Alamo Drafthouse

I love Alamo Drafthouse. It was a fantastic idea to have draft beers and better food at a studio movie grill type place. They do all kinds of fun events (sing-a-longs, old school or obscure movies, etc.), and some of the food is great (queso, loaded fries, fried pickles).

Some of the food is fine (mini banh mi hot dogs, hatch green chili pork stew, cookie trio, buffalo cauliflower). Some of the food is quite good (meatballs, avocado toast, the shrimp and broccolini dish).

However, their burgers are a problem. Twice now we've had the same experience. I'm posting this to remind myself, really, because I'd forgotten after the first time until being reminded by the exact same thing happening again.

We ordered one of their burgers and said, as we almost always do wherever we go, "medium rare, but, like, ere on the side of rare, because some chefs overcook whatever you ask for." The server said, "Gotcha, totally."

We then received medium well done burgers, wh…

Tyson's Tacos

The other day I needed a meal in the area, so I tried a mahi maho taco on corn. After tax it was 4.87.
The description says: "Mahi Mahi taco - blackened, napa slaw, mango salsa, sriracha aioli"
What arrived was a very dry little stick of mahi mahi. "Mango salsa" turned out to mean tiny unripe bits of mango and some red onion. "Napa slaw" meant a little chopped up Napa lettuce, which I'm not sure constitutes a slaw. The "sriracha aioli" was the spicy mayo you buy from the Asian isle at the store. The corn tortillas were store bought, and they were kind of hard.

Salsas they have: -red: very tomatoey, very mild -green: medium hot heat, avocado-y version of dona sauce, but not in a good way
They had water and cucumber water out, which was nice, and the patio seating is great. Being open 24 hours is awesome, as is being a block away from Coltowne Theater (check out the live standup up comedy at 10pm on Mondays and Fridays), but sadly they're pumpin…

A Guide to Dining in Coco Beach, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica

Stay at Ruby's! We found this gem on AirBnb and paid $46/night. It's a comfortable, quiet little hotel one block back from all the beach noise. One block to the west is main beach strip, and one block to the east is another little shopping center. Our first morning there, there were seven monkeys in the tree across the street.
The woman who runs the place is so friendly, and we made friends with her and her younger friend who was helping her. Each evening they offered us beers and when we could we sat down and practiced our Spanish with them. One morning we walked with them for about two hours along the beach, and they showed us the waterfall at the far end.
Right next door (on La Chorrera, just west of Cangrejos) is a wonderful little cafe we never would have noticed if we hadn't stayed there:
The Brisa Marina


-Try the coconut milk latte, made with small batch, hand-made coconut milk. It's usually ready at about 10am, and it's well wort…

701 Coffee

May 26th, 2016

I wouldn't be able to place money one way or the other as to whether the 40ish barista is a guy with long hair or an M to F. He or she doesn't seem concerned. He is kind. A sticker on the top right of the front door, where one might place a Yelp, Zagat, Visa, or Belly sticker, there is instead a sticker that proclaims this cafe a Safe Place, in a police badge-shaped rainbow decal. It's a common sighting for me this trip to Seattle, although I don't really know what it means. This sticker was on the door of a glasses shop I stopped in. What might happen at a non-Safe Place glasses store?

One of the free weeklies at this shop, The Stranger, features a full page advice article for women on how to masturbate ("When was the last time you sat down and took a good hard look at your pussy? Like got all fold, crease and flap?") The author dates men, but, when encouraging women to watch all the porn they want, her suggestion for circumventing the moral p…

Love Letter Adaptation Wins Oscar

The following was a writing exercise I did with a writers' group circa 2012, when I was about 26. I think the exercise was essentially to write a review, as if for a newspaper, about a movie called Love Letter winning an award. Love Letter as both a book and a movie, in this case, is fictive (although I believe there are at least a few books and movies with this title). Opinions expressed in this writing do not necessarily reflect my current or future beliefs.

Love Letter Adaptation Wins Oscar
Having apparently exhausted all potential film plot lines, Oscars are now being given out exclusive;y to historical pieces and sappy book adaptations as there is no other choice. Thus the guy who directed the adaptation of the predictable, mass-pleasing novel Love Letter accepted the Oscar last night for Best Picture.
This book was written by the same cynical at best, actually-that-much-of-a-pussy at worst asshole who brought us The Notebook. An unsettling two million people have read - or a…


She was the only girl in the room sporting a long ponytail, cargo shorts and a hoodie, and quite obviously the only lesbian. She'd briefly held out hope that the cute girl with a short haircut and glasses might be a lesbian or at least bi, but by the time they'd picked which board games to play, Glasses had already mentioned her boyfriend.

Somerville Board Gamers had seemed like a great place to meet women. It was Somerville, for chrissakes. And board games! But with few exceptions the other attendees were hippie-ish or overly geeky middle-aged men.
Ah well, I can still enjoy board games. I came for the board games, not for women. I didn't just come here for an excuse to maybe meet a woman.
It seemed that at least once a day someone repeated the "You only find 'em when you're not looking" line, so she wasn't looking.
Still, it would be nice if some of these people weren't social retards. Am I one of these people? Do I belong with them? After all, I, …

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