Sunday, July 13, 2008

Three recommendations.

Recommendation the first.

Don't go to the Applebee's restaurant on Mavis, just south of the 401 in Mississauga. There were eight of us at our table (we came straight from our baseball game around the corner), and three of us had something wrong with our orders:
  • They were "out of fish & chips." (Seriously? That's like going to the symphony and having the conductor saying, "Um, yeah, ladies and gentlemen, all of our violins and cellos are out for cleaning tonight. So, tonight's performance of Schubert's Symphony No. 3 in D major will be played by Steve on piccolo, Brenda on tuba, and Consuela over there on the triangle. Enjoy. Oh, and no refunds.")
  • One guy ordered an appetizer and an entree... the appetizer came alright, but the entree never materialized. Mind you, it was some sort of crunchy fried shrimp concoction, so it was bound to be disgusting anyway.
  • The guy sitting beside me got those sizzlin' chicken fajitas. As he got down to the bottom of the pile of rice, I noticed something stuck to the plate... some sort of price-tag or something. (The manager looked at it and said it was something which was on the bottom of the little plastic cup of guacamole which had been on the plate before. Still.)
Add that to the slow-ass service we got from a waiter who obviously didn't care about us and you have the ingredients for a magical evening of post-game dining.

Recommendation the second.

If you're a self-absorbed, moronic, brainless, soulless yuppie moron douche-fag, go and shop at the Dominion at Bayview & Eglinton. You'll feel right at home amongst your brethren.

Recommendation the third.

Listen to Little Steven's Underground Garage on a radio station near you. Or, failing the presence of such a radio station in close proximity to your location, stream it online. Little Steven is none other than Steven Van Zandt, the guitarist from the E Street Band and Silvio Dante from The Sopranos (which I admit I've never seen), music aficionado supreme, and conoisseur of fine garage-rock tunes from the 1950s to the present day. Totally fucking worth your time.

I mean, seriously, what other two-hour radio show can feature these artists all together in one place?
  • The Go-Go's
  • Foxboro Hot Tubs
  • Sly & the Family Stone
  • The Cramps
  • The Mother Truckers
  • Alejandro Escovedo
  • Elvis Costello
  • Moby Grape
...and that's a fairly average show. Totally blows my goddamn mind, every week.

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Special Bonus Recommendation (Free of Charge).

You want a catchy song? This song is pretty G-D catchy. (It's a live version, a little different from the studio one, but I think I actually like this one better — it's a little slower and grooves a little more as a result.)

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