Sunday, December 21, 2008

Holiday horrors

Hi, folks. How ya doin'? Enjoying the holidays? Ahhh, you sick b______!

SWMBO and I went down to the Big City this past week for a couple of days. Canceled out of the Chihuly exhibit because of cold weather. We'll get back later for that.

Had some great meals in restaurants. $48 for four martinis and $20 for a glass of wine at The Capitol Grille. But it was worth it. Food was good. Wait a minute. Did I say it was worth it? The menu said they were pouring Smirnoff vodka. I could have bought a bottle of it for 12 bucks! Oh, what the hell. It's once a year or so.

We drove around the Valley. Used to be called the Valley of the Sun. Now you'd have to call it the Big Valley. Something like 5 million people crowded in now. One street near our resort (a free ride thanks to the BRD's time share plan) had a Mercedes dealership next to a Hummer dealership next to a Land Rover dealership next to an Audi dealership next to a BMW dealership next to a Jaguar dealership. I think. It was something like that anyway. Amazing.

Couple of days later we drove around the perimeter of Metrocenter, which was the first big shopping center in the Phoenix area, back in the 70's. Now we found empty stores that used to house Trader Joe's, Best Buy, Circuit City, Bennigan's and more. Signs of the recessionary times. A friend who lives in the Valley told us later it was partly that and partly a changing neighborhood: now people are avoiding it because of the fear of drive-by shootings.

Quite a contrast.

But the oysters, blackened catfish and gumbo were still fantastic at the nearby Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen.


Watched our Arizona Cardinals in the snow in New England today. They lost 47 to 7. I called a friend after the game and exclaimed "They scored!" The team made the playoffs for the first time in god knows how many decades. Now they've decided to lose the rest of their games, I guess.


I look at the obituaries in the Sunday New York Times each week and I figure maybe . . . just maybe . . . I might have ten years left. Or ten months. Or ten minutes.

Eat and drink heartily, my friends, and best of the holiday wishes to you.

(Bah, humbug!)


Kitty said...

Merry Christmas Mr Cat - to you, to SWMBO, to your cats, and to your families.

So pleased you used some of your remaining 10 minutes to blog. Time well spent, in my humble opinion.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good time for one and all. Have a good one.

Mike said...

Merry Christmas Mr. Cat.

Granny J said...

Hey! Too bad about the glass -- I was looking forward to the pix, I was. In the meantime, how about a Merry Christmas and the best possible New Year to you, SWMBO & of course, the cats and BRD, too,

Catalyst said...

Kitty - I'd even take more than 10 minutes to talk to you!

WP4 - Yes, it was a good time. Thanks.

Mike - Thanks, Mikey!

Granny J - Oh, we'll get there with camera in hand.

Thanks to everyone for the holiday and New Year's wishes and the same back atya!

meggie said...

These days I get far too much pleasure out of great food! I would love to try the blackened fish, also the Gumbo. NZ Bluff oysters are the best in the world, so I have dined well on those in days gone by.
Hope all is Merry in the House of Cat for the Christmas Season!

Catalyst said...

Gee Meggie - I had kind of forgotten those great meals. Now I'm getting hungry again!

The House of Cat is pretty calm for this holiday but the Younger Daughter of SWMBO has sent about two pounds of fudge and I'm the only one who likes (loves) it so, as they say, I am in hog heaven!