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Thursday, October 25, 2021

I’m not a fan of NASCAR. I’m not particularly a fan of snails, either.

But I am a fan of putting those two together and time-lapsing it all:

Just think how much slime they’d leave behind if they didn’t have restrictor plates!

As for the title of this post: Assuming you’re not pronouncing it “nas-car-got”, you might be picking up on an old, punny little joke:

A snail walks into a car dealership. He says, “Give me a brand-new car, and paint a great big “s” on every door, on the hood, on the trunk, and on the roof.” The dealer says, “Why would you want that?” The snail says, “Because when I drive down the street, I want everyone who sees me to point and say, ‘Look at that s-car go’!”

Vive le NASCARGOT! And pass the deep-fried escargot, s’il vous plait.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 10/25/2007 11:38:00 PM
Category: Comedy, Other Sports, Wordsmithing
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The latest in a recent spate of local watering-hole closings is the demise of the All State Café on West 72nd Street, between Broadway and West End Avenue.

Despite the article mentioning right off the top that this particular bar was the scene of the real-life events depicted in Looking for Mr. Goodbar, I can’t help but feel that the real lede was buried further down: Namely, All State regular James Burrows using the joint as the inspiration for “Cheers”.

Overwhelmingly, people compared the bar to the one in “Cheers.” Some even said James E. Burrows, one of the writers of “Cheers” and a regular customer, based Cliff Clavin, the pathetic postal worker, on another regular.

Mr. Burrows, reached by phone in Los Angeles, dismissed that rumor but remembered the bar fondly. “The All State influenced me in so many ways in knowing what a bar climate was,” he said. “There was a Norm in All State.” Norm, of course, was another regular at “Cheers.”

There’s something perverse about transplanting a Manhattan dive to Boston, even in fiction.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 10/25/2007 10:59:50 PM
Category: Movies, New Yorkin', TV
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