Thursday, September 24, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1989

Louie's Caffe - New Rochelle, NY
(Photo: ? The camera was Lorraine's, but...that's Lorraine on the right)

Here's the thing.
Our college IDs were laminated, but they didn't have Date of Birth.
You could peel back the laminate,
type in a DOB that made you 21,
and use a warm iron to melt back the laminate into place.

Our "Junior Sisters" dutifully took us through it freshman year.
I dunno if that's what CNR had in mind with the Junior Sister program.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Big Papi!

Look who they let into a company box at Fenway.
"I was on TV!"

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

I'll Call You Back On My Purse

Betsey Johnson bag spotted at Macy's in Downtown Crossing.
The handset works, dude.
The handset works.

Sunday, September 13, 2015


September 13
2:55am · Boston, MA

Joey did his part to knock out the eight or nine bottles of wine. So I put my none-too-steady husband to bed, assuming he'd be asleep in minutes.

I set about putting away leftover cheeses, covering olives, closing bottles of tonic, organizing the empties...when I heard an exuberant voice say "Red velvet cake!"

Joey was up again. He had gotten himself a fork, and was doing some naked post-party drunken cake eating.

You know what, guys? He's never boring.

Happy Birthday-ay-ay-ay-oh-oh-ooooo...hey, that's nice!, Mel Torme

That was a fun party.

We'd intended to prepare only legit retro party food, but we chickened out once we looked into it. As it happens, party food was gag-inducingly loathesome in the 60s and 70s. Pimento olives made far too much of a showing. Entirely too much ham and gelatin was involved, shaped into something truly diabolical. Everything was formed into a mold or a loaf of some kind.

Friends don't serve friends "molds."

As a nod towards the theme, we prepared shrimp cocktail, a cheese fondue and deviled eggs, but mostly we just re-named better, edible food in a Mel Torme-theme. The maiden punch in my new punch bowl was dubbed "Velvet Fog," and my delightful salad with baby greens, dried cranberries and walnuts was "Mountain Greenery." Joe made a less tacky, more updated champagne & brie "fondue-bee-doo-bee-doo."

 I think Joe might have recruited a few new Velvet Fog converts.∎
One of the slides I made.
The "slide show" was just the Apple TV idle screen
sourcing a set of photos on the drive.
These info cards rotated in between fun pictures of the Velvet Fog 
at all ages, singing, playing drums and just generally cavorting.

Friday, September 11, 2015

If anyone was going to buy cheese at Star Market in Brighton today...

...sorry, they're out. I bought it all. 

Just returned from a shopping trip with a metric ton of various cheeses for Joe's locally famous Fondue-bee-doo-bee-doo.

Celebrate The Velvet Fog's 90th birthday with us! 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 2003

Throwback to 2003 AQM tour! 

This is the night I was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, when our tour was 
rudely interrupted by a severe case of diverticulitis I didn't know I had.
You've heard "I left my heart in San Francisco." 
Well I left my sigmoid colon in Switzerland.

All the Queen's Men
Christine Zuffery
Cathy Cappozi
Tamora Gooding
Joe Kowalski
All the Queen's Men on stage at Bikini Test (La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


Something's fucky in the rental market in this town.

I've read several articles over the past few weeks about "high end glut."All over Boston they're in the process of adding over 2000 new high-end rental units, which are NOT getting rented, meanwhile regular folks are struggling to make rent in ordinary family neighborhoods.

Anyone have $2360 to rent a 400 sq ft studio in The Continuum? That's the new "high end" mixed-use building opening soon in Allston, on a busy corner overlooking a gas station, an old dry cleaners, a Dunkin Donuts and a 7-11.

Talking about it with friends, I was saying that a possible attraction would be the handy 66, 70 and 86 bus stops practically at the front door, but someone pointed out that this place will have a free shuttle bus to and from Harvard Square.∎

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1986

Shepaug Valley High
(Photo: Brenda Fitch)

I'm sorry there wasn't enough mousse for you in '86.
I needed it.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

It's happening

Mel Torme and Friends
Joe had two copies of the same record, so we hung one of them in an album frame.
Got Joe a tuxedo T-shirt for the party.

Currently Reading

Forged: Writing in the Name of God
it was amazing
tagged: currently-reading