Saturday, December 05, 2009

Birthday Blow-Out

Ah, birthdays. They only come once a year and there is a good reason for that. I kind of forget what it is, though. Oh yeah, if they came more than once year we would age more quickly.

The day started out with mimosas and a bagel with lox and raw onions. One of my favorites and the bagel shop just down the block and across the street from me makes some of the best.

Then later, after boring the Mysterious Chinese Woman to tears by playing about a hundred birthday related songs (thank you Rhapsody) we headed out to lunch at the Mesa Grill in Manhattan. Quite a bit smaller than the one in Las Vegas, but every bit as nice with friendly service to boot.

Mesa Grill

I started out with a Mescal Margrita at the bar. Not too bad, but a tad sweet for my taste. I would have asked the bartender to make it with just squeezed lime juice instead of the mixture that they use, but she was really busy. I just didn't feel like it would be appropriate, although I am sure she would have accomodated me. She was very friendly.

Me And My Margarita

After a short wait at the bar, which I quite enjoyed, we were seated at our table.

Beauty And The Beast

So Many Decisions

I have always liked the cowboy upholstery here. I wish I could buy a couch like this. The Mysterious Chinese Woman, on the other hand, didn't share this opinion.

I chatted a bit with the new manager here, Claudia. She hadn't been to the Las Vegas restaurant yet, but I think she said she was slated for a visit.

Bar Man And Claudia

The Mysterious Chinese Woman settled on the Red Snapper Filet done up in Bobby Flay's typical Southwestern style.

Looks Yummy

And the Mysterious Chinese Woman assured me that it was every bit as good as it looked.

Me, there was no question. I went for the rib eye.

In All Its Glory

About To Dig In

The steak was every bit as good as the one I had in Vegas. This time I ordered it medium instead of medium rare and it was done to perfection. Now I will have to say that the steak in Vegas was larger, but the one here was more than I could eat, so size wasn't really the issue.

After our meal we went back to the bar to have one for the road. The couple who was sitting next to us while we ate and who were very friendly stopped at the bar as well and bought me a birthday drink. That was nice of them.

The bartender, Susan, finally had time to pose for a picture. I have to say, she was one of the most efficient bartenders I have ever seen. She kept everything humming and made all the drinks for the bar as well as for the entire restaurant. Plus, a few people were eating at the bar so she helped them with their selections and served up the food when it was ready. My hat is off to her.

Susan The Efficient

We then headed back to Brooklyn where we stopped into Pete's Waterfront Ale House for what turned out to be a few beers and a shot of Sam's Apple concoction. Goes down good on a chilly day and went down mighty fine even on a warm day like this one was.

Beer For My Men And Whiskey For The Horse

You know it is a special day when Gaid comes out from behind the bar to give you a hug.

Gaid And Bar Man

I think he really wanted to hug the Mysterious Chinese Woman

Plenty To Go Around

My friend Arden also stopped by to say hello. You may remember he is the one who had the photography exhibit at the art show in Red Hook.

Arden And Bar Man

Even Jim, the most excellent cook, popped out of his kitchen to say hello.

Jim Out Of His Lair

Quite frankly, my day should have ended at Pete's. But one thing Bar Man has little of is common sense. For some reason I decided it would be a mighty fine idea to end my day with a beer and a shot at one of the best dive bars in Brooklyn. Although, truth be known, it really isn't that much of a dive bar anymore. Oh, the bar is the same, it is the patrons who have changed. I think shutting down the Brooklyn House Of Detention may have cut into their business a bit. And with the no smoking laws even dive bars seem more upscale somehow. No kids in this one, yet.

Montero Beckons

I think I was finally starting to feel the effects of my rather long day. The guy just behind me was in Pete's while I was there and after chatting a bit I convinced him that he too should experience Montero.

Bar Man On His Last Legs

Somehow the Mysterious Chinese Woman seemed to be holding up much better than me.

Eternally Perky

And, finally, it was time to wend our way home. Where did the day go?

Holiday Spirits Abound

All in all it was a mighty fine day. And there was still a bit of Cavas Hill Cava left over in the refrigerator so I could kind of continue my celebration this morning.

Oh, and both the Knicks and the Nets won yesterday. The odds of that happening are pretty remote. Especially since the Knicks were playing a decent team, the Atlanta Hawks, and the Nets hadn't won a game all year.

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Friday, December 04, 2009

Observations On Turning 65

You start getting discounts that you could have used when you were much younger and didn't have any money.

Heading out to Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill for my birthday lunch, then on to Pete's Waterfront Ale House to harass my favorite bartender, Gaid.

Will post more tomorrow, with pictures, I hope.

Listening to Warren Zevon's Studebaker. I had a 1950 Studebaker that I entered into a destruction derby. Came in third and sold the car for junk on the spot afterwards.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Confusion Reigns

Just got this in my email:


dec 5th 11PM

Waterfront Ale House
540 Second Ave
New York

Only problem is that Friday is December 4th, not December 5th.

Addendum - Just received a message from Sam of Pete's, he said the Black Coffee Blues Band will, indeed, be playing tomorrow, December 4th. Sam blamed the typo on too much eggnog. If you have ever had Sam's eggnog (and if you haven't, you really should) you would understand how that could happen.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

How Generous

I just received an email from Verizon notifying me of a change to my terms and conditions.

This is the change:

1. If you are on a term plan and Verizon ceases offering service to your location prior to the end of your term commitment, you will not have to pay an Early Termination Fee.

Now all that I could think was that before the change, even if Verizon terminated service to your area, you would be charged an Early Termination Fee. I think the change is good, just surprised that it was actually needed.

Just so you know, I have Verizon DSL, land line, and wireless service and am generally very pleased with my service and their customer service. I just thought that change was kind of funny.

Slow day, obviously. I need to get out more. Friday is my birthday and the Mysterious Chinese Woman is taking me out for dinner at some secret location. That should give me something to post about.

Oh, for anyone wanting to send me a birthday card, my address is:

96 Schermerhorn St. Apt. 2A
Brooklyn, NY 11201

I had a nice several days out at my sister-in-law's place for Thanksgiving, spread out over four days. Went out to restaurants three times and had a huge Thanksgiving dinner. No pictures though. I feel kind of awkward taking pictures to post when I am at family get-togethers.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

But They Love Him In Tanzania

Well, as you probably know, the Knicks did pass on Allen Iverson. However, if you are ever in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, you might be able to pick up an Iverson Grizzlies jersey.

It seems as though the Grizzlies were going to hand out 3000 Iverson jeresys at a game, but after they cut him it didn't seem, shall we say, appropriate. Instead they were shipped to the birthplace of their rookie center, Hasheem Thabeet, where they were handed out to improvished children.

Now, if those kids had access to ebay, they could probably sell them for a nice chunk of change.

Hey, I wonder how Tiger's wife was going to pull him out of the back window of a Cadillac SUV, even if she did break the window out with a golf club. Or was it both windows with two golf clubs?

I see where Sprewell, infamous for saying he wouldn't play for the Timberwolves for a paltry couple of million a year because he had to feed his family, is about to lose his mansion in Purchase, New York for falling behind in his mortgage. Last year he lost his yacht. Maybe he should have kept his day job.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know I did. But then I started the celebration on Tuesday afternoon and didn't get back home until last night.

Oh yeah, Brett Favre is having the best start that he has ever had in his entire NFL career, and he is currently the highest rated quarterback in the NFL.

Just thinking, last year the Jets released Pennington and he then went on to lead Miami to a conference title and a spot in the playoffs. This year the Jets released Favre and he then went on to lead the Vikings to....? And it isn't like the Jets even get anything for these guys.