January 15, 2018

…about work, that is. Time for just a normal Great White Shank post.

I hate Skype. Spent an hour on Sunday morning trying to get it to work so I could Skype with our old friend and frequent commenter Jana. First Skype wouldn’t recognize my account password. Then it wanted to merge my account with my Microsoft account (I pay monthly for Office). I wasn’t crazy about that but said OK. Then it wouldn’t recognize my “merged” account password. Then after I merged it again it said it couldn’t launch. I uninstalled it from my machine and will just give you a call, Jana, on my dumb phone some night.

I remember when I was down in Pensacola last month one of the executive VPs of the company mentioned my dumb phone. I responded, “smart guy, dumb phone.” He didn’t smile. Oh well.

This is why I’m glad I’m living in Arizona. I don’t miss it.

But this is a great link. And there are restaurants from my Massachusetts days that I do miss. Check, Augustine’s in Saugus was one of them. Good Italian food. They had someone playing Italian favorites on the organ while you ate. Check, The European in the North End. The pizzas were huge and very good. I remember they also served the chianti slightly chilled. And boy, do I miss The Winery on Boston’s Lewis Wharf. Great Bloody Marys and a location on the water to die for. It was my “go to spot” when I wanted to impress chicks on a first date. Took my Goodboys pal “The Funny Guy”‘s now-main squeeze there when we briefly dated a gazillion years ago. (Who says “Goodgirls” don’t get around?) Oh…and of course, Mel and Murray’s Delicatessen and their “Harvey’s Special”s (black pastrami / onion/ Swiss grilled until charred and then placed on a bulkie roll with a slice of tomato). I still make ’em every once in a while, but they’re never as good. And of course Jimmy’s on the Mall at the Burlington Mall. The best Steak Teriyaki in the world with a knock-out rice pilaf to boot. So good I used to refer to it as going to church. I wasn’t as crazy about Luigi’s in Bedford as Dad and my dear mom were, but they sure gave you a ton of food. And, of course, The Hilltop in Saugus goes without saying: “27, 279, 63, 314 for Sioux City, 19, 205, 134 for Carson City!” Those were the days!

News you can use, I guess…

If the Democrats want to choose the DACA “kids” (to use their term, the reality is altogether different) as the hill to plant their flag on and shut down the government, I say let them. These clowns are insane.

I miss Dennis Wilson and his music so much. Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins does this (at the time) unreleased gem more than credit. Sure he was a drunk, sex addict, a general all-around hellraiser, and, ultimately, a disruptive force in the Beach Boys, but while Brian Wilson was the band’s creative muse, Dennis Wilson was its soul. And when he died the band went with him.

Filed in: Uncategorized by The Great White Shank at 23:43 | Comments (4)
  1. Get the messenger app and we can do video calls that way. Easy Peasy. I use messenger for video calls to Latvia and with everyone else. I use FaceTime for iPhone video calls too. Let me know if you get messenger and we can do a call over the weekend.

    Comment by Jana — January 16, 2018 @ 4:45 am

  2. Shank:

    Nice blog, I ride by many of those old restaurants
    on Route 1, every Saturday when I work at Modell’s.

    Hope all is well,


    Comment by Cubby — January 16, 2018 @ 5:02 pm

  3. A dumb phone doesn’t support apps. Not even sure what an app is. When I hear the word app I think of wings, fried zucchini chips, and mozzarella sticks. I a smart guy with a dumb phone. And a guy who probably won’t have a job by the end of the week! But it’s all good.

    Comment by The Great White Shank — January 16, 2018 @ 11:07 pm

  4. You can get the messenger app for your computer as well. It’s free to install. I use it on my iPad for video calls or my laptop. Try it.

    Comment by Jana — January 17, 2018 @ 3:32 am

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