February 3 - February 17, 2004
time again for my world famous weekly thought.
The place where I tell you everything that is going on in my head
and stuff thats happening with me.
Recently I received this email from a fan...
You don't know it, but you made me look like a genius
this weekend during a 50-hour marathon trivia contest.
For 100 points, listeners of a college radio station here
were asked to provide the answers to the six questions
Burger King asked on the back of their soda cups about
the Simpsons in 2002. Where would I find such obscure
information, I wondered as I typed in the keywords into
google. Well, from you. Got the answer in
less than a minute, and was declared MVP of the hour.
Thanks for posting such useless information, and keep
Your Simpsons Trivia! The page that this person was talking
about is located here.
Goes To Club Tobago To See T.O.K.
I was amped up as the days drew closer to February 6. That's when
dancehall reggae group "T.O.K." came
to perform at Club Tobago in Queens. I bought my tickets in advance
for $20 each. My cousins, Andrew and Jazmine were going with me,
as so was my aunt. Yes, she wanted to come out to a show. I honestly
didn't want to go out, because the weather was miserable, but
I bought tickets.. so I HAD to be there. When we got to the place,
it was packed. Lots of people turned out. I went to the bar with
Jazmine and bought a rum/coke for her while I got myself a HPNOTIQ.
I chilled around while the DJ spun more hip hop than usual. I
don't think the DJ was in their right mind that night, usually
the music selection is really good. This particular night, before
you could get into the groove of the song, the DJ would cut it
and put another song in --- don't you just HATE THAT?? Well, I
didn't venture to the dancefloor yet.... I walked around a little
and got into the vibe that was in the club. Eventually some guy
on stage comes on and says "T.O.K. will be coming out in
a few minutes.. " So I go right onto the middle of the dance
floor and near to the stage.
guy got BOOOOOOO'd off the stage
I'm packed in between all these people, and we are there awaiting
the main act to come on stage. Instead, we see a lot of wannabee
thugs dancing it up as we all came to see them. The picture above
is the 2 main guys that should have been broomed off the stage
from the beginning. They were not DJ's or part of an act, I don't
even know who gave them permission to be up there, but they were
there dancing to all the tunes the DJ was pumping out. If they
were the people to get the crowd hyped before the act came out,
then they were horrible. If I had a tomato, I would have tossed
it at these guys for sure. The crowd was getting very impatient
and started booing these guys. Eventually I started chanting out,
"T.O.K.!...... T.O.K.!...... T.O.K..!!"
caught on! People started following me. Then some guy came on
the microphone and told us, "Yes... T.O.K. is
here and will be coming out in 5 minutes."
We booed him too. Because they kept stalling us with 2 bit acts
and pathetic people on stage.
eventually, around 2:30am to 3am, the main act finally came out.
T.O.K. jumped out on stage hyping up the impatient crowd.
Comes Out Finally!
did all their songs, like "CHI CHI MAN", "GYAL
YUH A LEAD", "EAGLES CRY". They definitely impressed
me with their vocal range and talents. So during the on stage
performance, they had this contest where they picked two random
girls from the crowd and made them dance to their music So it
apoligize for the poor picture quality)
I had some downloadable clips of how this contest went. It was
a complete controversy. The first girl started dancing and she
gyrated like she didn't know what she was doing. The crowd was
cheering a little only because the males in the crowd were excited
to see a female shaking her groove thang.
is pretty much ALL this girl did!
girl was given a golf clap by the crowd. I think I felt sorry
for her, because she didn't know any better. It might have been
her first time at a club or something. Maybe she was sheltered
by her parents all this time and she didn't know how to dance.
Or maybe she just was naturally a bad dancer.
second girl came up. She seemed real sweet and shy. You could
see her telling her friends that she shouldn't be up there, but
she got ready to dance when T.O.K. came with the music.
girl brought the house down!!
too bad that I didn't get more pics of this girl. My jaw dropped
and I forgot to take more pics. This girl was shaking it ('like
a Polaroid picture')! The crowd reacted with cheers and whistles.
This girl made the previous girl look like Seinfeld's Elaine doing
a jig! It was crazy. Later, after the competition came to an end,
one of the T.O.K. guys wanted a crowd reaction to show who they
think should win. It was obvious who won when he pointed to the
first girl and all you heard was the bartender in the back of
the club coughing. There was silence. When the second girl came
up, the crowd (and myself) cheered out for our chosen winner.
Later on, after I was leaving the club, I actually bumped into
the girl that won! Her name was Julie, and she
told me that it was her first time out at a club. She claimed
that she usually just goes to bars. I told her how great she was.
Julie was so modest and bashful. It would be nice to see how she
can compete against the reigning champion bubbler! (me) Good going,
and Evil E. Stroll Soho
It has been quite a long time since I've seen my friend, Evil
E. So him and I had to catch up on things. He is now working in
Soho and wanted to take me around to the usual places he goes
for a drink. Him and I met at Penn Station and then took an A
train to lower Manhattan. When we were walking out of the train,
we noticed this lady standing on the other side of the entry/exit
bars looking down. We looked to where she was looking at and there
was this little cat sitting in the corner. It looked very out
of place. When I thought about it, I never saw a cat in the subways
before, not even a stray one. I see rats, yes.. but not kitties.
This cat also looked very clean and was just sitting there. We
tried to pet it, and it wouldn't move. When we looked closer to
its eyes, we saw that it was sick or something. It didn't look
well. Anyways, we left the lady there who was staying by it. She
was very concerned. Evil E. and I journeyed up to 203 Spring St.
(That's the name of the place as well as the address) The bartenders
there knew Evil E. by name and welcomed him. While I was there,
I had a Waltini. One of the lounge's special drinks. I thought
it was real good.
Cat in Subway
Waltini at 203
Christina the Hostess
chilling at 203 for a bit and catching up with Evil E, we went
outside and walked around. We found ourselves across the street
looking into another bar/lounge type of place with this real cute
girl at the front. We both decided to walk in and see what was
going on there. The sweet looking girl greeted us with a smile
and hello. Her name was Christina. After a little chit chat, she
was telling us that the lounge was closed (which was obvious since
the place was empty). Evil E and I carried on and found this Oyster
Bar. We just wanted to drink some something and have a snack.
So we ordered two drinks and asked the bartender what he recommends
as a good finger food to go with our drinks. He told us the "Snow
Claws" or something like that. The guy beside us sitting
at the bar added his 2 cents and said that it was good. So, we
thought, okay, we'll order that. When you think about finger food,
you kind of imagine things like hot wings, mozzerella sticks,
nachos.. you know, food that you just pick at. What did the guy
I don't know what the hell this was, but I'm always willing to
try anything. When we started eating it, we realized that it was
COLD!! Like un-cooked! What kind of finger food is this? Since
we starting eating it, it was too late for them to send it back.
So, we finished it as much as we could and then decided to leave.
We asked for the bill and for 2 drinks plus this crazy appetizer,
the bill came to $48!
Come on now.. thats ridiculous. We were not impressed at all.
our way home, we took the subway. As we walked down the stairway,
I noticed this fantastic mural on the wall.
by Edith Kramer in 1994 as the sign says to the left of it. I
was totally impressed.
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