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By georgeha (Fri May 15, 2009 at 11:19:17 AM EST) BA, MFA, MBA, consignment, zombies behind the wheel (all tags)
aka Cracker Barrel

Plus busy but good weekend, The Devil's Birthday, unexpected conferences, Plato's Closet, graduation and less.

Poll: Most fat inducing restaurant chain?

It was a good weekend, but way too busy of a weekend. We saw the Lilac Festival Parade, I don't know if the Star Wars re-enactors participated, as I spent part of the parade watching the kids climb on the katsura tree. Then, off to the lockdown ward, feeding the kids, back to the lockdown ward, off to a long graduation, and finally dinner at Cracker Barrel. For the seven of us, they brought 24 buttermilk and corn muffins as an appetizer, three each. Then you got three sides with your huge fried meal.

After dinner, the kids went with my parents for the first campout of the year, and Mrs. Ha and I went home.

Sunday we met them at my parents for Mother's Day pizza. On the way there, Mrs. Ha and I checked out Plato's Closet, which has absolutely nothing to do with Plato's Retreat. Rather, it's a consignment shop for the pricey clothing teens like, and the books teens like, playing the music teens like. I ended up hanging out at Harbor Freight while Mrs. Ha browsed.

The week then started off crappy, by getting rear-ended, but only at 2-5 mph, my airbags didn't deploy, thankfully. It got a bit better after that.

In book review news, I finisher Powell's The Devil's Birthday, another Market-Garden history, from the perspective of a Red Devil (one of the British paratroopers stuck way out in Arhnhem).. He ended up with a bunch of conclusions, some controversial. If they had more then one week of planning, it might of worked. Two drops on day 1 would have helped immensely, since it was a potential war ender, the additional risk would have been worth it. Ditto dropping right south of the Arnhem Bridge.

More controversial was questioning the need for five airborne divisions, the air transport could have been used to supply Patton instead, the best troops were kept out of action for training, and the usefulness could have been accomplished with a brigade.

Last night was teacher conference night at SOTA, I wasn't expecting to go, but we got email from twelve year old's English teacher that she wasn't handing in homework.

We had email and calls before, but she said she would get on top of it. She didn't, so she had to miss Girl Scouts (as did an older girl) to talk with her teacher. I'm not trying to turn her into a cynical BS artist, but it would do her a world of good to learn how to give superiors what they want. I suggested she read Carnegie's "How to Win Friends", the missus has a copy given to her by her dad. I've read it, the missus hasn't, but maybe twelve year old will work her way through it.

We also talked to her Latin and Math teachers, I suspect she just wanted to hear how great she's doing (she does A-A+ work in Math, Science and Latin).

Later she told me about the disruptions in class and during lunch. There is a long line of kids wanting to get into that school, maybe 5 applicants for every spot. I would have no problem with sending problem kids to Marshall, maybe the others would learn to behave. I'm strongly suspecting the Charter school is the best behaved elementary school in the city.

After she went up to bed, I wrestled with the sucky Lexmark 125 printer trying to print a letter to India, I ended up with crooked output. The thing is worth what we paid for it (nothing), I should get a better one.

The weekend, like most other recent weekends, should be busy. Tonight one of seven year old's bffs dads is playing at the Lilac Fest, I'll leave work a little early (with the cell still stuck to me there) so we can go there. Twelve year old and I are going to a see Joseph and the Amazing Sportcoat at her school Saturday, seven year old has a birthday party Sunday, and it's the monthly gaming meet which I will most likely miss, Maybe I'll get a chance to work on my bike, or brew some ale, I think I have enough fixings for an IPA.

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Why America is fat | 12 comments (12 topical, 0 hidden)
(Comment Deleted) by xth (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri May 15, 2009 at 11:38:55 AM EST

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In a more perfect world by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri May 15, 2009 at 11:42:56 AM EST
I would bore you Monday with the just passed weekend's antics, and pre-emptively bore you Friday with the upcoming weekend's schedule.

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Woot, I pulled a gzt by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri May 15, 2009 at 11:39:46 AM EST
each tag is unique.

WIPO: ball parks by lm (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri May 15, 2009 at 11:43:08 AM EST
some more so than others
Of the people that bought the burgers, 32 people attempted to eat the whole burger -- complete with meat, cheese, fritos, chili, sour cream and more -- during the game. We're told that 17 were successful.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
I haven't been to a baseball park by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri May 15, 2009 at 11:45:56 AM EST
in decades.

I'd quibble about the chain designation, but they all probably outsource to ARAMARK, or Halliburton.

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You name the ball game ... by lm (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri May 15, 2009 at 11:51:49 AM EST
... and it is almost certainly a chain affair: MLB, MLS, NFL ...

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
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wipo by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri May 15, 2009 at 12:28:34 PM EST
chilis.. where an appetizer has 910 calories..

Thanks by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri May 15, 2009 at 12:41:51 PM EST
that reminded me of a few other chains I could add (that I have eaten at, hence no Stuckeys).

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My brother had a hard time by garlic (2.00 / 0) #9 Sat May 16, 2009 at 09:07:45 AM EST
understanding it was better not to intentionally irritate the people that were in charge of him in school. Then he joined the Navy...

That's a good way to get an attitude re-adjustment by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #10 Sat May 16, 2009 at 09:37:57 AM EST

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apparently not by garlic (2.00 / 0) #11 Sat May 16, 2009 at 12:05:44 PM EST
He just left the base without leave, but he says it'll be ok because they won't catch him.

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Is he a Republican? by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #12 Sat May 16, 2009 at 12:28:55 PM EST
Will we see him run for President in 20 years?

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