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We’ve been on the West End for more than 35 years. We were on North Main Street before that for God knows how long,” said Ritondo, who closed the business to join her husband in retirement. We’ve got no regrets. We met a lot of nice people and had beautiful customers.”

Local businesspeople say the closing of a quality shoe store like Edward’s is a real loss to a community that has an abundance of factory type and bargain shoe stores.

It’s a shock to us that she is closed. It’s one of the last mom and pop places. They were definitely an asset to Bristol,” said Michael Vallee, owner of Vallee’s Shoe Repair on North Main Street. When you went in there, they knew you and fit you to the proper size. It wasn’t a factory type store. It was a very personal store.”

Marion Ritondo’s grandfather, Edward Riccio, started making and selling shoes after emigrating to the city from Naples, Italy. After constructing a row of buildings on North Main Street that still bear his name, Riccio began doing business as Riccio’s shoes.

One of Riccio’s 10 children, Joseph Riccio, started working in the store as a teenager and as an adult started Edward’s Shoes. Joseph Riccio, who died in 1992 at the age of 91, moved the store to 179 West St. in the city’s West End in the late ’50s. He sold the store to his daughter and son in law, Marion and Dominick Ritondo, about 25 years ago.

Marion Ritondo said Monday that she and her husband, who suffered a stroke three years ago, are getting on in years and had been thinking about retiring for about a year before they finally closed Edward’s.

We are going to miss our customers. Times are changing,” Marion Ritondo said.

A local business leader said that it was a credit to the Ritondos that Edward’s stayed open so long.

The shoe business has been a real tough business. People wear sneakers more now, and you can buy them anywhere,” said John Leone Jr., executive director of the Greater Bristol Chamber of Commerce. There have also been changes in the marketplace that have had a negative effect on small shoe stores. It’s a credit to them. They’re good people and they had a great business.”

I’m really sorry they are gone,” added Gerard Couture, who owns a luncheonette two doors away from Edward’s. They were part of this West End business neighborhood for so long. Anytime you’d give directions, you’d always use Edward’s Shoes [as a landmark] because people knew where it was.”

Another longtime family run business on the West End has also shut its doors for good. Pete’s Luncheonette which served hot dogs, burgers and Cokes to two generations of West End residents was at 188 West St.
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I’m sure some are reasonable people out to make an honest buck. Unfortunately, nobody ever remembers them. It’s only the roid poppin’, knuckle draggin’, power crazed fun police that stick in your mind. Sometimes, things turn ugly and people get hurt, even killed. Other times they just manage to sour the euphoria of what looked set to be a great night out with one shake of their meathead.

Logic goes out the window when dealing with bouncers. There are few places other than bars and clubs where potential customers would tolerate being kept waiting in line for a complete stranger to judge their fashion sense, personality and mental state in one cursory glance. Especially when said stranger is a flat topped Neanderthal in a black polo. It’s like wearing a tux to the Rwandan jungle to impress the gorillas.

One thing about bouncers, though: like referees, they never change their mind. If a bouncer says you’re not coming in, you’re stuffed. Case closed. The best thing to do is walk away, come back later and hope they don’t remember you. Nothing else you say or do is likely to advance your cause.

That’s not to say there aren’t novel ways of trying. Notoriously impish mate John once decided the best way to persuade a bouncer he was not, as accused, too drunk to enter, was by wowing him with an extensive vocabulary. Annunciating as though he was addressing the Queen, John earnestly enquired, “Are you insinuating that I am too inebriated to partake in your establishment?” Needless to say the reply was not nearly so eloquent.

Then there’s Andrew who, after being kicked out of a club, waited til a fight broke out outside and, with the bouncers distracted, snuck back in. They tracked him down eventually, though found him hiding in the female toilets. And can I just say that if a grumpy bouncer ever asks “How did you get back in here?” the correct answer is not: “Well let’s face it, you guys aren’t renowned for your intelligence.”

Me, I must admit to having dropped the ‘I’m a journalist’ line a couple of times after receiving what seemed an unfair shake of the head. It’s cringe worthy, really. “I’ll call tomorrow and speak to the manager. Your unfair door policies will be a big story . yada yada yada”. By morning, even if I do still think it’s a good idea, I’m usually too hungover to do anything about it.

Still, it’s better than a former colleague who once asked without irony, “Don’t you know who I am?” Not only was he denied entry, he had the added trauma of a shattered ego to deal with.

The only ploy I’ve ever heard that worked, and I suspect it’s urban myth, involved a girl going down on her knees in front of a bouncer and it wasn’t to beg, if you get my drift.

What about you? How have bouncers managed to infuriate you, what did you do about it and, more importantly, did it work?

I think the situation is far more serious than the article suggests. Sure it can be a downer on the night and there are some funny stories to go along with it, but how many of us know of someone who was seriously injuried by a bouncer? There really needs to be someone who oversees what they do.

Really, does it take a 180kg muscle bound idiot to count the number of patrons they let in the door or as you say assess dress standard. No. The thugs are there to fight and take every opportunity to do so. If the club owners were more responsible for the action of their employees, this problem could be fixed.

My best effort to get into a club when i was pissed was talking to the bouncer in an Irish accent and trying to convince him that I HAD to go in because my long lost sister was in there. I said we had been separated at birth and divided by different countries and now she was dying of a congenital disease and i had to see her tonight, right now, before she died.

Just as an aside, I did not actually know what congenital meant.

Needless to say, my ridiculous story and even more pathetic accent got me into my favourite club at the time: Rosies.

The story with bouncers controlling a night out has become out of control. I don’t think we ever have a night out where we have got a bouncer to complain about afterwards.

I’ve had quite a few times where I’ve been told I’ve had too many to drink and I was the designated driver or I had come straight from work and therefore hadn’t touched a drop.

we once weren’t allowed into a pub this year because we had been to a reds games and had reds supporters shirts on. We were told that the pub didn’t support the reds so we weren’t allowed in. We definitely hadn’t had too many because its too expensive to drink at the game. A pub in Brisbane that doesn’t support its local team, regardless of what sport it is. pretty terrible.

maybe it had something to do with the reds’ form this season? bloody fair weather fans.

What should have been an easy task was made difficult because Boy Wonder on the door didn’t think the admittedly young looking lad in front of him didn’t match the admittedly young looking face on the license, and when he asked me my postcode to verify it was me I gave the one on the back (MacGregor) instead of the one on the front (Albany Creek).

Einstein’s grandson then tried to take my license away, only for me to fire up and give my full name, date of birth, current address etc etc. He then asked if I was a donor and what my conditions were: in my case corrective lenses. He then performed the very intelligent trick of putting his face inches away from mine to look for two clear bits of plastic in my eyes before the other bouncer asked what the problem was.

This one gnarled rock lobster working security out front of Le Shack pincered my ear, so I swam over to his motorbike and kicked it over with my tentacle.

‘It was the cuttlefish!!’ I screamed as everyone turned to see what all the commotion was. I made like a Rainbow fish and pointed to the black inky cloud hanging over the bike lying forlornly on its side jug.

‘That Prick!’ roared the rock lobster, scuttling over. Switching form now to a Halo fish it’s fun to pretend I swim inside the establishment, slipping straight by the folks lining up outside, just to get down. Inside, it was incredible. I was shimmying and shaking, snap changing form and colour like a Vegas neon sign. This cute little lobster came up to me; she’s clearly overboard. So I turn the lights out and we slip under the rock she was so tasty, if a little sandy. Suddenly the rock is lifted. It’s the lobster in the black scivy, again. Fuck, he looks roiled. I feel a little stupid. I give it all the black ink I have. Pandemonium ensues and I slip out the back door, unseen, but knocking over a Crown of Thorns Starfish on my way out sorry dude. He he. I hit the glittering highway, speeding the 15 miles back to the city and then get off the highway fast. I’d do it all again in a heartbeat. Next time I’ll bring a little lobster home with me.

please, please, puh lease can i have some of what you’re having, Twinman?

I happen to know a bouncer or two (and not because I spend my time waiting in line to get into bars). Some choose it as a career, some do it as a stepping stone to something else. Some are university educated, some hold down a day job at the same time.

Ever got a little irritated and maybe a little verbally abusive with the bouncer who refused you entry at the door? You’re exactly the reason they are there.

We’ve all been denied entry at one time or another. He says you’re too drunk? There’s the taxi line. But you’re completely sober? Unlike the Pope, security guards are not infallible. They are still bound by the law and the code that exists amongst them.

And let’s face it for a male security guard. it’s a great way to pick up chicks.

it’s a fair point, spotty. i know i wouldn’t like to spend my entire work day dealing with drunk people. still,
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Feeling lonely and uneasy with the election fast approaching, Senator Naomi Chong, LDP Wanita Head and sister of Datuk Chong Kah Kiat, finally open her mouth.

She described the rape case involving a 13 year old mute pupil as a despicable act by a person entrusted to teach and look after these special children but who turned out to be a beast. It is a case of the Malay proverb, Harap pagar, pagar makan padi she said in a statement.

Naomi was never heard of her contributions. She is not capable either. However she was made the party’s Wanita Head and later a senator. The only reason one could think of for her selection was being the sister of party President, Chong Kah Kiat.

She is always seen as an arrogant, bossy, proud and ridiculous woman. She forces her way through in her organisations. On many occasions, her brother’s name was brought in to demand co operation. She could not get along with her own wanita members, let alone the people in the state.

By making one or two statements, which were literally unsignificant, she thought she could pass up her political homework. Talk without actions is all she is capable of.

The two positions which Naomi holds now, LDP Wanita Head and a Senator, only prove beyond doubts that Chong Kah Kiah practices cronism and favouritism more than any other leaders.

We just wonder why do we, the Sabahans, need such rubbish in Sabah politics.

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Ah Sau, no politician!

October 26, 2004 11:15 AM PDT

Purely due to jealousy and hurt that some people posted ridiculous information about this Senator, Naomi Chong. There’re more than one family that have many members who participated in politics also hold high ranking posts in the government, so what do you call this? They are wiser and opposed practices of cronism and favouritism more than any other leaders? Or there is such rule or constitution that stated NOT more than one in the family should get involve in politics?King 6

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June 13, 2004 01:52 PM PDT

The comments posted on 26.02.04 is untrue to a certain extent. Noami may seem bossy or arrogant but she has a kind side of her at times.
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As the dressing room door swings open, I am engulfed in a cloud of hairspray, hair extensions, sequins, leopard print and fake tan, with Donna Summer’s Hot Stuff blasting from the speakers.

I am backstage at Brighton strip club Spearmint Rhino Rouge and, having never set foot in a lap dancing bar before, it is already proving an eye opener.

To my left there’s a dancer in a G string bending over, scraping chewing gum off her shoe. To my right, there’s a further eyeful as a dancer flings off her top and shimmies into a PVC “police” suit and six inch heels.

“Frutella?” shouts Cleo, waving a packet of sweets in front of my nose. Not knowing where to look, it’s a welcome distraction.

Along with Jayda, Summer and Robyn, Cleo is one of the lap dancers who has volunteered to look after me for the night.

They may be strippers but they are friendly, straight talking and surprisingly switched on.

“It’s just like going to the ballet, only we’re naked,” says Jayda, reassuringly.

The rule at the club is “evening gowns” before midnight after that they wear anything they want.

Most choosing to wear nothing at all. Jayda’s “gown” consists of a long piece of leopard print cloth, with a gold hoop earring holding it together over her crotch.

“I made it myself,” she says, proudly.

The dancers pay the club 20 a night and make their income from private dances and “sit downs”, where men pay for them to just sit and chat.

The girls take it in turns to dance on the pole, then walk around the club, chatting to the customers. If they haven’t persuaded someone to have a private dance after 15 minutes, they move on to the next.

Customers range from high profile footballers and solicitors to school teachers and ex cons (one complaining he hadn’t seen a naked woman in years). They even have a number of straight women going in (Jayda’s ability to hang upside down on the pole with one leg is enough to mesmerise anyone).

Cleo informs me the club has a strict “no contact” policy and men have to keep their hands by their sides during a dance. Every move is monitored on CCTV and anyone who tries their luck is escorted out by the bouncers.

The lines they come across most nights are “You must think I’m a right old perv” and “Can I buy you dinner?”

“My favourite, though,” says Cleo, “is Where do you girls hide in the daytime?’ We’re like. In Tesco, mate.’ We get the whole spectrum in here.

Some are deluded and some are just up for a laugh.”

As strange as it sounds, a lot of men just want to talk. Cleo recently spent 45 minutes with a bloke who was moaning at length about his divorce.

“He thanked me for my time and gave me 50,” she says. “The number of times I’ve sat with a guy and he’s gone on and on about his wife.”

Jayda agrees. “Some guys are difficult to dance for because they get really nervous and like to talk. They ask silly questions like Where do your parents live?’. When you’re trying to do a sexy dance, it kind of puts you off.”

Men pay anything from 60 to 1,000 if they want a girl for the evening.

Asked if she has ever gone home with a grand in her stockings, Summer says: “Not yet. I’m hoping tonight’s the night.”

At this point our photographer turns up and there is a minor commotion as the girls realise they are going to be photographed in their ordinary clothes. (“I’ll go at the back!” “No, let me, I’ve got trashy shoes on!” “But I’m missing a toenail!” “What are the readers going to think when they see the state of my jumper?”) As confident as they appear swanning around in next to nothing, it is refreshing to find they still have the same hang ups as anyone else.

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Cleo got into lap dancing by chance.

She wandered into the club out of curiosity one night and got talking to one of the dancers.

In her second year of university in Brighton, studying criminology and psychology, she is using it to pay off her student debts.
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Fans of the late, lamented Comedy Central gem “Insomniac” can’t get enough of Dave Attell, and those with a high comedy quotient love the roastmaster Jeffrey Ross.

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Oddball 2015 showcases the current excitements in contemporary comedy. If she goes down in flames, her reaction, is “well, whatever.” The Chardonnay loving diva, who enjoys kicking off her shoes before she hits the stage and sitting on fan’s faces during performances, could care less about anything except executing onstage.

“That’s what it’s about and I have to say there is something about Sam Kinison,” Everett said. “I was recently watching old clips of his and he was beyond amazing. Sometimes he bombed but when he hit it, it was just out of the park. The thing I love most about Kinison is that he didn’t give a bleep.”

Everett’s initial comic influence was her mother. “She would come home and rip off her bra and just get comfortable,” Everett said. “It all started for me with her.”

The energetic entertainer didn’t come to New York to crack wise professionally. She was attracted by the Great White Way. “But I discovered that I really didn’t want to be part of Broadway,” Everett said. “I didn’t want to wear a tour jacket and work on shows like those performers do.”

Everett met some like minded downtown New York actor comics. “They were lawless and fun and it was just this happy accident that I found [comedy],” Everett said. “I was like, ‘Can I do this for a living?’ Amazing.”

Don’t call Everett a comic. She considers herself a cabaret artist. What she does is tell dirty, amusing tales and slips in some well delivered vocals. It works. It’s surprising, organic and unique, which are adjectives that rarely describe contemporary comics.

When Everett isn’t performing comedy, she’s out with her band, the Tender Moments, which features former Beastie Boy Adam (Ad Rock) Horovitz.

“We have fun together,” Everett said. “We were at a festival recently and someone asked what I do and Adam said, ‘She’s a cabaret singer,’ and I was like, ‘Shut up.’ I am a cabaret singer but there is nothing as uncool as being a cabaret singer. Nobody goes into the record store and says ‘Where’s the cabaret section?'”

Everett is tight with Schumer. “We’re good friends,” Everett said. “Amy is the best and she is so funny. But the thing about us is that we both love Chardonnay and we balance each other out. I let it all hang out on stage. I could go right to bed after a show but not Amy. She’s like, ‘Hey, let’s go hang out and watch ‘The Bachelorette.’ Amy helps keep me young.”

Don’t expect Everett to ever pander in the hope of landing a sitcom vehicle. “If I ever do a sitcom it has to be right for me,” Everett said. “It would be great if it were the perfect situation for me. But if not, I would rather not work 16 hours a day, five days a week. I like what I do. I’m about performing on a stage, being on the edge of falling off the cliff. I love singing, making people laugh and being in touch with the audience, in more ways than one.”

AZIZ ANSARI will headline the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Xfinity Theatre, 61 Savitt Way, Hartford. Amy Schumer is the special guest. Miller and Tony Hinchcliffe will also perform. Tickets are $29.75, $32, $52, $132 and $157.
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