In a few days I hope to provide a full account of my latest trip to the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.
In the meantime, a couple of highlights from my trip:
While at LaGuardia for the first time, I noticed an establishment called Slip Mahoney's Bar and Grill.
This caught my eye because, as you might know, Slip Mahoney was the character portrayed by Leo Gorcey in the Bowery Boys movies, which I enjoyed as a kid.
I didn't visit the place, but as I looked at it from the outside I could see no trace of Leo.
Or Huntz Hall.
Or Gabriel Dell.
Heck, you would have thought that at least Billy Halop would have shown up.
I told my friend and fellow Bowery Boys devotee Dan Valenti about this, and he asked me whether there was a Louie's Sweet Shop next to Slip's place. (Louie being the irascible Louie Dumbrowsky, played by Bernard Gorcey, Leo's father.)
I said I could find no trace of Louie, though I hadn't checked out the Jamba Juice stand.
Dan said that Louie would more likely be running an Orange Julius place.
Or (he said) as Slip would have called it, Orange Juniper....
After the tournament I went to a diner and ordered some ziti with half a chicken breast.
Although the serving was ample, the marinara sauce was too spicy for my taste.
And it didn't help when I looked around and saw this sign, posted prominently:
FIRST AID KIT
RESUCITATION (sic) KITS
ARE LOCATED AT
THE CASHIER'S POST
All of this placed above another sign, which, taken in context, added to my feeling of unease: