Rip Taco Naan

Damn you, covid. And damn the lockdowns.

Small businesses are an unaccounted for casualty of 2020. The vast majority cannot survive indefinite periods of marginal revenue due to generalized fear or service restrictions. The money that would have gone to them are instead funneled to large businesses and the mega-rich like Bezos. At least there has been some kickback with regards to people being put out of their homes because of an inability to pay rent (and that may change). But not much has been offered to small businesses except for loans — there is no serious talk of debt relief for them or for people put out of work by the virus. So the best case scenario is to emerge from a couple of years of reduced earnings with a mountain of crushing debt.

To be fair that is, perhaps, a lack of leadership that can be blamed on Trump. But nothing new in terms of policy is being offered by the Biden administration. There are no solutions proposed other than the soft mandate of vaccines that have undergone minimal and hurried testing and claim to do something no other vaccine in history has ever successfully done, which is inoculate against a coronavirus. We are being asked to be guinea pigs in a scientific experiment that enriches big pharmaceutical companies, in order to fix a problem that the government created, with the threat that our lives will never return “to normal” unless we comply.

All that to say Taco Naan is gone.

From my very first review of the place, to the times I spent taking pictures of random lunches in my car, to the time I actually invented a secret menu item, to the times I was able to share the place with my friends, Taco Naan was always nothing less than a delight and a sunny spot on a rainy day.

Taco Naan, I’ll miss you. May the flavor live on.

Spotify Wrapped: 2020 Edition

I thought this was worth highlighting from my listening statistics for this year.

No surprise there. I discovered her work in April and became a huge fan over the course of the year, as I mentioned once before.

But in the top 0.05% of listeners?

That surprised me a little.

I’m gonna go ahead and say that I am the NUMBER ONE Blossom Dearie fan on Spotify. I don’t think that anybody will dispute me on that.


I also “discovered” this song. People are always trying to copy me. Thank you, Spotify, for pointing out that I am a trend setter, cool hunter, and arbiter of taste. I always thought as much.

1,491 minutes. That’s just a little over 24 hours — one full day of listening. I wonder which day of 2020 should count as Blossom day? Not a bad tribute to a superb performer; another one of my favorites that I’ll never get to see live.

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The comments section on this video describes it as 70’s Italian cocaine lounge music. Psychedelia. Dunno, but I like it. I suppose this goes out to all you folks tripping today in Oregon.

Last year around this time I’d just visited a Spirit Halloween Store. This year I’ve not yet made the trip. Looks like they’re back in the same location — just across the street from the Barnes and Noble in what used to be a Pier One Imports, I believe. The theme this year is “masks.”

There’s certainly a lot to be afraid of this year. Isn’t there?