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Friday, November 25, 2005

A Great Weekend





















I am spending the weekend with my family and our families. We started with a great drive from Fresno to Grass Valley (actually, Penn Valley) - nobody killed anyone in the vehicle. Spent turkey day watching football and eating with the parents and sister of Mrs. Two Blonde Boys. Also talked to DJ RandyP. - Mr. New--Day himself.

Today I was scheduled for a 1:00 tee time, but the weather had other plans (for the second year in a row!). So the boys and I loaded into the truck, battled the rain, and headed over to Grass Valley to watch the new Harry Potter movie.

We're back now and I am on a S-L-O-W dial-up connection to post. How did we used to think this was normal?

Tomorrow, we head back to Fresno where my mom and dad will be visiting from Oxnard (shout out!) for the rest of the weekend.

In the midst of it all, I will write and arrange a few songs for grins. I am officially insane! Can't wait to get back to high speed...

Monday, November 21, 2005

A Little Christmas Cheer



This guy takes Clark Wilhelm Grizwold, Jr. to a whole new level!

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Where have I been and Restaurant Review



Dead. Wrung out. Sapped. Dry.

That about describes it. I just have not had the will to write lately. Haven't had much interesting to say, much less think.

However, I am going to change that today and write about something that has been stuck in my craw for a long time... a restaurant review.

I want to review East West restaurant in Fresno.

The food is good... you can select from some tasty Chinese (the East) or other tasty items, like pastrami or burgers or salad (West). And the food is consistently good.

But I will NEVER eat there again. Why, you ask? Consistently poor customer service. Let me give you a run-down of some of the things I have encountered at the restaurant:
  • The first time I ate there, it took 40 minutes before a waiter took our order.
  • On almost every visit, someone at the table does not get exactly what they ordered.
  • On a recent visit, I was told by my waiter that he did not have time to take my take-out order. Strange... he had time to take my order for inside the restaurant a few minutes earlier. I kind of felt like telling him, "That's OK. When the bill comes, I doubt I'll have time to pay for the food."
  • On my most recent visit, I was with a group and had no cash, so I asked for a separate check. I was told by my waiter that the management was "trying to get away from doing separate checks." I wonder... if I came in all by myself, would they give me my own check or would they put me on someone else's tab? This was the staw - one of very may - that finally broke the camel's back.
  • Oh yeah, not only would they not allow me to pay separately (BTW, I was the only one in our group who wanted a separate check - was it that hard to write up two checks?), they also got my order wrong - steamed rice instead of fried rice. And instead of saying, "I'm very sorry, sir, let me get you some fried rice," they took my whole order back and I waited for 5 minutes for my plate to come back while my friends ate their lunch. Are times that hard that a restaurant can't afford to take a dime's worth of rice as a loss?
So, if you in Fresno, don't eat at East West. Yes, the food is good, but is it worth it? I think I have some to the point in my life where I am looking for good service AND good food. East West doesn't have it.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Some amazing art...



























These are some amazing street paintings. What most amazes me is that these are flat sidewalks! The depth is incredible. See all the paintings HERE.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Tuesday morning fun.


Been away from posting for a while, but I just had to post this link. This is HILARIOUS! It's the "Pimp My Church Van" video from the Drive Conference this year at NorthPoint. One of the funniest lines is "I'm gonna do a back filp off the back and clothesline the devil."

See the video HERE.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Frappr!


Frapper is a new service that provides group mapping capability. I think it will be fun to see where all the Two Blonde Boys readers are located. Just go HERE and enter your name and zipcode (and a picture, if you want). The entire process takes 30 seconds.

(HT: Ethos)