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Monday, September 30, 2002

There's a cat roaming the streets of Kansas City with a dart tranquilizer in its right eye. Watch your step, Kansas Citizens! News item features pictures, including an X-ray.


Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Time.com has an excellent article about the present state and the future of McDonald's. With both customer satisfaction and stock price down, the company is looking towards remodeling current franchises instead of continuing to open a new restaurant once every 2.3 seconds. I used to go to McDonald's at least once a month, but over the past few years, my visits have decreased as much as the service has slowed down...when they installed made-to-order cooking systems and got rid of heat lamps, it didn't improve the quality of the food: all it did was make fast food slow. Crappy. Oh, I want to be a 'mystery shopper'...see the sixth paragraph from the bottom.


Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Donut war in downtown Chicago! After a Krispy Kreme opened next door to his Dunkin Donuts franchise, manager Saleem Halani decided to give away free doughnuts to compete. His contention?
(The) Krispy Kreme outlet will help his business. It will, he said, stimulate people's urge for fried dough and boost traffic in the area. "It's more revenue for everyone," Halani said.
Right.


Sunday, September 22, 2002

My friend Noel and I are in a season-long winner-take-all NFL pool. Whoever correctly picks the most games for the 17 weeks, using the spread, wins the whole schmear. So now I sit and watch these games cheering for Team A to cover the spread or for Team B to run up the score or whatever. It's taken away a little bit of the natural enjoyment that comes with watching professional football games. Please, remind me to NEVER become one of these people who bets on individual games. That would completely eliminate the thrill of watching this sport on TV...I especially don't want to become one of these people who gets pissed at my favorite team for not winning by enough points.


Thursday, September 19, 2002

Need help with your pirate vocabulary? Check out this pirate glossary. Yarrr! Talk Like a Pirate Day be today, says I.


Wednesday, September 18, 2002

If you've ever seen the movies Jason and the Argonauts or Clash of the Titans then you've seen the work of stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen. God only knows what kind of sick bastard came up with this wacky tribute movie. (requires Flash Player) And if you like Masters of the Universe, then you'll LOVE Skeletor and Friends.


Monday, September 16, 2002

The highlight of my Monday was going to the local watering hole and seeing former Baltimore Ravens DT Tony Siragusa emceeing the Monday Night Football halftime trivia contest behind the bar...it was Ladies' Night so he was giving out female sex toys as the prizes. Interesting. Oh...I also won the "predict-the-halftime-score" contest sponsored by the local rock-and-roll radio station. My haul included the new live Tesla album, the limited edition 30th anniversary 2 CD set of "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust", a free round of minigolf for four, and two tickets to see a long-running Broadway musical. And a nifty t-shirt.


Friday, September 13, 2002

Next Thursday, September the 19th, is Talk Like a Pirate Day. Fairly warned be thee, says I...yarrrrrrrrrrr. (Thanks, Keith!)


Thursday, September 12, 2002

Hey jerk! Help me track my shipment from J&R Music/Computer World. (it's a cordless phone) Stupid UPS incorrectly routed my package to Saddle Brook, thus incurring a one-day delay in delivery. Curses!


According to Charley Steiner of WCBS radio, six members of the Sopranos cast (James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, John Ventimiglia, and one other) will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at tomorrow night's Yankees game. I love the contiguity of popular culture.


The only thing better than a car-crashing-into-a-store news item is a car-crashing-into-a-store news item with an accompanying photo.


Monday, September 09, 2002

Why didn't anyone tell me about this sooner? McDonald's might get rid of spokesclown Ronald McDonald?!? Geez...I thought my life was over when "time-to-make-the-donuts" guy retired.


Friday, September 06, 2002

I've been pissed when I've gotten parking tickets before, but not pissed enough to pay my parking ticket with poo.


Wednesday, September 04, 2002

Does anyone know this song "I Don't Mind at All" by Bourgeois Tagg? It's from the 80's. It's good.