Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Hot Club




575 South Water Street

Providence, RI

OK, the third time should be a charm – Tom McGinn’s boat ride on Water Fire nights is $15 per person and leaves from Water Place Park (near the twin pillars). You can reserve a ride at 580-BOAT. Tell Tom that Sportzine sent you.

Sunday the jukebox was in use and I asked the Wise Man and the Wizard if people had been playing Amy Winehouse songs in her memory. Wise said that they had. The Wizard said he was unfamiliar with her music and wanted to keep it that way. It’s a pity, just like her passing. She was a singular talent who couldn’t handle success. Expect any thing she recorded to hit the airwaves and stores soon. I played Rehab and Back to Black.

The Wizard mentioned that Winehouse was 27 years old, and that several other musicians had died at age 27 – Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Johnson, the great blues man, and the Grateful Dead’s Ron ‘Pigpen’ McKernan. I noted that Alan ‘Blind Owl’ Wilson of Canned Heat was also 27. Others: the Stones’ Brian Jones, Peter Ham of Badfinger, Jesse Belvin (Good Night My Love), and lead singer Rudy Lewis of the Drifters (On Broadway, Up On the Roof). Wikipedia refers to a ‘27 Club’ and lists 45 musicians including Winehouse and those mentioned above.

There was an Amstel Light beer promotion with women dressed in tight white tees and short red shorts. However one of the women was wearing navy blue shorts. Why? An intrepid reporter inquired and learned that the petite blonde didn’t fit into the red shorts.

Come A Little Bit Closer to the Mike asked one of the Amstel Light women about how to get the free tee shirts. However his inquiry was, “Can I have that one?” pointing to the tee shirt she was wearing. She smiled and told him that that tee shirt cost more.

A passing male wanted to know what he had to do to get an Amstel tee shirt. I told him, “You have to perform tricks.”

The Amstel women walked the deck, looking for eager individuals who were willing to be videotaped while telling their favorite Amstel Lite beer story. One wag said that he had a story – he once got a woman pregnant while drinking Amstel Lite. I suggested that they give him two tee shirts for that tale.

Amanda, my Hot Club advisor on the latest psychotronic and horror movies, said that Drive Angry with Nick Cage was a hoot and worthy of viewing.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Hot Club

Last Sportzine, I mentioned that the best way to see Water Fire is from Capt. Tom McGinn’s boat. I forgot to mention an important point – it only costs $10 per person. To get on board, call 580-BOAT for reservations. And the tour leaves from the Hot Club.

A guy was wearing a T shirt whose front said ‘Grog and Dog Jog’. The back of the Tee said ‘Gaggers’ and ‘Gansetts’. Sounds good to me - gaggers and ’gansetts.

The Perfusionist was reading a Sportzine. I asked him if he found anything interesting. The OR Man said, “Whoever writes this is a cretin!”

We were talking about kayaks and I expressed my fear of water to Mike Module and Dr. John. I told them, “I drown easily.” Said Dr. John, “Death is bad for your health.”

There was a song playing on the HC jukebox that sounded like Iggy Pop. It was called Head On and it was by the Jesus and Mary Chain.

Adam and I were talking about Let Me In which is a frame by frame recap of the Swedish vampire movie Let The Right One In. Adam said to check out the book which has a lot of stuff that was left out and is, of course, better. The reshoot reminded me of the Spanish movie REC which was re-done as Quarantine. What was the point of either re-shoot? $

Breaking News – the popcorn machine is back at the Hot Club. Its salty treats were sorely missed.

Joking Joe was telling a joke. I told Joe that you always want to have laughter. And I said that I believed in Jimmy Buffett’s line in Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes that ‘if we couldn’t laugh, we’d all go insane.’ Joking Joe mentioned Jeffrey Dahmer saying that he ate a clown once but he tasted funny.

The Wizard got a new Red Sox cap. He was proudly showing me that it’s a size XXXXXL. ORric said, “That’s how long he’s been out of high school.”

Mike Module saw me waving my damaged middle digit at Kirk the Younger. The Module said my finger was ‘mutating’.