from the mundane to the mundane and back again

Whether fighting oil well fires in Texas as leader of the John Wayne Brigade or chefing up his famous “Grouse ala mode” for the extremely wealthy patrons of his Park Avenue restaurant L’entrail, this 48 year old daredevil and bon vivant leads a life of exciting excitement. A one man Algonquin table, his ribald tales of noble savagery will stick in your psyche like some peanut butter for your mind. Excelsior!

by Tim Cronin

  • I Hate Me, part 745,942 - August 11, 2017
    Early evening at work. An older guy who looked like he’s a close relative of later day Gary Busey was walking down the middle aisle. He was gesticulating like a mad preacher and asked everyone he passed, “Where’s the cassettes?!? WHERE’S THE CASSETTES!!?” I pointed to the wall near the back counter where we have [&hellip […]

  • More! stuff found in records - June 5, 2017
    This is another in a long line of posts about stuff, mainly inserts that are found in trashed records […]

  • I Hate Me, part 710,887 - May 15, 2017
    Old guy called the store. Bad connection or a speaker phone, maybe both: Do you buy records? Cause I gotta lot of classical, they’re good. I’m sorry we’re not buying classical records right now, we have a lot and they don’t sell. You could try Princeton Record Exchange, they used to buy them. Prince Tom’s [&hellip […]

  • Aim lower - May 9, 2017
    We have a large choice of convenience stores to choose from. There’s the lower end of Krauszers and Jersey Pride where some items on the shelves look like they’ve been there for decades to the usual 7-11’s and Wawa’s. Being someone who has lowered his sights considerably and is quite capable of self delusion, I’m [&hellip […]

  • I Hate Me, part 729,810 - May 1, 2017
    A busy-ish Friday night at work, one of the first warm evenings we’ve had this year. Right on the verge of “yes, we should turn the AC on” but not quite there yet. Thick and warm, check. Doors open and fans not doing shit, check. Are you a fat guy so naturally you always want [&hellip […]

  • I Hate Me, part 799,035 - April 25, 2017
    Saturday before work, running a little late, went to get a quick cup of coffee. The line at Starbucks was short but they had a slow crew on, very friendly and competent but glacial. The first customer had three coffees and wanted to pay for them in three different ways, “see, if there’s any money [&hellip […]

  • I Hate Me, part 783,033 - April 21, 2017
    Slow night, older woman came to the back counter holding a Chris Stapleton cd I need two of these, I only saw one out there Sure, we should have some more in the back Ok, ’cause I need two Right…I’m gonna grab one from the back…the storeroom  I want both of them …ok…I’m going to [&hellip […]

  • I hate me, part 775,973 - April 18, 2017
    This one is pretty goddamned thin: Nice sunny Saturday morning, I was walking to work. Some guy who was way to bundled up for the day (coat, hat, scarf, snow goggles) zipped by me on an undersized BMX bike. When I got to work, he was parked, talking to his reflection in the front window, [&hellip […]

  • I hate me, part 700,631 - April 13, 2017
    Ordered lunch from a deli, it wasn’t ready to pick up when I got there. So, I sat on a waiting bench that’s on an aisle that leads from the counter to the tables in the back. As I was sitting there intermittently checking emails and staring off into space a large family came in [&hellip […]

  • I Hate Me, part 766,310 - April 11, 2017
    Middle aged hippie guy who I wrote about in the last post came into Jack’s on a Saturday. He never buys anything, complains about prices and gives us tips on how to make the store better. He’ll also comment on customers music selections. There was a couple looking through our Grateful Dead section and he [&hellip […]

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