Wednesday, March 18

10E2651: Bow Tie...

A few years back now... Barman says to me, "You tie that yourself?" Long pour of Jameson and ginger ale follows. (The debate over which Irish whiskies are Catholic or Protestant may be BS but there was no Bushmills in sight...)

"I only wear bow ties" he says. "One day I was working late, almost alseep, and in comes Tom Johnson [Bruins coach and player, Hall of Famer 1970- ed.] and says 'I bet no one in this bar can tie a bow tie!' - So my friends wake me up sayin 'He can do it'.  I step forward and cross the ends over, longer end up - and he says 'You can stop there, I can tell you know how'. Then Tom comes in the next week and gives me a whole bag o' silk ties. Made by a lady in the North End. That was 1979."

The tv in the corner was playing the Penguins and Islanders game.


Photo: Dan Goshtigian for the Boston Globe
Tom Johnson served the Bruins as a player, coach and front office executive 
for over 30 years until his retirement in 1998.

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Monday, March 9

10E2650: Waaa...Wachusett



EVEN THOUGH it is currently 65degrees out Boston... there is 3feet of base is all over Wachusett and lots of snow to be had. It was not quite as quiet as I make out in these pics, but weekday skiing or riding means easy parking and deals on tickets. Somervillens - WaWa is just 55 minutes on the nail from Davis Square by car...  Exit 25 off route 2.  





This mid-mountainside stop is new to me.  Bullock Lodge. Woodstove inside as well as cider donuts / coffee etc.  The Crowley family are longtime operators of the mountain, as well as part-owner of Polar Beverages, so all you NOW FIZZING members can go nuts tracking down glass bottled Polar here as well as Polar seltzer fountain drinks.  Count me in....  



Yard Sale!!! Off the lift. Iced in. See those in the spring.


I counted 3 fireplaces. Bark down...



Have to mention - the lunches are beyond reasonable.  Not just less expensive than lodge food in other ski areas... less expensive than resto-city places. Chicken and fries for $7.99 or soup and big sandwich for $10... just add a seltzer and you are set!!



Must add, Wachusett Mountain have extended a tool for our local Friends of the Acton Libraries to help you save on lift tickets while also donating funds. LINK.   $10 to the Friends each time the code DON-FAL is used online. How it works: Anyone using our code DON-FAL while purchasing lift tickets online will be tagged. Each use will result in $10 towards your organization. Ordering lift tickets online always gets you a discount - guaranteed a minimum of $5 off.  Be sure to click Update Cart so the use is tracked. Thank you!



Friday, February 7

10E2649: Blow The Man Down


"Welcome to Easter Cove, a salty fishing village on the far reaches of Maine’s rocky coast. Grieving the loss of their mother and facing an uncertain future, Mary Beth & Priscilla Connolly cover up a gruesome run-in with a dangerous man. To conceal their crime, the sisters must go deeper into Easter Cove’s underbelly and uncover the town matriarchs' darkest secrets."

Written and directed by Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy, starring Morgan Saylor, Sophie Lowe and Margo Martindale. Blow The Man Down on Amazon Prime Video March 20th, 2020.  Young cast looks great.



 I want to live in this store....





Watch the trailer.

Friday, January 31

10E2648: Force Majeure



From Magnolia Pictures;
"This wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family—handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond children—on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche suddenly bears down on the happy diners. With people fleeing in all directions and his wife and children in a state of panic, Tomas makes a decision that will shake his marriage to its core and leave him struggling to reclaim his role as family patriarch."
This 2014 movie is directed by Ruben Ostlund - same director as The Square, another uncomfortable tensing commentary but that time on the art world.  Not sure if I find Force Majeure wickedly funny myself but taught as a wire observations on 'hope you dont recognize yourself' marriage and family life... You will never brush your teeth in silence again haha.    On that note the sound design of the whole movie really great.
 
If you have a forward thinking public library in your US town you can watch it right now on Kanopy streaming; https://www.kanopy.com/product/force-majeure

Force Majeure being re-released in an Americanized version on Valentines Day [O!!! -ed] with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell as the parents in question.  But watch the original first... if you can... in one sitting. I had to break to ease the tension haha. You thought The (British) Office was cringe?? Watch Force Majeure...  And look forward to Kristofer Hivju returning for a cameo in the US version....