Friday, December 05, 2008

Things That Make You Go "Huh!!!"

I am heading to Las Vegas on Monday for a bit of a mancation. Just me and a few buddies from Minnesota. I am flying Jet Blue, one of my favorite airlines. Reasonable prices, good service, and you get your own little television screen where you can choose which channel you want to watch.

I just got this email from Jet Blue though and, I must say, it raises a couple of questions:


We know you'll be jetting with us soon and wanted to let you know about T5,
our new home sweet home at New York's JFK International Airport.

Starting October 22, 2008 all JetBlue flights will operate from this
brand new, state-of-the-art terminal with great features and amenities:

  • Smooth & simple kiosk check-in
  • Up to 15 security lanes
  • 26 gates with seats aplenty
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 55,000 sq. feet of great food and shopping
  • Large children's play area
  • and much more

    Please allow yourself a little extra time when arriving or departing
    T5 for your JetBlue Airways flight #187 on Monday, December 08, 2008.

    T5 is so light, bright and new, and filled with tempting food and
    retail experiences, you'll be glad you had the time to linger!

    We are grateful you have chosen to jet with us and look
    forward to seeing you at T5.

    Happy Jetting!


    First, Is there a play area for small children?

    Second, Why, if this new terminal has so many amenities with kiosk check-in and up to 15 security lanes, do they advise you to allow yourself extra time?

    I guess I will find out Monday. Maybe they just want you to have time to experience their tempting food and retail opportunities.

    By the way, I am slipping in my standings with Urban Spoon. Do me a favor and click on one or more of the links below to see if we can jack up my standings. I know this is shameless, but then, so am I.

    Chip Shop on Urbanspoon

    Ferdinando's Focacceria Restaurant on Urbanspoon

    Giando on the Water on Urbanspoon

    Peter Luger Steak House on Urbanspoon

    Lumi on Urbanspoon

    Queen on Urbanspoon

    Footprints Cafe on Urbanspoon

    Tatiana Restaurant and Nightclub on Urbanspoon

    Cargo Cafe on Urbanspoon

    Robin Des Bois on Urbanspoon

    Smoke Joint on Urbanspoon

    I will post more links next time and, remember, if you don't click a link the terrorists win.
  • Monday, December 01, 2008

    A Mini Bar Trek

    After spending a few fun-filled days out in New Jersey celebrating Thanksgiving with the Mysterious Chinese Woman's family, I returned to Brooklyn on Saturday to hook up with an old friend of mine, Allen. He and a few of his pals had taken a bus from somewhere in Pennsylvania to do a bit of a bar trek along Atlantic Avenue. Of course I was only too happy to join them and act as a bit of a guide.

    The plan was to stop at Montero at one end of Atlantic Avenue and then work our way up to Hank's, about a mile away. Much to everyone's surprise, Monetero wasn't open at their usual time, noon. So there was a change in plans and we made our first stop at Waterfront Ale House.

    First Stop

    Luckily, my favorite bartender, the always cheerful Gaid, was on hand to give the crowd a true taste of Brooklyn hospitality. He was a bit camera shy though so I didn't manage to get a shot of him. Here is the crew:

    D.J., Allen, Leslie, and Brett

    Allen had imposed a strict 45 minute maximum per bar that was immediately violated. I am not sure what everyone else had, but I managed to down a couple Brooklyn Brewery East India Pale Ales before we headed out.

    On The Road Again

    Montero's sign was still unlit so we stopped in at Floyd for our next libaton


    Here we were well served by Paden, the bartender.

    Hey, Paden, Where's The Dog?

    I didn't bring along a pad and pencil, stupidly, so I didn't remember the names of most of the bartenders. I remembered Paden's name though because I had just watched Silverado for about the fifth time the other day. Paden, as you may remember, was the name of the character who spent time in jail because as the rest of his gang rode away from a posse he stayed behind to tend to a wounded dog.

    Floyd is a good hanging out and drinking bar with a bit of a bordello look to it.

    See Anything You Like?

    The also have a bocce ball court giving this place a unique ambiance.

    A Bit Other-Worldly

    After a couple of beers I peaked out of the door and saw that Montero had lit their light.


    Not too surprisingly, Montero worked its usual magic and we slid into the decadence of beers and shots.

    It Just Seemed Right

    Montero was a big hit because of all the memorabilia on the walls and my friend Allan was there to give a bit of a guided tour. The other Allen, the one who came down from Pennsylvania, was a bit disappointed because Pilar wasn't there. He wanted to meet her because he had read so much about her in my blogs. Pilar is more of a Sunday person, though.

    For some reason, after we toddled out of Montero Allen decided to stop and buy a bouquet for Leslie.

    What A Romantic

    Our next stop was another favorite of mine:

    Brazen Head

    As you would expect, we were having a good old time.

    Frolicking At The Bar

    The bartender, whose name, of course, I don't remember, took refuge behind the spigot handles.

    Is It Safe?

    The afternoon was drawing to a close and there was still one last stop that we had to make.


    Of course my attention span was starting to fade right about now. I did manage to get a picture of the bartender and, of course, forgot her name.

    The Tolerant Bartender At Hanks

    By this time I was a bit shot, and was also being shot.

    Shooting The Shooter

    I am not sure I want to see how Leslie's picture turned out.

    We had a rousingly good time and as we said our good-byes we agreed that we would get together in the spring and hit a few of the bars in Coney Island while they are still there. Ruby's, Cha Cha's and Freak Bar would be good candidates. Needless to say I will be sure to post about this get-together when it happens.