Sunday, December 02, 2007

Of Oil Tanks, Royale Footwork and a Hula Dancer.

This past weekend started with having my house's oil tank ripped from the soil - the entire process was completed by the time I returned from a far-too-early appointment. I was a little disappointed, because it would have been fun to see the process, but when I walked down my driveway at 9:30 AM, my oil tank was dangling from a backhoe & the hole was completely filled! Hooray!

Friday night, Johnny von 10X and I were invited by Miss Wendy to attend the service she was presenting at her synagogue. This was really interesting, as there was quite a lot of interaction with the congregation (including a question-and-answer period at the end) and the text provided had the songs printed in Hebrew, English, and a transliteration of the Hebrew text; there were also annotations. Miss Wendy did a fabulous job and also contributed a very beautiful poem - I may actually start liking poetry...

Saturday night, we watched poetry in motion - we saw the Royale Brothers (yes, again, jZ) play at the Backstage Pass at Rosie's Cantina in Groton - it's a nice space, totally separated from the strip club portion of the building. There were a decent amount of people there and the bar had Laphroaig - so lovely on a chilly night. Even better, friends I hadn't seen in far too long were in attendance and we had time to catch up.

Eventually, the Royale Brothers hit the stage - two band members were dressed all in black, (perhaps in recognition of the passing of the Great American Hero, Evel Knievel), two in various shades of plaid. The addition of the fog machine & some fancy flashing lights ramped up the visuals, including much fancy footwork (a la James Brown) by Joey Royale, and the adrenaline-inducing sight of Sebastian Royale coming THIS CLOSE several times to nailing Joey in the head with his guitar (or perhaps just poking an eye out with a guitar string) and Joey coming THIS CLOSE to taking out some lights & electricals when he brandished his microphone stand in the air and howled. There's just something exhilarating about the combination of rock'n'roll, near electrocution and near ocular impalement...

As usual they did not disappoint - as Marko observed after they had finished, 'I pity the next band following THAT!' Indeed!

But the very best line of the evening was: "I've been making Feejee Mermaids...when I'm not working or making out with my girlfriend, I'm making these...things...!" Hmmm...I wonder how much it would cost the Aloha Alcohula* to obtain one for display? As for the person who uttered those fine words, please do yourself a favor and visit the NE Anomaly site!

As for All Things Tiki, there is rumored to be a tiki bar opening in Vernon very soon- of course, this will entail making an exploration into unknown territory. Hopefully the Sacred Text of The Bum will be utilized in its proper form.

And what about the Hula Dancer? Oh, that would be the tattoo that Nimble-Fingered Phil Royale sports on his forearm, merrily dancing away....


*the best tiki bar in Willimantic.

11 comments:

Wendy said...

I will convert you to poetry, just you wait! But thanks for coming out on Friday night. It's nice to know that there are friends in the audience.

You MUST get a Fiji mermaid. Yes, yes. Unless part of it was once living. Then, I will not stay in your house. Perhaps a cabbage patch fiji mermaid? That would be cool.

Anonymous said...

"*the best tiki bar in Willimantic"

Amen...and the bartender is Smokin' HOT!

Lushy Luke

Cranky Yankee said...

If you go out to Vernon, you better take me and the Zone!! Damn! I've been reading everybody's blog and we're missing way too much!!

The Queen said...

I know what you mean about the mermaid, Wendy- the puffer fish is already creepy enough - there's just something about desiccated dead things that is just weird!

Ah, Lushy Luke- I didn't know you had such an eye for Jv10X...must be those rum goggles....

Cranky- Trust me, every place now slaps the words 'tiki bar' on itself- the one in Tolland is a modern Chinese restaurant, so the only draw would be great drinks...which they don't have.
BTW, we were in your hometown on Saturday!

The Queen said...

Oh, a Cabbage Patch Fiji mermaid?!!? That would be COOL! We could also use My Little Ponies & make Fiji Hippocampuses....

Ok, boys & girls, what toys could we use to make Fiji Chupacabras?!!

K. A. Laity said...

Hello Kitty (tm) Fuji Mermaid! An adorable accoutrement for any tiki bar.

Yes, indeed -- the Aloha Alcohula is the best tiki bar in Connecticut!

The Queen said...

Oh, Los Wombatos must visit the new, shiny version of the Aloha Alcohula (tm) - perhaps the nauseatingly kawaii HK mermaid will be gazing upon us all from the fishing net....

Cranky Yankee said...

What were you doing in the home of the U.S.'s longest named lake?

K. A. Laity said...

Los Wombatos would visit if they were invited (cough, cough)

The Queen said...

Well, Jv10X and I visit the lake once a year in the hopes we win the magical sword thrust up from the deep waters upon correct utterance of the name...

Well, Los Wombatos, consider yourselves invited.....I have a whole week off between solstice & the New Year.

K. A. Laity said...

Hey, so do we! Hmmm -- have to figure out a good day. Perhaps we can triangulate with Miss Wendy, too...