Sunday, August 10, 2008

Have a drink!


Wow, "ça chauffe sur PDP!" (I'm talking about yesterday's photo comments!). Let me buy you all a drink to cool off a little. And don't start commenting about me advertising for Cuba and the Castros (Fidel and Raùl!), I just like the colors of this photo. Besides, I understand Havana Club is a brand owned by Pernod Ricard (the company that makes Pastis a very French drink that you find mostly in the south) and yes, also by the Cuban State. Have a nice Sunday.

55 comments:

  1. you can all have a cuba libre on me. I still need to cool off!

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  2. I will need two drinks at least. It's pretty warm in CA. And sunny! No, I'm not complaining.

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  3. If you like the tase of liquorice, you might like Pastis, but I find it difficult to get down. Cuba libre for me.

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  4. Those are nice colors. Is that a green leaf in your drink. Reminds me of Cha Cha Cha restaurant here in San Francisco where they have Cuban food; and a B&W photo of Lucy's Ricky Racardo hanging on the wall behind the bar. Salute

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  5. Hey isn't this the place where "uncultivated" people hang out? [I'm reminded of Groucho's line of not wanting to be a member of any club that would have me] ;-)

    Okay, I'll stop. Thanks for the Cuban Mojito, Eric. It certainly hits the spot on another hot and humid 90F day. I've never tried a Pastis (or an Absinthe for that matter) since I don't care for the taste of licorice, but I know the Provencals like Guille probably dig them. ;-)

    Cali...the GF crown looks good on you! What will you add to it?;-)

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  6. Lois...babbaloooo! [that's drum talk] ;-)

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  7. I think the crown belongs to Lois as she commented on the photo. I merely commented on the number of drinks I would need! But the Groucho quote is one of my favorites.

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  8. I'm imagining that to be a gin and tonic. Does Pastis precipitate white with water like ouzo? If so, my palate isn't sophisticated enough either. I love the photo though - that cool, refreshing, half finished drink with ice and lime... hey! Ice? I thought only Amerkins used ice!

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  9. I'm not much of a drinker but I do love the Cuban Sandwich, one of the great exports from the land of Fidel, although some claim to have invented the sandwich after having escaped from Hemingway's favorite vacation spot.

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  10. Well, I don't comment very often, but I do love to follow this blog each day and one of the reasons is because: Everyone is so nice and there's just such a nice camaraderie between all of you that I just keep coming back for more.

    I guess according to 'anonymous' I'm just "uncultivated" enough to enjoy this blog.

    Thanks Eric, love your blog...

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  11. Cali, Thank you Cali, I will wear the crown with dignity. I was wondering why no one was commenting on the photo. I guess too many Mojitos was causing blurred vision.

    Coltrane, Yeah, you gotta love that Ricky -- he's timeless. He fits into any age. When I was about 5 in Hollywood, everyone was talking about buying stock in television. They were saying it was the future. Ricky came from a prominent family in Cuba. Castro had given Ricky's family (among others) an ultimatum. Ricky ended in Hollywood started Desilu productions, and became an over-night success. You can't hold a good man down. Once while on the playground, a little girl came up to me and said, "I saw you on TV last night. (I use to be on kids' television shows after school) I said, "O". She said, "Your hair was a mess". Was that Joan Rivers? See even little kids do the Hollywood gossip thing. Back to the subject, the Ricky story was being told at all the Hollywood parties. Everyone loves a good success story.

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  12. Coltrane, Another timeless, the Marx's Brothers. I watch and re-watch their films. Harpo cracks me up. Groucho had his own TV talk show for a while. I use to watch that from time to time. I didn't get his jokes -- I was too young, they were over my head.

    Mojitos are pretty drinks. I have never had one though. They are nice to look at -- they look so crisp and fresh.

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  13. I don't drink, but I do love lime and mint (chocolate or apple mint, that is!) But make mine an iced tea and we're in business!

    This summer has been so strange. It was in the middle 80's earlier in the week, and now it is only in the mid 60's! Almost cold! But it is sunny and beautiful, so I can't complain. This week is supposed to be warmer, yippee!! Then I can make more iced tea!

    Have a great rest-of-the-weekend everyone!

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  14. Thank you, Eric. You'd make a great diplomat, you know that?

    I notice you finished the drink before you shot the photo. Refreshing, nonetheless!

    PHX, if you're ever in my part of CA for longer than a few minutes, email me and I'll buy you a Cuba Libre or whatever you're having. (That's LAX, BUR, SNA or ONT.) I promise not to talk politics.

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  15. Mojito!
    Mojito!!
    Mojito!!!

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....

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  16. I forgot Carmen Miranda, Brazil's greatest woman singer, actress and Hollywood star combining Mexico, Cuba, Argentina and Brazil styles. My mom gave me an 8x10 B&W photo that Carmen gave to her. What a beauty. My mom really adored her, she said that she was one of the nicest, down-to-earth, endearing, people. They worked together in Hollywood and Vegas. Carmen died 5 years to the day before Marilyn Monroe. I told my mom I liked Marilyn. My mom's reply, She never shows up to work on time. She's always late to the set. I don't care, I still like her. You noticed I wouldn't let my mom have the last word :)

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  17. Alexa, "Buy me—very cheap." Yeah, that shirt is now history. (This sounds like a Lois story, doesn't it?) You know it. I would wear the shirt just for laughs. I would definitely tell that story if it were mine. It's great, original, sexy, innocent, exotic because of the ChinaTown scene. It's a good one.

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  18. Lois...leave it to you to come up with the name of the person that had been eluding me for weeks...(ridiculous, right?) but I could picture this woman with fruit on her head. I swear for the life of me I couldn't think of her name, and then you write about her on PDP and BINGO! "Carmen Miranda" it is indeed. Funny thing is now I couldn't even tell you what I initially needed to know her name for. Probably a lame joke, or crossword puzzle, or some bit of trivia that I keep stored for no apparent reason other than to lose sleep over. I think I am turning into my mom who was constantly in the same situation...with fruit on her face...not on her head. Merci Lois! ;-)

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  19. Coltrane, You're so funny. Her music or Ricky's would have made a great soundtrack for Eric's photo.

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  20. Petra, I would be thrilled to meet you in person!

    Having grown up in the Miami area, and having taught in the Dade County school system in one of the Cuban sections,I must say this photo made me nostalgic for a certain period of my life.
    I remember the first wave of immigrants, Doctors and Lawyers whose degrees weren't recognized in the US, and who then had to take menial jobs.
    At this point in time, the Cubans and the other Latinos, have helped make Miami the vibrant city it is today.

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  21. PHX, you lead an interesting life. Second only to Eric.

    Well. Maybe third. Because there's Lois.

    Okay. Maybe fourth. Because there's Lois, and there's Alexa.

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  22. Ooooohhh, my mojito radar just started pinging! 'Tis my greatest personal libations discovery since the margarita, especially since tequila seems to turn more cruel the older I get. ;) And I think the mojito is much prettier in appearance, as you've captured so deliciously in the photo! (not that I have an obsession with alcohol or anything....)

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  23. Love...love..love this photo!! Good one Eric!! ;-) Happy Weekend to all!!

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  24. "Ca chauffe sur PDP" -- does it mean "that got PDP all heated up"? I couldn't tell from my dictionaire.

    That icy drink looks great from out here in LA, too, 'cause it was pretty warm here today. And yes, Petrea, I think you're totally right on - Eric is a true diplomat. A little change of scene, a nice little drink, and everyone can put their feet up and begin to relax and feel a little bit better. Cooool.


    Alexa and Lois -- are you guys the SF version of Pont Girl and I? That Buddha connection is pretty mind blowing! Keep us posted on the story.

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  25. Carrie -- I think that's the general meaning of "ca chauffe." Where are you and Pont Girl? Lois is in SF, but I'm over here on the other coast, in NYC. I'm pretty sure we must have met at some point back when.

    petrea -- maybe fifth. There's also you. (Although PHX does get to CDG on a regular basis.)

    Eric -- This picture is perfect. And it's so nice of you to try to chill us out. I was on a jury once, for a very high-profile murder case. They sequestered us while we were deliberating, and things got so heated one day that the judge sent us to the hotel with orders to "Have a drink—on me!" (We ordered Long Island Iced Teas: 5 different kinds of alcohol and the 1st and last time I ever had one of those. Did the trick though.)

    Lois -- what show(s) were you on when you were a kid?

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  26. And today, I'm wearing the matching Havana Club T-Shirt too. Seriously! :)

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  27. Lynn - did you say "phx-MIA-cdg"? {please say hello for me!)

    This does look refreshing and cool and the colours are so bright. Agree that one thing missing is a little music...preferably some salsa for me. Oh yeah, and a beach, and an ocean, and...

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  28. LOL Eric, yes you're a real diplomat-but we all knew that.

    I'm sorry I can't join you all for this drink, not because it's Cuban, but because I'm getting so old that I can't tolerate hard liquor anymore, I have to make do with wine and beer , which is OK.

    You guys are ALL #1!!! You have such funny stories and interesting lifes ;-D
    And it is good that we all stand up for this friendly community where everyone is welcome :)

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  29. Hmmm it looks like a Mojito. Is it? I know that some people here prefere Caipirinhas, but it's fine to me!

    Carrie and Alexa, "ça chauffe ici" is kind of slang, it means that the atmosphere is tense.

    I don't like Pastis, not really, and it's a shame because my grandmother family name is Pernod! 6 generations ago, my "grandfather" created the Pastis (then sold to Ricard). It's supposed to run into my veins!

    Have a nice sunday. Rainy here...

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  30. Hem would love this one! I love how the colors have a nice vintage look to them.
    Looks like something shot on Kodachrome in the '50s.

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  31. Oh Guille...you're just a little name dropper aren't you! Throwing around "Caipirinha" like that! Trying to make us jealous?! :-)

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  32. michael -- yes, cette petite Guille is a name-dropper, but more so for mentioning that her ancestor Pernod invented Pastis! Wow, she really IS royalty. (Unlike most of you, I love the stuff.) I just hope that he got beaucoup de sous when he sold it to Ricard.

    And Guille, merci for another French lesson. (Ca chauffe = things are tense. It's a fine distinction, but a good one.)

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  33. WOW Guille ! That's really something to "brag" about. As I said earlier, you all have such interesting stories, that one just can't miss a day at PDP.
    Is it running in your veins ?

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  34. A nice cool drink sounds refreshing and its only 8:00 AM here. It must be the Phoenix heat!

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  35. Ooh, famille Pernod. Guille, that's quite a pedigree! I always knew you were real royalty.

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  36. My Facebook friends do know that I'm not a Pernod 'literally' (my grandmother is married). Yeah, we lost an important alcoholic name in the family!
    Royalty? Naaah. False bourgeoisie, kind of nouveaux riches. LOL

    Bettina, Pastis is not running in my veins. Fortunately! ;) And actually I never did credit to my ancestors since I never drink pastis.

    What the point Michael? Fancy Mlle C. ?! ;)

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  37. Guille, thank you for telling us more! Anything else you can add on the subject?

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  38. There is only one good rum, the real "ron de Cuba", Havana Club ! It has its very own special test that reminds me of some wonderful times in Cuba. One cannot find any Havana Club in the US (the only country on earth where it is not distributed) for some reasons I prefer not to remind here... But once you have tested Havana Club, you'll never order a Barcardi anymore...

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  39. Carrie, "Alexa and Lois -- are you guys the SF version of Pont Girl and I?" No, you and Pont Girl work in the same building, right? Alexa and I were in the same places at the same time way before PDP. I know I have met her. Especially after she said the story about Buddha records. I was over there all the time when I wasn't on tour or doing a show. I have a really funny story about Buddha, but it is XXX rated so I only tell it privately at cocktail parties :) I have a really funny story about Max's too that is XXX rated. Well, I have a few of those. Moving right along......keeping this PG. ;-)

    Alexa, "Lois -- what show(s) were you on when you were a kid?" I don't remember because there were so many, and they all were pretty much the same. Every day I would show up at the stage door with some other neighborhood kids. It was around the block from my house. We would go inside the sound stage, everything was set up. They would tell us were to sit, and what contests they were going to have. We would win toys. At the end, we would get gifts from the sponsors. It was fun. Kept me out of trouble.

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  40. We're talking about alcohol, we are looking at a big glass of rhum, Mlle C. will pop up soon, the atmosphere is lovely. It looks like a COCKTAIL PARTY here...Oh! Does it mean that Lois can tell us her XXX rated stories?! YES it does!!

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  41. another refreshing photo and post.
    Merci dear Eric.

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  42. Guille, Very clever -- I'm impressed with your sophisticated tease.

    Well, I could maybe tell you one that is PG13 about Frank Sinatra and his dancers (my mom was one of them). She told me the story after a birthday party for one of the dancers. I use to hang out back stage -- very sex educational. Frank was very thin but the women in the audience screamed at him because he was a sex symbol. Sometimes the men in the audience would get jealous and heckle Frank. Once he said, "Oh, jump on my bones," in reply to the man." After the show there was a birthday party for one of his dancers in one of the hotel rooms at the Sands in Vegas. My mom said that Frankie dropped by with a bottle of Champagne for the birthday girl. All the dancers (seven) begged him to stay; however he reclined thanking them profusely for the offer. Then the birthday girl said to Frankie, "Frankie jump on my bones." He gave a short sexy low laugh and left. He was such a gentlemen. He really didn't drink (contrary to what the gossip columns said); he did like to gamble though. My mom said he had the bug. This was his Rat Pack days.

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  43. Lois -- Some day, we'll swap X-rated Buddha stories! And wouldn't it be funny if they turned out to be the same stories? (Actually, I think mine are more illegal than X-rated.) I wasn't a Max's regular, because I was in Paris during its heyday. But I did come home for Christmas one year and spent a lot of time there. That's where I met Warhol. My friend introduced me as "Alexa Super-Duper Star"—which he thought was funny and I thought was embarrassing. I remember that AW asked to photograph you; I just got a blank look—but I knew a bunch of the people who were following in his wake (had met them in Paris), so he ultimately decided I was "okay."

    BTW, Loic—forgot to say Congrats for being GF today. In case you didn't know, the honor now comes with a crown. I believe you're the first man to wear it in a while. I'm not really a drinker of rum, but the next time I'm out of the States (next month), I'm going to have a Havana Club, just because I can there and can't here.

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  44. Oops, Loic -- meant to say congrats for day before yesterday.

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  45. Mojito, definitely - my hubby makes GREAT ones.

    Eric, about yesterday's post - you should claim the distance of the Artist, don't you think? You are assembling color, shapes. The content is left to chance :)

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  46. Alex, I'm the proud wearer of the Crown. Look wayyyyy at the top. I was the first one to write two sentences about Eric's photo.

    Warhol, At one point, I felt like he was stalking me. Every time I would see him, I would give him a look when he started to walk towards me. He got creepy. I think he is famous for that "blank look." He gave it to everyone. I was in London and Paris during the Max's hayday, however, I had a studio in SoHo US$130.00 rent a month. That way I would have a place to come home to when coming in off a tour. Then I would hang at Max's and a few other popular clubs.

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  47. Alexa, Opps. Sorry about the "Alex"; I know you're a woman. I'm just a lousy typist! I did do a Warhol photo shoot -- not more than an hour, however, it wasn't completely art for art sake. I told his camera men that Warhol would have to pay for the cab there and back or I wasn't coming. It had to be on his "dime".

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  48. A cold drink looks good. Last night was my high school reunion. My, my, what a bunch of crazies.

    Off to an Irish fair, and to meet up with somebody who is in town for HER reunion. Hmm...

    I trust Ma Reine is healthy and happily moved into her new home.

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  49. What was in that drink, Eric?? Do tell. Le boyfriend has finally agreed to Paris for my birthday (he's not a good flyer), so I can't wait to take you for a drink, Eric and see you empty a glass in person ;) See you in October!!

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  50. Hi Alexa, not sure what GF stands for ...but anyway, like Hemingway used to say when he was in La Habana : "My mojito in the Bodeguita del Medio and my daiquiri in El Floridita"... And if you are still thristy, go for a Cuba Libre !

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  51. Loic -- GF = Golden Fingers (although I originally thought it meant Girlfriend (as in Eric's)!

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