Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Pee Wee's out of Purgatory

Great news friends! It seems they've let Pee Wee Herman out of purgatory for (getting caught) masturbating at an adult movie house.

Isn't that what xxx movies are for?

Here's the article and what you can Look forward to:-/

NEW YORK, Dec. 21, 2010 – Three decades after his first HBO special, Paul Reubens will return to the network in an exclusive presentation of his current hit Broadway show, it was announced today by Nancy Geller, senior vice president, HBO Original Programming. Debuting in 2011, the HBO presentation THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW ON BROADWAY will shoot at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre New York this January, immediately following the conclusion of its exclusive Broadway engagement, running through Jan. 2.

“Before his hit series and movies, HBO introduced Paul Reubens’ Pee-wee Herman to a national audience in the ‘Young Comedians’ series, followed by the groundbreaking 1981 special,” noted Geller. “It’s thrilling to have Paul back on the network, and it will be a blast to return to Pee-wee’s Playhouse.”

Opening to critical acclaim at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on Nov. 11, 2010, “The Pee-wee Herman Show” is 90 minutes of subversive humor and childlike wonder based on both Reubens’ original stage show, “The Pee-wee Herman Show,” and the Emmy®-winning Saturday morning TV show, “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” which became a cultural phenomenon. The New York Times called the new Broadway show “yummier than chocolate,” with New York saying, “Welcome back, Pee-wee! You were sorely missed,” while the New York Post noted, “The audience screams for joy!”

The Broadway production of “The Pee-wee Herman Show” stars (in order of appearance): Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman, plus John Moody (Mailman Mike), Drew Powell (Bear), John Paragon (Jambi), Jesse Garcia (Sergio), Phil LaMarr (Cowboy Curtis), Lynne Marie Stewart (Miss Yvonne), Lance Roberts (King of Cartoons) and Josh Meyers (Firefighter). Reubens also brought the Pee-wee character to the big screen in “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” and “Big Top Pee-wee.”

THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW ON BROADWAY reunites Paul Reubens and Marty Callner, who will direct this new HBO special and directed the 1981 HBO special “The Pee-wee Herman Show.” Callner’s previous HBO credits include comedy specials starring Will Ferrell, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, George Carlin and Robin Williams.

Credits for the Broadway presentation of “The Pee-wee Herman Show”: production created and conceived by Paul Reubens; written by Paul Reubens and Bill Steinkellner; additional material by John Paragon; music by Jay Cotton; directed by Alex Timbers; based on the original “The Pee-wee Herman Show” by Paul Reubens, Bill Steinkellner, Phil Hartman, John Paragon, Edie McClurg, John Moody, Lynne Marie Stewart, Ivan Flores, Brian Seff, Monica Ganas, Tito Larriva. David Korins’ production design is based on the original “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” production design by Gary Panter. Cristina Waltz’s make-up design is based on the original “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” by Ve Neill and the costume design is by Ann Closs-Farley.

The character of Pee-wee Herman is experiencing a remarkable renaissance, with enormous followings on Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare. Renowned writer-director-producer Judd Apatow recently announced that he and Reubens are developing a new feature film based on the character.

Paul Reubens’ other credits include the TV series “30 Rock,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Reno 911!,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Family Guy” and “Murphy Brown” (which earned him an Emmy® nomination), and the feature films “Mystery Men,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Blow,” “Life During Wartime,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and the upcoming “Nailed.”

Monday, December 20, 2010 it the Best?

Q: ...and why does it cost so flippin much?

Great question! Especially since there are tequilas better than Patron that cost less.

The short answer regarding an under $40 price range for the standard 750ml bottle is: Cazadores, Pura Sangre, Centinela, Arette, or Corralejo

The word "good" is quite subjective. It's also based on experience with tequila too, as anyone who knows anything about tequila in any real way would not say Cuervo, unless they were referencing their Tradicional or Reserva de la Familia, which are the only 2 Cuervo-labeled tequilas they make that are any good.

Patron too, while good (and a bit out of your price range), is often mentioned because they spend more marketing dollars than any other tequila company, and thus when college kids are ready to move up from Cuervo, they often go to Patron as they see it advertised so much, and their exploration stops there. Make no mistake, Patron isn't bad by any means. But you can get better for less.

To get the correct tequila experience, don't drink anything that doesn't say 100% agave (like junk like regular Cuervo or Sauza). These are cheap poorly made tequilas designed to sell to college kids to get drunk. They are only 51% real tequila, and the rest are fillers like corn syrup and grain alcohol (and thus the hangover the next day is born).

The aging has a lot to do with the taste, and generally the longer it's aged, the more expensive, the darker the color and the smoother the flavor. Beware of some cheap ones, however, like Cuervo Black, which gets it's dark color from carmel coloring (caramelized sugar) rather than true aging.

Blanco (because it's totally clear) - no aging
Reposado - minimally aged at least 2 months, but can be up to 1 year
Anejo - heavily aged, minimally 1 year but less than 3 years.

The really expensive ones can even be aged longer than regular anejos, and these are often referred to as ultra anejos.

Also consider how you're going to drink it:

Slammed shots - go for a blanco. Anything else is a waste of flavor and $$

Sipped shots (how I recommend it) - go for anejo only and savor with no salt and a squeeze of lime. Chilled or on the rocks is good as is straight.

Margarita - anejo is a waste, especially if the place isn't using fresh squeezed lime juice. Go for blanco or reposado.

For a killer margarita, do the following:

1. Add 2 oz of tequila to a cocktail shaker with ice
2. juice 1 lime into the shaker
3. add 1 tablespoon agave nectar (looks like honey, made from the same cactus as tequila). Bar syrup works too if you don't want to buy the agave nectar.
4. add 1/4 cup water

Shake and serve over ice for the best margarita you will ever have.

Now you'll notice I didn't call for Triple Sec, Cointreau or Grand Marnier. That's because:

1. They are French, not Mexican
2. They were first added to tequila by a US bartender in Palm Springs to sweeten the flavor for the wives of the Hollywood elite that hung out there at the time.
3. You pretty much never saw them in use in Mexico until they became popular in the US and tourists began to expect it.

Source(s): yahoo answers

Tommy's Tequila Master

Answer by whiskeyman510

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Starbucks; If you can't join em, Beat Em...

...oh, and I guess, join em too.

Starbucks is not my idea of a company I would readily support (especially in writing),
however, they are open for business when most local options are not, and they provide a consistent quality product that I appreciate. Not to mention you can just about spit with your eyes closed in any direction and hit one nationwide. Try it.

I have recently learned to order in such a way as to get the equivalent of two $4 Vanilla Latte's for $1.50 everyday.

2 easy steps, here's how it's done:

1. Put money onto a Starbucks card and register the card at Join, it's actually worth it, and they have a handy iPhone app.

2. Order precisely in the following manner... "A tall bold coffee, in a grande cup, add steamed half and half, and vanilla". If you can tell the difference between this drink and a Latte, I promise you won't be able to after your third one.

The first 5 cups will cost you $2.00. Each and every consecutive cup is $1.50 because the flavor is free on your 5th drink.

The second Drink (refill) is free because after 5 drinks that little beni kicks in. I just show up at any Starbucks and let them know I want another tall with steamed half and half. Give them my card and it automatically let's them know not to charge me.

Additionally you'll receive a free tall beverage of your choice every 15 cups, as well as a free tall drink of choice on your birthday. Free milk upgrades (soy, etc...) and flavored syrups.

Now you may think that a coffee with steamed half and half is not a latte, and technically you are correct. Try it and you'll see that it's just as good with less calories. You can also try it with whole or skimmed milk for even better health benefits.


Monday, December 6, 2010

Double bills and movie reviews...sort of;-

Since I can remember, I've been passionate about movies.

When I was five years old I had a coin bank that was shaped like an early rocket ship. The type that splashed down into the sea with the help of parachutes, first inhabited by Curious George and then later human beings. It was a thin plastic bank, golden and laden with quarters. One day I decided to bust it open and I knew in my soul that I'd use every single coin to see movies.

I would walk alone along the cyclone fence, across the field where my dad and I would fly kites and then tie the string to the bleachers leaving them to fend for themselves for an entire day. I climbed over the chain links on the opposite side, pausing to see if the pollywogs were turning into frogs and if crawfish were lazing in the large murky puddles that formed at the base of the railroad tracks.

There wasn't time to wait for a train and I had better things to do with my coins as I made my way to the cinema and plunked down .50 for a double feature.
Every weekend the features changed and my $30 in quarters went far to fuel my love of film.

I loved every part of the movie going experience, from the long walk to get there, to the agony in my stinging eyes as I re-entered the late afternoon brilliance after four or five hours in a dark cool place...transported.

I remember clearly when it first happened. The industry took away the double bill. I think it was around when Jaws came out. It was a shock and an outrage. A ripoff that violated my sense of wrong, a left turn that rendered me committed to sneaking into another movie, to never purchase from the concessions, and always find something to say to get a free ticket to the next show.

Last night Jax and I enjoyed two amazing movies at the Fox Tower. I love being caught off guard by brilliance. I mean like going to a movie and knowing absolutely nothing about the form or content, no plot lines waiting to happen, no heavily alluded-to twist...


Just an empty scrim of consciousness, open, innocent,
a beginners wonderment. Allowing the art to express itself as life unfolds for those who have yet to live.

Oh yeah, my recommendations:

Today's Special


Four Lions

Trust me;-)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The waxing moon, part 1

This last weekend, I was headed to work, it was dark, early Saturday morning at 4:30 am. I should have suspected things may not be quite right, as the moon was closing in on full and I drove unaware that forever above my head, a block of cheese would mold the day to come.

The first clue to this happened quickly as I was on my way to work, driving down Killingsworth I shot by a sight that warranted a double take, and instinctively I hit my brakes. An empty wheel chair sat in the road, and next to it lay a still body. I had already dialed 911 and began describing the scene still squinting to catch movement in hopes that I wasn't seeing my very first street corpse.

Recently, I helped my son pull his dead cat from under a crawl space in his house. The little fluffy ball of fur was ice cold, stiff, and felt three times heavier then when she was alive.
It chilled me to the bone and I certainly didn't want to make the transition from dead feline to dead homo sapiens this quickly (or ever, for that matter).

When I rolled down my window I could hear the man lying in the gutter speaking belligerently and sounding quite drunk. Now what? I should run to his aid! Give him mouth to mouth if necessary, (visions of his vomit in my mouth at 4am almost made ME hurl) hoist him back into his chair, be the hero in the movie of my life...but, I was running late and honestly; what if it was a trap, or the guy was as crazy as he sounded and bit off my ear, Tyson style, or worse...what if he had shit and pee'd himself? I hate the people that smell like pee who enter my cab. The small space fills so quickly and I force myself to be nice while not breathing through my nose. But you smell it anyway and the thought of touching it on the way to work. I would make a terrific nurse.

Some hero I was turning out to be. Fight or flight? I was on the next plane to anywhere.

Then the 911 operator said that he'd have an officer on the scene right away and I took that to be a hall pass and sped off to begin my day.

My first customer was a call to pick up a guy. I knew something was off when I called ahead to let him know that I was approaching and a woman answered the phone who was clearly intercepting his call. As I rolled up there was a police car on the corner and the doors opened as I came to a stop. The female officer came over and opened the door to the cab, alerting me that the blood wasn't 'his' and that he had a credit card, was that okay? Well, uh, sure. I'm pretty easy going. So this young shirtless guy covered in blood sat on my back seat I inventories the situation, immediately noticing that his knee was skinned badly and the blood that had flowed down to his ankle was clearly his own. So of course my first words were pointing out that was indeed his blood. Do all cops lie? He agreed it was his and then went on to tell me he was terrified. What the fuck happened? I asked as politely as I could muster...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Review: Never ever ever eat a Tony Bento's

If inner SE Portland has been your stomping grounds then you know Tony Bento's. I'm sure he's been dishing up grub for well over 15 years, and now with Buffalo Exchange across the street and Starbucks on the corner foot traffic is bountiful. TB's used to be a great place to grab an inexpensive...uh, well, bento. My favorite was the curry, boasting a delicious brown sauce with potatoes over brown rice. Then you got to go over to the condiment bar and add yeast, seeds, amino acids, wasabi, and a plethora of flavor...all for around 5 bucks.

Since I've moved to the Alberta Arts District and away from the old haunt, years have past, but Tony is still around. A couple of days ago I met a friend experiencing marital troubles and wanting (needing?) to get drunk on sake. Since it was sake he wanted Tony B (B now stands for bummer) was the only likely source within walking distance. It was immediate that I noticed what once a funky hub, was now trying to be more upscale. Gone was the bar of delicious condiments and in it's place were tables and an ambience that fell short of quality, abandoning all of the old charm and bustle of years past.

The place was empty as we took our seats, and ordered a bottle of sake with our food. My meal 'special' was anything but. The chicken was dry, over rice...and what little sauce there was drizzled over the top, left me wanting for the robust flavor that represented the old neighborhood as I remembered it. My meal deal included a small four piece California Roll which I upgraded to real crab. As Bento's menu promises imitation in almost every roll. A hint of things to come.

Now things got weird pretty quickly. I eagerly mixed my wasabi into my soy, dipped, and pushed the first slice of roll into my mouth. After a few chews, I bite hard into what felt like a pebble. Ok, I realize that rice needs to be cleaned and there can be hard objects that remain in it from time to time, so I was just thankful that I didn't break a tooth. Once my tongue located the hard object, I removed it, to my horror it was a piece of glass the size of a large diamond. Now, I realized that my bite had broken the glass and much remained in my mouth. My friend immediately took the hunk of glass from me and ran to the waitress.
Moments later she arrived appropriately horrified, but to my surprise her horror was due to the lack of Tony's desire to respond to the situation as necessary. Instead she whispered a recent story of someone finding a piece of metal from a scouring pad in their sushi, while Tony just made excuses and did nothing to compensate the customer. She also stated that she was fed up by such indecent happenings and shocking behavior and she seemed ready to cry. I told her not to worry, it wasn't her fault but that I that if it were my business I would comp the entire meal without blinking.

Suddenly Tony arrived at our table and with a huge smile on his face he asked us what was wrong? Puzzled, we told him that our meal included glass that l was still trying to remove from my mouth without cutting my tongue and dealing with rising fear that my insides may soon shred. He immediately took a defensive position blaming the rice company he purchases from, letting us know that there is no way to avoid such a problem within a 50lb bag of rice. I informed him that while I appreciate that he may need change his rice provider, we still ate glass from HIS restaurant and that we didn't expect to have to pay for our meals. My friend ordered a rainbow roll that he was afraid to touch. There was no way he was going to pay.

Tony kept asking us what we wanted in spite of our clear declarations, and he also inferred that we should pay for what we had already eaten and drank. No matter what we said Tony kept asking us what we wanted like suddenly we weren't speaking English. He started doing inventory on the parts of the meal we had already consumed and math, the sense we had was that he would discount the meal a few dollars. Then he walked away and we took this as a sign he had finally agreed to our terms and we quickly left. We had gotten about half a block when he came screaming out of the joint yelling for us to stop and demanding that we. Pay for our meal and glass. Astonished I said that what I should do is call the Oregonian, the Willamette Week, the police, and a lawyer. Then he went belligerent telling us that we were bad customers over and over.

What amazes me is that for a few dollars he could have stopped the word of mouth that ensued. I ate glass served to me by his establishment and would have been satisfied with an apology and an understanding that that meal would be free. After leaving we told the story to 3 people on the street, will send a letter to the attorney general, post this on Yelp, City Search, and my blog, and have a fun story to tell for years that will always begin with "never ever ever eat at Tony Bento's"

When we went back into the restaurant to give a $9 tip to our waitress she whispered that if we wanted to tell anyone about this she would be happy to help.


Speak Easy

I just dropped off Travis, he hopped in the cab with his skateboard at Fremont and 47th, complaining of wet shoes from the previous days swim in the Sandy River. He didn't want to skate to work today to the 5th Quadrant, a Lompoc Brew Pub on NE Williams & Failing. A place I have spent a good amount of time in, I recommend the happy hour nachos (huge/cheap) and their beer is always fresh and tasty. But I'm not writing this post about the 5th Quad. I'm writing about something stranger and much more obscure.

Travis was picked up at Dean's Scene. Where he spent the night btw. He enthusiastically spoke of a Speak Easy, his friend Dean the brewer, and the fascinating underground

phenomena of a basement, home-brew, barter...scene.

Here's a more comprehensive review:

The story here is that on any Mon, Wed, Fri, or Sat when this sign lights up in the basement window, a window that doesn't face the street so at best you will detect it's neon glow. When the light is on you can go around back and let yourself into a world out of this world. A place where you will always taste a new brew, where you can help Dean with his creations, where your money is merely a donation for his next batch. Personally I can't wait to check it out.

Are there other Speak Easy's in Portland? Do tell.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

What on Earth?

A precursory search of
Siemens on Google brought me
no answers for the enormous inflatable earth globe at the Rose Quarter. I took this pic yesterday afternoon as it was being set up. A very friendly security guard took an interest in my interest and came over to my bicycle as I was snapping photos on my ride home. He let me know that Siemens was doing this to educate city officials (not the public) about a Smart Energy Grid. Regardless, the earth is enormous and certainly catches the eye. However, it's worth pointing out that since
The Broadway Bridge is closed for 2 months this will get very few eyeballs. Poor timing Siemens.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Vacation alert: Oregon Country Fair till Tuesday

Wishing everybody the best, seems like summer has finally arrived! Swift will be back on the road on Tuesday.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Radio Cab Green Team

Swift is joining the Radio Cab Green Team. I stopped by this months meeting to introduce myself.

I'm excited that we have a core group, working on both large and small projects, to compensate for what I imagine is an enormous carbon footprint. I'll post details as I get more involved, some of them are top secret at the moment.

I'm off to the woods for the next three days and will be driving again on Monday July 5th. I'll be in cab #136 (ask for me)

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Pursuing hilarity

What's so darn funny? The City of Portland post these signs in their parks because bending over laughing is great for your abs.

So long...and thanks for all the fish

That's one of my favorite Douglas Adams quotes/book titles. Which beings me to my early airport Swift Ride this morning. It was amazing to meet Jordan Colosi, a recent Yale grad in Portland presenting her miraculous findings of 6 new fish species. The fish are called Darters ala Genus Etheostoma and have been Under our noses for a mere millions of years, however somehow darting unnoticed until Jordan discovered them.

Find her here:

Hey Jordan, are you going to eat that?

Location:NE 11th Ave,Portland,United States

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Write a caption, start a rumor

1: Caption, conversation, clever...

2: you know where the picture was taken


Pics taken by Swift Ride in the Portland area using an iPhone 4.0

Good day sunshine

Sunrise while driving over the Morrison bridge at 5:15a this morning. Who said this job didn't have benefits.?

Location:SW 15th Ave,Portland,United States

Monday, June 28, 2010

All you need is the new iPhone 4

Look how much fun these LA visitors are having in Swift Ride. Just hand them the new iPhone.

It really is the city of Angels!

7am at Acropolis

Seriously, I had no idea that the Acropolis opened at 7am boasting bacon and eggs for $3.50 ...and that's not all.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

June 27th

Today was an amazing Portland early summer day. Spirits were high as the rain has taken a hiatus. "Junuary" became June just in the nick of time and it always rains during the Blues Festival.

Highlights today were the family from Texas who took the kids to the Forestry Center in Washington park and then had me return to take them back to the hotel to get luggage and then off to the airport. They were in town for the Jersey Cow convention at the Double Tree Lloyd Center. We shared stories of trips to Israel, they were even on the kibbutz where I was born. They were drawn by Christianity and a Jewish friend who traveled with them. I
was surprised by these religious cow farmers from Texas and how much we had in common.

Another highlight was Stephanie who's creating a resort just off of Alberta comprised of a 12' diameter 4' deep above ground swimming pool with a full bar you can swim up to. She's on the board and has invited me to join the club! Stephanie, pls send pics. So Portland!


This blog is about my experiences driving Radio Cab in Portland, Oregon. I started a few weeks ago but have been romanticizing about being a cabbie for years.  My goal is to offer entertaining insight into the mind of this particular cabbie. Through sharing my daily adventures you will have the opportunity to ride along, learn about places and events, vicariously experience what I encounter, and  interact with a unique slice of portland culture. I would like to hear your story and will highlight you if you have something real to offer. 

Oh yeah, I give two bit advice and will happily buy you a coffee during a ride.