Thoughts from the AMEN Pew #51

Will the weeks ever stop being mostly pain?

You know what I want. A boring year. Just fucking boring.

Well, they fucking did it. They gunna overturn Roe.

We knew this was coming. We knew it was coming for a long time. I mean this has been the topic at hand since W’s reign. My wife was quick to yell “FUCK JILL STEIN VOTERS”

So you know, old wounds run deep.

I’m of the personal opinion the next 20-30 years are going to be rough. The COVID years are going to be a precursor to a pile of stupidity and nonsense.

I just want to leave you with this thought. Outlawing abortion will never be enough. These motherfuckers want a theocracy and don’t you ever forget it. I have now had enough friends fall to the great sword of evangelical christianity that I can say for certain that the goals are much deeper. Fuck these fucking fucks, and we need to find a way to stop the inevitable dystopia.

I have really taken to the fortnite no-build mode. You know, for as sweaty as games have gotten, its nice to see something that is chill. Something for those of us who are this side of geriatric to play.

The game has already gotten so busy with fucking tanks, lightsabers, fishing, NPC side quests. Like its already so complicated, having no build is nice. A chance to digest.

With Apex having their control mode, I wonder if we are turning a corner. If there will be a place for us in the old folks gaming hospice to have something to enjoy. Maybe more games will find a casual pvp alternative.

Wouldn’t it be nice. Something to do while you get fucking drunk.

I love the amount of shit that nu-Trek is getting as of late. Cause holy shit, the writer of fucking Batman & Robin flat out does not understand what made star trek great.

Its this dumb modern writing thing where no one gives one shit about subversiveness. Everything has to be either 1) deliberate enough to hit you on the head or 2) broad enough to say nothing at all.

You have 400+ episodes in this world and you throw it away for like 15 episodes of stupid ass content. Its really shameful.

So, keep it up haters. Maybe someone at Paramount will finally fire these fucks.

This week I been digging into the Pusher franchise (on recommendation from parties in the know), and I have really been enjoying them. I think what I like the most is that for being filmed with $3 and a sandwich, the movies feel amazingly well shot.

The first one is like a whole movie of the last 30 min of Goodfellas. The second movie is a triumph. A meditation on being lost in the underworld. The third movie….is a comedy-ish about a day in the life of a mid-level dealer.

Its almost worth watching just to see the heights Refn would climb to. Check it out.

Well that’s it for this week dear congregation. I don’t think we will ever get to a calm. Not this year anyway. Maybe not for many years to come.

What do I recommend? The day. Enjoy the day. You have a good day? Hold onto it for a year. Hold onto it for as long as you can.

That’s what we got. I got good days ahead on the calendar. I’m holding on to that.

Keep your flava fresh, and keep watching the skies.

Hang Your Head for the Fallen (In Memoriam) OR The Importance of Having a Regular Chinese Food Spot

I just got off the phone with a party that shall remain nameless. Asked a great question, “What was the name of that spot with the good chinese that we used to go to off the St. Charles Streetcar Line.”

I had to be the person to inform the parties that be that “It was Kung’s Dynasty. And, it is long gone.”

I did a quick google, and there is nothing….apparently it is now some designer boutique (or at least it was in 2010).

It got me thinking. I have a soft spot in my heart for a regular Chinese restaurant. Its a staple of at least my life. I center a lot around a great meal of Chinese food. Whether its my long standing tradition of Chinese Food Fridays (video games, Chinese food, stupidity, and liquor) or having a chance to relax with friends. It means the world to me.

I’ll give you two examples of what I’m talking about. It’s time to pour one out and give an In Memoriam for places that were important to me.

Kung’s Dynasty

This is the only photo I could find (its relatively current). No photos exist of the fallen glory.

My grandmother always liked things that were vaguely upscale. Not TOO upscale. The concept of the Michelin star was foreign where I grew up, but when we were making a trip to New Orleans, she liked to make a big deal out of it (to her scale of what that means).

Enter Kung’s Dynasty. St. Charles Street has a ton of these little oddities. Things that you shouldn’t think should be there among the stately houses of the landed New Orleans aristocracy, but they do. Shops, boutiques, art galleries, and the occasional restaurant.

And this one was doubly weird. In that it was built into an old, stately home. The dining room extended from the parlor, through a knocked out wall and into what must have been a living room and a sun room. The whole experience went along with it. It wasn’t dim sum, but it did have the giant rotating disc for serving. My grandmother would order a ton of dishes, and we would go around tasting everything.

The food itself was a step above decent. Louisiana has NEVER had EXCELLENT chinese food (save for one place below that I will go into next), but compared to the usual fare from my home town or even other places in New Orleans, it easily held water.

Plus, I think it was more of the atmosphere. I never went into that place when it was packed (probably why it ain’t there no more), but this was a good thing. Didnt have to scream to hear each other talk. Truthfully, it felt home-y. You had a chance to like actually sit and talk about stuff without any foolishness. Like no cousin was going to stumble in drunk or something

I cant remember why we stopped going. Maybe cause we found other places in the city. Maybe cause it closed sooner than 2010, and there just isn’t a record of it. Maybe because sometimes you slip away from a place.

Regardless of why, time caused it to slip away, and it couldn’t fight time.

But pour one out for Kung’s Dynasty. They gave us some great meals and company, and that’s really all you can ask for any restaurant.

Red Flower

May it live forever on the highways of Valhalla

I have written about this in brief before, but this place deserves more respect.

As I was saying, Louisiana has never been known for its quality Chinese. I can say this with even the knowledge I have now, having spent substantial time on both the west and east coast, experiencing some excellent Chinese fare, our results were sub par.

At the point in my life that Red Flower entered, I was already loudly declaring that New Orleans had the best Chinese food in the state, having 3-4 places (including Kung’s Dynasty) that I went to regularly for my enjoyment.

However, as my time in college progressed and my Baton Rouge friends got to know their town even more, a fucking astute pimp in the know introduced us to Red Flower.

You can tell from the picture, not in the best area. You go south of LSU on highland, and things get strong. I remember distinctly my first time pulling up being like “Wtf is this shack.”

But, oh dear congregation, the second you tasted their food… Husband and wife duo ran that joint, so if you were going to order it was going to take time to get it. I think I only physically ate in the restaurant once, but it was always a hang waiting for the food.

The food… Even thinking about it now I get verklempt. Been to a lot of places and eaten at a number of Chinese food joints…

I would go the Pepsi challenge with this places food over anywhere else I would eat at. And that is not an exaggeration. Holy shit.

It wasn’t like adventurous gastronomy. They did the standards, and they always fucking CRUSHED them.

This now became the ONLY fucking place in Baton Rouge I was interesting in going when I was in town. Whether it was the semester in exile or just there to kick ass with my rock and roll friends, Red Flower was a MUST HAVE. Don’t give a fuck what was going on. I made it straight inconvenient from time to time. I didn’t care. It was happening.

I wasn’t alone in my fandom. They definitely had some strong converts to preach its bona fides.

I will never forget the day we found out it was closed for good. I talked to people I hadn’t spoken to in years. Just to pour one out for the legend. That was many years ago now, but man……it is still sad.

I have had other Chinese joints that were fantastic that went away (looking at you New Jeanny’s in Chicago), and I mourn them all.

To me, you aren’t a real person if you don’t have a regular Chinese joint that is like fucking Cheers when you walk in. Everyone has to know your name, and you know theirs.

At the very least, the absolute minimum, I was there to experience it.

So, my suggestion to everyone in the congregation this week. Get some fucking Chinese from your local joint. Celebrate what they bring to you and your community. Enjoy them while you got them. Cause it is always possible they fade to just a memory.

Thoughts from the AMEN Pew #50

It’s a party. Put yo weight on it! We made it to 50 entries in the AMEN Pew. And now the celebration!

I fucking hope HOPE Ol Incel Memes manages to get twitter. Why? Cause he gunna have to leverage 21B of his fucking Tesla stock on a debt instrument to pull it off.

Wouldn’t it be the fucking ideal scenario if both Tesla and Twitter’s stock starts to plummet and Elon is stuck holding the bag for billions in debt. Holy shit that would be fucking glorious.

So, go ahead Ol Incel Memes. Can’t ruin what is already a fucking trash pile to begin with. You can only ruin yourself.

So, at the request of my friends, I watched The Batman.

It didn’t deserve its own review. Its fine…..

All of its problems are related to the script. The actors I think did the best they could with the material they had. The script is like 4 episodes of a TV show crammed into one, with stupid turns and corny dialogue throughout.

The thing is, its extremely not memorable. You know how people still meme TDK to death to this day, I cant see that happening with The Batman.

Its just very bland….and at 3 HOURS long, it is way to boring to deserve me sitting through it again.

It passed. But barely. You know what it got? F+. Click.

Lets talk about how everyone is HORNY for the death of Netflix.

I think people always like seeing the king knocked down a few notches. And especially after some pretty public failures, I think people want to see this.

But, I find that people have difficulty describing what they want. They jump from service to service to follow whatever the new hot shit is, whether good or bad.

Ill tell you what I want. Its already here. Want to see what the post-Netflix streaming reality looks like.

Look at Tubi, Filmrise, and Pluto TV.

Completely free services with PILES of good ass content. Shit that wasn’t streaming anywhere else previously. Shit like Old School Iron Chef, fuckin old ass anime, Rudy Ray Moore movies, big indie documentaries. The works.

I am kind of surprised no one is talking about this. It has gotten to the point where other than HBO Max, I am using one of these three the most and its fucking FREE asshole.

Free. I highly recommend checking it out. Got good stuff on there.

Fuckin Cronenberg is back bayyy beee.

Or at least I am fucking hopeful. After being knee deep in crime drama for too long, he is finally going back to the good shit.

Body horror.

First time in a long time, i am actually HYPED for a movie. I want this to fucking be good. I want him to return to Videodrome level glory.

Let it be great.

You know, I had a fucking good week. You know what made my week better, the fucking return of Aqua Teen Hunger Force!

Yeah, shocked me too. I don’t care if its just 4 min shorts. I am all ABOUT this shit. My kind of shit. The glory era of Adult Swim…though I suppose its all glory era….

And the shorts are good too. Just as stupid. Just as loud. Just as amazing.

I just want to say thanks to the congregation. 50 episodes of just random ranting into the void and all the right people are still reading. Hope im keeping it entertaining enough to keep reading.

Alright party people. Have a great fucking weekend. Take care of yourself. Don’t do nothing stupid. Rona still out there, so make sure you vaxxed up. Long live the new flesh!

I’m going get drunk. Peace.

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