Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Hot Club




575 South Water Street

Providence, RI

Fleet Feet Pete was in the House so I asked the Penn State grad his feelings about the Joe Paterno/Jerry Sandusky situation. He said he couldn’t believe it. He mentioned that it’s a tight-knit town many of whom are Penn State grads or connected to the school in some way. I noted that the stadium (Beaver Stadium) holds 100,000 (106,572) and that they may have trouble filling that stadium again for quite a while. Pete didn’t disagree.

Jesse, who is from Pennsylvania and whose family went to Penn State, said he was in disbelief when he heard about it and that Joe Paterno was involved. Jesse said that when he first learned about it, it was like hearing “that it was Santa Claus dealing drugs to little kids. It just can’t be. It just can’t be.”

The Jesster said that he knows a guy who played cornerback and wanted to go to Penn State. When the guy and his mom showed up for an interview they were told that Paterno was taking his nap and couldn’t be woken up. So the guy left and enrolled at nearby Pitt.

Jesse, who did not go to Penn State, but who was a fan, says he had a tee shirt that said Shit on Pitt.

In talking to Alexander the Grate, I mentioned that Victoria and I had just been to Asheville, North Carolina to visit my brother Brad and his wife Dee Dee. Alex noted that an ex-bartender from the Hot Club, Bronwyn, now resides in Asheville. I told Alex that when we were in Asheville, it was bitter cold with a biting wind so we ducked into a local pub/restaurant called Jack of the Woods. Alex said that was where Bronwyn works.

So I told Alex and Fleet Feet Pete that Brad and I did a mini pub crawl and after Jack of the Woods we went across the street to the Thirsty Monk. Peter said he had been to the Thirsty Monk and had a few beers there.

While in Asheville, we found out that a North Carolina senator named Jim Forrester had called Asheville a cesspool of sin. So the locals came up with a T-Shirt that says Asheville: Cesspool of Sin – Dive In.

Buffalo Steve, who used to work for IBM for 20 + years, brought up the fact that in the movie 2001, A Space Odyssey, the computer’s name is HAL. Steve observed that H is one letter before I, A is one before B and L one before M. I-B-M.

Josh brought our attention to a song playing on the juke box. It was by the new Mick Jagger band Super Heavy and the song is called Super Heavy. Not bad. Not quite the Stones, though


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