Pescadou! The last time I was there was the first time I went with you and The Savage. This must be fixed, but new years is out of our budget. Aren't they supposed to be good about making allowances if you have food issues, like being allergic to everything? I am desperately seeking gift ideas and that may be a thought.
They are super good about vegetarian, food sensitivity etc. Unlike some places they actually care about vegetarians, which is unusual for a French joint.
I think the "don't watch TV" rule is good all year 'round. At the very least, any TV that is to be watched should (in my opinion) pass all of the following qualifications:
(a) No commercials. A huge amount of stress and feeling bad comes from commercials. They tell you what you're supposed to buy to feel good, what your neighbors own that you're supposed to want, and what you're supposed to get (admiration, girls, sex, girls, sex, wealth, sex) if you buy a given product. They're pretty much all big, fat lies designed to FUD you into purchasing something, but you're still left with the FUD afterward because you didn't get the promised admiration, girls, sex, or wealth. Buying/renting TV shows on DVD fulfills this requirement, as does Tivo recordings (with liberal use of the 30-second skip feature.)
(b) No crappy sitcoms. Sitcoms are designed to turn your brain off for a short time. This can be nice, for instance, after a long day of work, but will often leave you feeling empty at the end of the show. Turning off your brain has the added bonus (to advertisers) of making you more susceptible to ads. Many sitcoms are designed to make you feel like part of the family/gang (e.g. "Friends"), so you'll come back and watch next week. Many people start comparing their real-life friendships to their TV friendships after a while (yeah, really!) and find the TV ones to be more "real" because they know a lot more about the characters than they do about their friends, neighbors, acquaintances. In general, the half-hour format should be avoided, since that's ~20 minutes of show (sans ads), which is rarely enough to be stimulating.
(c) No news. Get your news elsewhere--the newspaper, the internet, watercooler discussions, something! Local news usually focuses on the bad or inane stuff. World news usually doesn't have the time to realistically present all sides without putting the viewer to sleep.
There are probably other useful rules, too, but I can't think of them off the top of my head.
2006-12-21 07:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Rule 4++
I'm TorgoX and I endorse this message.
2006-12-21 08:56 pm (UTC)
Ace of spades
the young at heart "fix you" made me a little misty.
happy xmess ♥
2006-12-24 03:39 pm (UTC)
Punk not dead
Oh my gawd. I saw that Ackerman show (KLA radio was in the back), that Justice for Mary show (they were friends of friends)... Looking at http://www.ratsound.com/early86_87.htm
I see my social calendar from 1985 to 1987. Yow. Thank you.
2006-12-24 11:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Punk not dead
You should write Rat and tell him. He'll be very happy.