Bletey’s Blues

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Here’s my tribute to the Quake 2 CTF map Bletey’s Blues. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JGsQEcVO8I

Fake News Cumbia

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01 The Weeknd vs. Los Palmeras – Starboy Asesino (Mashup)
02 Never Going Back Again – Fleetwood Mac (DJ Art Cumbia Remix)
03 Pumped up kicks – Cumbia Drive
03- Latin No Plastic
04 M-Beat Feat General Levy – Incredible (Phibes Remix)
05 Shanty Town vs. Busta Rhymes – Put Your Hands (remixed by J.A.R.)
06 Here I Come (Live) – Barrington Levy (ELMAYONESA Remix)
Andrés Digital – Wake Up Ft. Longfingah (Chong X Remix)
Balkan Riddims – Sensimilia (Dj Inko Remix)
Bomba Estéreo – Amanecer (Omulu Remix)
Bucovina en Barranquilla-
CARIÑITO ( ..DjNeber.. )

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DJ Vadim vs.Damian Jr Gong Marley-Soldier, Make It Bun Dem(funkfreak mashup)
Dusminguet – Cumbia Bruja (Barrio Katz Cumbiathon)
Ella Quiere Hmm Haa Hmm (Cumbia Edit)
J.A.R. – Shanty Town vs. Black Box & Bounty Killer
Jack & Lewis Ft. Shockman – The Trumpets
La Yegros – Solo (Kosta Kostov Remix)
Land Down Under (Happy Australia Day)
Little Roy – Lithium (Jamie Berry Remix)
MACONDO SOUNDSYSTEM – La Cumbia De La Lluvia Ft. Toti
MAKI x BENI ft. Cutty Ranks – Kill Dem
Niczo – Trompetas
NO QUIERO PERDER EL RITMO (edit) – MEZCAL SOUND SYSTEM

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Peter Power – Jungle Voodoo
Sultanes del Swing
Super Grupo Colombia – La Cumbia del Chinito (Dengue Dengue Dengue! refix)
The Doors – Riders On The Storm (Billy Caso Edit)
THE WEEKND – ZATO DJ (Version Cumbia) AltoSRemiX
Toots And Maytals – Reggae Got Soul (Hiphoppapotamus Remix)
Wyclef Jean – Guantanamera (Barbarella Cumbia Edit)
Xzibit – X (Barbarella Moombah Edit)

Decaf Americano

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Keanu, Sparrow Coffee americano, whoa. Decaf amerikeanu.

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Mezcal tasting notes-
Edgar “Bananas foster. Browned butter plantains. Smoked banana.”
Brien “I’m still tasting the wood.”
Todd “Did you just say booty butter?”

Polisher Again

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I am sending out this appreciation for Yo-Yo, Anthony and Octavio (as well Gabriel) the best PM dish team we ever had at 900. Last night we had a polisher call out last minute with flu, and being Saturday the best option to maintain full staffing was to jump into the position myself. But i did not have to do it alone.

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The dish team saw what was happening and rode in to save the day like the cavalry. Yo-Yo helped me polish silverware and restock the dining room through the whole night. Octavio covered for Anthony who was working through a touch of the seasonal bug going around. Anthony refused their generous offer of going home early to get some rest and powered through with fighting spirit.

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At every turn these guys were asking how they could help, or just jumping in to assist. The PM dish team we now have Anthony, Yo-Yo, Octacio, Gabriel have taken on the most responsibility and get the job done the fastest and most thorough, with the most care, day after day.

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I have worked with every team in the dish station since we opened at 900, and i have never seen the operation fire on all cylinders with the extra support that we had last night.

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Thank you dish team: may the respect you give 900 thru the integrity of your work shine back on you. We are only as good a restaurant as our dish team, and with these guys anything is possible.

Beauties

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Raven Beauty had me over her mom’s place for Christmas. I couldn’t believe how many presents they got me, all with a lot thought and good eye behind them. We had a spread of food and when they announced George Michael had passed it turned into a dance party. My gift for the Harpers came later when I had them in the restaurant for dinner. They were the first friends and family I had as guests. Jada said I can have Raven, but the dinner was so delicious they still owe me more than that. I wrote an appreciation to the staff on Facebook:

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“I am getting emotional thinking about the love you showed my family – i can’t think about it’s my third rail. Lynnea, Jason Martinez, Allie, Leslie, Chad, squad, you guys i got too close to the hit and it clipped me at the heart. Thank you guys for creating the kind of restaurant that nourishes with love above and beyond the amazing food and drink. I’m slow to emote because when the feelings start they don’t ever stop. I’m feeling a little overwhelmed right now guys. Seeing Raven’s aunt who is fighting serious health battles get up from the table after dessert and start dancing in the dining room. Damn, you got me. Crying in the uber. #squad2017 #bass2life #bass2reality”

True Champion

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Sunday funday at Lena Brava meant that we survived the cold weekend with great cheer, minimal cancellations and still committed to going above and beyond for our guests’ Lena Brava experiences. LLL and I believe that the lower PPA may have been impacted by the number of large parties ordering to share, and also we have seen lower PPA as a trend on Sunday night in general, however this took nothing away from the staff’s commitment to hospitality.

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SG / Mood Scale / Shoutout: LLL tailored so many personal touches for Matt Morin, dining with his SO Kappy, her sister and sister’s friend. From the crown she had Todd fashion, to the surprise gifts, to the seamless working with Chef Fred to keep Matt safe from finned and shell-dwelling danger (he is allergic to seafood.) LLL continues to lead the team with servant leadership, showing the entire staff the true meaning of hospitality, which begins with how we treat each other. Speaking of being the light to lead us on the path out of the dark wilderness… today was Kelly’s last day as an LB server.

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True Champion: Kelly Seim, the kind of person that comes along only once in a long, long while, who brings positive balance to an entire team in the middle of a stressful whirlwind of a restaurant opening, simply by being herself. Things fall apart, and entropy may well rule the universe, and there are still people like Kelly in the world. For her audacious grace under fire, we raise Kelly’s jersey to the rafters as one of the original true champions of 900.

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Tom Skilling says… core of polar air heads east.

Thick Fresh Winter Snow

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First all day snowfall mellowed but did not wash out the bold colors of our golden end of week sunset, painted by the masterly hand of teamwork that was this close-out FOH crew. Great comraderie and teamwork from the squad, and great of our guests to come out in the weather.

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Mood Scale: In the case of the guest saying the shortrib was overly fatty (we prefer “rich” as in yes this cut is abundant with delicious richness), their server Allie let me know that these 2 guests loved eating spicy chiles, and had no allergies or dietary restrictions. Allie’s attention to detail with these guests allowed us to serve enchiladas a la plaza to replace the turned away shortrib. Not only was this a lighter dish, it was the big chile flavor they loved. 10/10 recovery, way to go Allie.

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Shoutout: LLL filled in for Hector running food today during the big push she was charging those stairs making me feel just about a hundred years old. Great effort LLL, I’m still hearing phantom footsteps behind me and pulling over to let the fast cars pass.

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True Champion: Chefs Fred and Glenn, for securing striped bass again in the wee hours, taking turns expediting through the more hectic Sunday push, and great communication with the FOH team, crushing it.

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Tom Skilling says… “for the first time this winter, thick, fresh snow covers the ground.”

Poopsies

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I’m sick and tired of being tired
I can’t pick a side, the Gemini
Prophesize if we living, I
Promise momma not to feel no lie

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Seen black turn ’em Burgundy
Hundred of them, I know I’m greedy
Stuck inside the belly of the beast
Can you please pray for me?

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Get God on the phone
Said it won’t be long
I see jiggaboos, I see Styrofoams
My hood going brazy
Where did we go wrong?

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I see jiggaboos, I see Styrofoams
Get Top on the phone
Tell the squad come home
We gon’ ball again ‘fore he call us home
World is going brazy
Where did we go wrong?
It’s a tidal wave, it’s a thunderdome

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Get God on the phone
I just got a raise (I just got a raise)
Spent it all on me (I spent it all on me)
Diamonds all appraised (diamonds all appraised)
And I’m bossing up (and I’m bossing up)
Bitch get out the way (bitch get out the way)

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I’m the only way
We can fornicate
Ah, pimping and posing
Look what I drove in, ah
Having these hoes and I know that I’m chosen, ah
I live by the code and me and my bros and
Ah, my dollars ain’t foldin’, you was never the homie

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Who doing the drums?
Man put that nigga on the drums man
Yep all day, mortal man and Kunta
Alright, from the top!
-Lyrics from untitled by Kendrick Lamar

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Poopsies,
Hope you’re having fun and enjoying each other. Any pictures? Love love love
AJ

In the Atlantics

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Kate and Peter invited Raven, AJ and me to the end of the world the tip of Cape Cod for the dark holidays around the winter solstice.

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My standard winter solstice line… darker inside.

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Aunt Judy got to hang out with her friend Nancy, while I got in touch with Marcia, Genevieve and Hoota, and then we spent most of a week together in a cottage with a fireplace next to the ocean.

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There was snoozing and long walks on the beach in more or less equal measure. Joking!

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Love means sleeping in.

5 Years

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We had the holiday party at 900 with the staffs of all 6 restaurants invited to bring a plus one. The real purpose of the party seemed a baptism by fire for the newest property in our restaurant group.

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It was the kind of party where JF was presented with a 25 year award, I received a 5 year lifetime achievement award. Dog year lifetime. You’re the man now dog.

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The dish team presented me with this piece of art on wood, an Indian in sunglasses.