Double-Secret Probation

Song: Let It Ride
Artist: Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Album: Bachman-Turner Overdrive II
Released: 1973

Today’s Quote: “What do I know about sex? I’m a married man.” ~ Tom Clancy

Did I ever remove Wendy’s from Double-Secret Probation? I didn’t think so. Well, I’m going to keep them on the list a bit longer. I chose a nearby Wendy’s for my noon repast today and, while it was a pleasant dining experience, there were a few things that stand in the way of clearing their name. Before going to lunch I studied their nutritional information and decided beforehand what I was going to eat, taking care to keep the carbs under 60 grams. I chose the Ultimate Chicken Grill sandwich (36 grams) and a small chili (19 grams). I added a packet of two saltine crackers (4 grams) to the mix for a total of 59 grams. Success! For my beverage, I had unsweetened iced tea to which I added Sweet ‘n’ Low because all they had to offer was that or sugar. I made a note to myself to carry a couple of packets of my own sweetener just in case.

The chicken was just a bit bland. Maybe I also need to carry along a few assorted spices to zest it up a bit. Still, it wasn’t bad. The chili, however, was a disappointment. It was more like spicy ground beef soup than any chili I’ve had anywhere. Most of the chili I’ve had at Wendy’s has been pretty good so what happened here? Is it a cost cutting measure?

Overall, it was a pleasant dining experience although the points taken off for the chili and an insufficient selection of artificial sweeteners kept them on Double-Secret probation. Better luck next time, Wendy.

And, speaking of chicken, I’ve modified my life-long dream a little bit. Not only am I going to have a boneless chicken ranch in North Dakota, the chickens will also be skinless. By special request, there will also be a small herd of lemon-herb skinless, boneless chickens. I just wanted to reassure Mandy that the dream is still alive.


The countertop is not level

Today’s Song: Gimme Some Lovin’
Artist: The Spencer Davis Group
Album: The Best of the Spencer Davis Group
Year: 1966
Notes:The Blues Brothers covered this song in the movie The Blues Brothers in 1980.

Today’s Quote: “I like nonsense — it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope…and that enables you to laugh at all of life’s realities.” ~ Theodor S. Geisel (aka Dr. Suess)

I just don’t care for nonsense in government or the current administration’s fantasies and distortions of reality. Forget the telescope!

I can’t believe it. I dozed off whilst watching something about a lost Egyptian queen who was really a king or maybe a king who was really a queen. But that’s not important. When I woke up I switched over to Comedy Central, only to catch South Park at almost the same point in the story where I caught it on Thursday. I still don’t know how it began. I’m sure it was interesting. Why did a judge order Kyle to suck Cartman’s balls? Is Cartman one of those self-loathing, homophobic, deny it all costs, homosexuals?

Drawn Together was a little weird. I take that back. It was very weird. I haven’t decided whether or not I liked it. Captain Hero is what I suspect Cartman might be.

This morning I learned that my countertop is not as level as I had thought when I installed it. I made coffee this morning and when I went back out to pour it, I found it pooled in the back corner. Apparently, I hadn’t set the pot into the coffee maker correctly. Scheiße! Shazbot! Crap! My Monday morning is off to a very ominous start. I think I should call in sick and go back to bed.

SP-DT Review

Today’s Song: Charlotte the Harlot
Artist: Iron Maiden
Album: Iron Maiden
Year: 1980

Today’s Quote: “It’s a very, very dramatic and simultaneously joyous experience. To see so many people naked together takes you to a universal place. I’m not sure where, but it’s a place where we all belong.” ~ Carlos Betancourt, a Miami artist who took part in Spencer Tunick’s 8 Oct 07 installation at the Sagamore Hotel in Miami Beach, FL

This week’s South Park was just so wrong but I loved it for its wrongness. The truth about Bono revealed?

The jury is out on this week’s Drawn Together. I liked their treatment of Charlotte’s Web. Charlotte’s comment about inter-species sex was priceless. Captain Hero is still in gay denial. What a wuss. Ling-Ling’s story was quite touching but his usually are. The Pokemon reference was quite blatant, wasn’t it?

Date Night

Today’s Song: Down on Me
Artist: Jackyl
Album: Jackyl
Year: 1992

Today’s Quote: “It is a fine thing to establish one’s own religion in one’s heart, not to be dependent on tradition and second-hand ideals.” — D. H. Lawrence

Sorry I couldn’t watch the kids tonight but I had a date. We saw Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix at the base theater. Enjoyed the time together and the movie. I thought the special effects for the battle in the Ministry of Magic were pretty cool. I can’t really compare the movie with the book too much because it’s been so long since I read the book.

The price of snacks was less than at the Danbury but sill a bit much. I noticed two things haven’t changed — the playing of the national anthem before the movie and people drifting in and blocking my view after the national anthem.

Happy Mothers Day

Today’s Quote: “Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.” — Jean Cocteau (As a personal note, the time in which things produced by “fashion” become ugly is very short, often before they are modeled.)

Worst. President. Ever.

From his catastrophic war of choice to fiddling while New Orleans drowned, from installing partisan and unqualified lackeys in every possible government position to allowing the poisoning of our food, the Bush administration has failed. Top to bottom.

This country has had several mediocre presidents but Dubya seems to have moved well beyond mere mediocrity.

[1 October 2017 update: After only a little over 9 months in office, Donald Trump has taken the honor of being the all time worst president ever. The trophy has been retired.]

Home Improvement
Hopefully, my dryer will work more efficiently now. I put in a new vent hose. The old one was pretty well packed and the dead bird probably didn’t help much. While I was at it, I put in an elbow at the dryer outlet. It takes some of the strain off the hose. Later I did a load of laundry and when I started the dryer, it made a strange noise I’d never heard before. It got louder if I pulled out the lint trap so I figured it was a wind noise of some kind. I pulled the dryer out while it was still running and pulled off the elbow from the back. Some crap blew out and I put the elbow back on; the noise stopped. Weird, huh?

Review: City Barbecue, Beavercreek
To put it bluntly, I was very disappointed. Where I work, they’ve had City Barbecue cater some employee meetings and I found the food to be quite good, so my expectations were high. When we walked in, we stood in line as we read the menu hanging from the ceiling. We were still reading the menu when it was our turn to place our order. Then we stood in line to receive our order. This was followed by carrying our trays into the dining area were we found a “picnic” table where we could sit down to eat.

Eating really wasn’t really a memorable experience. I’ve had much better barbecue at places that aren’t even known for their barbecue. It’s a good thing we were able to pay for it all on the gift card we had so we didn’t suffer a financial loss.

In summary, my expectations clearly were not met. Maybe my expectations simply weren’t low enough. With as much business as this place was doing, I guess many people have much lower expectations than I do.

JJW_ManMustCarryOnSong: Up Against the Wall… Redneck Mother
Artist: Jerry Jeff Walker
Album: A Man Must Carry On
Year: 1977

Review and a half

Eric Clapton – I Can’t Stand It

Today’s Quote: “If at first you don’t succeed, try taking a nap.” — Linus Van Pelt

I see that Reno 911: Miami will be coming to a theater near all of us soon. They must be getting desperate out there in Hollyweird. Reno 911 never should have been a television show, much less a movie. I think I’ll save eight bucks and stay home.

Last review of The Sarah Silverman Program
I tried to watch The Sarah Silverman Program last night. I really did. But after about five minutes, I just couldn’t take any more of it and switched over to The History Channel or something.

I really didn’t think it would have been possible for the show to be less funny than the premier episode but apparently she doesn’t know her limitations. I believe she has the talent and potential to be a fine comedian. Maybe she’s better suited for stand-up comedy and a sitcom just isn’t the right fit but Comedy Central made her an offer she couldn’t resist. If she can wean herself from the Comedy Central teat, she can go far. As for the Sarah Silverman Program, it sucks.

The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show
I still haven’t seen it. All the trailers I’ve seen fail to bring me any expectation of being anything more than a Comedy Central hack comedy along the lines of Stella, Reno 911, and a host of others that failed to leave an indelible impression on me.

A few days ago I read an interview with Dave Allen and David Koechner (The Naked Trucker and T-Bones) that lead me to believe that it might actually be “intelligent” comedy or as close to it as Comedy Central gets. I had planned to watch it this last Wednesday evening I got distracted by something else (probably on the InterWeb). Maybe next week. I really want to see the show so I can make an honest appraisal and pass unbiased comedic judgment on it. But, as you all know, television has a rather low priority in my life, somewhere behind Internet porn.

AnotherTicketI Can’t Stand It by Eric Clapton. Album: Another Ticket (1981)

Stupid And Pointless

Steppenwolf – Magic Carpet Ride

Today’s Quote: “The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident. That’s where we come in; we’re computer professionals. We cause accidents.” — Nathaniel Borenstein

Princess Clara on Drawn Together is either religiously mixed up or she just represents the worst aspects in all of Christianity (or both). In tonight’s episode she went on about the Rapture, an idea that dates back to Scotland in 1830. (There’s no mention of it in Revelations or anywhere else in the Bible). But anyway, the cliffhanger ending left me wondering if I want to wait for the next season. Maybe next season they will call it the Captain Queer-O Hero Show.

Tonight’s South Park was stupid and pointless. No further comment is necessary.

I submitted my request to take my last vacation day on Pearl Harbor Day. Why the hell not?

SteppenwolfTheSecondMagic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf, Steppenwolf The Second (1968)
The group wrote this based on the bass line their bass player, Rushton Moreve, came up with. The only words he had written for it were, “I like my job, I like my baby.” Lead singer John Kay wrote the lyrics. He got inspired when he put the demo tape in a home stereo system he bought with the royalties from their first album. That’s where he came up with the line, “I like to dream, right between my sound machine.” This was the second big hit for Steppenwolf. Born To Be Wild was released a few months earlier. They were on different albums, with Born To Be Wild on their first and this on their second, although this was released well before their second album came out. The band’s contract with ABC Dunhill required them to record two albums a year.

Well, you don’t know what we can see
Why don’t you tell your dreams to me
Fantasy will set you free