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I'm in lerv with Annabel.

Posted February 2, 2009 by John Birmingham
Not the chick, whoever she may be. The bar-n-grill.

About two doorsdown from my hotel there's a great little joint, a bar/bistro called Annabel's that the hotel's wine guy recommended . I'd been wary of eating there because it's almost always a bad idea just to choose a joint on the basis of proximity. But the Palomar staff assured me it was cool, it was the place they went after shift, and I could could do a lot worse.

So, to answer Lobes' question below I dropped into Annabels to catch the Superbowl after I'd filed Blunty, and stayed for dinner after perusing the menu which was 90% organic, with nary a burger or fry to be seen.

Best bit though was the bar, where dozens of loud Americans had gathered to watch the game. I instantly backed Arizona because they were the underdog and some hapless Aussie was playing for them.

They lost, but it was damned close run ting thing in the end, and although I had no effin' idea what was going on, and the flow of the game seemed incredibly jerky and stop-start, it was still great fun and all my new best friends were more than happy to explain WTF was happening.

I think they were mostly backing Arizona too, given their barbaric joy at the late game come back from the less fancied team.

26 Responses to ‘I'm in lerv with Annabel.’

Abe has opinions thus...

Posted February 2, 2009
Hope you took the opportunity to sell some books...our economy is relying on you and this trip.

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yankeedog reckons...

Posted February 2, 2009
Glad The City by the Bay is treating you well. The weather there can be a bit interesting, but not Midwest frigid!

That was a fairly exciting game, if not necessarily brilliantly played in spots. I thought Arizona might get a pass down to Fitzgerald at the end to steal the game but Pittsburgh's defense was (only just) good enough to hold.

Good observation on the flow of action there. It is jerky and in no way fluid, especially when there are reviews and challenges. Back in the '80s, ESPN showed AFL games. Now I enjoyed Australian football but my thought was 'How the hell do you stop someone?' The ball carrier was getting tackled and he just got up and kept running! A fun watch, Aussie football.

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Therbs is gonna tell you...

Posted February 2, 2009
You're staying in a Hardware Store? That's cool.

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Chaz ducks in to say...

Posted February 2, 2009
It's not like it's Union though, is it?

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NBlob puts forth...

Posted February 2, 2009
No Chaz, they only play one game Up There.

Therbs, Your coherence pills buddy, 2 in the morning 2 at night.

Were you buying drinks boss?

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Lobes has opinions thus...

Posted February 2, 2009
The Dennys ad made me LoL

http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=p96FC_fQrg0

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HAVOCK reckons...

Posted February 2, 2009
Chaz, they don't tend to sniff each other, poke bums, pick noses or stomp and squirrel grip. TF.

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DrYobbo puts forth...

Posted February 2, 2009
Ben Graham looks very, very old. He makes Troy Corser look like Casey Stoner. I don't care that that's an obscure bike racer reference. What's more important is that as the punter he's less important than the team bus driver and the guy who peels the half time oranges (or whatever the US sport equivalent is, probably making up the Gatorade)

Steelers won narrowly, as picked in the World of Bollocks' Superbowl for Dummies preview (gratuitous self promotion being a hallmark of the World of Bollocks) but in truth I'd have preferred to see the Cards get up, washed-up ex-Geelong punter or no.

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Nautilus is gonna tell you...

Posted February 2, 2009
i got ya reference good doctor.

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sparty has opinions thus...

Posted February 2, 2009
Good game although wish I'd seen it in teh States- although its been good to be at Wembely last 2 years to see teh NFL there. Best Foreign policy decision the US have made in a while!

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Puma reckons...

Posted February 3, 2009
last few minutes of game was interrupted by 30 seconds of porn here. Signal from Club Jenna was somehow accidently spliced in. or not accidently. they don't know yet and alot of the locals are irate. LOL.

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mckinneytexas ducks in to say...

Posted February 3, 2009
If the Steelers hadn't had have the ref's calling the game for them and the other half asleep on most plays, the Cards would have won. I started off with a lukewarm interest in the underdog winning, but the flagrance of the shitty officiating was too much. I'm still pissed that the game turned on shitty calls by the officials.

Glad you found the gringos to be friendly folks. That's pretty typical.

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mckinneytexas reckons...

Posted February 3, 2009
'Have' in the first sentence should be 'half'.

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Paul Nicholas Boylan mutters...

Posted February 3, 2009
Except for the typo, I agree with McKinney. I am not a big football fan and I didn't even plan on watching the game, but I did, and it was clear, even to me, that the Cards got robbed as the world watched.

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Rhino puts forth...

Posted February 3, 2009
::AHEM::

ROBBED?

You have got to be kidding me.

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Rhino mutters...

Posted February 3, 2009
Best headline from Fark.com this morning:

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today, so we can expect six more weeks of whining about the Super Bowl officiating.

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Paul Nicholas Boylan ducks in to say...

Posted February 3, 2009
Yes. Robbed. By the zebras.

Every time I see Punxsutawney Phil I am overcome by the question of what groundhog tastes like in a light cream sauce with capers.

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John Birmingham mutters...

Posted February 3, 2009
Ah, this would explain why Groundhog Day was on the in house movies last night.

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Paul Nicholas Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted February 3, 2009
See if it is on the room service menu.

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Nautilus reckons...

Posted February 3, 2009
Hang on, lets go back to Puma's comment.

"last few minutes of game was interrupted by 30 seconds of porn here. Signal from Club Jenna was somehow accidently spliced in. or not accidently. they don’t know yet and alot of the locals are irate. LOL."

The locals are irate???? Are they getting charged for the 30 seconds???

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mckinneytexas would have you know...

Posted February 3, 2009
Robbed in broad daylight. Repeatedly.

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Chaz swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 3, 2009
Naut, the puritans are banging at the gate!

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Lobes is gonna tell you...

Posted February 3, 2009
How do you think I felt when I was about to see Jenna get a faceful and suddenly my porno-channel cut to Kurt Warner getting sacked!

Real mood-killer.

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puma mutters...

Posted February 4, 2009
It certainly got a rise out of alot of people.

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sparty reckons...

Posted February 4, 2009
wonder if it gave Rhino the horn?

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