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
So the “Brainiacs” that run the Los Angeles schools came up with a splendid idea.
Give every student a 700.00 I pad to help them “Get smart”. Guess what? They did.
They hacked into the schools website in a matter of seconds and now use the pads for music.
And of course, video games.
And of course, to tweet.
The school board gets an “S” in stupidity.
How much common sense is required to figure out how kids are going to react with a free I pad.
Now the school board folks want to redeem the I pads from the students until they figure out a better way.
Guess what again? The tools are lost. Cant find em. Gone.
(You know…..like my dog ate my homework).
What this country needs for their next president is a CPA.
Someone that looks at the books, not cooks the books.
How much insanity must be used until common sense prevails?
Every day we throw money at problems and the problems expands.
The problem is here ….and we are it.
We all know the stories about the government paying 1,000.00 for a screwdriver or hammer.
CBS and others did an expose on the 10,000 toilets. That was 20 years ago.
Have things changed? Not hardly.
The Federal Bureau of Land Management recently spent 9,999,00 for an outhouse in Alaska.
(I shiver just thinking about that).
It was a “single vault-Aspen Single” prefab (top of the line, I am sure) which is supposedly “waterless”.
(That’s also scary). When the BLM shipped it, they forgot to check charges.
Total bill (without pumping and maintenance) 98, 670.00.
Your government at work.
If it costs them almost 100 grand for an outhouse, can we trust our health care to them?
My great uncle in Georgia had one he built for about 10.00.
While I realize port-a-potties are much more in 2013, does it make sense that the USG cant even get a bargain on a toilet?
Sounds like a lot of crap to me.
I think it most apropos that smart phones are being given out in Tennessee for signing up for Obama care.
The Community Health Alliance, which by the way was gifted better than 72 million dollars is “qualifying” people who wish to receive one.
If you are “Q’d” you receive a smart phone, plus tech support and unlimited minutes.
These minutes of course, explained the spokesperson for CHA were to
“keep in touch with folks and answer their questions about health care and give diet tips.”
Tips I am sure like, “make sure if you order the Big Mac, skip the fries,” or “no more than five cokes per day”.
Are we as a country, really that stupid?
Yes!!!!! Yes, we are. We are letting it happen right under our noses.
Where do you think CHA got the 72 million dollars?
From the tooth fairy?
I think, off the backs of the working few, who are still paying taxes.
Imagine that. A smart phone and all the bells and whistles for signing up for health care.
Is the President playing with a loaded deck?
You better believe it …..and we, the silent, are his “ace” in the hole.
Just in case you missed it, employer, and that is EMPLOYER costs for insuring employees have doubled in the last ten years.
Just a little tidbit there I am sure the White House has overlooked.
I firmly believe we will see the day when employers no longer offer insurance.
What so many employees fail to realize is like a paid vacation, health insurance covered by the employer is a perk.
It’s a freebie that they do not have to give. So often we take things for granted until they are not there.
It’s like saying “I was born in this country so I am entitled to free health insurance”.
Oh…wait…you no longer have to be born in this country to get freebies. Shucks. Almost forgot.
Now comes the news that the textile industry is ready to come back to the USA.
Why? Because help abroad is too expensive and the work is not all that good.
Good news …right?
Unfortunately the textile folks cant find Americans who want to work in textile.
What a country. It’s true. We are a nanny state.
Well, guess inflation is here after all. Sure, I remember nickel cokes and quarter hamburgers.
But that’s a little absurd for this day and age. I remember 30 cent gas and car notes of 75.00 a month.
I remember mortgage payments of under 200.00 and movie tickets for a buck and a half.
I remember when rooms at Motel 6 were 6 dollars. I remember minimum wage was less than 5.00.
But I didn’t realize the enormity of “sticker shock” completely until this last Saturday morning.
I left the house at Wildwood, driving the 1.1 mile to the grocery store which does not open
(didn’t know that) till 9am on weekends. Store closed and Beaumont Enterprise rack was gone.
We always like to do the crosswords and I like reading the sports, so when machine was gone I left.
I drove to Warren (8 miles) to the Handy Dandy drive inn and walked in and saw not only the
Enterprise but the Houston Chronicle, too. Great, I thought. Will catch up on reading.
“4.00 please” came the hue and cry of friendly lady behind the counter.
I was stunned. FOUR BUCKS?
RIGHT!! The Enterprise was still a buck, but the Chronicle is now 2.50 on Saturdays.
“3.00 in selected areas”, said the heading at the top of page one.
I paid the money and left. I am going to keep that chronicle. At 3.00
(Warren is apparently select area) I can’t afford to throw it away.
So I put it under my riding mower in the garage (which leaks some oil).
That way, Saturday’s edition was not a total loss.
Here we go again. When our economy went in the toilet, Mexicans went back to their homeland to find work there.
So, we had a reduction in the amount of workers in the fields. Now farmers have another dilemma.
If we want them back we have to pay better. 8.00 an hour is the current minimum wage in
California. (due to go up to 10.00 under Governor Browns order signed yesterday).
Workers are so scarce that farmers, needing grapes, raisins, peppers and other veggies picked are sweetening the pot.
They are offering up to 12 and 13 bucks and hour, plus meals, plus transportation to and from.
And they are hiring guards to keep other farmers away who try to lure them with even more.
A good “picker” can now earn up to 1,000.00 a week. (52 grand a year).
We have 17 million un- or partially unemployed on the streets.
Wonder if 52 thousand a year would appeal to them.
“Hey, you wanna work for 52 grand a year”?
“Oh man, I sunburn easy and besides that’s…….HARD WORK”.
Just as I thought. The money would be good…..but no time, for TV, or smart phones or chillin out.
In other words…..LET PETER PIPER PICK THE PEPPERS….OR THE ILLEGALS.
At least they’ll work for the money.
Isn’t it absolutely glorious that Wendy Davis(D-Ft Worth) filibustered so eloquently, waxing poetically for hours on the killing of unborn children?
Why she made the cover of last month’s Texas Monthly under the “is there light at the end of the tunnel guise.
(Meaning basically the Democrats could return to power if Wendy decides to run for governor of Texas.)
Careful, Wendy. Greg Abbot might run over you even though he is wheel chair bound.
She is the national hero to the media and to the adoration of those who covet no time limit on the destruction of the unborn.
Then comes Ted Cruz, campaigning for what HE believes is right.
He is sold down the river by not only the media(surprised?) but by his own party henchmen.
John Cornyn and former presidential second placer John Mc Cain, to mention two.
Oh yes, and the democrats. Seems they were more interested in his “green eggs and ham” diversion than in the substance of his speech.
And that includes Fox news.
He was trying to give us a message. The message?
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT MIGHT BE FLAWED!!!!
Might be? That’s an understatement.
Her speech. Wunderbar!!!! (German for wonderful)
His speech. (a ploy to stall for more time).
Maybe we need more time. Maybe we need a ploy. Maybe we need Ted Cruz.
We should all be glad it’s a normal September 25th. No rain, no wind, no trees in the roof. No blue tarps, no looking for FEMA, no looking for ice, or electricity. No barricades, no looting (at least no more than usual) and no stinky refrigerators.
We all remember most of the above all too well.
It’s remember Rita day.
You know what I remember most?
The big hearts of southeast Texas. The churches, the faith based organizations. I remember them opening their doors, helping people out. I remember the great responders. Oh sure, there were some of the usual clowns, like some at Ford Park, getting free ice. I remember them popping their trunks from the drivers seat, while still talking on the cell phone. Some not even looking up to thank those loading stuff into their cars. But mostly I remember team work. People helping people. People feeding loose animals that were left behind. People helping the elderly get trees out of their front yards. Linemen from around the country as well as our own Entergy folks slaving away. I saw them swatting sweat and mosquito’s while helping to get the lights back on.
I remember Rita. I remember the great people that make southeast Texas the best place in the world.
Thank you for today and all of the other days that are great ones.
And thanks for helping us to remember this day.
There’s no fool like an old fool but its hard to fool and old fool because an old fool has been fooled many times.
Lois Lerner gracefully stepped aside before she could be axed yesterday, thereby preserving her fifty thousand dollar a year pension. I don’t blame her. She’s not stupid. She fell on her sword for the good of the IRS.
Don’t you believe for a moment she was the brains behind the idea to compromise certain conservative groups.
(Oh yes, and a smattering of liberal ones.)
There’s more than meets the eye here.
Don’t tell me she’s the big guy. I aint buyin it.
But we probably will never know.
Why would a 62year old, so close to retirement take a chance like that?
Do her political affiliations run so deep she would put a career on the line?
At 62 she’s not exactly old, but OLDER.
You cant…….fool….you get the message.
I aint buy it, Lois. Enjoy your retirement.