Well, that blaze-and-noise boy, he’s gunnin’ that bitch loaded to blastin’ point
He rides head first into a hurricane and disappears into a point
And there’s nothin’ left but some blood where the body fell, that is, nothin’ left that you could sell
Life is a mystery. We all wander through hoping somehow we find something, a sign, that says You’re doing this right. And the truth is no one really knows. So we fearlessly wake up each and every day, brew our cup of coffee, look in the mirror and say to ourselves Here we go. If you have ever felt like Bruce looks here, keep reading.
The Bruce Springsteen of Queens here to give yourself a little sign that you’re doing okay. At the end of the week, loosen your tie, untuck your shirt, put on your Jack Daniels T-shirt and come on home to the place affectionately known by it’s patrons as “The Kettle.” We’ve been waiting.
Copper Kettle Restaurant
5024 Skillman Ave (at 51st St.)
Woodside, NY 11377
With a spectacular mix of traditional Irish fare and pub grub that will blow your mind, the Kettle keeps everyone wondering Where have you been all my life? Huge flat-screen TVs show local and national sports. A beautiful bar. The man who swings by your table asking how your food is, well, that’s the owner, who’s there 9 out of every 10 times I’m there.
Wings: check. Burger: check. Fish and chips: check. Shepherd’s pie: check. Ribeye sandwich: Are you kidding me? This is freaking amazing!!! CHECK! CHECK! CHECK!
Okay, you get the idea. When you get off that dirty 7 train and all you wanna do climb out of the flood of bull&*^# that is the Manhattan workday, look for the life preserver that says “Kettle” on the side. One historic Friday I did. And look at me now. The Bruce Springsteen of Queens. Maybe you could be the Tom Petty or the Janis Joplin . . .don’t limit yourself. You’re so young!
Just junk all across the horizon, a real highwayman’s farewell
And I said, “Hey kid, you think that’s oil? Man, that ain’t oil, that’s blood”
I wonder what he was thinking when he hit that storm, or was he just lost in the flood?
SPRINGSTEEN OF THE WEEK! SPRINGSTEEN OF THE WEEK!
THE HURRICANE VICTIMS OF GUSTAV, IKE AND OTHERS
This week, I’d like to take this opportunity to extend my thoughts and prayers to anyone and everyone affected by the thus-far tragic hurricane season. For those of you who have never had to “hunker down,” consider yourself lucky. Everywhere from the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Haiti to Louisiana, Missississippi, Florida and Texas, there are many without homes or some without their lives.
So for those fighting to keep going, or just to move on, the Bruce Springsteen of Queens would like to extend my respect and my heart. You are keeping businesses, towns and families alive. You are warriors. You are courage in the human form. And although you may have never heard of it (or speak English for that matter), you are my SPRINGSTEEN OF THE WEEK .