July 22, 2004

Convention Bitching

Patti has been sending me stories of people bitching about the inconvenience of the Democratic Convention being held in Boston next week. She sends the messages because she’s had enough of the complaining. I have to agree.

Citizens of Boston are expert complainers. But this takes the cake (or pie):

Sign of Bush Support Surfaces

Even though he voted for George W. Bush four years ago, Mark F. Pasquale was looking forward to the Democrats coming to town, especially since the pizza shop he has run for the past 23 years is right across the street from the FleetCenter. But then the barriers started going up, the security rules kept getting changed, and he finally had enough. He’s closing during the convention and leaving behind a banner in support of Bush.

Dear Mr. Pasquale,

Vote for whomever the hell you like. Put all sorts of signs up. Flee the country. Whatever. But don’t expect me to set foot in your shop.

It’s not that you’re a Bush voter. It’s not that you put a sign up. It’s that you’re whiny-as-hell, and no one likes a whiny-as-hell pizza.

To leave you on a positive note, I hope your wish of being visited by Dubya is granted. I hope he is un-elected this November and that he becomes a fixture in your shop where he will regale your patrons with stories of how he’s not a liar, just incompetent and incurious.

Posted by James at July 22, 2004 11:10 AM
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Told you I was in a bad mood.

Posted by: James at July 22, 2004 11:12 AM

You and I should leave our places of work immediately and meet for drinks. Stat.

Posted by: Patti M. at July 22, 2004 11:27 AM

Maybe he should change the name from Halftime Pizza to Crybaby Pizza.

No... I think Halfwit Pizza is probably the most appropriate.

Posted by: Chuck S. at July 22, 2004 3:06 PM

How about Tithead Pizza? After all, the man is acting like a tithead.

Posted by: Patti M. at July 22, 2004 5:33 PM

wow, you are a TOUGH blogger!

Posted by: george at July 22, 2004 6:13 PM

You know, you read these stories day in and day out and all people have are complaints. Then, even better, this story comes along and the guy has an agenda. He voted for Bush and is planning to vote for Bush again, so obviously no love lost there for Democrats.

George, I guess I could have gone the whole 9 yards and had my comments bolted to the brick on a building instead of posted on my weblog.

I see you commented on BostonCommon, referring to me as a "whiny-as-hell" blogger. If pointing out whininess is whiny, then welcome to the club, pally. Now, do we visit Home Depot to pick up some bolts, or what?

Pasquale complains about changing security rules, etc..., imagine the task of the folks who have the job of keeping the peace (including keeping HIS neighborhood safe). I doubt that running a pizza joint is harder than planning a huge once-in-a-blue-moon convention.

Posted by: James at July 22, 2004 7:40 PM

I agree w/ you James, however, the evening news said the real reason he was closing was that he thought he'd have too much trouble commuting in to his shop. I don't know where he's from, but he probably has a point. Two things more: would he have stayed if it was the RNC... I'd bet on it. Two: you had to listen really, really hard to get the part about the commute in there... the TV wanted you to think it was some sort of "standing up for your hard held beliefs!" or "Defiance!" not, "I don't like traffic." And listening to him speak... well, he's not the sharpest pizza wheel in the shop either...

Posted by: ~bc at July 23, 2004 8:17 AM

James- Convienient that it coincides with an actual blue moon eh?

Has the man heard of the T? I cannot beleive he can't take the subway or a bus to get there (oh I forgot public transportaion is for poor people and republicans like to pretend they're rich even if they aren't). I'm sure he's pissed becaus ehe won't be able to get his Hummer down to the Enima Center next week. i also think he's missing out on an opportunity to make a ton. Even though the delegates are being fed there are going to be TONS of other people hanging around the area (police, newpeople, protesters, etc).

Posted by: Bob at July 23, 2004 9:39 AM

The sign says:
''Say!!!!! D.N.C. Thanks for Nothing!!! Go Bush.''

Just complaining about the convention is one thing, it's the little extra poke in the eye that elevated this into whininess. Feeling so strongly that you have a sign made up about the convention is a little whiny, but it's forgivable.

The extra attempt at a poke in the eye by sticking "go Bush" on there is comically weak and whiny. It's not even made clear on the sign why "go Bush" and so it just sounds like childish sour grapes.

Think of the missed opportunity here. He could have gone for one coherent pro-Bush message or coherent anti-convention message instead. He could have been scathing, instead of whiny.

"Welcome Democrats! I'll be in Canada!"
"Mr. Kerry - tear down this Security Zone!"

If I were in the same position, say outside of the Republican National Convention, you can bet I wouldn't be whining "Thanks for nothing, Go Kerry"

"Missing: Osama, WMDs, Me, My vote."
"Welcome RNC. I'm in an undisclosed location. Voting Kerry."
"You came all this way and you don't even get to try my pizza."

You know. Something even remotely witty.

Posted by: James at July 23, 2004 9:46 AM

Bob, they are closing the green line and North Station is closed (the closest T stop to his place). However if I understand correctly, the orange line is still open. And even with my passing familiarity with Boston, I know it's not a hassle to walk one or two T-stops. Even less so when you're familiar.

Maybe folks would like to patronize">http://www.telegram.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040722/APN/407220874">patronize a BBQ joint whilst they're in Boston.

Posted by: James at July 23, 2004 9:54 AM

Say!!!!! D.N.C. Thanks for Closing Halfwit Pizza!!! Go Kerry.

Posted by: Chuck S. at July 23, 2004 10:13 AM

James- so his real excuse is he can't be bothered to walk a couple of blocks?

Posted by: Bob at July 23, 2004 10:22 AM

wait, I've got an idea... Since my pizza sucks and no one comes in anyway, why don't I drum up some business by putting up a sign? Then I'll have a bunch idiots who can't see beyond the first amendment issue pay my fines for putting up a sign that violates local ordinance, and I'll bet I can get a bunch of out of towners to come try my product based solely on the fact that I am 'standing up' to the DNC when I had no intention of supporting it anyway. Hell, I bet I'll even get national coverage out of it to boot.

hmmm... nah, it will never work.

Posted by: whiny pizza maker at July 23, 2004 10:00 PM

The definition of bad timing is getting national coverage of your establishment on the week that all sorts of out-of-towners are going to be nearby and closing your shop for that week.

Literally what we have happening here is that the fellow decided he couldn't think of a sign that would make people want to come into his shop this upcoming week. In closing shop and making a big deal, he got publicity... right when he didn't need it.

How about this: put up a sign saying: "Planning to vote for Bush! Come buy a slice and try to talk me out of it!"

I think that would have gotten some attention. It mentions Bush right in front of the convention. But maybe it implies too much intelligence, discussion and open-mindedness to either have occured to the shop owner or to be covered by the media.

Posted by: James at July 24, 2004 4:18 AM

Talk about whiny...have you read your own post!!!!

Posted by: go bush at July 24, 2004 12:29 PM

Have you read your comment?

Posted by: James at July 24, 2004 12:41 PM

Since every estimate is that 70% of the vote in Mass. will vote for Kerry I hightly doubt it would help his business for the long run I know for a fact that there have been numerous business that have been and will be adversly by the convention. To be fair, my friends who own catering businesses are loving it. But a friend who owns a delivery company is losing a week's worth of business. His drivers are losing a week worth of commision. I do not know this guy but am certain looking at the situation he is one of the guys getting screwed here financially. As far as taking the T.... well every stop in the area is closed. So much for eating cake. I think its funny that there aren't too many civil libritarians coming to his defense over the city fining him though.

Posted by: MIke H. at July 25, 2004 5:00 PM

So anyway...back at Abaqer's aerie...

I am pleased to report that things ran very smoothly for me this morning. I got to Alewife a bit before 7 and got the same parking space I always get. The Red line is running with extra trains, which guaranteed I had a seat (wish they'd do this every rush hour).

And in case anyone wants to get to the pizza dude's neighborhood, Haymarket is open (Orange line stop one away from N. Station). The city is accessible, which must be a grave disappointment to those who just want to bitch.

I did derive satisfaction this morning when my co-worker who has been dreading the convention showed up at her normal time. I said, "Your worry was all for naught!" She replied that it was all "hype." Yes, which you piled on, my dear.

Now, how about those Red Sox?

Posted by: Patti M. at July 26, 2004 9:59 AM

Worry is equivalent to paying interest on a debt you may never borrow.

Posted by: James at July 26, 2004 10:35 AM

What a sage!

Here's another wise saying: Don't taunt Jason Varitek; he _will_ hit you if you invite him to do so.

Posted by: Patti M. at July 26, 2004 10:49 AM

The Green line (and definately not the whole T) is not CLOSED, North Station is closed. Haymarket is like 5 minutes or less from North Station. Give me a break.

Posted by: Bob at July 26, 2004 11:56 AM

Independent here ... just enjoying reading a lot of whiney lemmings calling a different partisan the same. Enjoying the show.

Posted by: Rich at July 31, 2004 9:02 PM

I'm independent as well. I just happen to know a stupid sign when I see it.

Posted by: James at August 1, 2004 10:42 AM

Rich: Independent here ... just enjoying reading a lot of whiney lemmings calling a different partisan the same. Enjoying the show.

Oh brother... Rich knows better than all of us, huh? We're just "lemmings" to Rich.

Hi Rich, welcome to the show, price of admission is the realization that you're no better than anyone else. Thanks.

Posted by: Chuck S. at August 1, 2004 11:37 AM

Hey, aren't lemmings cute and fuzzy? I'm cute and fuzzy!

See a picture of a cute and fuzzy lemming here: http://www.saskschools.ca/~gregory/arctic/lemming.html

"Lemmings look like fat furry hamsters. They have strong legs and claws for digging. Thick fur helps to keep them warm. They have long beaks with which to suck nectar."

Posted by: Patti M. at August 3, 2004 8:17 AM

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