Hartford to Be Overrun With Strays

sherry_dog_0_1462370191You may have heard that the state (and the city of Hartford) are in dire financial straits. That’s meant a lot of layoffs, including two Animal Control Officers. If you follow our Facebook page you’ve probably noticed that we post a lot of dogs from the Hartford pound–most of whom make it out alive thanks to Sherry DeGenova and her work with local rescues and social networking.

I understand the city has to make some hard choices, but ACOs are incredibly important in cities–mostly because people are irresponsible jerkwads who refuse to spay and neuter their pets, and don’t someone had to clean up after them. So, if you want to be able to go to the XL Center for a Bruce Springsteen concert without being attacked by a stray pack of Chihuahuas, you should probably help support Hartford’s hardworking ACOs.

Learn how you can help here.


Deer Ruins Many Manicures


Flickr/Kalidas Pavithran

A deer crashed through the window of a nail salon on Whitney Street in Hartford, ruining any number of manicures.(Watch the video on WFSB 3 Connecticut.) Your first reaction might be to wonder what a deer was doing in the busy West End of Hartford, but for me the real question is what did that poor deer see that made it want to jump through a sheet of plate glass? Here are the choices as I see them:

  1. A man with a luxurious mustache carrying his banjo to a front porch jamboree
  2. The Yard Goats Stadium
  3. A drug-related shooting
  4. The cost of a latte at Tisane
  5. A 23-year-old wearing a coat from G. Fox

Hartford, We Need to Talk About Parking


Henk Sijgers, Flickr Creative Commons

A couple of weeks ago I braved the cold February winds to see 2016’s Art Sled Derby at Elizabeth Park. I was joined by The Farmer, and one of his friends so we decided to get lunch in Hartford afterward. We drove over to Vaughan’s and circled the block a couple of times looking for parking. All of the “open” spots we saw had hoods over the meters, and so we eventually caved and pulled into the Asylum Street Parking Lot.

The Farmer and his friend are from Western Mass. When we go out for the day or night up there, it’s usually in Northampton. More often than not, we end up in the E.J. Gare parking garage and it never costs more than a few dollars to park for the day/night. Why? Because the first hour is free and every hour after that is 50 cents. So, imagine our surprise when, after just 2 hours and 5 minutes at our lunch, we were charged $15 to get out of the parking lot.

That. Is. Ridiculous.  (more…)

New Haven Night Club Sleeps with the Fish

It isn’t often that I decide I want to get dressed up, haul myself out into the night, and hang out in a crowded club packed with people in shiny clothes and pointy shoes. But when I do, I usually say to myself, “I’d really like to kill two birds with one stone tonight, and get roofied while shopping for a clown fish!” Luckily, I live in Connecticut where one can seamlessly combine your interest in dancing with your interest in exotic fish….or at least you could until this weekend. (Thanks Obama!)

According to NBCConnecticut.com, “Police busted an illegal night club at a former exotic fish and pet store in New Haven early Saturday morning.”

Sadly, I no longer know where I can go to see beta fish fight and see two grown ass women in clothes from Forever 21 fight over one man without a job. I guess I’ll just have to go back to sitting on my couch and watching Switched At Birth all weekend.

American Idiots (in Enfield)

Apparently Enfield High School had to cancel its production of American Idiot because there are still parents out there who think their teenagers are not completely depraved monsters. Because I am too poor to attend Broadway musicals, I’ve never seen the show. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about its subject matter:

The story, expanded from that of the concept album, centers on three disaffected young men, Johnny, Will, and Tunny. Johnny and Tunny flee a stifling suburban lifestyle and parental restrictions, while Will stays home to work out his relationship with his pregnant girlfriend, Heather. The former pair look for meaning in life and try out the freedom and excitement of the city. Tunny quickly gives up on life in the city, joins the military, and is shipped off to war. Johnny turns to drugs and finds a part of himself that he grows to dislike, has a relationship and experiences lost love.

It’s almost laughable to think that any Broadway musical is too risque for the high school crowd, but it’s even more ridiculous that one that deals so directly with the issues affecting them would be deemed unacceptable…even after they reworked it to be more “suitable.”  (more…)

Glastonbury Beefcakes Get Fired

We need to apologize. Somehow we missed last week’s story about a bunch of half-naked Glastonbury dudes on a calendar. This is more embarrassing because I’d actually seen ads for this things around for months and I basically put it out of my head. I pictured guys with dad bods posing next to their BMW SUVs and my eyes glazed over. Turns out, it looks more like this:

gbury cal

Setting aside the fact that they forced a child into this Full Monty-esque calendar, this is pretty genius. I can’t think of anything more boring than the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce — which this calendar is raising money for — but throw some hot naked dudes in the mix and I AM IN! (more…)

The Lazy Interviewer: Carolyn Paine

The Lazy Interviewer is back and barely paying attention to an interview with Hartford’s own Carolyn Paine. You may know her from CONNetic Dance, The Colin McEnroe Show, or the Whole Foods hot bar. We caught up with her during her last week of rehearsals for The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy, which you should definitely be going to and opens on Friday night.