Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Bar Names

I always get tickled at some of the names people give to bars around here. Up until two weekends ago my favorites were Jackass (waay before the show) and Three on One. But that was then. On the way home from somewhere we were stopped at a redlight when I looked over to see this little establishment. I read:

Fancy lettering...Hmm...The...Skin...

OMG!

13 comments:

Biby Cletus said...

Nice post, its a really cool blog that you have here, keep up the good work, will be back.

Warm Regards

Biby Cletus - Blog

Bk30 said...

phft..that was the sound of my coffee hitting the keyboard. The name begs the question..is this just normal Japanese infatuation with the male organ..or a gay bar? But then I guess if it's a gay bar..it's both uh?

jean said...

Oh, I know that bar really well!! The name is actually supposed to mean just what it means (unlike the situations where totally innocent Japanese girls will wear t-shirts with incredibly profane English written on them, having no idea of the meaning). I am much too uptight however to use 'that' name and so I always just call it 'The Flute.' And no, it's not a gay bar -- just a fun foreigner-friendly hang-out.

Brian said...

That. Totally. Rules.

Kappa no He said...

Biby: Hey, cool! Liked your blog too!

Bk: You know back when I was a youngin' I went to a couple gay bars here and I can't remember their names. I wonder...

Jean: You know I told my friend who does the radio show with me and he said he knew of it! And he's from the Big S. (no where's around us). He said that yea, lots of foreigners go. Still. What nerve it would take to walk into that place the first time, right? I am curious though.

Did I just write, "No where's around us?"

Brian: Yep. And how was your weekend with guests?

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Brian said...

Great! It was great seeing Craig. We took him out for some good, ethnic meals and treated him to a rock concert on Saturday night. He left the city on Monday.

I'm actually on the last leg of a 3-week run of visitors. My mother-in-law visited two weekends ago, Craig visited last weekend and today, my parents, an uncle and an aunt arrive. It's been fun because everybody has a different experience level with NYC. I'm most worried about this last group, though, because my parents are NOT city people at all and my aunt/uncle haven't been anywhere this different since they were in their early 20s... and they're not in the best health.

One thing most people don't realize about NYC is that you have to do a lot of walking to go anywhere. I was wiped out the first few weeks here. This weekend might entail a lot of hanging around in coffee houses and restaurants.

Kappa no He said...

Oh, did I mention that me and my family are going to be in The Big Apple NEXT week? Love you meet you and your wife! Make it a four week run of guests. He he he. No, not really.

It must be like that in all big cities. I know I suffer horribly when I walk from subway to train to where-the-heck-ever when we go to Tokyo. But I love NY. Only been there a couple times but I adore it. When I think of all the publishers and agents milling around having three-martini lunches I get all giggly.

Did you know we have a news station here that has some reporters embedded in New York? Every morning they do a five minute special on what's going on there. Today they did something about some Astroland (was it?) amusement park that is closing and how everyone is sad to see it go.

Brian said...

Wow. How funny! Do you come to the city often? I can't imagine the effort of wrangling a family around the city. My aunt and uncle almost wore me out last night with their non-New-Yorker walking skills and questions about foreign cuisines ("How 'basily' do you think this dish would be?").

I was in the East Village yesterday and was amazed at how much of a Little Tokyo it's becoming- a lot of great little restaurants I'd like to check out.

That's interesting to hear about the news reporters. They were probably talking about the carnival area out at Coney Island. A huge developer has bought that whole area and this summer is the last for the smaller carnival rides and booths- another end of an era...

It's a good thing you're not checking out the city this week- it's snowing this morning. It was in the 60s just last weekend! I know that this is typical Spring weather, but I always feel betrayed. I'm ready for warmth.

I think you're right about big cities and walking, particularly when you have to use public transportation. My aunt was already complaining about her back yesterday and they'd barely done anything. Today, they're tooling around town on a double-decker bus while I'm at work, so that won't be too bad.

I don't know what you're up to in the city or for how long, but Morgan and I would be up for a coffee or dinner just to say 'hi'. Completely understand if you can't or don't want to. Time is always fleeting when you're visiting someplace. Feel free to e-mail me if you're interested.

Kappa no He said...

Noooo~, gomen, gomen!Unfortunately I was just trying to make you scream, Oh God, not another visitor! I wish I could go at the drop of a hat. I must admit though since it is a non-stop flight from Narita to NY the fares can be pretty (relatively) cheap in the off season. I got a whole ton of relatives out there too. I think I'm getting the I-wanna-travel-somewhere bug. Ha ha.

My only problem with visiting Tokyo is that while I feel I've really exercised by the end of the day my contacts are burning and I can't help thinking, poor lungs.

I love the 'how basily should this dish be' remark. Hilarious!

Brian said...

LOL!

Whew! :D

I always dread smog in the big cities. New York is remarkably-good, for a big city. I lived in L.A. for 2 1/2 years and August was painful in the San Fernando Valley. I would get up at dawn to go for a jog and could feel my lungs burning just a few minutes into it.

Morgan and I are moving to Colorado in June, but if you find yourself in NYC before then... :)

Kappa no He said...

Colorado?! Jeez, you pick all the good places. Now, there is another place I could live -- mountains, real air, lots of artsy-creative types living there, hippies even. And laid back as well. Or, at least that was the image I got.

Hey, and you'll be closer to Omaha too!