Friday The Thirteenth

Dun Dun DAH!

ITP-Writer Paulie: Spider Slayer
Well it happened again. There I was, minding my own business, walking into the kitchen, when I saw a fairly large spider on the floor. Fortunately for me I recognized it not to be a Black Widow spider, and this one seemed to be awakening from slumber much as I had been not ten minutes earlier, so I had ample time to grab a napkin and dispatch it.

I know. I know. I should be nice to spiders for they eat other insects. However, I have a strict policy that if you are not paying for a share of the mortgage, you can’t live in my house. Ass, gas, or grass, nobody rides for free!

ITP Flickr Pics
“Alejandro Escovedo and The Minus Five” (Atlanta, Georgia, United States)

Alejandro Escovedo and The Minus Five

“Did Someone Say ‘National Rubber Ducky Day'” (Atlanta, Georgia, United States)

Did Someone Say "National Rubber Ducky Day"?
Why yes, ITP-Reader Stacy did. Stacy told me today is Nation Rubber Ducky Day and that I should take a photo of the ones I own. So I did, at least a photo of the seven that I could fit into one photo frame.

Keeping An Eye On My Eye
I’m hoping the chalazion is not returning. Really. Fucking. Hoping that it’s not…

A Good And Not So Good Experience
I’m a funny person, at least some people have told me that. But last night I was funny in a different way. I found fantastic parking, read “free”, and chose not to take it in fear that my car was going to be broken into. Lemme splain…

I told you that last night I was making my first trip to City Winery for a show. After looking at their menu online I chose to save a little money and eat across the street at Eats instead. I love the food at Eats, so why not? After pulling through, and then out of Eats’s parking lot I found a spot on the street that runs along side it; I believe the street is Lakeview. Score! However, after eating my plate of jerk chicken, green beans, and a sweet potato, I just couldn’t convince myself that keeping my car on the street was a good thing. So, I drove around and wound up paying $10 to park at Ponce City Market instead. I know, I’m strange, I mean funny.

The show at City Winery was fantastic except for two things:

  1. As you can see from the photo above I was close to the stage, as in my chair was literally right up against the stage. It’s a good thing that Peter Buck didn’t sneeze, because it would have been all over my. Yuck! And because I was so close to the stage the music WAS FUCKING LOUD! It’s a damn good thing that I noticed a box of ear plugs when I walked in.
  2. There is always one guy…. I’m all for people having fun, until it impairs the fun of others. There was one guy whose seat was like mine, but on the other side of the stage who constantly stood up and tried to interact with the band. And then this guy had the gall to try to smoke a cigarette in the restaurant which clearly doesn’t allow smoking. Thankfully the staff approached him quickly and told him to extinguish his cigarette. Some people…

Will I go back? Perhaps, for the right band at the right price. If I do, I know that I will be more selective in my seat choice.

Before the show City Winery projected upcoming shows, including one by Los Lobos in March. You may remember my sadness when Los Lobos had to pull out of playing at LEAF a few years ago. I’ve been listening to the band for nearly thirty-five years, and I’ve never seen them perform. I determined that this streak will continue when I saw that the cheapest seats for this show were going to be $60. Right band, wrong price.

Have a great weekend.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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17 Responses to Friday The Thirteenth

  1. Stacy says:

    Oh hallo duckies! 🙂 These made me happy. Of course, I was fixin’ to correct you about about the number of duckies in the shot until I saw the piggy-backer (duckie-backer)? This just goes to show I need more coffee.

    I kind of don’t blame you about the parking. You probably would have been safe, but that road’s a little tucked out of the way where if damage were to be done, it could be done easily without notice. Next time you have a hankering for Eats, give me a shout. It’s been ages since I’ve been there and I really love that place. I just keep forgetting about it!

    Happy Friday the 13th, ITP readers! Hope none of y’all have triskaidekaphobia or, if you do, you’re staying safe at home today. Superstition says it’s not a good day to make any journey or financial decisions, or take risks. So sitting on my couch with a half-gallon of chocolate ice cream and Netflix tonight sounds like a fabulous plan.

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Stacy, the first draft read six duckies, until I remembered the pair in the upper left cubicle.

    I will certainly keep you in mind next time at dine at Eats.

  3. Barb% says:

    $60 for Los Lobos? wow…….. I know that City Winery is expensive, but that seems a little pricy. Where is the best place to sit? Someday I’m sure we will get there, so I need the inside scoop.

    I’ve never been to EATS. I guess that is something that needs to be changed.

    We need to schedule our food tour of Ponce City Market – I think that will be the celebration outing when the in-laws get the house selling deal over with. I’ve learned something from this whole process, people buying more expensive houses are a PITA!
    I would never even think to ask for some of the things these people come up with in negotiations over the price. I’m not sure if the last people were told to go to hell or not – I’ll ask again today.

    We are grilling on the deck tonight – I did decide we’d do it. We’ve got Leslie coming over, bringing some of that nice expensive wine she has that “needs” to be drunk (or is it drank? come on my grammer nazi friends – help me out with this one)

    • Stacy says:

      consumed. 🙂

      • Stacy says:

        I always say: when in doubt, find another word!

        (and now I just realized Paulie already responded to you)

        • Barb% says:

          I was going to change it – but then thought, someone else will tell me what’s right. I was not an English major, or even a English minor.

        • Still learning how to use this whole threaded reply thing. 🙂

          • Stacy says:

            Barb, there isn’t really a proper word “drink” word for that context in your sentence structure. To be grammatically correct, you would have to rephrase something like “that nice expensive wine she has that we ‘need’ to drink….” or make an adjective out of it like: “that nice expensive “must-drink” wine she has….” But there’s no proper way to conjugate it the way you’re trying.

            (– love, your grammar nazi) 🙂 <3

          • Barb% says:

            and – you can only reply so long – Stacy’s reply below doesn’t have a place to reply.

            THANKS GRAMMAR NAZI! I love not having to google something for a change.

  4. It’s way too much for Los Lobos, in my opinion. I could have seen them “for free” at LEAF and now they want $60? I would’ve paid around $30-$35 but that’s my max.

    If you look at the seating chart there is a second set of tables near the middle, those seem to be the best, especially if you can get a “front” seat in that section. The rear section looks okay too, but may be a bit far from he stage for some people. I’d avoid the front-most section like the plague, especially for Allan’s sake.

    I believe the word you want is “consumed”. 😉

  5. Steve says:

    I think the word in drunken!

    And before I forget. A friend and I saw LL at Chastain aeons ago. The opening act was Junior Brown and ever since I have a love of his style of git-tar.

    The sofa is all but installed. Old dog sofa has found its place in the bedroom and hopefully we can convince Z this is her bed. Good luck. The new sofa was out of where I couldn’t negotiate and down the stairs! Thanks moving men. The mechanicals were still separated, so it was a fairly simple job of loading them in the truck. Now to reassemble!

    We never picked up my car from the P-n-R, so that will be today’s exercise.

    Happy 13th.


    • Here’s the Los Lobos kicker for me, I could have seen them in Florida around 1984/1985 but didn’t. Aside from being 32 years younger I was a very different person back then and rarely wanted to attend a concert alone.

    • Barb% says:

      Steve – I missed where it was coming from & why you were getting a new sofa?

  6. Steve says:

    The dogs (Z and Brown) decided to start eating the old one. Corners of the cushions were being held together with gaffer tape. I just finished getting the new one in place, and Izzie has just hopped on to check it out. The first big dog that starts chewing on this one will soon be on a liquid diet.

    This came from our friend who is downsizing. This was in an office an never used. It’s lovely.

  7. Jenka says:

    Have a great time at the Burns dinner, Steve! Say hi to my friend Scott McAlpine. It really burns me (heh) that as a woman I can’t be a member of the Burns Club. I’m more Scottish than most of those wankers!

    We’re going to City Winery in March to see Colin Hay. We got the front row of those VIP seats with tables, set back from the stage. I’m hopeful they’re good seats!

    • Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

      You should be fine with those seats.

      I just checked the seats available for that Los Lobos songs, and the venue is nearly sold out! A lot of people with too much money in this city.

  8. Steve says:

    Jenna, this one is put on by the St. Andrews Society. The Burns Club is still all male, as far as I know, and mostly wankers, as you said.

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