
Tonic Man: "I am what he wants me to be."

The Warden told me that he has finally figured out what he does for a living. He wrestles women. "I'm a woman wrestler for the state," said the Warden.

Later the Warden explained that he had had to break up a fight between 2 women inmates. He ended up trying to restrain a 200 lb. Latin Queen.

Friday we were all standing on the deck and Buffalo Steve noticed a woman walk by. He insisted he knew the woman and her name was Melissa. Sure enough he later got a kiss and a hug from Sweet Melissa as the Allman Brothers played on.

Frequent Flyer and Mike Module were talking about a woman that FF had met. He had her business card. Buff Steve asked FF if he knew the woman. FF said, "I only know her outside." Mike Module added, "He wants to know her inside and outside but isn't there yet."

The Cisco Kid was in town and Mr. D., Chedda Dan and Stone were around to celebrate his return. Cisco, Chedda and Mr. D. are Yankee fans so there was baseball talk. Cisco and Chedda said that the reason that there has been no public outcry from George Steinbrenner this season is because he's at the drool cup stage.

Wild Willy tells me that a HC regular has another nickname - One Slice.


Bacaro is the restaurant that took over the space once occupied by Neath's (262 South Water, Providence). Neath Pal's restaurant was Victoria's and my favorite place. Chilean sea bass and lobster and curry with Asian noodles were our delights.

This was our first venture to Bacaro. I called Saturday about 6 PM and it didn't sound like we’d have trouble getting seated (reservations for 6 or more only). We arrived about 6:50 and were told that there'd be an hour to an hour and fifteen minute wait.

We seated ourselves at the new bar which is to the left as you enter. There are now tables to the right where Neath's bar used to be.

The bar was nothing to brag about being small and rectangular shaped. The sides of the bar looked unfinished. Beyond our chairs there were more chairs but occupants were unable to see the bartenders because they were behind a solid wall. Not a good design.

We ordered drinks and chatted while waiting to be called. I had a Heineken and Victoria her usual - Johnny Walker Black. It was close to $17 for the two.

When it got to be an hour, I checked with the hostess and was told that we were one of the next two to be seated. Neath's seating was all upstairs, but I never saw anyone go through the door Neath used to access upstairs.
When it got to be an hour and a half, I told the hostess that we'd be leaving if we weren't seated within minutes. I'd like to tell you how the food at Bacaro's was but we never got to sample it. We left.

So we went to a fine restaurant that doesn’t get much notice - the Blue Fin Grille. That's because it's in the Providence Marriott Hotel. In all our time of going there, we've had only 1 dinner that didn't measure up and that was when our friend Ab and his wife visited from Phoenix (sorry Ab). On Saturday night the calamari was fresh and delicious and the salmon excellent. Our first choice of restaurants didn't pan out but the tried and true did.


First off let me say that this film was a disappointment. I've seen Rob Zombie's debut film House of 1000 Corpses and his follow up The Devil's Rejects. Both were superior horror films especially House.

John Carpenter did the original Halloween. It is much better than Rob Zombie's version. I had great expectations for Zombie's edition of a horror classic. Where Carpenter was subtle and restrained, Zombie is brutal and barbaric, many times reveling in the violence. Zombie's Halloween is without a doubt the bloodiest ever. And this from a Gore Hound.

The cameras (Black and Orange units) linger lovingly over the blood and guts. Some scenes are excruciatingly painful to watch. Zombie seems to revel in the gory deaths.

The movie is not without merit and boasts a superior cast. However while Zombie pays homage to other horror masterpieces (like Texas Chainsaw Massacre), his collection of B movie kings and queens are only cardboard cutouts for him to slash, gut and cover with blood. Ken Foree (From Beyond), Dee Wallace (The Hills Have Eyes), Udo Kier (Andy Warhol's Dracula and Frankenstein), Brad Dourif and William Forsythe are all here. Even Mickey Dolenz has a cameo. Oh and Sybil Danning (looking very old).

And Zombie knows how to use music effectively - both his own and other old gems. However Zombie seems confined by Carpenter's original story even though he precedes it with a look at how Mikey Myers became Michael Myers.

Malcolm McDowell is Dr. Loomis, taking over the role that Donald Pleasance fleshed out so well. McDowell is OK. Pleasance was better.

The Coming Attractions were mixed with ads for Nike, Gatorade, and Nesquik. You had to watch the ads while waiting for the previews. They held us captive for 15 minutes. Of the movies coming soon, I have to say that David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises, with Viggo Mortenson, looked most promising. If you don't know the Canadian Cronenberg, he cut his teeth on some serious horror (Dead Ringers and Videodrome) and has since graduated to mainstream. Cronenberg's A History of Violence (also with Viggo) was excellent. Now if Rob Zombie will just return to characters he creates.


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