ALL and Alfredo’s

Driving to work today my commute was fueled by the punchy fun of ALL’s “Allroy Sez”. ALL (for those that don’t know) are basically the legendary punk band the Descendents sans their singer Milo Aukerman. In this iteration of ALL, Dave Smalley of DYS provided vocals for songs running the gamut of themes from anti-drug abuse, love, idealism to the subject of this post, Mexican food! The song Alfredos is an ode to their favorite hole in the wall Mexican restaurant, peppered with praise for delicious menu items and punctuated with (TRIGGER WARNING) simulated Mexican accents and  cultural appropriation.

I was curious to see if the restaurant still existed and lo and behold, it does! They have a website (www.alfredosrestaurant.com) have detractors and fans on Yelp and best of all, a mention of this very song in the LA Times! The LAT article is something I never would have found back then as I obviously didn’t have the internet and I was and am a NorCal resident.
Sadly, for us vegans and vegetarians, the non-lard offerings are few, though the folks that run the site are friendly and responded promptly when I sent them a query regarding their veg options.

Jose,

Thanks for contacting us.  Our steamed white rice is vegetarian as our our black beans.  You can specifically request these instead of Mexican rice and refried beans (which are not vegetarian). 

Let me know if you need any other vegetarian suggestions.

Regards,
Charles Dominick
Owner

Thanks for joining me on this short trip into pop-punk nostalgia! Join me next week when we find out via google maps just how hard the streets at 7th and A are as immortalized in the Judge song “New York Crew”.

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Rag Men – Obstacles

I’ve made it a habit of listening to old CDs of mine on my commute and this morning I picked up Rag-Men’s self titled and was blown away at how heavy these tunes are and how well they’ve held up. This came out in 2004 and for those that don’t know, was a NYHC band that featured Jorge from Merauder as well as Ian “Bulldog” Edwards from Earth Crisis.
I’d forgotten how awesome this song was. Enjoy it and share it with someone that needs it.

I’m tired of running away from obstacles in my way.
breaking me, making me fall, am I weak have I lost control?
making my goals seem so distant, making destiny out to be a dream.
I feel like i’m losing this battle, becoming a slave of my own sorrow.
oh Lord help me.
It’s not easy being.
Lord give me a new life, new reason for living.
as I crawl on my hands and my knees, isn’t this so pathetic of me?
so many think my life is sweet, but it’s been sour grapes to me.
I wish others could walk in my shoes, and realize what i’ve been through.
next time you see a smile on my face,
look deep in my eyes and witness my pain.
oh Lord help me.
It’s not easy being.
Lord give me a new life, new reason for living.
as I walk with my head down in shame to realize
and cannot continue this way.
Must be bold, must be strong and be true,
cause this world is nothing but straight up cruel.
so I look at myself and I say,
I won’t slip through cracks and I won’t decay.
my faith has got to change, open my soul before all fades away.
oh Lord help me.
it’s not easy being.
lord give me a new life, new reason for living…

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Drug lords and dealers; all must fall. The helpless are crying out.

From Mexico, where citizens have taken up arms in order to rid themselves of the scourge of drug dealing death merchants.

Mexican bishop rebukes government for crackdown on self-defense groups

NUEVA ITALIA, Mexico — A Mexican bishop has rebuked the federal government for sending soldiers to grab the guns of the self-defense groups formed to fight off violent drug cartels and criminal gangs in the western state of Michoacan.

Street by street. Block by block. Taking it all back.
The youth’s immersed in poison–turn the tide
counterattack. Violence against violence, let the roundups begin.
A firestorm to purify the bane that society drowns in. No
mercy, no exceptions, a declaration of total war.
The innocents’ defense is the reason it’s waged for.
Born addicted, beaten
and neglected. Families torn apart, detroyed and abandoned.
Children sell their bodies, from their high they fall to drown.
Demons crazed by greed cut bystanders down.
A chemically tainted welfare generation.
Abslolute complete moral degeneration.
Born addicted, beaten and neglected.
Families torn apart, detroyed and abandoned.
Children sell their bodies, from their high
they fall to drown.
Demons crazed by greed cut bystanders down.
Corrupt politicans, corrupt enforcement, drug lords and
dealers; all must fall. The helpless are crying out.
We have risen to their call. A firestorm to purify.

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Flowmaster Sounds Like Family

Hello dear readers! Please “like”, share or comment on my video entry for Flowmaster’s “Show Us Your Flows” contest. The winner gets flown to the Daytona 500 and this would be a dream come true to see NASCAR’s premiere event, the Great American Race!

1/10/2014 UPDATE: I am now a finalist! Thanks to everyone who has liked, this is it folks! Please help send me to the land of hanging chads and Dexter Morgan!

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Ignite “Epidemic”

in these days
there’s no such thing as
random violence
it’s deliberate
and premeditated
ignorance in your way
you’re accountable
for your own actions
life is the path you take
the uncaring
and loss of respect
leads to agony

life is sacred
tread softly in your ways

there’s an epidemic
in these days

in one’s own life
not all bad doings
go unrepaid
a life of crime
brings upon you
many unhappy days
you’re at fault
for your own actions
life is a path you take
the uncaring
and loss of respect
leads to agony

you are responsible for
your own actions in this life
whatever roads you travel
will lead you to where you are right now

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