Monday, June 09, 2008

Searching for the Holy Grail of Mediocre Spaghetti

To celebrate his return to the blogasphere, yesterday afternoon Bryce Digdug and I had a very early supper at Emmy's Spaghetti Shack in the more inner part of the Outer Mission. At first I thought Bryce might be wanting to go so early for the Blue Hair, er, Blue Plate Specials. Though, since it's located in the south end of the Big Lots Plaza, perhaps they're blue light specials. Regardless, I soon realized Bryce had likely wanted to arrive early to avoid being caught by the paparazzi.

Neither of us had spaghetti and opted for their halibut special which was very tasty. Yelp reviewers had heralded Emily's as "the best place in San Francisco to wait over an hour to be served mediocre spaghetti." So I was a little irked that my meal was very good and came in about 20 minutes.

My theory is that the best way to tell the difference between a provincial city and a world class city is that the former tend to call their restaurants warehouses and the latter prefer to name them shacks. Big Lots, however, is the great equalizer since all people need a place to buy cereal packaged during the Reagan administration and 24 packs of Jolt cola.

Bryce, who gets around the Mission on a John Deere, didn't seem to be at all concerned that he's paying over $6 a gallon for the diesel that keeps him mobile. Perhaps that interactive map in today's New York Times confirms why. Northern Californians have the nation's highest gas prices, but we extend the smallest percentage of our income on fuel. I guess that explains why I've never received that $600 "incentive" check. The White House must have looked at that map and assume I drive a Humvee when I really walk.

The sartorial mood at Emily's is on the casual side, and I noticed Bryce catching quite few glances with his top hat, monocle and ascot. We're a bit more casual over here in la Dreta de Mision, and even I was wearing more informal running shoes.

That didn't diminish our conversation about the avant-garde films currently being screened at SFMOMA. Many of the film makers hail from UC Irvine which is noted for being the Godard-mill of the western hemisphere.

Apparently none of the films feature typeface erotica, but you can find that over on Bryce's new blog.

Bracing ourselves for the gale force winds, we headed up Valencia and passed Omer who was hawking his new duets CD recorded with Frank Chu, Out of This World.

Heading home, I passed the new gym on 24th Street where I saw several men lifting weights. I may need to report this place to the cops since I think that's where people have been training for those strong armed robberies that have been hitting the city lately.

When I came back home, I watched part of Jean Isidore Isou’s Traité de Bave et d’Éternité, a hard-core lettrist film. It contains one scene with an tilde and a semi-colon that I can’t discuss in detail on such a family oriented blog.

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At 10:02 AM, Blogger Allan said...

dude is that omer and frank thing true?

At 10:24 AM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Allan - Uh, well, I did a little invention on that. But I'll be passing Omer's corner later today and will check his CD more closely. You never know...

At 8:56 PM, Blogger Allan said...

damn, you got me in trouble! i said to omer just now, 'hey i saw on the internet that maybe you had a new cd out,' and he blows up at me (foam flying out of the corners of his mouth): 'aaaarrrghhh, i wiiiish i had something new. THANKS for reminding me that i DON'T!!!'

aw, but it's not your fault omer is a sociopath. still, his blue suede shoes/hound dog medley is a beaut.

At 9:04 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Allan - Oops, sorry I got you in trouble with Omer. Let me see if I can do something to set him right. As if that's possible...

Thanks for the mention though of my adventure at Emmy's.

At 10:53 PM, Blogger Bryce Digdug said...

Thursday, June 28, 2007
"The Band Wagon" at SFMOMA. One of my favorites, very gay, and one of the most avant-garde movies of all time.

At 10:57 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Bryce - I'll put it on my social calendar provided my top hat arrives in time. They send me one last week that was a MEDIUM!!!! It looked like an ebony Dixie Cup on my head. Needless to say I had to get on the horn with customer service at 1-800-TOP-HATS immediately but got transfered to the monocle section by mistake. How dare they treat an aristocrat with so little respect.

At 7:35 AM, Blogger Salty Miss Jill said...

Does Bryce have a sidecar for his John Deere, or do you ride on the handlebars? I'm happy he's back in the blogs, too...will go there right now.

At 7:51 AM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Jill - Bryce wouldn't let me ride, and I had to run to keep up.


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