Reubens – had one at the Washington Square Bar and Grill in White Bear Lake last night. It was dry and tough.
Gritty St. Paul – I don’t recall the name of the parking ramp I park in. My stub says Cap City ramp. One of the intersections it’s on is on 4th and Minnesota. Right on the Skyway too, and this is great. It’s sort of ‘around the corner’ and ‘out of plain site’ as far as the Skyway maze goes though, and what I’ve been encountering is ‘grittier’ people, non-office workers say, smoking cigarettes off the 3rd floor Skyway entry to this ramp. Then last Friday, there was a dice game going on when I walked through at about 3. Replete with a bunch of money laying in a pile on the ground. Very ‘street’ eh, I remember seeing stuff like this on The Wire. Now, I’m real mindful how unappealing it is to be the embodiment of a caricature of a middle age white guy… but that’s too much urban ambience for me, and I think I have a reasonable basis to say so. Its only amusing till someone gets shot, and we want to stop before we get to that point eh.
Speaking of The Wire, conservative outrage dujour: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/rush-limbaugh-idris-elba-cant-play-james-bond-because-hes-black/ Rush is wrong, with reboots and character driven story telling I’m pretty sure James Bond could be black. I think Elba is right though, he’s not handsome enough to be Bond http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/29/idris-elba-james-bond_n_6390316.html. Daniel Craig is a handsome devil, way more handsome than Elba. Now we may understand why say women say Elba is handsome, because he’s a great actor and credible leading man, but the objective truth is he’s merely a good looking fellow.
I think it was, for a lot of reasons http://theweek.com/speedreads/index/274247/speedreads-giuliani-nypd-cops-were-wrong-to-turn-their-backs-on-de-blasio We hear a lot from the police union guys these days. I’m thinking of Delmonico and the NY guy in particular. But I am struck by a thought here that, it sure seems the public faces of these unions are guys who are not all that well versed in the art of public relations. IE, being moderate in tone, saying what you have to say, and not elaborating in such a way that leaves ambiguous questions that confuse the public and stokes the fire. It’s just to say, they could use some mindful pros in these spots rather than beat cops who ascended to those positions. I think they could afford them, as far as it goes.