This Meme Has Nothing to Do With Halloween

Meme from ZeroShapiro about youth.

1. What is your favorite childhood memory?
Playing with my best friend, Joe Schultz. His Lego collection was teh awesome and his mom made us Nutella sandwiches.

2. Who was your first childhood enemy?
Any girl in my class, actually. They all hated me because I only hung out with boys. Then when the boys started liking girls, I didn't really have any friends. Luckily, I moved schools.

3. Who was your first love? Do you know what happened to him/her?
If you mean crush (non-fictional) than it was this hippie senior named Jeremiah when I was in 8th grade. He had big curly locks and rosy cheeks. I know that's a long time to go without any real crushes, but pretty much every single guy I knew was an asshole until high school.

4. Who taught you how to drive?
My parents took turns and then, when they couldn't stand it anymore, they hired someone. I don't remember his name but I had to go to the mall for the lessons.

5. Where did you go to college and how/why did you make that decision?
University of Puget Sound. I almost went to a couple of other schools. I got into Emerson in Boston and Evergreen. I nixed Boston because of the winters and I nixed Evergreen because I thought I needed a more structure curriculum. In the end, it really came down to small liberal arts college in a city I liked. Yes, I liked Tacoma. Still do.

6. What was your favorite hangout as a teenager?
Grace Street downtown. Punk rock shows and all-night diners!

7. Who is your oldest friend that you still keep in contact with?
Does being MySpace friends with high school colleagues count? If not then it's Kristie Keely with whom I became friends my freshman year of college. That's 11 years, ya'll.

8. What was your first job out of college? If you didn't go to college, what was your first “real” job?
My first job out of college was a temp. I temped for a long long time. That is hardly a real job. I guess my first REAL job wasn't until my 3-year tenure at the investment banking firm. Sad.

9. What did you do for your 21st birthday?
I went to The Owl and Thistle. I do believe a fight broke out.

10. Tell me the story of how you lost your virginity.
I was sixteen. We were in my bedroom. We'd just smoked pot in my closet. My parents were downstairs. It hurt a lot and was over very very quickly. At the time, I felt like the world's oldest virgin and just wanted to get it over with before I turned 17 (which was creeping up in 3 months). Like Elyse, I'm very relieved that sex has gotten much much much better.

Also, Happy Halloween.

Oh the Horror!

American TV plans to ruin yet another brilliant British program. And this one is sure to be a big disaster. At least it's not sanctioned by the original creators. At all.

First NFT Radar: White Horse Trading Co.

So baby's first On Our Radar for Not For Tourists has been published! I shall inform you of each of my Radars as they come, so watch this space! (And also read NFT for other people's opinions, should you ever tire of mine.)

A.K.A. Ye Olde Secret Pub. It's difficult to find the White Horse as it's tucked away deep in Post Alley. The diminutive signage, which is simply a picture of a white horse above some words about wine and beer, is extremely easy to miss. But once you figure out where the door is, you'll be glad you made the effort. Sink into their soft, old-timey leather couches and enjoy a variety of smooth imported beers you’ve never heard of. You’ll think you’ve gone back in time and been inducted into a Gentlemen’s Club; especially when you receive the bill. The modern inflation on Seattle ale prices does not affect the patrons of the White Horse. This leaves you free to sample everything, including the fantastic cider as dry as Death Valley, a glass of Meade and the Pimm’s Cup. The former is a wine enthusiasts’ Long Island Iced Tea: a blend of 5 wines, sugar, and lemon that goes down easy and warms your tummy. You may want to rest on the couch a bit longer after finishing one of these.

1908 Post Alley 98101

Scaraoke Aftermath

The stuff of legends! And also the stuff of massive crippling hangovers which Brugos and I had all day yesterday. We managed to clean up most of the cups and bottles (well, it was mostly Justin and Brugos. I tried to help but my rampant nausea made it hard to be upright. So instead I helped by ordering Chinese food). Unfortunately no one had the energy to mop so most every surface in our house is still sticky.

But it was worth it! What a party! Seattle's Best upgraded their karaoke system so everyone sounded like fucking rock stars. I have never felt better singing. And everyone loved my costume even if only 2% knew who I was supposed to be. (For the record, it was Baby Jane, not Alice, though I can see how one would make the mistake. It was very hard to find a little girl's dress in an adult size, so I ended up with one of those “sexy” adult costumes.)

Brugos' Civil War general was also a hit. He had to work in the mutton chops. Mission accomplished.

The most accurate costume of the night definitely went to Elyse, as Amy Winehouse. Uncanny.

There are so many hilarious pictures! I regret not getting a good full-body shot of Roxy who was the lamp from A Christmas Story. Hopefully someone else got one.

Also, the Stranger's Party Crasher showed up with 3 of his friends. The Party Crasher can really bring the karaoke. Hopefully, we will get a write-up for this one.

See all my fabulous pics here!

Winter Makes Me Fat

Thank god for another sunny day preventing me from going on carb-loading and inactivity suicide.

These are a few of my favorite things.

I admit, I was skeptical when I first heard there would be a sequel to my beloved Harold and Kumar go to Whitecastle. The other movie the director, Danny Leiner, is famous for is Dude, Where's My Car? which I didn't find very funny. But whether or not it's a fluke, Harold and Kumar is a perfect film. How could they possibly improve upon (or even meet the level of) such genius?

Well, this poster is a dammned good start!

Kumar:So where are you going to go now, Neil?
NPH:Wherever God takes me…

I'm Published! Part 2

For the cheapskates (like myself), the entire Seattle Not For Tourists book is now available on the website! Here are shortcuts to the important pages (i.e. the ones scribed by me):

*Downtown/Denny Triangle
*Upper Queen Anne
*Cal Anderson Park
*SeaTac Airport
And my crowning achievement:
*Seattle Center

Lower Queen Anne/Seattle Center is down at the moment, but hopefully will be fixed soon.

Also coming soon are my regular reviews in the On Our Radar section. Look ma! I'm a journalist!