Friday, December 29, 2006

te amore granada

1. some older guy´s phone rang in the hotel lobby today. the ringtone was the main theme song from suspiria, the really creepy one with the weird percussion and the continual whispering of "witches, witches." it was awesome. for all i know it was dario argento´s brother.
2. the alhambra is maybe the most amazing building i have ever seen. from the outside it looks fairly pedestrian, aside from that late afternoon sun-hue that´s fairly striking. on the inside it´s a symphony of calligraphy, vegetation, fountains, hot, cold, closed, open--basically like if soto (formerly of atlanta restaurant scene) decided one day to build a house. i´m floored.
3. spanish people are not as charmed by my language deficiencies as the japanese were.
4. the albaizin/old arab quarter is kind of like morocco for pussies. i would like to go to morocco, just not by myself. until then i´ll setttle for the days of wondering the labyrinthe of the albaizin and overpaying for the ambience of eating cus cus and drinking arabic tea in dark little restaurants.
5. last night i had to choose between watching bbc world, an uncut version of monster´s ball, some political satire show that featured an unbelievably offensive puppet of condoleeza rice, complete with large, jutting, caricatured buck teeth, and the hard core porn channel--all on what i assume is standard television. i won´t mention what i chose. during the day, the hard core porn channel features card readers of some sort, and i guess you can order prostitutes, or talk to hot girls, if you call the numbers listed on the side of the screen. late last night i watched apocalypse now in spanish.
6. in the tradition of huevos mcgringo i will call bullshit on one aspect of spanish life: namely the fact that any restaurant of note will not serve food between lunch and around 8:30. i´ve read that the tradition of serving tapas began as way for bartenders to complement the tasty beverages they served with a light snack. i´m wondering at this point if it was more an attempt by those who disagreed with the unfathomably late dinner hours of reaching some sort of midpoint. what the fuck? that being said, my experience with spanish food, namely tapas has been pretty delightful. one thing they really get right is the iberian ham sandwiches. whereas in america they would just pile on a bunch of shit on a shitty piece of bread with a shitty piece of ham, in spain they simply give you some really nice bread, and a few nice slices of cured iberian ham, no mayo, no lettuce, nothing else, and you´re set. still have not eaten paella. no one seems to want to let me order it. maybe it´s out of season...

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Another Future Classic SNL Digital Short

Andy keeps steppin' it up with his SNL Digital Shorts...I think this one will become a classic as well...

Monday, December 18, 2006

it keeps on coming.

now word that we're doing this to our own citizens. the most depressing part is that this isn't even slightly surprising.

Monday, December 11, 2006

In the words of sauce....

fucking frat guys.

Friday, December 08, 2006


Hi Everyone,

I hope that this post finds everyone doing well. I know that there's a lot going on tonight (finals & other shows) and I also know that it's going to be pretty cold tonight as well. But, let me warm you up and be your study break on the dance floor tonight with some slammin' soulful goodness. I'll be going on at Midnight tonight @ Little Kings for my soulful X-mas dance party. Before hand, please come to check out Dr. Billy Currell as he preaches from his new book "Kentucky Fried Tender" which will start @ 11 p.m., and he's giving away at least 100 pieces of FREE fried chicken from KFC. I'll be giving away free soul mixes and some Christmas candy tonight as well.

Little Kings has been decorated accordingly for the season and they're going to have great drink specials including making specialty Christmas drinks just for tonight. So, please at least stop by and say hello.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and please help me to spread the word. As always, thanks for your support.

Mark [aka Reno Melons]

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Happy Birthday Larry Legend

Larry Bird turns 50(!) today. Grow out your moustache, break out you black Converses, trash talk Xavier McDaniel, take a sojourn to French Lick, punch Bill Laimbeer or do whatever you think most appropriately celebrates the guy who could hoop like no other.

[hope you don't mind, PC, but i've taken the liberty of inserting a pic of my halloween costume from this year. the bird costume was strong to quite strong (it also featured celtics snap pants, converse kicks, and a basketball), and was well received wherever it went. only wish someone had told me my mustache was on crooked. - mcgringo]

Wednesday, December 06, 2006


There is an episode of Just Shoot Me where this happens. David Cross plays the retarded guy.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Paul Mooney on Talk of the Nation

Paul Mooney talks about Michael Richard's outburst and eliminating the use of the 'n' word.

Friday, December 01, 2006


...was on the daily show earlier this week. check him out bantering with jon stewart here, then singin a ditty here.