Last Call: Wednesday, December 15, 2004
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
Black and White, and Red All Over

Seeing our great state bleed red last week gave Last Call the willies and made your columnist wonder just where in the hell all of those Dubya supporters came from, seeing as Last Call appears to be surrounded by blue-collar types who — while not Kerry acolytes — are definitely Bush haters.


Well, here’s one place where most of them (the Dubya supporters, that is) have probably been hanging out. Pete’s Piano Bar is a glorified T.G.I.F.’s ... with dueling pianists. The female patrons cheer wildly at the mediocre renditions of popular piano-based rock favorites, such as, y’know, anything by either Elton John or Billy Joel. (If you thought that scene in Almost Famous where everyone singing along to “Tiny Dancer” made you wanna puke, wait ’til you see two dozen tipsy brats mauling “Sweet Caroline.”) The male patrons, of course, are content just sitting back and watching the ladies. So here you have young lasses with conservative (read: bad) taste in music, being ogled by young men who don’t care that the young lasses have conservative (read: bad) taste in music: If that’s not a recipe for another Republican White House, then Last Call doesn’t know what is. Independent, progressive thinkers just don’t sing along to “Uptown Girl”!

Another red-state joint is a place that used to be semi-cool but is now pretty much lame. Snookie’s Bar & Grill would have qualified as a hot spot as recently as this summer, when local musicians (impoverished) and their groupies (very, very impoverished) regularly occupied the bar stools there, but not anymore — unless your idea of “cool” involves sharing space with preppies who turn their fake noses up at you for deigning to enter their presence in anything other than Polo or Izod.

But in the cooler/richer-than-thou department, this clientele doesn’t compare to barkeep Carson, who on a recent visit slung drinks as if he were doing everyone a favor. Arrogant? Self-centered? Careless? This good ol’ boy has a long career in Texas politics ahead of him.

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