Monday, April 30, 2007

Huck's Tune: Bob Dylan's New Masterpiece


Well I wandered alone through a desert of stone
And I dreamt of my future wife
My sword's in my hand and I'm next in command
In this version of death called life

My plate and my cup are right straight up
I took a rose from the hand of a child
When I kiss your lips, the honey drips
I'm gonna have to put you down for a while

Every day we meet on any old street
And you're in your girlish prime
The short and the tall are coming to the ball
I go there all the time

Behind every tree there's something to see
The river is wider than a mile
I tried you twice, you can't be nice
I'm gonna have to put you down for a while

Here come the nurse with money in her purse
Here come the ladies and men
You push it all in and you've no chance to win
You play 'em on down to the end

I'm laying in the sand getting a sunshine tan
Moving along riding in style
From my toes to my head you knock me dead
I'm gonna have to put you down for a while

I count the years and I shed no tears
I'm blinded to what might have been
Nature's voice makes my heart rejoice
Play me the wild song of the wind

I found hopeless love in the room above
When the sun and the weather were riled
You're as fine as wine, I ain't handing you no line
I'm gonna have to put you down for a while

All the marry little elves can go hang themselves
My faith is as cold as can be
I'm stacked high to the roof and I'm not without proof
If you don't believe me, come see

You think I'm blue, I think so too
In my words you'll find no guile
The game's gotten old
The deck's gone cold
And I'm gonna have to put you down for a while

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Tacos To Eat Before You Die

I love tacos.

Actually, I think tacos just might be my all time favorite food.

I've always loved tacos, and have many fond taco memories. I remember fondly my mother making homemade tortillas as a boy. Hand-rolling flour shells one by one while black beans simmered on the stove. I remember sitting Indian-style munching on one of the best tacos I've ever tasted with a family of migrant workers taking a lunch break from detasseling corn in one of the fields at the end of our driveway. And I remember the first time I ever dared to try the Stupid Sauce they serve with the tacos at San Loco in NYC.

In fact, those memories (and the Food Network) are probably what inspired me to put my very own tortilla press on my Christmas wish list last year (Thanks for the gift bro!).

So I was pleased to hear about the December 2006 cover story from Texas Monthly called, The 63 Tacos You Must Eat Before You Die. And I was thrilled to learn that at the top of the list was my all-time favorite taco from the Fuel City gas station in Dallas Texas.

For years, I have raved about the Fuel City tacos. And they truly are special. I first discovered their tacos when I lived in Dallas at the South Side on Lamar lofts about a half mile away. When I lived in Texas, I used to drag friends and family to Fuel City several times a week at all hours of the day and night to grab a few $1.25 tacos.

So hearing about this article has inspired me to share my own Top 3 list of the my very favorite tacos. The tacos I recommend eating before you die:

1) Tacos from the Fuel City gas station in Dallas, Texas
2) Tacos from La Esquina taco stand on Lafayette, New York City (get the grilled corn too!)
3) The Queso Loco (with Stupid Sauce on the side) from San Loco on 2nd Ave, New York City

Where's your favorite taco?

Friday, April 13, 2007

Here Comes the Sun...

Today is a great day. I can feel the energy. It's almost palpable. It's still cold on the East Coast, but it's heating up. The fog is lifting.

It being Friday the 13th could have something to do with it, but I think it's also because one of my best friends (and former roommate) Orny Adams is going to be doing his second appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight. (And he goes on just before the Shins - one of my favorite bands...I'm really sorry O that I'm missing this one!).

It's great to see your good friends do so well. Especially when they deserve it. Orny has been working tirelessly for the past 14 years at honing his craft - at being a great stand-up comedian. Through thick and thin he has never given up. He has stuck with it and persevered and worked at being a great comedian. He has earned the respect of many of the great comedians of our time including Jerry Seinfeld and Gary Shandling among hundreds of others. I've been standing there and heard the compliments first hand. And he is consistently the best comedian on stage every time I go see him live. Ask anyone in the audience after one of his sets...most likely they'll say the same thing: he was by far the best on the stage. That's because he is a great comedian and his jokes are smart. He doesn't need to swear to get people to laugh. And that's what you'll see no doubt tonight in front of Jay Leno's audience and on the Tonight Show's stage. Great jokes that have been honed for months, years, tirelessly. Every word, every nuance. Most people probably think comedians just get up on stage and try to say funny stuff. Wrong! It's an art, it's a craft, it's an endless job.

So way to go Orny! I'm looking forward to watching tonight from the East Coast. With any luck, the producers of the show will carve out a few extra minutes for Orny tonight to show this hilarious clip of Orny doing stand-up to a group of school children in Fiji. If not, the clip is being featured on Will Farrell's new site

That's one reason why today is going to be a great day. Watch Orny give it his all on The Tonight Show and then go out and kick in $20 bucks to buy his DVD/CD called Path of Most Resistance. It's well worth it for a lot of reasons. But mostly because it is great comedy and it deserves to be recognized and supported and passed around and blogged about...

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Way to go Zack!

Zack Johnson, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, wins the Masters! Here he is visiting Times Square the day after his big win...