Monday, October 31, 2005

Quote of the Day

PLACE: KFC/Taco Bell
LUNCH: Extra-Crispy Leg & Thigh, Biscuit, Nachos Supreme, no tomato

Actual sentence I used in an e-mail response to a billing problem at the office today...

"I suspect that when the bills run for this cycle, our server will melt into a gigantic rubber ball which will roll out of the server center and consume half of the east coast."

Halloween is the official "first day of my favorite time of the year". It's colder, football and hockey are in high gear, and the holidays are around the corner. Holiday lights and Christmas cheer.

This euphoria runs through New Years Day.

Happy Halloween.

Monday, October 24, 2005

The Ship Still Sinks

Place: Taco Time
Lunch: Crispy taco, nachos, crispy chicken burrito

The world's biggest being re-released on DVD this week.

The new version succeeds the lackluster release Paramount tossed on a deservedly suspicious public several years ago. It featured the movie, the trailer, and a non-anamorphic transfer (translation for most of's not enhanced for wide screen televisions. Meaning bad things for those of you with wide screen televisions.)

The new version is a 3-disc set with a new anamorphic transfer from a high definition master (though no actual HD release is planned for quite awhile), a DTS-ES 6.1 soundtrack, and loads of extras. Director and cast member commentary, deleted scenes, an alternate ending, lots of featurettes, and even Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" music video, are included.

And everybody's still complaining.


The movie itself is spread over two discs.

Yep...You can't watch the movie all at once by popping the DVD into your player and sitting down. You will have to get up and change discs at some point.

I'll be buying it anyway, and watching it immediately.

Stupid movie.

Should be around $20 at the usual discount outlets starting Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

The Work and the Milkshake

Place: Steak n Shake
Lunch: Frisco melt, bowl of Chili, Caramel Apple Milkshake

"Work and the Glory - American Zion", the second in the "Work and the Glory" movies, opens this weekend NATIONWIDE! Even HERE, which is shocking. Larry Miller knows how to get the job done, he does.

Speaking of work, getting this shake up the straw takes some effort. They put caramel in the bottom so that you get both the apple shake flavor with caramel mixed in. I suggest making sure the straw only goes about halfway down the glass. But it's worth the effort. It's a WONDEFUL concoction. It's one of Steak n Shake's "Haloween" special flavors, so grab one before they're gone.

Then drive the back roads and enjoy the fall colors.

If you have fall colors to enjoy, that is.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Steak Dancing

PLACE: Maid-Rite
LUNCH: Maid-Rite with ketchup and mustard, baked beans, ice water

Work just didn't stop today. One thing after another. It finally occured to me I should have some lunch at close to 3pm. You, the reader, are thinking "What's the point? You're off in two hours and it's pizza night." You OBVIOUSLY don't think like my stomach does. And how do YOU know it's pizza night? You're creepy.

I do Maid-Rite about once a year. I get that craving, I go, I have one, I wonder why, I'm done for another year.

Across the road from the Maid-Rite is our brand new Texas Roadhouse. So new that it's opening for the first time in about an hour. There are many cars in the parking lot...far more than can possibly belong to the staff, right?

So I kind of peek out that way to see what's going on.

And there I see it.

A couple dozen Texas Roadhouse servers in black T-shirts and jeans.

Line dancing.

In the parking lot.

Line dancing.

Line dancing is one of the most disturbing visuals one can experience. It's a formation of middle-aged country music fans wearing perfectly pressed jeans doing simple dance moves in sequence to dorbos and whiny twangy guitars.

It's no less disturbing when done by twenty-something year-old food servers.

Line dancing.


Thursday, October 13, 2005

Grand Opening

Place: Chick-Fil-A
Lunch: Original Chick-Fil-A sandwich, Chicken soup, Lemonade

It's grand opening day at Chick-Fil-A (and for this blog, actually). There's a lady handing out free little cows (the "EAT MOR CHIKIN" cows) but doesn't offer one to me.

That's kind of rude.

The women in my office have been buzzing about us getting a local Chick-Fil-A for weeks. Women really seem to love this stuff. Don't ask me why. It's a good sandwich, in fact today's sandwich is easily the best Chick-Fil-A I've ever had, but there's nothing terribly special about it. It's breaded chicken breast deep fried and placed on a plain bun with two slices of pickes. Previous ones have left me with that "gut bomb" feeling in my stomach.

They do have wonderful lemonade.

The trick to having a good sandwich is to get one hot and fresh. I've had Chick-Fil-A at four different locations. The three before today took my order, took my money, and handed me a tray with the sandwich immediately without ever leaving the counter position. This location actually left the order position and returned with a sandwich. So I suppose if I want a fresh Chick-Fil-A, the trick is to hang back and watch orders being taken until they're clearly having to run for sandwiches.

Seems like far too much effort.

It's so nice to have "Hockey Night in Canada" back on the air. They debuted with the Canadiens and Leafs last weekend. This weekend it's...the Leafs and Canadiens.