Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day



If you're in STL also and you haven't voted yet, you can check out the non-partisan local and state election stuff at beyondnovember.org to see who you would like to vote for and which measures you would like to support since there's not that much info on the ballot.

Monday, October 15, 2012

OMFG The Google Doodle is so EFFING awesome right now



The Huffington Post has a great description of why Google decided to pay tribute to the 107th anniversary of when the Little Nemo comic strip first ran in print, and the interactive animated elements and apt title "Little Nemo in Google Land" are SO GOOD! If you can't try it out today, watch the video above and see how it went!


Friday, October 5, 2012

Found the cutest baby kitten tonight

I was cleaning my house this evening and didn't have plans to go out but my friend Sam stopped by after work to borrow some DVDs because he wanted to stay in while he's feeling under the weather, and then my friend Naomi stopped by to say hi because she was having dinner nearby and Jeremy (her newlywed hubby, hooray!) had to run off to attend to some family "make sure grandma's ok I'll meet you at home" kind of thing so eventually she had to also, but by this time I was a little antsy so I went to grab a drink with friends on S. Grand and hung out and watched a show for a bit and then my friend Cal had this cute baby kitty in his arms and was trying to figure out a place to keep it safe for the night or find it a good home so I swept in and insisted it stay with me for the night, make sure that either my friend Sam would like it (he's been talking about getting a cat lately and I know he'll take good care of whatever lucky cat gets into his attention!) or if I would have to bring it to our friend who is a humane society veterinarian and would know all the good local shelters to take it to or someone who would give him/her a forever home, but this kitten was just TOO sweet to leave out by a dumpster so I drove it back in my coat and gave it a little food that I put some water into and microwaved and cooled down with more water (you never know how hydrated or dehydrated it could be, but better to get it in while it's hungry!) and water and a little shoebox/disposable lasagna pan of litter and lock it in the bathroom for the night so my cats don't hiss at it all night, and so far my cats are in bed with me and all is well.

Poor thing, I gave it a quick bath because I was a little worried I brought fleas or something into my house (my cats will undoubtedly need a vet visit either way since they haven't seen another cat or dog in years) but it turned out ok after a few loud meows and some towel bed making on the bathroom floor; even though I'm losing sleep I'm kind of stoked that it didn't really hiss back at my cats (territory, alpha, natural, etc) and it is not meowing at the bathroom door or anything crazy, it was just glad to be fed and sheltered for the night, you can just tell bc it kept trying to run for any doors or potential for human occupancy and it just wanted to milk all its worth of cuteness just so it could have pity dinner.

It fell asleep in my lap so many times I almost felt like taking it to snuggle in bed with me, but then again, I didn't wanna be TOO MUCH of a sucker and kittens are so tiny sometimes they get lost/hidden in the tiny room that you integrate them into your home, and I really did not want to piss off my own cats enough to pee on anything because I just did a ton of laundry, and who needs that???

He has a HEART marking on his nose and little furry balls!!!!! If I didn't already have two cats and think that three cats is WAY TOO MANY CATS for one small household, this cat already maybe stole at least a small part of my heart so I really want it to have a good life now. Update soon, but I was way too excited not to share these totes adorbs pictures of it being sleepy and snuggling.







Thursday, October 4, 2012

Like we needed any more help procrastinating...



It's been a while since I've posted anything cat related (mostly due to the overwhelming amount of cat related content on the internet since I've been posting on this blog–yes, even cat people get sick of looking at other people's cats after a while) but this one note microsite my friend Jeff posted about last week is worth a few clicks worth of laughs...now go PROCATINATE

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Whale smile

The other day I heard on KZQZ 1430 AM's top of the hour news snippet that one the storms that hurricane Issac produced beached a couple of pilot whales who were being kept cool and hydrated by attendants and fed a steady diet of fish smoothies through a feeding tube until they could relocate them into the ocean, and the way they worded it sounded like they were just out having a spa day at the beach, even though it must've been traumatic (and pricey, for the humans involved at least) for all. I took a mental note to later look up what Pilot Whales looked like and it turns out they are kind of somewhere between a porpoise and a sperm whale and a little cartoon cutie, just look at this pic someone snapped of a Pilot whale looking like it is smiling! Too cute not to share, and it totally makes me want to draw a cartoon of the beached whales on a spa day, drinking smoothies from giant straws.
Photo Source

OF COURSE someone in St Louis invented this...

St Louisans love to party. Being in a brewery town, they also love to drink. So of course when someone invents a device that eases your trouble and mess in making JELLO SHOTS, our local news featurette "Show Me St Louis" does a story on it.* Too funny not to post. How could I not be curious at a link that says "introducing the jellinator"? I've never made jello shots before, but man do I like it when someone brings them around, so I kinda wish they would give me a free one so I could blog about trying their recipes or it being a hit at parties or something. It looks like our local weekly rag's food and drink blog already got a test drive, but hey, a girl can dream.


Honestly, I'm a little surprised that the idea of having a reason to make and take jello shots actually sounds good to me right now. Only because over labor day weekend, we (20+girls in a cabin in the woods of Lake Taneycomo near Branson, MO) had about a million of them at my friend Claire's bachelorette party weekend, including some gross mistake tequila ones, some frozen ones that were not quick to eat, and some half-melted ones we threw out, all of which should have turned us all off of them for a WHILE. I'll take this opportunity to post a very awkward-faced photo of me taking a "shot" out of a jello shot syringe, administered by the cocktail waitress at the dueling pianos bar we went to in Branson, MO. I promise that I didn't plan on making this face when I had my friend take the picture, it just happened, which I find way funnier. It was shocking how nonchalant the girl was about aiming a turkey baster/injector style device in complete strangers' mouths, it was like how I imagine force fed animals must feel at the vet's office...totally weird, but I'll let the picture speak for itself. I kind of look like a freaked out baby bird who is contemplating puking up her meal after getting grossed out by mama bird trying to feed me regurgitated food, and I'm like "waaaiiiittamminnute....so you're telling me that this is the only way I can get food until I can learn to fly? oookayyyy, I guesssss.....WAIT WAIT I WASN'T READY FOR THAT! UCK WHAT JUST HAPPENED?!"



*I was trying to find this feature story on a day trip destination after liking their fb page (that I bought a living social coupon for a while back, but have yet to set aside a weekend to redeem) to see what it's like before planning to go on a double date there before it gets too cold, and I couldn't resist clicking on this story and sharing it with the internet.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Ksteg sent me this video that reminded her of me

I love it when I hear from old friends like this. I miss Kristen all of the time! My favorite thing about this video is its cartoon heliated vocals and italo disco lo fi synth beat weirdness, and how in the video they are turning anything with control panels on it into a synthesizer (like the pilot and the scientist ground control looking guy) even though those knobs couldn't possibly match up their functions with the sequences of sounds they are producing...NERD alert! That girl does have a rockin zip up flight suit and bad ass bangs though!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

YES! I'M GOING TO AN AWESOME SHOW TONIGHT

It's going to be so fun. Juiceboxxx hasn't been back to STL since he got so wild that he broke stuff during his performance at the Lemp (but I didn't see him perform til months later when I went to SXSW 2008 and hung with him at a show he played with my friends in Extreme Animals...I blogged about it a while ago...to this day I get this one Juiceboxxx song stuck in my head ALL THE TIME) and JEFF the brotherhood I haven't seen since they played at Open Lot (which hasn't hosted music shows in a few years at least) but I went to RISD precollege with one of those two brothers (Jamin, everyone thought he was cute) and both acts put on a wild awesome energetic feed off the crowd type show and if you had any brainz you would NOT miss this show. There is something seriously for everyone, if you're not into one of the bands, you'll be into another of the three. I PROMISE. It's $12 (for 21+, $15 for under 21) doors are at 8 and show starts at 9. Local lovebirds Sleepy Kitty are slated to open the show, I hope they made a poster for this one because I WILL be buying it if so. I'M SO EXCITED.

JEFF the brotherhood on Letterman:

JUICEBOXXX:



Thursday, July 26, 2012

Why I oughta....

Saw this license plate in the parking lot when I was walking into work this morning.

Monday, July 16, 2012

VOLCANOES and CLOUD NOTHINGS play tonight at The Luminary

I'm going to this show tonight with Tiffany, here are the details from the event posting:

On July 16th, The Luminary welcomes lo-fi power-pop band Cloud Nothings to the Elevator Music Series for their first St. Louis appearance. On standout album Attack on Memory, the band has expanded its sound from Dylan Baldi's basement to Steve Albini's crisp production and a full band vibe. 1,2,3 and VOLCANOES open the show.

Doors: 7:30 pm. Show: 8 pm

Tickets are $12 day of show and are available at the door. The Elevator Music Series is presented in part by 88.1 KDHX, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Local Harvest and The Royale.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Marina Abramovic The Artist Is Present Movie Tonight at Webster Film Series

Tonight Webster Film Series is showing a documentary on endurance performance artist Marina Abramovic. I know my friend Christine went to her show at MoMa a few years back and was in awe of it, and even though I didn't see it in person, I really enjoyed this blog called "Marina Abramovic made me cry" that compiled photographs of people crying at the exhibit and then how long it took them to tear up or how long they sat there (I don't remember which it was), if anyone I know feels like going, I'd consider going to see it, so I'll see if it's just for art people or if other kinds of people would enjoy it also. Info and Trailer below.


Marina Abramovic The Artist Is Present
Matthew Aker, 2012, USA, 105 min.
Weekend, July 6, 7 & 8 at 7:30 pm, Monday, July 9 at 7:30 pm
Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramovic has been redefining performance art for nearly 40 years. Using her body as a medium, and pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits, Abramovic creates emotionally provocative work that transgresses boundaries and expands consciousness. She is, quite simply, one of the most compelling artists of our time. Marina Abramovic The Artist Is Present is both an intimate portrait and an experiential encounter with an astonishingly magnetic, endlessly intriguing woman who draws no distinction between life and art.
The Fourth Annual Classic French Film Festival presented by TV5MONDECo-sponsored by Cinema St. Louis and The Webster University Film Series


Trailer - Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present from Show of Force on Vimeo.

Here's about a 10 minute long video where she is talking about her work and going through it in preparation of her 2010 MoMa show. I like how she is horrified, amused, and totally laughing at her old early work, which I think any creative professional can relate to. I also like that she says, "We're always so afraid of pain – and I am afraid of pain in my private life – but I am staging situations where I have to go through the painful moments and I can take the energy from the public to give me this, actually strengths, you actually very consciously start understanding what is the pain and how you actually can control it. If I cause pain to myself in order to free myself from the fear of pain, that means pain is okay."

Sunday, May 27, 2012

How I'll be celebrating memorial day:


I NEED AN ORDER!!!! Garsh that Gang of Four song is so good. This little girl is amazing and I bet Ksteg and I are wishing we were all BFFs in grade school. I hope wherever I end up dancing tonight to celebrate my day off tomorrow and bday weekend, that the DJ has this song so I can see how everyone dances to it. I wonder if I should wear my civil war union soldier hat tomorrow to BBQ hoppin...hmmmm

Friday, May 25, 2012

Office Birthday

My birthday is tomorrow (I'll be 26 on the 26th!) and so this morning when I got to work there were flowers and a tinkerbell balloon on my desk, and a small chocolate cake with white frosting for everyone. We are going to celebrate another time though, because as is the case throughout my life, everyone's memorial day plans push back my birthday parties! No biggie, I'll just drag on the party! Oh yeah, and I'm going to see Snoop Dogg tonight at Pop's. We'll see how this goes!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

My 6th Grade Lip Sync

I digitized this home video last year on my birthday at (my bowling team captain) The Pancake Master's house, Pancake Productions, and my birthday this year is in 2 days, so I guess you can see how crappy we are at delivering files to one another. Just kidding, enjoy me dancing around awkwardly dressed in a knockoff minnie mouse costume and yelling at a mickey mouse stuffed animal, while my friends (who didn't really want me in their lip sync production in the first place until one of their mom's made us rent a minnie mouse costume) dance around awkwardly in cheerleader's outfits rented from another Washoe County School District high school over by my sister Caryn's house. I still kind of tear up out of the fondest kind of embarrassment when I watch this video.

Monday, April 30, 2012

This is my nephew Brendan's friend

I'm going to see them graduate HIGH SCHOOL in about a month! Exciting stuff! Can't wait to meet Brendan's other friends and see what kind of wild things they're interested in!



PS- All this stuff he does kind of reminds me of that 80s movie "The Manhattan Project" with Cynthia Nixon and John Lithgow, except I guess Taylor was lucky enough to have a lot more proactive guidance and support in making his reactor and all his high school science projects than the kid in the movie! I wonder if he's ever seen it, if not, I'll have to tell he and Brendan to watch it on netflix!

This is about as much as I've seen of the movie too, maybe a little more:


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Everything Is Amazing and Nobody Is Happy

Oh, Louie, How I love thee. I overheard a very nice client of ours at work quoting Louis CK earlier because where I sit is prime for muffled eavesdropping on the conference room, and I asked him later what the quote was so I could look up this clip.

"Everything is amazing and nobody is happy" by Meowbay

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

This reminded me of That: Kid Sister Pic vs a photo I saw years ago in museum exhibit

It's uncanny how alike these two images are! I opened my email today and Refinery 29's newsletter (which is cool I guess but mostly annoying and overadvertises and sends too many emails and I wish I could stop getting the LA ones and get the Chicago ones which have a different style sense and style of writing that I think might annoy me less, especially when LA does things like post cold weather gear and it's some skimpy ass scarf or light jacket that I could only wear for maybe 2 months out of the year in the Midwest weather) had a feature slideshow on Kid Sister, who dons very minimal makeup and looks completely different than she did a few years ago in her awesome Pro Nails Video, but immediately the cover photo caught my eye as looking IDENTICAL to a photograph I saw in this exhibit called "Girls' Night Out" in 2004 at the Orange County Museum of Art and then again in 2006 when the same exhibition traveled to St Louis Contemporary Art Museum by Mexican photographer Daniela Rossell. Take a look and judge for yourself! The colors, the outfit, the standing on the edge of a pool with an amazing city view...EVERYTHING! PS- If you couldn't tell, Kid Sister is the Black American, and Daniella Rossell's photograph features the Blonde Mexican. Do you think the photographer that took the Kid Sister pic or the stylist who chose the dress had seen this photo before?

Work by Mexican Photographer Daniela Rossell, Untitled (Ricas y Famosas), 2001

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

HAPPY VD HOLIDAY EVERYONE!

I made this for everybody. PS- Like my new hair? Piper did it this past Saturday, I love it.

Friday, February 10, 2012

RUFKM?!?

No one wants to drive behind you, asshole. And yes, that is an entire SEGMENT OF A SEDAN in that pickup truck's bed!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

OMG SHOCKER OF MY CENTURY

UM SO, my dad has been sober for I think 30 or so years now... and you have to realize that my being 25 means that I have NEVE SEEN MY DAD DRINK, which I actually tend to thing is pretty cool and also that after years of AA meetings and then growing up to drink, my ideas about alcohol are generally confused to say the least. My mom rarely drinks (when she does happen to have a frozen daquiri on her bday or a glass of wine with one of her sisters she takes the express train to giggle city, believe me!) so when I saw this picture of my parents before they were married when they were dating and around my age I was blown away (most of their wedding photos that I've seen are real dorky, pretty much everyone except my older half sister Caryn look like they might be going to a meeting, and she was definitely under 10 years old at the time...though I do think this bouquet shot is pretty) At first like, "wow, is that my mom?" and then I was like, "HOLY CRAP THAT'S MY DAD with his shirt open (not surprising, typical Dad move) and he's DRINKING A BEER!! HOLY SHIT!"


I asked my mom how long they'd been dating at this point, and she had this to say:
That was the day I nearly drowned, thus the drowned rat look :). Dad saved my life and sealed the deal. I think it was pretty early on, maybe a few months since its summer and we had our first date on St Pats day.
I guess that explains why he's lettin' it all hang out like that! Maybe my mom's always thought he was cute with a belly? I'm just poking fun, I know how hot it gets during St Louis summer! Man, I hope my Unca Mike and Aunt Sue have more pictures of them from this era...this is like a holy grail of an era I thought was lost and pictureless! Also, I have at least a few friends that look kind of exactly like my dad in this pic, plaid shirt and skimpy mustache and everything. Pretty funny.

17 simple handy tips I stumbled upon

My friend Robin pinned this blog entry on her pinterest, and it impressed me so much with its simple but effective and neat tips (that you might otherwise learn from your mom or by having a handy wife or something) that I had to repost it here. I would change out the pictures, but I'm lazy.


I received this as an email and instead of saving the email, I decided to post it here so that I know I always have these great tips on my site. I plan on trying every single one of them too. I actually just tried the dryer tip (#17) at the bottom, so we’ll see how that one works out. Oh yeah, I probably won’t be trying the hair conditioner on my legs for shaving either since, well…I’m a guy. A lot of these tips are things that I can actually use on a regular basis too.
1. Reheat Pizza
17 Tips To Make Your Life Easier
Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove , set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.
2. Easy Deviled Eggs
17 Tips To Make Your Life Easier
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing roughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.
3. Expanding Frosting
17 Tips To Make Your Life Easier
When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.
4. Reheating Refrigerated Bread
17 Tips To Make Your Life Easier
To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated , place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.
5. Newspaper Weeds Away
17 Tips To Make Your Life Easier
Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.
6. Picking Up Broken Glass
17 Tips To Make Your Life Easier
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can’t see easily.
7. No More Mosquitoes
17 Tips To Make Your Life Easier
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.
8. Squirrel Away!
17 Tips To Make Your Life Easier
To keep squirrels from eating your plants sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn’t hurt the plant and the squirrels won’t come near it.
9. Flexible Vacuum
17 Tips To Make Your Life Easier
To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.
10. Reducing Static Cling
17 Tips To Make Your Life Easier
Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and — ta da! — static is gone.
11. Unsticky Measuring Cups
17 Tips To Make Your Life Easier
Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.
12. Foggy Windshield?
17 Tips To Make Your Life Easier
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!
13. Reopening Envelopes
17 Tips To Make Your Life Easier
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Voila! It unseals easily.
14. Smoother Legs With Conditioner
17 Tips To Make Your Life Easier
Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s a lot cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It’s also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn’t like when you tried it in your hair…
15. Goodbye Fruit Flies
17 Tips To Make Your Life Easier
To get rid of pesky fruit flies , take a small glass fill it 1/2″ with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid , mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!
16. Get Rid of Ants
17 Tips To Make Your Life Easier
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it “home”, can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains , but it works & you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!
17. Info About Clothes Dryers
17 Tips To Make Your Life Easier
The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink, ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material – I’m sure you know what your dryer’s lint filter looks like.
WELL…the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn’t go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that’s what burns out the heating unit. You can’t SEE the film , but it’s there. It’s wha t is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free – that nice fragrance too, you know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box, well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen This is also what causes dryer units to catch fire & potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (& to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out & wash it with hot soapy water & an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long!
How about that!?! Learn something new every day! I certainly didn’t know dryer sheets would do that. So, I thought I’d share!
Note: I went to my dryer & tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water & a nylon brush & I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it the water ran right thru the screen! There wasn’t any puddling at all! That repairman knew what he was talking about!


Read more: http://www.aimlessdirection.com/2008/17-tips-to-make-your-life-easier/#ixzz1l3Dijubn

Monday, January 16, 2012

What I did this weekend

Friday I stayed at work messing around on the computer and then met Worful over at our friends Bobby and Maura's house to watch a skate video from 2002 where all these mega high paid pros were trying to win $25k by building the ramp of their dreams (won by Burnquist who did a loop de loop in his backyard skate park) with he and their baby and eat pizza, Saturday afternoon Taylor's mom took us to see 'La Cage a Foiles' with Taylor and Karen, Sunday I worked a little and slept A LOT, but between all that... well, Saturday to Sunday was the annual bike polo lock in...

BIKE-POLO-DANCE-PARTY! from Johnathon McDowell on Vimeo.

PS- my only regret is that in this video I look like some sort of douchey party pix photographer. OH GEEZ! Of course this means I'll have pics to post when I actually get around to editing them.

How I spent my New Year's Eve






Taylor, Worful, and I rang in the new year at The Royale, where they had closed down dinner service to the private party and newspapered up the windows and printed signs that said the bar was closed "due to prohibition", which incidentally was the theme of the party, co-hosted by the young friends of the MO history museum (who btw has the cutest logo ever) We enjoyed a delicious and stuffing 5 course meal for only 50 bucks, including tax and tip, a midnight champagne toast, and some sort of hot bourbon spice based punch from a crock pot upon our arrival. It was totally worth it and awesome.

All our friends that work there were dressed in period attire rented from the Vintage Haberdashery and all but maybe three awkward feeling people in the whole restaurant (save for the occasional kitchen staff coming up for air in street clothes looking out of place) were totally in costume too! It was wild, it felt like that scene in The Shining (below) where Jack Nicholson starts hallucinating that there's a fabulous old timey party going on in the ballroom. Worful kept calling out continuity errors like people should not be using their iPhones on the set of this period accurate movie, it was cute/funny and less snobby than I'm making it sound.


The tickets came with "instructions for entry" which were to find the paperboy on the corner outside by a fire in a drum barrel type thing, and ask him if there are any copies of "The Late Edition" available. Now, this is the part that tripped me up because we spent so long getting ready, that we arrived just before 9, dinner said "arrive anytime between 7-9 for dinner) and Taylor hates to be late. We know pretty much everyone that works there, so I thought this part would be fun and corny, but then the paperboy kid was someone I'd never seen before, so for some reason I got really nervous and just ended up asking him if he's worked here for long and other smalltalk! Geez. Then Steve, the owner, came out and said hello, and was like, "Oh, hey, HL and these guys, we know these guys, they are always welcome here! I'd show you in myself, but I can't be seen taking anyone into the building, you understand." so... dodged that bullet...the paperboy kid told us to go in the alley and ask for "Tiny and Snowy" which were my friends Patty Bo-Bo (shoulda just used his real nickname for his prohibition era gangster name) and John Fausz (I think I'm spelling that wrong, but he went to high school with some of my Reilly cousins in Florissant) in costume and they offered us a swig of "moonshine" (or maybe just whiskey??) out of a flask and jumbled some dice around in their pockets before opening the garage and letting us in through there to get to the back patio and into the building. Elaborate, right? Everyone stayed in character!

When we got inside, Steve led us in and gave us our warm boozy punch and was rambling on about "if we get this new president into office, he's promised to give us our beer back at least" and stuff like that, which he continued throughout the night, including when someone from the new St Louis based microbrewery (shit, there are like 5 new small craft breweries, I can't remember the name right away, but I think it might've been Civil Life?) brought in a skinny keg of some delicious dark beer that they took upstairs (Steve's private residence that he so graciously opened up to the party) and served out of an old clamp to the countertop pour tap...it was cool. He also let us know that upstairs there was a photo booth (which we tried but then got sick of waiting in line and didn't try again for because there were several other professional photographers snapping pics of the party throughout the night, I'll find out who ran it, I forgot to ask) and a poker game going with a dealer that would teach you how to play and stuff, it was really fun. We went home around one or one thirty when the party was about to close down, and when I got home I felt the urgent need to watch Bugsy Malone...if you haven't seen it or heard of it...well, I want to say you're missing out but let's just say I liked it a lot when I was a kid. Here's a musical number from the film having to do with speakeasies!


PS- While we're at it, let's bring another clip from Bugsy Malone in that I really loved as a kid, paired with a similar clip that I also loved as a kid:




All hail teenage Jodie Foster and Jessica Rabbit!
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