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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Almost perfect!

Brownie lovers of the world....listen up! I came across
this ingenious baker's pan online today, and I have
already targeted this to be a Christmas present for a
good friend of mine who loves to bake. It is a pan with
edges built in, as you can see from the picture above.
With this pan, there will be no gooey centers, each piece
will have the crunchy, tastier side of the brownie. I love
the corner pieces (even when I make a tray of lasagna!),
and know quite a few folks who do as well. It is perfect...
well, almost perfect....I imagine there are those who
prefer the gooey center pieces and are looking at this
pan in horror!

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Monday, July 21, 2008

We shall return...and return

Well, got back to the restaurant a few days ago after taking
a little bit of time off, and needless to say, the drama did
NOT decrease while I was away! One of the waitresses
who had given notice and left is actually coming back this
week, much to the chagrin of the rest of the staff, who were
enjoying an absence that basically was a 2 week vacation!
I had actually told this woman that I knew she would be
back; I predicted within 3-4 months, so this return after 2
weeks did surprise me. Another waitress has actually left
after seemingly giving notice for the last 2 YEARS...I think
I should set up a pool, allowing everyone to predict when
she will be back! There seems to be a common thread
within the restaurant. So many members of the staff, past
and present, have one time or another left, sometimes
more than once, only to return a month, 6 months, a year
later. It is almost a joke....oh, so and so will be back,
everybody comes back eventually! Some are welcomed back
with open arms, others are taken back only because of need,
and then there are those that the only thing that can be
said is HECK NO!!!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Ventriloquist Fun!

First and foremost, I must acknowledge ventriloquist/
comedian Jeff Dunham for coming up with one of the
funniest (if not THE funniest) puppet acts ever - Achmed
the Dead Terrorist! Good ole gal pal Michelle showed me
the video of their act online, and I was immediately
HOOKED.....repeating the catch phrase 'Silence....I Kill
You!' way too often, and prompting me to buy tickets to
Dunham's show in mid September right here in our fair
city. For those poor souls unfamiliar with Achmed and
Jeff, just click on the title of this post, and it will take
you to the YouTube video of the act. The humor is at
times dark and/or politically incorrect (the latter being
right up my alley!), but is simply too hilarious to pass

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Thursday, July 10, 2008


Contempt is what I feel for the jerk in this story. A
man in Wisconsin was recently arrested for faking
heart attacks to get out of cab fares and restaurant
tabs. His scam was uncovered by a doctor at the
hospital he was taken too; the doc recognized him
as a repeat 'patient' and called the police. The faker
was charged with fraud and could face up to 9 months
in prison and a $10,000 fine. I think both are light-
weight slaps on the wrist. Someone close to me has
had a heart attack, and it is NOT a laughing matter or
something to play with and fake having one. One day,
it might be a case of the boy crying wolf.


Monday, July 07, 2008

Weekend warriors

This past 4th of July weekend was not a banner one for the
restaurant. Business was a bit off as alot of folks took the
opportunity to go out of town for the long weekend, while
those who remained did fireworks/cookouts/family
activities at home. But that didn't mean that we didn't
have our share of dysfunctional hijinks at our dining
establishment. As we are bit shorthanded as far as night
shift waitstaff goes, we have been on the hunt for a few
good men and/or women. Well, we did rehire a young man
who worked briefly for us in the past on a part-time basis.
As the so called 'fresh meat' of the restaurant, he has gotten
endless scrutiny, mainly inquiries as to his availability and
sexual preference! And I must confess, one of my gal pals,
the one and only Michelle, is slightly smitten with him!
Good luck girlfriend! Meanwhile her best friend, Alexia,
who has now been with us for 2 months, has quickly
moved up the drama queen ladder; I foresee her firmly
perched in the top rung in just a matter of time! Recently
she broke up with her significant other, only to hook up
with an ex flame. In the meantime, she has had to ward off
the unwanted advances from members of both sexes,
primarily cooks, with a few customers thrown in! Last,
and sadly not least, I was compelled to call 911 last night
due to a disturbance in the restaurant by someone who was
obviously mentally unbalanced. She had come in once
before, about a year ago, but had left peacefully. Last night,
however, was a different story. I didn't want to have her
arrested, but it got to the point where I had no choice. The
situation was simply distressing; makes me wish there were
more viable and effective longterm solutions to help the
homeless and/or mentally disturbed members of our society.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy 4th of July!

When it comes to the American independence day,
most folks think of fireworks, cookouts, and general
merriment. I just want to remind people the real
meaning of the day, how it symbolizes when the
founding fathers of this great country 'declared'
independence from Great Britain in 1776; a long war
followed to ensure the declaration came to actual
fruition, and in the 232 year history of the United
States, several more wars have been fought to ensure
our freedom - the freedom to vote, have free speech,
freedom of religion, and of course, the freedom to
have firework exhibitions and to grill 'til our hearts...
and stomachs...delight! Happy Birthday U.S.A.!