Sunday, May 25, 2014

Tips and Trix [May 25]

More unasked-for advice from The Old Master.

Life is too short for cheap dishwashing liquid. Dawn Ultra. Stop.

If you've never tried Miracle Whip, consider yourself lucky. The name springs from the fact that it's a miracle anyone buys this dreck.

Whether you like sports or not: Fenway, Wrigley, The Palestra.

Pizza in New Haven: Modern, Pepe's, Sally's, in order of preference. Warning: You may never eat apizz' again when you get back to Iowa.

At least one walk around the seawall at St. Mary's-by-the-Sea in Bridgeport, CT. Hold hands with your honey and fall in love all over again.

There's this huge country to our north, eh? It's wonderful, from coast to coast. Get there.

If you live in the West, San Francisco (do NOT say "Frisco" or "San Fran"), the East, Boston. Find some time in one or the other.

For my Coal Country brethren: There is actually wonderful wine to be had, made from grapes only. It does not taste like Hi-C. Learn to appreciate it. Also: Not far away, there is seafood other than deep-fried, cardboard haddock. Yes, you have to get out of Dodge to experience this.

For my Fairfield County friends: Want to lower your blood pressure, be amazed at decent prices for everything and eliminate Post Road Sturm und Drang? Come visit. I've got room.

Ever thought about writing? Read Elmore Leonard.

Go see a drum corps show sometime. The best music on two feet. DCI (22 and under are more profound. DCA (all-age are a boatload of fun.

See Timothy Olyphant in anything.

It's a five years back, but listen to the remarkable Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers' Levitate. To see a singer-songwriter before he changes the nature of the genre, see Pat Lattin.

Take a nap.

It's all about Sriracha.

Yes, short but semi-sweet on a holiday weekend.

Pay it backward.

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