Monday, August 20, 2007

the developer you love to hate?

uh, yeah, nothing much to post. what do you guys think of the hijinks of moe mohannan? hate him? love him? love to hate him? i recently found out that the j. crew at downtown plaza is gone so now i will have to concede that it pretty does suck. i enjoy the sac brewing co., occasionally but that's it. i don't shop for new clothes anyways, and i weave my own underwear out of hemp, so who needs the mall?

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

j. crew moved to arden fair. yeah, westfield downtown plaza is pretty downmarket these days.

Anonymous said...

This is kind of sad and disturbing, but watching that Yahmos footage made me really nostalgic for one thing Sacto....Rick Edwards. Maybe it was the Pounded Clown link next to it. Anyway, I propose that this blog should adopt an "All Edwards All the Time" format.

-- Patrone

beckler said...

he's around though, right? i run into him occasionally and he always leers at me and tells me how tall i've gotten. despite the fact that i've been the same height since long before he met me.

beckler said...

oh yeah, and I kept forgetting to point out on that previous post about the horsecow that joshua ploeg's food was superb. it was not snacks, it was a delicious full meal. the collard greens were my favorite thing. you need to email this guy and get him to make you a dinner! i need to email this guy and get him to make me a dinner!

http://joshuaploeg.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Hey Patrone - did you watch the Pounded Clown one? The very very end should only add to your Rick nostalgia. Last time I saw Rick was at a show at Primo's.

-miller

wburg said...

I talked with Rick a few weeks ago at Pieces. He's still around, and most powerfully still Rick. I still have my Rick Edwards mini-poster somewhere in my files. I just wish I still had the mini-cassette recording of the Pounded Clown interview I did in 1993 when he did an a capella rendition of "Buttcrust."

I heard about the J. Crew move, but to be honest I don't even know what they sell at J. Crew.

Mohanna is a very nice man in person, but he has done so much ridiculous shit that if he told me the sky was blue I'd run outside and check before I believed him.

darin said...

I run into Rick about once a year and he always rummages around in his huge backpack and pulls out a flier for whatever his latest band is. Then he asks about remixing some old Pounded Clown tapes, writes my number down on the back of another flier, and stuffs it into the backpack, presumably never to be seen again.
As fer the Mohanna, it seems like the city & the Bee are really gunning for him, kind of giving him a bad rap on the latest thing. An entire building that was part of the swap burned down, so obviously the original terms need to be changed, as his bank refuses to do the necessary loan transfer now that the values involved are different. Mohanna may be a difficult guy to deal with, but in this case he's in the right, which is what the court just ruled. But he should be amenable to renegotiating with the only change being related to the different property value for the vacant lot as opposed to when it had a building on it. It seems like the city is on the Z-guy's (big-money, upscale chain retailers) side and thinks Mohanna should just honor the original agreement, which is ridiculous.

beckler said...

that's a good point, darin, i didn't even consider the fact that a court ruled for him. so his case must have some merit. wburg- j. crew was selling a lifestyle. a lifestyle that revolves around picturesque piles of books that you don't read (and sometimes stand on outside a brownstone) and rumpled vests woven by gnarled scottish farmhands.

beckler said...

can I just say that I'm sick of people on yelp (usually that don't live here) going to a place that they presume is the local favorite and then using their unfavorable impression to bag on sac in general? can I? can I? the latest example was a review of squeeze inn. squeeze inn gets hyped but not many locals name it as their favorite, at least not people that i know and eat burgers with. and bagging on people at a burger place for being fat is a total cheap shot. you, sir, are a douche.

wburg said...

becky: thank you for the insight. I never liked lifestyles, they broke way too easily. Trojans had much more of that "piece of inner tube with the end glued shut" quality I prefer.

Jeff M. said...

I'm conflicted about the Bee story you linked to. Eminent domain scares me. Imagine the city using it to replace the Crest or Time Tested Books with lofts or an Applebees.

Yet I've been inside those hotels. I work for the county mental health center, and a few of my clients live there. The rooms are as small as a bedroom closet. In one, the floorboards are warped. In anotehr, the elevator is like a squeeky, half ton dumbwaiter. They're not safe.

wburg said...

Mohanna doesn't own any of the downtown SROs. He had put money in as an option to buy the Berry, but didn't own it. The purchaser, AF Evans, is purchasing it from the owner and is going to refurbish the hotel to address some of these safety concerns.

I think Mohanna owns the Bel-Vue Apartments building across from the Berry, but technically that isn't an SRO and currently there are no tenants.

Dani said...

Joshua Ploeg also does an awesome pick-up food service. I've purchased things like his massive calzones and a giant tub of incredible potato salad for just a few bucks, and voila, I don't have to think about what I'm gonna eat for a few days. I think I spent $20 last time and had enough food to feed the four of us for almost a week.

You can find out more about that on the site Becky listed above.

Anonymous said...

Beckler,

I can't believe Edwards never spoke to you about your feet.

Ed

Anonymous said...

One Valentine's show Dave Downey was handing out cute little valentines and he gave me one that said "I'm following you home tonight, love Rick"
That Dave is funny.

Ella

Liv Moe said...

i haven't seen Rick since that infamous homebrew accident behind the Cattle Club when he was trying to make... wine? beer?

deeann said...

I think it was something like fig wine? Maybe it was plum. Either way it went badly when he tried open it.