By Ray Stern
By Ray Stern
By New Times
By Amy Silverman
By Stephen Lemons
By Stephen Lemons
By Monica Alonzo
By Chris Parker
Suddenly, the Jettster slaps my back, a vodka-rocks in one paw and a pint of her own in the other. Apparently, she'd slipped into the watering hole while I was engrossed in beverage after beverage.
"Hey, playboy," she says, smiling. "What's shakin'?"
"All three chins and a whole lot of belly. Ready to work?"
"Does Melissa Etheridge love muff?" she asks. "I see an old bud of mine from Catholic school over by the pool table; let's mosey."
TT Roadhouse is a better-lighted, wood-paneled Emerald Lounge, decorated with motorcycle racing flags, skeletons and skulls. There's a killer bar with nine or 10 brews on tap; a snug lounge area with a wood-burning stove, decorated with drawings of motorcycles; a cozy billiards room with one pool table; and a jukebox filled with punk classics, Johnny Cash, and assorted barroom faves.
Come to find, TT stands for "Tourist Trophy," a world-famous motorcycle race held every year on the Isle of Man, off the coast of England. But despite the name and all the cycling paraphernalia (a two-wheeler actually sits above folks' heads in the lounge), there's only one bike outside tonight. Mostly, TTR is a hip, neighborhood hang. Physically, it's in Scottsdale. Metaphysically, it's in some dark, funky corner of London.
Leaning against a wall and sipping on a rum-and-Coke is Jett's pal from way back Melissa DeShong, 23, a blue-eyed, pale-skinned looker, who's got brown hair with blond highlights. DeShong's rocking a red negligee with spaghetti straps that shows off a dragon tattoo on her left arm.
"Check out her feet, Kreme," says Jett. She's in flip-flops, and sports a rose tattoo on each tootsie. "Nice, huh?"
"Lovely," I remark, as DeShong puts them doggies on parade. "Did getting those tats on your feet hurt?"
"It was ex-cruciating," she admits. "But worth every minute. Roses are symbols of travel. It's a pagan/religious kind of thing. They help guide you in your path. And I love to travel."
"So tell me what Jett was like in high school -- Xavier, right?"
"She was a bitch," says DeShong, grinning at the Jettster. "But I think that's because she hated being there. She was always in trouble with the nuns."
Someone blasts the Pogues on the box, and this cute, boyish lass with short brown hair covered by a Miller Lite hat slams into us, putting her arms around both Jett and me.
"Hey, are you those guys Jett and whasshisname -- the fat dude? I read your column all the time!"
"Nice to know someone loves us." I extend a hand. "The name's Kreme, as in Krispy. What's yours?"
"Irene Garnett. I went to school out here, but I've been living in New York."
"Whatchoo been doing in the Big Apple?" queries the J-grrl.
"Working as an assistant in an office that handles entertainment law for rock stars," says the Garnett, in her 20s. "They handle Jay-Z, OutKast, Beyoncé, all those people. Jay-Z's really nice. Very gentlemanly."
"How d'ya like TT?" I ask.
"TT's the coolest! People aren't lame here, like in other parts of Scottsdale."
Suddenly, there seems to be a commotion at the bar, so I send Jett to investigate. While she's gone, I'm nearly gored by this tall dude with long blond hair, a black Thrasher tee shirt, and a trucker hat who's making a shot at the pool table. Tells me his mama named him Sam Dunne.
"I just drop by here to play pool from time to time, but I wouldn't call myself a pool player," he says, laconically. Sam seems a little effed up.
"Are you playing for money?" I query.
"Oh, I never gamble with money," he says, Yogi Berra-ish.
"What are you drinking?"
"I dunno," he says. "Someone just handed it to me."
"Dude, there could be poison in there!"
"Aw, a little poison never hurt anybody," replies Sam.
"Apparently, you've never listened to their records," I josh. "Anyone ever tell you that you look like you're in a band?"
"I do play electric guitar. Mostly at home alone with my cat with the amp turned way up. I'm sure my neighbors hate me. I've been learning that song -- what'sitcalled? 'Johnny B. Goode.' Maybe I'll start a band tomorrow -- and call it DrugSlut."
"DrugSlut. It, er, has a ring to it. So what's your cat's name?"
"Infinity. She's the sunshine of my life. I found her in an alley."
"Some of the best pussies hang out in alleys."
Jett's tugging on my shirt.
"Kreme, you've gotta check this out," she says, leading me back to the bar where some British dude's holding court, making chickens out of napkins for the gals, and various other bar tricks. Middle aged, he's wearing a black motorcycle jacket.
"What's your name?" asks Jett.
"Dwinminmacfarrrarer, oo ee've 'ereinstateshence '85," he replies.
I poke Jett in the ribs. "I think he says he's been here since 1985. Keep talking to him. Ask him why he's in Arizona."