First off I’d like to announce that my pals, Karen McBurnie and Jon Hammer have published a new edition of their ultra-cool internet publication, Grade “A” Fancy. The feature story is an interview with the Manhattan (the drink, not the city.) Plus there’s recipes, cool artwork and layout, cherries and the phrase: “Diluted, quaggy mess.” I’m thinking about stealing that asking permission from Karen and Jon to use that as the title of my biography. Anyhoo, check out the fun here: Manhattan Confidential.
Okay, I’m writing this introduction after the fact. The place I was originally going to shut me down and said I would have to ask the manager if I could take photos in there. So just like last year on the bar crawl I started off on a lonely walk. But, also like last year, when one place would shut me down, I’d find a better place in my travels. And that’s just what happened tonight. Check it out.?
Before I even started out tonight, I ventured out in the daytime to get that Gumby bag at Forbidden Planet. A second after I shot this picture I froze with nervous fright that maybe the Gumby bag would be gone. Scared out of my wits I went in to see if the treasured Gumby bag was still in stock.
Yes! They still have them. Gumby!
And now I have the Gumby Messenger Bag. World domination next. Nothing can stop me now!
Okay, on my way to tonight's destination I ran along this discarded cardboard box that had a face staring at me. It kind of freaked me out and I stared at it for over five minutes. Yikes!
There's a full moon out tonight and it's kind of spooky out here.
Okay, the place I was originally going to wouldn't let me take pictures of their store until I talked to the manager. So let's check out this place.
It's a small space, let's see what's inside here.
Holy Moley! It's like Tower Records barfed into a phone booth in here. There's piles of stuff everywhere!
Here's a fellow browsing in the back, which is only a few feet from the front. Let's go say hi.
His name is Barry and he told me he's a regular in here. He said he stops by almost every night of the week to check out the specials in the store.
For those of you that still have a Walkman, we salute you!
Stacks of VHS tapes. It's a little bit of a time warp in here, which is a good thing.
Swing softly with Steve. Just don't tell Eydie!
There's piles of vinyl to sift through in here.
There's a nice selection of Iggy Pop offerings on the racks.
Here's a signed Hyun Michelle Kim piano CD!
There's bags on the floor stuffed with...
Cassettes. You won't find no stinking iPods in here!
The Clash at Shea Stadium are neighbors with Neil Diamond on one Hot August Night in NYC.
A stool doubles for a display rack in here.
A shot from the back of the store.
Here's me with my purchases and clutching my Gumby bag. Are you jealous? I don't blame you.
On the way home I was glad to see that frightening cardboard box man was gone.
Home, sweet home. Hey, what's that on my futon?
What I Bought
I got the signed Hyun Michelle Kim CD and the Clash at Shea Stadium.