Tim and Jeremy are both waiters at a restaurant in downtown New York City. During slow times at work, to stave off boredom when it is slow, the two young men draw pictures. These pictures are made using ink and what is called the "Triple Dupe Pad," a book of paper used to place orders in the kitchen. The drawings usually take about a week to make, all the while also being used by fellow employees to take orders; this sometimes leads to other collaborators or in a couple cases, to the loss of the work. The drawings are then scanned and colored in Photoshop where they come to life in stunning technicolor! The subject matter varies from piece to piece, as they are made over a long course of time and under various moods and states of mind. They all retain a playfulness that serves as a coping mechanism after spending a night catering to the endless needs of hungry patrons.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

#39 "Tour de Franzia" July 24, 2011

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I keep wanting to write about the Tour De Franzia but I have really only taken place in one race so I feel as though I am not qualified to speak on the subject. Also, it seems to me that each Tour is slightly different, the only consistent part is that everyone involved has their own bag of Franzia or other such bag-o-wine that you disembowel from the box. In fact, now that I think of it, I wasn't even involved in a Tour De Franzia, it was the Beer Olympics that I was involved in back in Oh Eleven. So, never mind. At any rate, the picture above is pretty similar to what the Tour looks like, minus the teenagers and vomit. There are bikes and there is drinking and some exposed breasts, although not all the time at every race; I don't want to get your hopes up. You can learn the rules here. Or if you want to see pictures of college kids playing this game, go here. All I can say is that Beer Olympics is a better idea because Franzia wine tastes like hell. We at the Cafe Loup used to play some different, more traditional sports late at night and back in the day. I think it originated with ping pong. Someone either left a set of paddles and balls or we bought them and brought them in, but we would play actual games. For the table, we would get the boards in the back that we use to create tables of 8 or more. We would bring out the "boards" as we call them and set it up covering table 24B right in the middle of the dining room. Then, in place of a net (since the one that came with the paddles was woefully smaller than regulation) we would set up our wine cards across the middle of the board. The wine cards were actually quite a good substitute for the net because they provided a little give, like a net would do and sometimes give, or take points away from you. It seemed pretty legit. Well, we lost all the ping pong balls and someone threw out our paddles so we stopped playing ping pong. You might say that we were quitters, but no! We moved on to a different game all together. This one I will call Seabreeze Bocce.  We have a juicer at the Cafe Loup and so all of our Margaritas and Seabreezes and any other drink that takes citrus is made with freshly squeezed juice. This is a wonderful thing and spoils you rotten since all juice mixers pale in comparison to the fresh stuff. Because of this we have an abundance of citrus lying around the dining room. This is good to show off your skills at juggling or for the replacing of Bocce balls. We would use a lime for the Pea and grapefruits for the Bocce balls themselves. This was quite a challenge since grapefruits are usually never exactly spherical. Also, the floor at the Loup is old and wooden and not quite even so that added yet another challenge. These games were hard fought and usually got pretty boozy because, as you can imagine, the grapefruits would only last so long before splitting open spilling their juices onto the floor. At this point we would take them to the juicer and make Seabreezes out of them, grab another fresh grapefruit and continue the game. It was usually only Tim and I who would play since we are the only ones at the Loup who really like the game of Bocce and play it outside where it is normal to play. However, Tomoyo would take some shots, Jay was a natural, and Edie could play with the best of them. We even had some customers play once in a while. We stopped playing this game a while ago because we thought that maybe it was disgusting and we pretty much stopped drinking Seabreezes as well. Are the two connected? You be the judge!

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