Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Hot Club

Fleet Feet Pete said, “That’s admirable.” to Buffalo Steve. Ex- Navy Man Buffalo Steve replied, “I never made it to Admirable.”

What regular deserves a new nickname - Radar?

The Fog drifted in. He said “The Hot Club is a singles bar. You come in single and you leave single.”

The Warden mentioned the song Grazing in the Grass. I said “Hugh Masekela”. “No”, he said. The Wise Man thought Sergio Mendes. The Warden recalled it was by Friends of Distinction. By accident, I came across a reference to the song. Hugh Masekela, the South African trumpeter, recorded it first (1968) and had a #1 hit with the instrumental. Friends of Distinction did a vocal cover version in 1969.

The scores of the golf tournament were shown and I told Victoria that Tiger Woods had just had the worst tournament in his professional career. Victoria said, “Good.”

The Warden asked when Adrian Beltre was showing up for Patriots football practice.

Ryan Kalish is 22. When I brought that up, Foot Joy said “We have underwear older than that.”

The Fog was slipping away and he said, “If I have one more drink, I’m going to get a tattoo and have my nipples pierced.”

Frequent Flyer, Mike Module and others were at a NE bike race. Sobi was one of the race sponsors. Someone saw Jeffrey, Frequent Flyer’s dog (a Dalmatian), drink Sobi from FF’s cupped hands. A photo was taken and Frequent Flyer and Mike Module and group were asked if they’d bring the dog to Sobi’s buffet. When they arrived, a security guard wouldn’t let them in because of the dog. Frequent Flyer pointed to the dog and told the guard, “Oh, he’s the guest. We’re just invited with him.” The guard checked with the main house and then ushered them. The dog repeated his Sobi drink and ate steak.

Jimmy Chelo asked me a baseball question. What happens if there’s a base hit to the outfield and a pig swallows the ball? I told Jimmy that the ball would be dead at the spot where the pig ate the ball. Jimmy said it was a homerun. An ‘Inside the Pig’ homerun.

The Hot Club

A Hot Club moment – skipper Tom McGinn was prominently featured in a front page Pawtucket Times photo also showing new Narragansett Beer owner Mark Hellendrung. Hi Neighbor!

Told Jimmy Chelo, Chet and Charlie about Victoria and I going to the Bronx Zoo, which is listed as the largest municipal zoo in the US. Chet wanted to know on what basis – acreage, animals. Good question since I had been to the San Diego Zoo as well. Both San Diego and the Bronx have over 4000 animals. The Bronx Zoo is on 265 acres, San Diego is on 107 acres. So it’s largest by acreage.

The Hot Club men’s bathroom is one of the smallest on the East Coast. The gentleman next to me said it could be the smallest bathroom in the whole US. He added, “You have to go outside to clear your mind.”

Dr. John quoted Lily Tomlin as saying, “There is no objective evidence that reality exists.” John said it’s from Tomlin’s Broadway show The Search for Intelligent Signs of Life In The Universe.

The good doctor also remembered Robin Williams’ take on Sylvester Stallone doing Shakespeare’s Macbeth: “To be or what?”

It was a Tuesday, not my normal night. There seated at the far bar was a ‘Murderers Row’ of Fleet Feet Pete, Mike Module, Buffalo Steve, Charlie Clancy, and the Herbster.

Buffalo Steve was asked what the top Northwestern New York tourist attraction is. He knew it was Niagara Falls. But Buffalo Steve didn’t know the # 2 attraction – the Buffalo Zoo. But Steve said he knew the third most popular destination - the Snowflake Museum.

Fleet Feet Pete said he saw a bumper sticker on a guitar case that read “A closed mind is a wonderful thing to lose.”

Contraire came into the HC and said to me, “You got that paper of yours?” I told him I didn’t do one this week. Contraire said, “True Lies or Sports Lies.” That’s Contraire.

A cover of Bad Company’s Bad Company was playing on the HC jukebox. I checked – it’s by Five Finger Death Punch from the CD War Is The Answer. I kid you not.

A guy was wearing a tie on a hot Friday afternoon. His friend reached over and tugged on the tie and then said, “At least it’s not a clip-on.”