Liquor in the Front

All I have to say to Cole on this topic is: any table, any time. He’ll be crying in his quinoa before the night is over.

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    … and poker in the back.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Doesn’t Cole pretty much cry himself to sleep every night? Or cry himself to non-sleep, in his case.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    This is going to be EPIC!!!

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    Just Some Fuckhead, Thought Leader says:

    If it’s strip poker, everyone loses.

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    Am I the only one who thinks that quinoa looks like nail clippings and therefore unappetizing?

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    I used a dirty word to complete the phrase in the title, so my first comment is in moderation. I wonder if words like “Texas Hold ’em” and “five card stud” have the same effect. There is only one way to find out…

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    Citizen_X says:

    Doesn’t West Virginia let you shoot someone who insults your quinoa now? Don’t take any invitations, mistermix.

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    khead says:

    @Corner Stone:

    It really is hard to out drink someone that stays up til 4AM anyway. Staying up is half the battle. So, John’s got that going for him.

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    trollhattan says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    There it is. We are legion–2 anyway. They could be cuticles.

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    raven says:

    The Rise and Fall of Penn Station

    Just 53 years after the station’s opening, the monumental building that was supposed to last forever, to herald and represent the American Empire, was slated to be destroyed.

    Great show.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:
    I’ve swept stuff off of the shop floor that looked more appetizing.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @raven: umm. That wasn’t this Penn Station. This one has always sucked and made travers feel like moles. I think they were thinking of the Penn Station it replaced.

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    raven says:

    @Suffern ACE: It’s a documentary.

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    beltane says:

    @Suffern ACE: The old Penn Station was supposedly modeled after the Baths of Caracalla. The current Penn Station seems to have been modeled after one of Rome’s catacomb complexes.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @Suffern ACE: I wish I was old enough to have seen the old Penn Station – it looked majestic on its own, and no doubt was far and away better than the piece of subterranean crap that it is now.

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    Punchy says:

    On my way to see Cornmeal and Hot Buttered Rum pluck some ‘joes and mandys. Could be the tittiest bluegrass show this side of Harvest Fest. Booyah.

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    Corner Stone says:


    Doesn’t West Virginia let you shoot someone who insults your quinoa now?

    I’m just wondering where someone in WV gets the water to boil the quinoa.

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    raven says:

    @PsiFighter37: There is great footage of the construction of the station and the tunnels under the Hudson and East River.

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    Jane2 says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: And those little black thready things…ugh.

    I have to say though that variations of “crying in his quinoa” is going to be my go-to phrase for the food faddies.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Jerzy Russian: I hate it that you beat my first comment, and I hate it even more that you didn’t even get the quote right.
    It’s “pokeher in the rear”.

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    Corner Stone says:


    “crying in his quinoa” is going to be my go-to phrase for the food faddies.

    He’s been trying to lose weight.

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    raven says:

    @Corner Stone: He also quit drinking.

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    NotMax says:


    It was a structure of both grandeur and utility, eye-catching and pleasing both inside and out. Its destruction in order for Madison Square Garden to move to new digs (rather, move again as that venue had not been in the actual Madison Square for quite some time) was truly an urban tragedy.

    The train and subway area below street level of the new Garden was given the shortest shrift possible and represented absolutely the barest minimum such facilities require. Many an hour spent drenched in sweat in the sweltering, supremely ugly and depressing, non-air conditioned Long Island Railroad waiting room.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @raven: ?

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    Botsplainer says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead, Thought Leader:

    If it’s strip poker, everyone loses.

    No photos, please. I’m already middle aged, and need no further impositions on libido.

    Botsplainer, +4 (doubles)

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    raven says:

    @NotMax: It was torn down because the Pennsylvania Railroad was failing and they couldn’t afford not to sit on the property. I knew nothing about this until tonight but they said that it was the beginning of serious historic preservation.

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    p.a. says:

    @Corner Stone: West Virginia native (slapping palm to forehead) “you got ta berl it?”

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    raven says:

    @Corner Stone: What? You didn’t know that or what?

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    Violet says:

    Quinoa, bitches! Bring it!

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    Corner Stone says:

    @raven: I wasn’t sure how it was relevant to my making a pun about “faddies”.

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    raven says:

    @Corner Stone: Hell, I don’t even know what the title of the thread is supposed to mean.

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    Good to know, I am not the only one who doesn’t find quinoa appetizing. The red variety is even worse, looks like nail clippings with red ants. Also takes forever to cook. Miracle Diet without having to eat quinoa.

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    NotMax says:


    One small saving grace that came out of it was that the public soon realized what they had lost and rallied to save Grand Central Terminal when that was similarly threatened.

    The streetside synergy and harmony of the old Penn Station along with its neighbor behind it, the still standing columned neo-classical Post office building was something else lost.

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    raven says:

    @NotMax: Well I learned something from the program and I’m glad I watched it.

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    gogol's wife says:


    It was a great show. The present Penn Station is the seventh circle of hell.

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    NotMax says:


    IIRC, the rubble was carted to the landfill in New Jersey which now sits underneath the Meadowlands sports complex.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @raven: “Lick her in the front, poke her in the rear.”

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Is this kind of an open thread, ’cause I found this hilarious, from Politico via Alex Pareene at Salon:

    Calling Leno his favorite late-night host, McCain said Leno would do little things like making sure there were cupcakes in the green room (McCain’s favorite) or show the senator around his car collection.
    “That’s just the kind of guy he is,” McCain said. “Another reason I like him so much is he uses humor but he doesn’t have the sharp edge that some others do, the kind of put-down that is popular with some others.”

    John McCain does not like “put downs”, and at least he doesn’t plaster on the make up like a trollop

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    NotMax says:


    Something else you might enjoy viewing when time permits (no link handy, but should be findable):

    PBS’ American Experience aired a documentary on Coney Island which was also very, very well done.

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    @Corner Stone: There are probably regional differences in the quote.

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    That’s quinoa pronounced “queen-o”?

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Jerzy Russian: Only place I have ever heard a variation on that particular quote was when I was in The Ukraine.

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    Botsplainer says:

    Do I want a new watch? Amazon has a Victorinox I want for 400, and a Hamilton manual for 550.

    Oh, and I bought a car last week without consulting the spouse…

    +5 doubles

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    Cervantes says:


    they said that it was the beginning of serious historic preservation.

    It was. And it was thereby also the beginning of the end for Robert Moses.

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    Corner Stone says:

    This movie Zero Dark Thirty is a real bitch to try and watch. Who put this latter day Blair Witch Project jumbletron POS together and thought it was a movie?

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    NotMax says:

    There’s a reason it is termed “castle doctrine” and not “fortress doctrine.”

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    NotMax says:

    Oopsie. Wrong thread on #48.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @NotMax: Meh. Could be relevant if it was a really good pokeher game going on.
    I’ve lost pots before to make it out alive of not so nice places.

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    Jane2 says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: So simple, and rather unappetizing (the food, not the server) as most diets are.

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    NotMax says:

    @Corner Stone

    Quoth W.C. Fields in one movie:

    I don’t mind a man having five aces.

    But – when I know what I dealt him….

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    Anoniminous says:


    Good show. Thank you.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    mistermix. you sound stressed. Here’s some nice music. Chill.

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    Thor Heyerdahl says:

    One of the best pokeer scenes in a movie from “The Sting”

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    Thor Heyerdahl says:

    oh shit – said the wrong word for a certain card game and am now in moderation

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    GHayduke (formerly lojasmo) says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    I hate Quinoa

    GHayduke +16 (glasses of water) Seriously.

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    Jasmine Bleach says:

    @Bob In Portland:

    That’s quinoa pronounced “queen-o”?

    Don’t know if you were just joking (in which case please just ignore me), but I believe officially it is pronounced “keen-wa”.

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    dww44 says:

    @raven: It was indeed. Saw it a few nights ago. That’s one aspect of the American form of capitalism that I abhor. Throw away public spaces and best exemplified these days by sports stadiums which achieve their expiration dates in less than 20 years and must be replaced by the next bigger and more costly thing. Mostly on the backs of those who can’t afford tickets to get in anyways.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Quinoa always has a soapy aftertaste to me no matter how much I rinse it.

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    gian says:

    @Corner Stone:
    wal mart
    where else?

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    Stella B. says:

    I had a salad today that had some quinoa. There couldn’t have been more than a tablespoon in the entire salad. The salad, however, was delish. It had arugula and roasted brussels sprouts which were just fabulous together. There was some other stuff too, but the greens were the key. I haven’t been successful roasting brussels sprouts in the past, but I think I’ll try again. Probably skip the quinoa though.

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    John Revolta says:

    As I recall the Fields quote it was more like:

    “I’ve got an open mind; I don’t mind nine aces in a deck. But when a man has five aces, and I dealt myself four aces, and besides which, I know what I dealt him…………………..!”

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