Beach City Buzz

Greetings, friends, and welcome to the post-Groundhog Day, post-Super Bowl, pre-Valentine’s Day, Happy Chinese New Year edition of the Beach City Buzz.  Just a mish-mash of ran-dumb thoughts regarding all of the above:  What was your favorite Super Bowl commercial? For me, it was a toss-up between the Dorito’s “Daddy Fashionista” and the Budweiser Clydesdales.  Worst?  Go Daddy’s “Marriage of Sexy and Smart”.  Totally ridiculous.  How much do they pay these marketing morons to come up with such idiocy?…Officially, the Groundhog did not see his shadow last week, so thank you Punxatawney Phil for (hopefully) bringing an early end to this cold, no-snow, dark and dreary poor excuse for winter in New England.  But wait!  Snow coming this weekend? Am I the only one who’s hoping for just one “GOOD” snowstorm?  You know – schools cancelled, plows buzzing by the windows at midnight dumping snow on the spot you just cleared, pretty white fluffy precipitation that starts out like lovely, soft cotton balls falling from the heavens and ends up as black mountains of iced-over dirt piles that hang around until May?  And how wonderful is a steaming cup of hot chocolate after being outside shoveling for so long you can’t feel your extremities any longer, and your back seizes up, and, uh, on second thought, let’s keep our fingers crossed that Punx’s prodnostication was precise…Chinese New Year begins on Sunday, February 10, and it’s the Year of the Snake. According to my very esteemed and well respected source – a.k.a. the paper placemat under my dish at the restaurant where I last feasted on Hon Su Gai, spare ribs, house special fried rice, and chow mein, all washed down with a tasty Mai Tai – those born in 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 and 2013 share the characteristics of being intuitive, introspective, refined, attractive people who do not get flustered easily. They are graceful, proud, generous and quite intellectual.  And since I, personally, was born in the Year of the Snake, I am living proof that these characteristics are all quite accurate.  Well, maybe not the graceful part…And Valentine’s Day is coming so here’s a poem to express my feelings about the day:  Roses are red, violets are blue, I like this holiday, ‘bout as much as the flu.  (But if you’re a Valentine’s Day fan, we wish you lots of cupids, candy hearts, shmaltzy Hallmark cards, flowers, and expensive jewelry)…Happy Valentine’s Day!  Here at the BUZZ, we love our readers EVERY day…Heeeere’s the BUZZ:  As the saying goes, “One door closes and another opens.”  China Roma Express on Revere Beach Boulevard opened last year just about this time.  It’s now closed.  We loved the place when we first tried it, but not so much as the weeks went by.  Lack of parking was an issue too – we’d call in an order, go to pick it up, and couldn’t find a place nearby to park so we could pick up the food. Saying a sad goodbye to what we had hoped would be a nice addition to the Revere dining scene. BUT…another door has opened at the site of the former Maggio’s, and we’re sending our “best dishes” (with thanks to Chef Paula Deen for that one) to the folks at the new Ristorante Ravisi, located on Revere Street.  We’ve been hearing some very nice comments, so be sure to watch the BUZZ for a future FoodSTUFF review…More ran-dumb thoughts:  I’ve heard people say that Congress is spending money like a bunch of drunken sailors. Incorrect! Drunken sailors stop drinking when they run out of money; Something very odd happened to me yesterday – A police officer came up to me and said, “Where were you between four and six?” I said, “Kindergarten?”;  I bought my dog, Georgia, a cell phone today. It was a good deal. She gets free rollover minutes; Has anybody else noticed that Jack the Ripper and Winnie the Pooh have the same middle name?  Coincidence?  I think not!…The folks from Suffolk Downs are having a FREE Valentine’s Day Luncheon for Beach City senior citizens on Friday, February 15 at noon.  Food, entertainment, and a ride are included.  To RSVP, call 617-981-9831.  Vans leave from the Rossetti – Cowan Center, Friendly Gardens, Jack Satter House, Hyman and Liston Towers beginning at 11:30…If you, or someone you know, grew up in Chelsea, and attended Chelsea High School, plans are in the works for another Grand Reunion on Saturday, July 27 at Chelsea High School on Everett Ave, from 6:00 p.m. to midnight.  $50 per person (includes dinner and dancing).  Mail your check (payable to CHS Grand Reunion 2013) to Herb Kupersmith, 4 Gerald Rd. Marblehead, MA 01945 before July 1…Happy 4th Birthday wishes going out this week to a very special little lady, Lucy Biggio, who brings sunshine where ever she goes, with love from your very proud Bubba…And speaking of pride, a hearty congratulations to the Pop Warner C Team Cheerleaders, who, for the second consecutive year, took First Place in the National Championships held at Disney World!  Watch for new signs to be installed at all highway entrances to the Beach City announcing that we are the Home of the Pop Warner C Cheerleading National Champions!  Great job girls, coaches, and parents!…That’s it for the BUZZ, BUZZers.  Do whatever makes your heart sing, and remember:  If your cup is only “half full”, perhaps it’s time to think about buying a smaller bra…This week’s SMILEMAKERS:  Michael Flynn, Vinny Iozzi, Mary Petto, Angelo Toscano, Kylie Mazza, Lucas Acuna, Angela Colameta, Carol Hudson, Joyce Hartman, Brian MacDonald, Debbie Eccleston, Marc D’Ambrosio, Melissa Wiles, Julian Rodriguez, Joe Faretra, Laura Johnson, David Hendrickson, Joe DeMarco, Jeanette Dion, Bruno Antunes and Janie Johnson…Heeere’s the CHUCKLE:  Sadie and Ida, two widows, are talking: Sadie: “That nice Morris Finkleman asked me out for a date. I know you went out with him last week, and I wanted to talk with you before I say yes.” Ida: “Vell, I’ll tell you. He shows up at my apartment punctual like a clock. He’s dressed in a fine suit, wonderful lining. He brings me beautiful flowers you could die for. Then he takes me downstairs, and there’s a limousine, chauffeur and all! Then he takes me for a dinner…..Marvelous dinner. Lobster even. Then we go see a show….let me tell you, Sadie, I enjoyed it so much I could die from happiness! Later, we come back to my apartment, and into an ANIMAL he turns, completely crazy, he tears off my expensive new dress and has his way with me TWO times!” Sadie: “Oy! …So you are telling me I shouldn’t go out with him?” Ida: “No… I’m just saying that if you go, wear an old dress.”…Got comments? News? Announcements? Jokes? Suggestions?  Want to congratulate someone on their anniversary, birthday, baby, divorce?  Is your group running a fundraiser, meeting or event?   February 9 is National Tooth Ache Day!  You know the drill – if you’re filling up to it, send us your BUZZ Bits!  Email or snailmail the BUZZ at PO Box 101, Revere, MA 02151, and read it in the REVERE ADVOCATE!