Saturday, July 23, 2011

Amy Winehouse RIP

Back to Black is brilliant. Amazing talent. 
So self destructive. So young.

She was 27. So was Brian Jones, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Janis Joplin.

a coincidence at steak

Philly used to be my town and I grew up on cheesesteaks.

A good Philly steak sandwich in New York isn’t impossible to find but you have to know where to look.  And if the roll isn’t by Amoroso?... fuhgeddaboudit.

This place is full at lunchtime.

They have all the proper Philly references.

It’s busy, the short order cook never stops moving.

I ordered a provolone and sweet pepper, with pickles and waffle fries on the side. It was terrific.

Between 12th and 13th.

I liked this place. 

Their logo has been on my desk all along.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

served, no doubt, with chopsticks

In 15 states since 1956

plus China.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

epic men of flesh and blood, 42 years ago today

“Presidential speech writer William Safire wrote a memo to White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman suggesting how the administration might react if Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were stranded on the moon. The memo contained a draft speech intended to be read by President Nixon.”

To: H.R. Haldeman, White House Chief of Staff                 
From: Bill Safire, President Nixon’s speech writer                     

“Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.
These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.
These two men are laying down their lives in mankind's most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.
They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.
In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.
In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.
Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man's search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.
For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.
The President should telephone each of the widows-to-be.
A clergyman should adopt the same procedure as a burial at sea, commending their souls to "the deepest of the deep," concluding with the Lord’s Prayer.”

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


turn stylez

Our Lincoln Avenue subway entry to the 138th Street 6 stop offers a side by side comparison of MTA turnstile history. One is very new and one is ancient, the old one rusting away.

The new turnstile is made by the Tomsed Corporation, the largest turnstile manufacturer in the United States. They use a discreet paper label.

Perey, the manufacturer of the older one, has been selling their RotoGate to the New York City Transit Authority since 1913. They cast their name in bold relief, right into the iron.

The new one is “IN”, the old one is “OUT”, 
but when was that not ever so? 

Both companies are proud of their vendor status to the MTA, and both show their products online:

Side by side, these turnstiles are totally different and yet remarkably the same. Clearly they are designed to thwart jumping.

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right?

Just make it rust and paint-free in stainless steel.

And impossible to jump.

Monday, July 18, 2011

got tuh got tuh treat her like

From Wikipedia:
“Treat Her Like A Lady” is a 1971 single by Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose, written by Eddie Cornelius. It was a big success in the American R&B and pop charts reaching the R&B Top 20 and all the way to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was awarded a gold record on August 2, 1971 for the sale of one million copies by the Recording Industry Association of America.