New York City.
As always, we stay at the Michelangelo on 51st@ 7th ave.
Al in his hotel room at the Michelangelo, NYC
If you have never been to NYC, be advised everything is pricey.
(unless you want to stay in Newark)
If you only go once, live it up and check out the “Mike”.
Great hotel, in the heart of all the great restaurants,
Broadway shows and Times Square.
Rosie O' Gradys 52nd @ 7th. (Beef stew on the menu)
It is killer. And not expensive. Also great seafood and
Steaks. You can eat reasonably in NY.
Al and his favorite manager at Rosie O Gradys, NY
Brunch, lunch, supper snacks.
(over 30 in NY…all good. Two slice pizza, two Pepsi 11.00
Cheap eats) Oceania. 49th @ 6th.
Carmine’s 44th and Times square. Italian. One order
Feeds three…really. Good pasta, ravioli, great bread.
(at busy times, prepare to wait 30-40 minutes)
Chinese…Jing Fong…20 Elizabeth St. Chinatown.
Dim sung for two 19.95
Our fave…Wohop…17 Mott st.
Four seasons(beef, chicken, shrimp,pork & rice 14.50
Feeds two. In the cellar..Chinatown..good stuff.
Ellens Starlight Diner….great for after show
Singing wait staff. Ice cream sodas and banana splits
That will blow you away..also full breakfast,lunch &
Dinner menu….cheap..by NY standards.
Ride the subway. 7 day pass..now 30.00. will save a hundrerd
In cab fares….speaking of …make sure you get the yellow cabs
And not the guys in the black limos..you will pay thru the nose
See Statue of Liberty, See 9/11 Memorial..
Al and wife Annette at Ground Zero before the new memorial
Shows….we saw Motown and Kinky Boots, both great.
Annie, Mama Mia, Wicked all still playing…
Go to TKTS…..46th @ Broadway …after 4pm…get discount tickets for shows.
(or before noon on sat and sun for matinees..you will save a bunch…)
Spiderman ignoring Al in Time Square, NYC.
Al and wife Annette in NYC
What a surprise. Went by train from NY. (overnight, lv NY 3pm, arrive
Al and a statue of songster Johnny Mercer in Savannah.
Hotel: River Street Inn. On the river..I mean ..on the river.
Managed by Janice Davis…lovely lady…lifer in Savannah. Knows
All the info. Request a room on the river side. Great views.
Reasonable prices…happy hour, plus wonderful brewed coffee(free)
In lobby. Staff is the friendliest you will find. Amazing. Free pralines
At bed time….
You gotta go to Paul Deens. The food IS GOOD.
Our fave…Hueys…on the River, shrimp and grits or anything you
Like. Jamabalaya…that’s right in Savannah….Henrys for a cheap
Five dollar breakfast…
Chart House…on the River…over priced……
Take the cruise..worth the 20.00 apiece…(one hour)
Take the tour…again 20.00 a piece worth it….
Cab is a 30.00 ride to the airport. Call me for my fave cab driver. He is great.
Little tip: if you haven’t flown American out of Beaumont, you are missing
A good bet. Comfy planes…running on time and free parking and close to
Food: McCormick and Kuleto’s. waterfront. Great seafood, a tad pricy, entrees around 25 to 30 but every table has a great view of the water including
ELO trading post. On Sutter. Most magnificent Asian fusion food around. Butternut squash dumplings and ribs the size of
Uncle Vitos. Pasta and ravioli and home made pizza. Less than ten bucks and cheap wine and beer. Bush @ Mason.
Sears….like the store …..on Sutter. Home of silver dollar pancakes, great breakfast, super reuben sandwiches and full meals at a very low price.
Aliottos, Scomas, seafood at the wharf…lot of money touristy, good..but touristy.
Clam chowder in the bowl which is made of cut out sourdough bread. Five bucks and great...Pier 39 at the Wharf.
If you are going to
America’s “Middle class” is that which is above the poverty line and below….way below that of the well heeled.
Middle class America came into being after world war two when many families first had the money to own a home.
That hasn’t always been the luxury that many enjoyed in the middle of the last century.
When I came to Beaumont I saw many families with a car and maybe a truck in the driveway of a home they owned.
Maybe even a boat.
Kids got Christmas. Food stamps? No way. People had their grocery money.
We weren’t rich but we could afford the roast on Sunday, chicken maybe a time or two during the week.
4th of July meant grilling burgers and hobnobbing with the neighbors.
That middle class is disappearing. The stock market is going crazy and the well to do….are well to do.
But that middle class is eroding. Partially because of new technology eliminating many jobs.
Partially of course, due to companies moving south or abroad.
Partially due to illegal’s taking the jobs that many NOW REFUSE TO TAKE.
I hate to see middle America go away.
But I do not see a solution on the horizon.
Remember when politicians offered “a chicken in every pot and two cars in every garage”?
You don’t hear them saying that anymore, do you?
I assume the reason we hear so many British voices on commercials and programs and newscasts is because as a nation, we are so diverse.
Funny, when in London, I heard the kings English but given by “The British”.
Fox news has as many English accents as American ones.
On HGTV, on Sixty Minutes, on every magic cooking machine, not to mention the Geico animal, there are British accents.
I remember the only times we heard a British accent was on a tour bus or a jar of mustard.
Don’t get me wrong. I love the British and love my stays in England, but sometimes I fear the
“Mother Country” is coming back to take power.
Come to think of it, how bad could it be. You know.
David Cameron, Parliament, tea and crumpets, driving on the left side of the road.
It could prove interesting for the DPS and the Congress who cant seem to get anything done.
They are selling the Astrodome seat by seat, Astroturf by Astroturf and anything else not bolted down.
(As well as bolted down).
The Astrodome is in a sad state of flux. To tear it down or not.
Over the weekend space helmets, used by ground crews, pairs of seats and other memorabilia went the way of the auctioneer.
Do we make more parking for Reliant stadium or do we save it?
Hotel, Motel, convention center, playground. No one can come up with the answer.
When you consider it is younger than someone eligible for Social Security, it doesn’t seem right.
Annette and I saw the final baseball game played there by the Astros.
I saw the first one as a sports guy and fan when the Astros played the Yankees in ’65.
For something aged 48, it doesn’t seem right. But we no longer hold anything or anyone sacred.
Only Fenway and Wrigley still hold serve. All other parks have been torn down, (some twice) or renamed.
The Dome didn’t have AT&T, Subway, Palmolive, Verizon on the front door. It stood proud against the Houston skyline.
When flying in from the west coast to Hobby, one could see it’s unmistakable roof from seat 22A.
When I think of Cowboy stadium being imploded I feel the Dome might face the same fate.
Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King, with the tennis match unmatched.
Cassius Clay (Ali) dispatching opponents to the canvas.
The Houston Oilers and “Luv Ya Blue”.
UCLA-U of Houston basketball.
Elvis at the Rodeo.
The best ball park food I ever ate.
I need to drive by and get a glance before it’s too late.
The Lord made the earth in six days. The Affordable Care Act signed up six people in it’s first days.
There’s a lesson to be learned here. I’m just not sure of what it is. Saturday Night Live's spoof on the ACA was right on the money.
This is a country that can send a man to the moon, a rover to mars, find a cure for TB and see you chocolate flavored potato chips.
Yet, they cant figure out their own website. AMAZING.
Are we surprised?
Probably not. We’ve been doing goofy things like this for years.
Maybe because we have goofy people in charge.
Both democrats and republicans.
We can't pass a budget. We can't balance a budget.
We seem to get slower as we get faster.
Then, in the state of New York(an actual state of confusion) they want you to be 21 before you can buy cigarettes.
We can send them to war, but they cant smoke. (It might be hurtful, health wise.)
So is an enemy combat force.
Well, six is better than none. Oh wait, they just doubled it. 12! Now we’re on the right track.
When I first heard the term “K-Cups”, I thought it was a bra for the chick on Mike and Molly.
Later I found it what they meant was a missile you put in your German made coffee pot.
For a dollar or less you can have fresh brewed coffee within seconds.
First of all you can spend more for coffee than you do for gas in your car.
Secondly you can amaze your neighbors with a gadget they might not have.
Thirdly you can save the old containers and make a necklace out of them.
Fourthly you can use the time saved brewing coffee to check facebook (for the 10th time since you got up).
I am not against modern miracles. I even watch Duck Dynasty, (or have once).
But I am an old fashioned brewer kind of guy.
Two things that should be brewed slowly.
Beer and coffee. I even like to grind my own beans.
Don’t send me any of these for Christmas. Thanks.
They inserted what you would think in the bags, right?
Candy bars, little goodies..you know…To wish the guys good luck.
Oh, wait. There was something else in the goody bags.
Condoms. Condoms? Yep. That’s what I said.
As you can imagine, the school was not happy.
They sent down a one day suspension.
Now, here’s the rub. (I guess that’s ok to say).
The parents of one cheerleader thought the ODS was too much. A little “over the top” if you will.
You see, folks. We wonder about society.
Instead of the parents going along with what in essence is a one day holiday, they gripe.
By taking the side of the student, in this case, they are saying “Hey, no big deal”.
Guess it’s not.
I only hope that if one of the players is Ahem………too friendly, if you will with one of the cheerleaders……
You know what I mean…..I hope he hasn’t lost his goody bag.
just figured this one out. As lousy as I was in math throughout school (could not pass
Algebra 1) I still am able to compute the following.
If every one of us tithe 90 percent of our gross paycheck from now until the day we die (based on living at least
10 more years,) we will be able to feed the other 47 percent, clothe them, school them, care for them when they are sick,
Purchase all their needs including, but not restricted to, cell phones, autos, gas, cigarettes, beer, pretzels and
Nike tennis shoes for ONE WEEK.
It’s crazy math but it really works. I mean it works for the government.
They don’t have any money, but they keep printing it.
Oh yeah, there’s that Affordable Care Act thing. Forgot about that. Dang!!!
Oh, well. Back to the drawing board. Guess those of us working will just have to work harder!
I’m going to my neighbors Halloween party dressed as a chef. It’s a uniform I received as an honor last year from the “Taste of the Triangle” folks.
I hope I am not abusing anyone by wearing it. After reading Lucy Kinder’s column regarding what the U of Colorado warned against, I am nervous.
“Do not wear anything that could be construed as having racial overtones.”
No “white trash” outfits because as we know that is a culture unto it’s own.
No”ghetto” outfits. Same fit here. (Wonder what a ghetto outfit really is”?)
No “Indian Chiefs”. (God forbid).
No Sombreros.( Wonder if the people in Mexico who wear them think they are racist?)
No cowboy getups. Hmmmm!! Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Lash La Rue. Bet they’re spinning in their graves.
That brings us to the question of the Washington Redskins, or the Cleveland (gulp) Indians.
I guess in the next generation there will be no joke books. I mean, who will be left to make fun of?
No fat or thin jokes, no old or young, certainly no ethnic jokes, (even if you are from North Dakota.)
No drunk jokes, no blond jokes, no jokes about any of the 50 states, (Alabama included).
No deaf jokes, no blind jokes, no stuttering jokes, no blue or brown eyed jokes.
I hope it’s ok to wear my chef’s outfit.
WAIT! A chef joke before I get censored.
Man goes to a restaurant, orders Italian food and 30 minutes later has not been served.
He says to the chef: “Chef, how long will my spaghetti be”?
Chef answers. “I have no idea sir. We never measure it”.
My question is: How would I be endangered?
Would it be considered a chef joke, or an Italian joke?
Maybe just a bad joke….which like all things is politically incorrect.
Since the beginning of organized athletics there have been blowouts.
“Blowouts”. Often referred to as lopsided wins or losses on the field of play.
Nobody needs to apologize for “whupping” the other team.
Georgia Tech beat Cumberland 222-0 in the most lopsided college football game ever.
Chicago Bears-Washington Redskins---1941 (73-0).
I remember Lamar’s basketball team “blowing out” Prarie View by 70 or 80 points.
I couldn’t even keep score.
Good teams beat bad teams. Good companies run bad companies out of business.
Good looking guys get the good looking girls.
Sorry. It’s true.
So when Aledo beat Fort Worth Western Hills 91-0 this weekend, there was nothing personal in it.
They jerked the first team and played all the subs. Fort Worth gave up when they got so far behind.
Nothing unusual about that….except…..one of the parents called it “Bullying”.
Are you kidding me? Bullying? I call it butt whipping. And if the parents don’t like it, then give up football.
I am so sick and tired of this “no one loses, we all win” political crap. It’s about time to hitch up your pants and go home.
I am sure if Western Hills had won, there would have no Bullying complaints from their side.
It’s football folks. Deacon Andy Griffith recorded a song in 1954 entitled “What it was, was football”.
You folks from WH need to listen to it….VERY CAREFULLY!!