news from the flip front 183: teflon dawn

What’s Good (not to be confused with my Right-On’s, which needs to be updated anyway)

  1. A Seabreeze made with tequila instead of vodka
  2. The “Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 2” DVD, which came out today (I don’t have it yet, as Maria is ordering it for me from CostCo).
  3. Boys who wear glasses
  4. Pedicures
  5. “The older you get the more rules they are going to try and get you to follow. You just gotta keep on livin man! L-I-V-I-N!”
  6. Evan! John! Morgan!
  7. cream roll from any Chinese bakery
  8. “Ballad of Carol Lynn”, Whiskeytown
  9. Sharon Osbourne
  10. terry-cloth sweat pants

I went to this new bar Friday night. Maria was tending bar to raise money for some hospital. I hung out with Maria and Jolanta, who were guzzling cosmopolitans ($5!) and giving me all sorts of advice, romantic and otherwise. Afterwards, I hit the Beachwood, hoping this boy would show up. But he didn’t, so I hung out with Joe, Jacinda, Dan, Sean Stevenson, and Jeremy instead. I took pictures.

Now that Joe is completely bald, it looks like Jacinda has these creepy henchmen whenever she hangs out with Joe and Dan at the same time. Friday night was quite good, although the juke box played my songs out of order, and didn’t play Dan’s songs at all. I saw someone I had met through Foster, but I couldn’t bring myself to say hi because I remember Foster describing this kid as looking like Jughead from Archie Comics and the memory would make me laugh.

Saturday was quite relaxing, and I got to work on my tan — I went out with some of the hens from work for dim sum and an afternoon showing of “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood”. The movie was not the high point of the day, though the soundtrack was quite good. I don’t have any love for Sandra Bullock any damn way, but I thought the presence of Ellen Burstyn, Maggie Smith, and (to a much lesser extent) Ashley Judd would be enough for a good picture. Sadly, ’twas not. It was a beautiful day, though, and it was nice to walk around Chinatown buying pastries and more Hello Kitty stationery. Afterwards, I got to see Felix and Theresa’s new apartment — veddy cute, veddy cheap, and right next to the brown line. I drooled over their vintage stove and countertops. I did nothing Saturday night, just hung out at home with the dog and watched two new episodes “Trading Spaces”.

Sean and I spent Sunday afternoon wandering around Andersenville and Lincoln Square, guzzling water and tobacco in the hot sun. We would sit every few minutes, drinking and smoking in whatever shady bits we could find. I was exhausted when I got home, crumpling into a sad little heap in my favorite chair in the living room. I had seen a sign advertising an outdoor showing of “The Goonies” while I was out with Sean, so I made plans with Foster to go see it. Of course, when we got to the showing, it was nowhere to be found. It hadn’t occurred to me that maybe the showing had occurred earlier in the week but what the hell do I know?

Foster was okay with it, and I bought him a beer down the street at the Claddagh Ring Pub (2306 W Foster). We went back to my house, rented “The Goonies” and watched it at home. It was okay – entertaining though poorly written, but how much did I love the following line: “In fourth grade, I stole my uncle Max’s toupee and I glued it on my face when I was Moses in my hebrew school play”? That shit was funny. Josh Brolin is, as Celi says, cute but he’s got a really big head and it was kind of distracting.

Oh, so guess who got invited to Old Girl’s wedding? Yup, that would be me. I’m a little fuzzy on the details, but right now it looks like it will be at St. Paul’s Church-By-The Lake. The ceremony will be performed by Old Girl’s grandfather, who is an Anglican bishop. I’m kinda excited by all this. I’ll let you know who I’m bringing as my date in the next flip front. In the meantime, go over old flip fronts and e-mail me your suggestion for a date for the company party in two weeks. Nate is bringing Celi (duh), so I can’t bring her as she is already spoken for. Know anyone who lives in Chicago, will be in town on June 28, and like jumbo shrimp? Send ’em my way.

A parting thought: Dee Dee Ramone OD’d last week, and John Gotti died next. Who’s next — Joey Buffafuoco?


N*E*R*D – Truth Or Dare; Jimmy Reed – Little Rain; Slim Harpo – I Got Love If You Want It; Lauryn Hill – Selah; Gorillaz – Left Hand Suzuki Method; The White Stripes – Why Can’t You Be Nicer to Me?; Matthew Sweet – I’ve Been Waiting



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